- Love God above all. To ‘love God’ means to love wisdom and truth. We can love God in no other way than in being obedient to Divine law. …
- Devote your time to your spiritual advancement.… The spirit of man may send his mental rays into matter to to obtain knowledge of all terrestrial things; but there is no need that the spirit should thereby lose its own divine self-consciousness …
- Be entirely unselfish. Spiritual knowledge begins only where all sense of self ceases. Where the delusion which causes man to imagine himself to be a being separated and isolated from others. …
- Be temperate, modest, energetic, and silent. The door to the inner temple is called ‘Contentment.’ … without energy, nothing can be accomplished. …
- Learn to know the origin of the METALS contained within thyself. Ignorance is the cause of suffering.
- Beware of Quacks and pretenders. He who claims to be in possession of knowledge, knows nothing. …
- Live in constant adoration of the highest good.… The Eagle spreads his wings and rises up towards the sun.
- Learn the theory before you attempt to practice. He who travels with a trustworthy guide will be safer. …
- Exercise charity towards all beings. All beings are one in the spirit; divided from each other merely by the illusion of form …
- Read the ancient books of wisdom. Books are to the unripe mind that which mother’s milk is to the nursling.
- Try to understand their secret meaning. That which is external may be seen with the external eye but that which is spiritual can only be seen with the eye of the spirit.
These are the eleven rules which ought to be followed. … But the Rosicrucians have a twelfth rule, an Arcanum, in which great power resides, but of which it is not lawful to speak.” ~Franz Hartmann
Rules of Mystical Orders
While Mr. Hartmann calls these rules the Rosicrucian Rules, They apply to almost nay of the ancient mystical orders with only slight changes and additions. Since mystery schools were all about spiritual development, it behooves all of us trying to develop our spiritual self to pay attention to what they had to say.
There are many New Age people today who say there are no rules to spiritual development. Others say there is only one rule, which is to be opposed to organized religion. Both groups are wrong. Not all religions or churches are the same and none of those critics have ever taken the time to really research them. They simply make assumptions base on knowledge of a few. And the no-rules type usually get into deep trouble after a few years when the demons and dark beings control them even more that the church sheep they like to insult. There are rules of all orders on earth. There are rules, or laws, in Heaven as well. Anarchy and chaos is not being spiritual. So let’s take a closer look at some of the rules Hartmann mentions.
Love God Above All
It should be obvious and logical o all serious students that this is rule number one. If you don’t love God, you are not going to follow His Laws. You also won’t work for completion of the Divine Plan if you don’t love God. No one will follow the remaining rules otherwise.
Time For Spiritual Advancement
Another fairy tale of many who call themselves spiritual is that nothing has to be done to become spiritual. They simply declare that they are spiritual, and so it is. No great spiritual school ever taught such nonsense.
We must work on our spiritual development forever. The job is never completed. We never reach the highest level of consciousness while trapped in a physical body. Yet we must go as far as we can before we leave that body. And we must work on it regularly. That means daily, or close to it. Whatever spiritual development techniques you practice, they must be done often to be most effective.
Selfish people hoard things. We all know about the very wealthy who hoard money and material goods. Most spiritual people know this is not a good thing. Yet there are also those who hoard knowledge, even spiritual people. Sure, there is advanced spiritual knowledge that can never be shared with the general public. Nonetheless, there is basic information that should be shared. Not only will you be helping others, but when we work together, we accomplish more that when we work alone. Most businesses know this is true. They call it “The Law of Synergy”.
Another reason to not be selfish is that we never know everything. Others may know something we don’t. If we want them to share, we have to share.
Beware of Quacks
Sadly, there are many phony spiritual teachers around these days. Some of them are innocent of deception. They actually believe that the overly-simplified systems they promote are really going to cause a spiritual awakening. Of course, they never have any proof. There are others who are well aware that they have put together a mix of available spiritual teachings from various schools and places simply to appeal to the masses and make a good deal of money. While the bits of spiritual truth their books and seminars share may be better than noting, we should take care to not believe that they have it all. No book aver contains all that is necessary for a complete spiritual awakening. In a real spiritual school, certain truths are reserved for those who have reached a certain level of understanding.
Learn the Theory Before You Practice
Hopefully, no one would attempt to do brain surgery before attending medical school. And the courts won’t let you be represented by a “lawyer” who doesn’t actually have a law degree. Yet there are many who think they can just jump into spiritual practices without first studying the proper way of using them.
St. Paul was one such person. He knew that Jesus and His followers practiced some form of sun gazing, but he didn’t know the details. He tried doing it anyway and seriously injured his eyes. So learn the whys and hows before you do it.
Charity Towards all Beings
This is another important rule of all real spiritual schools. Vegans will, of course, jump on this and say, “See, we told you it was wrong to kill and eat animals.” They are correct. Yet, they are also wrong. They think animals are beings, but plants are not. But plants are just as much living beings a as animals are. St. Francis understood this when he call all plants and animals his brothers and sisters.
So we must treat all lifeforms with charity and respect. And eat only what we need to survive. We need to start learning to eat light. The Divine Light of God is the only food we should be eating. Unfortunately, we have become so dense, we cannot live on light alone. But if we take in spiritual light from the spiritual sun regularly, we start changes that will be passed on tho the next generation. In two or three generations, we may be living solely on light. Until then, killing and eating one type of being is the same as any other. On a spiritual level, they are all the same.
Read and Understand Ancient Books
Many of us have read ancient books of wisdom such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible, The Upanishads, etc. Few really understand them. And many have never read them. We read the books of contemporary spiritual writers, but ignore the great writings of the past that hold far more truth than the McDonald’s of spirituality.
But to understand them, we need to first accept that a large part of all of them is written in allegory. They are not intended to be taken literally.
A good example of this is the Bible story of Jesus turning water to wine at a wedding. Materialistic types take this literally and think it was a great accomplishment. But even if it really happened, it’s importance lies more in it’s allegorical meaning. The basic meaning of is that Jesus turned materialistic people (water) into spiritually awakened people (wine). That is far more important.
Rules and Laws
While the rules of spiritual or mystery schools were important to maintain order and aid spiritual growth, they never overruled the Law of God. All these schools recognized that God’s Law was supreme. But they also recognized that many beginning students didn’t know what those laws were. For that reason, they had laws and rules on the human level. Unlike modern laws, however, they never violated the supreme Law of God.