The pillars of the Rosicrucian Philosophy
Man is a two-fold being: In his actual form, he is mortal and at the same time immortal, in what concerns the divine Spirit-Spark that lies "dormant" in his deepest, inner core.
Through the transfiguration, which is the goal of the Spiritual Path, the immortal Being arises out of that Spark of Light and manifests itself in the world of eternal life.
The Rosicrucian teachings are based on the Universal Wisdom that has always been revealed to those who long for it. This Universal Wisdom was passed down in the manifestos of the classical Rosicrucians of the 17th century, which contained the knowledge of the Old Mysteries, merged with the Christian Mysteries, which led to the creation an esoteric Christianity.
Jan van Rijckenborgh (1896-1968) and Catharose de Petri (1902-1990), the spiritual leaders of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum, re-published the classical Rosicrucian writings and added a set explanations, structured in a modern language, for the pupils of the modern Spiritual School and for all other interested seekers.
Gnostic and Hermetic Wisdom
The philosophy and the teachings of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum are rooted in the Gnostic - Hermetic tradition. The essence of the old books, scriptures and codices were adapted to the practical requirements of today's highly individualised humankind.
Gnosis – knowledge of God – is given to humans as a Light force, which leads to an inner knowledge of the relationship between God, Man and Cosmos.
Some aspects of this knowledge are, among others, handed down in the writings of Hermes Trismegistos.
One fundamental Hermetic ancient manuscript was re-edited and explained by Jan van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri and published as “The Egyptian Arch Gnosis”.
Against this background, today’s Rosicrucian teachings are based on three pillars, as follows:
1. Man as a microcosm
The Original Man is understood as a multidimensional entity: a “microcosm”. It is an extremely complex, spherical life system where we can distinguish, going from inside outward, the personality, the space of manifestation, the auric being and a sevenfold magnetic spiritual space. Microcosm, however, means the True Human. What is called human in this world is only the seriously mutilated personality of a degenerate microcosm. Our current consciousness is only a personality consciousness (or body consciousness), thus only aware of the living world that it belongs to.
2. Two life-fields: Birth and death
Another fundamental concept in the philosophy of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum is the existence of two life-fields: the life-field that we are living now, and the reflection of this life field - "the other side" - known as the Reflection Sphere, the realm of the dead. This actual side where we are now and the other side, where the deads are, represent the two sides of the same coin. Rosicrucians refer to this duality as the “dialectical” polarity of life. Nothing in Dialectics (the actual physical world and its Reflection Sphere) is eternal. Everything eventually turns into its opposite: good and evil, day and night, peace and war, life and death.
The human microcosm experiences a chain of many reincarnations, going from this side of Dialectics into the other side, and back again, until it gathers enough experience that will enable it gain enough maturity, which will lead it to become a seeker for the path towards the Truth and the Eternal.
3. Endura and transfiguration
This takes us to the third pillar of the Rosicrucian teachings: The path of the inner man from the perishable transitory, to the imperishable eternal life-field, through transfiguration. That is what we call "the metamorphosis of spirit, soul and body".
The starting point for this path is recognizing the undeniable fact that the I-consciousness (men and women) is part of the perishable, dialectical world. However, both possesses in their being, in the heart, an immortal principle, a spirit-spark atom (known as the “Rose” for the Rosicrucians, and the "Lotus" flower in ancient Asian teachings).
Endura means overcoming the I-consciousness and its binding to Dialectics, through the path of transfiguration, but still "being part" of this world, being out of any conflicts with this world and the people, however possessing an imesurable insight and comprehension This process is the first step for a connection with the Eternal life-field, beyond Dialectics. The aim, is the complete transfiguration of body, soul and spirit.
Spiritual Work for Humankind
The path of transfiguration, for the Rosicrucians, does not mean that they want to escape from reality and live apart.
In fact, this is exactly the opposite! Love and compassion for humanity and all living-beings, are fundamental in the Rosicrucian path. To the Rosicrucians, spiritual work for humankind means to pass on the Spiritual Light to all those who deeply yearn for it. The Rosicrucians work with the Spiritual Light. This is the symbolic work of the “gatekeeper”, as it is told at the end of the book “Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross”.