OF THE GOLDEN DAWN
back to the day when you went through the Great Initiation of God Realization
and the Master Teacher rent the veil between you and the Self,
which meant that you were no longer of this world but had gone behind the veil
of renunciation. While your physical
body still functions in this world, it is not wholly in it -- for you have gone
behind the veil of renunciation.
and the pursuit of action are both means of bliss.
It is better to pursue action than renunciation, and it is true that
right performance and renunciation are diverse, but it is also true that pursuit
of either will gain the fruits of both.
when one follows on the fixed path of holiness -- pure in heart and master of
the senses, and works with the self
and sees all beings as himself -- he
does not lose his spirituality by action, for this is the Age of Activity and
our prayers will be by our actions each day.
when you follow the devotional path, you are the knower of truth and he that
hears, sees, moves, eats, sleeps, and breathes with a higher consciousness knows
that he doth nothing of himself, but merely it is that his senses are amongst
the dense world and their objects.
this day of the Age of Technology with radio and similar modern scientific
achievements, these things have demonstrated some of the higher laws to you in a
better way than we would have tested them ourselves.
The last few years have brought to you much under- standing and spiritual
you are ready to experiment with and to understand the principles which will
give you a greater understanding of the outside world -- enabling you to help
more and more of those striving to serve God with a higher understanding.
have reached a point in our work where each of us is to become familiar with all
the higher workings of God's creation and its principles, and to work the same
as a teacher. In other words, you
are reaching a point where your own intelligence from the Self
orders of the mastership of the teaching and your own development becomes equal
to the highly skilled adept and makes you material for the approach to the
every true school or Order today-- instead of bringing sadness or any unpleasant
situation -- this attainment should bring joy to the heart.
in every true teacher, there is always the hope that he will have a student that
will become greater than he is in mastery. It
is the desire of every great teacher of piano or violin, or in the arts, that
their pupils will attain greater mastery of the art than themselves.
It is this unselfish desire on the part of the teacher which has produced
the world's greatest performers in every line of effort.
this Order it is our paramount desire to see the work progress and make sure
that the greater Christian mysteries may be held for posterity and taught.
is given to us in this day a new hope that we may be able to seek a certain
degree of mastery, and thus, come closer to being a real teacher and a real
worker in the future.
us return again to the purpose of our present activity which is preparing for
the future cycles of the years to come. In
this new period of the New Age, we strive to more fully receive the greater
light and that our bodies may be truly reborn again.
we do this, we may start the approach to true use of the Self
and the real purpose of Realization of God in our lives and its usefulness in
service of humanity. If you advance
further, you may take on a part of the work of the true master, and become a
real worker so badly needed in this day and in the future.
in order to do this, it is necessary that you purge yourself still further of
all the elements which might deter you from attaining a purer and undefiled
state. This will bring you to a
place where you could be given mastership by the Brothers.
is always a question of when this will come -- whether it is to be in this
earthly incarnation. It is certainly
possible to rise so high in this incarnation that the finishing work of
perfection will be attained, either after transition, or upon your next
is also always to be taught how to bring others into illumination, and this
degree of perfection is helpful in attaining such a status at this period, for
the cosmic is waiting for such instructors; they will certainly be welcomed.
that passing through transition is not the ending of development.
We are just going to continue to live in another form of life.
of the first things to eliminate from our individualities is narrow-mindedness,
for we must have a broad and universal comprehension of cosmic attunement in
relation to ourselves and our brothers about us regardless of their religion or
are not referring to petty things in life -- whether you like oranges or bananas
or meat or vegetables -- but to the larger, more universal understanding of
things. For these menial things
disappear along with the temporary passing of anxieties, or every passing
hatred, distaste and anger. These
things do not leave an indelible impression on our
we are interested in gaining a real working understanding of the principles of
Creation. We are interested in your
working with the Self.
brings up the fallacy of having a life of isolation, because in this type of
life we are not in need of its use as much for practical purposes.
A certain amount of time spent in retreat each year for the purpose of
meditation and spiritual contemplation does help to bring real attainment and
mastery of the art of working with the Self.
experience of life should teach us the following lessons:
First, the weakness of our judgment and will through the use of our mind.
Second, how to use for universal good all of the experiences of all
us consider the life of an alcoholic, or one that has used alcohol too much and
who has been brought down to a death of sorrow and despondency and sometimes
poverty, but then raised himself up above temptation.
above man has not only attained a degree of mastery of his own being, but is
more able to work with those who have like troubles and problems and has a
sympathetic understanding and knowledge that all human beings are thus tempted
and do yield until they learn their lesson.
Thus, they will not look with disdain and criticism upon those who yield
to the temptations of life.
true teacher and adept you will note -- along with the true seeker -- those who
are seeking the highest attainment, and are not the ones who have a past in
purity and superior attitudes who wish to affect you with the idea that they
have a superior consciousness.
seeker must understand that sin is only that which one knows to be wrong and
willfully refuses to get rid of from one's life pattern.
must never look down on the women and men of the gutter,
for they are redeemable and should be given all worthy consideration.
Help man and woman to help themselves.
they are neither beneath our dignity, nor above our attainment.
Nevertheless they are still our God brothers, and remember, "But for
the grace of God, there go I."
Christian broad view of life brings God-consciousness to your being and allows
you to see things as God sees them. It
will develop a consciousness of the conditions around us and an understanding of
principles which no teaching in itself can convey.
will be better able to realize what the leaders of organizations and the heads
of organizations, such as the Holy Order
of Mans, have taken upon themselves with their enthusiastic declarations
and vows which you might find painful to fulfill as the days pass.
things will give you a better understanding of why it is necessary to sometimes
substitute a half-truth for a whole truth until the sight and mind of the
individual is open enough to receive the whole truth.
will realize why one cannot be drawn out of the deep darkness instantaneously
into the blinding light of the sun and the truth, and the true light coming from
the great light of the Christos.
must merge gradually from one degree of darkness to another in a soft light
before they come face to face with the truly greater light of reality.
We will see that the adult does not grow older, but younger, and the
child grows older when he comes face to face with the true knowledge.
us remember that man and woman -- until they understand -- often do not prefer
to be brought to the greater light, but to dwell in partial darkness.
This is why misconceptions are attractive to the undeveloped mind.
must learn to know also that no matter how man may seek to know the truth, or
what set of symbols he may use to represent the truth in his consciousness, he
is, after all, adoring the truth and paying homage to it in his own humble way.
must learn not to judge man by his mistakes, or his mistaken use of his symbols,
but rather, by his attempting to do
and the motive of his heart.
motive of his heart was to pay adoration to that which was superior to himself.
In his adoration, he expressed sincerity, reverence, and obedience.
for example, the man who worships gold in his heart.
He throws all his energies and efforts into the attainment of such and
realizes it has greater power than he possesses.
is true that he is deluded by the thought that he does not possess greater power
than the gold, but it is also true that it is better that man should die in vain
adoration of his gold than he should die in no faith in anything greater than
must be our purpose to be compassionate with the man and his adoration for gold,
and to gradually influence the substitution of the gold with God.
We must not destroy all faith and reality and conviction in his mind that
there is something superior to himself,
of our sins and temptations while in the flesh represent false adoration.
The condemnation of false symbols will bring no change in the heart.
But the demonstration by ourselves in our daily lives of a greater and
grander symbol with greater power will entice the adoration and the
transformation will take place.