“The great university will be divided into grades, admission to which will be through preliminary tests or initiations. Here mankind will be instructed in the most sacred, the most secret, and the most enduring of all mysteries—symbolism. The initiate will be taught that every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle. Here mankind will learn that Chiram (Truth) lies buried in every atom of Cosmos; that every form is a symbol and every symbol the tomb of an eternal verity. Through education—spiritual , mental, moral, and physical—man will learn to release living truths from their lifeless coverings.” Manly P. Hall
The Great University
It is difficult to believe in this age of materialism that a great spiritual university could exist at all. Not only did secular institutions steal the name “university,” which originally meant schools that teach universal truth and was applied only to spiritual schools, but in some places governments now restrict the use of the word so only those secular schools approved by the government can be called universities. But what Hall says is true, such a university will happen.
Because of the state of the world we live in, that great university won’t start out great. Not in the terms of the secular world, at least. It won’t have many thousands of students. It won’t have a campus of many fine buildings covering hundreds of acres. The library of the university won’t have many thousands of books to read and study. Not in the beginning.
It must start out small. A private school that may began with only a few dozen students. It may, for a time, have to operate underground to avoid problems with secular authorities. It may have to avoid advertising itself in public media, relying on word-of-mouth as the primary means of advertising. A humble beginning. But that is probably a good thing since humility is a valued attribute of the spiritual student.
A Growing Force
That great university will have humble beginnings, but will grow. As the general population becomes more and more disenchanted with materialism and its empty promises, more will seek for something more. Many will turn to the spiritual and the university will grow. But even there problems will happen. Continue reading “Great University of Spirit and Truth”