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Cathedral Contacts

[From The Rosicrucian Digest November 1937]
 
The "Cathedral of the Soul" is a Cosmic meeting place for all minds of the most advanced and highly developed spiritual members and workers of the Rosicrucian Fraternity. It is a focal point of Cosmic radiations and thought waves from which radiate vibrations of health, peace, happiness, and inner awakening. Various periods of the day are set aside when many thousands of minds are attuned with the Cathedral of the Soul, and others attuning with the Cathedral at this time will receive the benefit of the vibrations. Those who are not members of the organization may share in the unusual benefits as well as those who are members. The book called "Liber 777" describes the periods for various contacts with the Cathedral. Copies will be sent to persons who are not members by addressing their request for this book to Friar S. P. C., care of AMORC Temple, San Jose, California, enclosing three cents in postage stamps. (Please state whether member or not--this is important.)

THE CATHEDRAL ON THE SEA

IN OUR return from Europe this spring, we found that on the large ocean liner there was a place set apart in the center of the ship for what was called a "chapel." It was like a separate building or temple, two stories high, with a balcony and with a ground floor seating capacity for several hundred individuals, with fixed pews or seats, a magnificent altar, stained-glass windows, and all of the appurtenances and appointments of a beautiful church. Certain of the appointments made it very evident that the chapel could readily and conveniently be used for Roman Catholic services, and in fact, every morning there was Roman Catholic mass conducted in all of the beautiful and symbolical ritual of the Roman Church, with a properly gowned priest and altar boys. And on Sunday morning there was a special mass at a little later hour. I found that at these Roman Catholic services many Protestants and even some Jews participated in the holiness of the hour and the spiritual vibrations of the place by sitting quietly in the balcony, not only observing the ceremony being conducted on the ground floor and at the altar, but actually enjoying the religious vibrations.
 
But throughout the day and in the evening, with all of the many joyous, amusing, instructive and other forms of entertainment and pastime that are possible on a large ship with its gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, shooting gallery, deck games, dances, moving pictures and other things, there were individuals and groups of individuals who quietly slipped into this chapel and remained there in prayer and meditation for from ten minutes to a half hour. On such occasions the altar appointments were closed up and there was nothing of a special nature visible in the church to give it the distinction of a Roman Catholic, Protestant, or even of a Jewish temple. It became, in fact, in the hearts and minds of those who participated in these silent, private periods of spiritual attunement, a Cathedral of the Soul on the High Seas.
 
And there is something about the hours spent on the High Seas that brings strongly to the heart and very definitely to the mind of man the fact that there is a God, and that the soul hungers for communion with this God and for an opportunity to express appreciation and thankfulness for all that life gives us. When one is out in the center of the great ocean one seems to feel more than at any other time, not the smallness of man, not the unimportance of man, but the greatness of man's soul. There seems to be a nearness of the heavens and of the spiritual realm and of the Cosmic Kingdom. Man seems to feel and hear a cry from above, pleading with him and urging him to sacrifice a few minutes of his physical and mental happiness to indulge in communion and spiritual meditation. And the chapel on the boat becomes non-sectarian and creedless. It is a place to worship God without distinction of dogma or sectarian ideals. In it one forgets all other religious thoughts except that here is an opportunity in silence and impressive spiritual vibrations to let the soul lift itself up and be one with God and His Divine Consciousness. Many who went into that chapel during the voyage of the ship for private, silent prayer, seldom go around the corner to enter any church in their own neighborhoods. Some felt impelled to make a decision that after reaching their home cities or towns they would visit some church regularly and indulge more frequently in this one practice that brings more peace, more happiness, more contentment and power to the soul and body, than any one other thing.
 
You, too, can have a Cathedral of the Soul in your home, as in your church, or as on the High Seas. If you do not know the sublime and transcendental pleasure and happiness of such spiritual indulgence as this, be sure to read the little booklet we offer, entitled "Liber 777," and bring into your life the one thing that may be most lacking, the one thing that may mean more to you now and in the future, and to your children and your home life, and even to your business, than any of the other great panaceas that are offered by the world.
 

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