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[From The Rosicrucian Digest December 1937]
A "CATHEDRAL OF THE SOUL" AMID THE TREESHERE is the story of what one good Brother was inspired by the Great White Brotherhood to do to represent the spirit of the Cathedral of the Soul on earth.
He was moved by the quotation, "One is nearer to God's heart in a garden . . . . . . only God can make a tree." He chose a spot on the side of a hill on his Highland Estate at Glencruitten, Scotland. Realizing that this might be his last great spiritual act in this incarnation, he decided to spend all of his life's savings and give to future posterity something that would symbolize the spirituality of the soul in meditation, the principles of universal brotherhood and love, and the symbolism of the Cross. He therefore sent to various parts of the Continent and also to America for rare trees and shrubs, and engaged artists, artisans and landscape experts to assist him. Today this remarkable Cathedral visited by tourists who come within a hundred miles of the location and hear of it, and known to the mystics of all lands, is almost completed. It is known that he has spent practically fifteen thousand pounds of English money, equivalent to approximately seventy-five thousand dollars, and although he passed away two years ago at the age of eighty and his ashes are buried near the altar in the center of the Cathedral, his good wife is continuing the finishing touches of the Cathedral and arranging to have a permanent fund established to maintain it for many years into the future.
This open air Cathedral of trees is in the form of a huge cross with its sacred shrine in the center, representative, to us, of the spirit of the rose with the Rosy Cross. The main or long section of the cross is two hundred and fifty feet long with the Nave inside of it one hundred and seventy feet long, while the two transepts or cross-sections of the Cathedral are one hundred and eighty feet wide. The floor is carpeted with different types of heath in mosaic design, with pink, yellow, white and purple blooms. The outer wall is of chestnut trees and the inner wall of lime trees, with pillars of yew trees. Most of the trees have already attained an impressive height, and it is anticipated that in a few years the trees will have attained a height of fifty feet or more and will cause this cathedral on the hillside to stand out above everything else in its vicinity.
One of our good members who visited it recently gives us the following description:
"On a spring morning, while the dew remained, the snares of spiders hung with extreme craftiness between the borders, and on every strand of the spiderwebs were beads of dew. Through the trees representing the East Window of this Cathedral, the sun came up through the mists into the clear blue. Soon its magnetic power had gained mastery and had drunk away the dew. Then seemed to be the appointed time for the emergence of many dragon-flies and butterflies. As the air became more heated, the brimstone butterfly--newborn and speckless--fluttered over the hedge and the daffodil-colored wings conjured a vision of spring. It was not long before the butterflies--blues, small heaths and small coppers--brought a charming animation to this enchanted place. The finest of the dragon-flies is not more splendid than the butterfly fresh from the chrysalis. This Cathedral of trees has provided a sanctuary and the comfort of a home for birds and myriads of creatures.
"The altar sent forth the golden ray of Love, for it was covered with coton-Easter. A golden tree in the center with four dwarf juniper trees formed a miniature cross. One was tempted to linger here and partake of the mental stimulant provided by such a peaceful environment, until the winds were up-gathered and the breeze carried onward the summer clouds.
"Finally lights and shadows came over the scene as the sun set in peaceful splendor. Its dying fires filled the West. And when the glory of the afterglow was fastly ebbing, one could think only of rest. A perfume of rarest incense of flowers floated throughout the Cathedral and the birds twittered; the swallows seemed to delight in skimming over the magnificent natural carpet. Then the pipistrelle bats flittered in and out and vanished in the shadows. The lark raised an organ note and then all became quiet, with perfect attunement with the Cosmic.
"The fountains of life are in this environment, as a stream of evolution flows through all things. There is the voice of the fire and the spirit of the winds, and the Light, Life and Love of the Sun, while a mist cloaks the far side of the hill. The absolute stillness at times helps one to appreciate the spiritual power of the Cosmic and to sense and interpret the high vibrations, for in this Cathedral one truly finds Peace Profound."
Thus is described the beautiful Cathedral of the Soul amid the trees in Scotland. But such a Cathedral exists also in the spiritual space above us in the world of the heavens and the Cosmic realm. If you would find peace and power and happiness, attune yourself with this Cosmic Cathedral of the Soul. The booklet which we are glad to send to you, entitled Liber 777, will tell you without any obligation, or without any interference with your religion or your daily duties, how your soul and mind may find happiness in contact, meditation and prayer within the Cathedral of the Soul.
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