Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest April 1937]
A FAITH TO LIVE BYMAN HAS sought a faith to live by since the light of reason dawned in his mind. As thinking man evolves he finds it all the more necessary to formulate a philosophy of life as a springboard of action. Today the desire for harmony of mind and soul is just as insistent as it ever was, even though the effect has been complicated by social, economic, and political factors. More than ever do we need a faith to live by. We need to know that God exists. We need to know that somewhere there is rest and peace, that we are not merely grains of dust or a chemical conglomeration. We need to know that we are not doomed to exist for only a short period of time during which span we suffer painful experiences and learn costly lessons, only to have death come along and erase all signs of our moral and mental progress. We need God as we never did before, and we need a philosophy of life, for that is of the utmost importance to health, happiness, and contentment.
A philosophy of life is as necessary to thinking man as a chart to the mariner or a blueprint to the engineer. Man today is desperately seeking a lamp by which to guide his feet, a light to illumine his path in life. Modern man is restless, unhappy and maladjusted. Sex is not the solution of the problem, as Freud would have us think. Political nostrums and social panaceas are not the solution as the Communists and Fascists would have us believe. Material prosperity does not make man happier. The return to orthodox religion that Dr. Henry C. Link advocates will not satisfy the man with a cosmopolitan outlook upon life. Philosophy, as its foremost advocates admit, has no constructive program, no message of hope for the generation of today. Science, with its kaleidoscopic change of basic ideas, leaves the layman bewildered.
If you try to be guided by the conflicting theories of science, as Aldous Huxley puts it, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make ye mad." In short, modern man has reached a point where he wants a working plan of life to which his reason can give full assent.
Civilization advances in spiral form. While we may return to religion and faith, we shall never return to orthodox religion with its cramped sectarianism and conflicting creeds. Mankind is ready for a new revelation, and that revelation is the wisdom of the ages entrusted to a few from generation to generation. This beautiful and inspiring philosophy that we give our members, the intellect can unreservedly accept and the heart can warmly embrace. As Rosicrucians we believe in that stately and majestic verse in Genesis 27: "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them." We do not only accept these ideas, but if we are truly to be Rosicrucians we must use them in our daily lives and manifest the understanding of universal love and service under the guidance of God, Creator of Heaven and Earth. We must make evident that we are Sons of God and brothers through divine parentage.
Despite the fact that every religion accepts these precepts our understanding makes them revolutionary in their implications. If every parliament, every legislature and judicial body, every human being having authority over other beings, were to act in this light what a tremendous revolution would be accomplished without shedding a drop of blood. We acknowledge in our belief that a true Son of God acts according to the divine light within him. We endeavor to show in our conduct that we love and obey God and that such obedience is evidence of our faith.
God is our Father and we are His children. We are co-existent and co-eternal with the Father. Each soul is a tangible manifestation of divinity and a point in which all forces and powers are centered. Man is capable of infinite development. Each one of us is a tremendous mystery, all having unfathomable depths and infinite heights. It is the work of ages to study our own souls and the souls of our fellowmen. When we have unlocked the secret of ourselves we shall have penetrated the mysteries of God.
God, the Absolute, is the source to which our souls long to return. This is the hidden desire of our hearts; this is the pilgrimage of the ages although we may not be consciously aware of the fact. This longing is achieved through love, and the Cathedral contact is one medium through which we can get into attunement with God and our fellowman. Love is the most sublime emotion of which we are capable. Love is the key that opens the gates of Heaven. Love is the greatest light in the Universe.
The mystics of the ages have felt this call of the soul and have expressed this longing in beautiful verse:
"The living God is my desire,
It carries me on wings of fire
Body and soul to Him aspire."
--Solon ibn Gabiorol.
We are all seeking God; we seek God everywhere. We seek God all the time. We seek God far away and yet He is within. "He is closer than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet." In nature, in everything, in everyone, God is manifested. By lifting our consciousness and our vision to God, to the higher realm, through the Cathedral contacts we see things in their real proportion and relationship. By entering the Cathedral of the Soul for rest, meditation and contemplation, we not only gain that broader viewpoint but we also come into attunement with the Universal mind and the Cosmic Consciousness. There is peace, health, and power.
If we make it a daily practice to devote a few minutes morning and night in silent meditation, without disturbance from without, we thereby attune our bodies and minds with the great and powerful Cosmic force of health and harmony. At any of the Cathedral hours listed in the free book, "Liber 777," there are thousands of persons all over the world sitting in silence and extending their consciousnesses in the thoughts of peace, power, health, and strength toward this one Cosmic point. United effort in any direction is of untold value and especially at this time when all the world is sharpening the plowshares into death-dealing instruments and greed and fear walk rampant in our midst.
We need God as we never did before. We need faith and conviction that love, truth, and justice shall prevail. We need the universal harmony and love attainable only in the attunement with the Absolute. Let us of the White Brotherhood lead the world in eliminating fear and greed from the human consciousness.
|Section Index||Home Page|
|Copyright © 2007 Aswins Rabaq. All Rights Reserved.|