The Lectorium Rosicrucianum, the largest of the Europeanbased
Rosicrucian groups, was founded in the Netherlands in
1924 by former members of the Rosicrucian Fellowship,
under the leadership of Jan Van Rijckenborgh and Catharose
de Petri (both pen names). The organization grew very slowly
and was forced to disband during the German occupation of
Holland. It revived after the war, however, and has since spread
throughout Europe and into North America, Africa, South
America, New Zealand, and Australia.
The order views itself as gnostic (from the Greek word gnosis,
or knowledge) and is organized as a gnostic school. Following
ancient gnostic learning, the order teaches that wisdom
comes from the Word, the divine source of all that exists. Members
follow a path of transfiguration, or return to the gnosis, for
humankind is presently in a fallen state, from which it needs reawakening.
Within each person is a rose of the heart, a spiritspeak
atom, which can ascend to the divine. This process is
aided by those who have already found knowledge, the Universal
Brotherhood. The school transmits the light of the Universal
Brotherhood to the members, thus allowing them to break
the chain of reincarnation (death and rebirth) and begin the
process of return to the divine.
The Lectorium Rosicrucianum is unique in its espousal of
the concept of two nature orders. Humans are born into this
nature order, the seventh cosmic region, that is, the world of
nature. Humans also carry a remnant of their origin in the
sixth cosmic region, where they exist as an immortal seed.
Their purpose on Earth is to cooperate with the blossoming of
the rose of the heart, the Christ principle within, in the process
of transfiguration and return.
From their headquarters in Holland, the order has initiated
an extensive translation and publishing program in English,
German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, and other European
languages. A periodical, Pentagram, is published in five languages.
The Lectorium Rosicrucianum can be contacted at
Bakenessergract 11-15, 2011JS, The Netherlands, or in the
United States at the Western North American headquarters,
Box 9246, Bakersfield, CA 93389. There are some 11,000
members internationally. Website http
Van Rijckenborgh, Jan. The Coming New Man. Haarlem, The
Netherlands Rozekruis-Pers, 1957.
. Elementary Philosophy of the Modern Rosecross. Haarlem,
The Netherlands Rozekruis-Pers, 1961.
The Way of the Rosecross in Our Times. Haarlem, The Netherlands