YT description: The Rosicrucian Mysteries by Max Heindel, Audiobook, Audio, Occult, Magic. This is a primer for those interested in the basic philosophy, beliefs & secrets of the Rosicrucians.
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The Rosicrucian Mysteries by Max Heindel – (1909) 4 stars
Run time: 4 hours. In a nutshell, I have found Rosicrucianism to be Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophy with a Judaic twist instead of an Eastern one. Spiritism, that is communicating with spirits through séances and other means, was prevalent at the time of the creation of both occult religions / philosophies, and as the book states, there was a concerted effort to intermingle the spiritual with science. What the Rosicrucians did was to take Blavatsky’s theories, to remove the Hinduism aspects from them, and to cover the whole thing over with the New Testament ascension stories of Jesus. At the same time, the RC crowd added in what was being studied regarding the human soul by the scientists of that time period, circa the early 20th century.
I am seeing a theme here, which I will expound upon as I continue to study these Mystery School teachings. That is, there is a basic skeleton outline for them all, which can be found in my article The Emerald Tablets Of Hermes. There is a soul, it cycles from one body to the next, and the purpose of that is for the soul to experience and to grow and mature in wisdom. That is the essence of nearly all of the Mystery School teachings I have studied so far, and which I am looking deeper into at the present time. Past that, we have localized rituals and trappings made up by whoever is in charge of the Mystery School. Just like in the Middle Ages, a lot of these modern Mystery Schools cover themselves up with a Christian coat, so as to avoid being called pagans or Devil worshipers. Just like in Masonry, these contemporary Mystery Schools design levels that one must advance through in order to reach the top of a figurative pyramid and become truly Enlightened. It tells me that Rosicrucianism is what nearly every other mystery religion is at the core, discounting the darker cults that I have not looked at as closely.
The start of this book is designed to instill a sense of grander purpose, but it is really a deception where one is told they have to work up to learning the Truth. This has been discussed by a lot of others, with the consensus being that if the Mystery School teachings were freely available to all, nobody would bother with them. And so a sense of hidden knowledge, magic and mysticism must be created in order to draw individuals in and separate them from the masses. RC covers reincarnation, karma (which they call the Law of Causation), intent of will, the sentient human soul when compared to a primitive animal soul, higher dimensions accesses through belief / meditation, the idea of Source / God who is All, and the description of other-dimensional beings assisting incarnated souls behind the scenes in the form of angels. There are a few alchemical references that can be interpreted as leaving the material and striving for purity and ascending.
All in all, I didn’t see anything really bad about this belief system, other than that it mimics a lot of others at the core beliefs. I think it is more up to an individual’s personal taste over whether they would choose Rosicrucianism over Theosophy, or one of the other occult religions like Kabbalah or Freemasonry. After having become rather disappointed by Gnostic cosmology recently, I am now leaning more toward Buddhist philosophy, some Gnosticism, some Hinduism, and want to give a closer look to Hermetics, which so far includes all the relevant information without the dogmatic details, rituals and secrecy.