No. 3 I MAY 21st, 1921Price 5 Cents
ONE REASON FOR OUR EXISTENCE
The British Ambassador, Sir AucklandGeddes, recently said:"The next fifty years are going to be themost glorious or the most disastrous in thehistory of the world. The present genera-tion .cannot hope to see a successful end tothe world revolution now in progress. Theway out of world turmoil must be led bythose who keep in view three essentials,
Keeping thesethree in view, civilization will sail safely. Letone be occulted and civilization is in danger.Let two be occulted and peril is nigh. Letthree be occulted and civilization fails. ThusX^Babylon fell, thus Egypt, thus Rome and>oubt not, fell all the civilizations of the past.>^day civiliz^akyr potters.Many of our readers have heard in ouFlectures that the Rosicrucian teachings are pre-pared around and upon a basis that is as de-void of theories or hypotheses as is possible;and our high degree thembers know that ithas been our greatest ambition to make fewer —, positive statements and have these based uponknowledge than to give a great many state-ments and admit afterwards that they wereguesses or presumptions. We have called your attention to the fact that science, today, yesterday, like unto last century, is filled withtheories, and that it changes these theories,modifies them ~ or makes them obsolete onshort notice. We have stated also that someof science’s fundamental propositions relatingto the most important things in our lives andpurporting to explain the most vital and in-teresting conditions of our existence, and theexistence of our universe and the operationof nature’s laws,
are theories and not to be
considered as laws, or facts.
We have beencriticized for making this statement and somehave smiled and said that we could not provev this statement. But, now let us call your at-tention to what we read in one of the univers-ally recognized authorities of scientific mat-ters, put upon the market within the past two years and being used by researchers andscientific persons as indisputable authority.
true Rosicrucian spirit we will not mention
name of the publication nor the authormaking the following statements. We arequoting from an explanation of the nature andcause of "Tides” and being interested in whatrelation man had to the tides we were sur-prised to read the following statements. Aftermaking an explicit statement of how both theSun and the Moon lull the waters of the earthand do so in inharmonious periods and rela-tionship, and after going into very minutefacts of heights, depths, and all the technicali .ties that would puzzle the average investiga-tor, we come to* this very beautiful expressionof the scientific mind:“The foregoing explanation is called theequilibrium theory of ihe\^ides. It is veryplausible, but unfortunatelyfails to agreewith the observed facts, thoiigh it1®^>£vertheless of great ‘use in leading up to a >theory. *
Unfortunately, this theoryis not in accord with observation. Ther€f areplaces where the high water comes as muchas six hours away from the meridian passageof the moon. In other words, this equilibriumtheory is at times
in error by the maximum
The trouble is that it tellsus what would happen if the forces
ing the tides had plenty of time to act.”
Now we ask our members to stopthink and mentally say tdrTjiemselves wha*.they would say to us in letters and otherwiseif any one of our lectures closed one of itsscientific explanations with any such apologyas this. And what would science 8c*y'oftss— as mystics if we admitted that one of our ex-planations contained in it an error of themaximum possible amount? After all, is itscientific knowledge we want or merely thatsimple, beautiful, unpainted, unmeasurable,uncenotaphed thing called Troth.
IS PRESIDENT HARDING A MYSTIC?
We know that our President is a Free-mason, but he is also a mystic essentially, forread what he said recently:"I believe in prayer. I believe in prayerin the closet, for then one faces God alone.1can understand how these Prophets of old,in their anxiety, problems and perturbations