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ROSICRU Cl AN ORDER
A M O R C
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Supplementary Monograph
PRI NT ED I N U. S. A.
The subject matter of this monograph must be understood by the reader or student
of same, not to be the official Rosicrucian teachings. These monographs constitute a series
of supplementary studies provided by the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, both to members
and nonmembers, because they are not the secret, private teachings of the Order.
The object of these supplementary monographs is to broaden the mind of the student by
presenting him with the writings, opinions, and dissertations of authorities in various fields
of human enterprise and endeavor. Therefore, it is quite probable that the reader will
note at times in these supplementary monographs statements made which are inconsistent
with the Rosicrucian teachings or viewpoint. But with the realization that they are mere
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them, one must take them merely for their prima facie value. Throughout the supple
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PRATI CAL TROTHS REVEALED I N
ESOTERI C' TEACHI NGS
The Di vi ne Dr ama
Ther e i s one f eat ur e of t he i nner exper i ence of t he soul al ong t he
Myst i c Way t hat we have but t ouched upon. I t i s t he acut el y per sonal
si de of a r el at i onshi p t hat const i t ut es t he Di vi ne Dr ama.
I n t hi s Di vi ne Dr ama, t he dr amat i s per sonae ar e t wo: God as t he Logos
mani f est i ng Hi msel f i n and t hr u t he Hi gher Sel f , and- - Y0U!
I t was t he ai mof t hose sci ent i f i c i nvest i gat or s- - t he al chemi st s- - t o
enact t hi s dr ama; i t was t he ai m of t he Her met i c phi l osopher s. I ndeed,
i t was "ever t he ar dent aspi r at i on of t he seeker af t er God i n al l
t i mes, and of al l l ands, whet her Egypt i an, Epopt , Hi ndu, Yogee, Gr eek,
Neopl at oni st s, Ar ab, Suf i , or Chr i st i an gnost i c. " I t i s t he hi ghest
aspi r at i on of t he spi r i t ual l y awakened i n al l r el i gi ous t oday.
Whoever so wi l l s may become an act or i n t hi s dr amaa pl ay concer ned
wi t h t he l i vi ng of one s l i f e. But t he i ndi vi dual must wake up and
under st and t hat t he l i ght of wi sdom has somet hi ng t o show hi m.
"Sweet ar e t he uses of l i f e.
The mor ni ng br eaks agai n over t he wor l d as a t housand and
mi l l i on t i mes bef or e;
The l i ght f l ows r i ppl i ng i n, and up t o t he wi ndow- pane, and
passes t hr u and t ouches t he eyel i ds of t he sl eeper .
I t says: Come f or t h, I have somet hi ng t o show you. 1
And t he sl eeper ar i ses and goes f or t h- ~and ever yt hi ng i s t he
same as yest er day.
Then he says t o t he l i ght , You have decei ved me, t her e i s not h
i ng new her e and he goes back sul l enl y t o hi s chamber .
But t he l i ght i s not huf f ed, but comes agai n t he next mor ni ng
( t hi nks not hi ng of t he l ong j our ney acr oss) and sl i ps t hr ough t he
wi ndow- pane and t ouches t he sl eeper ' s eyel i ds as bef or e*
Come f or t h, I have somet hi ng t o show you,
And agai n t he next mor ni ng and t he next , and t he next .
And t he sl eeper wonder s what t he l i ght woul d be at , but t he
l at t er says not hi ngonl y f ai l s not t o keep hi s sel f - made appoi nt
ment . "
What t he l i ght has t o show, t hi s soul has not yet pr epar ed i t sel f t o
see; f or i n hi s waki ng hour s he must l ead a l i f e of pr epar at i on. Be
f or e he i s el i gi bl e even t o t he f i r st act of t he Di vi ne Dr ama, he
must f i nd t he secr et spr i ng of t he door whi ch onl y he hi msel f can
open.
What can we say of t hi s Gr eat Spi r i t i n t he Di vi ne Dr ama Who descends
t o shar e wi t h you Hi s Gl or yHe Who has pr epar ed f or you such wonder s
t hat eye hat h not seen nor yet ear hear d?
He i s God i n Hi s mani f est ed, knowabl e aspect not t he unmani f est ,
unknowabl e Uni ver sal Dei t y. I n t he Myst er i es i t i s t aught t hat God
became mani f est , ent er ed i nt o mat t er , t ook on t he l i mi t at i ons, became
t he " Heavenl y Man i n whose Body al l f or ms exi st , of whose Body al l
f or ms ar e a par t . " I n t he New Test ament i t i s t aught t hat He i s t he
Logos, "t he Cr eat or and Sust ai ner of t hi s uni ver se- - t he Logos Who
i n Chr i st i ani t y was made f l esh and dwel t among us. "
"Go, go, my soul , st r eamout on t he wi nd wi t h t hi s one . . .
Go, shout on t he wi nds t hat t he wor l d i s al i ve, t hat t he Ar i sen One
cont r ol s I t . "
I n " Col l ect ed Fr ui t s of Occul t Teachi ng" i t i s sai d, "Ther e i s a l evel
at whi ch we f i nd def i ni t el y i n mani f est at i on a Bei ng f r omWhom t he
Chr i st pr i nci pl e act ual l y emanat es . . . Ther e i s a Speci f i c Bei ng
at a cer t ai n l evel wi t hi n t he Di vi ne Hi er ar chy of t he Sol ar Syst em
t o Whomwe may def i ni t el y l ook up as t he consci ous Sour ce of al l
spi r i t ual i nf l uence. "
I t i s He- - t he Lor d of Compassi on and Wi sdomWho al ways st ands r eady
knocki ng at t he door of your hear t . Wi t hout you he cannot pl ay i n
your par t i cul ar dr ama. He needs you; Hi s wor l d i s per f ect ed onl y wi t h
your assi st ance. He l ongs f or t he si gn of your comi ng. He speaks:
"Behol d I st and at t he door and knock; i f any man hear my voi ce and
open t he door I wi l l come unt o hi m, and wi l l sup wi t h hi m and he
wi t h me. "
Wi t h st ar t l i ng suddenness t he f i r st act unf ol ds wi t hi n your soul .
Si mul t aneousl y wi t h t he openi ng of t he door comes t he consci ousness
of t he Di vi ne Pr esence spr eadi ng t hr u and per meat i ng your bei ng.
Suf f used wi t h unmi st akabl e spi r i t ual f or ce, you ar e l i f t ed I nt o a
r ar er at mospher e whi ch r ef r eshes and r enews your soul .
The i l l umi nat i on exper i enced i s added t o t he nor mal consci ousness and
i s t he out come of spi r i t ual cont act wi t h Supr eme Spi r i t . Bet ween act s,
i t i s necessar y t o t r y t o l ay hol d of t hi s exal t ed st at e of consci ous-
ness- - t hr u medi t at i on and i ncessant appr opr i at e dai l y l i vi ng. I t r e
cur s dur i ng each act at a pr ogr essi vel y advanced I ni t i at i on. Thi s
i l l umi nat i on t r ansf i gur i ng t he consci ousness seems t o be t he acme of
human exper i ence. But no! i t i s but t he begi nni ng of t he Di vi ne
Dr ama enact ed wi t hi n t he soul ; t he Ego i s st i l l a separ at ed ent i t y.
Not t i l l t he concl usi on of t he l ast act when al l t he r equi r ement s
have been met wi l l t he ascendi ng and descendi ng Spi r i t meet and uni t e.
I t i s t hen t hat your Di vi ne Dr ama i s compl et ed at t he end of your
j our ney al ong t he Myst i c Way.
Tr anscendent al per cept i ons ar e mani f est ed i n t he subl i me hei ght s of
t hi s ear t hl y exper i ence; we must beg audi ence wi t h t hose who have
l i ved t he par t - - we must l i st en, compar e, and wei gh t hei r asser t i ons.
What mor e I s sai d of t hi s Di vi ne Bei ng, t hi s Lor d of Wi sdomand Love
Who t akes par t i n your Di vi ne Dr ama?
St . Ther esa- - t he Spani sh sai nt of t he si xt eent h cent ur yr ecogni zed
I n Logos "not onl y t he br i ght ness of mani f est at i on of Dei t y, but al so
t he per sonal i nexhaust i bl e and r esponsi ve Fount of al l l i f e an Obj ect
of al l l ove. Because humani t y i s t aken up i nt o t he Godhead, t he
mani f est ed Lor dt he Logos- - i s t he one and onl y br i dge bet ween t he
f i ni t e and t he i nf i ni t e, bet ween t he i ndi vi dual and absol ut e Li f e,
hence i n t r ue Myst i c l anguage, t he t r ue br i degr oom of ever y soul . "
As t he dr ama appr oaches i t s concl usi on, t he separ at ed sel f f i nal l y
becomes one wi t h t he Whol e. Of t he encompassi ng l ove t hat br eaks
f or t h f r om t he i ndi vi dual t o t hi s Pr i nce of Love, Edwar d Car pent er
speaks i n "Af t er Long Ages" :
"And t he sl eeper wonder s what ever t he l i ght woul d be at , but t he
l at t er says not hi ng- - onl y f ai l ed not t o keep hi s sel f - made appoi nt ment
Then af t er many year s, af t er many t housands of year s- -
Af t er many t i mes l yi ng down t o sl eep and r i si ng agai n, af t er many
t i mes ent er i ng agai n i nt o t he mot her s womb, af t er of t en passi ng t hr u
t he gat es of bi r t h and deat h- - t he sl eeper says t o hi m t hat wakes hi m:
"Ah! beaut i f ul one, ah! pr i nce of l ove, so many t i mes wi t h t hy
f i nger s i n vai n t ouchi ng my cl osed l i ds!
Now at l ast t hy l ove pour i ng I n upon me has f ound an ent r ance,
f i l l i ng my body br eaks t he bounds of i t , and bur st s f or t h back agai n
i nt o t he r egi ons whence t hou earnest.
Ah!, pr i nce of l ove, l or d of heaven, most beaut i f ul one, of t hee
I amenamor ed and over come wi t h l ove;
Behol di ng t hy beaut y, hear i ng t hy wor ds t hou sayest t o me, bei ng
t ouched wi t h t he near ness of t hy br eat h and t he di vi ne odor whi ch ex
hal es f r om t hee- - bei ng si ck, const r ai ned wi t h l ove, r endi ng t he chai ns
whi ch det ai n me- -
Hencef or t h t he l ong chai n of bi r t hs and deat hs I abandon, I ar i se
and go f or t h wi t h t hee- - t o begi n my r eal l i f e. "
The end of t he dr ama br i ngs t he compl et i on of t he gr owt h obt ai nabl e
on t he ear t h pl ane.
The pr ophet I sai ah made t hi s pr omi se t o t he r i ght eous:
Thi ne eyes shal l see t he ki ng i n hi s beaut y.
" Bl essed ar e t he pur e i n hear t f or t hey shal l see God, " was t he
l i t er al pr omi se of Chr i st J esus.
" Fol l ow peace wi t h al l men, and hol i ness, " sai d Paul , "wi t hout
whi ch no man shal l see God. "
And yet we r ecal l i t has been sai d, "No man shal l see God at any t i me.
"Tr ue, t he MAN cannot see God. But t he di vi ne i n man sees God. And
t hi s occur s when, by means of t he soul s uni on wi t h God, t he man be
comes one wi t h t he Fat her , and behol ds God wi t h t he eyes of God. "
And t her ef or e we may not be sur pr i sed t o f i nd at t he apex of t he
myst i c uni on of Di vi ne Spi r i t wi t h t he man' s soul - Spi r i t - - t he uni on
of God and t he per f ect ed mant hat whi ch i s t he cr owni ng exper i ence
of t he cl i max of t he Di vi ne Dr ama:
I t i s t hat st upendous event whi ch happened t o t he pr ophet s, t o t he
myst i cs of ol den and moder n t i mes t hat supr eme beat i f i c exper i ence:
The Vi si on of God as t he Lor d
Of t hi s v. i si on- - The Vi si on of Adonai , as i t has been cal l ed by seer s
we can but quot e t he wor ds of t hose who have behel d, and who ar e not
bound by vows of secr ecy:
" Enshr i ned i n t hi s l i ght i s a For m r adi ant and gl or i ous beyond al l
power of expr essi on. For i t I s made of t he Subst ance of Li ght , and
t he For mi s t hat of t he Onl y Begot t en, t he Logos, t he I dea, t he
mani f est or of God, t he Per sonal Reason of al l exi st ence, t he Lor d God
of Host s, t he Lor d Adonai . . . . I n Const i t ut i on and f or m, Adonai i s
dual , compr i si ng t he t wo modes of humani t y, and appear i ng t o t he be
hol der al t er nat el y mascul i ne and f emi ni ne accor di ng as t he f unct i on
exer ci sed i s of t he man or t he woman and i s cent r i f ugal or cent r i pet al .
. . . And wher eas of t hese f or ms t he i nner i s t he f emi ni ne, t he be
hol der l ear ns t hat of t he t wo modes of humani t y, womanhood i s t he
near er t o God . . . Al l of God whi ch can be r eveal ed, al l t hat t he soul
can gr asp . . . i s r eveal ed i n Adonai . "
"The son of Manyes, shal l - - appear i n your mi dst . 0 beat i ng hear t ,
your l over and your j udge shal l appear . . . t he Son and so equal l y
t he Daught er of Man.
The br eat hl ess wonder and r ever ence of t he vi si on i s expr essed by t he
myst i c, Hor ace Tr aubel :
"The cl ouds par t : 0 f ace- - 0 f ace- - 0 f ace! f ace smi l i ng upon
me- - smi l i ng me wi ngs, buoyant beyond t he di scar ded, cheapened pr esent .
Di vi ne For m- - mot her , f at her - - sex onl y now st and r eveal ed, t he
uni on i r r ever si bl e:
Di vi ne For m, I made whol e i n you,
The el ement s di ver se her e bl ended.
God! I am ci r cl ed- - I amdr unk wi t h t he i nf l ux of l i f e
Wheel ed i n your or bi t - - gi ven t he wor d I woul d speak yet
must wi t hhol d- -
Leavi ng you, 0 my br ot her , each one, t o say i t f or your sel f :
0 my quest i oner ! you do not suspect me- - you suspect your sel f :
Tomor r ow seei ng your sel f , you wi l l see me.
And t he i l l umi nat ed spi r i t , passi ng t he por t al .
God- gr own, wi l l hai l me pr oudl y. "
Thr uout l i t er at ur e t he i nspi r ed wor ds of t hose who have compl et ed t he
Di vi ne Dr ama shi ne f or t h i l l umi nat i ng t he way f or t hose who have eyes
t o see! What wonder t hat t he soul of man, year ni ng f or t he unknown,
i s l ed i r r esi st i bl y onwar d and upwar d! Eager passsi onat e pr ayer , un
f l i nchi ng cour age i n t he act i ng of t he par t , dai l y wai t i ng on God t he
Logos i n si l ence, aspi r at i on i n medi t at i on, r ever encecr eat e t he f or
war d, pr ogr essi ve, evol ut i onar y movement i n t he Di vi ne Dr ama. He who
t r ul y seeks wi t h al l hi s hear t shal l sur el y f i nd. But i n t he si ncer e
sear ch al l t he soul ' s f or ces ar e f ocused t o t he one poi nt t o be
achi eved- - cooper at i on wi t h God s wi l l i n t he l i vi ng of one' s l i f e.
Thi s i t i s t hat l eads t o t he i dent i t y i n wi l l and wi sdom of wi l l s
human and di vi ne and br i ngs f or t h a gl or i f i ed humani t y.
The Gi f t of Days
Not what has happened? We have moment ar i l y wi t hdr awn f r om t he on-
r ushi ng cr owd of humani t y t o consi der t he meani ng of l i f e and i t s
goal . We have passed f r ommat er i al sci ence i nt o t he r eal i t i es of
Spi r i t and f i nd t her e equal l y Law and Or der l y Sequence. We have f ound
gr ound f or supr eme opt i mi smand have f ound I ncent i ve f or l i vi ng at
t he t op not ch of endeavor gl or i ousl y.
I t has been necessar y f or many of us t o l eave home and sear ch f or
happi ness t hr u t he wi de wor l d. The exper i ence has enl ar ged our t ot al
vi si on, i t has enl ar ged our under st andi ng of t he st r anger wi t hout our
gat e. I ndeed, we have f ound t hat he i s not a st r anger at al l , but our
br ot her . The exper i ence has cl ear ed our si ght t o see t he bl i i e bi r d
dwel l i ng i n our own homes. We f i nd our sel ves i nexpr essi bl y enr i ched
f r om t he j our ney; we t hank God humbl y t hat we wer e i nci t ed t o st ar t
out on our quest f or t he Hol y Gr ai l . For we have t aken a t our t hr u
t he Gr eat Rel i gi ons of t he Wor l d and i n _so doi ng we have ar r i ved at
t he si mpl e, basi c, l i t er al t r ut hs of our own Bi bl e I
We r egar d t hat subl i me f i gur e on t he cr oss- - Chr i st J esus- - wi t h i n
cr eased r ever ence. That Lor d of Wi sdomand Love! Not knowi ng what
t hey di d, t hey cr owned t hi s heaven- sent messenger wi t h t hor ns and
cr uci f i ed hi m! He who had shown t hem- - t ot al l y i gnor ant of t he t r ue
sour ce of Li ght - - a met hod of escape f r oma soul - dar kened l i f e.
J esus t he Chr i st came t o save t he wor l d f r om si n, sor r ow, si ckness- -
f r omal l di scor d of t he soul . He came t o r enew t he i mpor t of spi r i t ual
l i f e, t o accent uat e t hi ngs et er nal . He came not t o di e i n our st ead- -
how coul d he when each i ndi vi dual must wor k out hi s own sal vat i on al ong
t he l i nes t hat he hi msel f l ai d down f or us? I t i s unt hi nkabl e t hat
Dei t y t o be pr opi t i at ed r equi r es a vi car i ous sheddi ng of bl ood! He
came t o enl i ght en us, t o show us t he next ascendi ng st eps i n t he on
war d mar ch of t he r ace- - t he way of peace and happi ness. He l i ved and
di ed t hat t he wor l d mi ght ent er t he pat h of spi r i t ual t r ut h and spi r i t
ual under st andi ng. " Seek ye t he ki ngdom of heaven whi ch i s wi t hi n"
was among hi s par amount messages- - a sear ch whi ch l eads t o an unf ol di ng
of t he I nner man l eadi ng t o Cosmi c Consci ousness. Thi s i s t he quest
t hat l eads t o t he goal of ear t h- l i f e- - t he consci ous uni on of ever y
soul wi t h i t s Di vi ne Sour ce- - God.
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