The Grail and the Rosycross

 
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Great teachers of wisdom like Hermes, the Buddha, Zarathustra, or Jesus periodically constructed a spiritual bridge between the perfect and the imperfect world. In many legends, this in fact impossible, temporary link between eternity and time is referred to as the Grail, the chalice, or the divine mixing vessel: a protected field of life where seeking souls that have overcome all earthly resistance can find their way to eternity.

In this book from the Crystal Series, the reader not only finds the legends of the West about Parcival and the Knights of the Grail of King Arthur's Round Table, but also for instance the Persian legends of Kay Chosrou and the Chalice of Yamshid 'that reflects the Universe,' or the medieval Russian legend of Vsevolod, who became Grail King of the invisible city of Kitesj.

In Hermetic philosophy we also find references to a 'Crater, sent down, filled with the powers of the Spirit,' a Grail cup for the healing of humanity. It becomes evident that confrontation with the spiritual values of the Grail can totally change our life. Whoever succeeds in finding that unearthly energy can receive the divine wisdom firsthand.

The numerous Grail legends all point to the creed of the present-day Rosicrucians: the mystery of the Grail is an inner process, on the highest level the soul can reach.

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The two main authors whose works are published by the Rosycross Press, Jan van Rijckenborgh (1896-1968) and Catharose de Petri (1902-1990), devoted their lives to forming the School of the Golden Rosycross. Their goal was the formation of a group of people in whom the I-central consciousness had been shifted from its position as 'king' in their inner being, and restored to its proper role: that of 'servant' to the growing Spirit-Soul, the true Self or inner Christ. However, they were faced with the difficult task of building a bridge of understanding between this goal and the minds of people who, though they had a deep interest in the hidden side of life, saw it largely through the lens of the separative, I-central ego.

Throughout all the many hundreds of talks they gave, and the books they wrote, it is clear that their aim was to cut through the conditioning of the ego so as to give their pupils a distinct vision of what was required of them. To do this they expressed the essential teachings of Spirit-Soul rebirth in all kinds of different ways and considered them from countless angles. Often they found it necessary to speak in a rather emphatic way, and to depict in stark, bleak outlines the depth of human imprisonment in the material world. Always, they used texts, stories and symbolism drawn from all times and all places to illustrate their points, and to show that the transfiguristic path they were teaching was not new, but has been handed down - though often in veiled form - ever since the dawn of human development.

Thus, although the methods they taught were adapted to modern times, their teachings were essentially the same as those of earlier groups such as the Essenes, the Christian Gnostics, the Manichaeans and the Cathars, to name but a few.

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