thirteen years ago we read for the first time the story of
Tannhauser, retold by one sometime called Frater Perdurabo. We
have always been thankful that such was our first introduction
to Wagner, and incidentally to Rosicrucian Philosophy.
wish that this present volume of Frater Achad’s might meet with
a similar fate, and be the means of introducing many new-comers
to the story of Parzival, which “is not subject to time or
circumstance, and need not be sought outside the human heart
that has learned to beat in time and tune with the soul of the
world.” “It is,” says Frater Achad, “in the hope of awakening
some spark of the smouldering fire of this inner consciousness
in the hearts of those who may read these lines—not having
previously understood the legend—and from that spark enkindling
a great fire that will burn up the veils which hide man from
Himself—from God—that I have dared to add these fragments to the
great mass of Grail Literature already given to the world.” We
wish him God-speed. “Was Wagner a great Qabalist? Who can say?”
To continue quoting Frater Achad, “rather would we suggest that
being inspired, this drama must of necessity conform to truth on
all planes.” “The most important points of the drama are
connected with the Cup—Understanding—Binah the third Sephira;
the Spear—Will—Wisdom—Chokmah the second Sephira, and the
Heart—the Castle of the Grail—Tiphereth the sixth Sephira. If we
examine these spheres on the Tree of Life we find they form a
Descending Triad representing the Bowl of the Chalice of
Ecstasy, the points of which are 326.
is the Numeration of Jeheshuah, the God-Man or Redeemer. We are
also told that probably the oldest spelling of Parzival is
Parchval, whose numeration is also 326. The word Jeheshuah
symbolizes the descent of “Shin.” the letter of the Holy Spirit,
into the Four-lettered word I.H.V.H., the Ineffable Name and the
Formula of the Four Elements. Thus Parchval symbolizes the whole
enumeration of the other characters in the story and the
enumeration of the word Grail are equally remarkable, but we
purposely leave this for future readers to discover.
Parzival, after diverse tribulations, completes the circle and,
returning to the Temple of the Grail, heals Amfortas with the
Holy Spear and is himself crowned king, space does not permit us
to tell. Apart from the charm of Wagner’s story, we find in
Frater Achad’s version a homily well worth reading.
that Dean Inge or some other well-known critic would read the
book and serve it up again to the more intelligent among the
masses: it would ensure to the volume the widespread reading it
E. F. W.
Occult Review, September 1923.
In these days, meaning of course, the particularly current
passages of the calendar, when the output of occult literature
of more than ephemeral value seems so slight, it is gratifying
indeed, to those who have a fondness for that type of opus to
come across Frater Achad’s “THE CHALICE OF ECSTASY.” The book
purports to be a representation of the “inmost secret of
PARZIVAL,” and to have been written by “A Companion of the Holy
Undoubtedly both claims are manifest. Even those whose
familiarity with the things of the Temple is largely confined to
gleanings gathered up as crumbs from those who have passed the
portals know the signs—and the signs are many and unmistakable
in this work.
evident sympathy of the writer for the literary and musical
symbolism embodied in Wagner’s “great work” proves him a
student, and his keen analysis of their spiritual and occult
import stamp him as indeed “a companion of the Grail.”
Filled with profound scholarship and the wide range of
familiarity with kindred philosophical systems, as would be
expected of the erudite Adept, the allusions are nevertheless
not beyond easy comprehension, which enhances the pleasure to be
found in reading the book. It is handsomely printed and bound,
and is a credit to its publishers, the Yogi Publication Society.
Frater Achad is to be complimented. So are those fortunate
enough to secure and read his book.
Occult Digest, December 1925.