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[From The Rosicrucian Digest April 1934]
UNIVERSAL RELIGIONTHE Cathedral of the Soul is continuing to appeal to the multitudes who feel that they want some contact with a universal religion or a universal altar of worship where all of the various creeds and doctrines of the different denominations and sects are laid aside and all human beings come together to worship the one ever-living God, regardless of individual attempts to interpret the nature of God and his Divine methods.
The soul of man is universal, and the Divine Essence of life in man is universal. The soul knows no creeds or doctrines, and it knows no distinctions in the moral code of life, or in the fundamental principles of truth and justice. There cannot be a multiplicity of Gods, for there can be only one and to this one God must we lift our hearts and minds in adoration and attunement if we would seek to have the most sublime and supreme of sacred harmony in our own beings. No matter what church, cathedral, temple, or shrine we may enter in our journeys through life, the supreme test of our religious devotion lies in our attunement with God. The traveller going through many foreign countries is always tempted to visit the shrines, temples, and churches which he finds close at hand, and soon disregards the distinctions of creed and dogmas. To him the sacred music from the grand organ of a Roman Catholic Cathedral, open at all hours for those who wish to meditate and pray, is like a grand invitation to step out of the worldly life into the sublime aura of communion with God. But on another day he may find the little church of some Protestant denomination at the crossroads just as appealing, and just as inviting for his sacred communion. The absence of the magnificent structure, the decorations, and symbols, is compensated for by the simplicity and the impressiveness of the sacred vibrations. The absence of the music is compensated for by the Music of the Spheres which one may hear in the silence of such simple shrines. On another day the impressive ceremony in some Jewish Synagogue or the open door of some Jewish Tabernacle may afford him the opportunity of once again approaching the presence of the Creator of all living beings. In the Mosque of the orientals, and in the open temples of the
If the heart and soul hungers for Divine communion all of the ornaments of creed and dogma, and all of the contentions of sectarianism are melted away in the warmth of devotion. Above and beyond all of the faiths and holy symbolism, higher than all of the shrines and all of the deeds and acts of holy beings on earth, is the love and wisdom, the life and power of one Supreme God, and to this God man ever lifts his consciousness in seeking to ennoble the highest elements of his nature.
To hundreds of thousands today the Cathedral of the Soul is the open door to universal love, peace, and power. Our little pamphlet called "Liber 777" has been printed in so many editions that several million copies of it have been put into circulation and are in daily use as a guide to the privileges which the Cathedral of the Soul extends to all living beings.
If you are a stranger to this great Cathedral, and if you have not secured a copy of "Liber 777," you should secure a copy at once, and not let another week pass by without the wonderful benefits of whole-hearted, unrestricted communion with the Father of all the children of this earth. The Cathedral of the Soul is like the large living room in the old homestead where the great fire burns in the fireplace, and the unlocked door offers a continuous invitation to the children and grandchildren to come back to the old home, and in one grand reunion enjoy the warmth of the fire, the love in the hearts of the parents, the spirit of attunement that pervades all who come within the walls of the place, and the guiding protection of an all-wise Guardian of the home.
Within this great Cathedral of the Soul the very inner self of man finds peace and happiness. The intellect is inspired, and the consciousness is strengthened. Health and happiness are sure to result from such daily contacts with the sublime Cathedral of the Cosmic realm where thousands of minds meet in unison with the same ideals, the same inspiring hearts and minds.
The Cathedral invites you to come within its great portals. At any hour of the day, in any place you may be, in any status of life, in any problem, or any mental or physical condition you are welcome. Poor and rich alike, the fortunate and the unfortunate, the devout and those who are still skeptical are cordially invited to share in the benefits of holy communion and Divine meditation such as that offered by the Cathedral of the Soul.
If you are acquainted with the Cathedral make it your business to have extra copies of "Liber 777" on hand, and when you find those who are perplexed or in sorrow, or who are in ill health or despondent, give them a copy of this book as you would give them a key to a new life and a new path through life. Urge them to enter this Cathedral in the moments of their private meditation in addition to whatever church services they may attend on other occasions. Let them take their own religion with them into the Cathedral, and there find that each word of it, each principle of it turns into truth and becomes like unto all truth, for all creeds and all dogmas are but attempts to name God, to speak of Him, and to reveal His inner self to those who are seeking for the light of salvation.
Thus you may become a missionary in the great work of the greater church. Bringing men and women closer to God will bring them closer to the church of their own selection; and bringing those who are not associated with any church into the Cathedral of the Soul will bring a contribution to their joy and happiness which they will always appreciate.
Make all the Cathedral of the Soul what you will, and as you will, but it will always be the meeting place of all minds and hearts in the presence of the God of all.
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