All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is
founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man
speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel
follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is
founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man
speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a
shadow that never leaves him.

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”–in those
who harbour such thoughts hatred will never cease.

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”–in those
who do not harbour such thoughts hatred will cease.

For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by
love, this is an old rule.
The world does not know that we must all come to an end here;–but
those who know it, their quarrels cease at once.

He who lives looking for pleasures only, his senses uncontrolled,
immoderate in his food, idle, and weak, Mara (the tempter) will
certainly overthrow him, as the wind throws down a weak tree.

He who lives without looking for pleasures, his senses well
controlled, moderate in his food, faithful and strong, him Mara will
certainly not overthrow, any more than the wind throws down a rocky

He who wishes to put on the yellow dress without having cleansed
himself from sin, who disregards temperance and truth, is unworthy of
the yellow dress.

But he who has cleansed himself from sin, is well grounded in all
virtues, and regards also temperance and truth, he is indeed worthy of
the yellow dress.

They who imagine truth in untruth, and see untruth in truth, never
arrive at truth, but follow vain desires.

They who know truth in truth, and untruth in untruth, arrive at
truth, and follow true desires.

As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break
through an unreflecting mind.

As rain does not break through a well-thatched house, passion will
not break through a well-reflecting mind.

The evil-doer mourns in this world, and he mourns in the next; he
mourns in both. He mourns and suffers when he sees the evil of his
own work.

The virtuous man delights in this world, and he delights in the
next; he delights in both. He delights and rejoices, when he sees the
purity of his own work.

The evil-doer suffers in this world, and he suffers in the next;
he suffers in both. He suffers when he thinks of the evil he has
done; he suffers more when going on the evil path.

The virtuous man is happy in this world, and he is happy in the
next; he is happy in both. He is happy when he thinks of the good he
has done; he is still more happy when going on the good path.

The thoughtless man, even if he can recite a large portion (of the
law), but is not a doer of it, has no share in the priesthood, but is
like a cowherd counting the cows of others.

The follower of the law, even if he can recite only a small
portion (of the law), but, having forsaken passion and hatred and
foolishness, possesses true knowledge and serenity of mind, he, caring
for nothing in this world or that to come, has indeed a share in the

–The Dharmapada


There are sixteen signs by which a member of the order of the
Rosicrucians may be known. He who possesses only a few of those signs
is not a member of a very high degree, for the true Rosicrucian
possesses them all.

1. The Rosicrucian is Patient.

His first and most important victory is the conquest of his own self.
It is the victory over the LION, who has bitterly injured some of the
best followers of the Holy Cross. He is not to be vanquished by a
fierce and inconsiderate attack made upon him; but he must be made to
surrender to patience and fortitude. The true Rosicrucian tries to
overcome his enemies by kindness, and those who hate him by gifts. He
heaps not curses, but the burning fire of love upon their heads. He
does not persecute his enemies with the sword, or with faggots, but
he suffers the weeds to grow with the wheat until they are both
matured, when they will be separated by Nature.

2. The Rosicrucian is Kind.

He never appears gloomy or melancholy, or with a scowl or sneer upon
his face. He acts kindly and politely towards everybody, and is
always ready to render assistance to others. Although he is different
from the majority of other people, still he tries to accommodate
himself to their ways, habits and manners, as much as his dignity
will permit. He is, therefore, an agreeable companion, and knows how
to converse with the rich as well as with the poor, and to move among
all classes of society so as to command their respect; for he has
conquered the bear of vulgarity.

3. The Rosicrucian knows no Envy.

Before he is accepted into the order he must go through the terrible
ordeal of cutting off the head of the snake of envy; which is a very
difficult labour, because the snake is sly, and easily hides itself
in some corner. The true Rosicrucian is always content with his lot,
knowing that it is such as he deserves it to be. He never worries

the advantages or riches which others possess, but wishes always the
best to everybody. He knows that he will obtain all he deserves, and
he cares not if any other person possesses more than he. He expects
no favours, but he distributes his favours without any partiality.

4. The Rosicrucian does not Boast.

He knows that man is nothing but an instrument in the hands of GOD,
and that he can accomplish nothing useful by his own will; the latter
being nothing but the will of GOD perverted in man. To GOD he gives
all the praise, and to that which is mortal he gives all the blame.
He is in no inordinate haste to accomplish a thing, but he waits
until he receives his orders from the Master who resides above and
within. He is careful what he speaks about, and uses no unhallowed

5. The Rosicrucian is not Vain.

He proves thereby that there is something real in him, and that he is
not like a blown-up bag filled with air. Applause or blame leaves him
unaffected, nor does he feel aggrieved if he is contradicted or
encounters contempt. He lives within himself, and enjoys the beauties
of his own inner world, but he never desires to show off his
possessions, nor to pride himself on any spiritual gifts which he may
have attained. The greater his gifts, the greater will be his
modesty, and the more will he be willing to be obedient to the law.

6. The Rosicrucian is not Disorderly.

He always strives to do his duty, and to act according to the order
established by the law. He cares nothing for externalities, nor for
ceremonies. The law is written within his heart, and therefore all
his thoughts and acts are ruled by it. His respectability is not
centred in his external appearance, but in his real being, which may
be compared to a root from which all his actions spring. The interior
beauty of his soul is reflected upon his exterior, and stamps all his
acts with its seal; the light existing in his heart may be perceived
in his eye by an expert; it is the mirror of the Divine image within.

7. The Rosicrucian is not Ambitious.

There is nothing more injurious to spiritual development and
expansion of the soul than a narrow mind and a selfish character. The
true Rosicrucian always cares much more for the welfare of others
than for his own. He has no private or personal interest to defend or
foster. He always seeks to do good, and he never avoids any
opportunity which may present itself for that purpose.

8. The Rosicrucian is not Irritable.

It is evident that a person who works for the benefit of the whole
will be hated by those whose personal advantages are not benefited
thereby; because selfishness is opposed to magnanimity, and the
claims of the few are not always compatible with the interests of the
community. The Rosicrucian will therefore be often resisted by narrow-
minded and short-sighted people; he will be slandered by
calumniators, his motives will be misrepresented, he will be
misjudged by the ignorant,

ridiculed by the would-be wise, and taunted by the fool. All such
proceedings, however, cannot excite or irritate the mind of the true
Rosicrucian, nor disturb the divine harmony of his soul; for his
faith rests in the perception and knowledge of the truth within
himself. The opposition of a thousand ignorant people will not induce
him to desist from doing that which he knows to be noble and good,
and he will do it even if it should involve the loss of his fortune
or of his life. Being able and accustomed to direct his spiritual
sight towards the divine, he cannot be deluded by the illusions of
matter, but clings to the eternal reality. Being surrounded by
angelic influences, and listening to their voices, he is not affected
by the noise made by the animals. He lives in the company of those
noble beings, who were once men like others, but who have become
transfigured, and who are now beyond the reach of the vulgar and low.

9. The Rosicrucian does not think evil of others.

Those who think evil of others see merely the evil which exists
within themselves reflected and mirrored forth in others. The
Rosicrucian is always willing to recognise in everything that which
is good. Tolerance is a virtue by which the Rosicrucian is eminently
distinguished from others; and by which he may be known. If a thing
appears to be ambiguous, he suspends his judgment about it until he
has investigated its nature; but as long as his judgment is not
perfect, he is more inclined to form a good opinion than an evil one
about everything.

10. The Rosicrucian loves justice.

He, however, never sets himself up as a judge over the faults of
others, nor does he wish to appear to be wise by censuring the
mistakes of others. He does not enjoy gossip, and cares no more about
the foolishness committed by others, than he would about the buzzing
of a fly or the capers of a monkey. He finds no pleasure in listening
to political or personal quarrels, disputations, or mutual
recriminations. He cares nothing for the cunningness of a fox, the
dissimulation of a crocodile, or the rapacity of a wolf, and is not
amused by the stirring up of mud. His nobility of character lifts him
up into a sphere far beyond all such trifles and absurdities, and
being above the sensual plane, wherein ordinary mortals find their
happiness and enjoyment, he lives with those who do not think evil of
each other, who do not rejoice about an injustice done to their
brother, or make merry about his ignorance, and enjoy his
misfortunes. He enjoys the company of those who love the truth, and
who are surrounded by the peace and harmony of the spirit.

11. The Rosicrucian loves the truth.

There is no devil worse than falsehood and calumny. Ignorance is a
nonentity, but falsehood is the substance of evil. The calumniator
rejoices whenever he has found something upon which to base his lies
and to make them grow like mountains. Opposed to it is the truth, it
being a ray of light from the eternal fountain of GOOD, which has

the power to transform man into a divine being. The ROSICRUCIAN
seeks, therefore, no other light but the light of truth, and this
light he does not enjoy alone, but in company of all who are good and
filled with its divine majesty, whether they live on this earth or in
the spiritual state; and he enjoys it above all with those who are
persecuted, oppressed, and innocent, but who will be saved by the

12. The Rosicrucian knows how to be silent.

Those who are false do not love the truth. Those who are foolish do
not love wisdom. The true Rosicrucian prefers to enjoy the company of
those who can appreciate truth to that of those who would trample it
with their feet. He will keep that which he knows locked up within
his heart, for in silence is power. As a minister of state does not
go about telling to everybody the secrets of the king; so the
Rosicrucian does not parade before the public the revelations made to
him by the king within, who is nobler and wiser than all the earthly
kings and princes; for they only rule by the authority and power
derived from Him. His secrecy ceases only when the king commands him
to speak, for it is then not he who speaks, but the truth that is
speaking through him.

13. The Rosicrucian believes that which he knows.

He believes in the immutability of eternal law, and that every cause
has a certain effect. He knows that the truth cannot lie, and that
the promises made to him by the king will be fulfilled, if he does
not himself hinder their fulfilment. He is, therefore, inaccessible
to doubt or fear, and puts implicit confidence in the divine
principle of truth, which has become alive and conscious within his

14. The Rosicrucian’ s hope is firm.

Spiritual hope is the certain conviction resulting from a knowledge
of the law, that the truths recognised by faith will grow and be
fulfilled; it is the knowledge of the heart, and very different from
the intellectual speculation of the reasoning brain. His faith rests
upon the rock of direct perception and cannot be overthrown. He knows
that in everything, however evil it may appear to he, there is a germ
of good, and he hopes that in the course of evolution that germ will
become developed, and thus evil be transformed into good.

15. The Rosicrucian cannot be vanquished by suffering.

He knows that there is no light without shadow, no evil without some
good, and that strength only grows by resistance. Having once
recognised the existence of the Divine principle within everything,
external changes are to him of little importance, and do not deserve
great attention. His main object is to hold on to his spiritual
possessions, and not to lose the crown which he has gained in the
battle of life.

16. The Rosicrucian will always remain a member of his society.

Names are of little importance. The principle which presides over the
Rosicrucian Society is the truth; and he who knows the truth, and
follows it in practice, is a member of the society over which the
truth practices. If all names were changed and all languages altered, the
truth would remain the same; and he who lives in the truth will live
even if all nations should pass away.