Pekka Ervast was a writer, occultist, and Christian mystic, born December 26, 1875, in Finland. Since early childhood, Ervast searched honestly for truth, but was often beset by the conflicts between idealism and reality that are so common in all walks of life. His passion was to find the real purpose of our existence and how we should live honestly, but he did not find any answers within the religious standards of his day. Finland was largely Christian in the late 1800s, but Ervast was not satisfied with Christian doctrines as they were being taught in church or even in theological seminaries.
During his early years at the University of Helsinki, Ervast became acquainted with Theosophy. At this time, the works of Theosophist Madame H. P. Blavatsky were becoming known, and eventually Ervast himself became one of two translators of Blavatsky's classic Theosophical work, The Secret Doctrine, into Finnish. Theosophy is a system of philosophical thought based upon spiritual insights into the esoteric, occult history of the human race and its developmental laws. The principles of Theosophy opened up the avenue of inquiry that Ervast had been seeking. Furthermore, through reading the work of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, Ervast discovered esoteric Christianity. The path of the Sermon on the Mount became his path, and its cosmic law became his law.
The literary works of Pekka Ervast consist of over a hundred volumes, many of them full-length books. Very few of Ervast's works, however, are available in English. Fortunately, being fluent in several languages, including English, Ervast translated at least two of his books into English:H.P.B.: Four Episodes from the Life of the Sphinx of the XIXth Century (1933) and The Sermon on the Mount (1983), both published by the London Theosophical Publishing House. His other books include a collection of Ervast's lectures from 1929 called Astral Schools, The Esoteric School of Jesus and The Key to the Kalevala.
In 1920 Ervast founded the Rosicrucian organization in Finland, the Ruusu-Risti, which still exists today and is engaged in publishing, teaching, and translating projects. Ervast labored to bring opportunities for spiritual learning and growth to his people, and the seeds he planted continue to bear fruit.
Ervast's life was not long-he died at age 58—but his collected writings, lectures, and books are all the more valuable for this reason. During the course of his Theosophical and Rosicrucian activities between 1895 and 1934, he gave over thirteen hundred public lectures, most of them without written notes. His skills and presence as a speaker verged on the mystical, and it was often noted that he seemed to answer questions from his audience before they had been asked. He could speak clearly and intelligibly to the most profound questions of philosophy, religion, and Theosophy. His message reached truth seekers in all sectors of society, and his books can be found in tens of thousands of Finnish homes. Through his life's work in service to the truth, he remains a most important spiritual teacher to his nation. Moreover, Ervast's diverse and profound teachings as a "seer from the North" are timeless and universal, intended for all of humanity.