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1915 07 Jul Rays From the Rose Cross

1915 07 Jul Rays From the Rose Cross

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THEKEYNOTE OFCHRISTIANITYATalk in the Pro-EcclesiaMax Heindel
When Christ stood before Pilate, the latterasked him a question which has been askedin all ages ever since man began to seek forknowledge upon the Cosmic problem,namely: What is truth? The bible answersthe question by saying, “Thy word is truth.”And when we turn to that wonderful mysticchapter of the Gospel of John we read that“In the beginning was the Word, and theWord was with God, and the Word was God,without it was not anything made that wasmade, in it was Life,” we have a wonderfulfood for meditation upon these synonymousmeanings and relationship of Truth, Godand Life.
The Mystic Light
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Vol. 3Oceanside July 1915 CaliforniaNo 3Subscription: $1.00 per year; single copies 10c in the U.S.; Canada $1.25 per year and England$1.50 per year post free.Formerly “Echoes from Mt. Ecclesia,” and entered under that name as second class matter Nov. 3rd,1913 at the Post Office of Oceanside, California, under the Act of August 24th, 1912.
 
Agreat obstacle to the majority of truthseekers is that they aim to find some faith“once for all delivered,” complete andunchanging. They fail to see that truth is theWord of God. The first syllable of the cre-ative fiat was spoken at the beginning of Evolution, and every word in that creativefiat which has since sounded for our uplift islike the words of a sentence slowly unfold-ing the meaning of the speaker.It is still sounding the keynote of alladvancement, and the whole Word will nothave been spoken, the sentence completedand Truth revealed to us in its fullness, untilour own career of spiritual unfoldment hasgiven us the requisite spiritual power tounderstand Truth in the ultimate.Thus we see that the great creative wordof truth and life is reverberating in the uni-verse today, upholding and sustainingeverything that is and revealing to us asgreat a measure of truth as we are capablenow of comprehending. It is our duty toendeavor to understand this divine truth tothe best of our ability so that we may liveit and fit in with the divine plan, and thatwe are to keep our minds in a state of flex-ibility so that as greater and nobler visionsof Truth unfold themselves before our spir-itual eye, we may be prepared to take upthe new, leaving the old behind, as theNautilus spoken of by Oliver WendellHolmes, which builds its little chamber,then one a little larger and so on, untilfinally it leaves the outgrown shell for anew evolution. So let it also be ourendeavor to:
 Build thee more stately mansions O mysoul: As the swift seasons roll! Leave thy low-vaulted past! Let each new temple, nobler than the last,Shut thee from heaven with a dome morevast,Till thou at length art free, Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’sunresting sea!
In pursuance of this divine policy of suit-ing the truth to our capacity for understand-ing, different religions were given tohumanity at various times, each one fitted tothat particular class of people who were togrow thereby. To the Chinese cameConfucianism, to the Hindus was firsttaught the doctrine of Trinity in Unity:Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva—the creator, thepreserver, and the destroyer were aspects of the one all-inclusive Deity and analogous toour own Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thencame Buddhism, which has been called areligion without a God because it empha-sizes particularly the responsibility of manfor his own conditions.
 Ask naught of the Helpless Gods with prayer or hymn, Nor bribe with blood, nor feed with fruit or cake.Within yourselves deliverance must besought, Each man his prison makes, Each has such powers as the loftiest ones, Nay for with gods around, above, below, And with all things and whatsoever 
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breathes Act maketh Joy or Woe.
As Hinduism affirms the existence of divine power above man, so Buddhismaffirms the divinity of man himself. We findalso that Moses the divine leader whoguides a people toward the same attainment,similarly emphasizes this in the so-called“Song of Moses,” where he calls their atten-tion to how they have previously been ledby the divine powers, but from thenceforththey are given choice and prerogative thatthey may shape their own destiny.But he also tells them that they will beheld responsible for the consequences of their acts under the laws given by theirdivine, but thenceforth invisible, ruler.Gradually, other religions are evolved inEgypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome; also theScandinavian countries in the northreceived their religious system, foreshadow-ing in a great measure the latest and themost sublime religion of all, namely theWestern Religion—Christianity.We have just been celebrating the close of the cosmic drama, which recurs annually;the commencement being the mystic birth atChristmas, and the mystic death at Easter,its close. And just before the final act of crucifixion in the drama, as portrayed in theGospel, we find the Christ partaking of thelast supper with His disciples. It is statedthat then he took the bread and broke it andgave them to eat saying, “This is my body.”He also took the wine and they all drank of that mystic blood. Then came the injunctionwhich we will particularly note, namely:“This do in Remembrance of Me, until ICome.”As a consequence of this injunction wefind that through the centuries Christiancommunities are every Sunday celebratingthe Lord’s Death “till He comes”; they areperforming the sacred mystic rite in remem-brance of Him. Let us now suppose that astranger, unacquainted with the Christianreligion and its customs, came to our landand visited church after church, findingeverywhere these devout communities gath-ered around the table in fond remembranceof their Lord and that this was explained tohim. How would the actions of devotion anddevout remembrance on Sunday comparewith the actions of the same communitiesduring the other six days of the week, when“every man’s hand seems to be against thehand of every other,” in direct contraventionof the commandment given by that Lord towhom we seem to pay homage on Sunday.He said also, and in that commandmentHe sounded the keynote of Christianity:“thou shalt love thy Lord thy God with thywhole heart, and thy whole mind, and thyneighbor as thyself.” It is easy to go to theLord’s table on Sunday to eat and drink withHim, but alas, alas, how difficult to bear Hiscross on Monday, to deny ourselves that wemay serve and help others, instead of so act-ing, that we more than merit the accusationof the poet, that “man’s inhumanity to manmakes countless thousand mourn.”The question, What is love? seems diffi-cult to solve. That wonderful thirteenth
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