And what is Ecstasy? It has been well described by one known to us as
Frater Perdurabo, and I shall quote his own words:
"There is a land of pure delight, Where saints immortal reign."
"So used some of us to sing in childhood, and we used to think of that
land as far away, farther even than death that in those days seemed
"But I know this now: that land is not so far as my flesh is from my
bones! it is Here and Now.
"If there is one cloud in this tranquil azure, it is this thought: that
conscious beings exist who are not thus infinitely happy, masters of
"What is the path to this immortal land? To the Oriental, medita-
tion offers the best path. To the Western, there is no road better than
ceremonial. For ecstasy is caused by the sudden combination of two
ideas, just as oxygen and hydrogen unite explosively.
"But this religious ecstasy takes place in the highest centres of the
human organism; it is the soul itself that is united to its God; and for
this reason the rapture is more overpowering, the joy more lasting,
and the resultant energy more pure and splendid than in aught
"In ritual therefore, we seek continually to unite the mind to some
pure idea by an act of will. This we do again and again, more and
more passionately, with more and more determination, until at last
the mind accepts the domination of the will, and rushes of its own
accord toward the desired object. This surrender of the mind to its
Lord gives the holy ecstasy we seek."