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[From The Rosicrucian Digest May 1935]
A DIVINE PRIVILEGEAMONG the mystics and mystical philosophers of oriental lands, the practice of entering into the silence or into meditation several times each day for just a few minutes at a time is a very old and established custom. Compared with customs established in the Western World it is equivalent to that of eating lunch regularly between twelve and one o'clock, or of closing business offices at five thirty or six o'clock, or of going to church at eleven o'clock on Sunday morning, or of buying the morning newspaper on the way to the train. These customs are so general and so universally acknowledged as proper, beneficial, and consistent with the routine of life, that an exception to these customs is the only thing that evokes comment.
In fact, in the Western World arising in the morning at a certain hour, eating at a certain hour, and retiring generally at a time somewhere between ten-thirty and midnight, are considered as unbreakable rules necessary in the scheme of things, and having an important bearing upon our health and happiness. To the mystic and philosopher the suspension of worldly interests for a few minutes while entering into meditation and contemplation is as important as anything in the plan of life's affairs. The hours for eating, arising, and going to sleep are even less regular among the oriental people than is the established moment for the entering into a contemplative mood. To the mystic such meditation is food to the soul and to the spiritual and psychic self; to the philosopher it is food to the mind and the intellect. The spiritual, psychic, and intellectual part of man must be nourished, strengthened, and matured along with the growth and development of the physical part of man, and if either is to be neglected through force of circumstance or arbitrarily by choice, the physical body is sacrificed through the growth and development of the spiritual and intellectual part of our beings.
We in the Western World look upon the physical side of our existence from a different point of view. We realize the duality of man's existence, but hold fast to the rational belief that while we are existing here on earth the physical side of our nature is as important to our health, happiness, growth, and development as is the spiritual side. We have not found, nor can we believe that any will find, that negating or dethroning the strength of the body or the prowess of the mind will add in any sense to the growth and development or Cosmic unfoldment of the spiritual side of our beings. We do recognize, however, that like those who live simply to eat, as it is said, there are those who live almost wholly in the material world attracted only by its fleeting and ever-changing allurements, and giving domination almost exclusively to the physical side of our existence. These persons are, after all, no more unsound in their attitude and practice of their beliefs than those who permit the physical bodies to starve and to become sadly deficient while devoting most of the hours of the day to practices that are believed to be spiritual, but are really unassociated with true spiritual principles.
The value of a few moments spent in meditation and contemplation lies in the fact that it is one of man's really great Divine privileges to separate himself consciously from the material things of life and to dwell for a while in the sublime and ecstatic state of attunement with the Cosmic, with the higher spiritual things of life, and with God. The greatest blessing man possesses is his ability to think and to reason, to analyze and to turn his thoughts forward and backward, inwardly and outwardly. Memory is one of man's most useful mental assets, as well as one of his spiritual gifts. To be able to dwell in retrospection as well as introspection gives man the broadest possible survey of his own life, and the lives of others. He is not only able to close his eyes in thought and visualize mentally or psychically a panorama of his present life and daily affairs, but he can reach back into the shadowy hours, days, months, weeks, and years of his present earthly existence and the existence of human kind and into the faintly illuminated and silvery lighted visions of the future. This enables man to see himself in his actual relationship with not only the ever-present now, but the glorious past and the inevitable future.
By being able to turn his thoughts inwardly he is able to commune with himself in a sense not possible through any other mode or mood of thinking. He can become outwardly a part of himself inwardly, and he can become a thing apart from that which seems to be while becoming wholly that which really is.
Moments spent in Divine or spiritual meditation inevitably lead to attunement with the Cosmic and the spiritual forces of the
Five minutes spent in one of the regular Cathedral periods outlined in the book Liber 777 will do much for each individual in brushing away the sorrows and griefs of life, in smoothing out the trials and tribulations that annoy and worry, and in strengthening and vitalizing the mind and body. And it will lift upward the trend of our thinking, bringing inspiration, guidance, and revelation as to the proper thing to do in a moment of perplexity; it will fill our souls with a joyous song and make the sunshine of life disperse the gathering shadows, and the threatening storms. It will encourage the one who is despondent, and fire with ambition the one who is hopeless.
You should discover--if you have not already done so--what it is that warrants thousands upon thousands of our members and friends in holding fast to their schedule of one or two periods of association with the Cathedral and in Divine meditation each day. The more perfect your health may be, the more should you enter this period of meditation and give thanks for the health you enjoy, the other blessings that are yours, and contribute to the vitalizing power that you radiate to those who are asking for a share of that which you have so abundantly.
If worldly blessings have come to you in any form through your daily meditation, you must express your appreciation and gratitude to God and the Cosmic. If things have been denied to you, or there is an absence of the realization of your desires in any direction, the period of meditation will help to enrich your possessions, and to put you in contact with the source of all things. Do not miss such opportunities. Start today to set aside a few minutes each morning and evening, or sometime during the middle of the day when you can be alone and at peace with the world, and attuned with God for a few minutes. Lift yourself up from the plane of worldly things to the
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