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failure of his work so that a possible opportunity tosecure leadership and power in the Order may boseized. But the authority of one Imperator i« nottransmitted to another in this manner and our presentImperator's successor was decreed some time ago.
“GENUINENESS” OF THE ORDER
For the above reasons and for-many others, it ispositively stated that the A. M. O. R. C. in NorthAmerica, under the direction of H. Spencer Lewis(Profundis) as Imperator, is the only Roaicrucianmovement, order, fellowahip, fraternity, Lodge, Groupor what-not, having the Rosicrucian authority descending from Egypt and India through the earlyfounders of the Order and the Hierophant and Im-perators of France, and retaining the ancient, absolutely original and secret traditions and powers of Amenhotep IV (Akhnaton, Pharoah of Egypt) thetraditional founder of the order's mysteries and monotheistic teachings.
The A. M. O. R. C. is affiliated
and connectedwith, in fraternal relations with, acknowledged by,and in exchange with
all other foreign Lodges orJurisdictions of the Rosicrucians who hold and operateunder the same powers, papers of authorities and patents as does the Order here in America. These foreign branches of the Ancient Order include the Supreme Shrine of the A. A. O. R. R. A. C. in Cairo,Egypt, the Illuminati of the A. A. O. R. R. A. C« inCalcutta, India, and La Loge. Supreme Rose Croix of France of the A. A. O. R. R. A. C. and-*bthers, fromthe Grand Masters and Supreme Officers of which ourImperator holds letters and papers of fraternal relationship, We are NOT affiliated with any other Rosi- €Tucian society in this country or any other, nor withany fraternity, fellowship or movement using the wordRosicrucian. The Rosenkreutz Order in Germanywas (and is) a branch of the A. A. O. R. R. A. C.)
Only the form or fundamentals of our rituals, the“landmarks” of the Order and the underlying lawsand principles of all our teachings are like unto therituals and teachings as issued by the Order in thedays of old. In all countries and jurisdictions theteachings especially have evolved in keeping with theevolution of man and the progress of the arts andsciences. To believe that any practical knowledgeapplicable to our present needs and evolution could bederived from a study of the ancient Rosicrucian teachings without change or modification becomes a ridiculous thought as soon as one reads the many booksstill in existence containing extracts or whole sectionsof the writings of the ancient Rosicrucians. For thisreason the lectures and teachings of our Order havebeen constantly revised and amended, and added to byadvanced minds in the Order so that the fundamentalprinciples adhered to will reveal the utmost of nature’slaws and operations. In this way, this sense, theteachings of the Rosicrucians always were in advanceof any other school of philosophy and science, andalways will be. But little of our teachings, few of thephrases, are today as the old Masters used; but thesecret laws, the secret fundamentals and traditionalprinciples are still preserved and unknown to otherschools.
Membership in the A. M. O. R. C. of North Americadoes NOT include membership in any FOREIGNLodge or branch of this Order any more than woulcL
embership in the French or Spanish Lodge of theOrder include membership in the Indian or EgyptianLodges. But membership in the A. M. O. R. C. of North America does include membership in the general Order of A. M. O. R. C. in all lands where it isestablished with the privilege of visiting and attending'sessions after members here have reached a certainstatus, as has always been the custom. Membershipfees and dues paid to the A. M. O. R. C. of NorthAmerica by any member are contributions solely tothe support of the work in this country and not forany rights or privileges in any international or foreignbody. (The same principle holds in other secret andfraternal movements in the U. S. A.)
On February 8, 1915, the present Imperator of theOrder in North America called together nine men andwomen who were representatives of various schools of advanced thought in New York and with the Moonin Sagittarius and other signs indicating the nature
the meeting, he presented to them his papers, powers,rights and authority, and solicited their assistance incarrying out the decrees
the Masters. Committeeswere appointed to investigate all the claims, powersand authority the Imperator (then merely the officialLegate of the Order) possessed, and instructed to addto their committes other men and women in the citywho were prepared to assist in the great work*The result of this meeting was that on the first dayof April, 1915, a meeting of thirty men and womenselected from over 100 who volunteered their assistance and moral support, met and elected a temporarychairman and finally organized themselves into theFirst Supreme Council of the Order in America. Thiscouncil, acting under a pronunziamento issued by theLegate of the Order, issued the First American Charter, elected the Supreme Officers and created the firstlaws and steps of procedure for the establishment of the Order in all States. This charter, signed andsealed, is one of our precious American documents.Thereafter branch Lodges were established and in thesummer of 1917 a convention was called of all theMasters, officers and delegates of all Lodges of theOrder in America and at this first National Conventionthe proposed Constitution of the Order in NorthAmerica was voted upon, section by section and finallyadopted in its present form, and the Imperator wasofficially declared the acknowledged Imperator in accordance with the Constitution. All Lodges of ourOrder today operate under this Constitution.
The Imperator of the Order is the Chief or SupremoExecutive. The Supreme Grand Master, George R.Chambers, is President of the Supreme Council andMaster of the Supreme Grand Lodge. The SupremeCouncil is composed of the Masters
all the Lodgesof the North American jurisdiction. The SupremeGrand Lodge is composed of all the Masters and highdegree members of the Order in North America livingin the various cities of the North American Jurisdiction. It is the Supreme Spiritual body conducting thespiritual and metaphysical affairs of the order and directing all its esoteric work while it advises and recommends the exoteric activities through the SupremeCouncil. Grand Lodges are the governing Lodges ineach State or division of the territory in the NorthAmerican jurisdiction. Subordinate Lodges are located in small and large cities of the various State*and in Mexico, Canada, Alaska and the various territories and dependencies of the United States'of America and also in the central American countries. Dispensation Lodges, study groups and preparatory centers located in many small cities throughout the NorthAmerican continent are under the direct supervisionof the Supreme Lodge, while the subordinate Lodge*are under the jurisdiction of their respective GrandLodges. The Amorc College is incorporated as aseparate institution and is under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Council. Other esoteric bodies- andmovements carrying on separate branches of the work such a** prison welfare, child welfare, Church work,public lectures, research work and a department forthe promulgation of the universal language, are underthe direction of the Supreme Grand Master or the De*5