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[From The Rosicrucian Digest March 1936]
SOME great thinker once said that if there had been no God of the universe, man would have created one. This was said with no feeling of irreverence for it clearly conveys the fact that man is essentially worshipful and ever seeks in his normal, natural thinking state to find that power, that intelligence, that something that is greater than himself and which he can adore, admire, respect, honor, and emulate.
It has often been noticed that the little child who has not been taught any creed or dogma naturally leans toward the worship of the invisible and the omnipotent. As the little child grows to the stage where he is able to express his wonderment, to manifest his meditative thinking, and to ask analytical questions in their simplest form, he reveals that he is seeking to learn about something external to himself, something external to his parents, that is greater or more magnificent or more majestic in some sense. Such children are easily led into the path of religion and worship. And they seldom doubt the existence of an omnipotent, omnipresent God as do older ones who allow their objective minds to deceive them with erroneous premises in their reasoning.
It has been said by many that this tendency on the part of the child to want to worship something beyond and greater than himself and external to his own consciousness is either an inherited tendency derived from his parents or ancestors, or an acquired tendency created out of the practices in his environment. But this is not true, for there are sufficient instances on record of this tendency on the part of children born to parents and in a direct ancestral line where there have been no such tendencies. If it is an acquirement, it is not from external conditions or influences, but rather from internal ones, for the love of worship is in every sense an emotion of the soul and not an urge or emotion of the external self or objective consciousness. The greatest tendency on the part of the external, objective consciousness is to aggrandize oneself and to lean toward the admiration of the ego. This is the basis of the human emotion known as vanity. There is therefore in all average normal human beings a conflict of emotions between the outer self and the inner self, the one seeking to find what must be a greater and more majestic self external to the individual, and the other seeking to establish the idea that there is nothing greater nor more majestic, omnipotent, and wise than the outer self of the individual. Even in those cases where the outer self has been fictitious to the extent that an exaggerated opinion of the ego and an extreme case of vanity is made manifest, there are in the silent, meditative periods of that individual's life many occasions when a form or sense of worship to an external power is secretly indulged.
The tendency for man to believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, a Father above all fathers, a Mind and Intelligence above all minds and intelligence, is so fundamentally a part of the evolving beings on earth that even primitive man in the earliest stages of evolution gradually created symbols of what that majestic, external, omnipotent Being resembled and to which symbols or resemblance he might express his adoration and obeisance.
The building of a great cathedral on the earth is but a form of man's continued desire to express in the greatest grandeur possible his realization of the inspiration of divinity. But each and every such attempt is limited by the earthly elements and earthly conditions. The most lofty spire that was ever conceived for the greatest of cathedrals finally found its apex far below the heavens toward which its creators hoped to extend it. The most marvelous and beautiful forms of art expressing the beauty of divine consciousness were limited by man's ability in the handicrafts and arts. Man has never been able to build out of the concrete, material things of this earth anything that sufficiently represented the heights of his divine conception and the glory and beauty of his spiritual comprehension.
In the Cathedral of the Soul, however, we find time and space and the elements of earthly existence no bars to the loftiness and beauty of man's conception. The Cathedral of the Soul rests upon no earthly footstool and is formed of no material elements or limited in form, size, weight, and nature, and its beauty is not of the geometrical patterns determined by the crystals of earth's matter. The Cathedral of the Soul is built of spiritual things in a spiritual kingdom which has neither foundation nor limit to its height; that has neither breadth nor width, nor any of the dimensions which determine and proscribe man's earthly creations.
The Cathedral of the Soul is a place for the worshipping of the soul and not for the objective consciousness of man. It is a place where the spiritual part of man may abide and rest and find peace, and not a place for his physical body to enter and comply with physical laws. It is a place for that part of human existence that is not classified in experience, or sex, race, color, education, social standing or worldly wealth. It is not regulated by time and it is always available and never closed to the seeker. Its inspiring messages and thoughts are not limited by the vocabulary of man's brain or by the oratorical delivery of man's trite methods in speaking. Its messages come direct from the consciousness of God and are spoken into the perfect understanding of the soul of man. Its music, its vibrations of happiness and contentment are of the pristine emanations of the mind of God and, therefore, are free to all, and immediate in effectiveness.
We invite all worshippers of all creeds and denominations of all lands and all races to join with us in our worship in the Cathedral of the Soul. If you have not read the booklet called, Liber 777, which tells the story of the Cathedral of the Soul, send for a copy today. You may have it without any obligation and with the benediction of the Cosmic and the best wishes of our organization.
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