Part of the Quick Facts on Christian Cults series.
File this under controversial. Conspiratorial. Bizarre. Trivial.
Wherever you file it, know this: This is serious stuff some people lock-in on.
This Sunday I thought I’d go out to the far branches of her family tree and snoop in on a sect that nurses secret knowledge.
So, without anymore pussyfooting, let me introduce you to the Rosicrucians.
1. Historically, Rosicrucians consider Christian Rosenkreuz–a man who learned esoteric wisdom from Sufi or Zoroastrian teachers during a pilgrimage to the Middle East during the early 15th Century–to be their founder.
2. Rosenkreuz nurtured 8 disciples who were doctors and sworn bachelors. They promised to heal the sick for free, maintain secret fellowship and find replacements when they died.
3. Rosenkreuz’s legend emerged in three manifestos published in early 17th Century, the first being the Fama Fraternitatis.
4. This legend inspired a college of invisibles who existed to advance inspired arts and sciences, including a spiritual and symbolic alchemy.
5. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, some Christian groups styled themselves Rosicrucians, including Esoteric Christian Rosicrucians who professed Christ.
6. While in Germany in the fall of 1907, Max Heindel understood his mission to prepare mankind for a new phase in religion after a visit from a highly evolved entity identified as an Elder Brother of the Rosicrucian Order.
8. RFs teach that man is spirit and body, but the body is improving through a series of existences as the power of God are opened to his life.
9. Man is also unfolding latent spiritual powers through multiple rebirths.
10. Consequently, death is viewed as rebirth into a larger sphere. And life as a school that prepares the man for this birth.
11. Important to the RFs is the doctrine of the astral body, which evolves through multiple births.
12. Tucked into this philosophy is the idea of two Christs: One within and one without. The Savior Christ and the Cosmic Christ. The Cosmic helps the Savior emerge in our spirits.
13. Invisible Helpers–students of the Western Wisdom Teachings– continue Heindel’s work, namely preaching the gospel and healing the sick.
Tell me what you think.