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[From The Rosicrucian Digest April 1935]
OUR TENDENCY TO WORSHIPTHE desire on the part of man to worship that which is greater and more holy than himself is not essentially a religious emotion. The desire to worship and the uncontrollable emotion to adore the invisible divinities of life were not the results of religious propaganda nor did they find their origin in the systematic services conducted by churches, cathedrals, or synagogues. Every temple of worship was created by man because of this inherent desire to have a place set aside or apart for the expression of those emotions which he felt were a natural element of his consciousness.
The most primitive men of ancient times and those living in the most primitive parts of the world today, out of contact with anything resembling civilization, found it necessary to yield to this inherent urge. It is natural, from every point of view, for man to feel and intuitively sense or believe that there is some intelligence, some power, some divinity, greater, more magnificent, more wise, more merciful, or more just than himself.
Fear of the unknown is another natural instinct, and it is not surprising, therefore, that accompanying primitive man's instinctive belief in the existence of some unknown power or intelligence greater than his own, there should have been the emotion of awe or fear and that along with this reverential attitude there should have been an attitude of marvel, surprise, and fearfulness.
This tendency on the part of human beings to want to worship that which is idealistic or more powerful, or more intelligent or masterful than oneself is expressed in modern times by the tendency on the part of civilized peoples to create heroes out of those who appear to be supermen or superwomen through their outstanding achievements and attainments. It has been said by psychoanalysts and philosophers alike that in our modern civilized lands we love to hunt for and find national and local heroes whom we worship for a day, a week, or a month until we supplant them with others. We must have our George Washingtons, our Lincolns, our Roosevelts, and our Lindbergs here in the United States, and this is true in every other country, even in the lands of semi-civilized tribes.
But our adoration for supermen and superwomen does not satisfy the longing within us to worship that which is a part of ourselves and yet above and beyond our human natures. It has been said by some mystics, philosophers, and deep students, that if no divine revelations had ever brought to our consciousness the existence of a God, a true and everliving God, and that if the universe had not been created and ruled by an omnipotent, merciful, just and loving God, man, through his essential tendency to love and adore, worship and reverence such a God, would have created one. In fact, this is what the pagans did. While they had no definite revelations of the existence of God, they believed that it was necessary to have one and they felt lost, alone, unguided, unprotected, without a God. Therefore, they proceeded to create one god, then another, and then a multiplicity of them. But out of this search for a real God came the revelations of the True Being.
Man's natural desires in this direction are a thing apart from systematized religion or from dogmatic creeds. All forms of religion, all decalogues, all commandments, and all dogmatic postulations are creations on the part of man's mind in an attempt to interpret that which he feels inwardly. They are like unto the pictures that the artist paints on the canvas in an attempt to paint nature as he sees it and feels it. But just as no picture that the greatest artist has ever painted satisfies his desire to express what he comprehends inwardly, so no religious creed and no system of worship has ever thoroughly satisfied human beings in their craving to attune themselves divinely with the omnipotent consciousness that they sense as the Divine Father and Ruler of the universe.
The man or woman who claims that he or she has no instinctive desire for sacred worship is a fool; he deceives no one, least of all himself. Those who are mentally or psychologically incapable of any form of divine worship are worse than morons, for they are incapable of any human interpretation or of any conscious contemplation of their own emotions.
Millions of human beings are adverse to adopting or organizing the systematized forms of religion, while inwardly and outwardly they express a reverence and respect and even an adoration for that which is holy and sacred and that which is above and beyond the human plane of consciousness. It is for this reason that there are millions of intelligent, cultured, and right-living human beings who are not affiliated with any church and who do not associate themselves with any religious movement. Very often these persons are most sincere in their adherence to certain religious principles and it is one of the problems of systematic religion and of churchanity to try and interest these good individuals in church organization and church activities.
We know from our correspondence and interviews with many thousands of individuals throughout North America and parts of Europe that millions of persons have listened to religious and sacred music and discourses on Sunday mornings, afternoons, or evenings while assembled reverentially and devotedly in little groups in their homes before the radio. We know that in the United States many thousands listened with the utmost devotion and respect to the services of Seth Parker with his simple religious eloquence and his sincere, sacred programs. They have shed tears with him and joined in singing the songs with him while they felt themselves attuned with the spirit of his work via the radio. We know that these have been benefited, inspired, and led to better deeds and to a better understanding of God's laws and principles through these radio programs and yet these persons were not inclined to attend any church or give any support to what they called organized religion.
It is because of this desire on the part of mankind to worship privately, silently, peacefully, and reverentially that the Cathedral of the Soul has met with such great success and has been so universally adopted as a true non-sectarian, non-systematized form of religious worship.
The Cathedral of the Soul meets the desires of men and women who want to lift up their consciousness to a plane that is above and beyond the physical and mundane and the human. It meets a desire of those who visualize and sense through inner revelations that the kingdom of God is within and is above and beyond the material things of this life. It meets the contemplations of those who conceive of religion as being something above creeds or sectarian distinctions. It satisfies those who are convinced that it is the soul within man that must approach the Holy of Holies and not the physical part of man alone, and that it is far better for the divine part of man within him to enter into the sacred Cathedral and worship in a spiritual sense than for his physical body to enter a worldly edifice and dwell there physically as a matter of form and with no spiritual sympathy with the systematic services limited by sectarian differences.
If you have not acceded to the surging unrest in your soul to want to worship God and the divine principles, be brave and express yourself. It is not a weakness to permit a spiritual emotion to manifest itself in your being and in your thoughts and in your acts. It is a real weakness to restrain these things and to battle against the higher principles and seek consolation in the material world alone. He is the greatest who permits himself to worship the ideals of life and to give credence to the spiritual values. He is strongest who humbles himself in adoration at the divinity of his consciousness and he is truly a master who lifts himself up to the presence of God and dwells in sublime ecstasy for periods of time.
If you do not know the spiritual beauties and the magnificent blessings that come through worship in any other form, enter into the Cathedral of the Soul with us and with many thousands of others throughout the world. Send for the book, Liber 777, as explained above, and unite with those who lift up their hearts and minds and attune their souls and spirits to this great sacred consciousness in the Cosmic and there find the mind of God, the love and the life, health, and beautiful blessings of the God and Father of all beings.
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