" . . . I desire to make known to you and to develop
a certain concept that has been touched upon. And it is
this: that in the transferring of the forcefields of the
cities and of the nations, you may therefore keep the flame
for those areas of your former service and of your present
karma here at the Inner Retreat. It
is our desire.
"And therefore it is very much in
the heart of the Mother to see not one but numerous focuses
established which will enshrine both the present and the
ancient forcefields of the devotees. We would even see a
center modeled upon the temple of Lemuria where the Mother
flame was kept.
" . . . We envision this place, as
Serapis alluded to, as the point to which many devotees
bring the flame which they have kept. Inasmuch as each of
you is a Keeper of the Flame, you ought to examine that
which has been and is of worth in your mastery, service,
profession, and sacred labor wherever you are.
"What are your roots? What is the
origin of your heritage and culture? What will you bear
in your hand as sacred labor, as the carpenter of Nazareth?
"You have yet time to perfect a skill,
to assemble the research for your library—to realize
that when you come here you cannot simply go down the street
to the New York Public Library or the museum of Los Angeles
to find some missing piece of information and research or
a point of artwork that you may need.
"And therefore, it is a time to collect
things, and it is a time to take other things to those sales
where you may unburden yourself of such articles and objects
and books that have no intrinsic worth and no need of preservation.
" . . . Thus, as impractical as it
may seem, the thought form for a museum of the treasures
of the world’s great spiritual art, as well as the
pragmatic art of Western and Eastern civilization, is already
in the ethers.
"Some of the objects that are in the
collection of the Vicar of Christ in this organization,
such as statues of Buddhas and delicate china of Czecho-slovakia
and so forth, that have been brought by devotees, are shrines
in themselves, fully capable of carrying a flame. They ought
not to be anywhere but in this museum of the Spirit where,
as you pause before each focus, you contact a spirit of
art, the causal body of masters of bygone years.
"And that meditation, which may become
a decree spoken aloud before that particular object and
display, serves for the training of the eye of children,
for their education, and for their souls’ drawing
forth of the next step in the creation of art itself or
science or whatever subject matter leads the soul to a new
definition in the field of knowledge.
" . . . Thus, we are lovers of culture.
And in all of our ancient monasteries we have sought to
preserve that cultivation of light through the seven chakras
and the five secret rays. Many souls will be born here who
have built a mighty foundation already. They deserve to
have access to, even in their younger years, those very
things, traditions, and assemblies of knowledge which they
themselves have builded. [highlighted
"Thus, only if they can contact these
things as school-children can they rise in the true genius
of inventiveness and carry the age a step forward."