Studies in "Letters To Students"
by Max Heindel
This study guide is intended for use with Letters
To Students by Max Heindel. The guide contains two groups of questions for
each chapter in Letters To Students. The first
group of questions for a chapter are questions whose answer may be found
somewhere in the chapter. The second group of questions are labeled as
"thought questions." The answers to these questions are not given in
the chapter, but rather can be answered by relating what was said in the chapter
to one's own experience and by using one's creative imagination.
In using the study guide it is recommended that one first read an
entire chapter from Letters To Students to get
an overall picture of the topic being discussed. Then answer the questions
below, referring back to the text as needed.
It is hoped that this study guide will help the reader clarify
and make more precise the understanding of occult Truths, so that he or she may
tred the path with a more certain step.
1] Why is the name of
"friend" to be preferred over that of "brother" or
2] a) What is frequently the attitude
of the man of the world when he sees something in the home or at work which
ought to be done?
b) What should be our attitude when we see something which ought to be done?
3] If we try to find out what bothers
our neighbors along a spiritual line, what will we then have the opportunity of
4] If we become members of Christian
churches, what will we then have the opportunity of doing?
5] What must we aim to cultivate if we
are to avoid becoming ensnared in the meshes of intellect and puffed up by
6] a) What is the ultimate cause of
b) What is the purpose of sorrow and suffering?
c) To be cured of a disease, what does one need to do?
7] a) What must a stove be filled with
before it can radiate heat?
b) What must we be filled with, before we can radiate love?
8] Thought question: What do we need
to do to keep our mood from being completely controlled by the astrological
influences present at any given moment?
9] a) The Divine Guardians of Humanity
may not interfere with the free will of mankind. How, then, can they help
b) Alms-giving can degrade the recipient. What form of help is preferable to
10] Is a person who has ceased to use
flesh foods and alcohol a step higher on the evolutionary path than one who
still continues to use them?
11] What determines the degree of
force which a thought is able to exert?
12] What may a cross with a climbing
rose on it be taken to symbolize?
13] What are the pupils of the
Western Wisdom Teachings encouraged to do in order to achieve generative purity?
14] Thought questions: It is stated
that in the next epoch we will live in the air. What type of activities will not
be possible during the next epoch? Why type of activities will be possible
during the next epoch?
15] a) What type of currents traverse
the vertical branches of trees?
b) What type of currents traverse the horizontal limbs of trees?
c) What effect do the horizontal currents have on the lateral limbs?
16] Thought question: Of what value
17] Thought question: In what ways
have the Lucifer Spirits been of benefit to mankind?
18] Which part of the Rosicrucian
Teachings has the greatest power to make men better here and now?
19] Thought question: Under what
circumstances should we relate superphysical experiences, and under what
circumstances should we not?
20] a) When a person is not given a
Master or Leader to guide him, what does this force the person to do?
b) How does this (not having a Master or Leader) benefit the person?
21] a) Under the reign of Jehovah,
what was man's main goal in life?
b) Since the Christ infused the earth with His Spirit, what qualities have begun
to grow on earth?
c) When the Spiritual Panacea travels through a patient's body, what does it do?
22] a) What is Christ currently doing
for the earth?
b) What similarities did Sir Launfal see between the beggar and the Christ?
23] From each parentheses choose the
word or phrase which correctly completes the sentence.
From the first to the middle of the fourth epoch humanity was (descending
into, ascending out of) material existence, and the Lucifer Spirits taught
(women, men) the gospel of the (physical world, spiritual worlds). From the
middle of the fourth epoch to the seventh epoch, humanity is (descending into,
ascending out of) material existence and Jehovah is teaching (women, men) the
reality of the (physical world, spiritual worlds.)
24] Why must each person in the
Rosicrucian School learn to stand alone?
25] a) What is the origin of the song
of the spheres?
b) Is the song of the spheres the same all the time?
c) What effect does the song of the spheres have on humanity?
26] Under what circumstances should
we give to others information about the Western Wisdom Teachings?
27] a) What must we be willing to
leave if we are to successfully seek truth?
b) Why is courage necessary to successfully seek truth?
28] In the future, how will Science,
Art and Religion stand in relation to one another?
29] Which method of advancement,
Freemasonry or Catholicism, produces the stronger souls? Why?
30] a) Did God originally plan that
the Lucier Spirits should play a role in the development of humanity?
b) How did God handle the situation when the Lucifer Spirits did open people's
eyes, so that people saw alternatives to the way of life prescribed by Jehovah
and the Lords of Venus?
31] a) What can be concluded if
someone comes in a physical body proclaiming himself Christ?
b) Before we meet Christ in his second coming, what body must we shed? In what
body will we then function?
32] a) What qualities must one have
if one is to be able to spiritually penetrate into the inner layers of the
b) Why is it important that the vital body of Jesus be protected?
33] a) What type of activities
lengthen the life of the archetype of the dense body and consequently also
lengthen the life of the physical body?
b) How can we determine the times most propitious to sow the seeds of the soul,
to help, and to heal?
34] a) At the present time, into what
should humanity transmute that part of the creative force which is not required
to propagate the race?
b) When we are tempted by unclean thoughts, what should we do?
35] What quality must people develop
before they can be free from the laws and conventions of society?
36] What is the difference between
the Eastern bodies and Western bodies which makes the path of initiation
different for each?
37] Why do the Elder Brothers in the
Western world only accept pupils who are free from all other bonds?
38] How can we distinguish a true
Teacher from an unqualified pretender?
39] a) Where shall we seek truth?
b) What exercise will help us to discern truth from error?
40] a) In what World does our
consciousness at once become filled with knowledge concerning whatever being or
thing we look at?
b) What is it our duty to do with truth, once we have found it?
41] What is a sure way to test out an
idea to find whether or not it is true?
42] Why is it impossible to convey
certain occult truths to the world in general?
43] What fact about rebirth gives
evidence that women are equal to men in morals?
44] Thought questions:
a) In what ways does selfishness sometimes prevent us from serving others?
b) In what ways does selfishness sometimes creep in even when we are serving
45] What alone is needed to gain
entrance to the Temple of Initiation? What is the only method by which this can
46] When a person dies a violent
death (as in a war), what effect will this have on his next life? Why?
47] When a person has died due to
some wound or accident, and retains and continues to suffer from the wound in
the Desire World, what do the Invisible Helpers need to do to "heal"
48] Where is the major enemy of each
person located? Give examples of some of the types of battles engaged in with
49] Thought question: What are your
current greatest wishes? Are you willing to work with ardor and intensity to
achieve these wishes?
50] Thought question: What type of
activities lead to spiritual prosperity?
51] Thought questions: Is it good for
us to see ourselves as others see us? Is it good for others to see themselves as
we see them?
52] Why is it desirable that students
who are in sympathy with the ideas of the Rosicrucian Fellowship give up all
other religious societies (the Christian Churches excepted) and devote their
whole heart, mind, and spirit to living and spreading the Rosicrucian teachings?
53] Thought question: What should be
our attitude toward the Christ during the fall and winter months when He focuses
his consciousness in the earth and works to leaven it?
54] What did Max Heindel suggest that
one do it one disagrees with the policies of the Rosicrucian Fellowship?
55] Thought question: If you want
your life to take a new direction, what do you need to do?
56] Thought question: What occult
principle do you think the world is in greatest need of knowing?
57] Why is it that one cannot achieve
spiritual illumination and become a wonder worker after a few days stay at the
58] Can the golden wedding garment be
built by fasting and castigation?
Thought question: How might these practices hinder the building of the soul
59] What effect do the colonies of
Italians, Scots, Germans, English, etc., in various parts of the United States
have on the formation of a new race?
60] What is the effect of intense
yearning to continue the relationships severed by death?
61] At what time of year are the
spiritual fires in the earth the brightest?
Thought question: What activities are best carried on at this time of year?
62] Thought question: When we share
what we know of Truth with others, what effect does this have on us?
63] Thought question: Would having an
individual teacher help you prepare for initiation faster? Why, or why not?
64] a) Does war between the higher
and lower natures occur within everyone? Why, or why not?
b) How may we prepare ourselves to win the battle against the lower nature?
65] Thought question: What do we need
to do in order to crucify our lower natures?
66] Thought questions:
a) When reading a book are you able to concentrate your thoughts on the ideas
b) When conversing with someone, do you concentrate on listening to what the
other person is saying? Do you concentrate on the topic of discussion, or do
you wander aimlessly from one topic to another?
c) When by yourself, are you able to concentrate your thoughts in order to
create some idea, or solve some problem, or send out some well-defined
thoughts or prayers?
67] Thought question: If valuable
prizes were going to be awarded to the "Real Heroes of the World",
what qualifications should be required of those who were to receive the prizes?
68] What should be our attitude
69] Why is it that in the world we
find it difficult to live up to ideals which we fully believe in?
70] Thought questions: What would
like to do in a future life? What can you do now to start preparing for the next
71] Thought questions: What sins
mostly easily beset us? What can we do to eradicate them?
72] a) What attitude on our part
leads the Recording Angels to give us greater opportunities to pay of past
b) What may cause our associates to start looking for faults in us? Why?
73] Thought questions: What talents
have you received from God? How can these talents be used in the service of God?
74] a) What vehicle do the Eastern
Occult Schools focus on the development of?
b) What vehicle do the Western Wisdom Schools focus on the development of?
75] a) Should we seek to serve along
lines which are consistent with our natural inclinations?
b) Should we seek to serve along lines which are not consistent with our natural
76] Is it possible for any being to
become separated from God?
77] Thought question: What could you
say to a person who knew nothing about occult philosophy to explain to him what
people do after they die?
78] Thought exercise: Choose some
scene from the past history of mankind and describe what it would have been like
to have been there.
79] Thought question: What must be
sacrificed if one wishes to obtain spiritual development?
80] Thought questions:
a) How might you explain the higher worlds to someone who knew nothing about
b) How might you explain the law of consequence to someone who knew nothing
about occult philosophy?
81] What body is developed through
82] Thought questions: With our
tongues we bless God and we curse men, who are made after the similitude of God.
In what respects are men made in the image of God? Do men deserve our respect,
just as God deserves our respect?
83] Thought question: How should we
decide whether or not to believe what we read in books?
84] Are our current characters
completely the effects of past causes (development in past lives, environment
and upbringing, astrological forces, etc.)? Have we, within ourselves, the power
to change our characters?
85] Thought question: Goethe wrote:
"Who never ate his bread in sorrow, . . . He knows ye not ye heavenly
powers." Is sorrow needed to lead people to the heavenly powers? Why, or
86] Thought question: Why you are
riding in a car or waiting for someone or otherwise unoccupied with worldly
duties, to what good use might you put the time?
87] Thought question: What could you
say to explain to a person who knew nothing about occult philosophy how the Laws
of Rebirth and of Consequence together lead to the evolution of humanity?
88] What occult value can come
repetitive work, provided it is done with love?
89] At the end of His earthly career
Christ send His disciples to prepare the passover in the house of the
Water-bearer, and there gave bread and the water cup as the New Covenant for the
Kingdom of God. What does this symbolically tell us about the Aquarian Age?
90] Thought question: Should we
preach ideals which we ourselves have not yet attained?
91] Why are different religious cults
and sects needed in the world?
92] What effects may war have on a)
the religious life of people, b) the spiritual sight of people, c) the evolution
of a group of people?
93] Thought question: How could you
explain to someone who knew nothing about occult philosophy what the purpose of
94] What virtues do stressful
situations give us the opportunity to cultivate?
95] What reason do we have to be
optimistic about the future of the world and of mankind?
96] Why does using opportunities for
gaining experience and doing good lengthen one's life?
97] In what order should the
following steps be taken when you wish to succeed at something?
A. Develop plans as to how to attain your desire.
B. Develop a faith that success is possible and a determination to achieve
despite all obstacles.
C. Set a goal.
What spiritual goal would you like to