TEACHINGS AND PRINCIPLES
The mission of KMR is to serve humanity and all its aspects through esoteric, mystical, and chivalrous work through the establishment of sacred principles of freedom, tolerance and harmony. Within the KMR is the perpetuation of a Tradition, as well as the source of a Tradition.
"A Templar Knight is truly a fearless knight, and secure on every side, for his soul is protected by the armour of faith, just as his body is protected by the armour of steel. He is thus doubly armed, and fear neither demons nor men."
- Bernard de Clairvaux, c. 1135, De Laude Novae Militiae—In Praise of the New
The KMR follows the compatible traditions of the Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, commonly known as the Knights Templar or the Order of the Temple who were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders and existed for approximately two centuries in the Middle Ages, espoused by the concept of Chivalry. The KMR members are militant only in their personal attitudes about maintaining and fostering the principles of the KMR in their lives.
Alchemy, the forerunner of chemistry, is the study of substances and methods of transmuting base elements into higher, purer forms. Alchemy often seeks to transform base metals into gold. Figuratively speaking, this is the goal of KMR. We seek to transmute man so that his gross qualities – such as ignorance, limitedness, and powerlessness – maybe replaced with wisdom, compassion, fearlessness and power; and in the process, achieve success and prosperity in life.
The highest aspect of the Alchemical process has to do with much more than changing one metal into another. This process and the instructions to be followed for its successful completion, have a duality of meaning. The duality references the fact that in addition to Alchemy being the means by which base metals could be changed into gold, it is also, in its higher form, a means of allowing the Alchemist to change, or transform the base person, into “gold,” meaning that a higher form of development is reached within oneself. This higher aspect of the duality is sometimes called Transcendental Alchemy.
It has been said that it is the hidden quintessence of Christianity, but Rosicrucianism is actually older, tracing its beginnings to the land of Khem – ancient Egypt. Rosicrucianism is the theology of a secret society of mystics, said to have been founded in late medieval Germany by Christian Rosenkreuz. It holds a doctrine "built on esoteric truths of the ancient past," that "concealed from the average man the physical universe and the spiritual realm.” It is symbolized by the Rosy Cross. Among the hallmarks of a Rosicrucian are continuous self-improvement through dedicated study, practice and service; the investigation of natural and cosmic laws through experiments; and humanitarian activities.
Mysticism deals with the study of man's psychic and spiritual faculties, and his relationship with the universe. Mysticism is the only way out of solving the great riddle of existence. All great saints, authentic masters, and mystic philosophers went through this process that it needs no more substantiation.
Mysticism molds man into a well-rounded individual. Its purpose is to bring out the best in man – to let his personality blossom into its fullest capacity and its most beautiful and perfect manifestation. Mysticism is man-making. Some would even say it is “superman”–making because man’s exceptional talents, skills and abilities, which normally remain hidden and untapped, are induced to come out, to grow, and flourish in stunning magnificence.
To a cup that is already full, no more can be added.