We dedicate this course of esoteric education to humanity and especially to all those who are disillusioned by schools, religions, lodges, and sects. This course of intimate self-education and true practical knowledge is for them.
There are two types of knowledge: the Eye Doctrine and the Heart Doctrine.
The Eye Doctrine is for those who are satisfied with spiritual theories and the Heart Doctrine is for authentic initiates. To the Eye Doctrine belong all the members of the so-called spiritual schools, and their concepts are as variable as are the opinions of writers.
To the Heart Doctrine belong all the masters of the universal White Fraternity because the primeval truths of this unique knowledge are enclosed within it.
The Eye Doctrine comes to us through deduction and the Heart Doctrine through intuition.
The Eye Doctrine is human; it is produced by the intellect. The Heart Doctrine is divine; it is produced by the Internal Master.
The Eye Doctrine fortifies the mind. Our mind is the abode of desire; it thinks, reasons, analyzes and wants to resolve everything by itself without taking into consideration the voice of the Internal Master. Therefore, the mind arrives at erroneous conclusions and leads us to erred actions.
The Internal Master does not analyze or reason because his voice is the voice of intuition. The Heart Doctrine opens up the doors to the hall of knowledge.
Schools have already given all they have to offer. The centers of knowledge are now converted into business places, each with its own tyrant that forbids its adepts and students to go out in search of knowledge; the prohibitions here, the excommunications and threats there, always leaving things for tomorrow, making a big issue out of the password, the protective amulets, the non-plus-ultra... of the secrets that no other school possesses.
We are not looking for flatterers of masters nor are we interested in hard-hearted henchmen. We are guiding pillars, so do not become attached to us because our mission is not to gather up followers. We indicate with logical thought and exact concept the path to follow so that each person arrives at his Internal Master (he who lives in silence within you).
We inform you that knowledge belongs to the Innermost, and that virtues and gifts are not a matter of false pretense and false humility; rather, they are terrific realities that convert us into powerful and gigantic oaks so that the frailties of the mind, the threats of black magicians, the envy of tyrants, can shatter against our strong personality.
This course is for all the rebels in all schools, for those who do not believe in masters, for those dissatisfied with all beliefs, for those who still have a little courage and a spark of love left within them.
We are not interested in anyone’s money, nor are we interested in monthly fees, or temples made out of brick, cement or clay, because we are conscious visitors in the cathedral of the soul and we know that wisdom is of the soul.
Flattery tires us, praise should only belong to our Father (who is in secret and watches over us minutely).
We are not in search of followers; all we want is for each person to follow his or her self—their own Internal Master, their sacred Innermost—because He is the only one who can save and glorify us.
“I do not follow anyone; therefore no one should follow me.” Men offer human knowledge, and God the bread of life. The truth shall set you free.
We do not want any more comedies, pretenses, false mysticism, or false schools. What we want now are living realities; we want to prepare ourselves to see, hear, and touch the reality of those truths.
Let us take the sword of our will and break all the links of the world, and launch ourselves head-on into a terrible battle for liberation, because we know that salvation is within man.
March forward, conquerors! To the battle, warriors!
Samael Aun Weor
This chapter is from The Zodiacal Course (1951) by Samael Aun Weor. It is included in the print and ebook editions of Practical Astrology by Glorian Publishing (a non-profit organization), which are illustrated to aid your understanding, and include features like a glossary and index. Buy the book, and you benefit yourself and others.