[PAGE 1] LETTERS TO STUDENTS
M A X H E I N D E L ' S L E T T E R S T O S T U D E N T S
DECEMBER 1910 TO JANUARY 1919, INCLUSIVE
THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP
P.O. BOX 713
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA, 92054, USA
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
NUMBER AND TITLES OF LETTERS
1. Friendship as an Ideal......................................... 9
2. Soul Growth through Doing......................................11
3. Unselfish Service to Others....................................13
4. A Plea for the Church..........................................15
5. Value of Right Feeling.........................................16
6. Healing the Sick...............................................18
7. Baptism of Water and of Spirit.................................22
8. Ruling our Stars...............................................24
9. Invisible Guardians of Humanity................................26
10. Flesh Food and Alcohol.........................................28
11. Preparations for Removal to Mt. Ecclesia.......................30
12. Ground-Breaking for First Building on Mt. Ecclesia.............32
13. Generative Purity the Ideal for the West.......................35
14. The Coming Age of Air..........................................37
15. The Role of Stimulants in Evolution............................39
16. Necessity for Devotion.........................................42
17. Stragglers in Evolution........................................44
18. Keynote of the Rosicrucian Teachings...........................46
19. Sacredness of Spiritual Experiences............................48
20. Initiative and Personal Freedom................................51
21. The Christ Spirit and the Spiritual Panacea....................53
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22. The Mystic Bread and Wine......................................55
23. Descending and Ascending Ares of Evolution.....................58
24. The Rosicrucian Fellowship, a Spiritual Center.................60
25. The Mystic Message of Christmas................................64
26. Service to Others during the New Year..........................67
27. Siegfried, the Truth Seeker....................................69
28. The Incorporation and Future Plans of the Fellowship...........72
29. Freemasonry, Co-Masonry, and Catholicism.......................74
30. The Role of Evil in the World..................................76
31. Christ, and His Second Coming..................................78
32. The Vital Body of Jesus........................................81
33. Improving our Opportunities....................................83
34. A Plea for Purity..............................................86
35. The Faust Myth and the Masonic Legend..........................88
36. Eastern and Western Methods of Development.....................90
37. The Reason for the Many Different Cults........................92
38. What the Pupil May Expect of the Teacher.......................94
39. Where Shall We Seek Truth, and How Shall We Know It?...........97
40. Why the Truth Seeker Must Live in the World....................99
41. A Method of Discerning Truth from its Imitation...............102
42. Our Responsibility in Giving Out Truth........................104
43. Woman's Suffrage and Moral Equality...........................106
44. The Vice of Selfishness and the Power of Love.................108
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45. Initiation not to be Attained through Breathing Exercises.....110
46. The World War and Infant Mortality............................112
47. The Invisible Helpers and their Work on the Battle Field......115
48. The World War and Universal Brotherhood.......................117
49. Desire--A Two-Edged Sword.....................................120
50. Spiritual Prosperity for the New Year.........................122
51. Love, Wisdom, and Knowledge...................................124
52. Concentration in the Rosicrucian Work.........................126
53. The Cosmic Meaning of Easter..................................129
54. Waste through Scattering one's Forces.........................131
55. Epigenesis and Future Destiny.................................133
56. The Need of Spreading the Teachings...........................136
57. Astrology as an Aid in Healing the Sick.......................138
58. Unnatural Means of Attainment.................................142
59. The Race Spirits and the New Race.............................143
60. The War an Operation for Spiritual Cataract...................146
61. Cyclic Movements of the Sun...................................149
62. The Teacher's Debt of Gratitude...............................151
63. Spiritual Teachers--True and False............................153
64. The Battle that Rages Within..................................156
65. Easter, a Promise of Newness of Life..........................158
66. Daily Exercises in Soul Culture...............................161
67. The Real Heroes of the World..................................164
68. The Work of the Race Spirits..................................166
69. Struggles of the Aspiring Soul................................167
70. Building for the Future Life..................................170
71. Descent of the Christ Life in the Fall........................173
72. The Reason for the Trials that Beset the Occult Student.......175
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73. Spiritual Stock-Taking during the Holy Season.................177
74. All Occult Development Begins with the Vital Body.............180
75. Serving Where Best Fitted to Serve............................183
76. "Lost Souls" and Stragglers...................................186
77. The Unnecessary Fear of Death.................................187
78. Heart Development and Initiation..............................190
79. Sacrifice a Factor in Spiritual Progress......................192
80. Adjusting the Teachings to the Understanding of Others........196
81. The Value of Reviewing Past Lessons...........................199
82. Taming an Unruly Member.......................................201
83. An Inner Tribunal of Truth....................................203
84. Epigenesis and the Law of Causation...........................206
85. The Present Sorrow and the Coming Peace.......................208
86. God--The Source and Goal of Existence.........................210
87. The Necessity of Putting Talents to Use.......................213
88. The Nobility of All Labor.....................................216
89. The Aquarian Age and the New Covenant.........................218
90. Meat Eating and Fur Wearing...................................221
91. Tolerance of Other's Beliefs..................................223
92. The Purpose of War and Our Attitude toward It.................225
93. The Inner Power and the Responsibility that goes with It......227
94. Equipoise of Great Help in Times of Stress....................229
95. The Optimistic Attitude and Faith in Ultimate Good............231
96. Increasing the Life of the Archetype..........................234
97. The Law of Success in Spiritual Matters.......................236
[PAGE 7] LETTERS TO STUDENTS
For eight years Max Heindel, the mystic and occultist sent out to the
students of The Rosicrucian Fellowship a letter each month filled with much
valuable information, explaining the cause of many of the difficulties oc-
curring in daily life, not only of individuals but of nations as well, and
giving a feasible solution of them. These letters, ninety-seven in number,
sent out between Christmas 1910 and January 1919, constitute the subject
matter of this book.
Being the authorized messenger of the Brothers of the Rosicrucian Order
and consequently in close touch with them, Mr. Heindel was continuously re-
ceiving and giving out occult information to his students relative to the
past, present, and future evolution of life and form, which on account of
his tutelage under the Brothers of the Order he was able to verify for him-
self and to which he was able to add many details. The letters in this book
give many side lights on the Rosicrucian philosophy and many practical,
helpful hints for living the life of the Christian mystic.
In many of these letters there is a reference to accompanying lessons.
Each letter was accompanied by a lesson in pamphlet form. The greater part
of these lessons have already been published in book form, and are available
for reference by readers of this book. The volumes of lessons published to
date are as follows: FREEMASONRY AND CATHOLICISM; THE WEB OF DESTINY;
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MYSTERIES OF THE GREAT OPERAS; THE MYSTICAL INTERPRETATION OF CHRISTMAS; AND
GLEAMINGS OF A MYSTIC. The lessons not already published will appear later
in a second volume of GLEAMINGS OF A MYSTIC. The readers of these letters
will obtain much more from them if they will consult the corresponding les-
sons as they proceed.
In giving these letters to the world we feel that we are making a contri-
bution of permanent value and importance, and one from which the student of
esotericism will obtain much assistance in his progress on the Path.
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LETTER NO. 1
FRIENDSHIP AS AN IDEAL
In a religious movement it is customary to address one another as "sis-
ter" and "brother," in recognition of the fact that we are all children of
God, who is our common Father. Brothers and sisters are not harmonious at
all times, however. Sometimes they are even misguided enough to hate one
another, but between friends there can be no feeling but love.
It was a recognition of this fact which prompted the Christ, our great
and glorious Ideal, to say to His disciples: "Henceforth I call you not
servants. . . .but friends." (John 15:15) We cannot do better than follow
our great Leader in this as in all other things. Let us, therefore, not
merely be content with the fraternal relationship, but let us endeavor to be
friends in the very holiest and most intimate sense of the word.
The Elder Brothers, whose beautiful teachings have brought us together
upon the Way of Attainment, honor their disciples in the same way that
Christ honored His apostles, namely, by giving them the name of "friend."
If you persist in the way upon which you have started, you will sometime
stand in their presence and hear that name utters in a voice so soft, so
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kind, and so gentle that it beggars description or even imagination. From
that time there will be no task you would not perform to deserve that
friendship. It will be your one wish, your one aspiration, to serve them,
and no earthly distinction will appear worthy of comparison with that
Upon my unworthy shoulders has fallen the great privilege of transmitting
the teachings of the Elder Brothers to the public in general and to the stu-
dents, probationers, and disciples of the Rosicrucian Fellowship in par-
ticular. You have requested that your name be placed on my correspondence
list, and I gladly extend to you the right hand of fellowship, greeting you
by the name of FRIEND. I appreciate the trust you repose in me, and I as-
sure you that I shall endeavor to aid you in every way within my power to
deserve your trust. I hope that you will also aid me in my work for your-
self and others by a charitable judgment of any shortcomings you may dis-
cover in me or in my writings. None need the prayers of others so much as
one who must be a leader.
Please remember me in your devotions, and be assured that you shall have
a place in mine.
I enclose the first lesson in the hope that the foregoing may establish
our relations upon a footing of sincere friendship.
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LETTER NO. 2
SOUL GROWTH THROUGH DOING
I hope that you thoroughly studied the Christmas lesson and are thor-
oughly familiar with the phenomenon of the spiritual ebb and flow in the
universe so that you will be able to give a reason for your faith in "holy
Night." In this month's lesson the idea is carried to a further conclusion,
not previously taught publicly. There are other teachings in this little
lesson which shed a clearer light upon the immaculate mystery-birth than has
ever been given before, and I hope that you will diligently study it during
the coming month so that you may realize to the full the transcendent beauty
of the sublime Rosicrucian teaching on this subject.
But whether you have studied the Christmas lesson and are able to dis-
course upon the spiritual ebb and flow or whether you will be able to ex-
pound the Immaculate Conception at the end of this month is after all sec-
ondary in importance to what you answer to the following question: Did you
take advantage of the flood tide of spirituality at Christmas to seek out
some one in distress as suggested in the last paragraph of the lesson? Did
you put it to practical use in the world's work? I hope you did, for only
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as we practice the teachings in our immediate circle of influence will they
bear fruit in soul growth. We may read till we get mental indigestion, but
actions speak louder than words. Also there is a bad place said to be paved
with good intentions. Therefore, dear friend, let me urge upon you the ne-
cessity of doing! doing! doing!
Often we see in the home, office, shop, or assembly room that a certain
things ought to be done. But the attitude of the man of the world is to
shirk. He turns away saying: Why should I do it? Let some one else attend
to it. We should reason differently, however. We should not plan how
little we can do. If so we are not fitting ourselves to become Invisible
Helpers. If we see that a task has to be performed, we should say to our-
selves: Some one will have to do that; WHY NOT I?
In this coming month dear friend, let us take as a spiritual exercise the
following of this motto, "Why not !?" If we follow it consistently, we
shall reap a greater blessing than we confer upon others.
May God abundantly bless you and strengthen you in your efforts.
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LETTER NO. 3
UNSELFISH SERVICE TO OTHERS
You have of course studied in some measure the various teachings of the
Rosicrucian Order, and when I address myself to you, it is not as if I were
speaking to a stranger who is unfamiliar with the teachings or perhaps even
skeptical of the existence of such an Order. These teachings have spread
like wildfire in the Western world during the past two years, and that of
itself shows a power behind them which is not of the ordinary human kind.
This you will probably realize better when you have read the lesson for this
month, which deals with this mysterious Order and shows it relation to the
Has it ever occured to you to inquire, my dear friend, what binds you to
this Fellowship? You know there are not outward bonds, that you have taken
no oath of allegiance, and that you have not been intrusted with any se-
crets. What then constitutes the Fellowship of which we speak?
It cannot be the teachings, for they are open to the whole world and are
assented to by many who have not requested that they be enrolled as stu-
dents. Neither is it the enrollment as a student which creates the inner
bond, for many study only to benefit THEMSELVES and have not fellowship with
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the rest of us. Rather, it is the SERVICE which we perform and the earnest-
ness wherewith we practice the teachings and become living examples to the
world of that brotherly love which Christ spoke of as fulfillment of all
Last month we took for our motto the thought that if a certain task were
to be performed which seemingly belonged to no one in particular, we would
say, "Why not I?" instead of letting some one else do it or letting it lie.
I trust you have performed this unselfish service often, and thus cemented
the bonds of fellowship.
In this coming month I would ask you to give your thoughts and your ef-
forts to advance the teachings of the Fellowship. Do not attempt to con-
vince any one against his will or to proselyte, but try to find out in an
unostentatious manner what bothers your neighbor in a spiritual way. Then
try to help him with our teachings. But whether you say anything to him
about where you received them or not must depend upon your own judgment.
The main thing is to spread the teachings, not to advertise the Rosicrucian
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LETTER NO. 4
A PLEA FOR THE CHURCH
Last month I promised to take up further elucidation of the Rosicrucian
Order and its relation to the Fellowship, but I forgot that Easter was at
hand and would require attention first. I hope you will agree that it is
more important to study this great cosmic event, particularly as we live in
a Christian land and, I hope, are Christians at heart. In fact, dear
friend, the keynote of what I would bring out this month is really A PLEA
FOR THE CHURCH, and it is with that end in view that I have printed the
poem, "Creed or Christ?" at the end of the lesson.
We are all Christ in the making, the love nature is unfolding in us all,
and why should we not identify ourselves with one or another of the Chris-
tian churches which cherish the Christ ideal? Some of the best workers in
the Fellowship are members, yes, and ministers, of churches. Many are hun-
gry for what we feed upon. WE cannot share it with them by standing aloof,
and we do ourselves harm by neglecting to take advantage of the great op-
portunity to aid in elevating the church.
Of course there is no compulsion. You are not REQUIRED to join or attend
a church, but if you do go there in the spirit of helpfulness, I can promise
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you that you will experience a most wonderful soul growth in a very short
time. The great Recording Angels, who give to each nation the religion best
suited to its needs, placed us in a Christian land, because the Christian
religion will help us in soul growth. Even admitting that it has been ob-
scured by creed and dogma, we should not let that prevent us from accepting
those teachings which are good, for that would be as foolish as to center
our attention upon the spots in the sun and refuse to see its glorious
Please think this matter over, dear friend, and let us take for our motto
this month, GREATER USEFULNESS, that we may grow abundantly by striving to
improve our opportunities.
LETTER NO. 5
VALUE OF RIGHT FEELING
I hope you enjoyed last month's lesson. Perhaps you will think it
strange, but I have fairly reveled in it myself, for it aroused by devotion
most powerfully to think how the Divine Life pours itself out for us peri-
odically so that we may have more abundant life. Without that annual influx
of God's life, all life, or rather form, would cease to exist. It is by
FEELING the higher emotions that we raise ourselves the easiest. It is good
to study and to develop our minds, but there is a great danger in this age
of becoming ensnared in the meshes of intellect. Paul struck the nail on
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the head when he said: "Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth." We all
wish to KNOW; it is natural that we should, but unless our knowledge serves
to make us better men and women, better SERVANTS to our fellows, it does not
make us GREATER in the sight of God. Therefore cultivation of RIGHT FEELING
is of enormous importance, and I sincerely hope that you have FELT the Eas-
ter lesson for that is the only way to get full benefit from it.
Picture to yourself that great wave of divine energy projected from the
Invisible Sun which is the manifestation of the Father. Try to feel the awe
you would experience if you could see it, as the trained seer can and does.
Watch it in imagination as it strikes the earth on Holy Night at Christmas.
Let the feeling work upon you about the way it sinks into the earth and is
the active cause of the germination in all kingdoms. Christ used the simile
of the brooding hen to describe His feelings towards other beings, and if
you try to FEEL the sprouting of all things in nature as indicated in our
Easter lesson, you will realize a side of the subject which may have escaped
I hope that you will long use this lesson as material for mediation as it
is different from one of the intellectual lessons that may be grasped by the
mind and put aside. This lesson is of PERMANENT VALUE, and the oftener you
take it up and let it work upon your heart. the more closely you will come
to THE HEART OF THINGS, which is God, the great and loving Father who pours
out His life alike for the tiniest plant and the tallest monarch of the for-
est; who cares for beast and bird, for the outcast and homeless rover, and
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for the royal potentate in his palace, without discrimination.
May God abundantly bless you and open up to you the storehouse of His
riches, which surpass all earthly enjoyments, and may you FEEL the wave of
love which He pours out afresh from year to year as a reality. Then you
will never be lonely if you are alone, and you will be, oh! so much richer,
no matter how much you are blessed with earthly love, and so much more able
to radiate that most sublime of all emotions, Spiritual Love.
LETTER NO. 6
HEALING THE SICK
Christ gave two commands to His disciples when He said: "PREACH THE GOS-
PEL, AND HEAL THE SICK." We saw in last month's lesson how closely the of-
fice of spiritual advisor is linked with healing of physical ailments, for
though the immediate and apparent cause of disease may be physical, in the
final analysis all ailments are due to transgression of the LAWS OF GOD,
which we usually call "LAWS OF NATURE" in our materialistic attempts to
eliminate the Divine. Bacon, with rare spiritual perception, said: "God
and Nature differ only as the seal and the imprint." As flexible sealing
wax is molded to the rigid lines of the seal, so also nature passively con-
forms to the immutable laws of its Divine Creator, and thus health and a
carefree condition are the rule among the lower kingdoms. But when the
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human stage is reached, when individuality is evolved and we begin to demand
choice, prerogative, and emancipation, we are apt to transgress the laws of
God, and suffering invariable follows.
There is a side of the moon which we never see, but we know it is there,
and that hidden side of the moon is just as much a factor in creating the
tides as the part of the moon which is nearest to us and visible. So there
is also a hidden side to man which is as productive of action as the
physical being we behold. Transgressions of divine laws upon the mental and
moral planes of action are quite as responsible for physical disorders as
the hidden side of the moon is effective in producing the tides.
If the above were understood, physicians would no longer puzzle over the
annoying fact that while a certain kind and quantity of medicine produces a
cure in one cause, it may be absolutely impotent in others. A large and in-
creasing number of medical men are now convinced that the LAW OF DESTINY is
an important factor in producing disease and retarding recover, though they
are not believers in the fallacy of an inexorable fate. They recognize that
GOD DOES NOT WILLINGLY AFFLICT US NOR AIM TO GET EVEN WITH THE TRANSGRESSOR;
they understand that all sorrow and suffering are designed to teach us les-
sons which we would not or could not learn in any other way. The stars show
the period estimated as requisite to teach us the lesson, but EVEN GOD CAN-
NOT DETERMINE THE EXACT TIME not the amount of suffering necessary; we, our-
selves, have a prerogative, FOR WE ARE DIVINE. If we awake to our trans-
gression and commence to obey the law ere the stellar affliction ceases, we
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are cured of our mental, moral, or physical distemper; if we persist to the
end of one stellar affliction without having learned our lesson, a more in-
imical configuration will enforce obedience at a later time.
It is in this connection that the spiritually minded health adjuster may
often render most efficient service and shorten the period of suffering by
pointing out to a sufferer why he is afflicted. Even when the healer finds
himself unable to cope with the disease, he may very often cheer a patient
through a period of unavoidable distress by a promise of relief at a certain
time. In my ministrations to the sick during bygone years it has not infre-
quently been my privilege to thus point out the Star of Hope, and, so far as
I remember, my predictions of recovery at a set time have always been
verified, sometimes in an almost miraculous manner, for THE STARS ARE THE
CLOCK OF DESTINY AND ARE ALWAYS CORRECT.
In the above you have the great reason why we should study astrology from
the spiritual standpoint. In next month's letter I hope to bring out some-
thing more definite concerning the Spiritual Panacea, but in the meantime I
am sure you will be glad to know that we have bought the land of which I
spoke. It is one of the sightliest spots in beautiful southern California;
in fact, though I have traveled all over the world, I have never seen a view
to compare with that of the site of our future Headquarters. It is situated
upon a high tableland, giving free scope to the vision for forty or more
miles in all directions. On the north the Santa Ana Mountain Range wards
off the cold north winds so that the climate is practically frostless all
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the year round. Below us to the east is the beautiful San Luis Rey Valley,
with its river like a silver band wending it way through fertile fields past
the historic old Spanish Mission where the Franciscan Fathers taught the In-
dians for centuries. Farther eastward the San Jacinto mountain rears its
snow-capped peak against a sky of deepest azure. In the south the promon-
tory of La Jolla, with its picturesque caves, hides from view the great
natural harbor of Uncle Sam's southwesternmost city--San Diego. Towards the
setting sun we behold upon the placid bosom of the Pacific Ocean, San
Clemente Island, also Santa Catalina with its wonderful submarine gardens--a
composite picture of glory and inspiration, in itself sufficient to evoke
all that is purest and best in any one at all spiritually inclined.
We have named this beauty spot of nature, "Mt. Ecclesia," and a building
fund has already been started to erect suitable buildings: a School of
Healing, a Sanitarium, and last but not least, a place of worship--an
Ecclesia, where the Spiritual Panacea may be prepared and sent all over the
world to be used by properly qualified helpers.
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LETTER NO. 7
BAPTISM OF WATER AND OF SPIRIT
Last month we started to consider the sacraments, and it was my intention
to write upon COMMUNION this month, but the subject has proved so vast that
it takes in almost everything from Genesis to Revelation, besides a number
of physiological aspects such as the chemistry of good and the blood; also
the atmosphere, etc. Further, it is inseparably connected with the second
coming of Christ. It will require more time than I can give to get it out
early in the month, also it will cover several lessons. Therefore I thought
it best not to use that subject until next month, and in the meantime I have
decided to give you a lesson from the new book--THE ROSICRUCIAN MYSTERIES.
This lesson is partly taken from the chapter entitled, "The Mystery of
Light, Color, and Consciousness." You will find it most interesting and in-
Regarding last month's lesson on BAPTISM, you will have noted that so far
from being only an outgrowth of the dogmatism commonly attributed to the
church, it is the symbol of condition which actually existed in the past
when humanity was indeed a brotherhood. It is a fact of the greatest sig-
nificance that until the time of Christ, the LAW demanded an eye for an eye
and a tooth for a tooth, but ere He commenced to preach the gospel of LOVE
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to our neighbor and forgiveness towards those who trespass against us, He
went under the Waters of Baptism, and there received the Universal Spirit,
which will supplant the egoism of today.
Thus He became filled with love, and therefore NATURALLY radiated that
quality, as naturally as a stove filled with burning coal radiates heat. We
may preach to the stove forever that its duty is to heat, but until we fill
it with fuel, it will remain cold. Likewise, we may preach to humanity that
we ought to be brothers and love one another, but until we put ourselves "IN
TUNE WITH THE INFINITE," we can no more love our neighbor than the empty
stove can heat. As Paul says, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and
of angles, and have not LOVE, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling
THE BAPTISM OF WATER refers to a past condition when we were irrespon-
sible as the child we take to church today, but THE BAPTISM OF SPIRIT is
something yet in the future for most of us, and it is this for which we are
striving. Let us pay particular attention to the thirteenth chapter of 1st
Corinthians during this coming month. Let us endeavor to practice in our
daily lives at least one of the virtues which Paul says lead to illumina-
tion, so that we may soon fit ourselves to see face to face the beauties of
the sacraments, which perhaps are now but dimly perceived as through a dark-
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LETTER NO. 8
RULING OUR STARS
I hope you enjoyed last month's lesson on "The Mystery of Light, Color
and Consciousness," and that you now have a more thorough realization of
what is meant by the saying, "In Him we live and move and have our being,"
for everywhere, throughout the whole universe, wherever light penetrates,
there God also is. Even in the places which WE call dark because the con-
stitution of our eyes prevents perception of objects there, organs of vision
differently constituted can function as exemplified in the instance of cats
Christ said, "Let your light shine." To the spiritual vision each human
being appears as a flame of light, variously colored according to tem-
perament, and or greater or less brilliancy in proportion to purity of char-
acter. Science has discovered that all matter is in a state of flux, that
the particles which compose our bodies continually decay and are eliminated
from the system, to be replaced by others which remain for a short time un-
til they also decompose. Likewise our moods, emotions, and desires change
with every passing moment, the old giving place to the new in an interminal
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succession. Therefore, they also must be composed of matter and subject to
laws similar to those which govern visible physical substances.
We even can, and do, change our mind; we can cultivate it in one direc-
tion or another as we please, just as we can develop the muscles of arm or
limb, or we can allow the member to atrophy. Therefore the mind also must
be composed of a changeable substance. But the ego, the Thinker, never
loses its "I"-dentity. In both childhood and old age that "I" remains the
same regardless of changes in thoughts, feelings, emotions, and desires.
Though the body, which we use as a garment, changes with the passing years,
WE are eternally and everlasting the same.
The quality of mutability of matter and evanescence of form is the basis
of all spiritual progress, however, for it matter were immutable as spirit,
there would be no possibility of advancement. So long as we drift with the
tide of life and do not consciously control the ebb and flow of matter to
and from our being, we are the sport of circumstances. Then when a ray of
Mars is projected at a certain angle to the atoms of our body, we feel all
the aggressiveness which it carries. A Saturnian beam, on the other hand,
brings us depression; it fills us with gloom and fearful forebodings. But
as we evolve and arrive at an understanding of the MYSTERY OF LIGHT, COLOR,
AND CONSCIOUSNESS, we gradually learn to rule our stars. Then by conformity
to the laws of nature we become masters of our own destiny; and it is of vi-
tal importance that no matter what the aspects which may rule at any certain
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time we should always assert ourselves and say:
"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
'I' am the master of my fate;
'I' am the captain of my soul."
LETTER NO. 9
Invisible Guardians of Humanity
You saw in the lesson, on Baptism, how we went back to the earliest days
of evolution upon our planet to find the significance of that sacrament.
You will have noticed also in last month's lesson how the Sacrament of Com-
munion has its root in the beginning of time. Thus it is apparent that un-
less we are capable of investigating the past history of the human race, we
can obtain no clear conception concerning anything connected with mankind.
Goethe spoke of "DAS EWIG WERDENDE"-the ever becoming. Change is the main-
spring of progression, and if we look upon man AS HE IS NOW, without regard
to what he has been, our deductions as to his future must necessarily be
The last lesson illustrates the Law of Analogy, showing how man was fos-
tered by Divine Guardians in a manner similar to that in which the little
child is care for by its parents to prepare it for the battle of life; and
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we may be sure that though these guardians have withdrawn from VISIBLE lead-
ership, they are still with us and keep a watchful eye upon their former
wards, just as we who are parents continue to take an interest in the wel-
fare of our children after they have left our hearth and home to fight the
battle of life for themselves.
When we have had our spiritual eyes opened and have learned to distin-
guish the various classes of beings in the higher realms, that guardianship
is one of the most reassuring facts to the observer; for though no one may
interfere with the free will of mankind and though it is contrary to the di-
vine plan in any way to coerce a man into doing that which he does not want
to do, there is no bar against suggestions along lines which he would be
likely to choose. And it is due to the wisdom and love of these Great Be-
ings that progress along humanitarian lines is the watchword of the day.
During the ages which have passed, we in the Western world have par-
ticularly felt the sorrow and pain due to war and strife. The struggle for
existence is constantly becoming more and more acute; it is dictated by
"man's inhumanity to man." But there is also another factor developed by
the Lords of Love and Compassion, namely, the altruistic movements, which
are multiplying in number at a wonderful rate, and gaining in efficiency as
the years go by. it is a noteworthy fact, however, that alms-giving and
charity which degrade the recipient are being more and more superseded by
HELP TO SELF-HELP, which elevates who we aid as well as those who give.
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That kind of help involves thought and self-sacrifice, which are fostered by
our Invisible Guardians among the stronger who are now their weaker
It is a cause for considerable congratulation that a number of our Fel-
lowship members are workers in institutions conducted along the above lines,
and I sincerely hope to see the day when a large majority will be able to
take up work of this nature, each in his respective environment. But begin
at home, be kind to all with whom you immediately come in contact, and when
you have been found faithful in a few things, the larger opportunities will
not be wanting.
LETTER NO. 10
FLESH FOOD AND ALCOHOL
It is one of the usual human characteristics to eulogize that which
pleases us, and deprecate that for which we have an aversion, but I trust
that you will have learned from last month's lesson the one great and glori-
ous fact that IN THE FATHER'S KINGDOM ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD.
Those among us who are content to live upon vegetables, and those among us
who feel no desire for strong drink, are usually too prone to look down upon
our brothers and sisters who still use flesh food and intoxicants with a
feeling of, "I am so much holier that thou"; but you will doubtless have
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perceived from what has been said in the lesson that such a feeling is en-
tirely gratuitous. Flesh food and alcohol have had a very material share in
the world's progress, and were it not for them we should not today be enjoy-
ing many of the comforts and labor-saving devices which make life in the
Western world so much easier than in primeval times. Neither is the day of
their usefulness entirely past; they are necessities in the lives of many
people. Besides, as the Good Book says, it is not that which goes into the
mouth that defiles, but that which proceeds therefrom; and the attitude of
haughty disdain for those who still use flesh foods, or are subject to alco-
holism, is far more subversive of spiritual growth than the mere partaking
of these foods.
Let us therefore not condemn others, but let us try to see the matter
from their side, and allow them to have their free will as we wish to have
ours. Neither let us obtrude our views upon them nor seek to make converts
to our mode of living among those who are not yet ready. THE CHANGE OUGHT
TO COME FROM WITHIN, and it should not be dictated by a consideration of the
healthfulness of vegetable food, nor by the spiritual acceleration to be
gained from a diet prepared without flesh. The highest motive should be
compassion for the poor victims which are slain to appease appetites.
It may be said, however, with safety that we eat too much flesh, and like
all compounds of nitrogen, such as nitro-glycerine, gun-cotton, and other
explosives, flesh foods are extremely unstable and dangerous to the system.
Therefore we will do well if we urge moderation upon all with whom we come
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in contact. Science is sufficiently well aware of the facts in the case to
furnish ample backing for any one who undertakes this mission. We may not
save the lives of as many animals by preaching moderation among our associ-
ates as we would if we could convert them to a bloodless diet, but if our
motive is to avert tragedy to all possible, that will be the wisest course.
Also is we can inculcate a spirit of compassion, the desire for flesh will
soon vanish before the spirit of love.
LETTER NO. 11
PREPARATIONS FOR REMOVAL TO MT. ECCLESIA
Saturday, October the 28th, at 12:40 P.M. sharp, Pacific time, we are go-
ing to break ground for the first building on Mt. Ecclesia, the home-site of
the Rosicrucian Fellowship. The house will be comparatively small, and we
are striving to make it as inexpensive or we shall not be able to build at
all. I am even doing the work of architect and contractor to save expenses.
Nevertheless, we consider this first breaking of ground an epoch of greatest
import in the young life of our society, for though our private quarters may
be cramped we shall have a large workroom and accommodation for several as-
sistants until funds become available for erection of the Ecclesia and other
pretentious structures more worthy of our mission in the world.
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We realize most keenly that the magnitude of our work in the world de-
pends in a large measure upon the support and co-operation of our associ-
ates, and we therefore most earnestly solicit your active assistance upon
this momentous occasion, to the end that our society may become a greater
power for good than any which has gone before.
You know that thoughts are things; that they are forces of a magnitude
proportionate to the intensity of purpose behind them. There is no easier
or more effective method of putting our whole being in tune with a certain
design, and hurling a powerful thought in a desired direction, than earnest
Now, I have two distinct requests for your help in prayer, and I hope and
trust you will give your most hearty support.
In the first place, though altogether unworthy, it will be my duty as
leader to break the ground for our future Headquarters at the time set, and
it is is possible for you to withdraw to your closet, please give yourself
up to earnest prayer that the Headquarters then being started may grown and
prosper in every good way; for the united prayers of our students all over
the world will be an immense force in that direction.
But you can do more; the cumulative thought of many friends directed day
by day towards a common center will work wonders. Will you send us a prayer
every night to strengthen Mrs. Heindel, the workers at Headquarters, and my-
self, so that we may grow purer, better, and more efficient workers in the
service of humanity, and that we may thus become more potent to alleviate
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the sorrow, suffering, and distress of all who seek our aid?
Further, will you write me once in a while assuring me of your sympathy
and co-operation? I may not be able to reply and thank you individually,
but you can rest assured that I shall appreciate your expression of good
will none the less.
LETTER NO. 12.
GROUND-BREAKING FOR FIRST BUILDING ON
This month I am departing from my usual custom of devoting the student's
letter entirely to a review of the previous months lesson, in order to tell
you of the ceremony we had at Mt. Ecclesia on the 28th, when we broke ground
for the first building on the site of our permanent Headquarters. I feel
sure you were with us in spirit, that you are eager to hear about it, and I
know the recital will bring us in closer touch.
Our first idea was to forego any outward show or ceremony. We desired to
avoid all unnecessary expense as our funds are not, even now, sufficient to
finish the building inside, and we shall have to rough it for awhile until
conditions are more favorable.
I had intended to go there and hold the service mentally, and alone, but
it seemed so cold, dreary, and desolate not to have one friend there in
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person to rejoice with me on that momentous occasion, not even my dear com-
panion in the work-Mrs. Heindel. Moreover, as this is a very important af-
fair of the Rosicrucian Fellowship and not a personal matter, I felt that
opportunity to attend ought to be given the members. The thought grew upon
me until I decided to ask the Teacher's advice; and, as he most heartily ap-
proved, we made an appropriation for the purpose of celebrating the event in
a simple, yet fitting manner, and sent notices to friends in the immediate
We made a large cross of the same style as our emblem, and on the three
upper ends we had painted, in gilt letters, the initials: C R C. These, you
know, represent the symbolical name of our great Head, and designate our em-
blem as the Christian Rose Cross, which conveys an idea of beauty and a
higher life so different from the gloom of death usually associated with the
This cross and a climbing rose we decided to plant at the same time as we
broke ground for the building, so that they might symbolize the verdant life
of the various kingdoms traveling to higher spheres along the spiral path of
On the 27th, Mrs. Heindel and I started for Oceanside, nearly exhausted
from the strain of packing and moving. The first rain of the season was
falling, and we felt some apprehension concerning the effect on the cer-
emony; but as we looked toward the almost cloud-hidden mountains in the
east, we beheld the largest, most glorious rainbow we had ever seen-a double
rainbow in fact-and it's southern foot seemed to stand directly upon Mt.
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Our responsibility to aid thousands of weary hearts to bravely bear their
burdens has often seemed beyond our strength; yet always have we found our
powers renewed by looking within; and this time it seemed as if all Nature
wanted to cheer us and was saying: "Take courage, remember the Work is not
yours but God's; trust entirely in Him; He will point the way." So we
clasped hands and took heart with new strength to carry on the beautiful
work of which Mt. Ecclesia is to be the center.
The day of the ceremony was an ideal California day; the sun shone is a
cloudless sky. Wherever we looked from Mt. Ecclesia, oceans, valleys, moun-
tains seemed to smile. Both the workers and visiting members were enrap-
tured with the incomparable beauty of the Headquarters site. Those present
were: Annie R. Atwood, of San Diego; Ruth E. Beach, of Portland, Ore.;
Rachel M. Cunningham, Rudolf Miller and John Adams of Los Angeles; George
Kramer, of Pittsburgh, Pa; Wm. M. Patterson, of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Heindel
At the appointed time I broke ground for the building. All helped to ex-
cavate for the cross, which was set by Wm. Patterson. Mrs. Heindel planted
the rose, which was then watered by all present. May it grow, may it bloom,
to adorn the nakedness of the cross and be an inspiration to purity of life
that will cover all past sins, no matter how dark the life may have been.
The address--as it should have been delivered-constitutes this month's les-
son. Circumstances occasioned some modifications.
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LETTER NO. 13
GENERATIVE PURITY THE IDEAL FOR THE WEST.
Have you grasped the main point in our last month's lesson on the symbol-
ism of the Rose Cross, the crux of the Western Wisdom Teaching? It is Gen-
The great Leaders of humanity always prescribe conditions most conducive
to the growth of each race; different religions for the masses, and varying
methods of attainment for the few. The populous condiion of the far East
proves a universally unrestricted indulgence of the passions upon the part
of our younger Chinese and Hindu brothers. Therefore the Wisdom Teachers of
the East prescribe celibacy for their disciples as a means of gaining con-
trol over passion.
In the West conditions are more complicated and dangerous. Here the
floodgates of passion are, in a large measure, dammed up; not from a sense
of the sanctity of the generative act, but because of selfishness and fan-
cied economic necessity. This method often leads to insidious perversion
and loose practices. Were not passion so strong, this method might indeed
result in race suicide. To require an aspirant born under such conditions
to live a celibate life would only given him further incentive to selfish-
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ness and self-sufficiency; so it is regarded as a mark of merit when a pupil
of the Western Mystery School marries and continues to live a life of chas-
It has been a detriment to the Western world that various societies have
promulgated Eastern doctrines-celibacy among others-here, and it was a se-
vere shock to me when an officer in one such organization deplored the mar-
riage of one of their lecturers, and told how it had embarrassed them that
his wife was about to be confined. As the years brought new additions to
the family the society has since relegated him to private life.
The exact reverse would have happened to pupils of the Western School.
They are most highly honored if able and willing to give a body and a home
to one or more waiting spirits, provided, of course, that they live a life
of chaste conjugal love during the intervals.
Thus while the younger, weaker Eastern soul is commanded by the Compas-
sionate Teachers, who temper the wind to the short lamb, to be celibate and
flee temptation, the older Western spirit is allowed to test its strength by
living in conjugal relations and perchance in accomplishing an immaculate
conception such as symbolized by the chaste, beautiful rose which scatters
its seed without passion, without shame.
A New Race is being born now. Pure-minded Christian men and women are
awakening more and more to the claims of the unborn. Let us celebrate the
anniversary of our Savior's birth by praying that pure conditions may soon
become general, and that all children may be well-born. Last, but not
least, let each of us teach, preach, and live this doctrine.
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LETTER NO. 14.
THE COMING AGE OF AIR
Reviewing last month's lesson, there is the startling statement that in
the next epoch we shall abandon our present terra firma and live in the air
clothed in a gaseous body. Another writer along these lines has provoked
much amusement by a series of articles so wildly imaginary that the opinions
which we have heard expressed unanimously vote him champion among story
tellers. Yet he stays on earth; his temples are as solid as a rock; and I
have hesitated to publish the above mentioned teaching till I decided that
duty required me to speak, even if some students do class me as visionary.
The trouble is, we have all become so much more impregnated with materi-
alism than we realize, and it hinders us in our quest. As students of tran-
scendental philosophy, we have accustomed ourselves to regard individual and
intermittent life in a ethereal body possible attainment for the few, but
that the whole human race may live permanently for a whole epoch in the
air!--truly, it made me hold my breath when I realized that the Bible means
exactly what it says when it states that WE SHALL MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR
AND BE WITH HIM FOR THE AGES.
Looking towards the future through the perspective of the past, however,
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the idea should really cause no surprise for it is strictly in line with the
path whence we have come to our present development. We lived at one time
like the mineral and were imbedded in the gaseous earth. We grew outwards
from the fiery core during a plantlike existence. Our peregrinations com-
menced upon the thin earth crust at a later time; and we are now upon the
highlands of the earth, far from the inner core where our evolution com-
menced. The march of progression has been OUTWARDS all the while, and it
follows that the next step ought to raise us above the earth level.
I am giving this teaching out for consideration because the majority of
our students believe in rebirth and the Law of Consequence, which are the
main arbiters of destiny during the present dispensation of recurring
cycles. Knowledge of these laws is of great value as it enables us to order
our life intelligently, building in THIS LIFE the conditions of the NEXT EM-
The majority of Christians have not this great advantage, but they live,
never the less, through all the tribulations of THIS AGE--the Kingdom of
Men-in the grand hope that they may qualify for admission the the Kingdom of
God--THE NEXT AGE. Our view of life has a SHORTER, theirs, a LONGER, focus.
They live less scientifically than those among us who apply our more exact
knowledge of present conditions, but they are fitting themselves for the FU-
TURE Age if they LIVE by the Bible. Their information may be vague, but
they live and die in the firm belief of the great and cardinal truth that
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they will GO TO HEAVEN and be with THE LORD FOREVER if they are real Chris-
If we believe ONLY in rebirth, we can expect nothing but a continuous
RETURN TO EARTH to battle with the LAW of Jehovah; we have no part in the
LOVE of Christ. To be perfectly in line with the facts, to be able to live
by THE WHOLE TRUTH, we must realize that birth and death are evanescent fea-
tures of this age of concrete existence, but LIFE ITSELF IS INTERMINABLE.
John tells us very definitely that though it does not appear what our con-
stitution shall be, we shall be changed to the likeness of Christ and remain
deathless throughout the Age; and it behooves us to keep this great hope
firmly before us and pray for the Kingdom to come, as our Lord taught.
LETTER NO. 15
THE ROLE OF STIMULANTS IN EVOLUTION
Our last lesson finished the series dealing with the sacrament of Com-
munion by description of how the spirit alcohol, which is fermented OUTSIDE
the system, is being superseded by sugar, which ferments WITHIN. I trust
you to see the thread of the argument which has been running through these
lessons: That a stimulant from the lethargy attendant upon a meat diet;
that the bacchanalian orgies in ancient temples, which properly fill us with
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horror nowadays, were the on immense value in human development; that the
first miracle of Christ and His Last Supper were devoted to a dispensation
of the stimulant; the He ordained its use "till He come"; that as consump-
tion of sugar increases, use of alcohol diminishes and, concurrently, the
moral standard is gradually elevated; that people grow more altruistic and
Christlike in proportion to their use of the non-inebriating stimulant, and
that therefore the temperance movement is one of the most powerful factors
to hasten the coming of Christ.
But as we cultivate finer and more delicate feelings, we shall shrink in
horror also from flesh food; and some day it will be considered as morbid a
taste to desire to use the stomach as a receptacle for the corpses of killed
animals as it now adjudged by society a morbid taste to desire strong drink
inordinately. As students of the Western Wisdom Teaching we should not
judge, however, but recognize the fact that many really require these ar-
ticles in moderation; but the matter is being adjusted by the invisible
leaders of evolution in a manner not yet obvious to casula observers, though
it is quite discernible to deeper investigators.
It is evident that evolutionary progress is elevating the lower kingdoms
as well as humanity. The animals, particularly the domesticated species,
are nearing individualization, and their withdrawal from manifestation has
already commenced. As a result it will in time be possible to obtain flesh
food. Then the death knell of "King Alcohol" will have struck, for only
flesh eaters crave liquor.
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In the meantime plant life is growing more sentient. The lateral limbs
of trees produce more abundantly than do vertical branches because in
plants, as in us, consciousness results from the antagonistic activities of
the desire and vital currents. Lateral limbs are swept through their entire
length by the desire currents which circle our planet and which act so pow-
erfully in the horizontal animal spines. The desire currents rouse the
sleeping plant life in the lateral limbs to a higher degree of consciousness
than is the case with the vertical currents radiating from the center of the
earth. Thus, in time, the plants will also become too sensitive to serve as
food and another source must be sought.
Today, we have considerable ability in working with the chemical, mineral
substances; we mold them into houses, ships, and all the other things which
evidence our civilization. We are master of the minerals OUTSIDE our body,
but powerless to assimilate and use them INSIDE our system to build our or-
gans until the plant life has transmuted crystals into crystalloids. Our
work with the minerals in the exterior world is raising their vibration and
is paving the way for direct interior use. By spiritual alchemy we shall
build the temple of the spirit, conquer the dust whence we came, and qualify
as true Master Masons prepared for work in higher spheres.
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LETTER NO. 16
NECESSITY FOR DEVOTION
As the subject of marriage, with which our last month's lesson dealt, is
in certain sense receiving a further treatment this month, I feel that the
letter to students this month may perhaps be most profitably devoted to a
point on which I have for a long time wished to speak.
The ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION has met with such phenomenal success and
called forth so much gratitude and admiration all over the world that I
ought to be flattered at the attention it is commanding everywhere. But, on
the contrary, I am beginning to feel more and more afraid that the book may
miss the mark at which our Elder Brothers have aimed. Its purpose, desig-
nated on pages 17 and 18, is to satisfy the mind by intellectually explain-
ing the world mystery, so that the devotional side of the student's nature
may be allowed to develop along lines which the intellect has approved. The
ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION , I believe, has won its way because of this
appeal to the intellect and the satisfaction it has given to the inquiring
mind. Hundreds, yes thousands, of letters have testified that students who
have searched in vain for years have found here what they sought. But few
have seemed able, as yet, to transcend the intellectual conception, and
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unless the book gives the student an earnest desire to transcend the path of
knowledge and pursue the path of devotion it is a failure, in my estimation.
In another society formed along these lines, I have known groups to sit
in classes for years wrangling before a chart of the atom, delving deep into
the minutiae of its spirals and spirillae, but cold and indifferent to the
woe of the world around them; and it is with great sorrow deepening appre-
hension that I note the development of a tendency in that direction among
some of our students, a tendency in that direction among some of our stu-
dents, a tendency which I hope may be checked before it kills the heart.
"Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth," says Paul, and this is well exem-
plified in the attitude of leaders in the society to which I have reference,
who often belittle the Christian religion on the platform or in print be-
cause it lacks an intellectual conception of the universe.
Let me recall to you the warning given by our Teacher in the ROSICRUCIAN
COSMO-CONCEPTION with reference to diagrams: "They are at best only
crutches to aid our limited faculties; when we make a diagram to explain
spiritual mysteries, it is as if we should take the wheels out of a watch
and lay them side by side to illustrate how the watch keeps time." Although
charts may be a valuable help at a certain stage of our development, it be-
hooves us always to remember their limitations and STRIVE TO ATTAIN BY OUR
INTUITION the true spiritual idea. I feel also that it is of the greatest
importance that students should keep the true purpose of the
COSMO-CONCEPTION, its aim and its end, most clearly and accurately before
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them at all times. It is stated in black letter son the return postal
cards, and I would advise every student to write it in LARGE letters and
past it into the ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION where it may be seen each
time the book is opened, for though we have all knowledge and can solve all
mysteries, we are but as tinkling cymbals unless we have love and USE IT to
help our fellow creatures.
LETTER NO. 17
STRAGGLERS IN EVOLUTION
From the teaching contained in last month's lesson you will understand
that there is absolutely not foundation for the idea, as commonly held,
about lost souls. There is not a single word in the Bible which carries
with it the idea that we have become accustomed to associate with the En-
glish word "forever." The Greek word is AIONIAN and means "an indefinite
period of time, an age"; and when we read in the Bible the words, "forever
and ever" they should really be translated "for ages and ages." Besides, as
it is a truth in nature that "in God we live and move and have our being," a
soul lost would mean that a part of God would be lost, and that of course is
Since writing last month's lesson another point has occurred to me which
will illustrate how the "lost" of one Period are dealt with in the next.
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You remember that we have spoken of the Lucifer spirits as stragglers from
the Moon Period and that we stated that they could find no field of evolu-
tion in the present scheme of manifestation. The archangels inhabit the
sun, the angels have charge of all the moons, but the Lucifer spirits were
incapable of dwelling upon either luminary. They could not assist in gen-
eration purely and unselfishly as do the angels, but were actuated by pas-
sion and selfish desires, so that a separate place had to be found for them.
Therefore they were placed upon the planet Mars, a fact well known to the
ancient astrologers who have Mars rule over Aries, which has dominion over
the head (remember, the brain is built by subverted sex force), and also
gave that planet rule over Scorpio, which governs the reproductive organs.
Aries is the 1st house in a flat horoscope, denoting the beginning of life;
Scorpio is the 8th, signifying death; and therein is contained the lesson
that all which is generated by passion and desire is bound to meet dissolu-
tion. Thus Mars is, astrologically and estorecially, "the devil"; and Luci-
fer, the chief among fallen angles, is truly the adversary of Jehovah, who
directs the fecundating force from the sun through the lunar agency.
Nevertheless, the Lucifer Spirits are aiding in the process of evolution.
From them we received the iron which alone makes it possible to live in an
oxygenated atmosphere. They have been, and are, agitators for material
progress, and we have no right to anathematize them. The Bible distinctly
forbids us to revile the gods. Jude states that not even the archangel
Michael dared revile Lucifer, and in the Book of Job the latter is spoken of
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as among the sons of God. His ambassador to the earth, Samuel, is the angel
of death, signified by Scorpio, but is also the angel of life and action
symbolized by Aries. Were it not for the stirring martial impulses we might
not feel sorrow as keenly as we do, but neither could we make the same
progress, and surely "it is better to wear out than to rust out."
Thus you see how these "lost sheep" of a former age are given a change to
retrieve their estate in the present scheme of evolution. They are delayed,
and, as stragglers, must always appear evil, but they are not "lost beyond
redemption." They may save themselves by serving us, probably by transmut-
ing Scorpio into Aries, generation into regeneration.
LETTER NO. 18
KEYNOTE OF THE ROSICRUCIAN TEACHINGS
The burden of last month's lesson was that it is our duty to pass on the
fruits of our study in an endeavor to benefit the world. But mystics usu-
ally stand aloof from their fellows and the world looks askance at us and
our beliefs. This ought not to be, and analysis will prove that the teach-
ings objected to are relatively unimportant and that the most vital of the
teachings will find ready acceptance and prepare the way for further in-
[PAGE 47] KEYNOTE OF THE ROSICRUCIAN TEACHINGS
The value of any particular teaching depends upon its power to make men
better HERE and NOW; to make them kind and considerate at home, conscien-
tious in business, loyal to friends, forgiving to enemies; and any teaching
which is easily applied, and will accomplish such results, need no further
Where shall we look for such a teaching? We have a monumental cosmogony,
describing world periods, revolutions, epochs, and races. Will that study
make men more kind? Or, if we can get them to pore over the mystery of num-
bers and names in the Kabala, will they become more conscientious? Surely
not; therefore such knowledge is of minor import. Will it make men moral if
we teach them of involution and evolution, or if we describe the cyclic
journey of the soul through purgatory and heaven? It will not necessarily,
at least till we have convinced them that under the Law of Consequence we
are subject to rebirth, and reap as we sow. Even a hint of such a belief,
however, would turn most people from us.
But, you will ask, what them is left of our teachings? The greatest
teaching of all, and the most practical. One that will arouse no antagonism
in any devotee of any religion, or even in an agnostic, for it need not be
labeled religious. It will produce most beneficent results from the day it
is applied, and affect future lives also, regardless of whether the man who
practices it ever hears the word Rosicrucian or learns more of our teach-
If you want to really work in God's vineyard--the world--don't isolate
yourself. Abstract study may be good part of the time, but go out in the
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world; win the confidence of people in church, club, or shop. If you set a
good example, they will inquire the secret, and you will be privileged to
give them the greatest teaching ever known:
THE SECRET OF SOUL GROWTH
You may talk to them something like this:
"Every night when I have gone to bed I review the happenings of the day
IN REVERSE ORDER. I try to judge myself impartially. I blame where blame
is due, repent, and resolve to reform. I praise myself, it praise is mer-
ited, and determine to do better next day.
"I fail often to keep my good resolutions, BUT I KEEP ON TRYING, and
little by little I succeed."
It may be well to explain that by reviewing events in reverse order they
are more firmly implanted in the memory, but further elucidation should be
avoided until you are certain your friend is seeking a solution to the prob-
lem of life.
This is discriminative propaganda.
LETTER NO. 19
SACREDNESS OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES
Many letters have been received during the past month voicing appre-
ciation of students in respect to the last lessons, and it has been a source
of gratification to note the deep-felt love for the Fellowship and the de-
sire to know "how it all came about." Thus I feel somewhat better about
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introducing my personal experiences than I did in the first place.
At the same time it cannot be too strongly emphasized that indiscriminate
relating of superphysical experiences is one of the most harmful of prac-
tices, no matter from what standpoint we look at it. In Lecture No. 11,
"Spiritual Sight and Insight," the matter has been thoroughly explained.
The "treasure-trove" must be lifted in silence; and from the Greek myth we
learn that Tantalus was hurled down into the infernal regions for divulging
spiritual secrets. In other words, we cannot attain true illumination while
we go hawking our dreams and visions from pillar to post and recount them
even to people manifestly unwilling to listen. Thereby we profane and
cheapen what we ought to reverence, and the desecration is apt to focus our
vision in the infernal regions, the lower strata of the desire world.
Again, such recitals always tax the credulity of those to whom they are
related. There is not measure whereby we may gauge their accuracy. They
often seem to have no practical bearing upon the problem of life; and even
if we have faith in the veracity of the visionary, there is not value in his
stories unless we can find an underlying law or purpose. Thus the statement
of the law is sufficient without embellishment. Perhaps, the best illustra-
tion of this point may be given by relating how I discovered the law of in-
fant mortality which was never published till it appeared in our literature.
My Teacher one day set me the task of following a certain person's life
through two previous embodiments and reporting. I had no idea that I was
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being sent in quest of a law, but thought the purpose was to develop my fac-
ulty of reading the Memory of Nature. When ready, I reported the result to
my Teacher who inquired particularly the circumstances attending death in
each of the two lives. I answered that the man died in battle the first
time and from sickness as a child the last. That was correct, and another
person's life was given me to investigate. That one died in bed the first
time, and also died as a child the last time. A third person's life termi-
nated in a fire the first time, and seemingly also as a child the last time.
I say "seemingly," for I could scarcely believe the evidence of my senses,
and felt diffident when I reported to my Teacher. I was surprised when he
said I was correct. This feeling grew as I, in turn investigated fourteen
person's lives. IN the first life they died under varying circumstances;
some in battle, others by accidents, and others in bed surrounded by weeping
relatives; but in the second life all passed out as children.
The Teacher then told me to compare these lives to find why they died as
children, and for many weeks I studied them night after night, but could
find not similarity in the conditions of their first death until one Sunday
morning just as I was entering my body, it flashed through my brain. I
awoke with a shout--Eureka! I almost jumped into the middle of the floor in
my joy at having found the key. The horrors of battle, fire, and accident,
and the lamentations of relatives alike prevent deep etching of the
life-panorama; and the value of a life terminated under such conditions
would be lost save for the following death as a child and subsequent tuition
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first in the first heaven, a fully elucidated in our literature. The law,
as there stated, logically explains a mystery of life independent of the ac-
curacy of my story. As I relate it only to give point to our lesson, I feel
consistent when exhorting others to silence as to their spiritual experi-
LETTER NO. 20
INITIATIVE AND PERSONAL FREEDOM
What do you think is the main point in last month's lesson? It is not MY
experiences, although students have attached a great deal of worth to them,
but in reality they are insignificant save as they serve to convey teaching
of benefit part from them. The greatest value of that which was recorded in
last month's lesson is the reiterated and emphatic insistence on absolute
PERSONAL FREEDOM in the Rosicrucian Fellowship.
In this respect the Western Mystery Teaching differs most radically from
that given to the younger souls of the East, where each has his Master--a
despot whom he slavishly serves in all things as "Kim" did the Guru he fol-
lowed, for there is considerable truth and fact in Kipling's story. There,
absolute and unquestioning obedience to the command of the EXTERIOR Master
he sees and serves physically is the means of spiritual advancement; the
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pupil is entirely without choice or prerogative, but neither has be respon-
Among the older souls of the WEST who aspire to spiritual growth, there
can be no Master or Guide. We are to learn to stand alone. We may not like
it; we may be afraid, and want a Master or Guide to free ourselves from re-
sponsibility. In that fact lies the reason, I think, why so many intelli-
gent and cultured people have joined spiritualistic circles and societies
promulgating Eastern teachings. Advanced beyond normal Western development,
they sense the Great Beyond, and it draws them as the wide expanse of blue
sky draws the nestling, despite fears, to trust its untried wings; but the
inward urge compels; and, fearing to trust themselves, they grasp eagerly at
the hand of "Masters" or "Spirit Guides" in the hope of attaining spiritual
power by their help. But the baby must crawl and fall; it must rise, fall
again and hurt itself. The experience is unpleasant but unavoidable, and
far to be preferred to the consequences of tying the infant to a chair to
save it from falling; then its limbs would become useless. And so do the
latent spiritual powers of the unfortunates who come under the (to Western-
ers) baneful domination of Spirit Guides and Eastern Masters.
The Western Teacher is more like the parent bird which pushes the young
off the nest if they do not go themselves. We may hurt ourselves, but WE DO
LEARN TO FLY. Take my own case: Pushed out in the world with the
Rosicrucian teaching and told to spread it, you may be sure I have held by
breath many a time as the realization grew of what a gigantic undertaking it
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is, and how insignificant Mrs. Heindel and I are. Often, when the work
seemed about to swamp us, we have prayed and prayed for help, but as we look
back we can see what lessons we have learned by the struggle. Sometimes
frined have remarked: "Oh, how we wish the money would be forthcoming to
build the Ecclesia and schools, so that the work might be carried into the
world with greater effect"; but we realize that there are other lessons be-
fore us, and that when we are ready, the means for further extension will
come; until then, our wings need more training.
It is the same with every associate of the Fellowship. We are to learn
the lesson of working for a common purpose, without leadership; each
prompted alike by the Spirit of Love from within to strive for the physical,
moral, and spiritual uplift of all the world so the stature of Christ--THE
LORD AND LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
LETTER NO. 21
THE CHRIST SPIRIT AND THE SPIRITUAL PANACEA
You remember reading in the ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION about how in
the ages from Noah to Christ, under the regime of Jehovah, universal self-
ishness was fostered in the entire human race. Man was told that "Heaven,
even the heavens, are the Lord's, but the earth has He given to the children
of men." Thus man was urged to seek material possessions, and had no
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conception of treasures in heaven, which are the fruits of self-sacrifice.
As a consequence, his heaven life became more and more barren; spiritual
progress waned, and unless a new impulse had been given, it must eventually
Then the Cosmic Christ Spirit, the "Redeemer," commenced His beneficent
work, and eventually obtained access to the earth through the "cleansing
blood of Jesus" when it flowed on Golgotha; and now the Christ Spirit is
working from within our globe to attentuate its physical and superphysical
constituents. An enormous spiritual inrush was felt at the moment He came
into full possession of the earth on Golgotha; so great, indeed, that the
intense light blinded the people. From that moment the principle altruism
commenced to take a greater hold upon our race; we are gradually ceasing to
look to our own interest alone, and are laying up treasure by an interest in
the welfare of our fellow men. Had not Christ come, another moon must have
been thrown off to rid us of the worst elements, but from this we are being
saved by grace through sacrifice of the Cosmic Christ Spirit--a sacrifice
that does not involve His death as commonly understood, but is an infusion
of the earth with a higher life which enables us to live more abundantly in
In this coming of Christ to earth we have an analogy between it and the
adminisering of the spiritual Panacrea, according to the law, "As above, so
below." There is in every little cell of the human body a separate cell
life, but over and above that is the ego which directs and controls all
cells so that they act in harmony. During certain protracted illnesses the
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ego becomes so intent upon the suffering that it ceases to fully vivify the
cells; thus bodily ailment breeds mental inaction and it may become impos-
sible to throw off disease without a special impulse to dispel, the mental
fog and start the cell activities anew. That is what the Spiritual Panacea
does. As the inrushing Christ life on Golgotha commenced to dispel the
shell of fear bred by inexorable law that hung like a pall about the earth;
as it started the millions of human beings upon the path of peace and good
will, so also when the Panacea is applied does the concentrated Christ life
therein contained rush through the patient's body and infuse each cell with
a rhythm that awakens the imprisoned ego from its lethargy and gives back
life and health. May God grant that we shall soon be able to bring this
great boon to suffering humanity.
LETTER NO. 22
THE MYSTIC BREAD AND WINE
If I had asked the students to write me what--in their opinion--was the
most important point in last month's lesson, what do you think would have
been answered in the majority of the cases? I believe many would feel that
the connection between the bread, the wine, and health was the principal
idea; and perhaps I may be responsible for that view because I printed those
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words in bold type. But while it is of signal important that we should
grasp this connection between the bread, the wine, and health, and apply it
in our lives to the very utmost power of our ability, if we do so for any
less reason that given by our Lord, it is essentially selfish, and will not
further out development nearly as much as if we do it as He requested, "in
remembrance of Him."
Just look at the matter in this light, dear friend, and you will grasp
the idea. Under the regime of Jehovah, selfishness crystallized the earth
to such an extend that spiritual vibrations were almost stilled. Evolution
was coming to a standstill, and the blood had become so impregnated with
egoism that the race was in danger of degenerating. The Cosmic Christ then
manifested through Jesus to save us. Cleansing the blood from egoism is the
Mystery of Golgotha; it commenced when the blood of Jesus flowed, it has
continued through the wars of Christian nations whenever men fought for an
ideal, and will last until the horrors of war by contrast have sufficiently
impressed mankind with the beauty of Brotherhood.
The Christ entered the earth on Golgotha. He is leavening the earth anew
and making it responsive to spiritual vibrations, but His sacrifice was not
consummated in a moment by DYING to save us in the generally accepted way.
He is still GROWING AND TRAVAILING, WAITING FOR THE DAY OF LIBERATION, for
the "manifestation of the sons of God"; and truly do we hasten that day ev-
ery time we partake of food for our finer bodies symbolized by the mystic
bread and wine. But we would be much more efficient in accelerating our own
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liberation and in hastening "the day of our Lord" if we always did it IN
REMEMBRANCE OF HIM.
Do you remember "Sir Launfal's Vision"? It was not the size of the gift
that counted; the gold coin he flung to the beggar was materially more valu-
able than the crust he gave later; but the coin was given in a spirit of im-
patience to be rid of a loathsome presence. The crust was given in
rememberance of the Christ, and for His sake, and that made all the differ-
"And Sir Launfal said: 'I behold in thee,
An image of Him who died on the tree;
Thou also hast had thy crown of thorns,
Thou also hast had the world's buffets and scorns,
And to thy life were not denied
The wounds in the hands and feet and side;
Mild Mary's Son, acknowledge me;
Behold, through him I give to Thee!"
The more we cultivate the spirit of doing all things whatsoever for the
sake of Christ and His Liberation, the better and the more fruitful lives we
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LETTER NO. 23
DESCENDING AND ASCENDING ARCS OF EVOLUTION
Looking over the last month's lesson, the most important points are the
great antiquity and cosmic origin of the two great movements known now as
Freemasony and Catholicism--movements instituted respectively by the Sons of
Fire and the Sons of Water. It is true, as stated in the COSMO-CONCEPTION,
that Initiation of human beings did not commence until about the middle of
the Earth Period, when the fires of Lemuria were battling with the waters of
Atlantis, but is is also true that the education of humanity depends upon
the training their instructors have had in previous evolution. The attitude
assumed by the two groups of angels has resulted in the above mentioned an-
tagonistic movements. The fallen angels and fallen man are intimately con-
nected with the work of the world under its temporal rulers. From Lucifer,
the Spirit of Mars, comes the fiery red blood which is the vehicle of all
material energy, ambition, and progress; but also, it is the vehicle of pas-
sion, which taints it and has caused it to flow until the earth is red.
From Jehovah come the restraining Law and punishment for sin.
Let the diagram below represent the epochs through which the spirit
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descends and ascends, also the worlds and their corresponding bodies--then
the relative connection of the various factors will be plain.
lst Epoch 7th Epoch
2nd Epoch 6th Epoch
3rd Epoch 5th Epoch
Bodies separated into Spirits separated into
sexes-male and female. sexes--statecraft and
In Lemuria, the land of the Third Epoch, mankind was separated into
sexes--male and female. At that time they were spiritual beings reaching
downwards into materiality, and the pioneers listened eagerly to the "gospel
of the body" which they sensed dimly, but learned to know as time went on
and the spiritual world faded from sight. Then the Lucifer Spirits were the
teachers of the WOMAN (Eve), and Jehovah addressed himself to MAN (Adam).
Women was then more advanced than man along material lines for we were then
upon the descending are of the evolutionary path.
When the turning point was passed in the middle of the Atlantean Epoch,
woman gradually become more spiritually inclined. She commenced to listen
to the voice of Jehovah, and to fill the churches in an effort to satisfy
spiritual aspirations; while man now expends the Martian energy along
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material lines originally advocated by the "Light-bringer," Lucifer.
As the white light changes color according to the angle of refraction, so
also the viewpoint of the spirit changes with the sex of its vesture; but as
the spirit alternates between male and female embodiments, we may readily
balance the scales and take the path that most appeals to us, or combine the
best path in both. Our later lessons will point the path, but we may say
now that He who said, "I am the true Light," is at the end of the
path--Lucifer and Jehovah alike are but stepping-stones on THE WAY TO TRUTH
LETTER NO. 24
THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP, AS SPIRITUAL CENTER
On the 28th of last month it was a year since we broke ground for the
first building on Mt Ecclesia. It was a typical California day of glorious
sunshine with a cloudless sky whose deep blue vied with the azure of the Pa-
cific Ocean visible for more than a hundred miles from where we stood on the
Headquarters grounds. We were a little flock of nine, mostly visiting mem-
bers. As we looked over the lovely green San Luis Rey valley towards the
great snowclad mountains in the east and behold the white walls, the red
tiled roof, and the gilded dome of the San Luis Rey Catholic Mission, where
the Franciscan Fathers wrought and taught for centuries among Mexicans and
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Indians, it seemed to us an augur.
Here we were, a few enthusiasts, upon a bare piece of land, where we
aimed to establish a Spiritual Center. Those ancient Fathers had stood in a
similar position, better in some respects and worse in others. Modern meth-
ods and transportation facilities enable us to reach the whole world today,
while their field was limited to their immediate vicinity. They were
obliged to till the soil of the field as well as the soul of their flock to
obtain a livelihood. They called upon their charges to perform the physical
labor while they planned, and by their joint efforts a temple was erected
where all might worship. In that respect they were much better off then we;
their full membership was present at the seat of operations and ready to
give physical help in the upbuilding of the Mission which was to them what
our Headquarters are to the Rosicrucian Fellowship. But we have no wards;
we claim no authority, and repudiate interference with individual freedom
as much interference is diametrically opposed to the Rosicrucian teachings,
which are the highest in the world. "If thou art Christ, help thyself,"
is flung at the candidate undergoing Initiation when he groans under the
trial. No one who is a "leaner" can at the same time be a helper; each must
learn to stand alone.
Our associate membership is four times as large as a year ago, and of
course the work is vastly heavier--though system and machinery enable three
of us who work in the office to do the work of a large staff, and paid help
does the housework and gardening. But the routine work of preparing lessons
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and letters for the various classes, correcting examination papers, the
sending each month of about 1500 individual letters to aid our students in
difficulties, in addition to class letters, sometimes just swamps us. It
seems as if we could not entertain another application for want of help to
do the mechanical part of the work. But, miraculously, it seems, the sky
suddenly clears, we invent a new method of accomplishing a certain part of
the work with greater speed or less labor; and are ready for another in-
crease; as said, we do four times more work than a year ago, with less help
and less labor.
But while the Fellowship at large is thus cared for, Headquarters itself
has suffered neglect. The proposed School of Healing, the Sanitarium, and,
most important of all, the Ecclesia--where the Panacea is to be prepared and
powerful healing services are to spread moral and physical health all over
the world--all these are but germinal ideas as yet. As the cry of suffering
humanity reaches us through many thousands of letters, our longing for the
realization of the Brother's plans becomes more intense, so keen in fact
that it seems to embody the concentrated yearning of all who have appealed
to us in sorrow and suffering.
Our membership is scattered all over the world. We cannot follow the ex-
ample of the Spanish padres and ask our students to make physical brick and
lay it, brick upon brick, as a labor of love. I have never asked any one
for a cent--the Rosicrucian Fellowship's work has been supported entirely by
free-will offerings and the modest revenue accruing from the sale of my
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books--nor can I now make an appeal for a building fund; that must come from
the hearts of friends, if at all; but feeling as we do here at Headquarters,
the intense throb of pain in the world impels me to cast about for means of
realizing the pain TO MAKE THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP HEADQUARTERS A MOST
EFFICIENT SPIRITUAL CENTER.
A year ago I wrote the students stating the exact moment when we would
break ground on Mt. Ecclesia and asked each to enter his closet and be with
us in prayer if he could not be with us in person. It is wonderful what an
uplift we felt from that united spiritual effort; the initial impulse has
furthered the work to an inestimable degree during the past year, and I
again feel impelled to invoke your help along similar lines.
The Christian Scientist "demonstrates" when he wishes to build edifices,
and money pours into his coffers; the New Thoughter sends out a "demand";
and Christians of all denominations "pray" for funds. They all use one fun-
damental method, but employ different names. All wish magnificent piles of
stone and glass, and they get them. I know that a place and building com-
mensurate with the dignity of our work are necessary, but much as we need
them, I cannot pray for sticks and stones nor can I ask you to do so; but I
can, will, and do ask you to join me in the prayer THAT THE ROSICRUCIAN FEL-
LOWSHIP HEADQUARTERS MAY BECOME A MOST EFFICIENT AND POWERFUL SPIRITUAL CEN-
TER. Pray with your whole soul that the workers at Headquarters be given
grace to push the work; make them a focus for your loving thoughts so we may
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radiate that grace back on a world hungry for just such love. In ourselves
we are frail, but through your prayers and God's grace we shall be a mighty
force in the world; and if we SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD, such trifles as
building necessary for the work will follow as a matter of course without
degrading prayer by making it a means of acquiring physical possessions.
LETTER NO. 25
THE MYSTIC MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS
Christmas bells! Have you ever felt their magic in childhood days before
doubt crept into your heart and shattered the ideals inculcated by the
church? The same bell rang for church on Sundays and for prayer meeting at
mid-week, but there was a different ring at Christmas, something unusually
festive, something which we now attribute to childish imagination. We miss
this something, however much we may congratulate ourselves upon emancipation
from what we are pleased to term "the mummeries of the church." Wordsworth,
in his "Ode to Immortality," voiced the keen feeling of regret due to loss
of childish ideals; nothing the world has to give can take their place, and
however we may be blessed with material wealth we are truly poor when the
"glamour" of youth has gone and intellectual conceptions stifle much
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Paul exhorted us to be always ready with a reason for our faith, and
there is a mystic reason for many practices of the church which have been
handed down from hoary antiquity. The sounding of the bell when the candle
is lit upon the altar was inaugurated by spiritually illumined seers to
teach the cosmic units of LIGHT and SOUND. The metal tongue of the bell
bring Christ; mystic message to mankind as clearly today as when He first
enunciated the graceful invitation: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Thus the bell is a symbol of
Christ, "The Word," when it calls us from work to worship before the illumi-
nated altar where He meets us as "The Light of the World."
Also the particularly festive feeling awakened by the Christmas bells is
produced by cosmic causes active at this time of the year, and the present
season is holy in very truth as we shall presently see. Those who study the
stars know the signs of the zodiac as a cosmic sounding board, each sign vi-
brant with a particular quality; and as the marching orbs travel in kaleido-
scopic procession from sign to sign in ever varying combination, the chords
of cosmic harmony known to mystics as the "song of the spheres" sound a
never ending anthem of prayer and praise to the Creator. This is not a fan-
ciful idea but an actual fact patent to the seer, and capable of demonstra-
tion to thinkers by its effects. And the harmony of the spheres is not a
monotone; it varies from day to day and from month to month as sun and plan-
ets pass from sign to sign in their orbits. There are also yearly epochal
variations due to precession of the equinoxes. Thus there is infinite
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variety in the song of the spheres, as indeed there must be, for this con-
stant change of spiritual vibration is the basis of spiritual and physical
evolution. Were it to cease even an instant, Cosmos would be resolved to
For demonstration, observe the nature and quality of the love life poured
through the Christ-star, the sun, when it transits the belligerent sign of
Aries, the Ram, in spring, Sex love is the keynote of nature; all its ener-
gies are applied in generation; then the passional propensities run riot.
Compare this with the effect of the sun during December when it is focused
through the benevolent Sagittarius, ruled by the planet Jupiter. Its ray is
then conducive to religion and philanthropy; the air is vibrant with gener-
osity, and the love life of the Christ-star find its highest expression
through this congenial sign. Outwardly reigns the gloom of winter, for the
visible symbol of "The Light of the World" has been onscured; but on the
darkest night of the year Christmas chimes evoke a ready response to the
Christmas feeling which makes the whole world akin, children of our Father
May the mystic music of the Christmas chimes awaken the tenderest chord
in your heart, and may the keynote of joy be uppermost in your being during
the coming year--this is the Christmas wish of the workers on Mt. Ecclesia.
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It is cold in the Northern Hemisphere--old Boreas holds land and sea in
his icy grip--but at no other time of the year are the hearts of men so
warm. "A merry Christmas" and "A happy New Year" are salutations and ex-
pressions of good will which greet us everywhere. To most people they are
only a breath flung to the breeze, but nevertheless they leave an atmosphere
of kindness which is more important than is usually realized. The world
would be richer if such cordial greetings were common all the year instead
of being confined to this season. But, "if wishes were horse, beggars would
ride" says the proverb; and unless our acts are directed towards the
realization of our wishes, the benefit is nil. A certain sulphuric region
is said to be paved with good intentions such as "well-meaning men" cherish,
but the world needs works more than wishes.
Last month I asked you to join me in prayer for the efficiency of the
Rosicrucian Fellowship in uplifting the world, and many letters have been
received assuring me that the workers at Headquarters have the constant
prayers of students. We know the power of prayer; without that grateful
support we could never have endured the physical and mental strain incident
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to our phenomenal growth. But a few thousands are only as drops in a bucket
compared to the millions who are seeking the light.
Christ said; 'LET HIM WHO WOULD BE THE GREATEST AMONG YOU BE THE SERVANT
OF ALL." The worth of a man is measured by his services to the community.
The same is true of an association; but, being a composite body, its effi-
ciency as a whole depends upon the interest and enthusiasm of individual
members. We are all under obligation to the Elder Brothers for the light we
have received. It is our sacred duty to let that light shine so that others
may share our great privilege (not disregarding others duties), and I there-
fore solicit your personal aid in making a systematic campaign to promulgate
the Rosicrucian teachings more widely during the coming year.
This campaign should be carried on with discretion however. Let us be-
ware of disturbing those of contented mind, but if you know of any one seek-
ing for a solution to the Mystery of Life, please send us his or her name
and we will send literature. Your name will not be mentioned unless you
We shall also be pleased to furnish you slips with information about the
Rosicrucian Fellowship, as printed on the back of our postcards, if you
will write for them. In this way you may interest your friends and open the
way for further inquiry, and thus between us we may succeed in bringing the
seeker LIGHT to his everlasting benefit. In helping your brother in his
growth you are also helping yourself.
May spiritual prosperity and abundance of soul growth mark every day of
your New Year.
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LETTER NO. 27
SIEGFRIED, THE TRUTH SEEKER
As we give our children picture books to convey moral lessons which they
could not grasp intellectually, so the Divine Leaders of infant humanity
used myths to convey great spiritual truths which have germinated for ages
unconsciously to us, but have nevertheless been potent factors in shaping
the line of human progress. You would scarcely thing that the Faust myth
embodies the great problem of Freemasonry and Catholicism, and shows its ul-
timate solution, but we shall see in future lessons that this is true. At
the present time I take just a point from the great northern epic, THE RING
OF THE BIEBELUNG, to show how the great truth that the truth seeker must
"leave father and mother," as Jesus and Hiram Abiff did, was conveyed to the
Children of the Mist (NIEBEL is mist and UNGEN is children in German), who
lived in the foggy atmosphere of Atlantis. Later I may take that legend up
Wotan is the chief of the gods, who are always at war with the giants.
They build a fortress called Valhalla where the Valkyries, daughters of
Wotan, bring the faithful who have fallen in battle defending the faith.
Truth lost its universal aspect when its warders walled it in and limited
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it. But Wotan has other children who love truth so dearly that they flee
from Valhalla to be free. They are armed with a sword called "child of dis-
tress" (representing the COURAGE OF DESPAIR), wherewith the rebel against
creed and dogma ever arms himself, casts conventionality to the wind, and
seeks truth. Wotan sends his minions after the fugitives, and bids Brunhild
the Valkyrie, who represents the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, to help slay them. She
refuses; and Wotan, who has made himself invisible, parries the sword
thrusts of his valiant son, Siegmund, who is killed in the unequal fight.
The dominant church does not view the complacence the secession of its
children. It would even prostitute the Spirit of Truth to do its bidding,
and when that fails, it uses subtle means to accomplish its ends. Its in-
tentions were good, but it has degenerated. As Wotan puts Brunhilde from
him in tears to sleep on a fire-girt rock, he tells her that she shall not
wake till one appears MORE FREE THAN HE HIMSELF. Truth cannot be found in
creed-bound religion; who seeks it must be untrammeled by allegiance to any
Such is Siegfried (translated, he who through victory gains peace), the
son of the slain Siegmund and his sister-wife Sieglinda. The latter died
after giving birth to him. He is thus free from father, mother, and all
earthly ties; his only heirloom is a broken sword, the "Child of Distress."
Fostered among the Niebelungen (ordinary mankind), he feels his divinity,
and chafes at the limitations of his sphere. His foster father, Mimir, is a
cunning smith; but every sword forged by him is shattered by the young giant
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at the first blow. Oft had Mimir tried to forge the "Child of Distress, and
failed; for NO COWARD can do that. So long as we fear the church, public
opinion, or anything else, we cannot free ourselves.
The courage of despair overcomes fear, and Siegfried finally forges the
sword himself. With it he slays Fafner, the dragon of desire which broods
over the treasures of the earth, and Mimir, his foster father, the lower na-
ture. He is then absolutely free. A bird, the voice of intuition, tells
him of Brunhilde, the beautiful Spirit of Truth, who may be awakened by ONE
WHO IS FEARLESS AND FREE. Siegfried follows the bird of intuition on his
quest; but Wotan, his ancestor, seeks to bar him with his spear, represent-
ing the power of creed upon which the sword in Siegfried's hand was once
broken. That sword is stronger since Siegfried forged it, and Wotan's spear
is weaker since the first blow, for creed always weakens when assailed.
Siegfried, the free and fearless one, shatters Wotan's spear; and pursuing
his way through the fire to the rock of the Valkyrie, he enfolds the beauti-
ful Spirit of Truth in a loving embrace and wakens her with a kiss.
Thus the ancient myth told the truth seeker what was required to find
truth. We must leave father and mother, creed, dogma, conventionalities,
preconceived opinions, and worldly desires behind; we must never fear con-
flict with established authorities, but we must follow the inner voice
through fire if need be; then, and then only, can we find truth.
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Therefore the Rosicrucians insist that all who come to them for deeper
teachings MUST BE FREE from allegiance to any school, and the candidate is
not bound by oaths at any stage. Whatever promises he makes are made to
himself, for liberty is the most precious possession of the soul, and there
is no greater crime than to fetter a fellow-being in any manner. May we all
remain true to the great heritage, and valiantly resists any infringement of
this sacred right.
LETTER NO. 28
THE INCORPORATION AND FUTURE PLANS OF THE FELLOWSHIP
This month I have several important announcements to make and will use
the monthly letter for that purpose. You remember that last year, in the
series of lessons entitled "Our Work in the World," I spoke of incorporating
the Rosicrucian Fellowship and placing the direction of its affairs in
charge of trustees, so that that which belongs to the work may be preserved
for its altruistic purposes during the centuries to come. Such an incorpo-
ration has now been perfected under the laws of California and the Fellow-
ship has legal standing in the world. The Headquarter's site with the
buildings now upon it, and the appliances necessary to carry on the work,
are now the property of the Fellowship as a whole, safe from individual
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This has lifted a great load off the shoulders of Mrs. Heindel and my-
self. We have accumulated the contributions to the Fellowship, varying from
a postage stamp to modest sums of money (for there have been no large
amounts given as yet). With these small means carefully expended there ex-
ists now the foundation of something so immeasurably great that it is beyond
my power of description. You, with your freewill offerings, have helped to
create Mt. Ecclesia from the material point of view; yours it is and yours
it shall remain, for neither Mrs. Heindel not I care for money or property,
but glory only in the inestimable privilege of being of service. Much more
is needed of course, so that the work may fully flower, but we rest our
faith in the assurance of the Elder Brothers that when we are ready the
things which make for greater growth and greater usefulness of the
Rosicrucian Fellowship will come to us. Meanwhile we shall keep on laboring
from day to day with the means already at our command; for thus, and thus
only, can we fit ourselves for greater service.
It is also a great pleasure to announce that whereas we were before un-
able to obtain help, we have now several loyal co-workers at Headquarters;
but though our office force has doubled within the last few months, so also
has the work increased at a most phenomenal rate, and the rush in the office
is as great as ever.
As you will remember, our earliest literature took notice of the fact
that Science, Art, and Religion had been divorced in modern times, as
separation was necessary to the thorough development of each. It was also
stated that as Science, Art, and Religion were taught unitedly in the
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ancient Mystery Temples, so also must a union take place in the future for
that is necessary to our spiritual growth. In June we shall start a School
on Mt. Ecclesia to give out this composite teaching, with particular empha-
sis upon the art of healing. Prospectus and further particulars will be
mailed to interested students upon application to Headquarters. The ex-
penses will be met by offerings from those who attend.
LETTER NO. 29
FREE MASONRY, CO-MASONRY, AND CATHOLICISM
At the end of last month's lesson a few words were said about men and
women practicing Mystic Masonry, and it might appear to some as if we en-
dorse Co-Masonry, but this is emphatically not the case. While we do not
upon principle seek disparagingly of any legitimate movement, we have always
warned our students against the Eastern religion as dangerous to the Wester
world, though perfectly suited to the East. Co-Masonry is the outgrowth of
a society promulgating Hinduism. In the winter of 1899-1900, the present
leader of that society was in Rome, and one of her lieutenants accidentally
found the Masonic rites in the Vatican library. These she copied without
permission, and gave them to her superior, who took upon herself to write an
extra degree. These are now the rites of Co-Masonry.
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The foregoing statements are facts which we can prove; and we leave our
students to form their own conclusions as the ethical efficiency and powers
of soul-building possessed by a movement based upon rites obtained in such a
manner. Besides, though we know positively that the rites came from Rome,
we doubt that the abstractor eluded the vigilant watchers there. We believe
that she unconsciously played into the hands of the Vatican. Thus
Co-Masonry is both Hindu and Catholic in its origin. It is not recognized
by the regular Masonic bodies, no matter what its founders claim.
In the closing lesson on Freemasonry and Catholicism we summed up the
points concerning their cosmic relation in order to draw out the essence of
the teaching; now for the closing word--the quintessence of our argument:
The word "Freemason" is derived from the Egyptian PHREE MESSEN, "Children
of Light." These words were originally used to designate builders of the
Temple of God--the human soul.
Catholic means "universal," and was originally applied to differentiate
the all-embracing World Religion--Christianity--from race religions like
The blood is the vehicle of the spirit; under the regime of Jehovah and
the Lucifer spirits it became contaminated with egoism. Both Freemasonry
and Catholicism aim to cleanse the blood and foster altruism.
Freemasonry teaches the candidate to work out his own salvation;
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Catholicism leaves him dependent on the blood of Jesus. Those who use the
positive method naturally become the strongest souls; therefore Free-masonry
should be fostered rather than Catholicism.
LETTER NO. 30
THE ROLE OF EVIL IN THE WORLD
In last month's lesson we saw the value of discord in music; also the
corresponding role of evil in the world, namely, to enhance by contrast the
beauty and harmony of good. Thus it might seem at a superficial glance as
if the apparent evil had been designed by God, the Author and Architect of
our system--as if He were responsible for all the pain and sorrow under
which the world is groaning. Such is not the case however. The Bible says
truly that the Elohim, who were His agents, "saw that it was good" when
their labor was done. Our ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION and Lectures 13 and
14 explain in detail the Bible story of how the apparent evil came in
through the Lucifer spirits; and that when it had entered, the forces which
work for good used it to serve a beneficent purpose and to achieve a higher
good than possible without this factor.
In the latter part of the Lemurian Epoch and in the early Atlantean
times, man was pure and innocent--the docile ward of guardian angels who
guided his every step upon the path of unfoldment. He had no reason; that
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would have been unnecessary when there was only one path to follow, for in
that state there was no choice. The Lords of Venus were sent to foster
goodness, love, and devotion. Had no disturbing factor entered, this earth
would have remained in a paradise, and man would have been as beautiful
flower therein. Pain, sorrow, and sickness would have been unknown. Under
the regime of the lunar angels and the Lords of Venus, man would have grown
wise and good automatically because there would have been no alternative.
When the Lucifer spirits opened his eyes to the other course, and the Lords
of Mercury fostered reason to guide him, he became potentially greater than
either as required of those who follow the spiral path of evolution.
Thus equipped with choice and reason, it is man's glorious prerogative to
elevate himself to the pinnacle of the greatest perfection possible in this
scheme of evolution. Therefore Christ said: "He that believeth on me, the
works that I do shall he do also; and GREATER WORKS that these shall be do."
Let us learn from the Faust myth to follow in the footsteps of our pre-
ceptors by using the seeming evil to accomplish a greater good; let us learn
not to be overcome by evil but to overcome it and transmute it into good.
There is a saying that "whatever is, is best." If that were true there
would be no incentive to strive for anything higher, better or greater. The
words of the Savior urge us onward and legends like the Faust myth teach us
how to use the seemingly destructive and subversive forces.
To whom much is given, of him much will be required. Students of the
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Rosicrucian Fellowship who receive the advanced Western Wisdom Teachings are
particularly obligated to make great efforts. May we strive with all our
strength to live up to our grand privilege.
P.S. Many new students have been added to our list since we asked your
daily prayers for the workers at Headquarters. We therefore feel that it
will serve a good purpose to reiterate the request to please include us in
your devotions and ask that the Rosicrucian Fellowship Headquarters may be-
come a most efficient Spiritual Center. We are, as you know from the pro-
spectus, now about to open the School of Healing, and in this important step
we feel the need of the grace of God as never before. Please help us so
that we may succeed.
LETTER NO. 31
CHRIST, AND HIS SECOND COMING
One of the cardinal points in this month's lesson, and one concerning
which widespread misunderstanding exists, had to do with the coming of
Christ, and the vehicle he will use. The Bible gives the teaching very
clearly, and the Western Wisdom Teachings of the Rosicrucians is in full ac-
cord therewith; hence it differs radically from the current conception of
this matter, both among the majority of Christians and those who unwittingly
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or otherwise put forth false Christs to deceive the unwary. It is there-
fore of vital importance that scholars of the Western School should under-
stand this matter thoroughly, so we will reiterate briefly the cardinal
points of the Rosicrucian teachings given in the ROSICRUCIAN
COSMO-CONCEPTION and elsewhere.
Christ is the highest Initiate of the Sun Period; the earth was them made
of desire stuff, and His densest body was formed of that material.
No one can form a vehicle of material which he has not learned to mold;
hence the Christ Spirit worked with our humanity from without the earth, as
group spirits guide animals, until Jesus relinquished his dense and vital
bodies at the Baptism. The Christ Spirit then descended into these ve-
hicles, and ministered physically to man until the dense body was destroyed
on Golgotha, when he became the indwelling Earth Spirit. The vital body of
Jesus was them laid aside to await Christ's second advent.
Christ warned against imitators, and the question arises, How may we know
the false form the real? Paul gives us such definite information that if we
only heed it we are absolutely safe from deception.
Paul says (1st Cor. 15:50) that "flesh and blood cannot inherit the King-
dom." He insists that this body will be changed to the likeliness of
Christ's own vehicle (Phil, 3:21), and in 1st John, 3:2 we find the same
Thus it is plain that any one who comes in a physical body proclaiming
himself Christ is either demented and an object of pity, or else he is an
impostor meriting scorn and reprobation. Nor are we left uncertain
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regarding the nature of the vehicle in which we shall meet Christ and be
like Him. In 1st Thes., 4:17 we are informed that we shall meet the Lord in
the air. Therefore we must necessarily have a vehicle of finer texture than
our present dense body. The transformation will require ages so far as the
majority are concerned.
In 1st Thes. 5:23 Paul states than man's whole being consists of spirit,
soul, and body. When we shed the dense body finally as Christ did, we shall
function in a body called SOMA PSUCHICON (soul body) in 1st Cor. 15:44.
This is the "vital body" in our literature, a vehicle made of ether, capable
of levitation, and of the same nature as the body which Christ used after
the Crucifixion. This vehicle is not subject to death in the same sense as
our physical body, and it is eventually transmuted to spirit as taught in
our literature and as required by 1st Cor. 15th chapter.
Thus the Western Wisdom Teaching is in perfect agreement with the Bible
when it teaches most emphatically that Christ will never come again in the
flesh (that would be retrogression for Him). As a larva bursts its
imprisoning cocoon and is transformed into a butterfly which wings it way
among the flowers, a gorgeous bit of animated beauty--so shall we some day
shed this mortal coil which weights us down to earth, and cleave the sky as
living souls radiant with glory, hastening to meet out Savior in the land of
souls, the New Haven and the New Earth. This is one of the main doctrinal
points of the Rosicrucian School, and we trust that our students will
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endeavor to thoroughly master the subject so that they may be able to "give
a reason" for their faith.
LETTER NO. 32
THE VITAL BODY OF JESUS
Last month's lesson brought out a number of points not heretofore taught
in public. But other mysteries bearing upon the scope and limitation of
spiritual powers, and on the preservation of the vital body of Jesus against
attack of the black forces, are also involved in the conversation between
Faust and Lucifer. When the latter begs that the five-pointed star be re-
moved so that me may leave, Faust asks "Why through the window not
People who study mysticism often have a highly exaggerated idea of the
power vested in one who has evolved spiritual sight. As a matter of fact,
occult investigators are limited by laws of nature appertaining to the in-
visible world, as men of science are forced to conform to laws of physics.
In order that balance may be maintained, the laws in one realm of nature
sometimes act directly opposite to the laws in another. Here in the dense
physical world forms gravitate toward the center of the earth. Did not the
solidity of the dense body prevent, we could reach the Christ without
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effort. It requires power to lift a body even an inch above the surface of
the earth; spirit forms, on the other hand, have a natural tendency to
levitate. It is therefore comparatively easy for a master of the black art
to go to Mars propelled by the sex power stolen from his victims. He is
naturally attracted to the planet of passion, and as the aura of Mars inter-
mingles with that of the earth the feat is far from difficult. But he can-
not penetrate even the first of the nine layers of the earth which lead to
the Lord of Love, who is the Spirit of our sphere. Such penetration is the
Path of Initiation; it takes soul power, purity, and self-abnegation to
reach Christ and that is the reason why so few have anything to say about
the earth's inner constitution.
We do not see physical objects OUTSIDE the eye; they are reflected on the
retina, and we see only their "image" INSIDE the eye. As light is the agent
of reflection, objects which resist the passage of light appear "opaque";
other substances, like glass, seem clear because they admit light rays
readily. When the spiritual sight is used, light of superlative intensity
is generated INSIDE the body between the pituitary body and the pineal
gland. It is focused "through" the so-called "blind" spot in the eye di-
rectly upon the object to be investigated. The scope of the direct ray is
entirely different from the range of the reflected physical ray. It pen-
etrates a wall without difficulty, but no spirit in the desire world can see
through glass. Neither Lucifer nor any evil spirit ever dares to go through
anything made of that material, even the thinnest windowpane.
Knowing these facts, our Elder Brothers have placed the vital body of
Jesus in a sarcophagus of glass to protect it from the gaze of the curious
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or profane. They keep this receptacle in a cavern deep in the earth, where
no uninitiated can penetrate. To make assurance doubly sure, however,
vigilant watchers keep constant guard over their precious charge; for were
that vehicle destroyed, Christ's only avenue of egress would be cut off, and
He would have to remain a prisoner in the earth until the Cosmic Night dis-
solves its chemical elements into chaos. Thus the mission of Christ as Sav-
ior would have failed; His suffering would be greatly prolonged, and our
evolution would be enormously retarded.
Let us work, watch, and pray for the glad day of His liberation.
LETTER NO. 33
IMPROVING OUR OPPORTUNITIES
One of the most important points brought out last month is the fact that
we have power to lengthen our life materially by earnest application to the
purpose of existence--acquisition of experience. Whether we know it or not,
every act of our lives hastens the end, or defers it, in a measure dependent
upon whether the act is in harmony with the law or not. If we do not apply
ourselves to the labor of life, or if we persistently follow a path that is
subversive of soul growth, our discordant life destroys the archetype.
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Rebirth is an altered environment then gives us a chance to retrieve the ne-
glected opportunities. On the other hand, when we live in harmony with the
plan of life inscribed in the archetype of our dense body, there is a con-
structive consonance in their vibrations which lengthens the life of the ar-
chetype and, consequently, also the life of the physical body.
When we realize that our life on earth is the seed time, and that the
value of our post-mortem existence is in direct ration to the increment we
have earned on our talents, it will be at once apparent how supremely impor-
tant it is that our faculties should be used in the right direction. While
this law applies to all mankind, it is superlatively vital to aspiring
souls; for when we work for Good with all our might and main, each added
year of life increases our heavenly treasure enormously. Advancing years
give greater skill in soul culture, and the fruit of the last few years may
easily outweigh that acquired in the first part of the life.
If we feel that this is true, and if we are anxious to reach the highest
degree of attainment, the question naturally presents itself, How many we
know the right way? And the answer is not difficult; the stars tell the
tale. They show our abilities and the time most propitious to sow the seeds
of the soul, to help, and to heal. Therefore the Rosicrucian Fellowship
places must stress upon the study of the stars. In the horoscope these mat-
ters are accurately foreshown. Knowledge of what it says is power, and this
knowledge, the power that goes with it, and the resultant soul growth, are
within reach of every one who will study the simplified system contained in
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our corresponding course in astrology. If you have not already started, and
are anxious to progress, I would suggest that you send for application
blank, begin at once so that you may learn how to use your life to the ulti-
mate of progress.
While I am suggesting immediate steps towards attainment, it may be in
season to call attention of students to the fact that when they have been
six months (*) on the correspondence list as students, they become eligible
to apply for admission to the Inner School; and though the esoteric lessons
in healing issued to probationers contain only a faint outline of the teach-
ings given at Headquarters, they are a very material aid to the aspiring
On August 6th at 2:00 P.M., we are going to lay the foundation for the
nucleus of our Sanitarium, so that we may commence forthwith to care for the
sick and give our students practical experience. Please join us in prayer
for the success of the work. More details will be given in the ECHOES which
we shall publish on the 10th of each month in the future.
* The time is now two years.
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LETTER NO. 34
A PLEA FOR PURITY
The most important point in last month's lesson is the power of passion
to degenerate those who indulge in it. This we illustrated in the case of
apes, which have been held back and have degenerated into animal-like forms
because of their action in abusing the creative force. The responsibility
of the Lucifer spirits for that condition has been brought out in the
COSMO-CONCEPTION, and also the fact that the apes may overtake us if they
advance sufficiently before the middle of the next revolution.
But there is an added responsibility in knowledge, as Christ said: "For
unto whom much is given of him shall be required." And while the transgres-
sion in those early days may be overlooked and entail only a retardation
during millions of years, the condition of one who has the light of the
greater knowledge given to humanity today, and who transgresses the law by
abusing the creative force, may become far more serious than that of the
class now embodied in the anthropoid forms.
Black Magic is practiced much more commonly than one would suppose, some-
times almost unconsciously, for the dividing line may often lie in the mo-
tive. If, however, we abuse our superior knowledge, though we may be more
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refined in the indulgence of our passions, the result is certain to be di-
sastrous. At this present stage, the vital force (save the insignificant
quantity required to propagate the race) should be transmuted into soul
power. Let us, therefore, continue steadfastly upon the path of purity so
that worse may not befall us than the fate which has met those degenerate
humans found as wards of Lucifer in the witches' kitchen--as represented in
the Faust myth.
If we are tempted at any time by unclean thoughts, let us at once turn
our minds to another subject far removed from sensuality. Above all, let us
respect the laws of our country which require the ceremonial of marriage
prior to union; for though the words of the marriage ceremony do not mate
people, it is, nevertheless, meet that we who profess high spiritual ideals
should not offend the common decencies by living together without wedlock.
Those above the law render perfect obedience as Christ did, for when we com-
ply with all laws without rebellion because it is right to do so, then we
have risen above the law and are no longer in bondage.
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LETTER NO. 35
THE FAUST MYTH AND THE MASONIC LEGEND
Last month's lesson finished our consideration of the Faust Myth; and,
taking a review of it as a whole, we note that it brings out the same idea
as the Masonic legend. On the one had we have Rosicrucian and Lucifer; on
the other, Marguerite and the priests. Marguerite shows faith in the church
even in the darkest hour. This faith is her comfort and stay, and eventu-
ally she attains to the goal of the spirit. She reaches her heavenly home
by faith. Her sins of omission and commission are due to ignorance; but
when she sees the evil power embodied in the character of Lucifer and is of-
fered freedom from prison and death, she declines to flee in such company;
thereby she has redeemed herself sufficiently to merit a place in the King-
dom. Likewise, the wards of the church, the Sons of Seth, are today depend-
ing upon the atonement rather than upon their own deeds. They are looking
for salvation through faith as their power of works is but small.
In Lucifer and Faust we find replicas of the Sons of Cain, who are
positive, strong, and active in the world's work. The same spirit which im-
bued Cain with a desire to make "two blades of grass grow where formerly
there was but one"--the independent, divine creative instinct which has
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caused the Sons of Cain in all ages to carry on the world's work--is also
strong in Faust; and the glorious use to which he puts the powers of evil,
namely, making them build a new land, a free one, where a happy and free
people may dwell in peace and contentment, gives us a view of what the fu-
ture has in store for us.
By our own works, by putting the evil powers to good use, we shall even-
tually free ourselves from the limitations of both church and state which
now hold us in bondage. Through the conventions of society and the laws of
the land are now necessary to restrain us from infringing on the rights of
others, there will come a day when the spirit will ensoul us and purify us
as the love of Faust for Helen purified him and gave him the incentive to
use the Lucifer forces in the manner indicated. When we have conquered the
desire to work for self, when we become enamored of our work for others as
Faust was when with his dying vision he gazed upon the land that was rising
from the sea, then we shall never require the restraining feature of the
laws and conventions for we shall have risen above them by compliance with
the every requirement. Only in that manner can we become really free. It
but very difficult to enforce obedience on ourselves even though we may in-
tellectually assent to the mandates of conventionality. As Goethe says:
"From every power that holds the world in chains,
Man frees himself when self-control he gains."
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The Faust myth tells us there is such a utopian state in store for us
when we have worked out our salvation by using the titanic forces within to
make us really free. May we all strive by our daily actions to hasten that
LETTER NO. 36
EASTERN AND WESTERN METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT
We receive frequent requests for help from people who unfortunately have
belonged to societies where they came under the domination of spirit con-
trols who now haunt and hound them until life becomes a burden. We also re-
ceive requests for help from people who have frequented societies teaching
the Hindu breathing exercises. The impatience to enter the invisible worlds
prompts many such people to take up exercises, the dangerous nature of which
they do not realize until it is too late and they are broken down in health
and spirit. They they come to us asking for a relief which we have unfortu-
nately been able to give to all who have so far applied, even though some
were on the verge of insanity.
Therefore the Rosicrucian literature has been replete with warnings to
shun all Eastern breathing exercises, as they are unfit for Western people.
It is with considerable sorrow that we have heard of a student who is now
ill as a consequence of breathing exercises. We therefore feel that it may
be well to once more state the reason for the difference between the Eastern
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and Western methods so that it may be made clear why it is wise to refrain
from such exercises.
In the first place, it is necessary to realize that the evolution of
spirit and the evolution of matter go hand in hand. The spirit evolves by
dwelling in vehicles of dense matter and by working with the material found
in the world. Thus, the spirit progresses, and matter is also being refined
because the spirit works with it. The more advanced spirits naturally draw
to themselves finer matter than those behind them upon the path of evolu-
tion, and the atoms in the bodies of a highly evolved race are more sensi-
tive than those of the earlier peoples.
Therefore the atoms of cultured people in the West respond to vibratory
waves not yet contacted by those who dwell in Eastern bodies. Breathing ex-
ercises are used to awaken the sleeping atoms of the Easter aspirant, and a
vigorous course of this treatment is necessary to raise his vibratory pitch.
The American Indian or Bushman might take these exercises with impunity for
years, but it is an entirely different matter when a person with a highly
sensitized Western body attempts such treatment. The atoms of his or her
body have already been sensitized by the ordinary evolution; and when the
person receives the added impetus of breathing exercises, the atoms simply
run riot, and it is extremely difficult to bring them into proper repose
As it may do some good it may not be amiss to mention that the writer had
had personal experience in the matter. Years ago, when he started on the
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Path and was imbued with the characteristic impatience common to ardent
seekers after knowledge, he read of the breathing exercises published by
Swami Vivekananda and commenced to follow directions with the result that
after two days the vital body had been pulled out of the physical. This
produced a sensation of walking on air, of being unable to get the feet down
on solid ground; the whole body seemed to be vibrating at an enormous pitch.
Common sense then came to the rescue. The exercises were stopped, but it
was fully two weeks before the normal condition of walking on the ground
with a firm step was experienced, and before the abnormal vibrations ceased.
In the parable, it is said that some were thrown out who had no wedding
garment. Unless we first evolve the soul body, any attempt to enter the in-
visible worlds spells certain disaster; and any teacher who professes abil-
ity to railroad people into the invisible realms is not to be depended upon.
There is only one way--patient persistence in well-doing.
LETTER NO. 37
THE REASON FOR THE MANY DIFFERENT CULTS
The central through in last month's lesson, and one that we should ponder
well is the reason why there are so many different cults. each with its own
creed and with the idea that it alone has the truth. The reason for this
condition, as shown in the lesson, lies in the fact that the ego has limited
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itself by entering into a vehicle which separates it from every one else.
Because of this limitation, it is incapable of appreciating absolute and
universal truth; and, consequently, religions teaching only partial truth
had to be given.
The warfare and strife engendered in the world by the segregating influ-
ences of creed are not without their benefit either, for were all of the
same opinion regarding the great question, "What is truth?" there would be
no deep search for light or knowledge; and truth would not leave the strong
impression upon us which we gain by the fight for that which we believe. On
the other hand, the militancy of the churches shows to those who, as
pioneers, are now taking a broader view--who recognize that none have more
than a ray of the whole truth at present and who look to the future for en-
largement of the cup of their capacity--that sometime they shall no longer
see through a glass darkly, but shall know even as they are known.
Knowing that there is a cosmic reason for creed, we should neither seek
or force advanced ideas upon those who are as yet limited by the spirit of
convention, nor imitate the militant missionary spirit of the churches, but,
as the Bible says, give our pearls of knowledge only to those who are tired
of feeding on the husks and who long for the true bread of life.
Discourse upon subjects related to this higher knowledge may help those
who are aroused from the spiritual lethargy unfortunately so common in our
day and age. But argument will never do any good, for those who are in an
augmentative mood are not convinced by anything we may say. The realization
of truth, which is alone potent to break down the barriers of limitation
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that engender creed, must come from within and not from without.
Therefore, though we should always be ready to answer the questions of
those who wish to know, and be ready to give the reason for our faith, we
should also be on our guard so that we may not force our opinion upon oth-
ers; that, having escaped one fetter, we may not be bound by another, for
liberty is the most precious heritage of the soul. Hence the Elder Brothers
in the Western World will not accept a pupil who is not free from all other
bonds, and they take care that he does not obligate himself to them or any
one else. Thus alone can the ring of the Niebelung and the ring of the gods
be dissolved. May we all strive to live up to this ideal of absolute lib-
erty, at the same time, of course, taking care not to infringe upon the
rights of others.
LETTER NO. 28
WHAT THE PUPIL MAY EXPECT OF THE TEACHER
Christ said, "By their fruits ye shall know them." Suppose that weeds
were endowed with speech, Would we believe their claims if they professed
to be grape vines? Indeed not, we would look for the fruit. And unless
they were able to produce, their protestations--no matter how vociferously
made--would make no impression. We are thus sufficiently wise in material
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matters to guard against deception; then why not apply the same principle to
other departments of life? Why not use ordinary common sense? If we did,
no one could impose on us in spiritual matters, for every realm in nature is
governed by natural law, and analogy is the master key to all mysteries and
a protection against deception.
The Bible teaches us very, very clearly that we should try the spirits
and judge them accordingly. If we do this, we shall never be deceived by
self-styled teachers; and we shall save ourselves, our relatives, and the
Fellowship we love much sorrow and anxiety.
Let us, therefore, analyze the matter and see what we have the right to
expect from one who lays claim to being a teacher. To do this we may first
ask our selves, What is the purpose of existence in the material universe?
And we may answer that question by saying that it is evolution of conscious-
ness. During the Saturn Period, when we were mineral-like in our constitu-
tion, our consciousness was like that of the medium expelled from her body
by spirit controls at materializing seance, where a large part of the ethers
composing the vital body has been removed. The physical body is then in a
very deep trance. In the Sun Period, when our constitution was plant-like,
our consciousness was like that of dreamless sleep, where the desire body,
mind, and spirit are outside, leaving the physical and vital bodies upon the
bed. In the Moon Period, we had a picture consciousness like that which we
have in dreams, where the desire body is only partially removed from the
dense vehicle and the vital body. Here in the Earth Period our conscious-
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ness has been enlarged to cover objects outside ourselves by placing all our
vehicles in a concentric position, as is the case when we are awake.
During the Jupiter Period, the globes upon which we shall evolve will be
located similarly to what they were in the Moon Period. And the INTERNAL
picture consciousness which we then possessed will be EXTERNALIZED, as the
Jupiter Period is on the ascending arc. Thus, instead of seeing the pic-
tures inside ourselves, we shall be able, when speaking, to project them
upon the consciousness of those we are addressing.
Now, therefore, when any one professes to be a Teacher, he must be able
to substantiate his claim in that manner; for the true Teachers, the Elder
Brothers, who are now preparing the conditions of evolution which are to ob-
tain during the Jupiter Period, all have the consciousness pertaining to
that period. Thus, it will be seen that they naturally and without effort
use this external picture speech, and thereby at once given evidence of
their identity. Only they are able to guide others with safety. Those who
have not evolved to that point, even though they may be self-deceived, and
through their intentions may be good, are unreliable and should not be
trusted. This is an absolutely infallible gauge; and the claims of any one
who cannot show this fruit are of no more value than the claims of the weed
mentioned in our initial paragraph.
All of the Elder Brothers of the Rosicrucian Order possess this at-
tribute; and I trust no one among our students will in the future allow
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himself or herself to be deceived into following exercises or going through
ceremonies devised by any person who is not able to produce the fruit, and
call up living pictures in the consciousness of those with whom he speaks.
LETTER NO. 39
WHERE SHALL WE SEEK TRUTH, AND HOW SHALL WE KNOW IT?
At the close of last month's lesson we saw that Siegfried, the truth
seeker, had arrived at the end of his quest. He had found the truth.
Meditating upon the subject it occurred to me as profitable to devote this
letter to a straightforward answer to the question: "Where shall we seek
truth, and how shall we KNOW without doubt when we have found it"
To be absolutely certain about this matter is of very great importance.
For many who accidentally find their was into the Desire World, such as me-
diums for instance, are enmeshed in illusion and hallucination because of
inability to know truth. Moreover, the Elder Brothers of the Rosicrucian
Order give probationers a definite scientific teaching on this point; and in
order to guard against the danger spoken of above, they make an actual test
before admitting any one to discipleship. All must come up to a certain
standard in this matter. It may, of course, surprise you that this
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discussion is not reserved for probationers or disciples, but the
Rosicrucian Fellowship does not believe in secrecy or mystery. All who wish
may qualify for any degree; and this qualification is not a matter of FORM
but of living the life.
In regard to the first part of the question then, "Where shall we seek
truth?" There is only one answer--WITHIN. It is absolutely a matter of
moral development; and the promise of Christ that IF WE LIVE THE LIFE WE
SHALL KNOW THE DOCTRINE is true in the most literal sense. You will never
find truth by studying my own or any other books. So long as you run after
outside teachers, myself or any one else, you are simply wasting energy.
Books and teachers may arouse your interest, and urge you to live the life,
but only in so far as you make their precepts a part of your inner self are
you really seeking in the right direction. The Elder Brother--whom I, per-
haps mistakenly, speak of as Teacher--has never taught me directly since the
first short period when that which is embodied in the Cosmo was given. And
in the last year I have learned not to ask question for I have noticed that
whenever I did so he simply gave me a hint as to how I, myself, might obtain
the desired information. Now, instead of asking questions, I ask for direc-
tions as to how I may solve a problem. So you see that it is by using our
own faculties, which may be compared to he talents spoken of by Christ, that
we get the information of most value to ourselves.
The second part of the question, "How may we know the truth?" is best an-
swered by referring the student to the evening exercise given in the Lecture
No. 11, SPIRITUAL SIGHT AND INSIGHT. It may be performed by any one regard-
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less of whether he or she is a probationer of the Rosicrucian Fellowship or
not. The teacher said at the time of giving it that if it were possible to
prevail upon the most depraved person in the world to perform this exercise
faithfully for six months, he would be permanently reformed; and those who
are faithful have found that it sharpens all mental faculties, particularly
the memory. Besides, by this impartial judgment of oneself night after
night, one learns to discern truth from error in a degree not attainable in
any other way. Not all our students may feel inclined to take up
probationership, and we never urge any one to do anything in the Western
Wisdom School. But if you really want to know the truth I can honestly rec-
ommend this method. It develops an inner faculty and no matter what state-
ment is made to you, once you have developed this, you will know at once
whether it rings true or the reverse.
LETTER NO 40.
WHY THE TRUTH SEEKER MUST LIVE IN THE WORLD
After the transfiguration scene, when the Christ and His disciples were
making ready to descend from the Mount, the latter would fain have stayed
and suggested making dwelling places so that they might remain. This was
not permitted, however, for there was work to do in the world which would
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have remained undone had their plan been carried out.
The Mount of Transfiguration is the "Rock of Truth," where the freed
spirit may behold the eternal realities. There is the GREAT NOW (the past
symbolized by Moses and Elijah) the prophets of the ancient dispensation met
Christ, the ruler of the Kingdom which was to come. Every spirit who is
permitted to behold the supernal splendors of this celestial realm, to hear
the sublime strains of the harmony of the spheres, and to view the wonderful
colorplay which accompanies the music, is likewise loath to leave. Were it
not that we seem to lose our form and personality, and encompass this whole
realm within ourselves, we should probably not have the strength to return
to earth, but this feeling that we retain "heaven within" fortifies us when
it is time to again turn our gaze outwards and attend to the work in the
Objects in the physical world always hide their inward nature or con-
struction; we see only the surface. In the Desire World we see objects out-
side ourselves, inside and out, but they tell nothing of themselves or the
life that ensouls them. In the Archetypal Region there seems to be no cir-
cumference, but wherever we direct our attention, there is the center of
all, and our consciousness is at once filled with knowledge concerning the
being or thing at which we are looking. It is easier to catch in a phono-
graph the tone which comes to us from heaven than to set down the experi-
ences we encounter in that realm, for there are no words adequate to express
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them; all wee can do is to try to live them.
But to live them, however imperfectly, we must be in the world; we have
no right to remain secluded with the truth we have found. That is the great
lesson taught when Siegfried leaves his beloved. He must not remain. Life
is a constant flux; stagnation is the cardinal sin, for new experiences are
the very life breath of progress. If we have found truth, it is our bounden
duty to seek also a field where it may be of use. And according to our
judgment in that matter, and the diligence wherewith we plant and water,
will be our harvest.
This is a matter we should each carefully consider: "What sue am I mak-
ing of the teachings I receive?" We may be off in the mountain in
dreamland, though we live in a city, and as deaf to the cry for light which
sounds in our very ears as if the seeker were thousands of miles away. Un-
less we give out BY OUR LIVES--which speak louder than words--the truth we
have found, we incur a heavy responsibility, "for unto whom much is given,
of him shall much be required."
Let us remember that "Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth," and that
SERVICE is the standard of TRUE GREATNESS.
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LETTER NO. 41.
A METHOD OF DISCERNING TRUTH FROM ITS IMITATION
IN the February letter we discussed the question: "Where shall we find
truth, and how shall we know when we have found it." But there is no use in
seeking truth, or in knowing truth when we have found it, unless we put it
to practical use in our life--and it does not follow that we will do that
merely because we find it. There are people, comparatively many, who scour
the civilized world to find rare treasure of ancient art--pictures or coins.
There are many who manufacture imitations of the genuine articles, so the
seeker after these things runs the risk of being duped by clever rogues un-
less he has means of knowing the genuine from the spurious.
In this respect he is beset by the same danger as the truth seeker, for
there are many pseudo-cults and clever inventions that may baffle us. The
collector often shuts his find up in a musty room and gloats over it in
solitude; and not infrequently after years, or maybe when he has died, it is
found that some of the things he guarded most jealously and treasured most
highly were spurious and imitations of no value. Similarly, one who finds
what he believes to be truth may "bury his treasure" in his own breast, or
"put his light under a bushel," to find, maybe after many years, that he had
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been swindled by an imitation. Thus, there is need of an infallible final
test, one which eliminates all possibility of deception, and the question is
how to discover and apply it.
The answer is as simple as the method is efficient. When we ask how col-
lectors discover that a certain article they prize is an imitation, we shall
find that it is usually by showing it to some one who has seen the original.
We may deceive all of the people part of the time and a part of the people
all of the time, but it is impossible to deceive all the people all of the
time; and had the collector shown his find publicly instead of hoarding it
in secret, he would have quickly learned by the collective knowledge of all
the world whether his find was genuine or not.
Now mark this, for it is very important: Just as surely as the general
secretiveness of collectors aids, abets, and fosters fraud on the part of
the curio dealers, so also the desire to have and to hold for oneself great
secrets not known to the "rabble" fosters the busines of those who trade in
"occult initiations" with elaborate ceremonial to beguile victims into part-
ing with their cash.
How can we test the worth of an axe but by using it and thus finding out
whether it will keep its edge in actual wearing work? Would we buy it if
the salesman required us to put it in a dark corner where no one could see
it, and forbade us to use it? Certainly not! We would want to use it in
our work, and there it would show whether it had "temper." If it were found
"true steel," we would prize it; if not, we would tell the salesman to take
back his worthless stuff.
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On the same principle, what is the sense in "buying" the wares of secrecy
mongers? If their wares were "true steel," there would be no need of se-
crecy, and unless we can use them in our daily lives, they are of no value.
Neither is a good axe of value to us unless we use it; it rusts and loses
its edge. So it is obligatory on every one who finds truth to use it in the
world's work, both as a safeguard to himself to make sure that it will stand
the grant test, and to give others a chance to share the treasure which he
himself finds helpful. Therefore it is very vital that we follow the com-
mand of Christ: "Let your light shine."
LETTER NO. 42.
OUR RESPONSIBILITY IN GIVING OUT TRUTH
In regard to last month's letter one of the students writes: "in your
letter it would seem to be implied that there is no secrecy or discretion on
the part of the individual who knows occult things, to be exercised in giv-
ing them out, and no personal responsibility incurred; at least your meaning
does not seem to be made plain."
It is, of course, impossible to cover a subject of this magnitude in a
letter or several letters. But the question about the responsibility of
giving out truth does really concern us in so far as the danger of misuse
goes. My correspondent also says that "there are certain sects in this
country which have certain powers that they use for selfish and avaricious
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purposes," and asks whether it would be wrong to withhold occult powers from
them. Certainly not. But the Elder Brothers take care of that, and they
are the real custodians of anything that is highly dangerous. Hypnotism, of
course, is dangerous, but not to such an extent as the occult powers about
which our correspondent asks.
During the ancient Israelitic dispensation darkness reigned in the Holy
of Holies, and it was only permitted a few priests and Levites to enter the
Temple. The High Priest alone was admitted into the Holy of Holies once a
year. But at the Crucifixion the veil was rent, the Temple was flooded with
light, and since then no secrecy has prevailed in Initiation. Yet it is in
a certain sense as secret as ever, for as I said in last month's letter, it
does not consist in ceremony at all. It is an inward experience, and we
must have the power within ourselves to live that experience before it can
come to us. It is secret in the same sense that the mysteries of square
root are a secret to the child. No initiation fee could convey an under-
standing to the childish mind of the subject; he must live through a number
of years and gradually mature to a point where it will be possible to en-
lighten him. When that point is reached, there is no difficulty about en-
lightenment. He will understand and see truth very readily.
It is exactly this truth of which I was speaking in last month's letter.
The disciple must go through a period of training and by that training be-
come mature and mellow to such an extent that he can live the truth within.
Then when the time comes, it is very easy for the Teacher or Initiator to
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show him for the first time how to apply the trust which he has found, to
use the power which he has stored up, and then he is initiated. But this
experience cannot be told to anyone else. It is absolutely useless to try
to convey it. It is not through ceremony or any other outward show that it
comes to a man but as an actual result of his own past doing. Therefore he
can apply its truth in his daily life, though others may be as absolutely
unable to get at it as the child is incapable of appreciating what is hap-
pening when an example in square root is being done before its eyes. Thus
are the real, vital truths guarded from all till the key of merit unlocks
the treasure box.
LETTER NO. 43.
WOMAN'S SUFFRAGE AND MORAL EQUALITY
From last month's lesson it will be evident, strange as it may seem, that
the opera Tannhauser is the legendary plea for the much discussed woman's
suffrage, which we hear so much of in modern times. It is evident also, as
said last month, that like produces like; and a woman who is timid and
afraid, who has been forced into marriage in a brutal manner, who feels her-
self owned, a chattel, not free to voice her ideas and ideals, cannot pro-
duce a noble, strong, and fearless offspring, one with the courage to adhere
to its ideals. Therefore, so long as we hold woman in bondage, deny her
rightful place in the world as the HELPMATE AND COMPANION of man, so long do
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we retard the race and our development. This is the esoteric reason why
full equality must come about.
If men did but thoroughly realize and understand the idea that we are
born in alternate embodiments, they would very soon accede to woman's just
requests--if for no other reason than the selfish one that in their succeed-
ing life they who are now men will take on the womanly garb, and have to
live under the conditions which they are now making. Thus any man who is
now holding back the just privileges from womankind will some day have to
labor under these same conditions, while those who at present for which they
are now contending without having to ask for them; but as the writer sees
this matter, it is not exactly the privilege of voting so much as the moral
equality which the woman feels she ought to have, and certainly she has a
God-given right to that as well as man.
One point brought out in Tannhauser should particularly appeal to those
who want to live the higher life, and that is that Tannhauser is held as
strictly accountable before those of his friends who know of his crime as he
is by the church. There is no double standard of morality in nature. Sin
is sin by whomsoever it is committed, and more than that, to whom much is
given of him much shall be required.
Therefore people who reach an enlightened stage must above all learn to
live the clean and pure life in harmony with their professions. If, by en-
lightenment, we rise above the law, let us, as Paul says, not use our lib-
erty as an occasion to gratify the flesh. The doctrine of "soul mates" and
"affinities" has wrecked many a life which but for that would have been
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crowned with great soul growth.
What the shadow is to light, what "the devil" is to God--that is lust to
love. Love is divine, a companionship of FREE souls. Lust is diabolical,
and the transgressor a slave of sin, it matters not whether the outrage has
been legalized by the state or blessed by the church.
Let us therefore strive to love each other after the spirit rather than
after the flesh.
LETTER NO. 44.
THE VICE OF SELFISHNESS AND THE POWER OF LOVE.
In the last lesson we saw that the Lord of Wartburg asked the minstrel to
describe love. As we all aspire to evolve within ourselves that quality, it
is perhaps of very great importance that we should look the matter squarely
in the face and see what is our greatest hindrance, for surely there can be
no question but that we are all lacking woefully in respect to love. No
matter what we may seem to others, when we look into our own hearts we stand
ashamed, knowing the motives which prompted acts that others consider dic-
tated by love of our fellow men. When we analyze these motives we shall
find that they are all dictated by the one trait of selfishness; moreover,
this is the one fault we never confess. I have heard men and women stand up
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publicly or in private and confess to every sin on the calendar save this
single one of selfishness. Yes, we even deceive ourselves by imagining that
we ourselves are not selfish. We see this trait of character very plainly
in others if we are at all observant, but fail to perceive the beam in our
own eye; and so long as we do not admit this great fault to ourselves and
strive seriously to overcome it, we cannot progress upon the pathway of
Thomas a Kempis says: "I would rather feel compunction than know how to
define it"; and we may well substitute the word love for compunction. If we
could only feel love rather than be able to define it! But love cannot be
known now by us except in the measure that we cleanse ourselves from the
great sin of selfishness. Life is our most precious possession, and Christ
therefore said, "Greater love (or unselfishness) hath no man than this, that
a man lay down his life for his friends."
In the measure, therefore, that we cultivate this virtue of unselfish-
ness, we shall attain to love, for they are synonymous, as was shown by Paul
in that inimitable thirteenth chapter of 1st Corinthians. When a poor
brother knocks at our does, do we give him as little as we can? If so, we
are selfish. Or do we help him only because our conscience will not allow
us to let him go? Then also this is selfishness, for we do not want to feel
the pangs of conscience. Even though we give our lives for a cause, is
there not the thought that it is OUR work? Often I hide my face from myself
in shame at that thought in connection with the Fellowship, and yet we must
go on. But let us not deceive ourselves; let us fight the demon of selfish-
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ness and be ever watchful against its subtle onslaughts. If we find it
whispering that we need rest and cannot afford to give our strength for oth-
ers, or if we feel that we cannot afford to give our substance, let us force
the virtue of generosity. As a matter of actual fact, we only keep what we
give; our bodies decay and our possessions are left behind, but our good
deeds remain ours for all eternity.
LETTER NO. 45.
INITIATION NOT TO BE ATTAINED THROUGH BREATHING EXERCISES
It is with considerable reluctance that I again take up the question of
breathing exercises and their effects upon the body, but stern necessity
compels me to sound anew the warning against the false and dangerous teach-
ings which are promulgated by people who are either ignorant or unscrupulous
in their desire for profit. Breathing exercises are absolutely contrary to
the teachings of the Rosicrucian Fellowship, for under our teachings
spiritual results may only be attained by spiritual methods and not by
physical exercises. Unfortunately the great desire of students to attain
quickly makes many an easy prey to such people. One of our very promising
students is now in an insane asylum because he listened to the promises of a
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charlatan who offered to initiate him for the sum of twenty-five dollars.
I have just learned that in one of the Fellowship centers a man who has
not been affiliated with Headquarters is charging various sums for horo-
scopes, contrary to our teachings. We annually return from Headquarters
many dollars to people who send to us asking for delineations and character
reading as well as predictions, because we uphold the principle that a
spiritual science may not be prostituted for gold however much we need
money; and it grieves us very much to find out that such people, who admit
that they know these practices to be contrary to the principles of the
Rosicrucian Fellowship, are placed upon the platform of study centers, and
stand before the people as teachers an exponents, of the Rosicrucian teach-
ings. This same person has also copied from Hindu books costing but a few
cents, breathing exercises which he sells to unsuspecting victims for a dol-
Now I ask you, dear friends, will you not take this from me, one who has
gone the way and knows by experience that there is no express train to the
Temple of Initiation. The road is slow and steep and rugged; it must be
walked step by step, though th feet bleed, and the heart also with sorrow
and suffering. The soul body--the golden wedding garment--which alone is
the password by which we can enter, is made by the good deeds done day by
day with patient perseverance in well-doing, and by no other method.
Breathing exercises cannot take the place of good deeds. Can you not under-
stand that? I know what I am talking about, because in the very earliest
stage of my endeavor in spiritual directions, I also found these Hindu
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breathing exercises. I tried them for two days, and my vital body was
partly lifted out of the physical; it then occurred to me that I was in a
dangerous condition, and I stopped. But it took me two weeks to recover,
during which I felt as if I could not get my feet on the ground, as if I
were walking on air; and during those two weeks I suffered greatly. Others
may not have the persistence to recover that I did, and may go to the insane
asylum. Therefore it is a very dangerous thing to try. There may of course
be others on whom they have no effect. But it is very, very dangerous to
meddle with fire, and you should not try it. on the other hand, if you will
day by day try to serve in the vineyard of Christ, and endeavor to do deeds
of mercy, then the golden wedding garment, the soul body, will surely be wo-
ven, which one day will admit you to the Temple.
LETTER NO. 46.
THE WORLD WAR AND INFANT MORTALITY
Up to the present time I have especially refrained from commenting upon
current topics, but feel that the present cosmic crisis demands something
from Headquarters which may guide students in their attitude towards this
calamity. The effect of this unprecedented slaughter of human beings is
much more far-reaching than is apparent from the physical viewpoint.
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In the first place, of course, that viewpoint is the one which appeals to
us. We feel and can sympathize with the grief felt in many thousands of
homes, where father, son, or husband has been ruthlessly torn away. But the
sorrow and suffering that are met with in the physical world fade into in-
significance when compared with what takes place in the invisible realms of
nature. The thousands and thousands of victims of this cruel war are awak-
ening from the death stupor caused by the sudden transition from the
physical life to that of the desire world. They carry with them the scenes
of the battlefield; many are stunned and wander about in the most aimless
fashion. They cannot realize what has happened. Others again are beginning
to sense the fact that they have passed from one phase of existence to an-
other. Then comes to them also the grief for those they have left behind.
thus there is in the world at this time an indescribable, unimaginable
amount of sorrow and suffering, mental as well as physical.
In fact, never since the world was has there been such universal sorrow
as there is at the present time. But besides this, we must not forget we
are now laying up for ourselves a great deal of future suffering; for, as
has been explained in the Rosicrucian lecture literature, it is impossible
for these people who are now so ruthlessly and suddenly torn away from their
bodies to review their past life, and thus the etching of the life panorama
does not take place as it should. Therefore these egos will not reap the
fruit of their present existence as they should in purgatory and the first
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heaven. They will come back minus this experience at some future time; and
it will be necessary, in order that they may regain what they have lost, to
let them die in childhood so that they may have the new desire body and vi-
tal body imprinted with the essence of their present life.
Therefore in some far-off future day we shall find that an epidemic, or
something of that nature, will take away many thousands of children, and we,
now their contemporaries, will be left to mourn their loss. Oh! that this
law of infant mortality were understood. Then we should not have to pray
for peace as we are now doing. Let everyone in the Rosicrucian Fellowship
pray morning, noon, and night for the restoration of peace at the earliest
possible moment. Let us realize the responsibility of knowledge and live up
to it, endeavoring daily to discharge it. This knowledge which we have re-
ceived must be given out wherever it is practicable without intruding upon
other people. If the world knew and believed in the law of rebirth and of
consequence, if it understood the law of infant mortality, such a thing as
this war could never have happened; and the more we try to inculcate these
teachings, the better we shall promote peace and good will, and the better
Please be particularly earnest and concentrate every vestige of your
power upon the healing work at Headquarters when we have healing meetings.
We need all the help we can get.
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LETTER NO. 47.
THE INVISIBLE HELPERS AND THEIR WORK ON THE BATTLE FIELD
Another month has gone by and still the European war is raging in all its
intensity. Thousands and thousands have passed over the border into the in-
visible realm, and the distress there as well as here is unprecedented in
the history of the world. As you have learned from our literature, the de-
sire world is the world of illusion and delusion; and those poor people who
have so suddenly been transferred to that realm with frightful wounds upon
their physical bodies also imagine (as very frequently in the case with per-
sons who have met accidents) that the lesions of the physical body are still
with them, and they suffer acutely there from these fancied injuries as they
would here. That is of course entirely needless. many of them are going
about there with dreadful wounds upon their bodies, particularly those who
have wounds caused by bursting shells and by bayonets. It is of course an
easy matter for the Invisible Helpers to show any one of these people that
his or her injuries are only fancied, yet when there are so many thousands
the task is gigantic, and our Invisible Helpers are having a time of unprec-
edented activity against overwhelming odds.
It is not so much however the anguish that results from such fancied
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bodily lesions which makes the work. The mental anguish--the concern for
those who have been left behind, the fear of fathers concerning their little
ones, and the sorrow of the mothers who have been left behind to bring up a
family of young children--is the most fearful handicap to a settlement of
this dreadful state of affairs that the Invisible Helpers have to meet, and
this is the point on which I would like to ask your earnest co-operation.
President Wilson of the United States has appointed October 4th as a day
of prayer for peace. It is well always to unite with such movements because
our trained thoughts will have a considerable effect and strengthen wonder-
fully the general appeal. This day should be spent by every earnest student
in prayer for the deliverance of the world from this awful slaughter. Their
thoughts should be particularly directed towards soothing those who are in
this world, and in the invisible world also who are distressed at the sever-
ance of family ties. Each one should hold the thought that although the
present war seems grievous, nevertheless this is only an incident in a long
stretch of time which has neither beginning nor end. As spirits we are im-
mortal, and these things which now seem to us of so great importance, when
viewed from the spiritual standpoint and when considering the fact that we
are really immortal, are of less moment than now seems the case to us.
Whatever befalls, it will be incorporated into the spiritual nature as a
lesson to give us a sense of the horror of this carnage which is now devas-
tating the world.
This war, let us fervently hope, will be the last war that will ever mar
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the peace of the earth; that having learned this costly lesson, mankind will
once and for all destroy the implements of war, and beat their swords into
plowshares. Let this idea be in the mind of every student on the 4th of Oc-
tober, but as this date is so near at hand that probably this letter will
not reach all in time, let every one in the Rosicrucian Fellowship devote
Sunday, the 18th, to a prayer for peace. By that time all our students will
have received this message, and we shall again be united from morning until
evening in this effort to help restore peace to the world. May the kingdom
of Christ soon superseded the kingdom of men, for they have certainly shown
themselves inefficient rulers.
LETTER NO. 48.
THE WORLD WAR AND UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD
In almost every mail we receive letters commenting upon the war, but with
very few exceptions there has been no expression of partisanship, showing
that the writers take a loftier viewpoint than inculcated by the various
Race Spirits and commonly given the name of patriotism. This attitude is
the only one consistent with the principles of the Rosicrucian Fellowship.
We are all joined in an international association, we are all looking for
the Kingdom which is to supersede all nations, and the fact that we were
born on different parts of the globe and express ourselves in different
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tongues does not abrogate the command of Christ: "Thou shalt love thy
neighbor as thyself," nor excuse us for playing the part of the "robber"
rather than that of the "Samaritan." It behooves us in the Rosicrucian Fel-
lowship to rise above the barriers of nationality and learn to say as did
that much maligned man, Thomas Paine: "The world is my country, and to do
good is my religion." We must cease to be merely national and strive to be-
come universal in our sympathies.
But there is a war that is well worth fighting, a war upon which we may
legitimately expend all our energy, a war that we shall do well to pursue
with unrelenting zeal, and one of the students puts it so well that we can-
not do better than give his letter.
"In reflecting upon the war this thought comes: When men grow weary of
the appalling internecine struggle and lay down their arms, and peace holds
sway, from this continent, burdened with the dust of friend and foe alike,
its rivers running crimson with the best blood of empires, a new Europe will
arise, and a higher civilization succeed the one destroyed.
"And the vast host of nameless dead, dying, will prove a mightier power
for world peace than had they lived. Thus it is that from the unrestrained
passions of men, Deity, just and loving, brings ultimate good.
"If men, and women too, were only one-tenth part as eager to wage war
against their real enemy within the human breast as they are to take up arms
against a supposed enemy just across a non-existing imaginary boundary line
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on the face of God's good world, then the Prince of Peace could come into
His own. All deadly weapons would be consigned to limbo, and the glorious
promise would be fulfilled: 'On earth peace and good will towards men.'
"And so for myself, I resolve that i will not cease my efforts till the
last vestige of evil, error, and hate be eliminated, and the lofty trinity
of 'Goodness, Truth, and Love reign unchallenged within.'
"In this real struggle I find myself a poor soldier, and the tide of
battle often sets in the wrong direction, yet no matter if I fail ten thou-
sand times, the lesson must be learned and shall be learned. Some day, with
a stout heart, an indomitable will, and unflagging persistence, the victory
will be won and peace will reign--the peace that passeth all understanding."
let us all join our brother in that noble fight, remembering the words of
"From every power that holds the world in chains
Man frees himself when self-control he gains."
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LETTER NO. 49.
DESIRE--A TWO-EDGED SWORD
This is the time when good wishes are in order. "A Merry Christmas and A
Happy New Year" are greetings soon to be heard everywhere, and in conformity
with this ancient usage the workers on Mt. Ecclesia also extend to members
all over the world the usual seasonal greetings.
But while we thus cordially wish one another Godspeed and good cheer in
the coming year, after all, though the wishes of others may be encouraging
and gratifying, they are really of minor consequence. But what we wish our-
selves individually is of prime importance. If the whole world conspired
against and antagonized us in this wish, we should nevertheless succeed,
provided always we were able to put sufficient intensity and insistence into
the wish. Do we desire riches? They may be ours by the exercise of will.
If we want power and popularity, they also are at our beck and call, pro-
vided we clothe our wish with an all-compelling ardor. Are we sick, feeble,
or in other ways disabled? We may rid ourselves of these bodily ailments
also by an intense desire for health. Social restrictions or hampering fam-
ily conditions will disappear before the earnest desire of the one who
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But there is another side. Desire is a two-edged sword, and what ap-
peared the greatest good while in contemplation may prove to be a curse when
we have achieved actual possession. The greatest fortune may crumble in a
few hours by earthquake or a turn of the market, and the rich man always
fears he may lose his possessions. To be popular we must be at everybody's
beck and call; we have neither rest nor time to follow our own bent. Bodily
ailments which seem thorns in the flesh, which seem to rob life of all its
joys, and of which we would fain be rid, may be the greater blessing in dis-
guise. paul had such an ailment and he besought the Lord, who said to him:
"My grace is sufficient for thee." So also with inharmonious family condi-
tions, etc. There are in all human relationships certain lessons to be
learned for our good, and therefore we should be very careful not to wish
them away without always adding the words which were used by Christ during
the passion of the cross in the Garden of Gethsemane. Though in the body He
shrank from the torture that awaited Him, He said: "Not my will but Thine.'
We should always remember that there is only one thing we may pray for with
unrestricted fervor and full intensity, and that is that we may be pleasing
An now, dear friends, the Rosicrucian Fellowship is an association com-
posed of many individual members. You are one, and will you join as a mem-
ber in wishing ourselves, the Fellowship, a grater baptism of God's grace
during the year 1915, so that we may more efficiently do our part of the
work of God upon the earth and hasten the day of Christ? And will you wish
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it with such intensity that you will WORK for that end all through the year
with zeal and fervor?
May God bless the Rosicrucian Fellowship and make it a more efficient
factor in His work in the world.
LETTER NO. 50.
SPIRITUAL PROSPERITY FOR THE NEW YEAR
The customary greeting at this time is: "May you have a happy and a
prosperous New Year." With this the writer is in hearty accord and extends
it to you, but his meaning may differ somewhat from that which is ordinarily
given, for usually it is material prosperity that is the main thought;
whereas the writer wishes you that gold which is wrought by the alchemy of
the soul, so that the base metal of the coming year's experience may thus be
transformed into the Philosopher's Stone, the greatest good this world can
ever give. Worldly riches are always a source of care to their possessor,
but this, the jewel of jewels, rings with it? the peace that passeth all
Moreover, if we work solely for material things, our labor is always
found to be hard drudgery no matter how we may seek to break the monotony by
indulging in so-called pleasures. There comes ever and anon the thought:
"What is the use?" But when we labor in the vineyard of Christ, when we do
everything in our business and out of it as "unto the Lord," then the aspect
is entirely different. Christ said: "My yoke is easy, and my burden is
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light," and that is an actual truth, though perhaps not in the ordinary
sense. The writer and others who have been with him during many years can
testify from personal experience that though there has been the most arduous
labor, both mental and physical, and though the body has been sometimes so
tired that it has been almost impossible to bring it together in the morn-
ing, nevertheless there has been a satisfaction, joy, and pleasure that the
world knows not, neither can understand. The years that have gone by, spent
in this work, have been so satisfactory that nothing in the world could com-
pensate the writer and his companion for them should they be lost. Year by
year he estimates it a greater privilege to thus labor, and others who are
with him have exactly the same feeling.
How about you, dear friend? We are at the beginning of a new year, a new
start. The Rosicrucian Fellowship as an organization depends on the units,
and if we are to make spiritual progress, then the burden must be taken up
by every one among us. We must become more faithful, more earnest, more de-
voted to the ideals that have been given by the Elder Brothers. We know
that there are faithful workers in the Fellowship, but are you? It is not
enough to simply study the teachings and meditate upon them; we must actu-
ally carry them into our lives and because shining lights in our community.
We must live the life not only in the outside world but right in the home,
so that other members of the family may see the light and be brought in. We
know that many do this, but there are others who are lukewarm, who still
stand on the threshold and do not want to take the yoke. Now the yoke must
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be borne, no matter if the neck becomes calloused in the effort; in fact,
every callous is an additional factor in building, the soul body, the glori-
ous wedding garment in which alone we can meet the Lord when he appears.
It is the earnest, the very earnest hope of the writer that every student
of the Rosicrucian Fellowship will take up his yoke with more ardor than
ever before, so that both individually and collectively we may lay up trea-
sure in heaven that is sure to be ours at the end of the year-day, when we
have borne the burden and the heat.
LETTER NO. 51.
LOVE, WISDOM, AND KNOWLEDGE
This month we are starting a new series of lesson on "The Web of
Destiny--How Made and Unmade," and we trust that this series will prove very
profitable to you in your study and in your life. While the lesson are
analytical and technical in some respects, the subject should be approached
in a spirit of the deepest devotion by keeping the main purpose of life in
As you are probably aware, the word "philosophy" is composed of two words
meaning love of wisdom. Most people have the idea that "love of wisdom" in
this connection is synonymous with desire for knowledge, but as we have seen
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from a recent lesson, there is a vast difference between knowledge and wis-
dom. Wisdom implies love, first, last, and all the time, while knowledge
may be used for the most evil purposes imaginable. In fact the true
esotericist who is inspired by a fervent devotion in his study and his work
in life is too modest to accept the title of philosopher, for to him it
means even more as he turns it around and calls it "The Wisdom of Love" in-
stead of love of wisdom. A little thought will very soon make the point
clear. The subject we have chosen for the coming series of lessons is one
of the most intimate and holy which one can take up, therefore you will
readily realize that it must be approached in this "wisdom of love" spirit,
in love that is embodied in the full realization of what true philosophy is
Robert Burns once said:
"O wad some pow'r the giftie gie us
To see ourselves as ithers see us!"
But I am afraid that power would indeed be a sad possession though it may
seem upon superficial thought to be desirable. Each of us is full of short-
comings. At times we make but a sorry figure on the stage of the world.
Sometimes we seem to be thrown aimlessly hither and thither by the shuttle-
cock of destiny, while others who are unable to see the beam in their own
eye are criticizing us and making us appear ridiculous. If we saw ourselves
with their eyes, we should lose that most essential attribute--our
self-respect; we should shrink from facing our fellow men.
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When we realize that this is so (and thought upon the matter surely can
not fail to convince us), then we might also with profit put the shoe on the
other foot and realize that we ourselves, by sharp criticism of the trivial
shortcomings of others, are taking a very unbrotherly, unphilosophical,
un-wisdom-of-love-like attitude. It is the purpose of the coming lessons to
give us an idea of what has caused in the past some of the things that we
most criticize in others, so that we may be able personally to avoid similar
mistakes; also that we may have that real, true, Christian charity which
VAUNTETH NOT ITSELF, IS NOT PUFFED UP, SEEKETH NOT HER OWN, REJOICETH NOT IN
EVIL BUT IN THE TRUTH, as paul describes it in that beautiful thirteen chap-
ter of 1st Corinthians.
I trust that you will approach the lessons in that spirit and that they
may be of lasting benefit to us all.
LETTER NO. 52.
CONCENTRATION IN THE ROSICRUCIAN WORK
While meditating upon the good of the Rosicrucian Fellowship the question
came up before the writer's mind: "What is the greatest general hindrance
to our progress in the spiritual work?" And the answer was: "Lack of con-
We all have our families who crave and must have a certain share of our
attention. Our work in the world must not be neglected on any account. We
are here to accomplish certain things, and to learn by them. After these
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duties have been attended to there still remains for each of us a little
time which we may justly and properly use for our own development, and it is
as important that we properly use this extra time as it is that we attend to
our worldly duties, our family, and our social obligations.
Consider now that in ordinary life we do not try to become a doctor and
practice medicine today, work in a machine shop tomorrow, and every other
day go at some other business. We know that such a course would not take us
anywhere in life. neither do we live in one family as husband or wife today
and assume similar relations in another family tomorrow; nor do we change
our social circle as often as we change our coats or shoes. Such industrial
and social conditions would be absolutely impossible. On the contrary, we
pursue one line of work in the world; we look after one family; we concen-
trate our efforts in these departments of our life to the exclusion of all
Why not apply the same common sense to our spiritual endeavors? We study
our business; we plan ahead; we work with all our might in order to make it
a success. We also study the needs of our family and we plan for them. We
know that success, both social and industrial, depends upon the amount of
concentration and the amount of planning we do. If, then, we are so wise
concerning worldly things, which last only for the few years of our earth
life, can we not bring ourselves to use the same common sense to apply our-
selves equally with all our mind and with our heart to the spiritual things
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that are everlasting?
In the Atlantean Epoch when the Original Semites were called out from
among their brothers, many of them accounted it a great hardship. They,
"the Sons of God," married "the daughters of men," with the result which we
know from our study of the COSMO.
We are today at another great parting of the ways. An "Ecclesia," or
company of men, is being "called out" as pioneers of the next great race.
Many roads lead to Rome and to the Kingdom of Christ, but if we fritter our
time away walking on one today and tomorrow choosing another path, we are
certain to fail; and I therefore urge all the students who are in sympathy
with the ideas of the Rosicrucian Fellowship to give up all other religious
societies and devote their whole heart, mind, and spirit to living and
spreading our teachings.
Trained, skilled, and devoted workers are sought in our earthly enter-
prises. In the heavenly Kingdom loyalty and devotion also are prime fac-
Let us memorize and concentrate on the first three verses of the first
Psalm, for surely we want to reap the greatest harvest that we possible can
from our spiritual as well as from our material efforts.
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LETTER NO. 53.
THE COSMIC MEANING OF EASTER
As this lesson will reach you about Easter time, I thought it might be
well to devote the letter to that recurring event.
You know the analogy between man, who enters his vehicles in the daytime,
lives in them and works through them, and at night is a free spirit, free
from the fetters of the dense body--and the Christ Spirit dwelling in our
earth a part of the year. We all know what a fetter and what a prison this
body is, how we are hampered by disease and suffering, for there is not one
of us who is always in perfect health so that he or she never feels a pang
of pain, at least no one on the higher path.
It is similar with the Cosmic Christ, who turns His attention toward our
little earth, focusing His consciousness in this planet in order that we may
have life. He has to enliven this dead mass (which we have crystallized out
of the sun) annually; and it is a fetter, a clog, and a prison to Him.
Therefore it is right and proper that we should rejoice when He comes at
Christmas time each year and is born anew into our world to help us leaven
this dead lump wherewith we have encumbered ourselves. Our hearts at that
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time should turn to Him in gratitude for the sacrifice He makes for our
sakes during the winter months, permeating this planet with His life to
awaken it from its wintry sleep, in which it must remain were He not thus
born into it to enliven it.
During the winter months He suffers agonies of torture, "groaning,
travailing, and waiting for the day of liberation," which comes at the time
that we speak of in the orthodox churches as the passion week. But we real-
ize according to the mystic teachings that this week is just the culmination
or crest wave of His suffering and that He is then rising out of His prison;
that when the sun crosses the equator, He hangs upon the cross, and cries,
"CONSUMMATION EST!"--"It has been accomplished!" That is to say, His work
for that year has been accomplished. It is not a cry of agony but it is a
cry of triumph, a shout of joy that the our of liberation has come, and that
once more He can soar away a little while, free from the fettering clod of
Now, dear friend, the point to which I would like to call your attention
is that we should rejoice with Him in that great, glorious, triumphal hour,
the hour of liberation when He exclaims, "It has been accomplished!" Let us
attune our hearts to this great cosmic event; let us rejoice with the
Christ, our Savior, that the term of His annual sacrifice has once more been
completed; and let us feel thankful from the very bottom of our hearts that
He is now about to be freed from the earth's fetters; that the life where-
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with He has now endued our planet is sufficient to carry us through the time
till next Christmas.
I hope that this may furnish you with a point of view for prayerful Eas-
ter meditation which will result in abundant soul growth.
LETTER NO. 54.
WASTE THROUGH SCATTERING ONE'S FORCES
In the March letter I suggested, as you will remember, the concentration
of energy in one direction, advising, as I have done before, that students
devote all their spare time to work in and for one religious society, rather
than scattering and dissipating their energies by membership in a number of
such societies, for it is an impossibility to do effective work in that man-
Since that time a few resignations have come in, which were not unex-
pected. Among a large membership like that of the Rosicrucian Fellowship
some of those who hold membership in other bodies would naturally have their
greatest sympathy somewhere else, and they would follow that bent in accor-
dance with my advice. Indeed the surprise is that there have been only a
few resignations, but this is no doubt due to the fact that Headquarters pe-
riodically weeds out those who show little interest, and thus keeps only the
most live members on the list.
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But the tone of these resignations does hurt. One writes: "I am a mem-
ber of the Episcopalian Church; my pew rent is paid there, etc., etc." It
seems strange that some will not understand that the Rosicrucian Fellowship
is antagonistic to no church or society, particularly not to the Christian
churches. It has been stated repeatedly that we favor membership in any
Christian church. What the letter said was not CHURCHES, but "religious so-
cieties"; and, as said, it was not because we had anything against societies
which work along Christian lines. There is, for instance the Unity Society
of Kansas City, a clean, moral organization under a noble leadership, so far
as we can learn from all reports. But to do one's best work in that or any
other religious society one's entire energy in spare time should be given to
that society alone; and if any member of the Rosicrucian Fellowship who is
also a member of such an organization decides to cast his lot with them
alone he is doing far better by them, far better by the Rosicrucian Fellow-
ship also, than if he retains his membership in both. On the other hand, if
the weight of his sympathies lies with the Rosicrucian Fellowship, then it
is better for him, better for the Unity Society, better for the Rosicrucian
Fellowship, that he cast his lot entirely with our association.
As we have often said, many roads lead to Rome, but you can not walk two
roads at once. You must walk one in order to get there. Zigzagging from
one to another is a waste of effort. If we do our work in the world we have
but very little time left in which we may legitimately work for our own ad-
vantage along spiritual lines. Therefore we should endeavor to concentrate
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our efforts where they will do the greatest good instead of scattering our
energies and attaining very little soul growth in that manner.
Moreover it should be understood that if at any time the policies of the
Rosicrucian Fellowship do not meet with the approval of any one, he is not
serving the cause by simply deserting the flag and railing against us from
the outside. If he remains within we listen to him as one brother listens
to another, and we see his arguments from a very different point of view
than if he shows hostility, leaves, and becomes in that way an opponent.
Then the same arguments would lose a good deal of their weight. We are all
agreed about the great and cardinal points of our teachings. Every one of
us surely appreciates the benefit that we have reaped from this philosophy
which we are engaged in promulgating. Is it not meet then that we should be
tolerant in matters of policy, that we may devote all our attention to the
LETTER NO. 55.
EPIGENESIS AND FUTURE DESTINY
While we are studying the "Web of Destiny--How Made and Unmade," it is
expedient, in fact absolutely necessary, that we should keep before the eye
of our mind the fact that life is not alone an unfoldment of causes set go-
ing in previous existences. The spirit, when it comes back to rebirth, has
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a varying amount of free will--according to the life previously led--to fill
in details. Also, instead of only unfolding past causes into effects, there
are also new causes generated at every turn by the spirit, which then act as
seeds of experience in future lives. This is a very important point. It is
a self-evident truth, for unless it were so, the causes that have already
been set going must at some time come to an end, and that would mean cessa-
tion of existence.
Thus we are not absolutely forced to act in a certain way because we are
in a certain environment and because our whole past experience has given us
a trend toward a certain end. With the divine prerogative of free will, man
has the power of Epigenesis or initiative, so that he may enter upon a new
line at any time he wishes. He cannot at once steer himself out of the old
life--this may require a long time, perhaps several lives--but gradually he
works up to the ideal which he has once sown.
Therefore life advances not only by involution and evolution, but espe-
cially by Epigenesis. This sublime teaching of the Western Wisdom Religion
of the Rosicrucians explains many mysteries not otherwise capable of a
logical solution, among them one which has occasioned many letters to Head-
quarters. This subject is taken up with some reluctance as the writer dis-
likes speaking about the war. The question concerns the connection between
a soldier, a woman of the enemy ravished by him, and the ego born of a
mother who hates it because of the undesired motherhood.
Investigation of a number of cases has shown that this is a new venture
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on the part of the spirits coming to rebirth. All have been incorrigible in
their previous environments and it seemed that no good could come by keeping
them there to he sorrow of those with whom they were connected. The present
war conditions, though not made for the purpose, afford an opportunity to
transfer them to another field of action, where the new mother reaps,
through this agency, the fruits of wrongs sown by herself in the past.
Nor is this condition at all peculiar to war. Very often similar means
are used at other times so that we may reap what we have sown, through an-
other soul who enters into our lives to suffer and to bring suffering to us.
I have in mind a mother who told me a number of years ago how she rebelled
against motherhood; how, after she had gone through the period of pregnancy
with hate and anger in her heart, the little child was born and she refused
even to look at it; but finally she was melted by pity for its condition of
helplessness, and pity later turned to love. The child had all the advan-
tages that money could give him, but these advantages could not save his
mental balance, and today he sits in a murderer's cell in an asylum for the
criminal insane, while the mother is left to sorrow and to ponder upon what
she did or did not do during the time when that infant was coming to her.
Conversely, there are also occasions when a spirit, being through with an
old environment, comes into a new sphere of action as a ray of sunshine and
comfort to those who are fitted to receive that blessing by their previous
actions. Let us, therefore, remember that no matter how degraded a being
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may be he has always the power to sow the seed of good, but must wait until
that seed can flower in a right environment. Each of us, though bound by
his yesterdays, is therefore thus far free respecting his tomorrows.
LETTER NO. 56.
THE NEED OF SPREADING THE TEACHINGS
Upon re-reading the monthly lesson which accompanies this letter, em-
bodying the result of investigations made some time ago, I was struck anew
and with added force by the fact of the existence of such fearsome condi-
tions about us. At the present time when the horrors of the great war are
adding unprecedented numbers to those who pass from the present world to the
invisible realms under harrowing conditions, it seems that an extra effort
ought to be made to offset and to minimize the evil. The Rosicrucian Fel-
lowship is as yet but a drop in the ocean of humanity, but if we do our
share we shall earn a greater opportunity for service.
There is no remedy for the present conditions equal to a knowledge of the
continuity of life and of the fact that we are reborn from time to time un-
der the immutable Law of Consequence. If these great facts with all that
they imply could be brought home to a large number of people, this leaven
must ultimately work in such a manner as to change conditions all over the
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world. One man, Galileo, changed the viewpoint of the world concerning the
solar system; and though we are only a few thousand, it is not possible for
us to exert an influence upon the opinion of the world when we know that
this is true?
It is often said that people are not interested in spiritual matters;
that you cannot get their ear; but, really, it is not so. Granting that of
the hundred of thousands who went to hear Billy Sunday, the noted evange-
list, a great many were actuated by curiosity or went to? jeer and sneer,
there were also many thousand in whom was a strong desire for something
which they themselves perhaps could not define, and which was the actuating
motive. Recently there was a debate between a New York evangelist and a
lawyer on the subject, "Where Are the Dead?" This debate was held in a
large auditorium accommodating many thousands, and it lasted for three days.
Every seat in the auditorium was taken and, if I remember right, there were
many who could not even find standing room within. No, the world is seeking
something; seeking it with a hungry heart, and it only depends upon us
whether we are going to do our share by putting before the world the ratio-
nal explanation of life which has come to us through the Elder Brothers. It
is a great privilege and we should certainly take advantage of it.
But the question is, How? Let me ask you, would not YOUR newspaper take
an occasional article on this subject? There are certainly a number of
people within the Fellowship capable of writing such articles. A committee
could be formed to receive the articles and furnish them to the members who
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ask for them and who would agree to take them to the editors of the newspa-
pers in their respective towns and endeavor to get a hearing for the
Rosicrucian Fellowship teachings through that medium. If an article is well
written it is seldom refused when there is space available, for editors are
only too glad to get something that they think may interest the reading pub-
lic, even though they may not be in sympathy with it themselves.
Will some of the students who can write pleas submit short articles on
"The Continuity of Life," and will those who are willing to undertake to get
such articles into their home papers write and register their names to that
we may get action? Address your communications in this matter to "The Pub-
licity Department," Mt. Ecclesia.
I hope that this appeal will meet with a hearty response.
LETTER NO. 57.
ASTROLOGY AS AN AID IN HEALING THE SICK
Did you ever realize the reason why Christ commanded that we should heal
the sick? One of the reasons certainly was that when you have demonstrated
that you can heal the body, those who have been helped will have more faith
in your ability also to help the soul. When we have advanced to the high
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stature of Christ so that we can at once see the past and the present; when
we are able thus to determine at a glance the causes, crises, and present
stage of a disease, we shall need no other aid in diagnosis and advice. But
until that time we must use such crutches as we have, and foremost among
them is astrology.
Many people who have been unwilling to WORK for results have come to
Headquarters expecting to gain spiritual illumination, to sprout wings, and
to return to the world as wonder workers after a few days' stay. And
naturally, they have been disappointed. But whenever anyone has honestly
and earnestly applied himself to real work, not classes, for a reasonable
time, results have always been attained. We have here a letter from a
friend who stayed at Mt. Ecclesia and applied himself earnestly and honestly
to his studies. We give his experience as encouragement to others to do
"Dear Friends: The proposition which I expected to take up after my stay
on Mt. Ecclesia turned out to be a graft on people and not consistent with
our ideals at all, and I therefore sent in my resignation. No sooner,
though, did I give up that scheme than I had an invitation from a prominent
physician in Kansas City to do work with him. He appealed to me as being
all right. We were literally stormed with patients. Mrs. Heindel, it is
wonderful how people hunger for something of this nature; they look for
someone to open their lives, and they try to get encouragement from sources
that are more potent and reliable than the hard and dry life-destroying ma-
"Astrology came as a wonderful help to me to gain their confidence; and
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by the aid of God, who sent me here, I was able to send them away, their
ailments correctly diagnosed. And the strangest part of it is that none of
them gave me any symptoms. I located both disease and symptom, and nearly
everyone agree that I was right and resolved to live up to the high prin-
ciples of manhood and womanhood which I enunciated to them.
"I expect to be very busy here and wish to thank you for the help I have
received along this line during the last year at Mt. Ecclesia. I certainly
enjoyed my stay with you immensely and am looking forward to a great deal of
good from my work there; am only sorry I was unable to stay longer."
What man has done, man can do. Mrs. Heindel and myself did not get our
knowledge along this line without effort. We had to work hard for it; and
others who have worked as hard with the same spiritual ideals in view,
namely, the helping and uplifting of humanity, also find an illumination
that is not given to those who are looking for the material rewards of life
and their own aggrandizement. It seems to me that it is time the
Rosicrucian Fellowship should wake up and take this study earnestly in hand
so that healing centers may be established in every city in the world.
We have started a department in the magazine where we delineate the horo-
scope of children to help parents to know their latent characteristics.
There is also a correspondence course for beginners, besides the course in
Astro-Diagnosis and Astro-Therapy for probationers, and we would advise all
who have not yet started to take up the study.
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LETTER NO. 58.
UNNATURAL MEANS OF ATTAINMENT
When one investigates a certain subject in the invisible world, many fas-
cinating byways open up. he is constantly lured away from the main line of
research by this, that, or the other theme which attracts his attention, and
there is great danger of losing sight of the goal and of wandering off in a
maze of incoherency. Sometimes the temptation to follow a bypath is stron-
ger than my power of resistance; and recently, while working on the "Web of
Destiny," the figure of a hermit who had starved his body to the semblance
of a skeleton--who had whipped himself till the blood flowed from sores that
were never allowed to heal, and thought he was serving God by these
austerities--led me to search for the origin of this hideous practice. I
have written a lengthy article on the subject for our magazine; but as the
matter is important, and many of the students are not subscribers to the
magazine, I have deemed it best to give you the main facts.
In the ancient Mystery Temples the main truths now taught by the
Rosicrucian Fellowship concerning the vital body were given to the aspirant
to Initiation. He learned that this vehicle was composed of the four
ethers: the Chemical Ether, which is necessary to assimilation; the Life
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Ether, which furthers growth and propagation; the Light Ether, which is the
vehicle of sense perception; and the Reflecting Ether, which is the recep-
tacle of memory.
The aspirant was thoroughly instructed in the functions of the two lower
ethers as compared with the two higher. He knew that all the purely animal
functions of the body depended upon the density of the two lower ethers and
that the two upper ethers composed the soul body--the vehicle of service in
the invisible world. He aspired to cultivate this glorious garment by
self-abnegation, curbing the propensities of the lower nature by will power,
just as we do today.
But some, who were overzealous to attain, no matter how, forgot that it
is only by service and unselfishness that the golden wedding garment, com-
posed of the two higher ethers, is grown. They thought the occult maxim,
"Gold in the crucible, dross in the fire; light as the winds, higher and
higher," meant only that so long as the dross of the lower nature was ex-
pelled, it did not matter how it was done. And they reasoned that as the
Chemical Ether is the agent of assimilation, it could be eliminated from the
vital body by starving the physical body. They also thought that as the
Life Ether is the avenue of propagation, they could by living celibate lives
starve it out. They would then only have the two higher ethers, or at least
these would be much larger in volume than the two lower.
To that end they practiced all the austerities they could think of, fast-
ing among others. By this unnatural process the body lost its health and
became emaciated. The passional nature, which sought gratification by
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exercise of the propagative function, was stilled by castigation. It is
true that in this horrible manner the lower nature seemed to be subjected;
and it is also true that when the bodily functions were thus brought to a
very low ebb, visions, or rather hallucinations, were the reward of these
people; but true spirituality has never been attained by defiling or de-
stroying "the temple of God," the body, and fasting may be as immoral as
Let us endeavor to use moderation in all things, that we may be worthy
examples to others and earn admission to the Temple by virtue of right liv-
LETTER NO. 59.
THE RACE SPIRITS AND THE NEW RACE
As there are a great number of students who have not subscribed for the
magazine, and as there is a very important article running now, dealing with
the occult side of the war, i feel that it may be best to devote the monthly
letter to a resume of the facts, and trust that this will also benefit those
who take the magazine; for as I do not intend to copy, but will take up the
subject offhand, new points are sure to be brought out.
You remember how every one of the countries concerned in this sad affair
has endeavored to disclaim responsibility from the beginning. In a sense
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they are right, for though all have been guilty of pride of heart and, like
David when he numbered Israel, have put their trust in the multitude of
their men, ships, and armament, no war can ever take place that is not per-
mitted by the Race Spirits. The Race Spirit guides its charges upon the
path of evolution, and, like Jehovah, fights for them, or allows other na-
tions to conquer them, as required to teach them the lesson needful for
When seen by the spiritual vision the Race Spirit appears like a cloud
brooding over a country, and it is breathed into the lungs of the people
with every breath they take. In it they live, move, and have their being,
as a matter of actual fact. Through this process they become imbued with
that national fellow-feeling which we call "patriotism," which is so power-
fully stirring in time of war that all feel wrought up about a certain mat-
ter and are ready to sacrifice all for their country.
America has no Race Spirit as yet. It is the melting pot wherein the
various nations are being amalgamated to extract the seed for a new race;
therefore it is impossible to arouse a universal sentiment which will make
all move as one in any matter. This new race is beginning to appear, how-
ever. You may know them by their long arms and limbs, their lithe body,
their long and somewhat narrow head, high crown, and almost rectangular
forehead. In a few generations I expect they will be taken in charge by an
Archangel, who will then begin to unite them. This itself will take gen-
erations, for though the pictures originally stamped in the old race bodies
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have faded from sight with the advent of the international marriages, they
are still effective, and the family connections of America with Europe may
be traced in the Memory of Nature found in the Reflecting Ether. Until this
record has been wiped clean, the tie with the ancestral country is not en-
tirely broken, and the colonies of Italians, Scots, Germans, English, etc.,
remaining in various part of this country retard the evolution of the new
race. Probably the Aquarian Age will be here before this condition has been
entirely overcome and the American race fully established.
If you look back at the developments during the past 60 or 70 years, it
must be evident that it has been an age of skepticism, doubt, and criticism
of religious subjects. The churches have become increasingly empty, and
people have turned to the pursuit of pleasure, from the worship of God.
This tendency was on the increas in Europe until the advent of this war, and
it is still a disgrace to certain cities and centers of scientific thought
in America. As a result of this worldwide attitude of mind, fostered by the
Brothers of the Shadow with the permission of the Race Spirits, as Job was
tempted by Satan in the legend, a spiritual cataract has covered the eyes of
the Western world and must be removed before evolution can proceed. How
that is being done will be the subject of the next letter.
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LETTER NO. 60.
THE WAR AN OPERATION FOR SPIRITUAL CATARACT
You are aware from the teachings of the COSMO that there was one race at
the end of the Lemurian Epoch, there were seven in the Atlantean Epoch,
seven in the Aryan, and there will be on in the coming Galilean Epoch, mak-
ing in all sixteen races. You also remember that these sixteen races are
called by the Elder Brothers "the sixteen paths to destruction" because en-
meshed in the bodies of any race to such an extent that it will be unable to
follow the others along the path of evolution. During the Periods and Ep-
ochs there is always plenty of time so that the Leaders of humanity can mar-
shal their flocks into line. But the Jews are an example of what may happen
to people who become so intensely imbused with the racial spirit that they
absolutely refuse to let go. They continue as an anomaly among the rest of
humanity, a people without a country, king, or any other of the factors that
make for racial evolution.
This was the tendency among the nations of Europe up to the present war.
Patriotism, and the racial ideal fostered thereby, were leading them away
from God. An age of doubt and skepticism had been ushered in by the many
scientific discoveries, and the pioneer races in the Western world were
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stearing very close to the brink of destruction. Therefore it became neces-
sary for the Elder Brothers to devise measures whereby mankind might be
brought from the path of pleasure to the path of devotion, and this could
only be done by removing the spiritual cataract from a sufficiently large
number of people so that they would then override the doubt and skepticism
of the rest.
When we dwelt under the water in the early Atlantean Epoch, we were, as
you know, unable to see the body or even to feel it, because our conscious-
ness was focused in the spiritual realm. We saw one another, soul to soul.
We were unaware of either birth or death, and we felt no separation from
those we loved. But when we gradually became aware of our bodies, and our
consciousness was focused in the physical world from birth to death, and in
the spiritual world from death to birth, there was a separation, and conse-
quent sorrow on account of the advent of death. In bygone ages however,
there were still many who were able to see both worlds; they formed quite a
considerable number of the populace. Their testimonies to the continuity of
life were a great comfort to those who had been bereaved, for they believed
thoroughly that those whom they had lost were still alive and happy, though
unable to make themselves known. But gradually the world became more and
more materialistic; faith in the reality of the hereafter faded, and sorrow
at the loss of the loved ones grew more and more intense, until today many
believe the separation is final. To them the word "rebirth" is an empty
sound, and therefore grief is overwhelming.
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But this very grief is nature's remedy for the spiritual cataract. As
surely as the desire for growth built the complicated alimentary canal from
the simplest beginning so that the craving for growth might be satisfied; as
surely as the desire for motion evolved the wonderful joints, sinews, and
ligaments wherewith this is accomplished; just as surely will the intense
yearning to continue the relationships severed by death build the organ for
its gratification--the spirit eye. Therefore this wholesale slaughter of
millions of men ha helped and is helping more to bridge the gulf between the
invisible and the visible world than a thousand years of preaching could do.
All through the history of the world it has been recorded that warriors have
seen so-called supernatural manifestations, and there is plenty of testimony
that those visions have also been seen in the present war. The shock of the
wound, the suffering in the hospital, and tears of the widows and orphans,
all are opening the spiritual eyes of Europe, and the age of doubt and skep-
ticism will pass away. Instead of being ashamed of having faith in God, the
world will honor a man for his piety rather than for his prowess in a not
very distant future. And let us all pray for that day.
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LETTER NO. 61.
CYCLIC MOVEMENTS OF THE SUN
The news printed today in big type on the front pages of newspapers, news
which seems of such vital and absorbing interest to everybody, is usually
forgotten tomorrow, and the papers that contained the records are thrown
into the fire. Likewise the song that is upon the lips of everybody is usu-
ally after awhile relegated to he archives of oblivion. Even the men who
are launched like meteors into the limelight of publicity are usually soon
forgotten, together with the deeds that caused their brief popularity--for,
it? quote Solomon, "All is vanity."
But among the kaleidoscopic changes that are constantly altering the
stage of the world, morally, mentally, and physically, there are certain cy-
clic events which, though they are recurrent in their nature, have a perma-
nency and stability about them which differentiates the macrocosmic from the
microcosmic method of conducting affairs.
In the spring time, at Easter, when the sun crosses the eastern or vernal
equinox, the earth emerges from its wintry sleep and shakes off the snowy
blanket which has covered it with a vesture of immaculate purity. The voice
of nature is heard when the little babbling brooks begin to trickle down the
hillside on their way to the great ocean. It is heard when the wind
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whispers in the newly sprouted forest leaves the song of love that calls
forth the bud and the flower which finally bears the pollen that is carried
upon invisible wings to the waiting mate. It is heard in the love song of
the mating birds and the call of beast unto beast. It continues in every
department of nature until the increase of new life has compensated for the
destruction by death.
Through the summer, Love and Life toil exceedingly with joyful heart, for
they are Masters in the struggle for existence while the sun is exalted in
the northern heavens, at the maximum of his power at the summer solstice.
Time goes by, and there comes another turning point at the fall equinox.
The song of the woodland choir is now hushed; the love call of beast and
bird ceases and nature becomes mute again. The light wanes, and the shadows
of night grow longer, until at winter solstice, where we are now, the earth
again prepares for the deepest sleep, for she need the night of rest after
the strenuous activities of the preceding day.
But as the spiritual activities of man are greatest while his body is
asleep, so also, by the law of analogy, we may understand that the spiritual
fires in the earth are brightest at this time of the year; that now is the
best opportunity for soul growth, for investigation and study of the deeper
mysteries of life. And therefore it behooves us to catch opportunity on the
wing so that we may use this present time to the very best advantage; yet
without hurry, without worry, but patiently and prayerfully, knowing that
among all other things in the world which change, this great wave of
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spiritual light will be with us in the winter season for ages to come. It
will grow more and more brilliant as the earth and ourselves evolve to
higher degrees of spirituality. We are now doing the pioneer work of
spreading the Rosicrucian teachings which will help to illuminate the world
during the centuries immediately following our present time. There is a law
that "you can get only as you give." Now--this season of the year--is the
most propitious time to give and receive, so let us be sure to let our light
shine on the great cosmic Christmas tree, that it may be seen of men, and
that they may be attracted to the truths which we know to be of such vital
importance in the development of our fellow men.
In concluding this letter I desire to thank every one of the students for
their co-operation in the work during the past year. Any may we do better
work together in the coming year.
LETTER NO. 62.
THE TEACHER'S DEBT OF GRATITUDE
WE are now at the close of another year of our lives and at the beginning
of a new, and certain thoughts have come to me in connection with these di-
visions of our earthly lives.
When Christ was at the end of His ministry, eating the last supper with
His disciples, he washed their feet, despite protests from some who thought
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that this was a humiliation for the teacher. But as a matter of fact it was
the symbol of an attitude of mind which is of great significance as a factor
in soul growth. Were it not for the mineral soil, the higher plant kingdom
would be an impossibility; and the animal kingdom could not exist if the
plants did not give it the needed substance. Thus we see that in nature the
higher feeds upon and is dependent on the lower for its growth and further
evolution. Although it is a fact that the disciples were instructed and
helped by Christ, it is also a fact that they were stepping-stones in His
development; and it was in recognition of this fact that He humbled Himself,
acknowledging His debt to them in the performance of the most menial service
It has been the great privilege of the writer to transmit the esoteric
instructions of the Elder Brothers to you and thousands of others during the
past year, and in this he has been aided by all the workers on Mt. Ecclesia,
directly or indirectly. Those who have helped in the print shop, office, or
whatever necessary department have all had their share in this privilege,
and we all thank you for these opportunities for soul growth which have come
to us in satisfying your need.
We trust that we have been of some service in that respect, and ask your
prayers that we may become more efficient servants in the coming year.
And how about you, dear friend? During the past year you also have had
opportunities to serve others in a similar manner. Have you used your tal-
ents of knowledge transmitted to you to enlighten those with whom you have
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come in contact? It is not necessary to stand in a pulpit, literally or
metaphorically, at any time in order to speak to the heart of others. It is
often most effectively accomplished in the little quiet ways, such that
people do not know we are trying to show them something. We trust you have
improved your opportunities to the best of your ability during the past
year, and pray that you may enter the new year with a still more earnest
spirit of service, and that is may prove to be much more fruitful of soul
growth than the past has been.
LETTER NO. 63.
SPIRITUAL TEACHERS--TRUE AND FALSE
One of the most difficult problems which confront the leader of a
spiritual movement is the impatience of students who want to reap where they
have not sown. They are not patient enough to wait for the harvest but want
results immediately, and if they do not sprout wings within a specified time
set by themselves they are ready to cry "fraud" and seek and "individual
teacher," visible or invisible. So long as he will "guarantee" results,
they are prepared to throw common sense to the winds and follow him blindly,
though he may lead them to the insane asylum or to a consumptives's grave,
or in the cases of those who get off the easiest, simply separate them from
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some of their cash.
This condition has been dealt with before in letters to students, but
there are always some who forget and new students are constantly being added
to the class; therefore it is necessary to reiterate important points from
time to time. Hearing recently of one who left a certain center for an "in-
dividual teacher," and who seems on that account to be envied in a measure
by others of the group who have not been so fortunate (?), it seems expedi-
ent to go into the matter again.
Have you ever seen any institution, from kindergarten to college, where
they keep a teacher for every pupil? We have not. No board of education
would sanction such a waste of energy, nor would they appoint an individual
teacher for any one simply because that pupil was impatient and wanted to
get through school "quick." And finally, even if a board could be found
willing to appoint a teacher in a special case who would "cram" knowledge
into the pupils brain, there would be a great danger of brain fever, insan-
ity, and maybe death in that method.
If this is true in schools of physical science, how can anyone believe
that it can be different with regard to spiritual science? Christ said to
His disciples: "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how
shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" No "individual
teacher," if such there were, can initiate anyone into the mysteries of the
soul until the pupil is prepared by his or her own work. Whoever professes
to do so brands himself as an impostor of a low order. And whoever allows
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himself to be so duped shows very little common sense; otherwise he would
realize that no truly highly evolved teacher could afford to give his time
and energy to the instruction of a single pupil, when he might just as eas-
ily teach a large number.
Imagine, if you can, the twelve great Brothers of the Rose Cross, each
tagging around after on puny pupil! The thought is a sacrilege. Such truly
great and highly evolved men have other and more important things to attend
to, and even the lay brothers who have been initiated by them are not al-
lowed to bother them for small and unimportant matters.
It may therefore be stated emphatically that the Elder Brothers do not
habitually visit any one in the Rosicrucian Fellowship, or out of it, as an
"individual teacher," and whoever thinks so is being deceived. They have
given certain teachings which form the basis of instruction in this school,
and by learning how to live this silence of the soul we may in time fit our-
selves to meet them face to face in the school of Invisible Helpers. There
is no other way.
I trust that this may fix the idea more firmly in your own mind than it
has been before, and give you a basis for setting others right who are in
danger of being side-tracked.
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LETTER NO. 64.
THE BATTLE THAT RAGES WITHIN
From time to time we are grieved to receive letters from students in the
warring countries chiding us for not taking up the cudgel in favor of their
side. There has not been a day since this sad conflict began that we have
not mourned the dreadful slaughter, though comforted by the knowledge that
it is helping as nothing else could to break down the barrier between the
living and the dead. Thus the war will go far towards abolishing the sorrow
now experienced by the masses when parting from loved ones; also the present
sorrow is turning the Western people from the pleasures of the world to the
worship of God. There has not been a night that we have not worked
diligently with the dead and wounded to allay their mental anguish or
Patriotism was very good at one time, but Christ said, "Before Abraham
was, I am." (EGO SUM). Races and nations, comprehended in the term
"Abraham," are evanescent, but "the Ego," which existed before Abraham, the
race father, will also persist when nations are a thing of the past. There-
fore the Fellowship disregards national and racial differences, endeavoring
to join all together in a bond of love to fight a Great War--the only war in
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which a true Christian should fight, and one which a true Christian ought to
wage unflinchingly and without quarter--the war against his lower nature.
Paul says: "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good
thing. For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would
not, that I do. I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I
see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and
bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O
wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"
Does not Paul describe here most accurately the state of every aspiring
soul? Are we not all suffering spiritually because of the conflict within
ourselves? I hope there is but one answer, namely, that this inner war is
being waged fiercely and unremittingly by every Fellowship student; for
where there is no struggle, there is a sure indication of spiritual coma.
The "body of sin" has then the upper hand. But the fiercer the fight, the
more hopeful our spiritual state.
In America we hear a great deal of talk of "neutrality" and "prepared-
ness" for "defensive" purposes. In the nobler war which we must wage, there
can be no "neutrality." Either there is peace, and "the flesh" rules us and
holds us in abject subjections, or there is war aggresively waged by both
flesh and spirit. And so long as we continue to live in this "body of
death" this warfare will continue, for even Christ was tempted, and we can-
not expect to fare better than He.
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"Preparedness" is good. It is more necessary every day, for just as a
physical enemy seeks to trap and ambush a strong adversary rather than risk
open battle, so also the temptations which beset us on "the path" become
more subtle with each succeeding year.
Writer like Thomas a Kempis were wont to speak of themselves as "vile
worms," and to use kindred terms of "self-abasement," because they knew the
great and subtle danger of "self-approbation." But even that may be carried
too far, and we may feel that we are "very, very good" and "holier" than
others because we abuse ourselves; and we may do it for the pleasure we get
from hearing other people contradict us. Truly, the snares of the desire
body are past finding out.
There is a way to be prepared, and it is sure: "Look to Christ," and
keep your mind busy every waking moment when not engaged in your daily work,
studying how you may serve Him. Endeavor by every available means to carry
out in a practical manner the ideas thus conceived. The more closely we
imitate Christ, the more loyally we follow the dictates of the Higher Self,
the more certainly shall we vanquish the lower nature and win the only war
worth while winning.
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LETTER NO. 65.
EASTER, A PROMISE OF NEWNESS OF LIFE.
This is the Easter lesson, though it does not say one word connected with
the cosmic event of the present season. But it emphasizes anew the great
vital fact that birth and death are only incidents in the life of the
spirit, which is without beginning or end.
Old age, sickness, war, or accident may destroy this earthly habitation,
but we have "a house from heaven" that no power can move. And so, no matter
how closely death may come to us or to our loved ones, we know that as Good
Friday is followed by the glorious Easter, so also the door of death is but
the gate to a longer life where the sickness and paid which lays our
physical body low have no more dominion.
Just think what that means to our poor brothers who are torn and mangled
by the awful inhumanity of man to man, and let us give thanks that they have
escaped from the suffering which they must have endured if there had been no
death to liberate them.
The great majority look upon death as "the king of terrors," but when we
are instructed, we realize that under our present conditions death is a
friend indeed. None of us has a perfect body, and as it deteriorates in an
alarming degree during the few years that we use it, think how it would feel
a million years hence--and a million years are less than a fleeting moment
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compared to infinite duration. None but spirit can endure infinity, and
therefore Easter is the earnest of our hope of immortality, and Christ the
first fruits of immortality and many brethren with Him.
Let us then, dear friend, approach the coming Easter in an attitude of
spiritual aspiration to imitate our great Leader, the Christ, by crucifying
our lower nature. May every day of the coming year be a Good Friday, may
every night be spent in the purgatorial prison ministering to the spirits
there confined, as Christ also did, and may every morn be a glorious Easter
on which we rise in the newness of life to greater and better deeds.
"Take care of the pennies and the dollars will look after themselves"
says a worldly wise proverb. We may paraphrase and adapt it to the
spiritual life by saying, "Take heed that every day is well spent, and the
years will yield much treasure."
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LETTER NO. 66.
DAILY EXERCISE IN SOUL CULTURE
When Christ visited Martha and Mary the former was much more concerned
with preparation for his material comfort than in attending to the spiritual
matters which he taught; hence the rebuke that she was concerned with many
things of lesser moment than "the one thing needful." There is no doubt
that it is positively wicked to neglect fulfilling one's duties and meeting
every obligation honestly incurred in our ordinary everyday life. But un-
fortunately most of us make the great mistake of looking upon our work and
duties in the material world as paramount, thinking that the spiritual side
of our development can wait until a convenient time when we have nothing
else to do. An increasing number of people admit that they ought to give
more attention to spiritual matters, but they always have an excuse for not
attending to them just now. "My business requires my entire attention," one
will say. "Times are so strenuous, and in order to keep my head above water
I must work from early morning till late at night. But as soon as times are
a little better I am going to look into these matters and give more time to
them." Another claims that certain relatives are dependent on him and that
when he has fulfilled his obligations to these dependents he will be able to
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devote his time to soul growth.
There is no doubt that in many cases these excuses are legitimate, to a
certain extent, and that the one who makes them is really and truly sacri-
ficing himself or herself for some one else. I remember the case of a pro-
bationer who once wrote in distress that her two little children were always
in need of attention at the times when she ought to perform her morning and
evening exercises. She ardently desired to progress along the path of the
higher life but the care of the children seemed a hindrance, and she asked
what she should do. Attend to her children, of course, as I wrote to her.
The sacrifice involved in giving up her own progress for the sake of her
children's comfort naturally won a rebound to a thousand times more soul
growth than if she had neglected her children for her own selfish interests.
But on the other hand there are many who simply lack the mental stamina
to make th sustained effort. No matter how strenuous busines conditions
are, it is possible to devote a little time each day, morning and evening,
to the attainment of spirituality. It is an exceedingly good practice to
concentrate the mind upon an ideal during the time spent in street cars go-
ing from home to the place of business. The very fact that there is so much
noise and confusion, which makes the effort more difficult, is in itself a
help; for he who learns to direct his thought one-pointedly under such con-
ditions will have no difficulty in obtaining the same results, or even bet-
ter, under more favorable circumstances. The time thus spent will prove far
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more profitable than if used for reading a newspaper or a magazine which
will call attention to conditions that are far from elevating.
The mind of most people is like a sieve. As water runs through the sieve
so also thoughts flit through their brain. These thoughts are good, bad,
and indifferent--mostly the latter. The mind does not hold on to any of
them sufficiently long to learn its nature, and yet we are apt to entertain
the idea that we cannot help our thoughts being what they are. On that ac-
count the great majority have formed the habit of listless thinking which
makes them incapable of holding on to any subject until it is thoroughly
mastered. It may be difficult to do, but certainly when the power of
thought-control has been gained, the possessor holds within his hand the key
to success in whatever line he may be engaged.
Therefore I would urge you in connection with this series of lessons, The
Occult Effect of the Emotions," which you are receiving that you take the
above personally to heart and set aside a portion of each day for the pur-
pose of gaining thought-control. There are a number of helpful hints given
by various authors, but i will think the matter over and try to give some
general hints. This is very difficult because so much depends upon the tem-
perament of the student. The instruction should really be individual,
rather than collective, to bring the best results.
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LETTER NO. 67.
THE REAL HEROES OF THE WORLD
Though my letter is dated the first of the month it was written earlier
of course--in fact, the evening before "Decoration Day," the day when all
patriotic Americans are supposed to honor the dead heroes who fought for the
integrity of the Union.
As I thought over the matter it occurred to me that it seems always to
require a calamity or a catastrophe to make me forget self and rise to the
call of a cause or to the need of the occasion regardless of consequences.
They always respond in war, earthquake, fire, or shipwreck.
But why should it require such cataclysmic events to bring out the virtue
of self-sacrificing service when they are needed every day and hour in every
home, hamlet, and city? The world would be so much better off if we did our
noble deeds daily instead of only on occasion of exceptional stress. It may
be noble to die for a great cause, but it is surely nobler to live a life of
self-sacrifice, covering many years, cherishing others and helping them to
be better and nobler, than to die in the attempt to kill a fellow being.
There is many a father who struggles years and years to give his children
what he terms "a chance in life." There are thousands of mothers who toil a
lifetime at "hard labor" to aid in this work for the young. There are
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millions of such heroes who are never heard of because they helped their
fellows to live instead of causing them to die.
Is this not an anomaly--that we honor an army of men for more than half a
century because they killed, killed, killed, while that greater army which
fostered all that is best on earth lie forgotten in their graves?
As followers of Christ, let us pay tribute to the heroes and heroines who
through years of suffering fought for others by rendering tender care in
childhood's helpless days, by unflagging service in times of sickness, by
patient participation in poverty and in any and every trouble that might be-
Nor let us wait till they have passed to the beyond, but let us honor
them here and now. Neither should we set one day in the year apart for the
payment of such tribute, but we should honor them every day of our lives,
and we should seek to lighten their burdens by emulating their noble deeds.
How shall we find them? they wear no uniform, neither do they wear their
hearts upon their sleeves. They are everywhere, and if we seek we shall
find them. The quicker we join their ranks, the sooner we shall honor our-
selves by lightening their burdens as it becomes all true servants of the
Master. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my
brethren, ye have done it unto me."
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LETTER NO. 68.
THE WORK OF THE RACE SPIRITS
IN a few days we shall celebrate in America "The Glorious Fourth," our
Independence Day, and we shall waste a lot of perfectly good and useful pow-
der that might be put to better use, in order to show our "patriotism." A
considerable number of fires and accidents will occur if we may judge from
To what purpose all of this we may see by the heartrending spectacle of
the war which for almost two years has made tears a mockery, for no symbol
of sorrow is adequate to the occasion. let us realize that had there been
no "patriotism," there could have been no war; and realizing its baneful in-
fluence, let us learn to say with Thomas Paine, "The world is my country,
and to do good is my religion." This, it seems to me, is the gospel we
ought to preach to our fellow men in whatever country we happen to be, for
this attitude of mind will be one of the factors in accomplishing our eman-
cipation from the Race Spirit feeds on war, for it causes the nation which
it rules to sink its internal differences for the time being and its people
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to cluster close to one another for defense or aggression against the common
foe. Thus they vibrate in harmony to an extent greater than usual, and this
strengthens the Race Spirit and delays the advent of Christ to that extent.
So long as patriotism holds the nations in bondage to the Race Spirits, the
Universal Kingdom cannot be started.
I would therefore urge that the students of the Rosicrucian Fellowship
refrain from participation in any patriotic exercises of a martial nature.
Practice Universal Brotherhood by never mentioning or recognizing differ-
ences of nationality, for we are all one in Christ.
LETTER NO. 69.
STRUGGLES OF THE ASPIRING SOUL
From time to time letters of discouragement are received at Headquarters
from people who are smitten by conscience because they are unable to live up
to their high ideals, and they feel that it would be more honest to abandon
the faith and live as others live who make no professions. They say that
while they read and study or listen in church to passages which exhort them
to love their enemies, to bless them that curse them, and to pray for those
who despitefully use them, they are heart and soul in accord with these sen-
timents and would gladly follow these precepts; but when they meet such
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conditions in the world, they cannot comply with the Biblical command, and
therefore feel that they are hypocrites.
If man were a homogeneous whole, if spirit, soul, and body were one and
undivided, that these people are hypocrites would be true. But spirit,
soul, and body are not one, as we realize to our sorrow from the very first
day that we feel the desire to tread the path of the higher life. And in
this fact lies the solution of the problem. There are two distance natures
in each of us. In the days of our unaspiring life the higher spiritual na-
ture is asleep, and the worldly personal self is undisputed lord of all our
actions. Then there is peace and serenity. But the moment the spiritual
nature wakens, the war begins. As we grow in spirituality, the struggle is
intensified until some time in the future the personality will succumb, and
we shall gain the peace that passeth all understanding.
In the meantime we have the condition whereof our students complain (with
Paul, Faust, and every other aspiring soul), that to will is easy, but that
the good that they would, they do not, and the evil that they would not,
that they do. The writer has felt, and feels most keenly every day of his
life this discrepancy between this teachings and his actions. One part of
his being aspires with an ardor that is painful in its intensity to all the
higher and nobler things, while on the other hand, a strong personality, ex-
ceedingly difficult to curb, is a source of continual grief. But he feels
that so long as he does not "pose" as a saint, so long as he honestly admits
his shortcomings and professes his sorrow for them, and so long as he uses
the inclusive "WE" in all his exhortations, he deceives no one, and is not
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a hypocrite. Whatever he says he takes to himself first and foremost, and,
however, unsuccessful, he strive to follow the Rosicrucian teachings. If
everyone else among our students feels troubled on the same score as the
correspondents who have inspired this letter, we hope that this may set them
Besides, what else can we do but go on? Having once awakened the higher
nature, it cannot be permanently silenced, and there will be the misery of
regret and remorse if we abandon effort. We have several times called at-
tention to the way the mariner guides his vessel across the waste of waters
by a star. He will never reach it, but nevertheless it brings him safely
through the rock shoals to the desired haven. Similarly, if our ideals are
so high that we realize we shall never reach them in this life, let us also
keep in mind that we have endless time before us, and that what we cannot
accomplish in this life-day will be achieved tomorrow or later. Let us fol-
low the example of Paul and "by patient persistence in well-doing" continue
to seek for spiritual glory, honor, and immortality.
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LETTER NO. 70
BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE LIFE
You know of course that the Fellowship teaches rebirth to be a fact in
nature, and you believe in this doctrine because it explains so many facts
in life which we are otherwise unable to account for. But I wonder how many
students have really taken the practical use of this truth to heart, and are
fixing their attention upon it by consciously and systematically molding
themselves and thus making their environment for future lives.
It is true that in the Second Heaven we devote all of our time to making
the environment for our future life, forming the earth and the sea, provid-
ing the conditions for the flora and fauna, and generally shaping things to
give us a suitable arena for our coming life work. But we do that according
to the way we have been living here in this present life. If we have been
lazy and shiftless here, living in a happy-go-lucky manner, it is not likely
that when we come to the Second Heaven we will be careful to prepare a fer-
tile soil, which we may later till. Therefore our next embodiment will
probably find us with the barest means of existence at hand, so that under
the whip of necessity we may learn to exert ourselves.
It is similar with our moral qualities. When we are ready to descend
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into the next embodiment,we can only build into our new vehicles what we
have garnered in this. Therefore it is wise for us to commence now, when
our next life is in the moldable clay stage, to make our ideals what we
would like them to be and to make the environment in which we would like to
We are without a doubt all ready to agree in the first place than our
present bodies are not as we wish them. Diseases of all sorts come to most
people; some are subject to pain all their lives, and no one is ever able to
go through life from the cradle to the grave without having at least some
suffering. Thus each one of us may well picture himself in a future life
with a healthy body in which he will be free from diseases that are now his
With respect to the moral and mental faculties we are also far from per-
fect, and each one may therefore take up with profit the subject of improve-
ment in that direction. Do we realize that we have a critical spirit, a
sharp tongue, a hasty temper, or other kindred faults which bring us into
trouble with others and make life unpleasant in our environment? Very well;
by holding in mind and visualizing our ideal self for the future--having
equipose under all circumstances, being soft-spoken, kindly, and affection-
ate, etc.--we shall build these ideals into the thought form we have already
shaped for ourselves in that distant day. And according to the intensity of
the concentration which we apply tot he matter will be the result. In so
far as we endeavor now to cultivate and aspire virtues, we shall possess
them then; and this applies to faculties as well. If we are solely now, by
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the aspiration to maintain order we shall later bring back that virtue. Are
we lacking the sense of ryhthm? Very well, it may be ours in the future by
asking now. Mechanical ability, or any thing else that is necessary to give
us the life experience we seek, may be had in the same way.
Therefore we ought systematically to set aside a certain time at inter-
vals, as frequent as is consistent with our other duties, to think forward
and plan for future life--what sort of a body, what faculties, virtues, and
environment we wish. When we are able to make our choice intelligently, we
are undoubtedly given a great deal more latitude than if we had not thought
about the matter at all.
You understand of course that the highest form of aspiration to virtue
is the constant endeavor to practice in it our daily lives. But while we
are endeavoring to cultivate virtures, as we should, by practice, it is sci-
entific to plan ahead the use we shall make of the future life just as we
now plan ahead the use of the day that is before us. I trust that this idea
may take root among the students and be consistently carried to its le-
gitimate consummation, for in that way it will be bound to have a wonderful
effect upon the future of ourselves and the future of the world about us.
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LETTER NO. 71
DESCENT OF THE CHRIST LIFE IN THE FALL
We are now at the fall equinox where the physical sun is leaving the
northern hemisphere after having provided us with the necessities of life
for the coming year; and the spiritual tide which carries on its crest the
life which will find physical expression in the coming year is now on its
way towards our earth. The half-year directly before us is the holy part of
the year. From the feast of the Immaculate Conception to the Mystic Birth
at Christmas (while this wave is descending into the earth) and from that
time to Easter (while it is traveling outward) a harmonious, rhythmic vibra-
tory song, not inaptly described in the legend of the Mystic Birth as a "ho-
sanna" sung by an angel choir, fills the planetary atmosphere and acts upon
all as an impulse to spiritual aspiration. Not upon all in even measure, of
course, but according to their general character.
Some do not feel this spiritual save at all because of their depravity,
but it works in, on, and with them just the same, and in time they will re-
spond. Others are so engrossed in their buying and selling, their marrying
and giving in marriage, their loves and their ambitions, that they are not
conscious of it save at the time when it is at its maximum strength, namely,
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namely, Christmas, and then it expresses itself only as a spirit of
super-socialability and generosity; they like to feast and give presents. A
more advanced class feels the wave of holiness from the very beginning of
its descent, and realizes the important effect of its harmony and rhythm in
furthering efforts in the direction of soul growth. They profit accordingly
by making the most efforts during the months from the fall to the spring
equinox. It is like swimming with the tide.
For that reason I am devoting this letter to call your attention tot he
annually recurring phenomenon. Whether you are conscious of it or not, the
powerful spiritual vibrations of life-giving Christ wave are in the earth's
atmosphere during the winter months, and may be used by you to a much
greater advantage if you know it and double your efforts than if you are un-
aware of the fact.
Let us therefore each take stock of the particular sins which most easily
beset us, for now is beginning the most favorable time of the year for their
eradication. Let us also take stock of the virtues we lack and feel most
need of cultivating, for this is the time to do the work most efficiently.
By careful, systematic work in the holy winter months we may make great
strides in our efforts to realize our spiritual aspirations.
Having made up our minds as to the personal work, let us look about us to
see who in our circle of acquaintances seem to be seeking for spiritual en-
lightenment, and who would be likely to lend an ear to our teachings. This
requires discrimination, for we have no right to force our ideas upon
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unwilling ears any more than we would be justified in beating a drum in
their rooms for an hour or two each day. If we find that they do not take
kindly to what we have to say, it is better to leave them; but there are
many who may be awakened in winter under the spiritual Christ vibration who
could not be reached in summer. I therefore trust that we may use all the
coming months in a way which shall profit us greatly from the spiritual
LETTER NO. 72
THE REASON FOR THE TRIALS THAT BESET THE OCCULT STUDENT
From time to time we receive letters from students complaining that since
they have taken up the higher teachings, and are trying to live in confor-
mity with them, everything seems to go wrong with their affairs. Some feel
a determined opposition in their homes, others suffer in business, and some
are even affected in health. Some, according to temperament, are ready to
give up, and others grit their teeth in persistence in well-doing" despite
the trials. But all are unanimous in asking why this marked change in their
affairs. Each receives the best help we can given to solve his individual
problems, but as we feel that there are many among the students who have
been similarly tried, it seems appropriate to state the reason for this
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In the first place, the aspiring soul should realize that the adverse
conditions happen for good according to a firmly established law of nature
whereby God aims to aid him in the quest. Trials are a sign of progress and
a cause for great rejoicing. This is how the law acts: During all our past
lives we have made ties and have incurred debts under the Law of Causation.
These debts continue to increase so long as we live the usual selfish, hap-
hazard lives, and we may liken each debt to a drop of vinegar. When the
turning point comes and we cease to make vinegar, the law of justice re-
quires that we take our medicine. But we are allowed to determine whether
we will take it in large doses and have it over quickly or whether we prefer
to take it in very small sips and string it out over a number of lives.
This choice is not made by words but by acts. If we take up the work of
self-improvement with enthusiasm, if we cut our vices out by the roots and
LIVE the life we profess, the Great Beings whom we know as the Recording An-
gels give us a stronger dose of vinegar than they would if we merely talked
about the beauties of the higher life. They do that to help us toward the
day of liberation from our self-made bonds and not to harm or hinder us.
In view of these facts we can understand the Christ's exhortation to re-
joice when men revile us and accuse us falsely for His sake. Boys pass a
barren tree with indifference, but as soon as the tree bears fruit, they are
ready to throw stones and rob it. So it is with men also: while we walk
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with the crowd and do as they do, we are unmolested, but the moment we do
what they know in their hearts to be right, we become a living reproach to
them even if we never utter a word of censure, and in order to justify them-
selves in their own eyes they begin to find fault with us. In this respect
those who are most closely associated with us in the home or in business are
more prominent than strangers who have no connection with us. But whatever
the form or the source of such trouble it is a cause for congratulation, for
it shows that we are doing something effectively progressive,; so let us
keep on undismayed and with unflagging zeal.
LETTER NO. 73
SPIRITUAL STOCK-TAKING DURING THE HOLY SEASON
Christ likened the aspiring souls of His time to stewards who had re-
ceived a certain number of talents from their lord and were supposed to go
into trade with them that they might increase the capital entrusted to their
care. We understand from this parable that all who aspire to serve Him are
required likewise to use their God-given talents in such a manner that they
show a gain in soul growth when in due season they are called upon to give
an account of their stewardship.
This accounting, so far as the majority of mankind is concerned, is put
off till the Reaper has closed the ledger of life and they find themselves
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in Purgatory to receive the result of the things done in the body, whether
they be good or ill.
But what would we think of a business man who pursued such a reckless
method of conducting his affairs? Would we not feel that he was steering
straight for the rock of bankruptcy if he did not balance accounts and take
stock of his assets and liabilities every year? Surely we would feel that
he deserved to fail because of his neglect to follow ordinary business
If we realize the value of system and the benefit of constantly knowing
clearly how we stand with respect to our material affairs, we ought also to
pursue the same safe methods regarding our spiritual affairs. Nay, we
should be much more circumspect in the conduct of the heavenly matters than
in worldly matters, for our material prosperity is but a watch in the night
compared to the eternal welfare of the spirit.
We are nearing the winter solstice, which is the beginning of a new year
from the spiritual point of view, and we are looking forward to the new out-
pouring of love from our Father in Heaven through the Christ Child. This,
therefore, is a good time to take stock and ask ourselves how we have spent
the love offerings of last year, how we have exerted ourselves to gather
treasure in heaven. And we shall experience great profit if we approach
this stock-taking in the proper spirit and at the most auspicious time, for
there is a time to sow and a time to reap, and for everything under the sun
there is a time when it may be done with greater chance of success than at
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any other season.
The stars are the heavenly time markers. From them come the forces which
influence us through life. On Holy Night, between the 24th and 25th of De-
cember, at midnight, in the place where you live, you will find that retro-
spection and the resolutions engendered by it for the new year will be most
At Mt. Ecclesia and the various Study Centers a Midnight Service is held
on Holy Night, and students attending such services are thereby debarred
from the midnight self-communion. Others may be unable to hold it at that
time for other reasons. For these any of the late evening or early morning
hours will serve nearly as well. But let us all unite on that night in a
concerted spiritual effort of aspiration; and let each student not only pray
for his individual soul growth in the coming year, but let all unite in a
prayer for the collective growth of our movement. The workers at Headquar-
ters also request your helpful thoughts.
If we all put our shoulders to the wheel at this time, we may be sure of
an unusually individual and collective blessing and a spiritually prosperous
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LETTER NO. 74
ALL OCCULT DEVELOPMENT BEGINS WITH THE VITAL BODY
Recently a friend who has been taking the correspondence course a number
of months wrote to get a matter cleared up which is bothering him; and as it
may be that others are feeling somewhat similar to him but have not reached
the point of expression, we thought best to use this letter as an answer.
It has sufficient general interest to be of value even to those who have not
looked at the matter in the light seen by our friend. He does not want to
complain, but he asked for the correspondence course in the hope of getting
something to further occult development. Instead he receives each month a
nice little sermon, which he admits is good for both beginners and advanced
students, but where is the schooling? Other authors give certain exercises
which help their followers; will we please give him one that will develop
the faculty of writing?
No, we cannot do that. The Rosicrucian teachings are designed to further
spiritual progress rather than material prosperity, and we know of no occult
exercise which will bring wealth, either directly or by abnormally fostering
a latent talent. If we did, we would not teach it, for such use of occult
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power is black magic. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteous-
ness, and all these things shall be added unto you," said Christ, and we
shall make no mistake by following His advice. If our friend or any one
else wants to develop a latent faculty for the good alone he may do with it,
that spiritual aspiration will, if persistently adhered to and backed by
physical effort (works), eventually bring the desired end without the need
of a special occult exercise.
And about the lessons being "nice little sermons." Yes, so they are when
read superficially. But if they are studied deeply, there is a great deal
of occult knowledge found of much more benefit to the student than an exer-
cise such as the one our friend wants. There is, however, "method in our
madness" in giving it out just that way. Perhaps this may not have been ap-
parent to students, and we will therefore try to make it clear. Kindly bear
in mind, however, that the following is a comparison made for a legitimate
purpose; it is not a criticism.
Apart from the fact that the Eastern School of Occultism bases its teach-
ings on Hinduism, while the Western Wisdom School espouses Christianity, the
religion of the West, there is ONE GREAT FUNDAMENTAL, IRRECONCILABLE DIS-
CREPANCY between the teachings of the modern representatives of the East and
those of Rosicrucians. According to the version of Eastern Occultism the
vital body--which is called "LINYA SHARIRA"--is comparatively unimportant,
for it is incapable of development as a vehicle of consciousness. It serves
only as an avenue for the solar force "prana," and as "a link" between the
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physical body and the desire body, which is called "KAMA RUPA," also the
"astral body." this, they say, is the vehicle of the Invisible Helper.
The Western Wisdom School teaches us as its fundamental maxim that "ALL
OCCULT DEVELOPMENT BEGINS WITH THE VITAL BODY," and the writer, as its pub-
lic representative, has therefore been busy since the inception of our move-
ment trying to gather and disseminate knowledge concerning the four ethers
and the vital body. Much information was given in the "COSMO" and succeed-
ing book, but the monthly lessons and letters give the result of our re-
searches up to date. We are constantly parading this vital body (vital in a
double sense) before the minds of the students so that by knowing and think-
ing about it as well as by reading and heeding the "nice little sermons"
which we use to wrap this information in, they may consciously, and uncon-
sciously, weave the "Golden Wedding Garment." We would advise all to study
these lessons carefully year after year; there may be much dross, but there
is gold among them.
You have our sincere wishes for abundant spiritual growth during the New
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LETTER NO. 75
SERVING WHERE BEST FITTED TO SERVE
A question was asked recently as follows: "You speak so much about SER-
VICE; just what does that mean? There are in our Fellowship a number of
people who say that they love to serve, but they do not do anything but what
they like to do. Is that service?"
It seems that this question offers food for profitable thought and that
an analysis of the subject may benefit us all, so we decided to devote the
monthly letter to this purpose.
It is evident that they majority of people in the world will not serve
unless there is "something in it" for them. They are looking for a material
reward, and that is the wise way of the unseen powers to spur them to ac-
tion, for thus they are unconsciously evolving toward the stage in soul
growth where they will serve for the love of serving. But they cannot be
expected to change over night; there are no sudden transformations in na-
ture. When the eggshell bursts and a chicken walks out, of when the cocoon
breaks and a butterfly wings it was among the flowers, we know that the
magic was not wrought in a moment. There was an inner process of prepara-
tion prior to the outward change. A similar process of inner growth is
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required to change the servants of Mammon to servants of Love.
If we want to make a building larger, all we have to do is to bring our
brick and other building material to the place, start a force of workmen,
and presto! the building begins to grow apace to any dimensions we desire
and at any speed we wish, depending only upon our ability to furnish labor
and material. But if we want to increase the size of a tree or an animal,
we cannot accomplish our object by nailing wood to the tree trunk or lading
flesh and skin upon the back of the animal. The building grows by external
accretions, but in all living things physical growth is from within and can-
not be hurried to any appreciable extent without danger of complication. It
is the same with spiritual growth; it proceeds from within and must have
time. We cannot expect that people who have just begun to feel the inner
urge impelling them into an altruistic association, to renounce in the twin-
kling of an eye all selfishness and other vices and blossom out into the
stature of Christ. At best we are only just a little better than we were
save for the fact that we are striving and endeavoring to follow "in His
steps." But that makes all the difference, for we are TRYING to serve as He
If that is the motive, it in nowise detracts from the service of a musi-
cian who inspires us with devotion at our services that he loves his music.
Nor does it render the service any less because the speaker who fires us
with zeal in the Master's work loves to clothe his ideas in beautiful words.
Nor does it make the hall less attractive because the member who swept,
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dusted, and decorated it loves to make his exterior surroundings beautiful.
Each can, in fact, serve to much better advantage if the line of service
lies along the path of his natural inclinations and abilities, and we ought
to encourage one another to look for opportunities in the line where each is
best fitted to serve.
There is no special merit in seeking out service in a capacity that is
disagreeable to us. It would be a mistake if the musician said to the care-
taker: "I dislike to scrub floors and decorate rooms, and I know you
tremble at the thought of playing, also that you are out of practice, but
let us change places for the sake of service." On the other hand, if no one
were there to play, it would be the decorator's duty to put diffidence aside
and serve as well as possible. If the floor needed scrubbing and the chairs
dusting, the speaker and musician should be willing to do that work also re-
gardless of personal dislike. Nothing is menial. The same principle will
apply in the home, shop, or office. SERVICE MAY BE DEFINED AS THE BEST USE
OF OUR TALENTS--THE PUTTING OF OUR TALENTS TO THE BEST USE IN EACH CASE OF
IMMEDIATE NEED REGARDLESS OF LIKE OR DISLIKE.
If we strive to do this, our progress and soul growth will increase cor-
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LETTER NO. 76
"LOST SOULS" AND STRAGGLERS
We have been asked to give a lesson on "lost souls" and stragglers. Our
correspondent wants to know the Rosicrucian teachings concerning them. As
this very question was dealt with earlier in this book, in the letter for
April, 1912 (No. 17), we cannot do better than refer our correspondent to
it. We trust that it will explain the matter to him. We should be glad if
other students who have questions of general interest would submit them for
elucidation in these letters, for although there is a question of department
in the "Rays," not all our students are subscribers. Also the problems pre-
sented can perhaps be given a little more intimate treatment here than is
possible in a magazine that must go before a public which is not as well
versed in the philosophy as our students.
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LETTER NO. 77
THE UNNECESSARY FEAR OF DEATH
It is really pathetic to see the gloom of people who have been bereaved
by the death of some one near and dear, and to see how in extreme cases they
devote themselves for the rest of their lives to mourning for the one who
has passed on. They clothe themselves in sable garments, and deem it a sac-
rilege to the memory of the departed one to even smile, little realizing
that by such an attitude of mind they are keeping in the densest regions of
the invisible world the person whom they profess to love, where all that is
evil lives and moves and has its being in close contact with the base and
selfish side of humanity. This is not a mere fancy but an actual fact, de-
monstrable to any one who has the slightest extension of the physical sight.
It is one of the greatest blessings conferred upon those who study and
believe the Rosicrucian teachings that they are gradually emancipated from
the fear of death and from the feeling that a great calamity has happened
when some one near and dear to them passes into the invisible beyond. A
blessing flows both to the so-called "living" and the so-called "dead" when
the departing spirit is given the proper care and help during the transi-
tion. It is then able to assimilate the panorama of live, which will make
the post-mortem existence full and profitable because undisturbed by the
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sorrow, grief, and hysterical weeping of those who are still in the body.
During the years which follow it may also be assisted by their prayers.
On the other hand, those of the so-called "living" who study these teach-
ings are learning to practice this unselfish attitude toward death, so nec-
essary to soul growth, because they realize that as a matter of actual fact
death of the body at the proper time is the greatest blessing that can be-
fall humanity. There is not one among us who has a body so perfect that it
is fit to be lived in forever. In most cases the passing years bring out
the weak points in our vehicles to an increasing degree, crystallizing and
hardening them so that they become more and more of a burden which we are
only too glad to lay down. Then we have the hope and the knowledge that we
shall be given a new body and a new start in a future age, so that we may
learn more of the lessons in life's school.
This is the time of the year when the Mystic Death which we are all cel-
ebrating naturally turns our thoughts and the thoughts of humanity in gen-
eral to the subject of death and rebirth. There is no other teaching than
that of rebirth which is of equally vital importance or of similar value.
Humanity needs it at this time more than ever on account of the carnival of
cruelty and slaughter that has been enacted in the past two and a half years
in Europe. So closely is the human family interconnected that there are
probably comparatively few persons in the world who have not lost some
relatives in that titanic struggle.
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It is at once the duty and the privilege of those who know the truth
about death to disseminate it as much as possible among those who are still
in darkness concerning the facts connected with this event. Therefore I
would urge upon the students of the Rosicrucian Fellowship to realize that
we are all stewards of everything we have, mental as well as physical prop-
erty, and that it is our duty in so far as it is possible in a tactful and
diplomatic manner to bring these great facts of life and being to the knowl-
edge of those who are still without them. We never can tell when we cast
our bread upon the waters how it will return to us. It is certain that
sooner or later these teachings, temporarily forgotten, must again become
the knowledge of all humanity, and we ought to share the pearl of knowledge
which we have found with others whenever it is possible to do so. If we ne-
glect to do this, we are really committing a sin of omission for which we
must sometime answer.
I trust that you will take this to heart and devote yourself to spreading
this knowledge, not as time and opportunity offer, but taking time by the
forelock and making the opportunity; but with all proper tactfulness so that
the object we have in view may not be frustrated by using the wrong method.
Furthermore, it is not necessary to label this knowledge. Bible instances
can be brought forth to show that this doctrine was believed by the Elders
of Israel who sent messengers to John the Baptist to ask if he were Elias.
Also their speculations as to whether Christ was Moses, Jeremiah, or another
of the prophets are evidence of their belief. Christ believed in rebirth,
because He stated definitely that John the Baptist was Elias. This doctrine
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was enunciated by Paul in the 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians, also in other
You can render no greater service to humanity than by teaching them these
LETTER NO. 78
HEART DEVELOPMENT AND INITIATION
While I was dictating this month's lesson it occurred to me to ask
whether you are getting the full benefit from the lessons or not? It all
depends upon the way you are studying, for you cannot get any more out of
them than what you put into them yourself. Therefore I thought best to de-
vote this letter to a little discussion of the proper method of using them
with maximum benefit.
You know that it is the aim of the Rosicrucian teachings to develop the
mind and the heart equally; to give all explanations in such a logical man-
ner than the mind is ready to accept, and then the heart is allowed free
scope for working over the material thus received. If you simply read the
lesson and think over it and find it reasonable as an explanation of the
subject taken up each month, and then you lay it away and forget all about
it, it will do you very little good, for you have used only your intellect
and not your heart. The proper way, after the lesson has been
intellectually assimilated and assented to, is to take it up in a devotional
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manner during the rest of the month at different times when you feel in the
mood for such an exercise. You should then go over the lesson, endeavoring
not to think about it at all, leaving the intellect out as far as possible.
Endeavor to FEEL it, for feeling is a function of the heart. Try to visual-
ize the different things and subjects taken up in it.
For instance, the lesson which accompanies this present letter deals with
humanity during the heraphrodite stage. It calls to mind the entrance of
the Lucifer spirits, also the path of regeneration under the guidance of
Mercury. If you will visualize before your inner eyes the condition of man
during the different stages which have passed, you will reap great benefit.
You can do that better than you can visualize and feel the changes that are
still in the future, for within your consciousness there lie latent all the
feelings that you have had during all the past ages of your evolution, and
it is only a matter of practice to be able to call them up at will.
You will remember from what it said in the ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION
concerning the method of Initiation that sometime when you come to that
point you will have to travel backward over the road that you have come, and
feel and see consciously that which you were unconscious of when you went
over it. So the above practice is preparation. The more you can see your-
self in the state of mind indicated, the more deeply you can FEEL yourself
in the corresponding condition and realize the protecting and guiding hand
of the divine hierarchies which have aided us in the path of evolution, the
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better you will be prepared for the time to come when you are to go through
this during the process of Initiation. It is safe to say that you will re-
ceive much more benefit from Initiation then than if you are unprepared.
this practice of feeling the lesson you will find a very, very great aid
to spiritual progress; and properly used, it will illuminate the lessons and
give you a spiritual insight that cannot be attained in any other way.
Therefore, I sincerely hope that you will take this to heart and make up
your mind to practice it regularly, even with lessons which may seem to you
at first glance dull and uninteresting. This process will enable you to dig
out pearls hidden beneath the surface, of which you have never dreamed.
LETTER NO. 79
SACRIFICE AND SPIRITUAL PROGRESS
From time to time letters are received at Headquarters asking in various
terms the question: "How can I make more spiritual progress?" I have
therefore thought well to devote this letter to a consideration of this sub-
It is a law in nature that "from nothing, nothing comes" Yet a great
many people labor under the fallacy that spiritual truth and advancement may
be had without money and without price. In a certain sense that is true,
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because it is absolutely wrong and vile to barter spiritual power for
fitlhly lucre, as was so forcefully shown by Peter when he dealt with Simon
the sorcerer, who wanted to buy spiritual powers from him and offered him
money in exchange. At the same time there is a definite price upon
spiritual growth which must be paid by every one who wants to attain it. In
the first place, the old interests must be sacrificed. We all remember the
parable about those who were bidden to the feast of the king but who re-
frained from coming for various reasons. One had taken a wife and wanted to
enjoy his honeymoon; another had bought oxen and wanted to inspect his new
property; and so on, with the result that they all neglected their opportu-
nity and lost their chance of advancement.
The same proposition comes to us today in different guise. We may be
willing to sit at home and read a book about spiritual things in our leisure
hours when we have nothing to do that interest us more, but when the Great
Work demands some of our time, we have various excuses. "I have a daughter
I want to send through college," says one. "When that is done and my obli-
gations are liquidated, I will take hold." Another says: "My business needs
my presence every day, and at night I am tired. I cannot work for the Fel-
lowship in the evening or attend their meetings, for I would not be fit to
give all my energies to my work next day. But when I retire from business,
I will take hold. A third says: "I have many children who demand my atten-
tion and attendance at various social functions. I cannot go to the Fellow-
ship meetings and neglect them. But when they are married, I will work for
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It is perfectly true that when we have assumed obligations we must dis-
charge them to the best of our ability. At the same time there is also more
than a possibility that if we think thoroughly over the matter we will find
that we have some time left from our duties which may be devoted to the
Great Work. In this connection it may be well to remember the incident of
some coming to Christ and saying to Him: "Thy mother and they brethren stand
without, desiring to speak with Thee." He answered, "Who is my mother? and
who are my brethren?....Whososever shall do the will of my Father which is
in Heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Again He said:
"If any man come to Me, and hate not his Father, mother, and wife, and chil-
dren, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my
disciple. And every one that hath foresaken houses, or brethren, or sis-
ters, or Father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My Name's
sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life."
There is and must be a sacrifice involved in the regenerate life. It has
been my experience personally, and in watching thousands of others, that in
the direct proportion that any one gives of his thoughts, his time and money
to the cause he has espoused so will he reap spiritual benefit. When one
consecrates all that he is to the regenerate life and follows the guidance
of the spirit it will soon be seen that his very intensity of purpose in the
new direction shuts out the old things. He has no longer time for them.
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They pass out of his thoughts and drop away. In one way or another the
daughter gets through college or finds some equally suitable employment.
The business prospers even better than when the proprietor devoted all his
time and all his energies to worrying and money grubbing. The children find
another chaperon fully as capable as their mother when sometimes she is
working for the spiritual cause. In every case that which we give up for
the work's sake, the time that we spend in the cause of Christ, and the
money we expend in discriminate charity are all provided for and compensated
for under the law that works for good.
As the psalmist says: "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not
seen the righteous foresaken, nor his seed begging bread." The law enunci-
ated by Christ, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added unto you," holds good in this day as
well as when it was spoken. This I have found by actual experience, and ev-
ery one else who lives the life and does the work will find that the same
holds good in his or her case. There is growth only in service.
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LETTER NO. 80
ADJUSTING THE TEACHINGS TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF OTHERS
Recently we received a letter from Seattle which gives good a suggestion
that you may like to use. Our friend writes: "The other day while in
Ballard I went into the library and called for the "COSMO." When I was
ready to go, I turned over to the table of food values and took the open
book up to the librarian's desk. I showed her this table and said: 'This
is a valuable table.' She, examining it said: 'Why, I have been asked a
number of times for tables of just this kind.' Then the thought came to me
that when other students go into a library and ask for the "COSMO,: they
might do the same as I had done. The librarian might then catalogue the
book as containing hints on health and food, and in that way it might come
into the hands of some who are seeking for just the light which it
This is true to a much greater extent than we usually realize. Wonderful
are the ways and the means and the places in which the Light strikes us, not
only when we are not seeking consciously for it but even asserting that
there is no such thing as light in the spiritual sense and decrying as
frauds those who follow it. It has often been an inspiration and a source
of great encouragement to me to think of Paul's journey to Damascus. He was
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a man who glorified in the zeal wherewith he persecuted the saints. None
was as diligent as he in putting down that which he believed to be a dam-
nable heresy. But strong souls are the darlings of the gods whether they
work for good or for evil, because that indomitable, irresistible energy
which drives them to action, even if temporarily used for bad purposes, will
be just as strong when diverted into the channels of good. And so Paul was
a special favorite of the gods, and therefore was given such a powerful
light that it blinded him when he was least looking for such a thing,
namely, while on the road to Damascus. Then and there he was given an un-
derstanding and a knowledge far superior to those of any of the other
apostles. He was chosen for a special mission and given a particular gift
in the shape of spiritual vision and the ability to be all things to all
Not infrequently our students complain that they cannot make their as-
sociates or relatives understand the teachings of the Rosicrucians. An il-
lustration occurred to me the other day when I was looking through the tool
chest on Mt. Ecclesia. There were a large number of wrenches in it, some
large and some small, each one fitted to turn just one size bolt; there were
also a few that were adjustable within certain limits. Now it occurred to
me that sometimes a very small wrench may be far more valuable than one of
large dimensions; it all depends upon the size of the bolt. For a small
bolt you need the small wrench, and for a large one the large wrench.
Similarly, when we meet people in the world, we must size them up and see
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what they require. Many of us have studied very deeply into the Mystery
Teachings and have acquired a profound knowledge of these subjects. We are
like large wrenches, but absolutely useless for turning the little bolts
that have not been touched with this knowledge at all. In such cases we
must not try to air our profound knowledge and talk over the heads of our
audiences, but we must endeavor to come down to their level and explain
things to them in exactly the same elementary manner that was required with
us in the beginning.
In other words, we must be adjustable, like some of those wrenches in our
tool chest. When we meet an audience of strangers, we must talk right down
to their level and use the simplest language possible. Then, again, when we
meet older students and are in a class where they are capable of grasping
the profounder problems, we may expand to the very fullest of our ability
with considerable profit and benefit to ourselves and all others concerned.
But above all we must learn, with Paul, to be all things to all men, or we
shall defeat the object we have in view of bringing light to seeking souls.
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LETTER NO. 81
THE VALUE OF REVIEWING PAST LESSONS
There is in the following letter a valuable suggestion from a student of
the Rosicrucian teachings, which I feel it a duty to pass on:
"Last night when looking over a big budget of correspondence that it had
been my good fortune to receive from the Fellowship during nearly five
years, I wondered how other probationers and students deal with their
monthly Fellowship letters. Next it occurred to me that this should be made
point of in one of the monthly letters. It is not my desire to criticize
the doings of other probationers, but it is very probable that few students
and probationers ever realize fully what a mine of information is really
contained in these letters, which can be turned into heavenly treasure by
right action. How often on looking over back numbers of them have new ideas
and realizations sprung into being that I was not conscious of before, and
what a help they have been in many an inner struggle!
"Truly it may be said that in these back lessons we have a gold mine from
which many treasures could be dug that would help us to live the life. Here
indeed we have a second COSMO. Truly it behooves students and probationers
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to correctly file and look after every detail of their correspondence with
the Fellowship so that it can be made of as much use as possible in diffus-
ing the light of the Elder Brothers. Perhaps just one of these lessons is
all that is required to help a friend. Much benefit must come from an or-
derly arrangement of them.
"I think it scarcely possible that the majority of students and proba-
tioners can ever fully realize what a power for good there is behind these
lessons. To those among us who have been used to strict data and scientific
methods of research these back lessons will go a long way towards helping
unite head and heart. They contain many a gem of thought which will make
for right action and perseverance in well-doing. If the students and proba-
tioners will hold the thought of how best to use the letters they receive,
it will be very helpful and make for more soul growth. Surely it is the
little things that make the big things possible, and perhaps this would stir
some members to service."
If students will bear in mind that repetition is the keynote of the vital
body, and that "all occult development begins with the vital body," they
will realize why it is so profitable to go over the back lessons and letters
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LETTER NO. 82
TAMING AN UNRULY MEMBER
As you probably know, we have here on Mt. Ecclesia a short service morn-
ing and evening, which includes a reading from the Bible. Mrs. Heindel and
myself are very fond of reading from time to time the third chapter of James
because we find there such an important lesson. I thought it might be well
to call it to your attention, particularly because of an incident which hap-
pened here a short time ago that served to drive that lesson with great
force into my consciousness. I believe that we shall all be able to profit
by taking that lesson to heart. Let me quote a few verses from the chapter
mentioned, and then I shall tell you the incident to which I refer.
"If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also
to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths that
they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the
ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet
are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor
listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things.
Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindeth! And the tongue is a fire,
a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth
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the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on
fire of hell, For every kind of beast, and of birds, and of serpents, and
of things in the sea is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: but the
tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. There-
with bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are
made after the similtude of God. My brethren, these things ought not to be.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and
easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits. And the fruit of righ-
teousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."
We have on Mt. Ecclesia several swarms of bees. Some time ago the gar-
deners were endeavoring to move a swarm from one place to another. The bees
became enraged at this interference with their life and work; they stung
their aggressors severely and painfully in a number of places. When this
incident was reported to me and I thought it over, it struck me that there
was in it a very important lesson. The bee loses its sting whenever it has
stung, and then it dies. Just think of it! How strictly the law of justice
deals with it! It automatically kills itself when harming anyone else. It
is not an avenging God but its own act that brings the retribution. Just
think of it!
If we died when we had stung others with sharp words, how many of us
would be alive? And again, if we knew that we would die when we had stung,
would we not curb our tongues to the benefit of ourselves and all others
concerned.? This is surely an example that we may well take to heart and
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ponder repeatedly until we learn to snap our teeth together and keep our
mouth closed whenever we are tempted to speak unkind words. If we can only
do this, the time will come by and by when we shall cease to FEEL unkindly
towards people, no matter what they do to us.
I can assure you in the case of Mrs. Heindel and myself, particularly
since we came to Headquarters, that this chapter has been of more spiritual
benefit to us than any other. It has helped us more than all the rest put
together, though of course we are far, far from perfect yet. But what we
have done, and what others have done with us here, is ample warrant for rec-
ommending this chapter to your earnest attention--coupled, perhaps, with the
little story of the bees--for it will do as much for you if you read it and
take it to heart one or twice a week.
LETTER NO. 83
AN INNER TRIBUNAL OF TRUTH
Last week a visitor to Mt. Ecclesia told me that she had been studying
all the different philosophies she could get hold of for about twenty years;
also that she had in the past few years taken up the study of the
Rosicrucian teachings, and that they appealed to her as being the absolute
truth. She naturally expected me to give acquiescence to that sentiment,
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and was both amazed and dumbfounded when told that I did not so consider the
teachings given me by the Elder Brothers and written in our various books.
To the Bushmen, the Kafirs, and other African savages who may develop a
religious temperament, so far as they are capable of such a thing, it prob-
ably seems a great truth that there is a divine being of a higher nature
than the human. From such men and from such a conception of religion there
is gradual advance towards the transcendental philosophies which call out
reverence in the most highly developed specimens of our human race. This
gives us reason to believe that the evolution of man demands also an evolu-
tion of religion. We have climbed from the valleys of childlike ignorance
to the point where we are today, and it would be absolutely contrary to the
law of analogy to suppose that anything in the religious line which we have
today is the ultimate; for if there is to be no more religious progress,
there can be no more human progress either.
What, then, is the way to the heights of religious realization, and where
may one find it? This seems to be the next logical question. The answer to
it is that it is not found in books, either my own or anyone else's. Books
are useful in so far as they give us food for thought on the subjects dealt
with. We may or may not come to the same conclusions as the writer of the
books, but so long as we take the ideas presented into our inner being and
there work over them carefully and prayerfully, whatever comes out of the
process is our own, nearer the truth than anything we can get from anyone
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else or in any other way.
The WITHIN then is the only worthy tribunal of truth. If we consistently
and persistently take our problems before that tribunal, we shall in the
course of time evolve such a superior sense of truth that, instinctively
whenever we hear an idea advanced, we shall know whether it is sound and
true or not. The Bible in a number of places exhorts us to beware of all
kinds of doctrines floating about in the air because many are dangerous and
unsettle the mind. Books are launched on the market which advance this,
that, or the other system of philosophy. Unless we have established, or
have started to establish, this inner tribunal of truth, we may be like the
lady referred to above--wandering about from place to place, mentally speak-
ing, all our lives and finding no rest, knowing little more at the end than
in the beginning and perhaps even less.
Therefore my advice to the student would be never to accept or reject or
follow blindly any authority, but to strive to establish the tribunal of
truth within. Refer all matters to that tribunal, proving all things, and
holding fast to that which is good.
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LETTER NO. 84
EPIGENESIS AND THE LAW OF CAUSATION
Some errors are so frequently expressed by students that they call for
correction from time to time. The most general of these is the mistaken
idea that everything which happens to us is the outcome or effect of some
cause or action of our own in times past, generally in a past existence.
Theoretically, students know that this attitude is wrong. They are aware
that besides the destiny brought over with us from previous existences for
liquidation in this life, we are every day exerting a causative influence by
our acts. A considerable part of the deeds done in this body will work uot
into effects before death terminates our stay in our present environment,
while those deeds which are not thus liquidated will be held over and will
form the foundation of the destiny of a future existence, where we may reap
what we have sown. This destiny carried over from life to life is shown by
our horoscope, and gives us certain characteristics and tendencies or lines
of least resistence. It cannot be overlooked though that this destiny from
the past gives us a certain bias or trend towards a particular line of ac-
tion. But, nevertheless, there is comparative free will in a large percent-
age of our actions, leaving scope for the exercise of Epigenesis, the divine
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creative activity which is the basis of evolution.
As said, students all know this perfectly well, theoretically. But in
dealing with problems of practical every-day life they seem to persistently
take the attitude that all that that is, is an unfoldment of something that
has already been. This is particularly true of students who have been
studying the Eastern religions before taking up the Western Wisdom Teach-
ings. By this mental attitude of ignoring Epigenesis they are retarding
their soul growth to a greater extent than they are aware of. In fact some-
thing is happening to them similar to that which befalls the materialist
during his post-mortem existence at the time when he lives on the Borderland
between Purgatory and the First Heaven in a monotony most dreadful to con-
template. The Borderland is, so to speak, an eddy outside the stream of
life where progress is at a standstill. The materialist is there because of
his denial of post-mortem existence, which has put him out of touch with the
spiritual currents that generate motion and action during that existence.
Similarly, when we constantly emphasize the Law of Causation and consis-
tently and persistently ignore the Law of Epigenesis, we are placing our-
selves outside the latter's line of action, and our opportunities for exer-
cising its initiative are missed more often than not, with the result that
we become more and more barren as the years go by. Whereas if we endeavor
intelligently when considering the problems of life, exemplified in the ac-
tions of those about us as well as our own actions, to seek out the prin-
ciple of Epigenesis and watch its operation, we shall find opportunities
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for initiative action opening up before us to an extent we have never before
believed possible. By watching the way in which Epigenesis applies in other
lives we shall learn how to apply it in our own.
I hope that you will keep this thought close to you and tha you may reap
much benefit from a persistent practice of this principle.
LETTER NO. 85.
THE PRESENT SORROW AND THE COMING PEACE
From the dim distant past there comes to us the voice of Isaiah in one of
the grandest and most soul-inspiring of prophesies:
"Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is
given: and the government shall be upon
his shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the
everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
"Of the increase of his government and
peace there shall be no end, upon the throne
of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it,
and to establish it with judgment and with
justice from henceforth, even for ever."
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Nor is the song of the angel choir above the Galilean hills less potent
to stir the soul with its sublime ideal:
"On earth peace, and
Good will toward men."
But looking facts in the face as seen in the world today, such sayings
seem little short of mockery; and from the customary viewpoint of the man in
the street all the platitudes offered by the religionists cannot make the
situation in the so-called, "Christian world" less odious.
But when we apply the cosmic scale of perspective and measurement, it is
different. Goethe says well:
"Who never ate his bread in sorrow,
Who never spent the midnight hours
Weeping, waiting for the morrow,
He knows ye not ye heavenly powers."
As with individuals, so with nations. Sorrow and suffering seem unfortu-
nately to be the only teachers they will hear. Hence the necessity for
their lessons. Viewing life as unending we are not dismayed at the
so-called "loss of life" incident to the present war. Those killed will all
be born again, and by their experience they will be better than they are
now. Peace and good will are bound to come in time when we have learned to
abhor war, hence we may well rejoice at the prospect and earnestly pray for
its consummation. I would particularly urge students of the Rosicrucian
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Fellowship to unite in this prayer on Holy Night at midnight when the usual
service is held in the Pro-Ecclesia by the workers on Mt. Ecclesia.
We enclose a little leaflet, "The Bible at a Glance," with seasonal
greetings from the workers on Mt. Ecclesia, hoping that you may find the
former both interesting and instructive.
LETTER NO. 86.
GOD--THE SOURCE AND GOAL OF EXISTENCE
We are again standing upon the threshold of a New Year, a time when it is
a general custom to form one's aspirations into resolutions. As the stu-
dents of the Rosicrucian teachings ought to be particularly interested in
the matter of spiritual growth, I have thought that the following consider-
ations may perhaps be of benefit at this time.
The word "holiness" has in the minds of many become associated with a
long face and a hypocritical attitude of mind, so that people in the world
are usually very shy of those who make professions of holiness. But that of
course is not the true brand. The really holy man is not a kill-joy; he is
not slothful in business; he does his duty fully, at home or in the shop,
puts his heart into all his work; he is a worthy example of faithfulness,
and is generally respected by all who know him, for his actions speak louder
than words and command commendation. He is careful in his dealings with his
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fellow men, striving to owe no man anything but love, always ready and anx-
ious to help others; he is in fact, a model man in all relations of life.
But this life of worldly rectitude is not itself a test of holiness.
There are many splendid people in the world who live model lives for ethical
reasons, and comport themselves in a manner that calls for the respect of
all who know them. They are also charitable and are prominent, according to
their station, in every good work. However, as said, this is not the test.
The test showing the difference between the merely model man or woman and
the holy one comes in the hours of leisure when the call of duty has been
fulfilled for the time being. At that point it will be found that they ways
of the worldly and the holy part, for at that time the worldly minded man
turns to recreation, amusement, and pleasure for an outlet for his energy,
or perhaps he pursues some favorite hobby according to the bent of his mind
and as his means allow. It may be simple games or sports, or it may be song
and music, theaters, parties, or any other means he can find to make time
But the holy man is as the steel touched with the lodestone and deflected
by force from pointing to the pole. When once the heart has been touched by
the lodestone of the love of God, duty may and does deflect it towards the
affairs of the world which demand legitimate attention. The holy man not
only does not shirk his worldly duty but he fulfills it better and more con-
scientiously than before giving himself to God. At he same time sub-
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consciously he feels the yearning to return in mind to communion with the
Father, which is analogous to the way the magnetized steel needle that has
been deflected from the north exerts a pressure in the direction of the
pole. The moment the call of duty has been fully answered and the pressure
removed for the time being, the holy man's thoughts automatically turn to-
wards the Divine. A ride in the street car to or from business is an op-
portunity for such meditation. The time spent in waiting for some one else
is utilized in the same way. In short, never a moment of relaxation from
worldly affairs comes to the holy man without his thoughts instantly turning
to his source and goal--God.
We have heard of men who studied law while riding to and from business in
street cars; others have learned languages by utilizing the spare moments
which most people waste in idle, aimless, wandering thoughts. Let us learn
a lesson from them, and during the coming year practice the habit of turning
our thoughts to God during whatever scattered spare moments we have. If we
practice this faithfully, we shall find ourselves greatly advanced upon the
path of soul growth.
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LETTER NO. 87.
THE NECESSITY OF PUTTING TALENTS TO USE.
The Christ exhorted us to let our light shine, and in the parable of the
talents He emphasized the points that TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, OF HIM MUCH
WILL BE REQUIRED, and that every one, no matter how little he has received,
is expected to put it out to usury, to cast his bread upon the waters, so
that it may return to him after many days and yield an increase. We are now
standing near the beginning of another year. We have received the priceless
Rosicrucian teachings. Hence it is required of us that we put his knowledge
to some use in order to help those of our fellow men who have not yet re-
ceived a solution of the problem of life and are seeking for light.
We are properly dislike conceited people who have an exaggerated idea of
their own abilities and who bore other people to death with their undesired
discourse. But the students of the Rosicrucian Fellowship seem to suffer
from the opposite disease and temperament, which is just as bad.
Self-depreciation, timidity, and mistrust of self squelch our ability and
our talents, causing them to atrophy, just as do the eyes of animals which
have left the sunlight and gone into caves to live, or as does the hand
which is held inactive by the side for years and which loses its power to
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move. Our talents atrophy if not used. We shall be responsible for hoard-
ing knowledge and withholding it from those who are seeking, just as much as
the servant in the parable who buried his talent instead of working with it
so that it might become greater.
We have always held that matters of belief should not be FORCED upon the
attention of other people, but there are thousands of opportunities every
year when we may say a word calculated to bring out an inquiry relative to
our philosophy on the part of a friend addressed. It is perfectly le-
gitimate to lead people on as long as they are interested. Paul exhorted
his followers to be shod with a preparation of the Gospel, and if we follow
that rule by preparing ourselves to answer questions intelligently, we shall
find that people will be interested in what we have to say.
Just now people are intensely interested in life after death. But to an-
swer their questions properly we must have enough of the Rosicrucian teach-
ings by heart and we must have them at our fingers' ends. A little knowl-
edge is dangerous in matters of religion and philosophy as well as in other
things. You must have enough and of the right kind to make it worth while
to enter the field of propaganda at all. But it is not difficult. While it
may be very interesting and instructive to students of the Rosicrucian
teachings who have become deeply interested in and have a good working
knowledge of the philosophy to go into the mysteries of periods and evolu-
tions, epochs and races, cosmic days and nights, et cetera, still all that
is needed to help the man in the street is a thorough knowledge of the Laws
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of Consequence and Rebirth as they have been given in our literature. These
are the vital principles which concern him most. They are the meat in the
nut of the Rosicrucian teachings. If you can give them to a person who is
in despair, either on account of having lost some one near and dear, or be-
cause the whole world seems upside down and he can find no place into which
to fit, no way to get over the dead wall which confronts him, you may solve
his problems for him in a logical and reasonable manner by showing how the
law of Rebirth, coupled with the Law of Consequence, is constantly working
for the good of humanity, and how he may gain whatever good he wants by
working in harmony with these two great laws. You will thus have done him a
signal service, and made considerable soul growth for yourself.
I would also suggest that classes be formed in the various study centers
to study all that has been said in our literature concerning the workings of
these two great laws, so that the students may fit themselves to render im-
portant service to the community by helping people to solve the problems of
life which are so baffling to the great majority.
I trust that this suggestion may prove of benefit to you during the com-
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LETTER NO. 88.
THE NOBILITY OF ALL LABOR
A correspondent enthusiastic over the beauty, grandeur, and
soul-satisfying nature of the Rosicrucian teachings bemoans the fate which
has fettered her to a cook stove, a dishpan, the care of children, and the
drudgery of housework; were she only free to take this new-found gospel, she
would go into the wide world with the glad tidings for which she knows un-
told thousands are praying and seeking.
That would be well for our friend and those thousands, but what about the
little children deprived of their mother's care? Do not forget the very im-
portant point that all who were hired to work in the Master's vineyard were
standing idle in the market place. They had no hampering ties to hinder
them from working there the whole day, and no one who is not free from
former obligations may take up a life work of teaching others. If we aspire
to that work by being faithful in the performance of our present duties,
they way will open sometime and give us the legitimate call.
But about "drudgery"; the use of that word is all too common. The
teacher talks of the drudgery of drumming the same lesson into the heads of
children year after year; the mother talks of the drudgery of housework;
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the father complains of the drudgery of office or shop work; and so on down
the line. Each thinks that if he or she were in the shoes of some one else,
life would at once change to a grand, sweet song.
This is a fallacy. "Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of
trouble." No matter where he is placed, there is only one method of relief,
one way to overcome, and that is by adoption of the right attitude of mind.
A great gas engine going at full speed might defy an army of strong men
to stop it, but a tiny speck of carbon deposited on the ignition point, or a
small cam working loose, would quickly quell its energy. Thus a little
soot, which we despise as dirt, can under certain circumstances accomplish
more than many men. Therefore we should not extravagantly eulogize some as
heroes and despise others as drudges. There are as noble souls mending
stockings as ever graced presidential chairs. It all depends upon whether
they put love into their work or not.
But what many really mean when they say "drudgery" is monotony. All work
is routine more or less, and the constant performance of the same tasks of-
ten becomes monotonous. There is a very good reason why the present phase
of our development includes this principle of routine. We are now getting
ready for the fast approaching Aquarian Age with its great intellectual and
spiritual development. This requires an awakening of the dormant vital
body, whose keyword is REPETITION. The routine of our daily work furnishes
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this. If we rebel, it breeds monotony and retards progress. But if we
leaven our labor with love, we shall advance ourselves greatly in evolution
and reap the reward of contentment.
LETTER NO. 89.
THE AQUARIAN AGE AND THE NEW COVENANT
After writing the students' lesson and thinking over the various phases
of Easter and the events happening around that time according to the Bible
story, it occurred to me what a sealed book the Bible is to those who have
not the Western Wisdom Teaching and a knowledge of esoteric astrology. So I
decided to use this letter to elucidate one of the points that presented it-
self before my mind.
You probably remember that according to Luke (22nd chapter) the Christ
sent Peter and John with instructions to look for a man bearing a pitcher of
water and to enter into the house where he went, for there the passover was
to be held. Later at that place, we are informed, He gave the apostles the
bread and the water which constituted the New Covenant, declaring that he
would no more drink the fruit of the vine. This is entirely misunderstood.
To the great majority the man with the pitcher of water has no meaning, nei-
ther the fact that the passover was to be held at his house and not at some
other place. Also people believe that Christ gave His disciples wine to
drink, whereas the Bible says entirely the opposite. There is a great
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significance in this story when we read it as it is written and examine it
in the light of the esoteric teaching.
First, let us remember how the leaders of humanity have given each new
race a certain appropriate food, as elucidated thoroughly in the COSMO.
Briefly, grain was given to Cain, the Second Race man, who was plant-like
and had a vital body. To Abel, the Third Race man, who had a desire body,
milk was supplied. To Nimrod, the Fourth Race man, who had a mind, meat was
given. Wine was supplied by Noah to the Fifth Race man. It made him a God-
less egotist, so that man's inhumanity to man has become a byword; but it
also helped him to reach the nadir of his material evolution. Now, however,
the spiritual evolution is about to begin, and altruistic ideas must be fos-
tered, or at least started to germinating, so that they may be expressed by
the Sixth Race. This again requires a change in diet.
While these steps in evolution have taken place, the sun by precision has
circled the zodiac many times. But each step was inaugurated under a spe-
cific sign, and each was preceded and succeeded by minor cycles which were
replicas of the great ages and evolutionary epochs. Thus the last six or
seven thousand years while the sun went through Taurus, the sign of the
Bull, Aries the sign of the Ram, and Pisces, the watery, fluidic sign have
seen ages of material development, fostered by meat and wine. Even Christ
at the beginning of His ministry turned water to wine, ratifying its contin-
ued use during the Piscean Age. But at the end of His earthly career He
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sent His disciples to prepare the passover in the house of the Water-bearer,
and there abolished meat and wine by giving the bread and the water cup as
the New Covenant for the Kingdom of God, where He is to reign as the Prince
Could anything be plainer? Christ is the Sun Spirit, and when the sun
passes over the equator at the vernal equinox in the sign of the
Water-bearer, the Aquarian Age will be ushered in, in which the fleshless,
non-alcoholic diet of the New Covenant will be in vogue and an era of altru-
ism will dawn. We are beginning to feel this beneficient influence now,
though it is still centuries away, and we are here to help prepare for that
time. Therefore it behooves us to cleanse ourselves physically, morally,
mentally, and spiritually that we may be a shining example to others and
thereby lead them to the great Light which we have been fortunate enough to
see. Let us also remember that the greater our knowledge, the greater also
our responsibility for its right use, and unless we live up to these ideals,
we shall merit the greater condemnation.
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LETTER NO. 90.
MEAT EATING AND FUR WEARING
A student who confesses that he is still addicted to flesh eating in some
degree has occasionally an urge to speak to others on the Rosicrucian teach-
ings, but always feels as if he were a hypocrite when he advocates vegetari-
anism. He asks us how he may overcome this habit and whether he should give
up teaching others until he has himself attained.
This query has general interest, for though th students of the
Rosicrucian teachings are sincere and earnest, they have the same imperfec-
tions as all other human beings or they would not be here; hence a letter on
this subject may prove helpful to many.
It needs no argument to prove that you cannot effectively discourse on
spirituality over a cocktail, nor advocate the harmless life while eating a
steak. Furthermore, those who know your habits in daily life are always
quick to notice the difference between what you preach and what you live.
Therefore it is of course best to be able to live up to the teachings before
commencing to convert others. At the same time it is too strong language to
call any one a hypocrite because he advocates an ideal to which he has not
yet attained. So long as one sincerely believes that the fleshless diet is
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right and tries to live accordingly, he is justified in advocating it even
though occasionally he breaks the rule. The north star guides the mariner
safely to his desired haven even though he never reaches the star itself.
Similarly, if we set our ideals as high as the stars, we may not attain them
in this life, but we shall always be the better for having them.
At the same time it would seem that with a little will power brought to
bear it should not be very difficult for any one to abstain from tobacco,
liquor, and flesh food. Surely the thought of the suffering that is caused
the poor animals in the trains on their way to the slaughterhouse, and the
agony which precedes the time when the blow is struck that ends their life
or the time when the knife goes into their throat, ought to move any one who
aspires to live the higher life and fill him with compassion for these poor
dumb creatures which cannot defend themselves. For similar reasons the
wearing of furs and feathers as ornaments should be dispensed with by the
gentler sex among our ranks. It is equally inconsistent, and would doubt-
less cause adverse comments if any one should preach the gospel of harmless-
ness while thus arrayed.
Unfortunately the complexity of our civilization forces us to use leather
for many things because no other material is available on the market to take
its place; for example, for shoes, straps, etc. But nevertheless we ought
to do all we possibly can to avoid making use of any material which comes
from the body of an animal that requires its death. One of the blessings of
this present war is that man is find out that meat is not an indispensable
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article of diet, and that we are far better off without alcohol. Let us
hope that this is but the beginning of the end, and that man will soon cease
to breed or hunt animals for their flesh and fur. Meanwhile let us all set
the example and apply our will power to this end.
LETTER NO. 91.
TOLERANCE OF OTHERS' BELIEFS
We are here to live in the conditions as we find them and to learn the
lesson provided by our environment. Those who are continually soaring in
the clouds and seeking spiritual ideals to the neglect of their plain duties
are just as mistaken in their efforts as those who wallow in the mire of ma-
terial work, grubbing and grinding in their greed for the dollar. Both need
help, but in opposite directions. One class needs to be pulled down till
their feet are firmly planted upon earth; the other needs an uplift that
they may see the light of heaven and begin to think of acquiring treasures
"One man's meat is another man's poison," and this applies to spiritual
food at least equally as much as to physical. There is only one great
truth--Diety--but it is many-sided. The angle of presentation which appeals
to us may lack power to stir others; and, vice versa, their outlook upon
truth may fail to meet our needs. Thus there is a reason for all the dif-
ferent religions in the world and the different views presented by the
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various cults and sects. Each has its mission to perform for the people
among whom it is found, so we should be tolerant of all cults or religions
even when those who profess them attack us and our views.
We should be satisfied to be known by our fruits, for that is the only
true and valid test of individual religion. Does it make us better men and
women, better fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers,
employers and employees? Does it make us better all-around citizens who may
be looked up to in the community where we live? That is the test of true
There is not so much danger of finding the materialist in our ranks, but
unfortunately there is a tendency among people who espouse advanced teach-
ings to soar in the clouds, forgetful of concrete conditions and earthly du-
ties. This causes the average man and women to look askance at occultism
and to regard those who study it as cranks, though their actions are no more
the fault of occultism than it is the fault of good food when a weak stomach
cannot digest it.
For this reason we should not only be tolerant of the beliefs of others
and make it a rule never to belittle another faith, but we should watch our-
selves to see that we LIVE the Rosicrucian teachings so as to do credit to
them in our immediate environment.
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LETTER NO. 92.
THE PURPOSE OF WAR AND OUR ATTITUDE TOWARD IT
From time to time students in various parts of the world have been asking
what should be their attitude toward the war and what purpose it serves from
the spiritual standpoint. In answer we have pointed out in various articles
the Rosicrucian teaching concerning the object of the war, namely, to turn
the world towards God for consolation in its sorrow, and to rend the veil
which exists between the visible and invisible worlds by helping a consider-
able number to acquire spiritual sight and the ability to communicate with
those who have passed beyond. But though the explanations given have satis-
fied most occult students in a measure, there were others who did not feel
satisfied therewith; they wanted something more directly bearing on the con-
ditions. To them we pointed out the teaching in Lecture No. 13--"Angels as
Factors in Evolution"--showing how human affairs are guided by the angels
and archangels who act as family and Race Spirits, causing the rise and fall
of nations as required for the evolution of the various groups of spirits
under their guardianship.
As a final attempt to satisfy our students concerning this vital matter
we send you herewith a lesson entitled, "The Philosophy of War," showing its
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application to the present conditions. We trust that this will give to all
the needed explanation and help all to understand what is involved, so that
they may render their hearty co-operation to end the struggle as soon as
possible and secure the peace for which we all so ardently long.
But let us realize that there can be no peace worth having until milita-
rism has received such a blow that it will not raise its head again for a
long time. Many people hope that this will be the last war, and we ardently
wish that we could believe it. People thought the same when Napoleon and
his hordes overran Europe a hundred years ago, but time has proved that such
hopes were vain. Peace is a matter of education, and impossible of achieve-
ment until we have learned to deal charitably, justly, and openly with one
another, as nations as well as individuals. As long as we manufacture arms,
peace will not become established. It should become our aim and object to
do all we can toward the abolition of militarism in all countries and the
establishment of the principle of arbitration of difficulties.
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LETTER NO. 93.
THE INNER POWER AND THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT GOES WITH IT
Many years ago I spent a few weeks on a farm in Maine at the time when
they were harvesting potatoes. As the wagons passed me, I noted that the
potatoes were all large and of almost uniform size. So one day I con-
gratulated the farmer on having such a fine crop of large potatoes. He
walked over to a wagon and showed me that the bottom of the wagon was full
of small potatoes. He also said that they had not been sorted in the field
but that the jostling of the wagon over the rough road from the field to the
barn brought the big potatoes to the top while the small ones sank to the
bottom. "If you put the big ones at the bottom," he said, "they will rise
to the top and the small ones will sink."
And is this not just like life! People of representative appearance, of
large qualities, rise to the top as we jostle one another over the rough
places on the highway of life. "Yon cannot keep a good man down," is an old
saying. He will rise to the top in spite of everything by virtue of the up-
lifting power within him. And similarly, no matter how often we put a small
man on top, he will sink, because he lacks the inner power. We may build a
house as large as we want and rear it above all other structures if we have
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material and labor in sufficient quantities, but the growth of man is from
within, and no one can add a hairbreadth to the stature of another,
physically, mentally, or morally. Each must work out his own salvation; he
alone can determine whether he will remain in a lowly lot or rise to the
The farmer found that when his potatoes were carried over a smooth boule-
vard they remained mixed; but the rougher the road, the quicker the big po-
tatoes rose to the top and the smaller ones sank to the bottom. In the
great emergencies of life great opportunities await those who are ready to
assume responsibilities and go to the front of the battle.
We are living in such a time, and if we aspire to rise, NOW is our great-
est opportunity. The whole world is now asking for an answer to the riddle
of life; inquiring whither the ship of humanity is sailing. And we have the
answer. Upon us, therefore, rests the responsibility of living the teach-
ings of the Elder Brothers and making them appeal to others by exemplary
lives. Many of our brothers are carrying the teachings of the Elder Broth-
ers into the very trenches and enlightening those who are ready to be
taught. Those of us who are still in our usual environment will find the
interrogation point in many hitherto closed quarters. Let us therefore
diligently seek the opportunities and improve them, for "unto whom much is
given, of him shall much be required."
I would suggest to the students that now is the time to see to it that
the COSMO and our other literature, as far as possible, is in the libraries
in their own cities; also that it is in a place where it is accessible and
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that it is being used. If a number of people inquire about it from time to
time, though the Librarian may know nothing about it and perhaps even be
hostile, the constant call for a certain book will finally force him to take
notice. There is no doubt that the Fellowship teachings have within them an
inner power that is bound to make a place for them in the world, but we
shall acquire merit in proportion to the way in which we help to bring these
teachings of the Elder Brothers to the notice of humanity in general. It is
now vacation time and hence an especially propitious season for the dis-
semination of our soul-satisfying philosophy. Let us therefore all put
forth an extra effort at this time. It will benefit others and ourselves
LETTER NO. 94.
EQUIPOISE OF GREAT HELP IN TIMES OF STRESS
In these days when our customs, habits, and business are being so
radically interfered with by the great war no matter where on earth we live;
when the flower of our manhood is being mowed down in millions by cannon;
when even woman must leave her accustomed vocation as home maker to take
part in the titanic struggle behind the fighting lines; when the weak, those
who are either very old or very young, succumb to privation; how can one
help being disturbed more or less according to one's individual suffering or
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one's proximity to the seething sea of hate and sorrow in what was once fair
France or in the other battle-scarred sections?
To remain undisturbed perhaps seems impossible. One cannot remain cal-
loused in the face of such suffering. One student after describing the dev-
astation of a shelled city, asks: "Can one help feeling very strongly about
it?" No, Christ felt very strongly when He wept over the sins of Jerusalem,
and He showed His righteous wrath when He drove the money changers out of
the temple. But equipoise is undoubtedly one of the great lessons which we
may learn from this war.
It is easy to be peaceful if one goes into the mountains and lives the
life of a hermit. But what credit is it to keep our equipoise with no one
to thwart, oppose, or vex us? It is more difficult, however, to keep a
peaceful attitude in the industrial life of a city where relentless war is
waged with the sword of competition and where existence is circumscribed by
laws and custom. But it can be done, and it is being done by many who make
no pretense to spirituality, but who have found that loss of balance inter-
feres with their ambition. So they setout to train themselves in the prac-
tice of equipoise. It has been the invariable experience of such people
that they have benefited greatly. Their health has improved, their happi-
ness also, and their business efficiency has increased.
If such self-control can be attained by people in the world, and if so
much benefit can accrue to them on that account under ordinary condition of
life, those among us who aim at higher and nobler things and who have been
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endeavoring to follow the path for years ought to be examples of faith and
hopefulness at this time, ought they not? We ought to be towers of strength
to those who have not had the great enlightenment which it has been our
privilege to obtain. And above all things, we ought to exert a constructive
and upbuilding influence in this world crisis.
Therefore I have outlined in this month's lesson the secret causes which
in the past have generated and fertilized the seeds that have now flowered
into our present cataclysmic condition, and have indicated in a slight mea-
sure how we are now sowing the seeds of our future well or ill being; this
in the hope that you will concentrate your thoughts constructively along the
line indicated, and advocate in your sphere of life the views presented.
Much sorrow may thus be averted in the future for thoughts are things, and
if they are in harmony with the cosmic purpose to make all things work to-
gether for good, they will surely prosper.
LETTER NO. 95.
THE OPTIMISTIC ATTITUDE AND FAITH IN ULTIMATE GOOD
Suppose some one very close to you were undergoing a surgical operation.
Naturally you would feel very much concerned, and your feelings would prob-
ably swing between fear and hope. Sometimes one emotion and sometimes the
other would predominate. But consider what would be the effect upon the
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effect upon the patient if you were to voice your doubt and misgivings on
every occasion. Fear always has a devitalizing and detrimental effect which
makes it very difficult for the patient to recover, particularly as during
the time of an illness he is less self-assertive and more negative than at
times when he is in good, robust health. Thus while you were really anxious
to help him and would do anything in your power to serve him, by that at-
titude of mind and the expression of such thoughts you would be really hin-
dering him very much.
Something similar is taking place in the world at large at the present
time. The human race is undergoing a necessary operation for spiritual
cataract. The sorrow and suffering occasioned by the present war are doing
much to tear the scale of materialism away from our eyes and rend the veil
which divides us from those in the land of the living dead. The operation
is painful in the extreme. Surely there is not a human being capable of hu-
mane feeling in the world who is not feeling in some measure for and with
those who are actually engaged in the struggle. But if we are firmly con-
vinced that "thoughts are things," it is our sacred duty to hold the most
optimistic attitude of mind which it is possible for us to have at the
I have no doubt that every student of the Rosicrucian Fellowship is doing
all he can and giving all he can to alleviate the suffering and sorrow ex-
isting in the countries immediately affected, but it is the all-important
mental attitude of optimism that is so difficult for many to cultivate and
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keep. Nevertheless it is our duty to do this, particularly in the light of
our superior knowledge of the end in view, which will surely be attained.
We cannot be glad that this thing is upon us, but we can be thankful that it
is as certain to bring a great good to the world at large as it is that the
sun rises every morning and sets at night.
We have an absolute faith in the wisdom and omnipotence of Deity. We
know that it is a false accusation to say that "nature is red in tooth and
claw," as some one has put it. Regardless of what it may seem to us with
our limited vision, benevolence is the ruling factor in the world's evolu-
tion. Therefore each and every one of us should live up to the sacred obli-
gation to always strive to hold an optimistic attitude and always emphasize
our firm faith in the ultimate good which is to result from the present con-
ditions. let us remember that when we are working with the trend of evolu-
tion it is like rowing a boat with the stream; our efforts will then have
greater effect than if we take an attitude that is contrary to the world's
NOTE: THE LETTER FOR NOV. 1918 WAS DEVOTED TO BUSINESS MATTERS CONNECTED
WITH OUR PUBLICATIONS, AND THEREFORE IS NOT INCLUDED HERE.
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LETTER NO. 96.
INCREASING THE LIFE OF THE ARCHETYPE
This is the last student's letter of the present year, and the thought at
the ending of each cycle naturally turns to the fleetness of time and the
evanescence of existence in the phenomenal world. It also reminds us of the
preciousness of time and of our responsibility to use it to the best advan-
tage for soul growth, "for what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul?" Now is the seed time, and we are told
that "unto whom much is given, of him shall much be required." Therefore we
are accountable for what we have done or left undone to a greater measure
than others who have not had the intimate knowledge of God's purpose which
has been vouchsafed us through the Elder Brothers.
In this connection we should realize that every act of every human being
has a direct effect on the archetype of his body. If the act is in harmony
with the law of life and evolution, it strengthens the archetype and makes
for a longer life in which the individual will get the maximum of experience
and make soul growth commensurate with his status in life and capacity for
learning. Thus fewer embodiments will be necessary to bring him to
perfection than one who shirks the strain of life and endeavors to escape
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its burdens, or one who applies his forces destructively. In the latter
type of life the archetype is strained and breaks early. Thus, those whose
acts are contrary to the law shorten their lives and have to seek new em-
bodiments a greater number of times than those who live in harmony with the
law. This is another instance in which the Bible is correct when it exhorts
us to do good that we may live long in the land.
This law applies to all without exception, but it has greater sig-
nificance in the lives of those who are consciously working with the law of
evolution than in those of others. The knowledge of these facts should add
tenfold or a hundredfold to our zest and zeal for good. Even if we have
started, as we say, "late in life," we may easily lay up more "treasure" in
the last few years than in several previous lives. And above all, we are
getting in line for an early start in lives to come.
Let us hope therefore that we have used to the best advantage the year
which is now passing, and prepare to increase our efforts during the coming
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LETTER NO. 97.
THE LAW OF SUCCESS IN SPIRITUAL MATTERS
It seems appropriate to commence our correspondence for 1919 by wishing
you a happy and successful New Year. But the proverb says: "If wishes were
horses, beggars would ride." Something more is required to secure success
and happiness than mere wishes, and perhaps mine may bear better fruit if I
explain to you the law of success.
The students of the Rosicrucian Fellowship are coversant with the fact
that there is no "luck," and are quite well agreed with Mephisto in FAUST
when he says:
"Hoe closely luck is linked to merit,
Does never to the fool occur.
Had he the wise man's stone, I swear it,
The stone had no philosopher.
But here a query will at once present itself to the minds of many: "Is
it possible to reduce success to a law?"
Yes, there is a law of success, as sure and immutable as any of the other
great cosmic laws. And while I shall apply it only to spiritual matters, I
cannot hide from you that it will also bring certain success in material af-
fairs. But before you apply it in that direction, consider very carefully
that to do so means spiritual suicide, for 'ye cannot serve God and Mammon."
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Rather, "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you." I can testify to the truth of this
promise, having lived by it for many years.
The law of success may then be stated as follows:
First, determine definitely and clearly what you want--development of the
healing power, extended vision, invisible helpership, the ability to lecture
and carry the Rosicrucian message to others, etc.
Second, when you have set your goal, never harbor a thought of fear or
failure for a moment, but cultivate an attitude of invincible determination
to accomplish your object despite all obstacles. Constantly hold the
thought, "I can and I will."
Do not begin to make plans as to how to attain until you have reached the
attitude of absolute confidence in yourself and in your ability to do what
you desire, for a mind swayed by the slightest fear of failure cannot make
plans that will fully succeed. Therefore be patient, and be sure first to
cultivate absolute faith in yourself and your ability to succeed despite all
When you have reached the point where you are fully persuaded that you
can succeed and positively determined that you will succeed in some pursuit,
there is no power on earth or in heaven that can withstand you in that par-
ticular pursuit; and you may then plan how to go about attaining your
heart's desire with certainty of success.
I hope that you will apply this law earnestly in the pursuit of soul
growth, not only during the coming year but in all future years.
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