One day as he was bringing forth the tools for work he said, these tools remind me of the ones we handle in the workshop of the mind where things were made of thought and where we build up character.
We use the square to measure all our lines, to straighten out the crooked places of the way, and make the corners of our conduct square. We use the compass to draw circles round our passions and desires to keep them in the bounds of righteousness. We use the axe to cut away the knotty, useless and ungainly parts and make the character symmetrical. We use the hammer to drive home the truth, and pound it in until it is a part of every part. We use the plane to smooth the rough, uneven surfaces of joint, and block, and board that go to build the temple for the truth.
The chisel, line, the plummet and the saw all have their uses in the workshop of the mind. And then this ladder with its trinity of steps, faith, hope and love; on it we climb up to the dome of purity in life. And on the twelve-step ladder we ascend until we reach the pinnacle of that which life is spent to build: the temple of perfected man.
Now, Rabbi Barachia of the synagogue of Nazareth, was aid to Mary in the teaching of her son. One morning after service in the synagogue the rabbi said to Jesus as he sat in silent thought, Which is the greatest of the Ten Commands?
And Jesus said, I do not see a greatest of the Ten Commands. I see a golden Continue reading →
In the milky mountains, upon the lofty summit known as Altar Peak, stand the spacious and somber ruins of a monastery once famous as the ARK. Traditions would link it with an antiquity so hoary as the Flood.
Numerous legends have been woven about the Ark; but the one most current on the tongues of local mountaineers among whom I chanced to spend a certain summer in the shade of Altar Peak is the following:
Many years after the great Deluge Noah and his family, and his family’s increase, drifted into the Milky Mountains where they found fertile valleys, abundant streams and a most equable
climate. There they decided to settle.
1. Living in peace with the Universe
A fountainhead is I, whence flow all things and whither they return. As is the fountainhead, so also is the flow. For “I” is the creative word. The creator Continue reading →
In 1959 mr. C.G. Stratman asked these questions in a letter to Mikhail Naimy, author of the book of Mirdad that was published in English 1948. This Dutchman took care of the publications of the School of the golden rosycross at that time. In a letter of october 24, Naimy wrote to Stratman:
You are right in thinking that the names in the Book are not wirthout meanings charateristic of their beares. In concocting them I had a threefold piurpose in mind:
to have them sonorous and easily pronounced in any language
to give them a touch of antiquity without identifying wirth any particular era, or race
to make each name characteristic of its bearer.
MIRDAD is taken from an Arabic root that meas “to return”/ He is the man that comes back again and again. An avatar.
SHAMADAM is compunded of two englisch words: Sham – Adam, the false man.
MICAYON is constructed after the jewisch name Mi-kha-il, or Mi-cha-el. Me meaning He Who Is; cha, meaning Like; il, or el, meaning God – He who is Like God; Ayon, being a Poenician deity.
MICASTER – the star-like.
ZAMORA – from an Arabic root denoting blowing of a musical instrument.
BENNOON – The sun of the Noon; noon being the letter of the Arabic alphabeth written in from a cresent with a dot inside. It fits a judge and a logician.
HIMBAL – suggestive of BAAL, the ido, and idol worship.
NARONDA – just a sonorous name suggestive of truth, honesty and devotion
ABIMAR – also chosen for its melodiousness; MAR being suggestive of “marring” or distrust
20-03 Sunday before Easter, The passage
21-03 Monday before Easter, Passing through the gate
22-03 Tuesday before Easter, The mystery of life and death
23-03 Wednesday before Easter, The cleansing of the inner temple
24-03 Thursday before Easter, Surrendering to your inner master
25-03 Friday before Easter, Showing new inner strength
26-03 Saturday before Easter, The crucial victory over yourself
27-03 Sunday before Easter, Liberation of the inner being