Hey, VeritaAquitas, and those interested:
At about high noon this afternoon I took a trip through downtown Oceanside to the Rosicrucian Fellowship. Like I said yesterday, I found out
through reading one of Max Heindel's publications that the Rosicrucian Fellowship headquarters was literally down the street, around the corner.
The funny thing is that I had always seen the Temple of the Rose Cross on top of Mission Avenue hill, here in Oceanside. I just never had a clue
as to what it was. My dad and sister thought it was a Jehovah's Witness complex and when I was growing up I never thought to question that
I rode up to the front entrance to a small administrative building... No one home.
Lucky for me I speak SoCal Spanish. The next building i went to was the dining hall, where I ran into two cooks who were surprised the guerro (white
boy) standing in front of them asked how they were doing and if there was some one I could speak with. They directed me down another small road to the
guest center where some summer studies were ( and are still ) taking place. Below.
After entering and finding the receptionist's desk lacking a receptionist, I helped myself to exactly 33 pamphlets about aspects of being a student
of Rosicrucianism.. .coincidence? I don't believe in it, neither do the students of Rosicrucianism.
I followed the foyer into a hallway. Turns out there was a class of students listening to a Desciple ( it takes 7 years of dedication to reach
Desciple. The fellowship tries to stay away from rank which is only an encouragement for ego.... Seems to be a constant within esoteric schools).
I sat in on the lecture and was encouraged by what I heard. Passages from the bible were read, in particular Deuteronomy 32: 11 and Job, 39.
The Bible says in Job 39 v 27 to 28 ”Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high? She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon
the crag of the rock, and the strong place “.
Deuteronomy 32:11 ” As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings
The Holy Bible, KJV
Because I had jumped in late in the lecture I was truly at a loss as to the true context but there was strong conviction, compassion, and
understanding behind the words being spoken. The woman speaking them believed in them, that much was obvious.
Something struck me immediately when I walked into that room. I was embraced.
No one knew me. No one asked my name, the ones who saw me just nodded, and offered me a chair. It was a humbling moment and something I won't
soon forget. It's a rare thing to feel accepted immediately, especially for a tattooed Freemason living in "Oceanslime".
Something else struck me, and it's something I am familiar with from my involvement in Freemasonry: I was the youngest person there.
To me, it speaks volumes of my generation, and the respect they generally cary for the mysteries of life. On a far more simpler note and one that
bothers me a lot more... My generation is godless... I'm sorry to those who take that the wrong way, or don't understand what I mean... IMO its
writing on the wall... Sorry to stray.
After a small prayer for closing it was a break for lunch and my opportunity to speak with some people. Everything was brief and cordial, I think
folks were hungry.
As we walked back towards the parking lot a man hailed me from down the small road back towards the administrative offices I found empty earlier. He
was the Honcho, so to say. I won't mention his name but he was super cool to talk with. After reading about the Fellowship in France he began to
study and came to the states. I don't know the whole story but he's been taking care of what Max Heindel left behind in Oceanside... He was
worldly, soft spoken, and wise. He read me like an open book, too.
In my brutally honest opinion... Well, I'm going back. I dig it. I consider myself a student of the esoteric as well as my dedication to living
as a Mason; I won't make any shotgun judgements, but now, more then ever before, my interest is piqued.
Check out the Temple of the Rose Cross!