By C. W. Leadbeater
Combining seership with technological know-how, Leadbeater provides this soaking up, in-depth, learn of the secret faculties of Egypt, Greece, Judea, the Knights Templar of the center a while, and the emergence of Co-Masonry within the 20th century.
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Indeed, the Church itself, while insisting on the distinction between the image and the object of the image, and denying that the worship is paid to the image, has at the same time made at least an indirect admission of the truth, by itself declaring the sacredness of the image. But the ultimate, highest principle of image-worship is the worship of the Image of God in God. The Son, who is the ―brightness of his glory, the express image of his person,‖ is the entrancing splendour of the imagination, which only manifests itself in visible images.
But what would man be without music? Just as man has a musical faculty and feels an inward necessity to breathe out his feelings in song; so, by a like necessity, he in religion‘s sighs and tears streams forth the nature of feeling as an objective, divine nature. Religion is human nature reflected, mirrored in itself. That which exists has necessarily a pleasure, a joy in itself, loves itself, and loves itself justly; to blame it because it loves itself is to reproach it because it exists. To exist is to assert oneself, to affirm oneself, to love oneself; he to whom life is a burthen rids himself of it.
It is a sign of an undiscriminating good-nature, a womanish instinct, to gather together and then to preserve tenaciously all that we have gathered, not to trust anything to the waves of forgetfulness, to the chance of memory, in short not to trust ourselves and learn to know what really has value for us. The freethinker is liable to the danger of an unregulated, dissolute life. The religious man who binds together all things in one, does not lose himself in sensuality; but for that reason he is exposed to the danger of illiberality, of spiritual selfishness and greed.
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