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The Initiates of the Flame

 

"He who lives the life shall know the doctrine." To all ancient peoples, fire was a symbol of the Divine One dwelling in the innermost parts of all things. Robert Flood, a Rosicrucian mystic, writing in the seventeenth century, declared that the fire of the philosophers was divided into three parts: first, a visible fire which is the source of physical light and heat; second, an invisible, or astral, fire which enlightens and warns the soul; third, a spiritual, or divine, fire which in the universe is known as God and in man as spirit. The initiates, who took their oaths in the presence of the flame, renounced the lesser concerns of ordinary life.  And, freed from the attachments of this material sphere, these purified souls became custodians of that symbolic flame of wisdom which--they say--is the true light of the world.

This light is a manifestation of what they call "the one universal life", that active agent whose impulses are the cause of all sidereal phenomenon. Where in antiquity this flame of light, this spirit fire, was the object  of a universal adoration and was worshipped as the very presence of God Himself, it now lies buried beneath the ruins of man's fallen temple. Obscured by the paramount interests of the flesh, it emits but the faintest gleam in this non-philosophic age, except--except--hidden behind the veil of The Mysteries, practiced in secret, in the depths of the night in the Lodge, carried in symbolism and mystery throughout the world.

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