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Recommended Books


The path of initiation into the mysteries of the Light, as it is taught and lived in the Lectorium Rosicrucianum, is based on the vision of a coming new man. Several books describe this path as the great metamorphosis of man; Transfiguration. Please find a selection of recommended books below.


To view the complete works of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum, please go to the books overview section on the international site by clicking here.

The Chinese Gnosis: A Commentary on Part I of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching


by Catharose de Petri and Jan van Rijckenborgh

Summary: Esoteric analysis of the first 33 chapters of the Tao Te Ching


In this book, the Tao Te Ching is seen as a gnostic text and interpreted on the basis of gnostic insight. Gnosis – the original divine knowledge, which gives access to the path of liberation – is universal and intended for all of humanity. Wherever in the world the Messengers of the Light may work, it will always be revealed.“Every section/chapter is loaded with meaning. It presents the reader with a spiritual path, a path of renewal. Anyone searching for truth should read it.”


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The Coming New Man

by Jan van Rijckenborgh

Summary: The human struggle for Light


The Coming New Man takes the reader along on a search for the other one within himself. This book, addressed to the reader of the 20th and 21st centuries, describes the human struggle for Light. It contains the key to correct self-analysis, which is a process of self-purification, and the next step in the form of an openness to a spiritual future. The ultimate goal is Transfiguration, which is the development of a new human being who lives from forces we can scarcely comprehend. This book describes the new human being in detail, enabling the modern seeker to recognize him and wend his way to following in his footsteps. The Coming New Man is standard literature for those wishing to immerse themselves in the universal teachings of Light.


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The Egyptian Arch Gnosis
Parts 1-4


by Jan van Rijckenborgh

The four volumes of “The Egyptian Arch Gnosis” are based on the universal wisdom of the Emerald Tablet and the first two books of the Corpus Hermeticum by Hermes Trismegistos.


The origin of these writings were assumed to be in the Egyptic cultural era before Moses and Plato. In fact, they were written by a group of gnostics during the first Christian centuries.


The dialogues between Hermes and Pymander, Hermes and Asklepios and Hermes and Tat are true treasures of gnostic literature. The esoteric analysis and commentaries by Jan van Rijckenborgh supply the key for a deep undestanding.


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

The Gnosis in Present-Day Manifestation


by Jan van Rijckenborgh

Summary: The energy field of the Spiritual School


Gnosis is the radiation of the Godhead – absolute love, wisdom and power. How is Gnosis manifested in the human world? How can man prepare himself to receive it? This book explains how the energy field of the Spiritual School of the Golden Rosycross has been constructed so as to form a bridge of vibrations between our world and the Gnosis itself.


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The Brotherhood of Shamballa


by Catharose de Petri and Jan van Rijckenborgh

Summary: The radiating power of the Universal Brotherhood


At this turning point in human history, the Universal Christ-Brotherhood is radiating its helping power ever more strongly into our world. On the planetary level, the focus for this intervention is Shamballa, the 'City of the Gods'. On the level of our own individual microcosms, the focus for this intervention is the 'Rose of the Heart', the nucleus of the original Soul. This book explains that if, through the surrender of the I-central self, the Rose of the Heart can be enabled to awaken, it will always be connected with Shamballa and the Universal Brotherhood, wherever we may find ourselves in the world of time and space.


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The Gnostic Mysteries of Pistis Sophia


by Jan van Rijckenborgh

Summary: The Gospel of the Pistis Sophia


Knowledge is preceded by lack of knowledge. In order to attain knowledge, Wisdom in the figure of Sophia lies sunken in the abyss of not-knowing. From there, she begs the Light (absolute knowledge) to liberate her from the rulers, who maintain the world of not-knowing. Her supplications and songs of repentance form the content of Book 1 of The Gospel of the Pistis Sophia, attributed to the second-century gnostic Valentinus. The text is followed by extensive explanations by Jan van Rijckenborgh.


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The Literature of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum


Publications of J. Van Rijckenborgh

  • Elementary Philosophy of the Modern Rosycross The Coming New Man

  • The Gnosis in Present-Day Manifestation

  • The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis and its call in the Eternal Present (Volumes 1 to 4)

  • Dei Gloria Intacta

  • The Mystery of the Beatitudes

  • The Nuctemeron of Apollonius of Tyana

  • The Mystery of Life and Death

  • Unmasking

  • A New Call

  • Light Over Tibet

  • The Problem of Cancer

  • There is No Empty Space

  • The Universal Remedy

  • The Light of the World


Publications of Catharose De Petri 

  • Transfiguration

  • The Seal of Renewal 24 December 1980

Publications of Catharose De Petri and J. Van Rijckenborgh

  • The Brotherhood of Shamballa 

  • The Universal Gnosis

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