Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest July 1937]
A SOUL NECESSITYEVEN if man had never set himself to the task of building temples and cathedrals of material form, in which men and women could find an inspiring, peaceful environment for prayer and meditation and a separate and distinct place for worship, the soul within man would have created for itself, in an immaterial way, a Cosmic cathedral or a spiritual cathedral for its indulgences.
In fact, long before man created materially the most primitive form of temple or place of worship, he created mystically and esoterically a dwelling place for his soul in its hours of meditation and contemplation.
Within the most humble dwelling places of primitive man, and in the open spaces of his community, he selected quiet and peaceful conditions as necessities for the free exercise of his soul's prerogatives. This was the origin of all temples and cathedrals.
Today throughout the world there is just as much worship of God and enjoyment of the soul's communion with the higher things of life, performed in the open spaces of the country or in the quiet nook of the home, as in all of the combined cathedrals, temples and synagogues of the world. When the soul cries of spiritual communion, spiritual contact, and an opportunity to lift itself up into holy communion with God and the Heavenly Hosts, it gives no thought to the superstructure or the material nature of the place where the individual takes himself apart and gives the soul freedom of expression. We have observed many thousands of individuals who slip quietly into cathedrals and temples of great size and beauty during the hours of the day when no ceremonies are being held, and who take themselves apart in some quiet corner or some shadowy recess or alcove or some small chapel of the great structure, and there in peace and sublime tranquillity, with eyes closed and a complete unconsciousness of the majesty of their surroundings, give freedom to the requirements of their souls and the spiritual nature of their beings.
In this manner the Cathedral of the Soul serves millions. If you have not found the unusual spiritual joy and inspiration that comes from the contacts with the harmony of the Cathedral of the Soul, send for our little pamphlet described above, dealing with this matter, and it will be sent to you gratuitously.
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