by Paul Sédir
Translated by Piers A. Vaughan ©2006
This book is one of the great references of modern Martinism, and indeed is cited in a number of other traditions. The love with which Paul Sédir researched and assembled the materials and quotations is clear on every page. However, the reader should be alerted to the fact that this brings problems of its own! While Sédir’s French is clear enough to follow, the quotations he cites come from writers of many different centuries, of many different languages translated with varying degrees of success into French. I have tried my best with these, but the reader should be alerted to the fact that my limitations regarding the translation of early metaphysical concepts, symbolically portrayed, certainly mean that some of the passages could have been better translated. As usual I have tried to let the words flow rather than allow myself to be strangled by  perfect grammatical transliteration. Some may disagree with this method, but I feel it is more important to go with the fluidity of the work than tie the reader down with obscure tenses and tortuous forms (thought these still abound, despite my best efforts). Again, forgive any spelling mistakes and typos. They are all mine! The book itself wanders delightfully from history to symbolism to constitutions to history as can be seen in the Index, reflecting an elegant lightness of style, as though we were floating on the surface of a stream, and gazing through the shifting waters at the profound depths below. The books can be read at several levels: as a history book, as a book of interesting quotations concerning a mystical Order, and as a manual for the aspiring Rosicrucian. I have kept my footnotes to a minimum. Some words are in red. These are either words I couldn’t find a translation to in several dictionaries; or words which were simply illegible in the  poor copy from which I was working. Finally I would once again lke to thank the support and especially the patience of those awaiting this translation, particularly Brother Réauxcroix, and to the memory of his friend, Madame Zadah Guerin-McCaffery, whose devotion to the translation of Paul Sédir’s Christian works into English is an inspiration to us all. Piers A. Vaughan Bayonne, New Jersey 2006 3
The Rose-Croix is one of the manifestations of the Providence of God. A single principle rules the cosmos, individuals and groups. God has given rules and laws to the great All and, to the beings which populate the universe, He has given free will. When one of these laws is infringed, a regulator comes to bring not judgment but hope; his function is to reestablish equilibrium. This is the role of the comets. These follow a determined circuit in space. They never return by the same path. When one has accomplished its mission, it disappears, and another comes to take up the path the former one has left. Here, now, is the srcin of the human races. At a given moment God sent a party of angels into Creation to obtain knowledge of it. This descent into the relative has been called ‘the fall’ by some theologies. But there was no ‘fall’ in the ethical sense of the word. The only ‘fall’ is when we commit a fault. However, we can be sure that these creatures who were thrown into the relative would find it impossible to rise back up towards the Absolute – which is the reason and purpose of their existence – if the Father did not give them everything they needed to ascend these “paths of return”. The paths are those which are fixed here below, and which exist in every world. Each family of beings has their own path and all the members of a family follow the same path. Every creature has his own path to travel, and it is different for each person. The Belgian astronomer Charles Lagrange (1), continuing the work undertaken in the first part of the 19th Century by Major Brück, studied, using scientific means, the “laws constituting a definite link between the life of humanity and the physical organism of the globe” (2). He established “that historical movement is regulated on a mathematical canvas, defined and determined in the minutest detail” (2) and he declared that “the locations of centers of activity, such as London, Jerusalem, Rome, birthplaces and the activities of famous men, missionnaries of humanity – none of this is arbitrary; all is chosen and determined in a mathematical manner. There is a historical geometry and cinematography” (2). “This whole layout is written in a geometric fashion on the surface of the earth arranged as historical places” (3). But this is but an infinitessimal part of the reality; and it is almost impossible to explain the complete picture. In fact, following the lines oriented from the East to the West, to the points determined from the srcin of the formation of the earth and of man, all manifestation of the life of beings in their individual evolution and in their spatial development: religions, philosophies, sciences, aesthetics, the art of war, therapy, legislation, sociology, events, etc. are mapped out. 4
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