The Grail Movement emerged in the 1920s to disseminate
the material written by Oskar Ernest Bernhardt (18751941).
In 1924 Bernhardt moved to Bavaria, where he wrote and lectured
under the pen name Abd-ru-shin. He moved to Austria
in 1928 and began publishing In the Light of Truth, but his work
was suppressed by the Nazis in 1938. Bernhardt died during
the war. Followers attracted to the writings reorganized after
the war, and the foundation has continued unabated ever since,
spreading throughout Europe and North America. The first
U.S. center was founded in 1939 in Mt. Morris, Illinois.
According to Bernhardt, God created human beings and
sent them in search of self-consciousness and maturity. They
wandered into gross matter and acquired physical bodies in
which to function on Earth. All are to learn to live by the origiGrail,
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nal laws of creation and eventually return to their place of origin
as mature, self-conscious entities.
The Grail Movement may be contacted at 2081 Partridge
Ln., Binghamton, New York 13903. It publishes the English
edition of In the Light of Truth and other writings by Bernhardt.
In recent decades the movement has become international with
followers on every continent.
Abd-ru-shin [Oskar E. Bernhardt]. Awake! Selected Lectures.
Vomperberg, Austria Maria Bernhardt Publishing, n.d.
. In the Light of Truth. 3 vols. Vomperberg, Austria
Maria Bernhardt Publishing, 1954.