Christian Rosenkreutz, Father of the Order

Initiatic Biography by Fra. Petros Xristos, Magister Templi

(1378 - 1484+)

In the common year of 1378 (it is said) appeared the physical vehicle of the Master who came to be known as Christian Rosenkreutz, the originator of the association known as the Brethren of the Rosy Cross. In later years this proper title was shortened to "Rosicrucian," giving the misleading impression that this represented a new sect or belief pattern. As with all Masters, there can be no doubt that he existed previous to this time period in some other form and name, but incarnated consciously (as a Bodhisattva, to use another term) in order to perform a specific function at that particular place and time. It is not known what his birth name at this time was, nor is it of any significance; what is important is that he took upon himself the title and initiatory appellation of Christian Rosenkreutz for the esoteric meaning that name possessed, encapsulating in a rubric the sum of his Attainment. Consider as parallel examples the cases of "Jesus Christ" or "Buddha" -- both being titles signifying a condition of consciousness and also a life mission.

His physical appearance was to a once noble but poor German family who placed him in the charge of a monastery as a child where his mind was given to the learning of Greek and Latin and other needful things, even as his awareness, already possessed of the attainment of wisdom from eons previously, went through the painful evolution of re-cognition and learning to express itself in the terminology of the place and time.

Accompanied by a colleague, he undertook an arduous and risky pilgrimage to the Holy Land; the colleague either died or parted company with him at Cyprus, at which point CRC continued on alone, stopping in Damascus, among other places. He probably visited significant sites on the old Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and re-established a linkage with the Prophets and with the Christ consciousness, the echoes of which still resounded in the stones and astral vibrations of that place, which he had left behind so tragically fourteen hundred years previously.

Someplace in the Holy Land, perhaps under the Temple Mount itself, was a Temple of a secret esoteric order called "Damkar," meaning the "Blood of the Lamb." This name itself is of great significance, as it clearly refers to either the Light of the Gnosis of the Divine Son of God; and, on another level, to the lineage (bloodline) of that same one in physical incarnation, of whom CRC was at that time the most recent appearance.

Here the story says that he was Initiated and took his title, indicated above; though it is equally possible that CRC was in fact the founder of this order, a precursor of the R+C, and which he re-established in the Holy Land at this time. He learned Hebrew and Arabic and translated at least one secret book -- perhaps Gnostic or Essene in origin -- into Latin which he took back to Europe with him later. After a symbolical three years of retreat, fasting, and meditation in the wildernesses of Palestine and Sinai, he journeyed to Egypt, where also was a group of the brotherhood meeting in secret, studying the spiritual significances of the Pyramids and Sphinx, which Brother CRC was able to clarify for them.

He travelled to other places around the Meditterranean, visiting fellow Brothers of the secret School of initiation restoring or rectifing certain impurities that he saw (by Divine wisdom) to have crept into the teachings, and receiving empowerments at sacred sites.

He came to Spain and continued his mission to Restore the original Truth of the schools of wisdom, decayed over time. Obviously, to take on such a task would have been the height of presumption had he not been possess of inner vision and the revelation of truth from many prior lifetimes of work and suffering. His mission was unwelcome in Spain and elsewhere, where he underwent much criticism and persecution.

He returned to his home country and spent five years there, and after labor with unfit or weak devotees was somehow able to transmit his knowledge to three disciples; among the four of them was set the foundation of the brotherhood. They formed a secret school/order and studied the materials brought by CRC, aided by his own enlightened commentary and guidance. In time they acquired a permanent facility to serve as a Temple for instruction, initiation and worship. It was known as the Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum, the College of the Holy Spirit. It might be noted here that in the original Latin, the idea of "collegium" referred not to what we know of in modern times as an academic institution, with its overtones of bureaucracy and political stagnation, but rather a fellowship of colleagues, more flexible and resonant to individual spiritual needs than today's ossified institutions.

They worked as itinerant healers and exorcists (i.e. spiritual counsellors), and continued to bring other worthy and prepared individuals into their brotherhood as they found them -- but never in any significant numbers; indeed barely a handful were officially initiated into the order (which was still known as the Brethren of the College of the Holy Spirit, not "Rosicrucians" until after CRC's death decades later.)

With a foundation of CRC and twelve specially chosen disciples, a basic constitution or mission statement was established, viz.:


"1.That none of them should profess any other thing, than but to cure the sick, including the spiritually sick, and that freely." (Here, "freely" not only means without charging a fee but also without setting limits as to who would be helped, where or when.)

"2.That they should not be constrained to wear any distinctive dress, but there in follow the custom of the country in which they happened to be abiding." (While this was intended to avoid being labelled heretics or sectarians, in later years it opened them to the charge of subterfuge. Of course, they still wore robes during their own private rituals.)

"3.That every year on the day of Corpus Christi, they should meet at the Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum, or write the cause of absence." (At some point, this meeting would have been accomplished on the Astral Plane. Also, it is clear today that the more advanced of the brethren were not limited by lack of a physical body, and still congregate to this day. These are the Ascended Masters. One must be devoted and linked to the Lineage of the R.C. or G.D. in order, generally, to benefit from association with these Masters. It is of some significance that the annual day of their meeting was the church feast of the Body of Christ -- or of CRC? -- and there is no indication that this meeting would cease upon any of the disciples' deaths.)

"4.Every one should look for some worthy person of either sex, who after his decease might succeed him." (This set up the practice of student/mentor relationships, similar to the disciple/guru tradition of India. While Brethren of course taught many students throughout their lives, this point refers to developing at least one student advanced enough to take over for the Brother.)

"5.The word R.C. to be their mark, seal, and character." (Inner meaning of the Rose and Cross reserved for those worthy and capable of receiving it.)


The disciples went their ways as itinerant healers and wisdom-teachers to the various countries of Europe. At some point the knowledge of CRC's life, "death," and current whereabouts become lost to later members as the years went on and the original founders died. It is possible that he re-appeared in the future as St. Germain, and later guided Madame Blavatsky and others.

CRC's tomb was discovered years later while a successor of the original brethren was excavating a part of the first College of the Holy Spirit. But that, as they say, is another story.

No known portrait of C.R.C. exists.

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