The Lectorium Rosicrucianum, the International School of the Golden Rosicross, is a modern Spiritual School in continuation of the age old tradition of Mystery Schools.
This Spiritual School is supported by a community of people for whom the renewed development of the inner being is the foremost object in their lives.
Their inner self is aimed at the rebirth of the soul, at making it possible for the Divine Principle in the heart to re-awaken. In this focussed endeavour the Rosicrucian’s actions are no longer self-centred but centred on the Divine Principle – also called the Spirit Spark Atom - within him or her.
TEACHINGS AND PURPOSE
The point of departure is that everyone’s Divine Nucleus forms an integral part of the microcosm, man’s spiritual structure. Those who make this Divine Nucleus the leading principle in their lives are at the dawn of a drastic inner process: the transfiguration. The present personality will then gradually make room for a new personality. This new personality will no longer be nourished by earthly energies but by original cosmic forces.
In the course of this process of transfiguration the personality of the “old” human entity merges with a spiritual consciousness, which reconnects it with the original Divine Life.
In 1924 the brothers Zwier W, Leene (1882-1938) and Jan Leene (1896-1968) joined the then Rosicrucian Society. It was the Dutch branch of the Rosicrucian Fellowship founded by Max Heindel in 1909.
In 1929 the brothers Leene assumed the leadership of the Rosicrucian Society. One year later Mrs. Henny Stok-Huizer (1902-1990) joined them.
This was the beginning of a spiritual quest that in 1935 led to the fact that the three went on independently of the Rosicrucian Fellowship. Z.W. Leene died in 1938. After that Mrs. Stok-Huizer and J. Leene continued the work together. They would publish many works, which were issued under their pseudonyms Jan van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri.
In 1945 the society decided on the name Lectorium Rosicrucianum. It has manifested itself as a Gnostic Spiritual School ever since.
When Jan van Rijckenborgh died in 1968 Catharose de Petri took on the leadership. Since her decease in 1990 there is a collective leadership the International Spiritual Directorate, supported by local directorates and working groups in the various countries.
The Spiritual School does not have teachers and pupils as is usual in schools. Nor is it aiming at the acquisition of knowledge or skills so as to qualify for social advancement. The teachings of the Lectorium as “school” are based on an inner Christianity in accordance with which man is autonomous and responsible for the highest spiritual principle within him. True to the tradition of Gnostic thought men and women are working together in the School on the basis of equivalence.
Everyone who participates in the Spiritual School is a pupil-Rosicrucian. The School holds true that between the person who strives after soul consciousness and the Universal Teachings there should be no one else. The knowledge and the insight one acquires well up from the Divine core principle of those who walk the pupil’s Path. This principle is the pupil-Rosicrucian’s inner teacher during the process of the soul’s rebirth.
Through the years the activities of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum have continuously expanded.
In the Netherlands there are now fourteen centres and two conference centres: Renova and Noverosa. The Belgian work field has two centres (Louvain and Ghent) and the Belgian conference accommodation is also in Ghent.
In all these towns the School regularly organizes, for those who are interested, courses, public lectures and conference days about the Teachings and about how they are put into practise by the Rosicrucians of today. Apart from the Netherlands there are not only pupils in many other European countries, but also in South- and North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
The headquarters of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum are situated in Haarlem, in the Netherlands. The leading is in the hands of the International Spiritual Directorate, assisted by the local directorates in the countries and by various working groups. At the local and at the regional level the centres are the heart of all activities. Worldwide there are approximately fifteen thousand pupils.
ORIENTATION, MEMBERSHIP AND PUPILSHIP
You can acquaint yourself with the Teachings of the Spiritual School and the backgrounds of it via the various activities. You could, for instance, participate in one of the courses that are organized regionally. You are also free to attend to a lecture or to a symposium. It is furthermore possible to be present at a reflection gathering in the temple of one of the centres.
If you would like to become a member we recommend you to follow the course “Rosycross and Gnosis” since this gives the proper basic information about the Spiritual School’s Teachings. As a member you can be present at temple services for members and pupils and attend to conference days for members. Once you have been a member for some time you can decide for yourself whether the chosen path finds a response in your own heart.
If this is indeed the case you can indicate that you would like to become a pupil. This requires a monthly subscription fee.
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