Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest October 1932]
THE little talk given last month in this Department regarding the spiritual nature of the Cathedral may be supplemented at this time with a few other interesting comments.
Too many persons of the Western World seem to look upon churches, cathedrals, and temples as places that have been made holy or sacred by some ritual performed by the priests or clergy, or perhaps made especially sacred by some unique benediction performed by God and centered upon the material edifice.
The truth of the matter is that any holy or sacred place is made such by the thoughts and prayers, the mental attitude, and the benedictions of people of the earth plane who hold such a place in deep and sacred respect.
In this regard the early temples and shrines of the pagans, the heathens, the Orientals, and even of the first Christians, were made holy and sacred by the prayerful attitude and devout worshipping of those who looked upon these places as the center of their spiritual contacts. The early pagans who erected a sacred stone in an open space and carved upon it the symbols of their religious thought and then gathered around this stone at certain periods of the day and the month and the year for prayer and song and worship, soon made of this place a sacred shrine that emanated a spiritual essence or sacred influence that was keenly felt by the devout ones and, of course, never realized by those who were scoffers and doubters. The Orientals who were accustomed to having one room in the center of their homes as a sacred shrine and who never entered it without a prayer and who never stepped into it without being clean of body and clean of mind and who used the room for no other purpose than spiritual communion, soon created in such a room an essence, an energy, a power, and an influence that was keenly felt by even the first Christians who entered such rooms without knowing what they had been used for.
There is one temple in
The Cathedral of the Soul calls for no material expressions of any kind. It has no creeds and no dogmas and it has no sectarian features of religion. It is a place for the soul. It is a dwelling place for the soul essence and soul consciousness of all men whether they be Orientals or Occidentals, whether they be of the Hindu, of the Mohammedan religion, of the Christian or the Hebrew belief. If you believe in the existence of God and the existence of a soul in man you can contact the Cathedral of the Soul and dwell in its spiritual benefits regardless of whether you have been able to accept the creeds and dogmas of some church or not.
If you have not learned what the Cathedral of the Soul will really do for you by entering it in a wholehearted manner and without bias or prejudice, then you should read "Liber 777," which you may obtain freely in the manner described in the box at the beginning of this Department.
Take to the Cathedral of the Soul all of your earthly trials and tribulations but do not take to it your physical body. Take your heart and mind and soul and lift them up to the greatest heights of the Cathedral of the Soul where from a Cosmic or Divine plan[e] you can look down upon the earth with its trials and tribulations and see the earth as a stage in which all of us are playing a part and yet none of us acquainted with the final acts of the great drama know what may be the real portent of the part we are playing, but in the greatest heights of the Cathedral we can all dwell in a spiritual form and there bask in the illuminating and scintillating light of God's consciousness and become strengthened and helped and qualified for our greatest missions in life.
Be sure to get "Liber 777" and follow all of the periods during the next month or two when all of us will come together, and then you will find why it is that thousands upon thousands of our members and readers in all parts of the world are making this invisible, ethereal Cathedral the real church, the real synagogue, the real temple of their worship and sacred adorations.
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