Culdians believe in the ethics of the Bible and in the teachings of Christ; in other words they live according to moral concepts, but they have open minds when it comes to dogmas and doctrines. Culdians seek Truth, but are aware that the ultimate or sublime Truth is something transcending this world. Here we may only glimpse Truth, or see only its reflection, because reality and Truth do not reside in the physical. All we can do is to reach out for it, but we can never grasp it with absolute surety. So many people claim to know Truth, when all they have is their own perspective of it. They see one facet and think they have seen all. That is why there is so much dissension among those who declare they have discovered it.
The choice of the word ‘religion’ is bad. They do have a religion and worship Lucifer, the Lightbringer. They are Luciferians and believe that they are destined to rule the world under the overlordship of Lucifer. This is no place to go into their theological beliefs, which are extremely complicated. Suffice to say that even religion can serve Evil.
Yes, anyone who wishes to follow the Culdian path. No dogmatic doctrine will be imposed upon them, the Culdian teachings speak for themselves. However, the people most welcome fall into two categories: those who are seekers of the ultimate Truth, in whatever sphere, and those who want to deal with the manifest and manifold ills of present day society and who, in order to more ably accomplish this, are prepared to make whatever adjustments are necessary to their attitudes and lifestyle. Personal development is an important aspect of the Culdian teachings. This is complemented by a spiritual unfolding. What we require most are people who have the potential for playing a prominent part in the future of the Culdians, who can influence their progress through the long road ahead. Culdians not only teach, they also want to learn and those from whom they can learn most are warmly welcome.
Culdians cannot be labeled so conveniently. There is a tendency among certain people to seek to place us in some kind of pidgeon-hole, some convenient category, but we cannot be so constricted. While we believe in developing the potential spirituality of the individual, spiritualists, with whom we have no dispute, tend to over-emphasise ‘psychic phenomena’. There is something of the Divine in everyone, and we are here on Earth to realise (that is to awaken) the potentialities latent in humans. However, there has to be a balance between the spiritual and the material aspects of individuals. In fact this concept of balance in all things is a basic principle of the Culdians.
This is the strange part about the Campaign for Religious Tolerance. Although the Culdians did get considerable support from individuals, no religious organization in the area was prepared to join in any campaign for general religious tolerance. This is one of the big problems which have to be faced. There is no solidarity in the ranks of Good. If we could have a world wherein people opted to support Good in general rather than individual interpretations of it, then surely we would have nothing to fear from any form of Evil. As it is Good predominates in the world, but it is in disarray, in conflict within itself, so it cannot deal with Evil effectively.
That is why there is so much wrong in the world.
Yes, although it is fair to say that the person who consciously decides to serve Evil is a very rare creature. Evil is generally served by well-meaning but misguided people. Of course there are those who lie, steal, assault, hate, envy, deceive, or otherwise act wrongly towards others,
but only rarely do they consciously acknowledge that they are serving Evil. Most will have some excuse for their acts, or they may be victims of prior conditioning and incapable of making proper judgments or ethical decisions. A well-meaning, indulgent parent can inflict more harm on a child’s life than can an assault or ill treatment. A great deal of sorrow is caused by well intentioned people. Culdians know that there exists in this world a coterie of people who believe that they are destined to make the world subservient to their rule, and who have no scruples whatsoever in the attainment of this end. These can therefore be justly described as people who serve Evil knowingly, although they do not view themselves as being evil. They simply have an interpretation of Good which excluded the great majority of people.
Evil manifests in the absence of Good. It is a negative thing while Good is positive. Therefore if the promotion of Good is emphasized Evil will not manifest.
There can be only one Truth. It is not something which can be shared out in different forms, although it has many facets. Thos who state they have the Truth and therefore need seek no further simply stand in a static state and their vision of Truth must eventually become fossilized. No matter how clear the glimpses of Truth may be they are no more than glimpses and one has to ever advance towards the light to see it more clearly. The knowledge of Truth is an evolving thing. The Culdian philosophy is one of progress towards ultimate goals, so Culdians cannot be satisfied with today’s Truth. Therefore thy invite people to join in a further advance towards a greater aspect of Truth. There is a long, long road yet to travel in the quest for the Grail of Truth.
A person placed an advertisement in the local newspaper, asking anyone who was interested in psychic phenomena to contact her. As a result some thirty people attended a meeting, out of which just under half decided to meet regularly to pursue the matter further. They were all strangers to each other and as individuals covered a wide social spectrum. Certainly none among them had any idea that the meeting would develop into anything beyond a general interest in the so-called supernatural and unexplained. Probably the one thing they had in common was curiosity. However, after meeting for a number of times they established contact with an entity calling herself ‘Gwineva’, from whom they eventually received a number of communications. Pieced together these communications constitute what is now known as ‘The Book of Gwineva’, a body of teachings and instructions. The plan laid down for the propagation of the teachings and the administrative set up proposed far exceeded any aspirations within the group, which was told that all this could come about with help from ‘the other side’, provided the individuals were prepared to ‘become bigger and better people’, and the way to do this was to abide by the teachings. So here was a group of very ordinary and actually somewhat ill assorted people who had assembled to pursue a topic of common interest and who now were presented with a task seemingly beyond their capacity and certainly outside their aspirations. So these average people reacted as any similar grouping probably would, they set out to do their best. Undoubtedly they were inspired by what had happened and it was this inspiration that carried them through the early years; but the struggle to live up to Gwineva’s exhortations, to her high expectations, proved too much for some of those who had not expected to become examples to their fellows in the first place. Had a group of people come together with the intention of propagating a high form of spiritual knowledge and to activate certain social ideals, then they may have fitted the bill with comfort. As it was very ordinary people were called upon to undertake something which might well have daunted more stouthearted people. The original group held together well enough during the initial testing periods, surviving the rigours of the campaign for religious tolerance and the antagonistic powers of the press. They withstood the challenge of an alliance between the fundamentalists and a group of Satanists seeking to eliminate any opposition to their villainous activities, and effectively cleared the area of Satanists who were promoting drug addiction and obscene ceremonies. However, they
were less able to deal with the stresses and strains from within, they found difficulty in rising above their averageness. Gwineva told the members of the original group that she came with a challenge and what that challenge was has been interpreted in several ways. However, it seems, from subsequent guidance, that the challenge was to their averageness, their mediocrity. What she required from the group was proof by example that the average person can reach out towards greatness and aspire to the attributes of divinity which reside in all of us but generally lie buried under an overburden of materiality. It is significant that each of those who most actively sought to develop themselves metaphysically, as they reached the culmination of their efforts were presented with specific personal challenges and failed the test. Those who had great potential for spirituality and leadership likewise failed to surmount the challenge of materiality. They were called upon to undertake something which, in the normal course of events, they would never have considered. Yet, from knowledge subsequently gained it can be said that each had a date with destiny, each was ruled by the decrees of fate and fulfilled a kharmic role. Their struggle was between their average mediocrity and their inherent potential, and that is the challenge that continues to be presented to everyone who joins the Culdians. As an organization the Culdians have survived and surmounted their initial difficulties; others have replaced those who have withdrawn and the new blood has brought the bright prospect of revitalization. However, each new member should be conscious of the challenge and understand the nature of the struggle they must endure if they are to reach the goal of the Mastery of Life. The Culdians who are now carrying the standard of the Culdian concept recognize the contributions made by the foundation members who have ceased to travel the road with them, a road which they are welcome to rejoin at any time. The word ‘Culdian’ is derived from the name ‘Culdees’ or ‘Kailedy’, which was given to the early followers of Jesus when they arrived in Britain after the crucifixion. The word ‘Culdee meant ‘Wise Strangers’; it was also interpreted as ‘Servants of God’.
Good is good wherever it manifests and calling it anything else would not alter it. Culdians are realists and recognize that those who serve cause of Evil as motivators are very subtle and camouflage their activities under cloaks of seeming Good. Also it is unfortunately true that good motivation and intent can sometimes lead to undesirable outcomes when a wider overview is taken, as witness a great deal of social legislation and social attitudes. The physician does not concern himself with the healthy parts of a body, but concentrates on those that call for attention.
You could say that, but we believe that ultimately Good must prevail. The tendency now, in all areas except material technology, is to take the easy path and run downhill. The Culdians are dedicated to playing an effective part in stemming the downward flow.
The Editor of the influential local paper was a biblical fundamentalist who, for a long time, did try to maintain an open press and provide a balanced view. However, in open argument the ‘letters to the Editor’ columns were so overwhelmingly in favour of the balanced Culdian viewpoints that he was no longer able to maintain editorial equilibrium and came down heavily on the side of religious bias and intolerance. Although then relatively weak in numbers and resources the Culdians took up the challenge and opened a campaign for religious tolerance. For a while feelings ran hot and pressure was put on the local business community to withdraw its advertising support. There was also a move towards a public burning of the local paper. The outcome was that the Editor was removed and sections of the national press hailed this as a “victory for the Culdians and for tolerance”.
Then if all the things which are wrong in the world and in society are classified as Evil it is surely very wrong to take the stance that we should simply ignore Evil, that taking cognizance of it gives it substance?
This is an increasingly prevailing attitude and one which undoubtedly contributes to the present unhealthy social climate. Better by far to recognize all that is wrong and take positive steps to deal with it.
Culdians do not equate Evil with scriptural ‘sins’, nor with the breach of priestly prohibitions. All that is conducive to the progress, wellbeing, happiness of humankind and fulfillment of its destiny, is considered Good, while all that hinders or contravenes this is Evil. To Culdians Good and Evil do not stand at opposite poles, but are intertwined with the fabric of life. There is some degree of Good in even the most Evil thing, and sometimes even the best attempts at Good can become contaminated with Evil. Culdians do not believe in a personalized Devil, but realize that certain human thoughts, designs, desires and acts have contaminated the metaphysical ‘thought sea’, so that it is possible for individuals ot be influenced towards Evil.
The correct designation is Culdifaith.
The development of balanced and responsible individuals within a law-abiding and caring society. We seek to promote a healthy balance between spirituality and the need to progress in a material environment. To effect a change in society it is necessary to change individuals; there is a correspondence between the overall health and wellbeing of the individual and the wholesomeness and stability of society. Culdians promote the ideals of responsible conception and responsible parenting, believing that the root causes of most of the ills of society lie in defective domestic circles. The average individual today is much too
self-centered and there is a general lack of social conscience or social conscioiusness. Culdians also seek to revalue love and to promote the ideal of true love, and in this they run counter to the prevailing attitude that love means sex and that the freedom to express sexuality in any form should be a prerogative of society.
Certainly not, for Good may be served under a variety of banners. We are all at different stages of spiritual development and understanding. That is why there is such a diversity of creeds and doctrines. There is a difference between a good Christian and a Christian who is good, a good Muslim and a Muslim who is good, a good Buddhist and a Buddhist who is good. In the former the labels are the all important thing, in the latter goodness is the prime motivating factor.