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I humbly present this work in a spirit of celebration. Robert Ambelain would have approved of the Martinist group at Yahoogroups.com! In his Warning to the Reader he stresses that his reasons for making this information available in print, is to reach out to Martinists who have not received the initiation he describes (surely the Rose Croix d’Orient?). He adds the caution that the vast majority of those who have received the scant teachings and accompanying regime have done nothing with them, but hoard them up as another certificate to covet, and another elegant membership to drop into conversation.
Ambelain has never been shy about putting teachings into print, in the belief, shared by Israel Regardie when he published the famous ‘Black Book’ of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, that it is better to safeguard the rituals and teachings in the hands of the many, than see them lost in the drawer of collectors of initiation who never do anything with them, nor pass them on to the successor, as they swore to do at their initiation. He believes, as do many, that the true import of the secret is not in the words but in their practice. He makes a specific point in this text of the manner in which well-thumbed old manuscripts bear the spiritual imprint of their readers ad users.
The Martinist Order now sees much communication between its branches. Indeed, as I write a number of European and American branches are coalescing into a group which, while retaining their specific rituals, initiatory successions and teachings, nevertheless recognize both the validity and the equivalence of each other’straditions, and now allow free visitation rights and access to materials between the groups. This can only be for the good, and I only hope this precious harmonizing process continues.
I would like to thank Michael Buckley, Ronald Cappello, Mark Jones, Andrew Stephenson and Gordon Stewart for their support and for their guidance and courage in this new millennium. I would especially like to thank Elias Ibrahim, whose guidance and support have been invaluable. I know he very much wanted to translate this important work, but as his commitments prevented him from applying himself to this task I was inspired to take up his mantle and complete the translation.
I now offer it to the English speaking community in the hope that it will help them in their search for the Summum Bonum, and the Way of the Heart.
Piers A. Vaughan
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