The experiences of soul
and spirit portrayed in this play are to be conceived as following,
at about a year's interval, those delineated in ‘The Guardian
of the Threshold.’
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ELEMENT OF SPIRIT:
Benedictus, the personality in whom a
number of his ‘pupils’ recognize the sage who knows the
deep spiritual connection of earthly events. In my earlier soul
pictures ‘The Portal of Initiation’ and ‘The Soul's
Probation,’ he is portrayed as the Hierophant of the Sun-Temple;
in ‘The Guardian of the Threshold’ he represents that
spiritual movement which
seeks to substitute the actual spiritual life of modern times for
the merely traditional views upheld therein by the Mystic Brotherhood.
In ‘The Soul's Awakening’ Benedictus must no longer be
conceived only as a sage who has authority over his pupils but also
as having his own soul's destiny interwoven with theirs.
Hilary True-to-God, the adept in traditional spiritual life,
which, in his case, is accompanied by individual spirit-experience.
He is the same individuality who appears in ‘The Soul's
Probation’ as Grand Master of a Mystic Brotherhood.
The Manager of Hilary's business of sawmills.
Hilary's Secretary. He appears in ‘The Guardian
of the Threshold’ as Frederick Clear-Mind.
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ELEMENT OF DEVOTION:
Magnus Bellicosus named Germanus in ‘The Portal
of Initiation.’ In ‘The Soul's Probation’
and in the ‘Guardian of the Threshold’ he is the Preceptor
of a Mystic Brotherhood.
Albertus Torquatus named ‘Theodosius’ in
‘The Portal of Initiation.’ He appears in the