to the Members of
the Dublin Hermetic Society
Upon this, the eve of my departure from the neighbourhood of Dublin for regions hundreds of miles distant, from whence it may be, I can never return, I feel I should leave you a few final words, relative to our Work, and in Farewell:
To what end does this Lodge of ours exist? Every member should struggle to get the answer to this question clearly in mind and having got it to hold it there. A long and detailed exposition, by way of answer, could be given, but here, for your immediate purposes, nothing like this is required. Hold the following simple understanding in mind:
This Lodge exists to promote among its members the study and the practice of the Hermetic Wisdom, known also as The Ancient Wisdom, or more broadly still as Occultism, or The Occult Way, or Path.
The Lodge does not exist for the advocacy of worldly reforms, for the promotion of philanthropic works, for the changing of material conditions from what we call evil to what we call good, no matter how worthy all these things may be from the human point of view. Such works have been done all down the ages by men of goodwill. Wherever there is a vestige of civilisation men in more than plenty will be found urging, and indeed often violently forcing, “reforms” on their fellow men. Against all such activities, we who, with understanding, follow the Occult Way, have nothing whatever to say in the way of condemnation. On the contrary we approve of them as we approve of all activity (which means motion, change).
BUT — LET THIS BE MOST EARNESTLY IMPRESSED IN EVERY MIND: THE OCCULT WAY, THE HERMETIC WISDOM IS QUITE ANOTHER FORM OF ACT IVITY, A FORM OF ACTIVITY WHICH AVERAGE MAN IS NEITHER ABLE NOR WILLING TO PURSUE. THE MAN WHO DOES PURSUE IT IN ANY REAL SENSE HAS MOVED FORWARD INTO ANOTHER CYCLE. HE IS EITHER AN INFANT, AN ADOLESCENT, OR AN ADULT (OF VARYING AGE). IN A WORLD OF SUPERIOR GRADE OF EVOLUTION TO THE WORLD OF THE AVERAGE MAN. HE HAS BEGUN A FORM OF ACTIVITY WHICH DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH FORMS AND CONDITIONS, BUT CONSISTS OF HASTENING THE EVOLUTION OF THE INNER, SPIRITUAL MAN, SO THAT HE SHALL BECOME SUPERIOR TO, MASTER OF, THE CONDITIONS OF THIS WORLD, WHICH OPPRESS THE AVERAGE MAN.
I ask you, Friends, to study the foregoing paragraph again, and again, until its meaning is ingrained in your minds.
The confusion of thought in which so many of you seem to live will be dissipated, if only you will do this. You will cease to waste precious time, and cease to engender feelings of strife and opposition among yourselves, if only you will persevere until you fully understand what I have said.
Try, Try to realise that the Hermetic Wisdom does not demand of any human being that he or she pursue any special form of activity, or refrain from pursuing such. It tells you simply, that if you are in any way whatsoever called or urged to engage in what the world calls reforms, and good works, you are wholly right in so engaging. BUT, in working thus you are not doing the work of the Occult Way, which is an INNER work.
You may, through the force of the Law of Cause and Effect, known as Karma, be born into, called into, any sphere of worldly activity whatsoever. If you are a True Occultist you will do the work confronting you, while any of it remains to be done, but you will not be attached or bound to it by any form of desire.
But, if you engage in reforms and so-called good works, because it is your desire to see conditions changed, you are not an Occultist at all, but a man of this world bound by conditions.
Those who bring about great reforms are not necessarily advanced men, in the sense of being spiritually inspired. They may be a little beyond their fellow, but they occupy a lower plane of evolution to the youngest born true Neophyte. He has been born into a higher World.
This is enough. If you will but study what I say, every last least word, until you have ingrained it in your minds, you will begin to wake the Lodge to real life. Upon whether you do so wake it depends whether you ever again see me among you as a teacher.