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Your O íd Habits, Customs and Ways o f Thinking th a t L im it You!

T H AS oftentim es been a sub¡ect o f controversy w hether man ¡s a maker o f hís destiny or a slave to it. There are, however, simple facts which prove man is th e M aster o f destiny and not enslaved by it. For example: If D ivinity had decreed a destiny fo r each o f us consisting o f certain events th a t we could n o t evade, then why were we given a sepárete mind, the a b ility to reason, to plan and create? Furthermore, some succeed where others fa il in the face o f th e same severe obstacles. This reveáis th a t destiny, yours and mine, is in our own making. The secret, however, is inshaping th e rig h t sort o f personal destiny. There is a reason why th e destinies o f some people are depressing, miserable and hopeless. Let me explain— There are environm ents in life. O ne o f these environments nature has given you— it is physical. It is form ed by the elements, as fo r instance, the coid A rc tic , to rrid Tropics, mild Tem perate Zone, and it has le ft its stamp on the human race. Then, there is the o th e r environm ent which is man-made— th a t is society, civilization, with its habits, customs, standards o f thinking and doing. This environm ent is mostly based on false reasoning. It ta u g h t us to believe only what we could sense, see, hear, feel or smell. Y e t these same senses deceive us and give us a wrong view o f life and o f ourselves. Superstition and prejudices in stitu te d by selfish men have p ro h ib ite d us from learning the REAL TRUTHS O F LIFE, and o f our own being. Let the Rosicrucian teachings reveal how you may cu t through this mesh o f false knowledge th a t holds you back. W e will disclose here what knowledge has been withheld from you.


The T est o f True Knowledge and Happiness
H A T is TRUE K N O W LE D G E ? The schools, colleges and universities teach knowledge as do religious sects, y e t ¡t cannot be called TRUE K N O W LED G E . The knowledge th a t they teach is brought to your consciousness by your senses o f sight and hearing. It is in d e fin ite and non-lasting, fo r each man perceives if d iffe re n tly and it is a ltered as tim e goes by. If tw o beings, you and I, have had im parted to us sc-called knowledge by science and your personal opinion may reasonably oppose it although mine accepts it, then th a t knowledge cannot be true. W'hy? Because you must agree th a t th a t which is true knowledge must be perm anent, d e fin ite . If it can be realized d iffe re n tly by many persons, it is not a d e fin ite thing, but som ething th a t changes with the thinking o f the individual. It is m erely illusionary. H ow much o f th a t which was ta u g h t by science and religión o f fiv e hundred years ago is believed today? H ow much o f it o f one hundred years ago is accepted as tru e today? Yet, From tim e im m em orial has man known o f certain knowledge which to d a y is still unchanged, and known to all men alike, fo r it is the true knowledge. It is the knowledge th a t is borne in the inner consciousness o f man. The ¡deas o f beauty, o f rig h t and wrong, o f sameness and difference, the a b ility to realize th a t we are, and th a t some oth e r g re a te r pow er than us exists— this knowledge is the inner wisdorn which man possesses. Those who make use o f this are able to master and control th e ir lives, fo r they have a perm anent, pow erful fo rcé to use. The Rosicru­ cians *-each how to release and use this knowledge— your real Divine inheritance. If we b ut analyze happiness fo r a moment, we see th a t it is but pleasure. Happiness is either physical pleasure, the g ra tific a tio n o f the senses, o r a mental pleasure, a pleasure to the m ind. How te m p o ra ry and undesirable is the first. It is merely the elim ination o f pain or discom fiture. These pleasures th a t come from the satisfaction o f b o d ily a p p e tite s are like the sensation th a t comes from scratching an itch, a substitution o f one sensation fo r another. Peace o f mind, personal confidence which comes from mental pow er and real knowledge is a happiness o f a positive nature. It is lasting, as it is not sought m erely to displace pain, but fo r its own virtue. Let the Rosicrucians p o in t o u t how you may discover this true happiness in life.


Follow These Instructions
U rd e r the heading o f "S e lf Q uestionnaire" on the last page are several questions. A fte r each is a le tte r like " A ," fo r example. A t the bo tto m o f the page is a fo o tnote which expiains th a t the le tte r indicates w hether th e question is scientific, mystical, or otherwise. Try to answer these questions carefully. U nder the heading "P resentation o f Facts" you will fin d all the answers com plete, except th a t they are not in the same o rd e r as the questions. The questions th a t you are able to lócate th e answers fo r more readily than the others, reveal the l-endencies o f your mind. In other words, if you are able to fin d the answers to "B " questions more easily, you are philosophically inclined. Furthermore, these questions and answers disclose some o f the vita l knowledge you will receive as a Rosicrucian member.

Presentation o f Facts
Negative happiness or pleasure is an a fte r-e ffe c t, the replacem ent o f pain. Positive happiness ¡s th a t which is sought fo r its own nature, not to displace anything else. H a p ­ piness derived from the satisfaction o f the appetites, passions, and desires, is negative. Happiness d erived from knowledge, peace, and pers©nal mastership is lasting and positive. H abit is due to the fre q u e n t and same decisión o f the reason enforced continually by the will. A continuous re p e titio n o f the same a ct becomes a suggestion to the subje ctive mind which transform s it into a fixed law. H a b it can be overcom e only by making a counter-suggestion to the subjective mind. O f all the physica! senses, sight is the most sensitive to external vibrations. Sight detects lig ht which is the highest form o f energy discernible to the natural physical senses o f man. Through your senses you know the world a bout you, ye t the sensations you receive through the senses are oftentim es confusing and convey wrong knowledge. For example — if we minee onion and, holding the nose, place it in the mouth we experience a sweetish taste indistinguishable from th a t o f minced apple. Vanilla in its puré form has no taste. W h a t you think is taste, is the ethereal odor o f vanilla th a t you smell. Individuality refers to th e mortal, material side o f you, the clothes you wear, the way you speak, your physical appearance. Personality is the d istin ct m anifestation of character; the p a rt th a t is you, your inner self or id e n tity as separate from everyone else. While evolving in the womb o f th e m other from the protoplasm ic cell to the matu red em bryo, man's body during the period o f nine months, passes through every d e fin ite state o f animal evolution. This is easily discernible. The involuntary acts o f your body are the result o f an inherent psychic intelligence. Some o f these acts are th e functioning o f the heart, lungs, blood stream, digestión, grow th o f cell structure. The psychic intelligence direets them properly w ithout your vo lition. The inner sensations are indications o f soul. For example, the im pelling urges o f the instinets with th e ir a ttributes, the emotions. Every man has these w ithout exception and th e y are o f Divine origin. Man is not the maker o f physical or natural environm ent. IT IS iust as M A N IS. H ow ever, dviJization, society, culture, is man-made environm ent. bince man is its maker, he should be its master, and not le t it confine him. When you suffer pain, isolate w ith your consciousness its exact area. Focus your a tte n tio n on th a t area. Try to feel the rhythm ic pulsations; exelude every other impression from your mind. Then note a fte r a few minutes, how the pain diminishes, because you have d ire cte d your consciousness to th a t area and it has soothed and eased the irrita tio n . Im a g in a ron is a marvelous a tfrib u te o f m ind , p e rm ittin g t he p ro je ctio n o f thought in to the future . It takes from the memory elements o f the known; th a t is, impressions, reconstructs and reassembles them, form ing new mental images. Three dimensions convey to the mind the area in space which an o b je c t occupies, but th ey do not describe th e nature o f the o b je ct. The fourth dimensión is the one th a t gives the o b je c t id e n tity and distinguishes it from every o th e r o b je c t o f like three dimensions. For example, 3x6x5 gives you no realization o f a thing, but if I say "b o x " your mentaf pfeture is com píete. The fourth dimensión, then, is the descrfption o f an o b je c t. It should also give m athem atically its atom ic nature. Beauty is th e harmony o f anything th a t is pleasing to the mind and senses o f man. Every individual interprets this sensation o f harmony d iffe re n tly, and th e re fo re has d iffe re n t ¡deas as to the nature o f beauty. The p ro o f o f this is th a t which is unpleasant to man is not beautiful to him. Life cannot be destroyed. W hen you kill, you m erely destroy form and release life forcé, (f every specie were íciíled in a certain area, life woufd spring up again in simpler form if conditions were susceptible to it.

Self Questionnaire

No. 1.
W hich o f the five physical senses o f man is the most sensitive to external vibra+ions?



Is there any d e fin ite p ro o f th a t man physically has evolved to the state o f man?



Can we put dependence on our senses? C ite an example o f con­ fusión o f the senses.


4. 5.

W h a t is the personality o f man?

(B) (B)

W h a t proofs are there o f soul?


Can you cite tw o examples to show th a t there is a psychic intelligence in you?



Is there a simple way to prove th a t the inner intelligence is a healing power?


8. 9. 10.

W h a t is habit and can it be overcom e?

(C) (C)

W h a t is im agination?

W hat, briefly, is the fo u rth dimensión?

(A) (B)

Since beauty is d iffe re n t to all men, what d e fin ite ly is beauty?


There are tw o d e fin ite types o f happiness— one negative, the oth e r positive— which do you seek?


13. 14.

Can life really be destroyed?

(A) (C)

Does man make environm ent o r environm ent mold man?



U .S .A .

A ll questions follow ed by th e le tte r " A " are o f a scientific nature. Those follow ed by "B " are occultism, Mysticism, Philosophy. Those follow ed by " C " are practical psychology fo r everyday use.

A — Science; B— Metaphysics, Mysticism; C — Temporal

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