Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest October 1937]
THE PREACHING OF SERMONSIT IS probably safe to say that half of those who go to churches, synagogues, cathedrals and other places on Sundays, go sincerely, to attend a service of worship for the purpose of hearing what they call "a good sermon," and through it, receiving valuable, helpful, inspiring, religious instruction. The other half go, admittedly, for the purpose of prayer and meditation, and of resting for a while separate from the worldly things in the effulgence of spirituality.
Those who go for the sake of the spiritual environment, the inspiration of the occasion, the opportunity of prayer and meditation, will probably admit that they could find some degree of this in a quiet corner of their own homes, or even out on a hilltop, under a shady tree. Of course, they are perfectly right. A place is not holy because of what it is, as far as structure and design are concerned, but what man himself makes it through the motive and intent of his heart.
Those who go to church, to a cathedral, synagogue or temple for the benefit of a sermon would probably never understand that the most inspiring sermon that can reach the understanding and comprehension of man, can come through the soul and not through the objective physical organs of hearing and seeing.
Every word uttered by the inspired, illuminated and sincere preacher must be interpreted by the individual who hears it. The hearer must select the passages that appeal to him as instructive, practical, helpful and full of guidance, and he must interpret those passages in the light of his understanding and reasoning.
No two persons who listen to the same sermon will agree completely on the moral principles involved, and especially on the importance of the illuminating light that has been cast upon the problems we have to face here on the earth. Each will take unto himself that which seems the most applicable to his own affairs and conduct. You will often hear a person say that the preacher's sermon struck him personally as though it were intended for him alone. Others will say that the sermon wandered into highways and byways of spiritual instruction that had no special appeal to them.
How different it is when we commune with God in the Cathedral of the Soul and give our hearts and souls an opportunity to commune with us and with all of the higher and more beautiful things in life. In the Cathedral of the Soul we have ample opportunity, and even greater opportunity than in the church or temple, to rest and meditate, to expand the consciousness to a wider and more universal horizon, to pray and attune ourselves with the heart and mind of God. Also, in the Cathedral of the Soul, we have a marvelous opportunity of preserving Cosmically and direct from God, the instructive message, the needful commandment, the helpful injunction which will constitute the very best sermon, the very best guidance in our own personal lives.
While we contact and dwell in the Cathedral of the Soul, we receive inwardly and through the best channel of our consciousness, the most pure and unadulterated, unmodified message from God. Our objective mind is in the process of reasoning, but must interpret or translate such a message. We know it is intended for us personally, for each receives only that which is helpful.
This does not mean that the work of the great churches, cathedrals, temples and synagogues is unnecessary, but in addition to the wonderful aid and help that these physical structures on earth provide for those who are seeking relief, contact and guidance, the Cathedral of the Soul is a marvelous adjunct, a truly Divine, supplementary period of grace and illumination.
If you have not indulged in the transcendental and beautiful privileges of contacting the Cathedral of the Soul and dwelling therein, send for the free booklet "Liber 777" and learn how you may conveniently commune with God and with your real inner self, and bring the inspiring thoughts into one blended color of Divine Light.
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