Трансформация – Путешествие Христиана Розенкрейца
По материалам выставки в Кальв, Германия, 13.06.2014. Картины выставки принадлежат Альфреду Басту (Alfred Bast) из города Абтсгмюнд-Хоештадт (Abtsgmünd-Hohenstadt).
The images and words in this volume relate to the journey which Christian Rosycross undertook around the Mediterranean, during which he absorbed the wisdom currents of the various cultures he encountered. It was by no means an ordinary trip, however. This trip was not merely an outside, but mostly an innermost event. The journey itself was described in a work first published in 1614, called the «Frama Fraternitatis» (The Call of the Brotherhood of the Rosycross), the first of the three Rosicrucian Manifestoes.
The images shown in the exhibition were created by the German artist Alfred Bast. The accompanying texts are free interpretations inspired by Christian Rosencreutz's journey.
Based on «Transformation – The journey of Christian Rosycross» published by Stiftung Rosenkreuz, 2014
«Man has not yet found himself. Culture and religions say that there is a hidden immortal aspect in the human being, yet this seems to be in contradiction to our daily experience.» (р. 1)
«Man know thyself” – this is an old Greek motto. What about the statement that the germ of immortality lies within man? The history of man – and even the life of the individual being - can be compared with a journey. There are unexpected crossroads in our lives where we have to decide. It may be possible that one of these paths leads us to our innermost self». (р. 6)
«The Fama Fraternitatis, the Call of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood, bears a hidden message. The authors of the writings, a circle of scientists living in the city of Tuebingen, Germany, remained anonymous at that time because otherwise, their lives or their freedom would have been endangered. The spiritual centre of the group was the lawyer and physician, Tobias Hess. The theologian, Johann Valentin Andreae, was also part of the circle. Later he became dean in Vaihingen and Calw and died in 1654 as abbot and prelate in Adelberg near Stuttgart». (р. 5)
«The Fama Fraternitatis starts with the demand to follow the path of self-knowledge. Pay attention to your inner nobility. Every human being is a small world, a “microcosm”. Everything that exists in the big world, on the earth, in the Universe, in the kingdom of matter and energy as well as in the kingdom of divine spirituality is also in every single human being. “Nobility”, meaning divinity, is hidden in man. It can be conjectured and experienced intuitively. The Fama points to the invisible half of the world. This does not mean the hereafter which the dead enter but rather the domain of the immortal beings». (р. 4)
«The Fama says that the son of “noble” parents, Christian Rosycross, grows up in an monastery. He is taught the language of science, religion and philosophy. However, he is striving for the Holy, for consummation. He has a feeling of being imprisoned. He feels wings in his innermost being». (р. 3)
Christian Rosycross dreams of the “Holy Land”. He will escape his prison. He has learned much, but what about the inner quality of things? What is the engine of all development? What is the secret of all men? What is the secret within himself? Christian Rosycross searches for cognition reaching beyond visible and measurable matter. An older brother leaves for a journey to the Holy Land and Christian Rosycross us allowed to accompany him. (р. 2)
«On a choppy sea they cross the Mediterranean. They voyage towards the East, towards the light and they end up in Cyprus. In ancient times, there was a famous temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. She came out of the foam of the sea and rode over the waters on a seashell. Christian Rosycross makes his way through feelings and emotions. Where would he end up? Which temptations would he face? What would keep him from rising above the choppiness of everyday life? The “older brother” helps him to remain on track. He is an image for the treasuries of experience Christian Rosycross has collected». (р. 7)
«In Cyprus his companion dies. A deeper dimension opens and Christian Rosycross discovers a fountain in his innermost being from which longing and pure love pour forth. This is his compass! With this compass he now continues his journey». (р. 10)
«Christian Rosycross reaches Damaskus. It was here that Paul obtained his great inspiration, lifting the veils of his consciousness. However, because Christian Rosycross experiences physical problems, he is forced to wait. He reflects more deeply and receives inspiration: He gains knowledge of the “Sages of Damcar”, who are in possession of the secrets of nature. Suddenly he knows that he has to change his itinerary». (р. 9)
«The path towards holiness leads straight through nature unveiling her secrets. Christian Rosycross discovers: The divine spark lies in the depth of the heart but the body must clear the way. He now searches for the sages of Damcar and dives into the wisdom teachings of Sufism, the Islamic mystics». (р. 8)
«The sages of Damcar have long awaited him. They teach him to read the “Book M”, the “Book Mundus” or the “Book of Nature”. Christian Rosycross experiences divine spiritual forces which are the basis of the variety and beauty of nature. The miracles of his own body are being revealed to him. He learns to see with the eyes of the soul. He learns a new way to think, that is, to understand intuitively». (р. 15)
«After three years, Christian Rosycross continues his journey. With his ship he travels the Red Sea. He encounters the forces of unconsciousness which are in his blood. They want to pull him down, however Christian Rosycross is able to resist them. He integrates them; he places them before the inner light and unconsciousness becomes wisdom. Christian Rosycross reaches Egypt where he realizes the richness of the old culture with initiation paths following the wisdom teacher Hermes Trismegistos. Even Christian Rosycross follows such a path, however, he does this in the light of modern times». (р. 14)
«The journey leads towards the West. Christian Rosycross reaches Fez in Morocco. The first university of the world was founded here in 859 A.D. It was a spiritual centre, the “Athens of Africa”. In Fez, his teachers help Christian Rosycross to make a decisive step. He manages to harmonise everything that has become an important aspect of his life: perceptions, thoughts and emotions. He joins them together in the power of the inner light. The unity of everything takes shape in him on a soulful basis». (р. 11)
«Christian Rosycross feels the need to report to European scholars on his path. He wants to show them all human striving, science, art and culture can be connected. He travels to Spain and from there to Germany. He offers the treasures he has acquired. The scholars, however, laugh at him as they do not want to make any corrections. The superior coherence of all this is not yet clear to them». (р. 13)
«Christian Rosycross steps back. He builds “a solid home” in order to sum up the result of his journey and to put it into an order. The result obtained mature. Christian Rosycross recognizes his responsibility regarding the future development of human kind and his idea of ‘general reformation’ preoccupies him. What has happened to him may also happen in others. This is the aim of the assistance he wants to give». (р. 12)
«Christian Rosycross founds a society, a brotherhood. It cures the “sick” which means the path of unity within oneself is shown to all those who are longing for it. The brotherhood builds the “House Sancti Spiritus”. This is a holy workplace. Common striving aimed at the well-being of mankind engraves the steps of transformation into the atmosphere of the earth. They build a spiritual field that can be experienced by all those who are serious striving people» (р. 16).
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