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                                                                                                                    March 2001

Rosicrucian

NEWSLETTERS

We are associated with The Rosicrucian Fellowship, Oceanside - California

 

„I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

                                                          Matthew 18:3

I shall speak of nothing of which I have no experience, either in my own life or in observation of others, or which the Lord has not taught me in prayer.

Some people think it a hardship not to be praying all the time for their own souls. Yet what better prayer could there be than this?

Hear us not when we ask Thee for honours, endowments, money, or anything that has to do with the world; but why shouldst Thou not hear us, Eternal Father, when we ask only for the honour of Thy Son, when we would forfeit a thousand honours and a thousand lives for Thy sake? Not for ourselves, Lord, for we do not deserve to be heard, but for the blood of Thy son and for His merits.

It is clear that we need to labour hard and it will be a great help to us if we have sublime thoughts so that we may strive to make our actions sublime also.

Our primitive Rule tells us to pray without ceasing. Provided we do this with all possible care because it is the most important thing of all, we shall not fail to observe the fasts, disciplines and periods of silence which the Order commands.

It is essential that we should understand how important are these three things that I will explain. They help to preserve that peace, both inward and outward, which the Lord so earnestly recommended to us. One of these is love for each other; the second, detachment from all created things; the third, true humility, which although I put it last, is the most important of the three and embraces all the rest.

You already know that the first stone of the spiritual foundation must be a good conscience and that you must make every effort to free yourselves from even venial sins and follow the greatest possible perfection.

Everything depends on our having true light to keep the law of God perfectly.

                           

                                                                                         Teresa of Avila

A Rosicrucian international meeting takes place from August 2nd to August 5th 2001 in Fatima, Portugal. The theme is: “The spiritual panacea for the XXI century”.

Contact directly:         Domus Pacis     PO Box 1     2495-438 Fatima        Portugal

                                   e-mail : saraiva1@ip.pt

                                   Fax:     ++ 351 249 539 840     ++ 351 249 539 850

                                   Phone:++ 351 249 539 800

For more information you can visit the page www.virtual-net.pt/DomusPacis

or         manuel palmar           manuelpalmar@mail.telepac.pt        phone: + 351 263 589 317

            antonio ferreira           newage@mail.telepac.pt                   phone: + 351 249 847 090

Please announce yourself for the meeting as soon as possible, from April 1st rooms also will be given to other groups.

 

Excerpts from The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception p. 434- 435, 463, The Web of Destiny p. 122-136 by Max Heindel:

 

The fundamental principle of building the vital body is repetition. Repeated experiences work on it to create memory. The Leaders of humanity, who desired to give us unconscious help by certain exercises, instituted prayer as a means of bringing pure and lofty thoughts to work on the vital body, and enjoined us to “pray without ceasing”.

Truly God is omniscient and requires no reminder of our needs, but if we pray aright, we lift ourselves up to Him, thus working upon and purifying our vital bodies. Christ gave to humanity a prayer that is, like Himself, unique and all-embracing.

If, by continual prayer, we obtain forgiveness for the injuries we have inflicted upon others and if we may all the restitution possible, purify our vital bodies by forgiving those who have wronged us, and eliminate all ill feeling, we save ourselves much post mortem misery, besides preparing the way for Universal Brotherhood, which is particularly dependent upon the victory of the vital body over the desire body.

…similarly, to perceive the Divine Light which alone can illuminate our spiritual darkness, and to hear the voice of the silence which alone can guide us, we must cultivate our spiritual eyes and ears; and prayer, true scientific prayer, is one of the most powerful and efficacious methods of finding favour before the face of our Father, and receiving the immersion in spiritual light which alchemically transforms the sinner to the saint and places around him the golden wedding garment of Light, the luminous soul body.

But be not deceived, prayer alone will not do this. Unless our whole life, waking and sleeping, is a prayer for illumination and sanctification, our prayers will never penetrate to the Divine Presence and bring down upon us a baptism of His power.

As the magnetic needle temporarily deflected from the North by outside pressure instantly and eagerly returns to its natural position when the pressure is removed, so we must cultivate that yearning for our Father which will instantly turn our thoughts to Him when our work in the world is done for the day and we are free to follow our own bent.

Every prayer, spoken or unspoken, every song of praise, and every reading of parts of the scriptures which teach or exhort, if done by a properly prepared reader who loves and lives what he reads, brings down upon both the worshipper and the place of worship an outpouring of spirit. Thus in time an invisible church is built around the physical structure which in the case of a devout congregation becomes so beautiful that it transcends all imagination and defies description.

The wings are two in number; Love and Aspiration are their names, and the irresistible power which propels them is intense earnestness. It has been said that we must not pray for temporal things, and that we ought to be careful even in our prayers for spiritual gifts; it is therefore a legitimate question: What then shall be the burden of our invocation? And the answer is, generally, praise and adoration.

So it is also in the final climax when the soul rests in God, all desires satisfied by that feeling of at-one-ment expressed in the words of Christ, “My Father and I are One”. When that climax has been reached the soul has tasted the quintessence of joy, and no matter how sordid the world may seem or what dark fate it may have to face, the love of God which passeth all understanding is a panacea for all.

It is a well known fact that nothing worth while comes without effort. What man has done, man can do, and if we start to cultivate the power of invocation along the scientific lines here laid down, we shall in time reap results of which we little dream.

And may our Father in Heaven bless our every effort.   

 

The story of Jakob Böhme

Jakob Böhme was born in the year 1575 in a village near Görlitz, and died in Silesia in 1624. He had but little schooling and was apprenticed at an early age to a shoemaker. He later became a journeyman shoemaker, married and had four children.

One day while tending his master’s shoe shop, a mysterious stranger entered who, while he seemed to possess but little of this world’s goods, appeared to be most wise and noble in spiritual attainment. The stranger asked the price of a pair of shoes, but young Böhme did not dare to name a figure, for fear that he would displease his master. The stranger insisted and Böhme finally placed a valuation which he felt was all that his master possibly could hope to secure for the shoes. The stranger immediately bought them and departed. A short distance down the street the mysterious stranger stopped and cried out in a loud voice, “Jakob, Jakob, come forth.” In amazement and fright, Böhme ran out of the house. The strange man fixed his eyes upon the youth – great eyes which sparkled and seemed filled with divine light. He took the boys right hand and addressed him as follows: “Jakob, though art little, but shalt be great, and become another Man, such a one as whom the World shall wonder. Therefore be pious, fear God, and reverence His Word. Read diligently the Holy Scriptures, wherein you have Comfort and Instruction. For thou must endure much Misery and Poverty, and suffer Persecution, but be courageous and persevere, for God loves, and is gracious to thee.”

Deeply impressed by the prediction, Böhme became ever more intense in his search for truth. At last his labours were rewarded. For seven days he remained in a mysterious condition during which time the mysteries of the invisible world were revealed to him. It has been said of Jakob Böhme that he revealed to all mankind the deepest secrets of alchemy. He died surrounded by his family, his last words being “Now I go hence into Paradise.”

-The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly P. Hall

Thoughts

 

 

Please understand: The fire of light is a fire of love, a longing for softness and richness in joy; and the fire of darkness is a  fire of fear and it suffers, is hostile and in essence repulsive.

Jakob Böhme

 

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.

                                                                                        

John Ruskin

Silence is the perfectest herald of joy – I were but little happy, if I could say how much!

                                                                                        

William Shakespeare

Aquarian art

 

 

All are but parts of one stupendous whole,

Whose body, Nature is, and God the soul;

That, changed through all, and yet in all the same,

Great in the earth, as in the ethereal frame,

Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze,

Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees,

Lives through all life, extends through all extent,

Spreads undivided, operates unspent,

Breaths in our soul, informs our mortal part,

As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart;

As full, as perfect, in a vile Man that mourns,

As the rapt Seraph that adores and burns;

To him no high, no low, no great, no small;

He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all.

 

Alexander Pope

 

 

 

 


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