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[From The Rosicrucian Digest September 1935]
THE MYSTERY OF 7-7-7THE very wide-spread interest in the Cathedral of the Soul has led many hundreds of those who have benefited by its great work to investigate the esoteric principles and all the other little details connected with this unique western world idea.
In eastern countries and especially among the Orientals the idea of a Cosmic cathedral or Cosmic meeting place of the minds of those united in spiritual meditation is not new; and in many parts of Europe there are branches and inner circles of the Rosicrucian organization which have taken advantage of the esoteric principles back of such a Cosmic plan and have held weekly periodic sessions for the uniting of the minds of the members in Cosmic Consciousness.
In the western world, however, and especially in North America, the idea is quite new or at least it was quite new until a few years ago when the Cathedral of the Soul was first introduced through our organization. Instead of calling the great central place of contact a "Cosmic Assembly," as some of the European Rosicrucians have done for many years, or the "Cosmic Convent," as many esoteric students of the Rosicrucian Order have done in past centuries, we thought that a slightly different name would be more understandable to the average student of our organization. Bear in mind that in the French language the word convent means convention and all of their assemblies, congresses, and general conventions of members are called convents. An assembly of the minds in the Cosmic world would therefore be a Cosmic convent.
Among the many interesting questions asked about the work in this country is that pertaining to the mystical number 7-7-7 which we use in connection with the Cathedral of the Soul. In Europe and the Near East nearly all of the esoteric divisions of the Rosicrucian Fraternity and many thousands of esoteric students outside of the Rosicrucian organization have visualized and created in their ritualism and meditations a cathedral or a monastery or an imaginary edifice of some kind in the Cosmic where the "Heavenly Hosts" assemble for united worship and the direction of spiritual vibrations through the earth or where the minds and consciousness of the advanced mystics may reach upward and blend in unison with Cosmic minds of the Cosmic plane. In these foreign countries the symbol for this unity of thought has always been a white triangle with its point upward, probably symbolizing the uplifting to an apex of the consciousness of the multitudes on earth who are united at times in such spiritual meditation. At each point of the triangle the figure seven was placed as symbolic of the spiritual and esoteric principles involved.
All mystical students know that the number 7 is the highest and purest form or position mathematically that may be attained through the uplifting of the spiritual consciousness. The number 3, 5, and 7 have always been significant in esoteric matters including Freemasonry, as well as Rosicrucianism. In the Martinist Order the 7's are highly significant and in many other divisions of esoteric schools the mathematical and vibratory value of 7 indicates the purest form of consciousness, life, love, and divinity. Three is the common symbol of the Trinity wherein all things are united while 7 represents the triangle upon the square, the 3 above the 4, but united in a manner to place the trinity of 3 above all of the material things represented by the cube or square. Three times 7 gives a total of 21, and if the digits of 21 are added together we secure 3 which is the number of divinity and of perfection. Therefore, the sacred symbol of the Cathedral is 7-7-7 upon the white triangle of pure spirituality.
The emblem of the triangle with 7 at each corner will be found on nearly all of the sacred, spiritual manuscripts of the mystics of the Orient and in many of the secret, private, esoteric schools of Europe. Dr. Papus, the one-time Supreme Grand Master of the Martinist Order, and perhaps the greatest living representative of the high spiritual doctrines of St. Martin, always used the white triangle with 7-7-7 impressed upon it as his spiritual emblem before his altar when reaching out to the Cosmic to contact the consciousness and souls of the Martinists in all lands. This eminent mystic whose very name is reverenced throughout the esoteric world made the symbol of the triangle and 7-7-7 more highly respected and reverenced than any other mystic of the past. In the archives of the esoteric schools preserved at Cologne and in similar archives in London, Paris, and Lyon, there are old vellum books bound with sheepskin and rapidly becoming yellow and faded, but on their covers is impressed the white triangle with the 7 on each point. Everyone familiar with esoteric principles knows that any book bound under and ensconsed by this sacred emblem and three sacred numbers is one of the Holy of Holies in the secret literature of all esoteric schools.
But like many other sacred emblems that immediately command respect and reverence among mystics, the symbol of the white triangle and the three numbers 7-7-7 have been misused at times in the past. Those who have wanted to appropriate some of the most idealistic emblems in order to use them to cover over any acts or thoughts that were questionable, found it convenient at different times to label their activities and reports, their books or their manuscripts with the symbol of the triangle and 7-7-7. But such deception could have its effect only on the general public, the unlearned, or those unfamiliar with mystical symbolism. Whenever a real student of mysticism found a book or manuscript bearing this esoteric symbol and group of numbers and found also that the book dealt with materialistic matters exclusively and not with Cosmic or spiritual principles, he knew that he had before him not only a book of errors but a deliberately conceived and planned piece of deception. The numbers 7-7-7 were first used on some of the rare manuscripts found in the tomb of Christian Rosenkreuz among the books known as Liber T and Liber M. But long before his time the number 7 used three times or occasionally six times was recognized as a symbol that would lead to peace, spiritual attunement, Cosmic blessings and benedictions. For this reason the numbers 7-7-7 were used in conjunction with our Cathedral of the Soul. We call the little book that describes the great Cosmic assembly Liber 777. If you are a non-member and have not read this booklet and derived benefit from its many special features, we recommend that you get a copy at once by following the instructions given in the little box at the beginning of this article. You will note that the booklet deals wholly with the most beautiful of spiritual things and affords you an opportunity in your mystical practices to attune yourself with the Cosmic in unity with many others. Through these contacts the blessings of the Cosmic may be yours without any obligations except your spiritual obligation to God and the Cosmic. Why not join with many thousands of others throughout the western world in keeping these beautiful periods that lift the soul and consciousness into the sublime realm of peace, health, and happiness.
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