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[From The Rosicrucian Digest February 1936]
CATHEDRALS OF THE PASTRECENTLY some of our friends have stated that this special department of our work known as "The Cathedral of the Soul" is not a wholly new idea, nor exclusively original with us. They claim that in ancient times the same idea was used somewhere in the Rosicrucian organization, or at least among some of the mystical philosophers of the Middle Ages.
We have never thought of the Cathedral of the Soul as an idea that was so wholly new and original that its counterpart, or even an exact and perfect form of it could not be found somewhere in the mystical writings and especially in the Rosicrucian teachings and principles of the past. We have always known, for instance, that among the mystical philosophers and Rosicrucian adepts of the higher grades in the past centuries, there were occasions when a large number of them would unite and create mentally and psychically for the time being a great cathedral into which all of them would project their thoughts and meet in silent communion as in a mental world or spiritual world far above the mundane things of life. We knew also that many of the Rosicrucian mystics of the past have referred rather indefinitely or vaguely to their Cosmic contacts with other Great Masters in a holy place that resembled a cathedral.
But at no time in the past history of the Rosicrucians or of mystical philosophers did any organization or group of officers plan a symbolical and allegorical Cathedral of the Soul into which thousands of persons were invited to place their minds and hearts in simultaneous communion at various fixed periods of the day and night. This was the part of the plan that was original with us in this country.
It is as though in the past centuries various small groups of mystics or occasional triangles of members did agree to meet mentally, despite their distant locations, in a temporary, sacred place in the Cosmic, which we might liken unto a small chapel or a holy grotto where in mental seclusion and spiritual privacy they might contact the minds and souls of one another for temporary understanding and exchange of ideas; and it is as though we here in America took that little Cosmic chapel and rebuilt it into a magnificent cathedral ample to enclose the minds and inner selves of thousands, and opened its doors daily and hourly to the reception of those who were sick or despondent, or perplexed, or in sorrow, and who would be sure to contact at almost any hour of the day or night others who came there in rejoicing, in thankfulness, and in appreciation for Cosmic blessings, and were ready to administer inspiration, cheer, and good fellowship to the others.
There is hardly any phase of our Rosicrucian activities, the counterpart of which to some degree cannot be found in the teachings and practices of the Rosicrucian mystics of the past, and even of some eminent mystics who were not affiliated with the organization. Truth is eternal, and has never belonged to any one sect or classification of individual, and the great truths contained in our teachings and practices may be found in shadowy form or in part, or perhaps just in symbol or inexpressed thought in the lives and practices of illuminated characters through all the ages.
If you have not set aside a few moments of your daily life to lift your thoughts upwardly and outwardly to a point where you can feel that Cosmic Blessing, that Divine energetic infusion, and that magnificent music of the spheres which we appreciate with the Cathedral of the Soul, then you have missed one of the benedictions of the day, and one of the greatest opportunities of your daily life for relaxation that is tonic, inspiration that is beyond mundane limitations, and joy that is beyond earthly imitation.
Whether or not you are a member of our organization, you are privileged to enjoy the great blessings of the Cathedral of the Soul. Irrespective of your religious faith, or the creeds and doctrines of the church and religion to which you are devoted, you can strengthen and encourage the spiritual side of your nature by allowing it to soar on divine wings to great heights of the transcendental Cosmic Consciousness and there dwell in ecstasy for a few moments. It will cause you to forget for a while your earthly trials and tribulations, your material problems, your human ailments, and your personal limitations, weaknesses, and tendencies. You become but a living soul in all of its pureness and undefiled expression. You become what God made you and intended you always to be, a living soul in His Divine Image.
In the Cathedral of the Soul you will find no creeds or dogmas except those that you take to it as your Rosary and guide in life, and you will find that your Rosary is symbolical of all of the spiritual truths. You will find no intolerance, no misunderstandings, no quibblings over non-essential things, but simply the magnificence and subliminal purity of soul. It is like a journey to the unknown, with the unknown becoming known while the known of the earth is completely forgotten. You will return to your worldly affairs and worldly consciousness encouraged and inspired, happy and at peace with the world. You will have had a taste of what the spiritual life must be in the great period that is yet to come. You may sense but dimly, but nevertheless comprehendingly, a bit of that afterlife when you shall be freed entirely for a time from the physical form and physical obligations. The few moments spent in this way will bring greater strength and health to the body and mind than hours of sleep and relaxation.
If you have not secured from our organization the mystical book entitled "Liber 777," be sure to send for it today as suggested in the introductory paragraph at the beginning of this department. Share with us one of the great joys which the ruler of the earth and the decrees of man cannot take from us, and which the trials and tribulations and suffering of the earth cannot destroy.
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