Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest March 1939]
EARTHLY CATHEDRALSMANY centuries ago in the southern part of France, known as Gaul, there was built a very beautiful and impressive cathedral in which the provincial men and women who were more or less living in serfdom might worship. The greatest architects, artists and artisans of the period gave much of their time and effort to making this particular cathedral not only magnificent but eternally beautiful with the thought that it might last throughout the centuries as a place for the worship of God and the Heavenly Hosts. It was hardly completed when the strife and dissension among sects of people over religious doctrines brought about earthly warfare, and during the course of the strained conditions, the cathedral, being so large and centrally located, was invaded by the hosts of war and the beautiful choir stalls and central nave were used for the keep of horses and cattle, and the magnificent carvings on wood and metal were battered and ruined by the warring hosts, thus desecrating the very purpose and intent of the cathedral.
The people were forced to do their worshipping at home, in privacy or in hiding, oft-times under bushes and boughs in the fields, or in underground passageways, solely for their physical protection. But they found God there nevertheless, and they learned that although the beautiful cathedral still remained with its spires pointing heavenward, their consciousness could be lifted even higher than the highest spire. And in due course of time the cathedral became vacated even of priests and clergymen for they found it safer to commune with God in privacy than in such aggrandized form. The cathedral stands to this very hour as an historical monument of man's misconception of the proper approach to God.
The Cathedral of the Soul is another conception. Its lofty place beyond the world, easily reached by the consciousness of man, its silence, its protection against desecration and defilement, make it a continual place of peace and rest. And those whose souls are longing for the ecstasy of subliminal communion and divine contact approach and reach this Cathedral of the Soul daily, almost hourly, and find therein health, strength, and all that is tonic to both body and soul.
If you have not enjoyed the privilege and benefit of this communion, regardless of sectarianism, creed or doctrine, and with all of the mercy, love and justice with which God can ensconce man, send for the little booklet Liber 777 and learn how you may start at once without obligation, without earthly dictation, without worldly limitation, without discrimination of race, color or creed, to commune with God and the Heavenly Hosts in the privacy of your own home by lifting yourself and your consciousness to this great cathedral for moments at a time.
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