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The Dangers of Culture

by Franz Hartmann

“There are thousands of people who work hard all their lives, without accomplishing anything which is really useful or enduring. There are thousands who labour intellectually or mechanically to perform work which had better be left undone. There are vastly more people engaged in undermining and destroying the health of man than in curing his ills, more engaged in teaching error than in teaching the truth, more trying to find that which is worthless than that which is of value; they live in dreams and their dreams will vanish; they run after money, and the money will remain while they themselves perish and die.
The obstacles which arise from the external world are intimately Franz Hartmannconnected with those from the inner world, and cannot be separated; because external temptations create inward desires, and inward desires call for external means for gratification. There are many people who do not crave for the illusions of life, but who have not the strength to resist them; they have a desire to develop spiritually and to gain immortality, but employ all of their time and energy for the attainment of worthless things, instead of using it to dive down into the depths of the soul to search for the priceless pearl of wisdom. Thousands of people have not the moral courage to break loose from social customs, ridiculous habits, and foolish usages, which they inwardly abhor, but to which they nevertheless submit because they are customs and habits to act against which is considered to be a social crime.”

— With the Adepts, An Adventure Among the Rosicrucian, by Franz Hartmann (1910)

A New Guide on the Path

For Those Who Desire To Follow the Practical Way

The Wisdom of Franz Hartmann

     1. Know that All is One.
     2. Know that everything is Thyself.

Magic, White and Black
Magic, White and Black
     3. Know that the One in a state of vibration produces the great multiplicity of forms and activities in the Universe.
     4. Know that if you examine this multiplicity from the standpoint of your intellectual reasoning, you will arrive at the following deductions:
     5. Everything that you call ” Life,” ”Energy,” ” Substance,” is a Duality.
     6. Everything has a tendency to return to Unity.
     7. All desire and therefore all suffering originates from duality.
     8. Let thy aspiration be for enlightenment.
     9. Know that the result of the joys experienced by the attainment of enlightenment is happiness.
     10. Rise above the state of condensation.
     11. Know that the result of the joys experienced in the state of condensation is suffering.
     12. On the road from Unity in motion to tranquility is the state of condensation. It is the cause of your illusions, because you imagine it to be tranquility; and it is the cause of your doubts, because you regard it as the object of your desires. Know that the striving after the unification of the duality is the only source of your will, your desires, and of those joys whose results you call ”suffering.”
     13. Know that the door for the solution of that which is fixed is what is called ”Matter.”
     14. Know that everything has to pass through that door.
     15. Know that the door for the solution of the fixed is also called ”Life.”
     16. Know that everything has to pass through that door.
     17. And that the long sojourn in ”Matter” and the interruption of the voyage by ”Life” means retardation in the solution of the fixed and procrastination in the unification of the duality.
     18. Enforce the practice of the power of that which is solved over that which is condensed.
     19. Direct your attention to the consciousness of that which is dissolved over that which is condensed.
     20. Carry this consciousness through all the planes of your being.
     21. Elevate your whole body to the capacity to think, to hear, and to see.
     22. Cause it thereby to become a fit instrument for the use of your self-consciousness of the One and of your self-power (resulting from unification).
     23. Conquer the pains resulting therefrom.
     24. When the divine Language is once heard within thy heart – when the King within thy interior has once obtained dominion – when thou hast passed through water and fire, and thy spirit has become the life of thy blood – then you may say: I am, I go, and I remain.
from Franz Hartmann’s ‘Magic, White and Black’
Parabrahm
Parabrahm