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The Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross, Part 1 Hardcover – December 1, 1991
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Throughout all the many hundreds of talks they gave, and the books they wrote, it is clear that their aim was to cut through the conditioning of the ego so as to give their pupils a distinct vision of what was required of them. To do this they expressed the essential teachings of Spirit-Soul rebirth in all kinds of different ways and considered them from countless angles. Often they found it necessary to speak in a rather emphatic way, and to depict in stark, bleak outlines the depth of human imprisonment in the material world. Always, they used texts, stories and symbolism drawn from all times and all places to illustrate their points, and to show that the transfiguristic path they were teaching was not new, but has been handed down - though often in veiled form - ever since the dawn of human development.
Thus, although the methods they taught were adapted to modern times, their teachings were essentially the same as those of earlier groups such as the Essenes, the Christian Gnostics, the Manichaeans and the Cathars, to name but a few.
Top Customer Reviews
I have found, and still find, it very difficult to dissolve the lower, egoistic will, and it can therefore be difficult to read beautiful books without distraction. This book, however, is written so well that it cut through the spasmodic mental distractions which usually interrupts and spoils my reading.
I have read a lot of Samael Aun Woer's books, and spent much time listening to lectures on Glorian's website (they publish SAW's books in English). I think this may have helped me to understand The Alchemical Wedding more profoundly, but equally I think that reading The Alchemical Wedding has helped me understand Samael Aun Woer's works, along with other great Gnostic works such as Pistis Sophia - I can't recommend these enough. If you have a sincere heart, even if it is not yet quite as pure as you'd like, reading The Alchemical Wedding really is like drinking water from the fountain of life (John 4:14). And you can't help but thirst for more. I hope you can be touched in the same way, whether you read this book or not.
found that sheds light on the subject and makes it comprehensible.
Any serious seeker for Truth will be touched in the heart by this wonderful explanation of the symbolism and importance of these classic
Highly recommended to all who search for wisdom and understanding.
I was planning on writing a review of this based solely on my amusing observation that this is actually a one hundred fifty page novel with six hundred pages of footnotes, and make it a cautionary tale on the dangers of interpreting a text long after it was written and not taking into account the advances in science that had occurred in the interim. Then I came across the following passage, and realized I could let van Rijckenborgh do all my reviewing for me:
"It is most often the case that although, in the beginning, one yearns for the new state of life, it is like when one looks at a beautiful painting or reads a lovely book, or listens to some delightful music: it gives satisfaction for a moment, it is aesthetically pleasing, but nothing more. It does not change your way of life." (2:183)
Perhaps that's true of some people. Most, even. But I don't know a single avid reader who would make the claim that no book he's ever read has changed his life; I'd be suspect of one who did, in fact. This sort of facile reasoning is synecdochic of the entire "footnote" section of the books (this is a two-volume set), which reads more like an interminable sermon than a work of literary scholarship. Even better, not long after that, I came upon this lovely passage:
"In the coming times, the modern Spiritual School will give evidence of the place it occupies as servant of the Brotherhood. Working from its magnificent 'Home Sancti Spiritus', its sevenfold Living Body, the Brotherhood of the Rosycross will permit nothing which is not in conformity with its great plan.Read more ›