Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest June 1936]
HOUSES OF GODIT IS customary to hear the Protestant clergymen, the Roman Catholic priests, and the Jewish rabbis alike refer to churches, cathedrals, and synagogues as "houses of God," and it is quite customary to hear the average individual who is devoted to his religion speak of going to his church to pray, to worship, to receive the Holy Sacraments, or to listen to Godly advice, as going into a sacred place to receive therefrom the divine benediction that resides within the holy edifice.
In fact, it is quite customary to hear those who enjoy the quiet and peace of the church or cathedral say that they love to go there even when there are no services, no music, no ritual, and no sermon, because of the holy vibrations, the sacred radiations from the altar, and the holy of holies within the church which seem to surround them and permeate their very body and soul.
The interesting fact is, however, that a church, a cathedral, a synagogue, a mosque, or a holy sanctum within the home is made holy, is made sacred, and made divine in all of its vibratory influences by the individual who goes there and by his attitude of mind, and by the sincere and religious expressions of his soul. Neither church nor temple, cathedral or synagogue, is a holy place simply because it has been constructed in the architecture of a religious edifice, and because it is to be or is about to be used for religious worship or instruction. The most magnificent cathedral or temple built for religious worship and in every sincere manner dedicated to the worship of God and the preachment of divine principles, if left standing vacant, idle, and unused from the moment of its completion, would never become a holy place charged with sacred vibrations and impressive in its radiations no matter if it grew to be a thousand years old and was venerated for its antiquity. Whatever there is that is holy and sacred within the walls of a church or temple, and whatever sacred vibrations and sacred spirit is felt as a part of the holy place, are brought into the structure or created and attracted there by the religious devotion, sincerity, prayers, and meditations of the human beings who assemble within its walls.
It is usually said at the completion and dedication of a church or temple, cathedral or synagogue, that it is consecrated to God and dedicated to religious worship. At the very best the church upon its completion is offered to God and His worshippers, and it is the performance of worship, the study of sacred laws, the devotion of the worshippers, and their prayers and sincere attitudes day after day, week after week, and year after year, that fills the very walls and all of the holy spaces within with the vibrating energy of soul essence that is so easily sensed by those who enter the portals for meditation and peace. For this reason man may arrange a sanctum in his home and through his sincere worship, his holy respect and regard for the place, and his attunement with the Divine Consciousness may cause his sanctum to become charged with the very spirit of God and the vibrations of Divine power. Therefore, it is not the nature of the structure, nor its location, the name of its creator, nor the purpose for which it was planned that makes a church or a cathedral, a mosque, a synagogue, or a sanctum a holy place. Such holy places can become filled with the spirit of God and charged with the emanations of His consciousness through the projection of His mind and understanding, His love and mercy to the worshippers, but these transcendental elements that make a church or a temple distinctive in its impressions from other buildings and powerful in its influences are attracted to the place of worship by the sincerity and devotion of those who assemble there.
The Cathedral of the Soul built without any material elements, unsupported by any financial powers, resting upon no earthly foundation, and owned and controlled by no distinctive group of individuals is just such a holy place made sacred by the devotion and the worship, the prayers and the love of the thousands who use it as the channel for the contact with the consciousness of God. It is the intangible, immaterial, and invisible meeting place of the souls of thousands who must lift up their consciousness to the cathedral and to God in order to find attunement with the church and its holy mission on Sunday.
If you are not a regular attendant at any church, or if you are, you will find the Cathedral of the Soul a great convenience and a great help in lifting up your heart and mind, your inner consciousness, to a higher plane where you will meet within the Cathedral the souls of thousands of other individuals and the consciousness and divine emanations of God and the Holy Saints, of Jesus the Christ and His Disciples, of Mary the Holy Mother, and all of the patriarchs and angels of your religion and of all religions.
Throughout the day and moments of doubt, despondency, tiredness, peace, happiness, or want, you can momentarily lift yourself up and find in the Cathedral the attunement, the vibratory harmony, and peace and power that will enable you to commune with God and with your soul. Why not take advantage of this opportunity and make it a regular practice to devote a few minutes each morning, afternoon, and evening to meditation and prayer in the Cathedral of the Soul? You will find it inspiring and illuminating, and you will find it helpful in the hours of trial and tribulation. If you are a non-member and have not read and studied the opportunities explained in the Cathedral booklet called Liber 777, send for a free copy now and enjoy the benefits it offers. Without religious bias or prejudice, without sectarian differences, without distinctions of any kind, you will always find a Cosmic surge of Divine power, a Godly benediction, a peace and a power that will help you along the path of life. Start this month by making the Cathedral of the Soul your holy sanctum, not to supplant your church, not to supplant your form of religious worship and instruction, but to offer you a haven in your restless hours, and a retreat for the soul in its anxiety to contact the heavenly hosts beyond.
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