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TitleThe Andrea Lectures (AMORC)
TagsPlane (Esotericism) Jesus Mind Consciousness
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purporting to teach some marvelous new system of develop­
ment. He cannot be expected to take the measure of these
books at e glance which the experience of a mature student
enables him to do.

A great artist said, "Man cannot be taught to compose or to
invent, but he can become a good copyist," and most of the
books of the present-time cults are but poorly disguised
replicas of half a dozen originals, which came direct from
the mind of God and which can never be added to by busy
little minds who lust after recognition and fame. This is a
hint to the young aspirant to sharpen his critical
faculties, that he may learn to discern early rather than
late that far from all those who cry loudly, "Master,
Master," have entered within His auric influence. One need
only place, for instance, the modern books on YogB,
Buddhism, and many other systems of thought alongside the
original standard expositions and techniques to note from
whence the moderns derive the incentive to chart new and
short paths to the promised land. The occult press reminds
me, to compare small things with large, of the glut of
novels on the art of detection, the original masters of
which were Poe and Doyle, whom none have improved upon Dr
equalled since they wrote.

But once the aspirant is aware of this modern trend in
literature, bearing upon some aspects of his studies, he
will do well to become 8 severe critic of what is presented
to him and refuse to be misled by these deceptive lights and
look to the masters of his science who have shown the way
because they have trodden Bnd understood it. Under the
guidance of those proficients, he will soon realize that the
Mystic Way is not a flower garden bedecked with roses, which
charm the sense and make the journey to the mountain top a
pleasant dream. He will find that life can play havoc with

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dreams. He will find that life can be and should become the
Cross of Christ in action. Until he does realize that, he
is but dreaming.

It is not my wish to damp t
but let it be a rational e
are not contradictions, the
closer their association
development. He will com
Heraclitus that, "Life on
of opposites." Why should
ally, esoteric unfoldment
along a straight line. It
return again and again, a
little wiser on each sp
experiences which force the
to the aspirant to ©chie
the way. He will not do th
allegiance to every book th
cedented lift into a revel
sal intention.

he enthusiasm of the aspirant,
nthusiasm. Reason and aspiration
y can exist together, end the
the sounder and surer will be his
e to appreciate the view of
the Path is a ceaseless conflict

this be so? Because fundament-
is never an uneventful progress
ever proceeds in spirals. We

pparently to where we were, but a
iral through perfectly mundane
truth of life upon us. It is up

ve all he can upon each spiral of
is by seizing upon and giving
at promises to give him an unpre-
ation of the facts of the univer-

It is surprising how many writers profess to lucidly
interpret the minds of the Masters for us and put us right.
Until we are able to interpret a little for ourselves and
drop these masqueraders by the wayside, our advancement lies
in facing the circumstances which have placed us just where
we are and which hold the secret of our individual progress.
It is astonishing how many Bspirants place their whole faith
in this or that called teacher, in this new cult and that,
but it is not astonishing to find them after a few months or
years just b s irrationally enthusiastic in another direction
in the expectancy that, at last, they have found what they
sought in the beginning. It is the circumstances of life,
the living intimately the present hour, which teaches what

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However, the idea of service, which is the central feature
of the Rosicrucian ideal, requires to be placed in a
common-sense perspective. Some have rather a distorted view
of the idea of helping others. They can waste valuable time
which they need to help themselves, end they can relieve
others of the necessary responsibility of standing upon
their feet and seeking for themselves. We can and should
help another to bear a difficult phase of Karma, which is
very different from inviting others to place their Karmic
responsibilities upon ourselves. There are many even on the
Path who seek to do this, because they are aware of the
compassion and sympathy of the true server.

I believe the Masters help aspirants in their individual
trials far more than they are conscious of but that they do
not and cannot liquidate the Karma which is theirs. The
aspirant’s whole development is conditioned by a Karmic
pattern, and he himself must so study himself and his life
as to be able tc meet it. But the burden of it, if it
happens to be a burden, ie within the knowledge of the
Masters to whom he aspires, and it is our duty in their name
to help him to accept it and lighten it for him.

Perhaps the greatest sorrow of our time, and peculiarly
incident to our time, is the individual and racial Karma
which people have to bear, whether they are aspirants or
not, and to relieve some of the keen pressure of it, nothing
is so necessary and urgent as a deep understanding of self.
Every step in that direction reveals to us more and more the
fears, difficulties and anxieties as well as the possibili­
ties of those who ore brought within our sphere of contact.

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