Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest July 1936]
ABIDING IN PEACETHROUGHOUT the world today most civilized countries are looking forward to universal peace, even while they are contemplating strifes and warfare in the very near future. It is always the hope of every civilized nation of people that the next war which will involve them will be the last one and that the ultimate good of today's struggles and tomorrow's battles will be the end of war and the establishment of perpetual peace.
Today great emphasis is placed upon the necessity of political, national, physical peace. It is said that mankind needs nothing greater in his social and political life than the assurance of national peace and guaranteed protection from the ravages of war.
But greater than even such peace is the peace that is acquired of the Soul and the separation from all worldly struggles.
It is true that nations of people can make little progress in their cultural advancement and their material upliftment while their minds and their hands are occupied in destructive processes. It is also true that the latent powers, the physical and material assets, the particular advantages and possibilities of each nation cannot be unfolded and utilized to the best advantage if war is in the offing and plans and preparations for a struggle against another nation are under consideration. In fact, the mind of the nation and its people cannot think constructively and concentrate its vast powers toward the ideal conditions of life while time and money are spent needlessly in war and while the mental faculties and moral standards are lowered to harmonize with the ideas and principles of war.
Nor can the mind of the individual and the Soul of man or woman develop along the highest lines and permit of the unfoldment of the individual faculties and abilities while the heart and mind are enslaved and inhibited by the ordinary struggles of life.
It is only when we take ourselves apart from the everyday affairs of life that we see life in its true colors. The struggle for the physical necessities of life is a battle. Overcoming the opposing forces of life is a continuous warfare. Meeting the hypocrisy, evils, deceits, the trickery of the darker side of life constitutes a tiresome and exhausting warfare.
From all of the worldly, physical, material struggles of life, the Soul seeks separation. From all of the annoyances, discordant notes, and inharmonious situations, the Soul seeks restful seclusion and peace.
When the Soul is at peace, it is at rest momentarily. Peace is a tonic, an inspiration to the heart and mind of the individual. Religion furnishes the Way to eternal peace. But the Soul needs here and now on this earth plane the daily relaxation and daily attunement that quickens its spirit and bathes it in the sublime effulgence of communion with itself.
The Cathedral of the Soul offers to those who enjoy peace and harmony as periods of relaxation, an opportunity to lift the mind up above and beyond the contests of life, the sordid and sorrowful incidents of our existence, and the struggles of our earthly affairs.
In the Cathedral of the Soul the heart and mind of the individual may enter morning, noon, or night, for a few minutes or for a few hours. Its vast portals are ever open to the Soul that seeks them. Within the Cathedral the Divine Self with all of us will meet the Souls and hearts of thousands of others. Here all may dwell for a while in peace and harmony, unmindful of the personal problems of life and of the battle cries of our existence. The effect of such relaxation and Cosmic attunement is instantaneous in soothing the worried mind and inspiring the troubled heart. It brings health and strength and power to the body and a sense of contentment and peace that nothing else can afford.
If you are a stranger to the benefits of the Cathedral of the Soul, whether member or not, write for Liber 777, which will be sent without obligation, and join with thousands of others in these daily periods of Cosmic peace and inspiration. Let the Cathedral of the Soul be your special sanctum, your holy of holies, where you in privacy and spiritual joy may dwell whenever the need is greatest or the Soul speaketh. It is an experience never to be forgotten and a hope that is the last and ultimate ideal of our life on earth.
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