When we study the history of the ancient nations we shall find
that at about six hundred years B. C. a great spiritual wave had its inception on the
Eastern shores of the Pacific Ocean where the great Confucian Religion accelerated the
progress of the Chinese nation, then also the Religion of the Buddha commenced to win its
millions of adherents in India, and still further West we have the lofty philosophy of
Pythagoras. Each system was suited to the needs of the particular people to whom it was
sent. Then came the period of the Sceptics, in Greece, and later, traveling westward the
same spiritual wave is manifested as the Christian religion of the so-called “Dark Ages” when the dogma of a dominant church compelled belief from the
whole of Western Europe.
It is a law in the universe that a wave of spiritual awakening is
always followed by a period of doubting materialism, each phase is necessary in order that
the spirit may receive equal development of heart and intellect without being carried too
far in either direction. The Great Beings aforementioned, Who care for our progress,
always[pg 008]take steps to safeguard humanity against that danger, and when they foresaw
the wave of materialism which commenced in the sixteenth century with the birth of our
modern Science, they took steps to protect the West as they had formerly safeguarded the
East against the Sceptics who were held in check by the Mystery schools.
In the thirteenth century there appeared in central Europe a
great spiritual teacher whose symbolical name was
Christian Rose Cross.
who founded the mysterious Order of the Rosy Cross, concerning
which so many speculations have been made and so little has become known to the world at
large, for it is the Mystery school of the West and is only open to those who have attained
the stage of spiritual unfoldment necessary to be initiated in its secrets concerning the
Science of Life and Being.
If we are so far developed that we are able to leave our dense
physical body and take a soul flight into interplanetary space we shall find that the
ultimate physical atom[pg 009]is spherical in shape like our earth; it is a ball. When we take a number
of balls of even size and group them around one, it will take just twelve balls to hide a
thirteenth within. Thus the twelve visible and the one hidden are numbers revealing a cosmic
relationship and as all Mystery Orders are based upon cosmic lines, they are composed of
twelve members gathered around a thirteenth who is the invisible head.