THE LOTO+CROCE INITIATIC ORDEROn 4 May 1948, at 2:45 p.m., Tommaso Palamidessi founded in Turin, according to the rites of the Theurgy, the Loto+Croce Initiatic Order. Then, in conformity with the traditional usage, the Founder took the Esoteric Name. With the same criterion, the symbolic change of personality is effected in the new Lotocrucians, with the adoption of an esoteric name. The Loto+Croce Initiatic Order carries out its action in the world through its brothers, who have different grades and tasks. The Order has 12 Grades, plus one represented by the Founder of the Order or by his substitute. The first 3 grades can be summarized thus: 1st) – Brother Neophyte; 2nd) – Brother Initiate; 3rd) – Brother Master. The other nine grades indicate the different Elected Brother Masters. In all, 12 grades, in which may take part all the citizens of the earth of both the sexes. At the head of these 12 grades there is the Superior Initiator, whose office has the duration of his life. The death of the Superior Initiator implies a successor to continue the activity of the Order, chosen from among the Brothers and Sisters on proposal of the same S.I.; if this is not possible, the election will be made by a Synod of Lotocrucians. The members are organized in groups, or Temples of Assembly, whose direction is entrusted to who has the highest initiatic grade. The central seat of the Lotus+Cross Initiatic Order is Rome, also because the Urbs, in the past, was a center of spiritual radiation with king Numa Pompilius, and later with the same occult Ecclesia. The Order has its symbols, rites and theurgic instruments. To all its grades, have access men and women(1). The name Loto+Croce was given because the flower of the white Lotus has a rich symbolism of its own, as we will see, no less important than the Cross. In the floral symbolism of Ancient Egypt, India, Iran and Palestine, the flower of the Lotus is superior to that of the Rose. It is the meeting between western spirituality and that eastern. The Lotus is the symbol of the reincarnation, of the purity, of the ‘new birth from on high’, of the blossoming of the consciousness purified in the Sun of the Divinity. The Cross is the Horizontal Initiation and that Vertical, which in fact cross each other, but represents also the Cross of the Christ, the crucifixion of the egoism in us to let blossom from our hearts the pure love towards the Humanity, all the creatures, the things and God. Of the symbolism inherent in the Loto+Croce emblem, we will speak again. Now, it seems important to us to make known how toilsome and lengthy has been the bringing to life of the ‘Body of Grace‘ of this Order, exactly from the distant 1948 to 1966. The theurgic rites, the deep meditations to create the instrumental substrate of the Initiatic Body have demanded the labors of Hercules, until the Special Divine Presence made itself felt with two extraordinary phenomena during the pilgrimage in the Holy Land, in Jerusalem, 7 April 1966, at 7 p.m., in the Holy Sepulchre, exactly in the place where tradition says that the Cross was driven on the Golgotha. But if this date marked the beginning of a decisive turning point for the spiritual evolution of the Founder, also significant is the other phenomenon which happened to him on the morning of 8 April 1966, on the rock of the Gethsemane. That Easter of Resurrection will remain unforgettable for the Author, because the two unexpected preternatural events healthily unsettled him and made him a participant of the revelation. In the first case, on the point of the Golgotha, a little to the right of the hole, he suddenly felt a drop of blood fall on his skullcap: a hot, living drop which penetrated his brain like a burning iron. And this dripping of blood continued to hammer, day and night, for years. On that occasion, he had the distinct sensation that the drop fell from the upper part of the body of the Christ, because, in an interior vision, he saw the pierced feet of the Redeemer and the wood that surfaced a little from the ground. Jesus was crucified with his feet half a meter from the ground. In the second phenomenon, that of 8 April in the Gethsemane, a whirlwind of force, a mighty light, pervaded who writes, who remained crying and sobbing on the white rock of Christ, for a time that was short, but seemed eternal. His wife Rosa and his daughter Silvestra were to one side praying, but he seemed to be clinging like an anguished shipwrecked person to a rock beaten by the stormy sea. Hisses, moans of the elements, physically heard, and a great blinding light, then the figure of Jesus ablaze like molten gold. Nor did the hot dripping on the head stop. It was a state of profound anguish, that of those who seek God and are unable to detach themselves from the earth, and feel the ripping of their soul being drawn and quartered, by the angels who pull on one side, and the demons on the other. From that moment, many years have gone by, but emotions of this kind remain impressed like a brand of fire. These phenomena, and still many others that we cannot put in writing since they occurred in the course of particular Initiations, provide the guarantee that the Loto+Croce Initiatic Order is a living and active force wanted by the Avatar. The Holy Spirit is upon it, whose symbol is the white Dove. Hence, could also fly away if the Order should yield little, none or bad grain. In the Bible, and in its esoteric commentaries (cfr. Zohar, I, 207b; III, 7a), the Holy Spirit is the Shekhinah. Jesus, according to the Gospel of the Hebrews, says: “A short time ago my mother, the Holy Spirit, took me by one of my hairs, and transported me on the great mount Tabor”. Believe us, to have the special spiritual presence we did not spare ourselves, but new forces are called for to nourish the sacred fire of the Loto+Croce, and these are the right times, because we are moving towards the end of a Cycle. There is not a minute to lose. Today we are alive, tomorrow we may find ourselves motionless in the coffin, without even a moment to collect our forces and call, with humility and love, for the help of Jesus to keep us awake in the passing away, and to benefit by his redeeming and liberating action from the yoke and from the play of the phenomenic world. If the destiny of our reincarnation is true, and of this we have proof, he who dies awake, repenting his sins, overflowing with love for the Humanity, for all the things and the creatures, for the One and Trine God, is mathematically certain of reaching the Paradise, and of not being reincarnated again, neither in this nor in other worlds. To so much, the way of the Loto+Crucian Initiation and the Archeosophical doctrine can lead, followed with courage and will. (1) T. Palamidessi- THE INITIATION FOR THE WOMAN AND THE FEMININE ADEPTHOOD– Booklet 2.
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