Evolving towards perfection

Rosicrucians believe that humans are dual beings, possessing both a physical body and a spiritual ‘body’ commonly referred to as the soul. While the physical body is composed of material components, the soul, carried by the so-call Vital Life Force, enters the infant at birth with its first breath of air. With that first breath, […]

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Finding Personal Peace

The problem of attaining peace or inner harmony in these modern times is becoming increasingly difficult. People are exposed to the impact of distressing news, much of which is fraught with danger. Many of the statements of commentators, news analysts, editors and the like, even if not always deliberately so, can still keep us apprehensive, […]

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Spirituality For Social Justice

Yesterday and today, we have always lived, and still live, in a complex world of mind-boggling diversity. We must realise that it is from the innate spirituality within us that the various numerous religions of the world have emanated. Whenever we come together for a Rosicrucian conclave we are reminded of how fortunate we are […]

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Ethics and Our Environment

Ethics is primarily associated with people’s social existence. This science of moral duty and our regard for morals and morality usually considers the relationship of individual human beings with each other. As far as ethics applies to different phases of life, such as the various professions and businesses, these ideas in everyday thinking are concerned […]

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Why Are We Here?

In each age, people have reflected on the nature of their existence. This reflection has often been expressed in the question: Why are we here? In trying to determine the purpose for their individual lives, people have usually attributed their existence to the intent of a God or the Cosmic. Human beings in their various […]

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How effective is positive thinking?

Is positive thought a psychological stimulus or a mental sedation? When a personal crisis arises, the phrase “think positive” is commonly suggested to those involved. Have these words become just a cliché, or have they practical value? Holding a positive thought is usually defined by the average practitioner as thinking of the opposite state. In […]

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The Mystical Attitude of Mind

Has mysticism a practical value? Does it contribute only to the ascetic temperament and to a transcendent idealism that have few, if any, roots in the demands of everyday life? Since mysticism plays a prominent part in the motivation of religion, even in its rituals and symbolism, it ordinarily would appear to be quite distinct […]

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True Meditation

We often conflate meditation  with concentration or contemplation. Briefly, we can say that concentration is primarily objective. It is the focusing of attention upon sense stimuli. When you are listening or reading intensively you are focusing your consciousness upon a certain set of vibrations coming to you through a particular receptive organ, such as the […]

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Solitude

Very often, people have confided in me, saying: “I feel alone”, “I feel left out”, “I don’t fit in”, “I’ve been abandoned” and the like. Irrespective of whether we are extroverted or introverted, we do not experience solitude in the same manner. Some say it does not exist, others that you get used to it. For […]

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Silence

Before he would initiate a neophyte into the mysteries of his teachings, the philosopher Pythagoras would subject the candidate to various ordeals which were designed to strengthen his character and which would allow the great sage to judge his personality and future prospects. The newcomer amid the sages of Croton, was therefore permitted to listen […]

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