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HE remark is often made bv students of mysticism, mys­ tical p h ilo s o p h y an d u n i v e r s a l brotherhood, that it would seem that all of the g re a t masters and great l e a d e r s in thi s special field of hu­ man thought and e n d e a v o r have been of the mas­ culine sex and that for some strange reason women seem to have been dis­ qualified or unable to attain the same great heights. Such an idea is essentially wrong and is based merely upon the assumption that since famous women leaders have not allowed themselves to be publicized to the same extent that men have been, that few women indeed have attained the same great heights as their mas­ culine companions. But there are suffi­ cient notable examples of women among the great leaders, avatars and M es­ sengers of the M asters to prove that from the Cosmic point of view, and in the consciousness of the G reat Masters and the Great W h ite Lodge, there is absolutely no distinction made in regard to race, sex or color. Notable among the great leaders who attained magnificent an d s ubl i me heights, was Madame Blavatskv. Her The Rosicrucian achievements and attainments are as in­ spiring and as effectual today as they Digest were fifty and sixty years ago. In fact, January the passing of time has tended to elevate her character, her attainments, and her 1938 ‘

profound development to a higher de­ gree, and I dare say that among the leaders of mystical philosophy repre­ senting or presenting the true spirit of universal brotherhood. Madame Blavatsky receives today, justly, more homage, more respect, more admiration, and more love than she received even at the close of her life. And this, despite the fact that the later years of her life were ones of persecution, of bitter criticism, prejudice, hatred, envy, and malicious attack upon her from every conceivable source. In fact, it was the opinion of her enemies, and perhaps the opinion of a vast portion of the public, that pre­ ceding her physical and spiritual transi­ tion there was a complete dethronement of her character and reputation, and that these had been more deeply buried in the tomb of infamy than was her body in the soil of the earth. But her critics — always those who were un­ familiar with the real principles and spirit of mystical philosophy—were un­ acquainted with the great fundamental law. It is the lot of every great leader of revealed truths and spiritual law to suffer bitter criticism ana crucifixions, and through these things to ascend to greater heights. Such persecution never does more than to wrack and tear the heart of the truly great, while it creates an immortal monument to their memories. Perhaps no other human being in the last hundred years or more has enjoyed such intimate companionship, such close instruction and guidance, and such per­ sonal revelations and demonstrations on the part of the Great Masters of the Great W h ite Lodge as did Madame

Blavatsky. Her old-time critics and many of her present-time critics point out the errors in her early youth, the weaknesses of her early character dur­ ing its process of molding, the human equation in her personality, and the errors and mistakes that she very natur­ ally and logically made. But Madame Blavatsky never claimed for herself any special degree of divinity or any unique physical constitution or superior objec­ tive consciousness and character. She never really understood how she, of all creatures, came to be selected by the G reat M asters as their special channel and special instrument. I know it was one of the great puzzles of her life, and although the G reat M asters often an­ swered her questions vaguely in this re­ gard and assured her that there was a reason and a purpose back of the unique association, she gradually learn­ ed to yield to their impulses, to follow their instruction, to offer herself hourly and daily to the Cosmic wishes; and though stumbling, falling and struggling, to persist along the path and up the mountainside to the heights to which the Cosmic and the M asters seemed to direct her, doing the best she could and accepting the little thanks, the little praise, and the much suffering and tor­ ment as the working of the great law. It was believed by a great many in her day, and is still believed by a great many, that she invented or created or established the first philosophy that was ever named Theosophical, and that this term in some w ay or other was unique with her, and represented a strange and hitherto unknown idea or group of ideas. But there were Theosophical studies and Theosophical movements, Theosophical ideas and ideals, long be­ fore Madame Blavatsky was born, and long before her parents, grandparents or great grandparents were ever born. But what the G reat M asters did through Madame Blavatsky w as to bring to the world — or only that portion of the world that was ready to receive it and understand it — a new revelation in the principles of Theosophy. A nd I am only one of many thousands of workers in behalf of universal brotherhood and mystical philosophy who acclaim her as the greatest revealer of philosophical and divine truths that God and the

Cosmic has given to this world in many centuries. My love, respect and ad­ miration for her may cause me to ex­ aggerate her greatness, or it may be that there were many others a little greater than she; but I doubt if there were ever, in the past few centuries, any who were more sincere than she, and more w orthy of being remembered periodically in the present-day and future schools, than she, simply because her memory has been trampled upon, her ideals and teachings, writings and philosophical expressions have been so altered, so twisted, so maligned and so commercialized, and even deliberately and extremely defiled and perverted. It was sixty-tw o years ago this fall of 1937, that Madame Blavatsky came to New Y ork and the W estern W o rld to bring her light, her love, her under­ standing and her service. A nd it is only sixty years ago that she made a contribution to the world — the most monumental and inspiring to the field of mystical literature — Isis Unveiled. In fact, it seems b u t y e s t e r d a y that Madame Blavatsky was still among us, writing and laboring, teaching and manifesting the laws and principles, and yet in the intervening hours and days things have occurred that I thank God she never anticipated and never lived to see. Not only has her character con­ tinued to be torn asunder, not only have her ideals been twisted and perverted, but the very foundation she laid for a universal brotherhood has been seized unon by schemers, by claimants to successorship, by self-appointed bearers of her sceptre. Highly commercialized re­ prints of her books have been issued in which the most beautiful and glorious passages have been eliminated in order that sectarian, limited, narrow, bigoted ideas and principles could be established in connection with the society which she founded, and which she gave to the world as her wonderful heritage. In the name of the Theosophical Society, all sorts of doctrines, practices, and prin­ ciples have been offered to the world, and some of the most astonishing con­ tradictions, infractions and perverse ex­ planations of her beautiful teachings have been scattered throughout the lands.

But still there remains this eternal immortal monument to her memory and her greatness, and as is alw ays the case, sane, sensible, rational and cleanminded and aspiring human beings have come to notice more and more that in­ visible yet highly tangible monument; one by one they have come to kneel be­ fore it in mystical prayer and allegorical adoration. So, w e find today through­ out the world a rapidly growing or­ ganization called the "Back to B lavat­ sk y’’ movement. In it are to be found thousands of men and women who have separated themselves from the many forms of reorganized Theosophy, with diverse and opposing opinions and teachinqs. but who now insist upon studying and benefiting by the original and beautiful teachings of Madame Blavatsky, as given to her by the G reat M asters, or as revealed to her from the Cosmic records, or discovered by her through diligent and strenuous practice of the principles and the conscious attunement of her mind and heart with the divine consciousness and the mind of the members of the G reat W h ite Brotherhood. It is generally conceded by these thinking men and women that not in an y Theosophical Society of modern reformation or modern modification, or not in any tangible group organized and controlled by self-appointed suc­ cessors and leaders, are to be found the great truths that Madame Blavatsky brought to the world; and not in the fiascoes and outstanding absurdities and artificial programs of these same self­ appointed successors and leaders are to be found that helpfulness and develop­ ment and progress that they seek. T hey have discovered that in reading her books and in following her ideas and ideals in the privacy of their homes and in the silent hours of personal medita­ tion and thought, they can derive more benefit from the revelations of the G reat M asters who taught and spoke to Madame Blavatsky. A nd thus there is being created an invisible brotherhood The of true Theosophists, larger in number, Rosicrucian stronger in power, more loyal in Digest thought, than any other Theosophical January Brotherhood that existed during her lifetime or immediately thereafter. These 1938

students are to be found working in and through other organizations, but finding in Madame Blavatsky's books and w rit­ ings not the practical instruction, not the practical guidance, not the systema­ tic and carefully organized instruction and help which they find in various w orldly movements, but that spiritual food, that Cosmic enlightenment, and that deep and sympathetic understand­ ing of human problems, that made Theosophy at one time the ideal move­ ment, the ideal channel for the certain w ork that the G reat Masters wanted to accomplish during her lifetime. It is doubtful if a Theosophical S o ­ ciety of any name or under any leader­ ship and in a material organized form will ever attain the heights that such a society once attained under Madame B lavatsky’s immediate direction and control. It appears to be very manifest that the G reat M asters themselves no longer consider such a tangible, mater­ ialistic body of workers necessary or advisable. This probably explains the failure of the self-appointed successors and leaders to emulate in recent years the work that Madame Blavatsky at­ tained, and it probably explains also w hy these same leaders have fallen con­ tinuously into error, into quarreling among themselves, into making serious mistakes of policy, principle and ideal­ ism, and have lost continuously more followers than thev have gained. But there is a vast distinction between an invisible brotherhood composed of thousands of lovers of the true Theoso­ phical teachings, guided and instructed by the occasional and well-prepared in­ struction of Cosmically chosen leaders and advisors, and a small and impotent, tangible “brotherhood" composed of men and women seeking truth and find­ ing untruth or misunderstanding, and meeting constantly with bickerings and suspicion and misrepresentation and crude invention. Ever since I have been chief executive of A M O R C I have taken occasion, as our various magazines and past publica­ tions will show, periodically to pay homage and respect to Madame Bla­ vatsky. And I hope that as long as my memory continues to function in my earthly consciousness, I shall never fail



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V ol. X V . JA N U A R Y , 1938 E g y p tia n O b elisk in R o sicru cian Park (Fro n tisp iece The Thought o f th e M o n th : A B e lo ve d W o m a n o f M ysticism The Q u e s t fo r Truth H o w L ig h t and C o lo r A ff e c t L ife C a th e d ra l C o n ta c ts A lo n g C iv iliz a tio n 's T ra il- A n c ie n t Ph o en icia Pa g e s fro m th e Past: D iog enes The C y n ic The W o n d e rtu l W o r k o f O u r C o u rie r C a r G o e t h e and The R osicru cian O r d e r San ctu m M usings: H o w W o u ld C h rist L iv e T o d a y ? The K e y n o te of A d v a n c e m e n t " L o s t H o riz o n " " F r e t N o t T h y s e lf" 441 444 447 449 453 455 459 461 466 470 472 473 476 477

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HE remark is often made by students of mysticism, mys­ tical p h i l o s o p h y and u n i v e r s a l brotherhood, that it would seem that all of the g r e a t masters and great l e a d e r s in thi s special field of hu­ man thought and e n d e a v o r have been of the mas­ culine sex and that for some strange reason women seem to have been dis­ qualified or unable to attain the same great heights. Such an idea is essentially wrong and is based merely upon the assumption that since famous women leaders have not allowed themselves to be publicized to the same extent that men have been, that few women indeed have attained the same great heights as their mas­ culine companions. But there are suffi­ cient notable examples of women among the great leaders, avatars and M es­ sengers of the M asters to prove that from the Cosmic point of view, and in the consciousness of the G reat M asters and the Great W h ite Lodge, there is absolutely no distinction made in regard to race, sex or color Notable among the great leaders who attained magnificent an d s ubl i me heights, was Madame Blavatsky. Her The Rosicrucian achievements and attainments are as in­ spiring and as effectual today as they Digest were fifty and sixty years ago. In fact, January the passing of time has tended to elevate her character, her attainments, and her 1938

profound development to a higher de­ gree, and I dare say that among the leaders of mystical philosophy repre­ senting or presenting the true spirit of universal brotherhood, Madame Blavat­ sky receives today, justly, more homage, more respect, more admiration, and more love than she received even at the close of her life. And this, despite the fact that the later years of her life were ones of persecution, of bitter criticism, prejudice, hatred, envy, and malicious attack upon her from every conceivable source. In fact, it was the opinion of her enemies, and perhaps the opinion of a vast portion of the public, that pre­ ceding her physical and spiritual transi­ tion there was a complete dethronement of her character and reputation, and that these had been more deeply buried in the tomb of infamy than was her body in the soil of the earth. But her critics — alw ays those who were un­ familiar with the real principles and spirit of mystical philosophy—were un­ acquainted with the great fundamental law. It is the lot of every great leader of revealed truths and spiritual law to suffer bitter criticism and crucifixions, and through these things to ascend to greater heights. Such persecution never does more than to wrack and tear the heart of the truly great, while it creates an immortal monument to their memories. Perhaps no other human being in the last hundred years or more has enjoyed such intimate companionship, such close instruction and guidance, and such per­ sonal revelations and demonstrations on the part of the Great Masters of the G reat W h ite Lodge as did Madame

Blavatsky. Her old-time critics and many of her present-time critics point out the errors in her early youth, the weaknesses of her early character dur­ ing its process of molding, the human equation in her personality, and the errors and mistakes that she very natur­ ally and logically made. But Madame Blavatsky never claimed for herself any special degree of divinity or any unique physical constitution or superior objec­ tive consciousness and character. She never really understood how she, of all creatures, came to be selected by the Great M asters as their special channel and special instrument. I know it was one of the great puzzles of her life, and although the G reat M asters often an­ swered her questions vaguely in this re­ gard and assured her that there w as a reason and a purpose back of the unique: association, she gradually learn­ ed to yield to their impulses, to follow their instruction, to offer herself hourly and daily to the Cosmic wishes; and though stumbling, falling and struggling, to persist along the path and up the mountainside to the heights to which the Cosmic and the M asters seemed to direct her, doing the best she could and accepting the little thanks, the little praise, and the much suffering and tor­ ment as the working of the great law. It was believed by a great many in her day, and is still believed b y a great many, that she invented or created or established the first philosophy that was ever named Theosophical, and that this term in some w ay or other was unique with her, and represented a strange and hitherto unknown idea or group of ideas. But there w ere Theosophical studies and Theosophical movements, Theosophical ideas and ideals, long be­ fore Madame Blavatsky w as born, and long before her parents, grandparents or great grandparents w ere ever born. But what the G reat M asters did throuah Madame Blavatsky was to bring to the world — or only that portion o f the world that was ready to receive it and understand it — a new revelation in the principles of Theosophy. A nd I am only one of many thousands of workers in behalf of universal brotherhood and mystical philosophy who acclaim her as the greatest revealer of philosophical and divine truths that God and the

Cosmic has given to this w orld in many centuries. M y love, respect and ad­ miration for her may cause me to ex­ aggerate her greatness, or it may be that there w ere many others a little greater than she; but I doubt if there were ever, in the past few centuries, any who were more sincere than she, and more w orthy of being remembered periodically in the present-day and future schools, than she, simply because her memory has been trampled upon, her ideals and teachings, writings and ph'losophical expressions have been so altered, so twisted, so maligned and so commercialized, and even deliberately and extremely defiled and perverted. It was sixty-tw o years ago this fall of 1937, that Madame Blavatsky came to N ew Y ork and the W estern W o rld to bring her light, her love, her under­ standing and her service. A nd it is only sixty years ago that she made a contribution to the w orld — the most monumental and inspiring to the field of mystical literature — Isis Unveiled. In fact, it seems b u t y e s t e r d a y that Madame Blavatsky was still among us, writing and laboring, teaching and manifesting the laws and principles, and yet in the intervening hours and days things have occurred that I thank God she never anticipated and never lived to see. Not only has her character con­ tinued to be torn asunder, not only have her ideals been twisted and perverted, but the very foundation she laid for a universal brotherhood has been seized upon by schemers, by claimants to successorship, by self-appointed bearers of her sceptre. Highly commercialized re­ prints o f her books have been issued in which the most beautiful and glorious passages have been eliminated in order that sectarian, limited, narrow, bigoted ideas and principles could be established in connection with the society which she founded, and which she gave to the w orld as her wonderful heritage. In the name of the Theosophical Society, all sorts of doctrines, practices, and prin­ ciples have been offered to the world, and some of the most astonishing con­ tradictions, infractions and perverse ex­ planations of her beautiful teachings have been scattered throughout the lands.

But still there remains this eternal immortal monument to her memory and her greatness, and as is alw ays the case, sane, sensible, rational and cleanminded and aspiring human beings have come to notice more and more that in­ visible yet highly tangible monument; one by one they have come to kneel be­ fore it in mystical prayer and allegorical adoration. So. we find today through­ out the world a rapidly growing or­ ganization called the "Back to Blavat­ sk y” movement. In it are to be found thousands of men and women who have separated themselves from the many forms of reorganized Theosophy, with diverse and opposing opinions and teachings, but who now insist UDon studying and benefiting by the original and beautiful teachings of Madame Blavatsky, as given to her by the G reat M asters, or as revealed to her from the Cosmic records, or discovered bv her through diligent and strenuous practice of the principles and the conscious attunement of her mind and heart with the divine consciousness and the mind of the members of the G reat W h ite Brotherhood. It is generally conceded by these thinking men and women that not in any Theosophical Society of modern reformation or modern modification, or not in any tangible group organized and controlled by self-appointed suc­ cessors and leaders, are to be found the great truths that Madame Blavatsky brought to the world: and not in the fiascoes and outstanding absurdities and artificial programs of these same self­ appointed successors and leaders are to be found that helpfulness and develop­ ment and progress that they seek. T hey have discovered that in reading her books and in following her ideas and ideals in the privacy of their homes and in the silent hours of personal medita­ tion and thought, they can derive more benefit from the revelations of the Great M asters who taught and spoke to Madame Blavatsky. A nd thus there is being created an invisible brotherhood The of true Theosophists. larger in number, Rosicrucian stronger in power, more loyal in Digest thought, than any other Theosophical January Brotherhood that existed during her lifetime or immediately thereafter. These 1938

students are to be found working in and through other organizations, but finding in Madame B lavatsky’s books and w rit­ ings not the practical instruction, not the practical guidance, not the systema­ tic and carefully organized instruction and help which they find in various w orldly movements, but that spiritual food, that Cosmic enlightenment, and that deep and sympathetic understand­ ing of human problems, that made Theosophy at one time the ideal move­ ment, the ideal channel for the certain work that the G reat Masters wanted to accomplish during her lifetime. It is doubtful if a Theosophical So­ ciety of any name or under any leader­ ship and in a material organized form w ill ever attain the heights that such a society once attained under Madame Blavatsky's immediate direction and control. It appears to be very manifest that the G reat M asters themselves no longer consider such a tangible, mater­ ialistic body of workers necessary or advisable. This probably explains the failure of the self-appointed successors and leaders to emulate in recent years the work that Madame Blavatsky at­ tained, and it probably explains also w hy these same leaders have fallen con­ tinuously into error, into quarreling among themselves, into making serious mistakes of policy, principle and ideal­ ism, and have lost continuously more followers than they have gained. But there is a vast distinction between an invisible brotherhood composed of thousands of lovers of the true Theoso­ phical teachings, guided and instructed by the occasional and well-prepared in­ struction of Cosmically chosen leaders and advisors, and a small and impotent, tangible "brotherhood” composed of men and women seeking truth and find­ ing untruth or misunderstanding, and meeting constantly with bickerings and suspicion and misrepresentation and crude invention. Ever since I have been chief executive of A M O R C I have taken occasion, as our various magazines and past publica­ tions will show, periodically to pay homage and respect to Madame Bla­ vatsky. A nd I hope that as long as my memory continues to function in my earthly consciousness, I shall never fail

to express my esteem and love for Madame Blavatsky. A nd my high praise for her attain­ ments and service to mankind is not be­ cause she was also a Rosicrucian, and passed out of this life happily wearing the Rosicrucian emblem as the most im­ portant symbol in her life. I admired and loved the w ork and achievements of Madame Blavatsky for years before I knew the truth about her Rosicrucian connections. She will not be remember­ ed so greatly as a Rosicrucian, as she will be remembered as a companion and messenger of the G reat Masters, and as a Light Bearer among men and women throughout the world. The G reat M asters had chosen her as their V V

instrument, their channel their chief representative, long before they led her to the portals of Rosicrucianism, and long before they had revealed to her the great truths that constituted the Theosophical presentation of divine principles. Having accepted the call, having given herself to the service of the M asters, she adhered to it, per­ sisted in it, and gave her life to it, in the utmost suffering and malicious persecu­ tion. She was a m artyr of the G reat W h ite Brotherhood, and for this reason all Rosicrucians, all true Theosophists, all lovers of truth and human brother­ hood and Light, Li[e and Love will re­ member her and continue to place fresh flowers at the foot of her invisible and immortal monument. V

The Quest for Truth
By A r t h u r G . R a k e s t r a w
O U R assumptions are involved in the age old i n q u i r y : "Can a man by searching find out G od?” It assumes, (1) the existence of a Supreme in­ t e l l i g e n t Being, (2) that there is a u n i v e r s a l desire on th e p a r t of mankind to attain c o mm u n i o n with this S u p r e m e B ei ng, (3) that all search” by man's unaided powers is in vain, and (4) that there is a possibility of direct communion between the crea­ ture and his Creator. There are but two sources of informa­ tion open to man through his natural senses, Nature and history. However, when we seek to know the Author of Nature from Nature herself, we meet with but a stony silence. It is as if we called at some one's home in his absence. Roaming from room to room we could indeed acquire a limited knowledge of his tastes and qualities by a survey of his books, pictures and other furnishings, but we could never get to know him thus. This knowledge is not acquired, but must be revealed to us by the person himself.

So our knowledge of God through Nature is imperfect and limited. Nature is relentless, cruel and inexorable. The history of Nature looms largely with catastrophe. Floods, earthquaices and the cruel sea have taken heavy toll. Our other source is likewise barren. W e cannot know God from a study of man. Human nature, as recorded in history and exemplified in our daily contacts, is unsatisfactory and disap­ pointing. Humanity as a whole is cruel, selfish and deceitful. The history o f the world is largely a history of w ar, hatred and oppression, and, despite the shallow optimists and the foolish pacifists, there has been no improvement through the ages. Even religion is marked by bitter strife and bloodshed. It follows that the concepts of Deity held by various races and peoples differ greatly, as do the moods o f man and Nature. D eity is seldom conceived as beneficent, sometimes as indifferent, but more often as cruel, vengeful and vindictive, requiring constantly to be propitiated and appeased, pictured with human passions, angry, capricious, spiteful and unreasonable. Such are the gods of savage tribes, and this concept has even been carried over into Christianity. Let us now pass over into another realm, that of human experience. There are those who have claimed to have had revelations from beyond the veil that separates the finite from the Infinite, and to have talked with God, as one talks with a friend. But such experi­ ences, however satisfying and con­ vincing to the person himself, cannot be transmitted to another, although we may observe the often powerful effect which they have upon his life. The Sacred W ritin g s o f religious sects, Christian and non-Christian alike contain alleged revelations of divine Truth. It does not fall within the prov­ ince of this article to discuss their claims to credence, but it may be safely said that no book, even were it written by divine inspiration, can impart truth The Rosicrucian or bring us into conscious touch with the Infinite. It may however, indicate Digest that beneath the manifestations o f N a­ January ture, beneath the changing current of human history, there are underlying de­ 1938 ‘

positions of Truth, available to the earnest and unselfish seeker. A s the miner digging in the earth un­ covers a nugget of gold, and holding it aloft signifies to his companions that he has struck a vein, so w e can recognize in the lives of some men that they have made contact with hidden but powerful sources o f Truth. T hey cannot transfer their treasure to us, but they can tell us where and how to dig for ourselves, or rather they can so inspire us with a de­ sire to possess w hat they have that we will open our hearts and minds to the all-revealing truth. For indeed, it is not by toil or painful effort that revelation comes to us, but rather by putting our­ selves in a receptive mood, listening for the still, small V oice within our souls. A nd indeed no one is, or need be. totally blind or deaf to the revelation o f Truth. Even the ignorant savage has within his soul a glimmer of that Light, a whisper of that Voice which, if fol­ lowed, will lead to more revelation, as one within a cave follows the feeble gleam of light and finally comes out into the sunshine. Or, to change the meta­ phor, if we resolutely shut out the clamor of the world and listen to the quiet Voice within us, it will grow louder and clearer, and we will learn many things that we did not know before. But if we heed it not. it will grow fainter and fainter, and perhaps be stilled for­ ever. W h e re may we find Truth? In the only place where it may be found, with­ in our own hearts. How may we find God? Not by searching, not by study, not by slow ly acquiring knowledge, but by asking, and by being in the mood to receive. The first step towards the knowledge of God, is to know ourselves. T ruth is an indivisible entity. A s all persons see the same light, though with different eyes, so all who have found Truth, have gotten it at the same Source. God has not put all the gold in the world in one mine, neither has He committed to any man or group o f men the exclusive custodianship of Truth. Among all people of all ages have been those who have experienced the in­ describable joy of having their souls flooded with its clear light. (Concluded on Page 454)

How Light and Color Affect Life
By F r a t e r J o h n H . S c h n e i d e r , B. S ., M . S.
IGH T is a form of radiant energy. E v e n p r i mi t i v e man knew some­ thing of its effect upon his environ­ me nt . He k n e w that the sun's rays warmed him and caused his skin to darken. A ll forms of life w h i c h re­ ceive this radiation a re influenced in one w ay or another when light rays strike them and penetrate them or refleet from their surfaces, The leaves of plants grow wide and flat in order to provide larger surfaces for the reception of light. This light energy is absorbed by the plant and stimulates the chloro­ phyll or green substance of the plant to assimilate carbon dioxide from the at­ mosphere and to transform this gas into carbohydrates and other plant sub­ stances with the assistance of water. Thus the very materials which compose the body of a plant are produced with the aid of light. It may be considered that this assimilation of light energy by the plant is a transformation of radiant energv into chemical energy which is stored by the plant in a form for later use by animals and by man for the proper development and nourishment of the body. Light as a form of radiant energy is transmitted through space and to a lim­ ited extent through matter in the form of vibrations or waves. These waves are of various lengths. The colors of colored light are evidence o f light of different w ave lengths. Red light and yellow light radiations have longer wave lengths while blue light has a shorter w ave length. The combination of light of all colors or wave-lengths produces white light such as sun-light or the light of an electric light bulb. W h en white light such as that from the sun is passed through a wedge­ shaped piece of glass called a prism, the light rays of shorter wave-length pass through with greater difficulty than those of longer wave lengths. This tends to separate the rays or rather to displace them one from the other so that they can be viewed upon a screen as a band of colors with red at one end, blue at the other end and all of the other colors at intervals between the two. This spectrum or band of light rays from the long red rays to the short blue rays composes the range of visible light. There are rays of light which are longer in w ave length than those of red light. These are called infra-red rays. In ad­ dition there are rays of light which pos­ sess shorter wave-length than blue light and these are called ultra-violet rays. These two forms of light are both in­ visible to the human eye but their effects upon matter are often visible. For in­ stance. some objects upon which ultra­ violet rays strike will glow with a soft violet light which is visible in a dark­ ened room. This is because the object upon receiving the light absorbs a cer­ tain amount of the radiation and trans­ mits some of the energy as light of a


longer wave-length than that of ultra­ violet rays. Infra-red rays have an ef­ fect upon light-sensitive photographic plates much the same as that of visible light and pictures of objects can be taken in a room illuminated solely by infra-red light. Since light is one form of radiant en­ ergy and can be further classified ac­ cording to its wave-length, it is not su r­ prising to find that other forms of radi­ ant energy can also be characterized by their respective wave-lengths. It is ex­ ceedingly interesting to know, however, that this is true and that all forms of radiant energy can be charted accord­ ing to wave-length to form a long series or spectrum in the same manner that was employed with the colors of visible light radiation. W h a t are these other forms of radiation? The radiation of longest wave-length known is electricity. This includes the Hertzian rays or or­ dinary electric currents and the some­ w hat shorter radio waves. The next shortest wave-length is that o f heat radiation. This forms a wide band of which the shorter rays are visible as light. It is well-known that heat is in many cases accompanied by light. This is because the radiation which w e know as heat possesses a wave-length which borders upon the next shortest wave lengths which we know as light. On the other side of the visible spectrum and beyond the shorter ultra-violet rays are the X -rays and the gamma rays or radium emanations which possess a still shorter wave-length. Beyond this point are the cosmic rays, which are the short­ est rays known. Summarizing the known forms of radiant energy in order of their respec­ tive wave-lengths from the longest to the shortest, the order is electricity (Hertzian and radio), heat, infra-red. visible light (including all of the familiar colors of light from red to blue), ultra­ violet, X -rays, gamma rays and cosmic rays. W ith this convenient mental picture of the relation of the various forms of The radiant energy to one another, we have Rosicrucian next to consider the effect of these rays Digest of various wave-lengths upon living ]a m ia ry things. O f the influence of electric or radio w aves on living matter little is 1938 '

known although they undoubtedly have some effect thereupon. It is known, however, that homing pigeons lose their sense of direction while flying in the immediate vicinity of radio antennae from which radio waves are emanating and regain this sense when the trans­ mission has ceased. Passing to the next form of radiation, the effects of heat w aves upon living matter are known to most of us in a general w ay at least. Visible light, the next shortest radia­ tion, plays, as we have already seen, a v ery important part in the growth and development of most forms of life. It is the energy by means of which plants carry on that primary chemical reaction upon which nearly all forms o f life de­ pend. Plant stems and leaves usually turn toward the light; plant roots and many lower forms of life usually turn from it. Light determines the rate of growth of plants. Certain plants will grow to the height of surrounding plants which if removed cause the flowers to form on shorter stems. Light affects the growth rythm of plants in that the bud­ ding and flowering period can be start­ ed prematurely by exposure of the plant to light and flowering can be accom­ plished in a much shorter than normal period. Plants can use both ends of the spec­ trum of light rays, including both infra­ red and ultra-violet rays. Infra-red il­ luminated plants are larger but less green. Plants grow in blue light about as well as they do in normal or white light. Organisms are accustomed to direct light. Reflected light such as that from the moon seems to affect the growth of organisms in a different manner. Re­ flected light is known also as polarized light. Seedlings, bacteria and yeast have their growth accelerated by polar­ ized or reflected light. Lights of various wave-lengths appear to have different effects upon living tis­ sues. Infra-red light tends to sooth strained muscles. Ultra-violet light is used to cure rickets. Sun-light is abundant in ultra-violet rays. By ex­ posing substances such as milk or codliver oil to ultra-violet light, these sub­ stances can be made to absorb much of the energy of the rays and will there­

upon impart this energy to the cells of living things uDon assimilation of the irradiated material. Plants appear to grow taller in ultra-violet light. V e ry short wave-lengths of ultra-violet light are harmful to both plants and animals. Short exposures to ultra-violet light of longer wave length are beneficial while long or heavy exposures are harmful and will destroy living cells. X-rays are more potent than ultra­ violet rays in the destruction of cells and are employed to kill or to treat organs and growth. W h en X -rays are focussed upon cancerous growths until the growth becomes heavily irradiated, the cancer cells will cease to live while the surrounding normal cells which have not been subjected to the action of X-rays will not be harmed. X -rays are exceed''ngly dangerous when used in ex­ cess or when misused. The effects may appear some time after the treatment. Eggs and embryos are very sensitive to even small quantities of X -ra y radia­ tion. More mature organisms will w ith­ stand larger amounts of this form of radiation. O f the human body, the gen­ erative organs are most sensitive to X-ray radiation. X-rays seem to influence the heredi­ tary characteristics of plants and ani­ mals, producing changes in this direc­ tion. The shorter ultra-violet rays have somewhat of a similar effect. Gamma rays, the next shortest in wave-length, appear to have a tendency to retard growth. T hey have been found to have this effect upon cancer cells and frequently kill such cells. It has been found that the radiations of shorter wave-length possess greater penetrating power and that this power increases as the wave-length decreases. X-rays and gamma rays will penetrate flesh and to a lesser extent bone. Metal obiects in relatively thin sheets will stop these rays. X -rays will only pene­ trate through an inch of w ater while gamma rays will penetrate a foot of water without losing more than about half of their intensity. Cosmic rays, the shortest and most penetrating rays dis­ covered. have been known to penetrate as much as sixty-eight feet of w ater or six feet of lead. Delicate instruments which have been constructed to measure the intensity of cosmic rays indicate that

these rays increase in intensity as the instrument is raised above the surface of the earth until at a height of almost six miles the radiation is several times as great as at the surface of the earth. This has led investigators to believe that the radiation must be of cosmic origin. Since cosmic rays are shorter in wave-length than the gamma rays which retard cancerous growth, it has been suggested that thev probably have somewhat of a similar effect upon cancer cells. Measurements indicate that ap­ proximately twelve cosmic rays strike our bodies every second. The theory has been expounded that these cosmic ray bombardments may have a tenden­ cy to curb the growth of cancer cells in the body. Living things not only receive radia­ tions from sources external to them­ selves but they are also capable o f pro­ ducing radiations. Most living things produce heat as the result of meta­ bolism during which some heat radiation is formed. M any living organisms pro­ duce a cold light known as luminescence. Some human beings appear to possess this capacity. This light is generated as a result of the interaction o f certain in­ gredients contained within their bodies. T he glow of fire-flies is an example of luminescent radiation. Fluorescence is another form of light radiation produced by living things as w ell as by non-living things. W h en cer­ tain living things as well as non-living things are illuminated, the light they thus receive is absorbed by them, trans­ formed into light of a greater w ave­ length and then radiated by them to other objects or to the human eye. A s an example of this form of radiation, the human body, when illuminated by the non-visible ultra-violet light will glow with a visible light radiation. Still another form of radiation pro­ duced by both living and non-living things is phosphorescence. Certain or­ ganisms when exposed to heat, light or electricity absorb and store part o f this energy. A fte r the source of radiation has been removed, these bodies give forth the energy whicn they have thus stored. The radiation of electricity by the electric eel is a common example of radiation produced by living things.

These eels can produce a shock suffi­ cient to electrocute a man. W h en com­ pletely discharged, these eels can regain their capacity to produce electricity by means of a period o f inactivity in this direction. Certain deep-sea fish have the ability to produce a light of blinding intensity which permits them to escape from their aggressors. W ith in recent years it has been dis­ covered that living cells are capable of producing a form of radiant energy which can stimulate other cells to more active growth. Among the forms of liv­ ing things which have been found to radiate such energy are bacteria, seed­ lings, blood, muscle and cancerous tis­ sue. In one experiment, the root of an onion in a horizontal position pointing

toward the tip of another onion root held in a vertical position produced an increase in growth in the side of the latter root adjacent to the former one. The radiation thus produced is thought to be in the form of short ultra-violet rays produced perhaps by the presence of small amounts of potassium and other elements which are slightly radio­ active. The story of how living things are in­ fluenced b y their radiation environment is not completed by any means. M any chapters remain to be written as man enhances his ability to understand these things in which are concealed many il­ luminating and fundamental truths which many have sought and few have found.

How It All Began . . .


O R centuries before the psychological principles of crystal gazing were known, a similarpractice,from which it evolved, was carried on by ancient and primitive peoples. In India the natives put an ink spot upon their hands, and would sit concentrating upon it for hours at a time, eventually losing con­ sciousness of their objective surroundings. The scenes or objects appearing to take form in the ink spot were considered by them to be divine revelations. The primitive Polynesians gaze into pools of w ater to find re­ flected there the face of one who has stolen their belongings. Large p o l i s h e d black stones have

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HERE is no t h i n g s t r a n g e , mysteri­ ous, occult or su­ pernatural a b o u t the C a t h e d r a l of t he S o u l o r t he processes whereby one may commune with the h i g h e s t spiritual con­ sciousness o f th e universe. M a n h a s th e ability, as a Godgiven gift, to commune with the soul and spirit within him, and to talk with the inner self, and with the God within. This God and inner self are parts of the soul-consciousness, and are directly attuned with the universal conscious­ ness of the Cosmic. W hen man turns his concentrated thought and devotion inwardly to the

soul, and through the soul to God, he enters a sanctuary, a cathedral, a syna­ gogue, a Holy of Holies that is not of the earth but of the Cosmic. Therein he not only finds God. but all of the Heav­ enly Hosts, the magnificent Music of the Spheres, the universal mind of man, and the love, mercy and justice of God. If man makes a practice, daily and weekly, of entering this Cathedral of the Soul, and communing there with the inner self, the better self, the spiritual self, which is a part of God, he is lifting his outer consciousness and his outer self up to a higher plane and there find­ ing health, happiness and peace. His prayers, sincere and sacred, ut­ tered while he is dwelling in the Cathe­ dral of the Soul, are like direct, personal talks to God and the God conscious­ ness. Through such prayers and pleas, he can purge and purify his body and his mind of disease, pain, weaknesses,

sorrows and griefs. He can find light and wisdom, strength, love and mercy. He can find illumination, guidance, help and protection. A nd while in communion with God in the Cathedral of the Soul, he will sense and contact the minds and conscious­ ness of millions of human beings who, like himself, lift up their thoughts and their minds to this one great universal sphere of spiritual purity and spiritual power. He finds himself attuned with the higher forces of the universe, and he dwells in the grace and glory o f God. O ur little gift booklet entitled Liber 777 explains all of the interesting de­ tails about this ve ry old mystical pro­ cess of spiritual attunement. It tells you of the most appropriate hours of the day, the most propitious periods of each week for meeting with the minds and souls of others in this grand con­ clave and communion of spiritualized consciousness. It tells you how to ap­ proach this inner sanctuary of the soul and how to develop a keen realization of the spiritual contact and the benefits that result therefrom. In the privacy of

your own home, without revealing your purposes and intentions to any other person, you can dwell in spiritual ecstasy and sublime communion. Free from any creeds or limited dogmas, and guided only b y the revelations from the con­ sciousness o f God that come to you as personal sermons and personal guidance while you are in the sanctuary of the soul, you find yourself walking in the greater light toward greater health, prosperity and happiness. W h y not join with thousands of others in these daily and w eekly periods of spiritual bless­ ings? The booklet is yours for the ask­ ing, without any obligations whatever. W rite as directed above and secure a copy of this booklet at once, and help us in the great w ork of bringing to man­ kind the opportunity for sincere worship and spiritual unfoldment, free from dis­ tinctions o f race, religion or geograph­ ical environment. W orshipping in the Cathedral of the Soul w ill become your greatest delight and your secret, sacred pleasure during the remainder of your life here on earth.

V V V T H E Q U E S T F O R T R U T H (Continued from Page 448) W h y then have not more come into a knowledge of the Truth? W e ll, Truth is unpleasant to many people. Like bats and owls, they prefer the darkness. Truth cuts deep. It lays bare the soul, and for that reason many shrink from it. Again, the light of Truth is easily obscured. Pride, selfishness, prejudice, and indifference shut out the Light. O nly the pure in heart, we are told, shall see God, and Truth will not abide within a heart filled with ignoble motives. A s Pilate caught a glimpse of an un­ known w orld in the presence of the low ly Nazarene, and asked, " W h at is T ruth,” and then turned aw ay, so we may turn indifferently aw ay, just at the moment when a little quiet, serious meditation and introspection would bring us a richness of revelation that we cannot get in the busy turmoil of daily The Rosicrucian life. Now because the revelation o f Truth Digest is a personal matter, which each must Ja n u a ry experience for himself, let it not be 1938 thought that there is no advantage in earnest seekers associating themselves together. There is every reason w hy they should do so. There is a mutual inspiration in the companionship of those who have the same ends in view, the same purpose in life. W e may spur each other on, when alone w e might be­ come discouraged and drift into indif­ ference. Furthermore, if for no other reason, the sharing of information, the diffusion of knowledge and culture, the impartation o f a philosophy of life that gives us power and poise, and aids in the devel­ opment of hidden latent forces which w e did not know we possessed, will richly repay us for the time spent in such association. Can a man by searching, find out God? No, but a man who will attune himself to the Infinite, who will listen in the stillness of the night to the Voice within, and obey it, who will watch for the faint glimmer of the Light and fol­ low it, may be sure that God will find him.

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Editor's N ote:—T h is is the tenth episode of a n arrative b y the Suprem e S e c re ta ry relatin g the experiences he and his p a rty had in visitin g m ystic shrines and p laces in Europe and the ancient world.

A C I N G through bowers o f fragrant shrubs, and then suddenly s w e e p ­ i ng u p w a r d to ski m a l o n g t he c r e s t of r o c k y slopes overlooking the broad expanse of the M editerra­ nean, our s p i r i t s ro s e w i t h each turn in the road. N o t mo r e t ha n two hours previously, we had been in Palestine, but its blue skies had been colored by our feelings a pall of dejec­ tion had hung over us, because of our intimate experiences with its bitter revo­ lution. How can one doubt that we mortals are torn by the strong influences of invironment and our mental atti­ tudes? The most dominant factor in life is our attitude toward things and people, our personal interpretations. If we are confident, cheerful and courage­ ous, every obstacle is but another stride to be taken in our progress. The most sordid environment, even the darkest hour becomes but a background by which to contrast our radiant spirits. Let hope and self-assurance ebb, how­ ever, and the slightest change in cir­ cumstances becomes to us a w ave of calamity by which w e are completely engulfed. This but proves that the w orld is impartial. It never intention­ ally oppresses the individual nor does it favor him. Time either sweeps the in­ dividual along with it, or passes him by. The mentally alert, visionary individual is prepared to strike out and swim with the current. He is never content to be­ wail his lot on the bank, watching life flow by. The M editerranean was exceptionally blue, rather of the colored postcard hue, almost unbelievably brilliant. The sun­ light seemed to dance upon its glass­ like surface. This coast line o f ancient Phoenicia, now Syria, w as amazingly like that o f California. The mountains seemed to plunge into the sea . — no gradual approach, but an abrupt de­ marcation, a bold precipice submerging itself in the waters. It was as if the parched desert far inland had, b y a series of undulations, sought to reach the sea and. suddenly coming upon it, one o f its crests had slipped beneath the water. The surrounding terrain was little changed. Nowhere for miles along this coast were evidences of human prog­ ress, except for the pavement upon which w e travelled. The coastal hills were uncultivated, although spotted with verdure, but, unlike our California Coast range, they were unfenced. Beau­

tiful sandy beaches marked the erosion of the rocky shore by the sea, beaches which in a more commercialized land would have been marred by gaudy con­ cessions. Little harbor-bays were form­ ed by jutting rugged arms of the coast. In these still waters, about 1000 B. C., floated the sturdy, but small craft of the Phoenicians. A t that time black-bearded men, who but a few centuries previous had been desert wanderers, nomads, directed the loading of the boats. T hey carried cargoes of mother-of-pearl inlay furniture, ivory combs, household uten­ sils, gold trinkets, frankincense and other luxuries with which to barter with the peoples of distant countries border­ ing the shores of the Mediterranean. T hey were at that time the greatest navigators of the world. T hey ventured as far W e s t as w hat is now Spain and carried on an extensive trade with the early Greeks who w ere greatly in­ fluenced by the Phoenician dress and customs. It is said that the early Greeks borrowed their style of costume from the Phoenicians. A s they prospered in their trade, they colonized many towns along the coast of the eastern end of the Mediterranean. Cars were now passing us rather fre­ quently going in the opposite direction. W e w ere approaching Beirut, the prin­ cipal seaport of Syria, or the state of Lebanon. In a few moments we were slow ly moving through the streets of this city, which w as quite evidently in­ fluenced by W estern ideas and prac­ tices. The change in the appearance of shop windows from those of Egypt and Palestine, the large paved thorough­ fares, elaborate cafes, spacious lawns, even public trams, did not give us the impression of the W estern W o rld at­ tempting to invade the East, but rather that it had already arrived, and the East w as trying to survive the influence. O rginally captured by the British in October, 1908. the country is now a French M andated territory, but the city of Beirut is exceptionally Americanized because of the great American U niver­ sity now e s t a b l i s h e d there, whose The Rosicrucian faculty members are mainly from the United States. These i n s t r u c t o r s Digest brought with them their manner and January methods of living, and, with their fami­ lies, gradually impressed the natives 1938 '

with their superior w ay of living, to which the natives have taken readily. O ur stay in Beirut was brief, for it was not our immediate destination. W e were bound for the inland. Leaving the sea level we began a very steep ascent, winding our w ay over the high moun­ tains. Lebanon, as this section is known, is renowned for being the site of the once famous cedar trees, by the same name, for centuries used extensively in the building operations of the ancient peoples whose countries bordered the M editerranean. But one small grove of the great trees still remains and it is preserved as a monument of the past. Centuries before Christ, the Egyptians put out expeditions to this coast to fell the great trees and float them back to the mouth of the Nile, thence up the great river for hundreds of miles. The w riter recently had the opportunity of examining thoroughly, several sar­ cophagi (mummy coffins) being install­ ed in the new additions of the Rosicru­ cian Oriental and Egyptian Museum. These sarcophagi date back to approxi­ mately 1000 B. C. Each of them was made, as practically all of them were during that time, from planks of cedar brought from Lebanon, centuries ago. Even though they w ere about thirty centuries old, they were yet in a fair state of preservation. M any of the early fleets that plied the waters of the Medi­ terranean w ere built of the cedars of Lebanon. It was a rare wood and much sought after. T ow ard the South end of the Lebanon mountains, towers Mt. Hermon, reaching a height of 9000 feet. T he mountain is frequently mentioned in the Christian Bible by other names. A round its base are to be found the ruins of the Temples of Baal. G enerally speaking, Baal is an ancient sun god, but generically speaking, Baal was the Syrio-Phoenician word meaning God. The ancient Sidonians had named this mountain Syrion. It is without vegeta­ tion of any kind, except a plant life re­ sembling our North American sage brush. T o this point in our travels, our roads had been remarkably well paved and graded. Now, they narrowed and were frequently pitted. The hills were grow­ ing brown, as though they needed rain

badly. The country was becoming more desolate and had its effect upon our moods, and our conversation became less frequent. About two hours after having left Beirut, and having just made a turn on a high mountain pass, we looked down from an altitude of several thousand feet upon a broad plateau stretching into the distance. F ar below our road continued, like a gray ribbon stretching for miles across the waste. Toward the horizon a great green patch was visible. Soon we were entering this patch, the outer edge of a fertile area, and the age-old city of Damascus, which is on the fringe o f the great Mesopotamian desert. Damascus, 57 miles east of Beirut, has a population of about 188,000, 21,000 o f which are Christians and about 16,000 Jews. It is the oldest inhabited city in the world. In the Tel-El-Am arna tablets or letters, the first letters of state in the history of the world exchanged between Queen Nefertiti and the rulers of her subor­ dinate states or colonies in 1350 B. C., Damascus is mentioned. A t that early time, according to translations, it was termed Dimashka. The same name, re­ ferring to the same city is found in­ scribed on the w alls of the Temple of Rameses III in Upper Egypt. It was the scene of many w ars mentioned in Biblical literature. David had cam­ paigned against it, but without a great deal of success. French troops were garrisoned there as elsewhere in Syria, but were unsuccessful in accomplishing much with Damascus, or any of Syria in fact, because of an antipathy held to­ ward them by the native Syrians. V a ri­ ous political influences, which w e will describe later, caused the French much unrest and a regret that they had ever assumed the mandate. Our first impressive sight after enter­ ing this ancient city, was a large ceme­ tery near the city’s center, the tombs o f which were fashioned like small mos­ ques with their customary domed roofs and spiral minarets. T hey w ere so di­ minutive that I likened them to the ovens one sees used for the manufactur­ ing of tile and brick. Around the whole cemetery was an artistic Byzantine brick wall, the top of which w as crenel­ lated. W h e n our car stopped before the

principal hostelry which the city a f­ forded, located in a plaza directly across from the depot o f a narrow gauge rail­ road originally built by Germany before the W o rld W a r , and now used for the transporting of freight from Beirut to Damascus, w e were greeted b y a now familiar sight. Porters in white linen robes which looked not unlike the old fashioned night gown tied around the middle with a soiled red sash, and w ear­ ing Mohammedan tarbouches, shuffled up and sought our baggage. W e paid little attention to the interior of the hotel, that is the main foyer, until our return from our rooms above where w e had immediately retired to remove some of the grime of travel. Intensely hungry, we sought the dining hall. W e were ushered into a spacious interior court. Courts are exceptionally common in these Eastern countries, because they are cool, inviting and traditional. The w alls were all white, against which pots of flowers and climbing vines appeared refreshingly cool. The ceiling was con­ structed of hand-hewn timbers. Between the tops of the w alls and the ceiling was a stone grill work which allowed ample ventilation. A t either end was a high narrow window, hardly large enough to permit the passage o f a man. T hey were well shaded and kept out the midday heat and glare. M ost surprising w as the great number o f persons that were crowded in this fairly large dining hall. There must have been at least 400 per­ sons seated at long tables somewhat like those one would find in an arm y or a construction camp. Instead of being seated on chairs, they w ere seated on benches which were a part of the table. M ost of the diners w ore W estern cloth­ ing, a sack or business suit, and all w ore their tarbouches. It is not a custom to remove the tarbouche when indoors, or when dining. The amusing incident w as that all were eating as rapidly as they could, and not a sound of a voice was to be heard. No one w as conversing, all in­ tently concentrating upon the con­ sumption of food. It seemed as though they w ere given a limited time to eat, and could not afford to indulge in con­ versation. It was so different from the leisurely dining of Europe, where eat

ing is an art and a social event as well. W e later learned that it is not a custom among the Syrians and the peoples of the Levant to converse when eating, but rather to devote their attention to food first, and then converse at length after­ ward. I w as also surprised to find a hotel so crowded in such an out of the w ay place as Damascus. M any o f the big hostelries of America and the W estern w orld would have been grate­ ful for such patronage as this hotel was apparently enjoying at this time. If w e had seen a similar sight in America, we would have thought a convention was in session. Conventions seemed to be such a W estern mode, that w e did not enter­ tain the thought in this instance. Upon inquiry, we found that this w as a mo­ mentous occasion in Syria, and that an election was to be held for the president of Syria. The hotel was more than a mere hostelry, it w as used as an admini­ stration building by government officials and political parties, and in fact all of the principal affairs of state were con­ ducted there. A s soon as lunch was finished, the guests all crowded into the hallways, lounge and foyer to congre­ gate in groups, gesticulating w ildly with their hands, which is customary among a very highly emotional people such as they are. Suddenly, while we w ere studying these people, who, although mainly dressed as we were, yet w ere so d if­ ferent in manner, a hush came over the entire assembly. Everyone stood rigid as though for an inspection and imme­ diately ceased talking W e looked about to see the cause of the sudden suspen­ sion of activities and conversation. A ll eyes were fastened upon a large french doorw ay that led into the dining hall, from whence w e had just come. The doors w ere thrust open and a dramatic entry was made, in ceremonial fashion, by a person whose very appearance in­ dicated a regal position and birth. He w as an A rab prince, we learned. He had travelled several hundred miles The from a desert area over which he had Rosicrucian dominance, to participate in these con­ Digest ferences and the election. He was in January fact a royal nomad, a desert chieftain. He had control and direction over some 1938

15.000 Bedouins. His costume was im­ pressive and picturesque. He wore a heavy silken robe, full at the bottom, and the conventional Bedouin sandals inlaid with sterling silver. His turban w as of a brilliant hue and affixed to his head with the argila. Around his girth he w ore a twisted silk cord from which hung, on his left side, a beautiful dirk which, although highly ornamental, un­ doubtedly was quite practical. His wearing of large sun glasses was un­ usual. T ypical of the Bedouin, his hands w ere quite large and gnarled. His face was long, slender, and with a large aquiline nose characteristic of the Semitic race. He spoke with a soft, vi­ brant voice and w as very graceful in his w alk. He had a definite positiveness and self-assurance, and reflected the at­ titude of one accustomed to respect and obedience to his least command or wish. He had descended from a long line of nobility. In the open desert his word w as absolute law. He was the highest court of appeal and made decisions which would shape the course of the lives of those who depended on him. In this election which was now taking place, he could have easily influenced the thousands who were his followers and subjects to vote as he wished, for either candidate. Looking neither to the right nor left, he strode out of the hotel toward a waiting carriage, followed by his personal bodyguards, two huge members of his race, dressed like him­ self, but not having such ornamentation because of their lesser station. In addi­ tion to carrying dirks, the bodyguards also wore, crisscrossed over their chests, cartridge belts having large calibre shells, and slung across each of their backs w as a modern rifle. Becoming more curious about the situation we de­ termined to learn further facts. Later that evening we made the acquaintance of the British V ice Consul of Damascus, w ho frequented our hotel because it w as the center of local social life, and because the few foreigners or Euro­ peans who visited Damascus for a brief stay, whether on business or pleasure, located there. (T o be continued)


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Each m onth w e w ill p resen t ex c erp ts from th e w r itin g s of fam o us th in k e rs an d teac h e rs of the p ast. T hese w ill g iv e o ur re a d e rs an o p p o rtu n ity of kn o w in g th e ir liv e s th ro u gh th e p resen tatio n of those w ritin g s w h ich ty p if y th e ir th o u gh ts. O ccasio nally such w r itin g s w ill be p resen ted th ro u gh th e tra n sla tio n o r in te rp re ta tio n of o th er em in en t au th o rs of th e p ast. T h is m onth ”-e p resen t a few of the c h a ra c te ris tic s a y in g s of D iogenes th e C ynic. The nam e ••Diogenes” aro u ses in m ost m in d s a p ic tu re o f a d isco n so late m an w ith a la n tern , o r a sp are ascetic s ittin g in a tu b ; y e t, "fin d in g an honest m an " w a s b y no m eans the o n ly su b je ct upon w h ich th is p hiloso ph er w a x ed cy n ic a l. D iogenes (not to be contused w ith D iogenes L a e rtiu s , a G reek philoso ph er who lived about 200 A. D.) wa_ born in A sia M inor a t Sinope abo ut 412 B. C. 1 hough he le:“ no w ritin g s h is p e rso n a lity m ade such an im p ressio n upon h is co n tem p o raries th a t th e y p re­ served h is p ith y s a y in g s in th e ir own w o rks, re co rd in g m an y of h is acid u lo u s re to rts and hi3 v e rb al bouts w ith P la to . A fter h av in g been cap tu red b y p ira te s , D iogenes w as p u t up for sa le in th e slav e m a rt a t C rete, an d p u rch ased b y X en ia d es of C orinth. H e sp en t th e re st of h is life a s tu to r an d and Euol is s a y s , in h is e s s a y en title d "T he S a le of D io gen es,” th at he w a s so successfu l in h is tra in in g of th e ch ild ren of X en iad es th a t " th e y p aid th e g re a te s t atten tio n and resp ect to D iogenes h im self, and spoke w e ll of h im to th e ir p are n ts." T he fo llo w in g ex c erp ts a re selected from th e tra n sla tio n of C. D. Y onge.

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E U S E D to s a y , "that when in the course of his life he b e h e l d pilots and p h y s i c i a n s , a n d philosophers, he t h o u g h t man the w i s e s t o f all animals; but when again he b e h e l d i n t e r p r e t e r s of dreams and sooth­ sayers, and those w h o l i s t e n e d to them, and men puffed up with glory or riches, then he thought that there was not a more foolish animal than man.” Another of his sayings was, "that he thought a man ought oftener to provide himself with a reason than with a halter.” On one occasion Plato had invited some friends who had come to him from Dionysius to a banquet, and Diogenes trampled on his carpets, and said.

"Thus I trample on the pride of Plato"; and Plato rejoined, " W ith quite as much pride yourself, O Diogenes.” Sotion too, in his fourth book, states that the Cynic made the following speech to Plato: Diogenes once asked him for some wine, and then for some dried figs; so he sent him an entire jar full; and Diogenes said to him, " W ill you, if you are asked how many two and two make, answer twenty? In this w ay, you neither give with any reference to w hat you are asked for, nor do you answer with reference to the question put to you.” He used also to ridicule him as an interminable talker. On one occasion, when no one came to listen to him while he w as discoursing seriously, he began to whistle. A nd then when people flocked round him, he reproached them for coming with eager­ ness to folly, but being lazy and indif­ ferent about good things. One of his frequent sayings, was, “T hat men con­ tended with one another in punching

and kicking, but that no one showed any emulation in the pursuit of virtue." He used to express his astonishment at the grammarians for being desirous to learn everything about the misfor­ tunes of Ulysses, and being ignorant of their own. He used also to say, "That the musicians fitted the strings to the lyre properly, but left all the habits of their soul ill-arranged.” and, "That mathematicians kept their eyes fixed on the sun and moon, and overlooked what was under their feet.” 'That orators w ere anxious to speak justly, but not at all about acting so.” A lso, "That misers blamed money, but were preposterously fond of it.” He often condemned those who praise the just for being superior to money, but who at the same time are eager themselves for great riches. He was also very indignant at seeing men sacrifice to the gods to procure good health, and yet at the sacrifice eating in a manner injurious to health. He often expressed his surprise at slaves, who, seeing their masters eating in a glutton­ ous manner, still do not themselves lay hands on any of the eatables. One of his sayings was, "That one ought to hold out one’s hand to a friend without closing the fingers.” Hermippus, in his Sale of Diogenes, says that he was taken prisoner and put up to be sold, and asked w hat he could do; and he answered, "Govern men.” A nd so he bade the crier "give notice that if any one wants to purchase a master, there is one here for him.”

He used to say, that he wondered at men alw ays ringing a dish or jar before buying it, but being content to judge of a man by his look alone. A man once asked him w hat was the proper time for supper, and he made answer, "If you are a rich man, whenever you please; and if you are a poor man, whenever you can.” W h e n he was at M egara he saw some sheep carefully covered over with skins, and the children running about naked; and so he said, "It is better at M egara to be a man's ram, than his son.” A man once struck him with a beam, and then said, "Take care." " W h a t,” said he, "are you going to strike me again?" The question was put to him when a man ought to marry? and his reoly was, "Young men ought not to m arry yet, and old men never ought to m arry at all." W h en asked w hat he would take to let a man give him a blow on the head? he replied, "A helmet.” A man said to him one day, "Many people laugh at you." "But I," he re­ plied, "am not laughed down." W h en a man said to him, that it was a bad thing to live; “Not to live,” he said, "but to live badly.” Once when Anaximenes was discuss­ ing some point, Diogenes held up a piece of salt fish, and drew off the at­ tention of his hearers; and as A n axi­ menes was indignant at this, he said, "See, one pennyworth of salt fish has put an end to the lecture of A naxi­ menes.”




T h e vibrant vo ice of R ita M u rra y w ill bring to yo u and y o u r friends a fascinating disclosure of some of th e m y s t e r i e s of life. T h e little secrets of success and happiness consist of know ing how to meet and m aster the problem s confronted d a ily . T h is n a­ tio n ally know n rad io sp eaker w ill tell, in her m agnetic and forceful w a y , how Rosicrucians solve the m ysteries of life and find thereb y the g reater enjoym ents of livin g. I n v ite y o u r fr ien d s to listen to her over station K S T P . S t. P aul, M innesota, 205.4 meters, beginning M o n d ay, Ja n u a ry 10th a t 9:45 p. m. and continuing each w eek there­ after a t the sam e hour. She can also be heard over station W K B W , Buffalo, N ew Y ork, 202.6 meters, beginning Jan u ary 6, a t 8:30 p.m. and continuing w eek ly at the sam e time. W a tc h for further announcem ents of broadcasts over other stations.

The Rosicrucian Digest January

The W onderful W ork of Our Courier C ar
By T h e I m p e r a t o r
G R E A T many o f o u r me mb e r s throughout North America who live in cities and com­ munities where our traveling Courier C ar has not reach­ ed in recent years a re a n x i o u s to k n o w w h a t t he Courier C ar is ac­ complishing, a n d w h a t it is, a nd why it has not reached all of the cities and towns of the United States, Canada and Mexico. To anticipate future cor­ respondence in this regard, and to sat­ isfy the natural and logical curiosity about it. I think the following state­ ments will be of interest, not only to those who have not seen the car and witnessed the demonstrations and lec­ tures, but to those who have partici­ pated in and benefited by them. In the first place, the Courier C ar tour each year is a good will activity of the organization. I will explain later what I mean by this good will feature. W h en the plans for the Courier C ar were first discussed by us for a year or more, it was the intention to send this Courier C ar and a staff of lecturers and demonstrators to every city or commun­ ity that could be reached conveniently and in accordance with a definite pro­ gram, and to have this car and its equipment and personnel spend two days and two nights in personal, confidential con­ tact with just our members and no one else. The plan included daytime inter­ views with members, contacts with prominent persons who w ere members, and who could assist in helping the members form chapters or study groups, and then spending two evenings in a rented hall with members exclusively, demonstrating to them many of the teachings contained in our monographs, giving them examples of the proper practice of the vowel sounds, an ex­ ample of the ritualistic ceremony held in our temples, a demonstration of some of the scientific laws involved in our teachings, a moving picture travelogue of a journey through our Rosicrucian Park and all of its buildings and de­ partments. The meetings w ere also 10 include the answering of questions o f­ ficially and correctly, along with demon­ strations of the proper w ay to concen­ trate and to use the sanctum equipment each member might possess in his home, and other personal helps that would answer thousands of the questions members write to us from month to month. The original plan did not in­ clude or contemplate any form of public propaganda or public lecture. A fte r the Courier C ar had started on its first y e a r’s plan, the members themselves in each community w rote in and suggested that w e change our plans and add a third night in each community and make

that third night an open meeting to which they could invite their friends, acquaintances, and especially their rela­ tives. so that these persons might see w hat the Rosicrucian O rder is and w hat it is not, w hat it deals with, and w hat it does not deal with. I am sure that I am talking to each member within his or her own experi­ ence when I say that practically every member in our organization has one or more relatives, one or more personal acquaintances, or one or more sincere friends who doubt the integrity, the sincerity, and especially doubt the claims, o f the Rosicrucian O rder of A M O R C . E very day our mail brings to us letters from members saying that someone in their family or someone among their relatives, friends or ac­ quaintances is constantly criticizing A M O R C and criticizing them for be­ longing to it on the basis that the O rder is not scientific, that it must be and cer­ tainly is w holly a religious cult, that it may not have any of the buildings and grounds that it claims to have, that it m ay not have any scientific background or equipment, that its teachers or in­ structors are not familiar with scientific law s and scientific principles, that it may be conducted only from a few o f­ fices in an office building, that it is pure­ ly a commercial racket, that it has no personal interest w hatever in its mem­ bers except the collection of their dues, or that it is not recognized by other scientific bodies or schools and that it is, in other words, anything but w hat it claims to be. These persons constantly say to us. “W h a t can I say and do to convince this relative or friend, this city coun­ cillor or this newspaper editor, this family physician, this clergyman of my church, or this or that person, that A M O R C is w hat it claims to be?” M any o f these members say, "A t every meal, and especially every evening when I am trying to study my lecture or maga­ zine one or more members of my fam­ ily criticize and belittle the organization The and tell me I am being deceived in Rosicrucian thinking it is a large institution and has Digest any scientific background. W h a t can I January do to show these members of my family 1938 ' that they are wrong, and thus relieve

me of this constant criticism that is in­ tended to make me resign my member­ ship despite the fact that I am deriving some benefit from it. and my health has been better, and I am happier and more contented that I have ever been?” Now considering that phase of the personal problems o f our members, it was not surprising that members in so many communities wrote to us and asked if the Courier C ar and its person­ nel could not conduct a third meeting in each city to which the members could bring their relatives, their wives or hus­ bands, sons or daughters or their family physician, or clergyman, and have these persons see for themselves the moving pictures o f the grounds and buildings and departments, and see the scientific demonstrations, and hear the scientific lecture and see that it was not a fanati­ cal religious sect or cult, but a common sense, rational, educational, refined and cultured movement. It was because of these requests that w e finally decided to advertise and an­ nounce a third semi-public meeting in each city. O ur members even went so far then as to arrange in each city that our staff show the talking moving pic­ tures at dinner or luncheon clubs such as the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, the Kiwanis Club, or at the Chamber of Commerce or the Junior Chamber of Commerce, or at other similar club luncheons. A nd in fact, this has been a very frequent occurrence in cities where the Courier C ar has appeared. Now you must understand that very naturally the third public meeting in each city and town added considerable to the expense of the Courier C a r’s op­ erating costs. It meant one more night in a hotel in each city for the staff, and it meant, most of all. the renting of a very large hall for a public meeting, often at a tremendous expense. In many cases the rental o f that one hall for one night meant one hundred dollars addi­ tional, and in most cases not less than fifty dollars additional. It added one more d ay’s salary to the staff, inasmuch as it prolonged the journey of the car. It added a considerable amount to the sending of notices and announcements of the semi-public meeting, and to news­ paper advertisements about it.

It also meant that much more w ear and tear on the scientific equipment and on moving picture equipment. Perhaps very few of our members realize that a professional size moving picture sound equipment such as the Courier C ar car­ ries with it is subject to heavy strain and a great deal o f w ear and tear in be­ ing moved from city to city and set up and taken down, and so forth. Much of this equipment is very delicate, and in many o f the large cities visited it has to be reexamined, readjusted, cleaned, and put into perfect order again at scientific laboratories. Each hour that that equip­ ment is used and operated adds to the expense, for the Courier C ar cannot take the chance of having the equip­ ment break down and fail to operate at the last minute in a hall where thou­ sands are assembled waiting foe a demonstration. In this regard, the mov­ ing picture and scientific equipment is subject to far more test and expense than that which remains in a stationary position in a theater. Now, as to w h y this Courier Car does not visit every town and com­ munity where we have members: In the first place, it would not be fair to have the Courier C ar visit a town where we have only thirty or forty members and skip a city or town that has two hun­ dred or three hundred members. In the second place, in order to travel from the W e st to the East of the United States and be back again before the heavy snows set in in the M idwest and the Rocky Mountain region, the Courier Car must travel in as straight a line in one direction as possible. If it starts out toward Salt Lake C ity from California, it can only go into and through those towns that are near the straight road between San Francisco and Salt Lake City. If, on the other hand, the Courier Car starts toward Denver, it must in­ clude only those cities and towns that are on that line. A nd so on all the w ay through to the East. T o attempt to zig­ zag back and forth from one town to another, into one state after another, would mean that the Courier C ar would leave here in the spring and reach only the midwest by the middle of the sum­ mer. In the third place, the Courier C ar

can leave here in the W e s t only after the w inter snows in the mountains and in the M idwest have cleared aw ay. It would be absurd to try and take the heavy Courier Car, with its heavy equipment, through the snowy regions in the w inter time. In the fourth place, the cities and towns picked out for each different tour of the car must not be more than a day or a day and a half apart. It is too costly to have the Courier C ar and its personnel travel for three or four days in any one direction to reach one town or another, with no intervening demonstrations or contacts. This means, therefore, that before each yearly trip of the Courier Car, the map of the United States has to be care­ fully studied and a tour laid out that will include as many cities as possible in a straight line in certain given direc­ tions, and it means the Courier C ar must leave here in the beginning of spring, and that brings the Courier C ar into the eastern cities in the summer­ time. Then, after touring the East, it must get back through the SierraNevada and Rocky Mountain region before the w inter snows set in. This answers the question often asked in eastern cities as to w h y the Courier C ar does not come there early in the spring or late in the fall, instead of in the warm summer days. Some members have even been so thoughtless as to suggest that we send the Courier C ar from California direct to N ew Y ork, to be there early in M ay or June, or late in October or Novem­ ber. T hey never figure the cost o f such a trip in gasoline, w ear and tear on equipment, salaries, hotel bills, and other expenses. W e are sorry that the Courier C ar does have to reach the eastern coast in the summer months, but while it is true that in two or three cities this summer and previous summers a few o f the lectures were held on warm days and warm evenings when it was uncomfortable, and windows had to be opened that allowed extraneous noises to come in from the street, in the large m ajority of cases the cities visited in the East in the summertime had cool days and pleasant evenings on the oc­ casion o f the lectures, and there was little or no inconvenience.

In other words, our records show that only about three or four of the ten or twelve eastern cities visited had any just complaint regarding the time of the year, or the w eather conditions, and we certainly could not change the entire course of the Courier C ar to meet the weather conditions in those cities. Others have suggested that when the day for the meeting comes and the staff finds the w eather is very hot, the meet­ ing should be postponed and held a few days later. But you must realize that the halls for these meetings of the Courier C ar are rented months in ad­ vance, and that the circular matter go­ ing to all members from Headquarters, notifying them of the Courier C a r’s visit, is prepared months in advance and mailed a week or ten days in advance, and to change one or two of the meet­ ing nights would be to upset the whole schedule for the rest of the tour, and cause many to go to halls in other cities and find no Courier C ar and no staff of lecturers. About a week or ten days before the Courier C ar reaches any one city or town, we send from Headquarters here a printed notice and invitation to all members on our lists and records, in­ viting them to the two private meetings for members only, and inviting them and their friends to the third semi­ public meeting. Sometimes these no­ tices go astray because of changes of address that have been made just before the notices w ere printed, or because the notices are lost in the mail, or. as has happened in many cases, because of snowstorms or other storms that delay the delivery o f the notices until the last day or sometimes a day after the meet­ ings are held. O ur monographs, you understand, go by first-class mail in a special arrangement we have here in our M ailing Department, and in special sacks that are taken direct to regular mail trains. T hat is w hy the mono­ graphs arrive with such regularity that it has aroused the curiosity and brought forth the praise of our thousands of members. But these printed notices of The Rosicrucian the meetings go by third-class mail, since the cost of mailing these things by Digest first-class would be terrific, and thirdJanuary class does not go with the same regular­ 1938 ' ity and dispatch as first-class.

The question has been asked by a great many who have not witnessed the Courier C ar demonstrations and lec­ tures, w hether the Courier C ar is not merely a plan of propaganda instead of being the good w ill plan that we an­ nounced it to be. If these members mean by this that the whole Courier C ar lec­ tures, demonstrations and contacts are aiding and abetting our general propa­ ganda activities, or tending to increase our membership, we do not feel asham­ ed or embarrassed to admit that there is some propaganda connected with the tour o f the Courier Car. W h en church­ es, learned institutions and other move­ ments have special revival meetings or special public lectures or special demon­ strations, no one criticizes these things on the basis that they are propaganda, for after all. a revival meeting in a church, or a special scientific lecture in a university or college, is admittedly propaganda for new members, or at least for the purpose o f encouraging the members to keep up their interest and their activities. There is nothing em­ barrassing or unreasonable about any form of dignified, instructive and refined propaganda. But if these criticisms are intended to mean that the major purpose of the Courier C ar activities is to secure new members, and merely to ‘‘sell” the or­ ganization to prospective members, then the idea becomes absurd and ridiculous. In the first place, if that were true, there would not be the two expensive and costly meetings held for members ex­ clusively. The Courier C ar would con­ duct only public lectures and advertise them more w idely and save all the ex­ pense of other halls, hotel bills, and printed notices to all the members. And the Courier C ar, in such a case, would be sent only to large cities where a large public meeting would be held with the increased prospects, at the same costs, of securing new members. O ur statistics for the three years in which the Courier C ar has been holding these semi-public and public meetings, as well as the private meetings, show that the number o f new members se­ cured each year through the activities of the Courier C ar would not pay in reg­ istration fees or dues for one year, the

cost of the gasoline used by the Courier Car on one of its cross-country tours and return. O ur records actually show that as far as securing new members is concerned, the same amount of money as is spent for the semi-public lectures of the Courier C ar. if put into dignified magazine announcements, would pro­ duce two hundred and fifty per cent more results. The Courier C ar today represents one of the largest items of good will ex­ pense that the organization spends. And remember, during the winter months and throughout the year when the Courier C ar is not on the road or is not traveling from place to place, a large staff of workers here at Headquarters is laboring in the evenings and in spare time preparing new moving pictures, new apparatus, new eauipment and new features for the next year’s Courier Car four. The investment in that specially constructed car and its equip­ ment, in the moving pictures and sound pictures made, in the scientific and other features, represents an investment that could easily have been put into other departments of our activities which would have been more productive of members than the most idealistic dream of the Courier C ar results one could imagine. The Supreme Secretary, Ralph Lewis, for instance, spent many months last winter and fall in designing and con­ structing the Cosmic R ay machine that is being used this year on the Courier Car. W e know that nothing like it has ever been seen, witnessed or demon­ strated in America before, because in every city where public meetings are held, scientific students from the uni­ versities and laboratories go to see the Cosmic Ray machine, and say it is the finest piece of scientific equipment they have ever seen. A nd scientists say it is the most marvelous demonstration of the functioning of Cosmic R ays that they have ever seen. Before he started to construct that machine at a great ex­ pense, he w rote to all the scientific equipment manufacturing companies and asked if they could design and build a machine that could do the things he wanted it to do. and they admitted that there was no such a machine and they could not build such a machine.

The same is true of many other things that are included in the Courier Car's activities. Right now the moving picture staff here at Headquarters is working at night and on Saturday after­ noons and other spare time making an­ other marvelous production that will be as interesting to our members as "Lost Horizon” has proved to be in its public exhibitions. During the first week of October I witnessed a preview of parts of this new moving picture production, and it is now ready to be sent to H olly­ wood laboratories to be put into final film form from the master films w e had made here at Headquarters. The enor­ mous expense of this production is a good w ill feature, because it will be purely instructive and educational and in no wise a form of propaganda. I do hope that the time will come when the members in every one o f the cities in North America and Mexico will see the Courier C ar in their community, with all of its wonderful demonstrations and with the lectures and contacts o f the specially trained staff which ac­ companies it. It will take time to reach every community, and so w e ask all of our members to be patient. A s for the Canadian district, w e are confronted with problems of State. Up to the present time the Canadian G ov­ ernment is reluctant to allow the Courier C ar or any similar kind of lecture car or equipment to cross its border, and come into its country, except under limited and restricted conditions that we have not been able to meet because of the fact that it would eliminate many of the special features and add so great­ ly to the cost of the tour that we do not find it possible to comply. This is not because it is a Rosicrucian car or has anything to do with Rosicrucian philo­ sophy or any other philosophy, but merely because it has in it equipment and matter made and produced in America, and because of the restrictions on importation of dutiable equipment, and so forth. But we do hope w e will be able to have the Courier C ar go through Canada or parts o f Canada in the very near future, and we are having the very able help of our Canadian (Concluded on Page 469)

Goethe and the Rosicrucian Order
By S o r o r E t h e l R o s e n t h a l , F. R . G. S., F. R. S . A., A . R. C. M.
Goethe, raised o’er jo y and strife. D rew the firm lines of Fate and Life, A nd brought Olympian wisdom down To court and mart, to gown and town, Stooping, his fingers wrote in clay The open secret of today. .— Emerson. H fS poet has al­ w ays been listed as a Rosicrucian because of records kept d u r i n g his lifetime and of in­ n u m e r a b l e pas­ sages in his works. In this article an endeavour is made to put f o r w a r d evidence proving that Goethe’s as­ sociation with the O rder and assimilation o f Rosicrucian teachings greatly influenced the works and life o f this many sided genius. Even as a child Goethe sensed the power of the Cosmic, and evinced that tendency towards symbolic mysticism characteristic of the w ork o f the mature man. A lready, in 1756, at the age of seven, he was convinced of the exist­ ence o f the God o f Nature, a deity to whom he could ascribe no form, but one The Rosicrucian whom he longed to approach. He de­ termined to construct an altar on which Digest products of Nature would represent the January world. A bove these a flame would burn 1938 ' typifying the aspirations of man to­ w ards the Cosmic. To this end, the little boy collected various ores which he arranged in the form of a pyramid. Up on high he placed a taper which, at sunset, when the roofs shone and were beautified by the strong light, w as ig­ nited by means of a burning glass. "Thus alone in his room, the sevenyear-old priest did his worship," as Goethe himself tells us at the end of the first book o f his autobiography Dichtung und W ahrheit, “Truth and P oetry.” W h ile he was still a schoolboy Goethe evinced great interest in free­ masonry and the work of secret mystic organizations. The eighteenth century witnessed the renaissance of freemason­ ry in England and the activity spread to Germany. M oreover, between the years 1756 and 1768, the Rosicrucian M ove­ ment attracted much attention in South Germany. W h e n he was stricken down by a severe illness at the age of nineteen, Goethe, on the advice of his physician, studied the works of the celebrated Rosicrucian Paracelsus. Goethe made notes in his diary on these writings and became absorbed in alchemy. His faith in that science was greatly strengthened by his own mysterious cure, effected by his doctor through the administration of a crystallized salt, possessed, so the physician claimed, of magical power. A s soon as Goethe recovered his strength, he fitted up a laboratory where he continued his investigations and ex­

periments, devoting particular study to the macrocosm and the microcosm. A t the age of tw enty-six Goethe visited W eim ar as guest of the Duke of Saxe-W eim ar. The ruler greatly ap­ preciated the genius of the already famous author and was rejoiced to se­ cure Goethe's services for the state. Because of his compelling personality and unbounded capacity for taking pains, Goethe soon became the soul of the ducal government. For Goethe idle­ ness was impossible. "I must be in­ dustrious to live.” he remarked, and in W eim ar, amongst the numerous manu­ scripts revealing his multifold activities, many valuable documents are preserved concerning Goethe's extensive w ork as a freemason. During the years when the W eim ar masonic lodge had to be closed, owing to the unrest caused by the French Revolution, Goethe and the Duke of Saxe-W eim ar made a pro­ found study of the history of the Rosi­ crucian O rder and of the w ork of the Illuminati. Goethe's poem Die G eheimnisse deals in particular with the Rosicrucian O rder. This w ork was composed in 1784 and 1785 and, al­ though unfortunately incomplete, shows Goethe’s sympathy with the w ork of the Great W h ite Brotherhood, with the secret schools and the temples guarded by the mystical inner circle. The hero is a pilgrim M arkus who is making his w ay through a rocky, moun­ tainous and thickly wooded district, symbolic of life and its obstacles. A t sunset, M arkus reaches a broad and pleasant plain where he espies an im­ posing structure and a wooden cross round which roses are entwined. From the centre of this wonderful cross stream triple rays of light. A t the sight of this beautiful emblem Markus feels peace and inspiration and remains wrapped in contemplation until the stars appear. Then he knocks at the great gate and is w arm ly welcomed by the inmates of the fine building. T hey are knights, twelve in number, and they crowd round M arkus as he tells them whence he has come and whence he re­ ceives orders from higher beings. The brothers are representatives of divers creeds, and by their presence in the House of the Rosy Cross prove that every form of recognition of the Divine

is r e s p e c t e d t h e r e i n . M a r k u s is acknowledged to be a w orthy successor o f Humanus, the leader o f the Rosicru­ cians, who possesses the gift of healing by the laying on of hands. In this con­ nection it is probably significant that Goethe w rote Die Geheimnisse just a few years after Mesmer had com­ menced his seances in Paris, in which he demonstrated cures effected by the radiation of energy from the finger tips. Owing to the allusions to the Rosi­ crucian O rder, Die Geheimnisse occu­ pies a unique niche in the gallery of G oethe’s works as a confession of the author’s faith and ideals. Metamorphosis, such as he had ob­ served in plants, furnished Goethe with the key o f the door leading to reincar­ nation and eternity, and he w as com­ pletely in accord with the doctrines of Pythagoras, the Rosicrucian, concern­ ing reincarnation. Goethe was con­ vinced that great men and women must have revisited the earth plane frequent­ ly to have obtained the emotional purity and the gift of leadership which dis­ tinguish them. In 1829, at the age of eighty, Goethe remarked to his friend and literary secretary Eckermann: — "If I continue to w ork unceasingly until my end on earth, Nature is bound to assign me another form o f existence, when my present one no longer suffices to contain my soul.” Reincarnation and transmigration are undercurrents of the poems contained in Goethe’s VFesf - Ostliche Divan, which appeared in 1819. A s soon as he had read the German translation o f the poems of Hafiz, Goethe felt that he and the Persian poet w ere kinsmen. The German genius’ passion for the East was kindled, and inspired the W esfOstliche D ivan , the largest collection of lyrics which ever flowed at one time from Goethe’s pen. W h ile he was w rit­ ing them, the thought occurred to Goethe that he, the eighteenth-century Teuton, w as perchance a reincarnation of Hafiz, the fourteenth- century singer of Shiraz. Amongst other philosophers whose influence on Goethe was ve ry marked was Leibnitz ( 1 6 4 6 - 1 7 1 6 ) , one o f the most respected members of the Brother­ hood of the Rosicrucians. According to Leibnitz, the ultimate elements o f the

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universe are monads or individual cen­ tres of force. Each monad is a micro­ cosm, and by the proportion of its activ­ ity one monad is differentiated from an­ other. The ruling monad is called the "Entelechy” or “Soul." This word “Entelechy,” meaning “Soul,” was em­ ployed by the Rosicrucian philosopher Aristotle. For Aristotle the soul is the “First Entelechy.” W h e n drafting the closing scene of the glorious drama Faust. Goethe used the w ord "En­ telechy” to denote the immortal part of the hero which is borne upward by the Chorus of Angels. Goethe maintained that each "Entelechy” is a fragment of the Cosmic Soul and does not age while tied to a human body. For Aristotle the universe is dynamic. His w orld is alw ays evolving, “becom­ ing,” and Goethe held the same con­ viction. For Goethe, too, nothing is static and everything is in continuous motion. T here are many passages in Faust which prove that the author w as think­ ing on the lines of a Rosicrucian. A s Paracelsus w rote on the duality of man's nature, so Dr. Faust laments: — T w o souls, alas! are lodg’d within my breast, W h ich struggle there for undivided reign; One to the world, with obstinate desire, A nd closely-cleaving organs, still ad­ heres; Above the mist, the other doth aspire, W ith sacred v e h e m e n c e to purer spheres.* The first scene in Faust’s study was born of Goethe’s alchemical studies. A s he perceives the sign of the macrocosm Faust exclaims: — . . . . W h a t light intense! In these pure symbols do I see Nature exert her vital energy. Now of the wise man's words I learn the sense; "Unlock'd the spirit-world is lying. T h y sense is shut, thy heart is dead! Up scholar, lave, with zeal undying. Thine earthly breast in the morningred !”
♦The E n glish of th is p assa g e from " F a u s t” , and of the succeed in g quotatio ns, is from E>r. Anna S w an ick ’s T ra n sla tio n of both P a rts of G oethe's " F a u s t ,” p ub lish ed b y G. B ell & Sons, London, to w h ich w ork the au th o r of th is a r tic le is much in deb ted.

W h ile occupying himself with al­ chemy, Goethe was particularly im­ pressed with the A urea Catena Homeri. a w ork in which, as he himself stated, "Nature, though perhaps in fantastical fashion, is represented in a beautiful combination.” Again in the Second Part of Faust we are transported by Goethe into the milieu o f an alchemist. The poet was aw are that the Illuminati were not con­ cerned with the conversion of base metal into gold, that they spoke in sym­ bols and that their aim was to convert into purity the baser elements of human nature. The character of W a g n e r in Goethe's Faust is a wonderful portrait of one of these seekers after truth. During Faust's wanderings with Mephistopheles, W ag n er, a former disciple of Faust, remains at home faithful to his pursuit of learning. Goethe depicts W a g n e r’s endeavours to create life. W a g n e r is shown poring over the phial in which, as he puts it, "A man is being made.” E very Rosicrucian reading this scene must be reminded of Dr. Little­ field's creative experiments with small creatures of the w ater species. A s W a g n e r watches the development of the Homunculus he exclaims: — It mounts, it glows, and doth together run, One moment, and the work is done! . . . A nd so a brain with thinking power embued Henceforth your living thinker will create. These words might have been spoken by Dr. Littlefield as he observed the salts crystallize according to the forms he held in his mind; moreover, like the doctor’s tiny living creatures, the Homunculus is not the finished product. A t the close of the Second Part, when Faust sinks back lifeless. Mephistopheles superintends the burial of the hero’s body and would fain seize his soul. Angels, however, bear aloft the im­ mortal part of Faust, the "Entelechy" or "Soul” which is a segment of the one U niversal Divine Soul. The Mystic Chorus at the close reminds us that all visible things are symbols of the eternal and invisible:—■ A ll of mere transient date A s symbol showeth.

Goethe’s early novel The Sorrow s o f Werther, published in the autumn of 1774, made the author world-famous. There are many Rosicrucian traits in this work, while the lessons of service to be learnt from Goethe's monumental work of fiction W ilhelm M eister are identical with those taught by the Rosi­ crucian Order. Sir Francis Lord Bacon, Imperator of the Rosicrucians, main­ tained that knowledge and the "divine gift of reason” should be employed for the benefit of mankind. A fte r the hero Wilhelm Meister succeeds in grasping the meaning of existence these truths constitute the hub of his wheel of life. Goethe was specially impressed by Bacon's treatise on /do/a or false notions of things, erroneous w ays of looking at Nature. W h en ever he came upon con­ tradictions, Goethe searched for the idola giving rise to them, and Bacon’s influence is apparent in many of Goethe’s axioms respecting error. The German author stressed that he “re­ joiced in the great clarity with which Bacon exposed scientific stagnation and impediments, and in Bacon’s recognition of the prejudices which prevent men from advancing individually and con­ jointly.” Goethe also paid tribute to Kepler (1571-1630), the great Rosicrucian

astronomer and astrologer, who was in Prague during the reign of Emperor Rudolph II ( 1 5 7 6 - 1 6 1 2 ) , and was ap­ pointed Imperial Mathematician in suc­ cession to T ycho Brahe. Towards the end of Goethe's sojourn on the earth plane, the two souls which had fought for supremacy within his breast, just as they are depicted strug­ gling in the bosom of his hero Faust, were at rest, for Goethe learned to blend his many sided nature into a harmonious and rhythmic whole. The great poet-philosopher, who transform ­ ed W eim ar into a world centre of in­ tellectual activity, agreed with Spinoza and Leibnitz that subject and object, the individual and the universe, are bound together, maintaining that “W h a t is eternal is also external, and only a combination of the two can be regarded as truth." G oethe’s transition occurred on M arch 22, 1832. His last words "More Light" w ere symbolic of his lifelong en­ deavour to bring illumination to his fellow men, o f his faith in immortality and o f his eagerness to contact the Cosmic. A s Emerson observed, “The Spirit which built up the world revealed itself more to this man Goethe than to any other.”




"This longing to elevate as high as possible the apex of the pyramid of my ex­ istence, the base of which is placed in my possession, outweighs all else and is scarcely a moment absent from thought.”—Goethe (letters to L avater).




(Concluded from Page 465) members in M ontreal and O ttaw a in this regard. So watch for the Courier C ar this fall on its return from the East by pay­ ing attention to any notices you may re­ ceive by mail, and try to have as many actual members attend the two private membership meetings and as many of your friends attend the semi-public meeting as it is possible to do.




HOW WOULD CHRIST LIVE TODAY? By R e v . O. C l a y t o n P l u m m e
(N O T E : T h is fratcr is an active minister, serv in g in one of the larg est Protestant denom inations.)

E W O U L D N ’T .” is p r o b a b l y t he most accurate an­ swer to the theme question. Jesus was not nearly so a p t a t adjusting Himself to society as His neo-disci­ ples. M ost of us are 'cold blooded" religionists. Frog­ like, we can peri­ odically croak on the shores of religious independence, but. in due season, we must become sub­ merged in the ponds of public opinion and standards. W e love the dry land and sunshine, but we cannot trust our­ selves too far from the water In Shirley Jackson Case's book ( 1933). 'Social Triumph of the Ancient Church.” w e read what seems to the w riter to be a quite typical 20th cen­ tury estimate of the place of Christ in the world today. The structure of Roman society was not lacking in com­ plexities, but it was marvelously simple in comparison with that o f the modern w orld,” or again, "It had not dawned upon the world in those days that re­ The Rosicrucian sponsibility for producing an honest and competent administration of civic Digest and national affairs rested ultimately Jan u ary with the voter who cast his ballot at an 1938 election.”

As every hot summer is the hottest and cold winter is the coldest, so we be­ come hypnotized by superlatives when we compare the pagan frontiers of our day with those of the 1st century. Ours are so much worse! “Jesus would be up against a real world if He were in my business or had my problems,” says the modern Christian. To be sure, they did not have so many folk killed by speedy traffic. T hey did not have a China Clipper, but they got Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to the G ol­ gotha Cross in an amazingly short time. In that day no insurance company would have dared to make a specialty of insuring Christians. The man, whose boat has capsized and between himself and the shore is one-fourth mile of water, has many less things to trouble him than the boy on the "flying trapeze." but it is apt to ab­ sorb most of his attention. Though the religious expressions are different today than in the 1st century, it demands about the same kind of a man to express them. "It has never taken much of a man to be a Christian, but it has always taken all o f him that there was." If there is religious persecution today, it can be matched by the 1st century. I question not that, if Jesus were living today, He would last more than three years of public ministry. He might, however, find it difficult to keep a pas­ torate, serve as the head of a corpora ­

tion, or gain the majority in a political election. Even so. He would not offend our pagan sensitivities any more now than He did those of His generation. W e think it more difficult to be a Christian in our day primarily because we think it more serious for us “to be persecuted for righteousness sake" than it was for them. It hurts us more to give up our property than it does to read of how Barnabas gave up his. Spitting on Jesus’ face was bad enough but is not nearly so socially degrading as spitting on our shoes. To go to prison as a penalty for Christian enthusiasm was worthy of Paul, but it is almost revolt­ ing to us. W e have a special dislike for yellow paint even if donated by the rabble. The greatest problem that 20th cen­ tury Christianity faces is the 20th cen­ tury Christian! W e make much of the communist, fascist, Nazi and general militaristic treatment o f Christianity. They have no new tactics. The only dif­ ference is that, wherea® the 20th cen­ tury blames the forces that destroy the Christians, the 1st century blamed the Christians if they saved themselves at the expense of the ideal. The ruling of 3rd century Cyrian may seem a bit harsh to those of our age, who can usually manage to say something that will please both sides, but it serves as a case in point. Spiritually speaking, we have gold crosses, padded pews, seared con­ sciences and no callouses. W e need a better distribution of pur­ chasing power and less charity, but all of this will not come until w e gain a few more "saints in Caesar's household.” It was said of Jesus that “He made the word become flesh and dwell among men.” It may be said of our mechan­ istically baptized leaderships that they have made the word become profits, big salaries, and social influence. There is hardly an industry that does not camou­ flage its motives with Jesus’ ideals. Santa smokes and drinks to the spirit of Christmas. I wonder, in these days of harnessed sex appeal, if the high pres­ sure advertisers do not regret that Jesus was not a goddess? Jesus, carry­ ing a gun to promote His kingdom, would look no more ridiculous than

many of our modern "big guns’’ pre­ tending to promote Jesus. W h a t would Jesus do if He were living today? W e may best judge by examining His 1st century strategy. Though we cannot imitate Him in fact, we can in insight. He sought to make a few men thoroughly Christian, and then sent them out two by two. His a t­ tacks upon the status quo were sure and certain. W ith terrifying boldness, He ventured to point out the most flagrant ills of His social order. Jesus' was a rare combination be­ tween the individual and the social Gospel. He never expected to have a Christian society without Christian men. A t the same time. He realized how' few could escape the wolves in the sheep’s clothing. Most o f us w'ould feel quite social-gospel-mindcd if w e made as bold attacks upon the social ills of our times as Jesus did in His. Jesus was not a voice crying in the wulderness. The story of the Good Samaritan was no flattery to the status quo. He knew how to give to society what belonged to society and to the in­ dividual what belonged to the indiv­ idual. If Jesus were in the flesh today. I have no question but that He -would clamp dowm on w’ar profits, child labor, state totalitarianism, etc., as much as our most ardent Nieburhrs and W a rd s; but, at the same time, our most ardent fundamentalists would not outdo Him in clamping down upon the individual. I do not think that this man, who bet H is life upon a well-instructed few, would have much faith in ever getting a Christian society without having C hris­ tian men. It is a waste of life and energv to gain more battle line than one can hold. The strength of the police is not his avoirdupois, or his gun, but the good law-abiding citizens of the city. I am alw ays impressed by the Gethsemane account. The central figure of this story knew quite well the odds that were against Him. I have tried to sense myself in His situation — One of my trusted friends turning traitor, three of the closest, fast asleep; a dark night, trees, and an approaching enemy. I try to sense it all deeply, and then ask my­ self if I am going to stand by my faith in a Father God or am I going to "save

my skin." Am I going to slip aw ay and live, or stand firm and die? Am I strong enough to fail in a cause that will ulti­ mately succeed? I find it a real test! I feel that, if Jesus were in the flesh to­ day, He would stand like adamant for truth, love, brotherhood, no matter w hat it did to His salary, His family, His patriotism, or His social position. The man who held firm at Gethsemane would find it difficult to understand the lip service of Germany, Italy, Russia. England and American Christianity. Jesus never felt Himself obliged to re­ port conditions but, rather, to change V V

them. But martyrdom in itself is no virtue. If Jesus were living today, I question if He would be "crucified” for some of the small issues that are claiming many o f our Christian brethren. Like John the Baptist, they are losing their heads over small issues. It is to Jesus' credit that, when He died, the world took stock of human worth. I think that, if Jesus were living today, He would not die for any particular "ism'. No matter how much you dislike sparrows, it is sily to use cannons to kill them. W e must not let the fact eclipse the wisdom of Jesus' death. V

The Keynote of Advancement
By F r a t e r O. F. H a u p t , F. R. C.
N considering the fa c ts w ith which I have come in contact. I be­ lieve t h e present purpose of exist­ ence, in so far as w e are immediate­ ly c o n c e r n e d , is e v o l u t i o n — the t e r m "evolution” b e i n g t a k e n to mean the gradual change or rise to­ ward perfection. The responsibility of the individual to this purpose is not the responsibility of one individual person to himself but his responsibility to the whole of man­ kind. In other words, one man’s action may and does influence the whole body of mankind. A s a crude illustration— each grain of sand taken off or put on to a sensitive balance affects the rela­ tive position of all other grains of sand on the balance. So. each advancing soul affects the whole body of mankind by his advancement. Therein each in­ The dividual is linked to and linked by every Rosicrucian other individual. Digest Now, as each individual advances January along the Path, he, o f a necessity, in­ 1938 ‘ fluences all others to some degree. The Path becomes more plain, the relative position of all individuals is changed with respect to the purpose. The keynote of advancement seems to be: "Thou shalt serve, thou shalt be­ come a power, a force in action.” This is the essence of practicality. Therein is the responsibility of the individual to the whole fulfilled. Therein is harmony with Cosmic Law accomplished. Not by study and meditation only may one scale the heights, but b y prac­ tical application in action of that which is learned and assimilated through study and meditation. Through action, points of strength and weakness are brought to light. Through tests and trials of personal experience we forge the links which bind the rest of humanity more and more closely to us. A s more and more electrical current is fed into an electro-magnet its field of influence be­ comes wider. A s experience follows ex­ perience and weakness is transmuted into strength, so the individual field of influence is widened and becomes more useful to the purpose of evolution. Possibly, the greatest usefulness is in the helping of another to find the Path —mot by coercion or argument, or by holding one’s self as an example, even though the example be fairly good, but by the tactful appeal to latent, sub­ merged desires and forces within him.

The Lost Horizon
By T h o r K i i m a l e h t o , Sovereign G rand M aster
CCASIONALLY a play or a picture a p p e a r s that fills th e h e a r t o f t he m y s t i c w i t h de­ light. I remember The Ladder, a play that illustrated the theme of rein­ carnation. I recall th e picture Death Takes a Holiday. and The Return of P eter Grimm, both the play and the picture. Each illus­ trated one point in the mystic philoso­ phy of life. Now a picture has appeared which actually dramatizes the entire cycle of sou] development. I saw the picture twice. The first time I was completely absorbed by the problems and struggles of the people in­ volved. I saw man's terrific struggles with a seemingly hostile environment, man's inner longing for something better, and the opposition he meets with, even among his own people. A s the Bible tells us, "A man’s enemies are of his own household.” I saw a bit of a utopian fairyland in a hidden valley of the lofty mountains o f Tibet. In this unbelievably lovely village of ShangriLa peace and beauty and love abound. The struggle for existence has ceased. All is harmonious growth and self­ expression. Children learn in the open fields. When weary, they throw off their gar­ ments and swim in a nearby lake. Men and women, godlike, with serene coun­ tenance and dignified step, tread the even paths of daily life. A ll is beautiful, unhurried and soul-satisfying. The woman of fifty looks like tw enty; the man of a hundred is active, in the prime of life. Greed, fear, envy, and jealousy have disappeared. There is no reason for these vices to exist. Each has all that he needs for a happy life of per­ fect self-expression. M oney is meaning­ less. Gold abounds, but no one so much as stops to pick it up. Divorce does not exist. It is courteous for a man to let his w ife go when her heart is elsewhere. Since cost need not be considered and profits are unnecessary, everything bears the impress of love and beauty. The walls are covered with magnificent tapestries and paintings, the halls are adorned with statues, every dish is a w ork of art, and every garment is a thing of beauty. The village abounds in inviting walks, trellised arbors, ex­ quisite flower gardens, and fountains gleaming in the brilliant sunshine. The music of the bells and the deep organ tones from the temple overlooking the village add sanctity to the joy and the beauty. Into this paradise comes a party of five, three Englishmen and two Am eri­ cans. T hey were escaping from a local revolution in China, and the plane, in­ stead of taking them to Shanghai, took them to Shangri-La. Strange to tell, the high lama knew that they w ere coming and had everything in readiness for them. The plane broke down, and a

rescue party from Shangri-La came the next morning with the proper equip­ ment, clothing, and food. The refugees w ere Robert Conway, a British diplo­ mat; his brother George; a M r. Lovett who was a retired teacher of geology; an American fugitive from justice whose firm had collapsed in the market crash; and a sick woman, an American, whom the doctors had given only six months to live. All. except George, yield to the en­ chantment of the new environment. Robert finds a cherished, half-forgotten dream come true. The geologist joyfully organizes classes to teach the subject close to his heart. The ruined financier, who had started life as a plumber, is busy with plans to install a modern run­ ning w ater system for the village. The sick woman feels better and more cheer­ ful. O nly George, a typical product of a twentieth-century city, a lover of noise, confusion, excitement, and crowds, can­ not endure the peace and quiet. He considers the whole situation an out­ rage. He rebels vociferously. W ith the aid of one of the girls of Shangri-La who has fallen in love with him, he manages to bribe porters to guide him through the mountains. This girl, who in reality is an old woman, has been told that she will stay eternally young as long as she is contented to stay in Shangri-La, and will revert to her nat­ ural age as soon as she leaves. She does not have faith in this statement and accepts G eorge’s w orldly views readily. George cannot persuade the geologist or the plumber, or the sick woman to leave, but he does finally prevail upon his brother Robert by appealing to his brotherly love. The high lama, a very aged man, a person of extraordinary sweetness and spiritual beauty, just before he died, had asked Robert to succeed him. Robert, too, found the girl of his dreams. Y et George succeeded in convincing him that he had been deceived. The three leave Shangri-La. In fact they take flight. A severe snow storm drives furi­ ously through the passes. The guides The Rosicrucian are brutal. The passes are treacherous. The storms are violent and unremitting. Digest The girl cannot endure the difficulties of January the journey. She ages over night and 1938 perishes in the cold. George becomes

mad at the sight of his aged love, his conscience is awakened to his fearful error, he loses his balance, falls down the mountain-side of snow and dis­ appears forever. The guides lose their lives in an avalanche. Robert alone is eventually rescued. But the w orld of struggle and greed has become utterly repugnant to him. A fte r months of heroic effort, in constant peril of his life, he finally finds the w ay back. A t first glance the story seems one of adventure and romance. Then one sees that it is a picture of utopia, a delightful fairy-tale land; a dream in a poet's heart. Then one becomes aw are of the fact that the entire story is a symbol of the journey of the soul through life. It is a modern Pilgrim's Progress. It is the story told oft before by mystics of the world. It is the story told in a nine­ teenth century setting in W ill G arver’s A Brother of the Third Degree and M arie Corelli's Life Everlasting. It is the great adventure of life. It is the quest of the ages, the search of the soul for God the attainment of evolution. It is the flight of the alone to the Alone. W h e n the young soul awakes to life in this world, it knows not for the moment whither it is bound. It finds it­ self a breathing, struggling human being on an unknown quest. It is buffeted in the storms of adversity. It is beset with doubts and fears. It is so immersed in the turmoil of the everyday world that it completely forgets the celestial realm from which it came and the divine n a­ ture of the quest on which it is bound. O nly a faint longing remains, a longing that gnaws at man's heart in quieter moments when he takes time to think and reflect, but which he impatiently suppresses. It makes the struggle about him seem hideous, and the life about him seem meaningless and sordid. The juggernaut o f modern civilization counts its victims by the millions. On every side human beings collapse like the leaves in autumn. The weak are ruth­ lessly elbowed aside or trampled under foot or pushed to the wall. These hum­ ble and simple souls, these frail children of God. in their despair and anguish, seek refuge beneath the wings of the Almighty. T hey lay their burdens at the feet of God. T hey find the kingdom of heaven that is within; they experience

the supreme ecstasy of illumination. The wealthy, the powerful, and the successful often fail because they are hindered by their pride, their egotism, and their spiritual blindness. To rely exclusively upon reason is to miss the way. Reason frequently impedes spir­ itual vision and silences the promptings of intuition. The poor, the unfortunate, the lowly, even the thief and the scarlet woman can, therefore, enter easily the straight and narrow gate that leads to union with the God within. The distractions of the w orld are not the only barrier. There is a struggle in the man himself. “The good that I would do I do not,” says the apostle Paul, “and the evil I would not do I do." Man has become habituated to the brutal world about him and its primitive standards. He fears the adjustments to higher standards. Inertia prevents him from making the necessary effort. Even when he has once glimpsed the beauty and the light of the eternal, his carnal nature can still drag him down. O nly one thing remains—to control resolute­ ly his lower nature and make his body serve his will. In the story Robert actu­ ally has to knock his brother George down to prevent him from doing vio­ lence, and even then George finally pre­ vails upon Robert to leave Shangri-La. It is obvious that Robert and George represent the two aspects of a human being, his higher self and his lower self. Dr. Jekyll and M r. Hyde. The two girls of Shangri-La express the same sym­ bolism. The one who falls in love with George, although she has lived in Shangri-La for years, is tempted to leave. A purely earthly love, a love bound by physical attraction alone, can completely divert the soul from its original course in life or from pursuing higher aims. A s far as the girl who falls in love with Robert is concerned, she represents the mystic bride, the soul that waits for the day of union with the bridegroom, the outer personality. This is the chymical marriage of which the mystics write. This is the complete in­ tegration of personality as the mystics know it. This is the complete harmon­ ization of the outer personality and the inner personality. Mind, heart, and body become instruments of the soul.

T he whole personality becomes a chan­ nel for divine wisdom, love, and in­ spiration. W h en Robert yields to his brother's frantic protests, Chang cries to the despairing maiden, “He will return." Salvation is the end of the journey. The human being may stumble again and again. But if he sincerely aspires to the divine, God meets him half w ay. The glorious fact is that man does not have to make the entire journey alone and unaided. He finds that his coming was expected. A place has been prepared for him. In the story the plane breaks down before it reaches Shangri-La. T he rescue party is at hand with sup­ plies and equipment. M an is helped to attain. A s the medieval Spanish mystic poet said: “Before I reached Him, He came to meet me.” The ruined indus­ trialist whom the w orld called thief en­ tered easily and gladly into the new environment, and found peace and con­ tentment. The M agdalene who stumbled on the path of life and who needed help every step of the w ay, attained and likewise rejoiced in the contentment and peace of Shangri-La. W e must be as little children. Chil­ dren accept their home, their parents, and the plans of their parents. W e children o f a larger growth must accept the world as it is, God, and His plans. O ur faith must banish suspicion, fear, and temptation. W e must not set our will against divine will. W h en we find that we are going in a direction opposite to the direction w e expected, or find our plans overruled and altered, we must not be resentful and rebellious. W e must realize that Divine Love and W is ­ dom can will only w hat is best for each and every one of us. The group of refugees expected to travel east, and they found that they were travelling w estward. T hey expected to go to Shanghai, and they found that they were in Shangri-La. Robert Conway dreamed of being a foreign secretary of England. He found that he had been selected to rule Shangri-La. The ruined financier, the M agdalene and the poor retired teacher thought that life held nothing more for them, yet they found joy beyond their wildest dreams in Shangri-La. There was even a place for George because he accompanied Robert.

There is not a sheep that is forever lost in all the world. E very soul can aspire to all that the universe affords. In fact, attainment is his divine heritage and destiny. But he must have confi­ dence in divine justice. He must have faith through even the severest tests and trials. He must have an eye on the ultimate goal. He must let the larger point of view be reflected in every word, deed, and thought. He must ardently desire the fulfillment of this magnificent plan for all as well as for himself. V V

Though dark be the night, he must con­ fidently aw ait the dawn. Though marooned in the gloomiest hamlet, though lost in the maelstrom of a deaf­ ening city, let us all joyfully seek our Shangri-La. In closing let me say a word of ap­ preciation and gratitude to the producer, the entire cast, and to all who assisted in the beautiful stage settings and extra­ ordinary photography and last, but not least, to the author. V

“Fret Not Thyself”
By V . W . B e n n e t t , F . R . C.
Fret not thyself, it tendeth to evil doingO R R Y , in my ex­ perience, seems to be the father of perversity, for as surely as one w or­ r ie s o v e r s o m e practice in life that seems wrong, just so surely will he continue that practice or, worse yet, increase it. A man worries over th e s t a t e o f h is health and. lo, he discovers new pains. He worries over the state of his finances and goes deeper in debt. A neighbor fails to greet him as is the custom, he worries and others pass him by. He becomes discontented with him­ self and all his affairs and people, not knowing w hy, shun the circle of his negative vibrations. O nly those who love him as a brother remain close to him and even they find it hard to toler­ ate his viewpoint, much less his tan­ trums. T ru ly he feeds on the husks of his own ignorance, not seeking light. The Talk not to such a man of atonement. Rosicrucian To him it is of little use. He is not rob­ Digest bing the poor, keeping others hungry or January in any w ay shirking his duty. But—he is developing a faith in fate that sha­ 1938 dows any good action, and if he con­ tinues to do good it is only through the exercise of will. T ell him naught of attunement. He will place God and the M asters in a far aw ay place and himself apart, and al­ w ays his mind will dwell in two places, snifting rapidly until his head aches and w o rry and troubles increase. Teach him a new Ontology. Teach him that God is a part of himself, closer than hands and feet, that deep within himself the light of Being is shining brightly. Teach him to cease his outer seeking, his conscious willing. Teach him to adjust his whole mind and heart to this new concept and get quiet before the tremendous inner truth. M ayhap he will feel a sudden stirring and discover love and peace within his soul until he hears the lite within calling from the east and the west, the north and the south, the heighth and the depth, that which is all his own. Teach him this and remind him to ask the small things first in a spirit of love and willingness to share and serve. Thus shall the cross yield its fruit. Thus shall he find the pearl of greatest price. “For in the day of trouble he will keep me secretly in his pavilion—and 1 will offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy."

For centuries the accum ulated wisdom of the ages, as a heritage of mankind, w as passed on from generation to generation by means of the spoken word. In the narrow a lle y -lik e streets of the ancient E ast, like the one shown above, and as though but exchan gin g greetings, the M aster wrould co n v ey hurriedly to his disciple bits of enligh t­ ening passages and the say in g s of the sages. Because of fear of condemnation and persecution by those who w ere the enemies of light, each whispered word had to be as sa fe ly guarded as the rarest of gems. T o this devotion to a trust, we who have benefited b y the know ledge w hich h as come down to us are indebted.

( C o u r t e s y o f T h e R o s icru cia n D ig es t.)

'T he {Invisible {uistene'i
L L L iij) a cl i ai r. loin t he d i sc ussi ons. E'.xpress y o u r v i ew s . FroRl )>y tlie e xpe r ie nc e s of tlie Imperator anrl I lie ollicers of llie G r a n d I or Ige. I liere is a r e g u l a r p l ac e lor y o u in t hese R o s i c r u c i a n w e e k l y lorums. You need not j ou r ne y t h o u s a n d s ol mi les to he present in an a c t u a l room or pl ac e, or neglect y o u r d a r l e d ut ie s, lor y o u r presence c a n he i nvi si bl e . In the l o m l o r t a h l c a n d l a m i l i a r e n vi r o nme nt ol y o u r home, a n d in the e as e ol y o u r l avor i te c ha ir , y o u c a n . thr ough the p a g e s ol I lie R o s i c r u ci a n I' or um lie brought in t ouch w i t h the o pi ni on s ol t h o u s a n d s ol Ro s i c r u c i a n s . ' t on c a n s h a r e the acf vi ce, su g g es t i o ns , a n d instr uct i ons w h i c h the Imperator gi ves to the h u n d r e d s w h o wr i te to him mo n t h l y . II y ou h a v e l on g ed lor a per so na l i nt e rv i e w, t he o pp o r tu n i t y to ask a (/uestion ab o ut the s tud i es or a personal probl em ol life, y o u wi l l u n d o u b t e d l y limt in the i n t e r­ es t i n g c h a t s ol I he R o s i c r u c i a n For um tl e very a n s w e r y o u seek. I h o u s a n d s ar e i n vi s i b l y un i te d in t hese F or um sessions. I hey are present in spirit. fSf * the w a r m , w h o l e s om e , p e r s o n a l l y di rec t e d co mm e nt s ol the Imperator reach into thei r homes in the t a n g i b l e lorm of the l a s c i n a t i n g R o s i c r u c i a n F or um. ’ N o o l i e ( a n d e s c r i be I lie R o s i c r u c i a n I oruin It h a s to be read to be k no wn . / i k e f r ie n d s h i p, it must b e e x p e rie n c e d . I he l o l l o w i n g a r e but a f e w ol the m a n y s ub j ec t s it di sc usse s, solely a n d e x c lu s iv e ly lor R o s i ­ c r u c i a n me mber s.


Each issue co n tain s thirty-tw o p ag e s cram m ed w ith facts and e x p erien ce s— p ages 7” x 10 i" . A co m p lete in dex o f a 1/ sub­ je cts is in clu d e d w ith each sub scrip tion w ith ou t a d d itio n ­ al cost.


W r i t t e n in a c on v er sa t i o n al style, the most profound s ub j e c ts are e a s i l y f ol lowed by the r eader. I he subscr i pt i on is w i t h i n e ve r yo ne s r e ach, b e i n g but S t . 73 lor one y e ar . T h i s e nti t l es y ou to six l a r g e issues ol this v er y i nt e re st i ng p u b l i ca t i o n.

T he R O S I C R U C I A N



" A S PE R SO N A L A S A H A N D C L A S P "






The R o sicrucian O rder, e x istin g in a ll civ ilize d lan ds, is a n o n -sectarian , frate rn al body o f men and women devoted to the in v e stig atio n , stu d y , and p ractical app licatio n of n atu ra l and s p iritu a l law s. The purpose of the o rg a n i­ zation is to en able a ll to live in harm ony w ith the creativ e, constructive. Cosmic forces for the attain m en t of h ealth , h ap piness, and Peace.

(Federation Universelie des Ordres et
Societes Initiatiques)

Member of “FUROSI”

The Order is in te rn a tio n a lly known as AMORC (an a b b re v iatio n ), and the AMORC in A m erica, and all o th er lan ds, co n stitu te s the o n ly form of R o si­ crucian a c tiv itie s un ited in one body h av in g rep resen tatio n in the in te rn a ­ tio nal federatio n. The AMORC does not sell its teach in gs, but giv es them freely to a ll affiliated m em bers, to geth er w ith m an y o th er benefits. In q u irers seek in g to know the h isto ry, purposes, and p ractical benefits l *ia * m ay receive R osicrucian asso ciatio n , a re in vited to send for the free b °o k - "T he Secret H e rita g e .” A ddress, F ria r S. P . C., care of AMORC TE M PLE „ . . „ , _ ... R o sicrucian P ark , San .lose, C a lifo rn ia, U. S. A. (C able A d d ress: ”AMORCO” R adio S tatio n W 6HTB)

Officials of th e Jsforth a n d S o u th A m e ric a n J u ris d ic tio n
This Jurisdiction includes all countries of N orth. C entral and South A m erica and all land under the protection ofthe United S tates of A m erica.
H. SPENCER L E W IS. F. R. C.. Ph. D........................................................................................................................ Im perato r RALPH M. LEW IS. F. R. C ............................. ..................Sup rem e S e c retary THOR KIIMALEHTO. F. R . C.. S overeign G rand M aster HARVEY MILES, F. R . C G rand T re a su rer HARRY L. SH IBLEY. F. R. C D irector of P u b lic atio n s MERRITT GORDON, F. R. C.............................................................................. R egio n al G rand M aster


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ARMANDO FO N T DE L A JA R A . F .R .C .. D ep uty Grand M aster: C E C IL A. PO O LE , F.R .C ., Secretary-General. D irect inquiries regarding this division to the Secretary-G eneral, R osicrucian Park, San Jose, C alifornia, U. S. A.
Jun io r Order of T o rc h B e a r e r s (sponsored b y AMORC). F o r com plete in fo rm ation as to it s aim s and benefits ad d ress G eneral S e c re ta ry . G rand C h ap ter, R o sicru cian P a rk , San Jo se , C alifo rn ia.

The following principal branches are District Headquarters of A M O R C
Los A ngeles, C a lifo rn ia : D e tr o it, M ic n ig a n :

Hermes Lodge, A M O R C Tem ple. M r. P aul Deputy, M aster. R eading Room and Inquiry uffice open d aily , 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. and 7:30 p. m. to 9 p. m. except S u n d ays. 148 N. Gramercy P lace. New York C ity, New Y o rk: New York C hapter, Rooms 35-36. 711 8 th Ave., cor. 8 th A ve. and 45th Street. M r. Joseph W eed , M aster: M arth a L. M ullins, Secretary. Inquiry and reading rooms open week d ay s and Sun d ays, 1 to 8 p. m. Booker T. W ash in gto n C hapter. Dr. H orace I. Hamlett. M aster, 491 C lasson A venue. Brooklyn: Ida F. Johnson, S ec re tary , 286 McDonough St., B rooklyn. M eetings ev ery second and fourth S u n d ay at 8 p. m..Y . M . C. A. C hapel. 180 W . 135th Street. Inquirers call: Prospect 9-1079. n , . Philadelphia, P enn sylvania: Benjamin Frank .a C hapter of A M O R C : Mr. H Baker C hurchill. M aster M r G eorge Meetings for all members e v ery second and fourth S u n d ay, 7:30 p. the U niversal

M . Stew art. Secretary, 617 A rc h Street.

T hebes C hapter No. 336. M rs. P earl Anna Tifft, M aster: M r. Ernest C b eyne, Secreta ry . M eetin gs at the D etroit Federation of W om en s C lubs. 4811 2nd A venue, ev ery T u esd ay, 8 p .m . Inquirers call d ial phone Tow nsend 6-2967. S an Francisco, C alifo rn ia: Francis Bacon Lodge. 1655 Polk Street: M r. E lm er Lee Brown M aster. M ystical convocations for all members ev ery 2 nd and M o n d ay, 8 p. m. Office and reading f,oom open T u esd ay. W ed n e sd ay and F riday. ‘ ° ■ P mR -»d in g , P enn sylvania: fmpter. M r. Geo. Osman, M aster; M r. R. K. Gumpf, S ecretary. M eeting ev ery and 3rd F rid ay . 8:00 p. m„ W ash in gto n R a il. 904 W ash in g to n Street. Boston, M assachusetts: The M arie Clem ens Lodge. M r. Pierpont F. De L esderaiei, M aster: T le and reading Roon,,. 73q Rovlston St.. T elephone Kenr ,. ^

loo r (o ver Horn G H . r d . r t s ) . Birm ingham , A lab am a: Birmingham C hapter. C onvocation for all grades, each F rid ay night. 7:30 p .m .. Lodge room. T u tw ilder Hotel M r. E d g ar D. Finch. M aster, 1129 S . ! 6 th1 A ve., or C . C . B erry. S ecretary, 721 S . 85th Street. Pittsburg, P ennsylvania: Penn. F irst Lodge. M a ry S . Green,M aster; 610 Arch Street.

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Telephone R .n d olp h 9848. R e .d in g R o o n , open afternoons and evenings. S u n d ays 2 to 5 onl L ak ev iew Bldg., 116 S . M ichigan A ve Hooms 408-9-10. Lecture sessions for A LL members e v ery T u esd a y night, 8 p. m. C hicago (C olored) C hap ter No. 10. Dr. K atie B. H ow ard, M aster: N ehem iah Dennis, S ec re tary . Telephones, D rexel 4267 & H yd e P ark 5776. M eetin gs e v ery F rid a y night at 8 o'clock, 12 W . G arfield Blvd., H all B.

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P o r tla n d , O re g o n :

T hom as Jefferson C hapter. T hom as W . Kuhn. M aster. M eetings C onfederate M emo­ rial H all, 1322 Verm ont A ve. N. W ., ev ery F rid ay evening. 8:00 p. m. S ecretary. M rs. G lad ys Short, 3151 M t. P leasant St., N. W .
S e a ttle , W a s h in g to n :

Portland Rose C hapter meets e v ery T h urs­ d a y 8:00 p. m. at 714 S. W . 11th A ve. M rs. Emma S tricklan d . M aster; Phone G a. 8445. Information b y appointment w eek d a y s 9 to 5 a t 405 Orpheum Bldg.
N e w a rk , N e w Jersey:

A M O R C C hap ter 586. Mr. C. R. C leaver. M aster- M r. Geo. Peterson. S ecretary. 311-14 Lowm an Bldg., between 1st and 2nd A ves.. on C herry Street. R eading room open w eek d a y s 11 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. V isitors welcom e. C hapter m eetings each M onday. 8:00 p. m.
M ilw a u k e e , W isc o n sin :

H. Spencer L ew is Chapter. John W ied erkehr, M aster. M eeting ev ery M onday, 8:15 p. m.. 37 W ash in gto n St.
S t. L o u is, M isso u ri:

St., Louis C hapter. D ouglas M . Bryden M aster. M elbourne Hotel. Grand Avenue and Lindell Blvd. M eetings first and third T u esd a y of each month. 8 p. m.

M ilw au kee Ch jpter. M rs. H azel E. Z ack. M aster: M iss Ellen Brown. S ec re tary . M eet­ ings e v ery M onday at 8 p. m. at 3431 W . Lisbon A venue. O ther C hartered C hapters and Lodges of the R osicrucian O rder (A M O R C ) w ill be found in most large cities and towns of North Am erica. Address of local representatives given on request.

V ic to r ia , B ritish C o lu m b ia : E d m o n to n , A lb e rta :

V icto ria Lodge. M r. G eorge A. M elville, M aster. Inquiry Office and R eading Room. 725 C ourtney Street. L ibrarian. M r. C . C. Bird, Phone G3757.
W in n ip e g . M a n ito b a . C a n a d a :

M r. T . Goss. M aster. 9533 Jasper Ave. E.
T o r o n to , O n ta r i o , C a n a d a :

M r. E. C harlton. M aster. Sessions 1st and 3rd S u n d a ys of the month. 7:00 p. m , No. 10 Lansdow ne Ave.
V a n c o u v e r, B ritish C o lu m b ia :

C harles D ana D ean C hapter. M r. Ronald S. Scarth. M aster, 834 G rosvenor A venue. Session for all members every S u n d ay at 2:45 p. m., 204 Kensington Building.

C anad ian Grand Lodge. A M O R C . Mr. E. A. Burnett, M aster; M iss M ab ylee Deacon. S ec re ta ry , A M O R C Tem ple. 878 H ornby Street.

S c a n d in a v ia n C o u n trie s: N e w Z e a la n d

T h e A M O R C Grand Lodge of Denmark. M r. A rthur Sundstrup. G rand M aster; C arli Andersen, S. R. C., Grand S ecretary. M anogade 13th Strand, C openhagen, Denmark.
S w eden:

A uckland C hapter A M O R C . M r. J. O. Anderson. M aster, 317 V icto ria A rcade Bldg.. Shortland St., C ity Auckland.
E n g la n d :

Grand Lodge ' R osenkorset.” Anton S v an lund, F. R. C ., Grand M aster. Jerusalem sgatan, 6 , M alm o.
H o lla n d :

T he A M O R C Grand Lodge of G reat Britain. M r. R aym und A ndrea, F. R. C., Grand M aster, 34 B a y w a te r A ve., W estb u ry Park, Bristol 6 .
D u tc h a n d E a st In d ie s:

De R ozekruisers O rde; G root-Lodge der N ederlanden. J. Coops, Gr. Sect.. Hunzestraat 141, Am sterdam .
F ra n ce:

Dr. W . T h. van Stokkum , Grand M aster; W . J. V isser, S ecretary-G eneral. K arangtempel 10 Sem arang. Jav a.
E g y p t:

Dr. H ans G ruter, Grand M aster. M ile. Jeanne Guesdon. S ec re tary , 56 Rue Gambetta. V illen eu ve S ain t G eorges (Seine & O ise).
S w itz e rla n d :

T he G rand O rient of A M O R C . House of the Tem ple, M . A . R am ayvelim , F. R. C., Grand S ecretary, 26, A venue Ism alia, Heliopolis. C airo Information Bureau de la Rose Croix, J. Sapp o rta. S ecretary. 27 Rue Salim on P acha, C airo.
A fric a :

A M O R C , G rand Lodge, 21 A ve. D annies. L ausanne; Dr. Ed. Bertholet, F. R. C „ Grand M aster, 6 B lvd. C ham blandes, Pully-L ausanne; Pierre G enillard. Grand S ecty.. S urlac B. M ont Choisi, Lausanne. C hina: T h e U nited G rand Lodge of C hina. Box 513. S h an gh ai, C hina.

T he Grand Lodge of the Gold Coast, A M O R C . M r. W ilia m O kai, Grand M aster. P. O . Box 424 A ccra. Gold Coast, W est A frica.

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T h e a d d r e s s e s o f o t h e r f o r e i g n G rand L o d g e s and s e c r e t a r i e s will b e fu r n ish e d on app lication .


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We present to our readers herew ith the v ery latest photograph ol the new Queen of E gyp t, M iss Farida Zulficar. Her m arriage to the new King of E g yp t is scheduled to occur during this month of Jan ­ uary. It is she who w ill be known to the m ystics of E gyp t by the Persian term, "the purest rose." (This rare photograph is published b y special permission, and exclu sive rights for publication in 77ii Rosimnian D igest have been granted. T h is photograph is also protected b y restrictions of the A M O R C of North and South A m erica.) fC o urtesy o f T he F fosk nicion D ig est.)

c WTiat the Wise Men Taught King Solomon

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T h e r e is n o n e w t h in g u n d e r t h e s u n . said Solom on. T h e ancient sages had shown him th at e v e ry hum an ach ievem en t is founded upon c e rta in n a tu r a l law s. In v o k e these strange forces an d the elem ents w ill heed yo u r com m ands, yo u r w ishes shall becom e realities — this w as the prom ise the wise men gave the great king. W hat w ere the forces to which th ey referred ? W hat w isdom secluded fo r centuries w as d iv u lged to Solom on?



T h ese secrets, w rested from n atu re b y the m iracle w o rkers o f a n tiq u ity , w ere the source o f So lo m o n 's p e r s o n a l pow er. W ith them no ch allen ge o f life w as too g reat to be accep ted fo r th e y g ave him confidence in h is a b ility to acco m ­ plish. L ife m a y rob yo u o f all things, b u t if yo u too possess th is secret o f personal ach ievem en t, y o u can rise again to conquer. I t is n o t w h a t yo u h av e to d a y , b u t w h ether yo u h av e the a b ility to a c q u ire m ore th a t counts. T h is wisdom o f Solom on and the te a ch in g s o f th e an cien ts h a s been p r iv a te ly tau gh t for centuries. T h e R o sicru cian s, a tim e-honored fra te rn ity (n o t a religiou s o rg a n ­ iz a tio n ) are one o f the chann els through w hich these teachin gs h av e descended to the present d a y — not a m ag ical p ro c e ss o r a sp ecu lativ e ph ilo sop h y, bu t a rem ark able system for the m astery o f life, long su p ­ pressed b y selfish and ty ra n n ic a l rulers. T he R o s ic ru c ia n s invite y o u to share th is know ledge— w rite to d ay fo r th eir fa sc in atin g f re e Sealed B o o k , w hich exp lain s. A d d re ss: Scrib e S .P .C .


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F E B R U A R Y , 1938

No. I

The N e w Q u e e n o f E g y p t (Fro n tisp ie ce ) The T hou g ht o f th e M o n th : M ak in g a N e w S ta rt W il l S c ie n c e E v e r P ro d u ce L if e ? A lo n g C iv iliz a tio n 's T rail: The O ld e s t In h a b ite d C it y o f th e W o r ld The N e e d s o f M o d e rn S o c ie ty C a t h e d r a l C o n ta c ts : Je ru s a le m the G o ld e n D ealin g W it h the G if t e d C h ild Pa g e s from th e Pa st: H e g e l The H e a lin g Pow ers o f th e Bantu Priv ile g e C r e a t e s R esp o n sib ility W h y D o n 't W e S u c c e e d ? The U n fo rg iv a b le Sin San ctu m M usings: W e M ust S ta n d A lo n e W in t e r , th e G r e a t C o n s e rv a to r The S a n c tu a ry in th e W ild e rn e s s (Illustration)

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T A L W A Y S seems l o g i c a l to e d i t o r i a l writers and n ew s­ p a p e r me n . a n d persons w h o have monthly m essages to g i v e , to u s e the first m o n th of the y e a r as an oppor­ t u n i t y to s a y s o m e thing about m a k ­ i ng a n e w s t a r t for t he N e w Y e ar . W h e n w e s top to r e a l i z e t h a t t he N e w Y e a r d o ps not b e ­ gin on J a n u a r y 1st in a l l p a r t s of t he w o r l d , w e find t h a t w h i l e w e in the W e s t e r n W o r l d m a y be t a l k i n g a b o u t t he s t a r t of a N e w Y e a r , t h e r e a r e m i l ­ l ions of o t h e r s in o t h e r p a r t s o f t he w o r l d t a l k i n g a b o u t t h e e n d i n g of a y e a r , or l o o k i n g f o r w a r d to a N e w Y e a r . A n d j us t w h y s h o u l d a n y o f us feel t h a t J a n u a r y is the r i g h t t ime to s t a r t a n e w in r e g a r d to b u s i n e s s , h e a l t h , s o ­ c i a l a f f a i r s or a n y t h i n g e l s e ? It is f ar m o r e l o g i c a l to l ook u p o n the s u n r i s e o f e a c h d a y a s a n e w b e g i n n i n g , a n d to f i gu r e t h a t e a c h d a y r e p r e s e n t s o p p o r ­ t u ni t i es for m o r e n e w s t a r t s t h a n c o u l d be c r o w d e d into a n y o n e p e r i o d of the y e a r . In o t h e r w o r d s , w e h a v e t h r e e h u n d r e d a n d s i x t y - f i v e n e w s t a r t s or n e w b e g i n n i n g s e a c h y e a r i n s t e a d of t he f e w w e t h o u g h t o f on N e w Y e a r ’s D a y , o r c a n t h i n k o f on t hi s F e b r u a r y d a y . The A n d it is n e v e r too l a t e a t ten o ' c l oc k Rosicrucian in t he m o r n i n g , or a t n o o n t i m e o r l a t e Digest in t he e v e n i n g to m a k e a n e w s t a r t in F eb ru ary a n y d i r e c t i o n . In the first p l a c e , w e do 1938 n ot m a k e a n e w s t a r t u n l e s s w h a t w e

h a v e b e e n d o i n g h a s b een w r o n g or u n ­ f o r t u n a t e o r u n s a t i s f a c t o r y , a n d w e do not m a k e a n e w s t a r t u n l e s s t h e r e is s o m e s p e c i a l o p p o r t u n i t y t h a t a f f o rd s us al l t he a d v a n t a g e s of b e g i n n i n g s o m e ­ t h i n g t h a t w e h a v e w a n t e d to do or s h o u l d do. W h y . t he n , s h o u l d w e t hi nk t h a t a n y o n e d a y in t he y e a r is a n y m o r e i m p o r t a n t in t hi s r e g a r d t h a n a n y o t h e r d a y ? T h e r e is no d a y in rhe y e a r in w h i c h w e c a n n o t find e r r o r s in o ur p r o c e d u r e m i s t a k e s in o u r c o n c e o ti o n s . f a i l u r e s in s o m e of o u r p l a n s , a n d w e a k ­ n e s s e s in o u r s e p a r a t e s c h e m e of t hi n g s . It is a t s u c h m o m e n t s , w h e n w e r e al i z e t h e s e e r r o r s or m i s t a k e s or f a i l ur e s , t hat w e s h o u l d t ur n a b o u t a n d s t a r t a n e w . H o w fool i sh it w o u l d b e for a n y i n d i ­ v i d u a l w h o is p r o c e e d i n g a l o n g a n y s p e c i a l l i ne in b u s i n e s s or s o c i a l a f f a i r s to s a y , "I w i l l w a i t unt il t he e nd of the y e a r a n d d o d i f f e r e n t l y w i t h the b e g i n ­ n i n g of t he N e w Y e a r ! In mo s t of the s e r i o u s m a t t e r s of life, d a y s a n d h o u r s a r e im portant w h e n errors are being m a d e o r m i s t a k e s or m i s c o n c e p t i o n s m a n i f e s t t h e m s e l v e s in o u r p l a n s a n d o u r a c t i v i t i e s . W h y . t h e r e fo r e , s h o u l d w e w a i t unt il t he e n d of the y e a r or the b e g i n n i n g of a N e w Y e a r to c h a n g e so m e th in g that sh ou ld be c h a n g e d in­ s t a n t l y ? A n d t h e r e is no b e t t e r t i me to c h a n g e o u r c o u r s e of a c t i v i t y or our c o u r s e of t h i n k i n g o r l i v i n g t h a n to do it w h e n w e d i s c o v e r o r r e a l i z e t h a t w e h a v e b e e n in e r r o r. S o I a m not g o i n g to s a y to a l l of o ur m e m b e r s a n d r e a d e r s in this i ssue of T h e R o s ic r u c ia n D i g e s t t h a t I hope each member has made a new start and a n e w b e g i n n i n g for 1938. b u t I w i l l s a y Four

most sincerely that I hope that the com­ ing twelve months w ill prove even more happy and more successful than the past year, and that each one will take ad­ vantage of the opportunities that lie ahead to make such improvements or changes as will afFord every opportunity for individual abilities and powers to make the best of manifestations. By the time this issue of The Rosi­ crucian Digest reaches most of you, the year of 1938 will have made a good start, and you will have had enough days in the New Y ear to determine what your course and plan will be. But even the captain of a good ship will change the course of that ship after it has been under w ay for some time if he finds it advantageous or of benefit. Perhaps the most important thing that most of us should change, at any time in the year and any year in the century, is our course of thinking and the result­ ing course of procedure in our living. There is another great change all of us can always afFord to make, and that is to determine that we shall apply and V V

use our special God-given abilities and faculties to the very best advantage. Throughout the w orld today mighty changes are taking place. A t the end of 1938 we will be able to look back, as w e did a few months ago, and see that the past year was fraught with many important changes. Life is composed of changes, and progress is a result of changes that are improvements. Failure in life consists of changes that were det­ rimental. M an possesses the w ill power to choose, to decide, to determine, and with persistency carry out his decisions. O ur organization has been making many changes throughout the past year, and w ill continue to make many improve­ ments and changes during the coming year, and w e hope all our members and readers will keep pace with us in mak­ ing life better individually and collec­ tively for mankind. A careful study and analysis of the teachings and lessons that go forward to our members each week will enable them gradually to remold their lives and rearrange their courses in life to their greater happiness, prosperity and health. V

W e bear within us the epitome of the whole history of worlds. He who should contrive to revive those memories would be the master of life and death. He would have nothing more to learn .—M aeterlinck.

Once ag ain the members of the R osicrucian H ierach y of North A m erica scattered throughout the W estern H em isphere w ill p articip ate in a Cosm ic assem bly and spiritual contact w ith the Im perator and other M asters of the G reat W h ite Brotherhood on the evening of T u e sd a y , F eb ru ary 8 , w hich is the an n iv e rsary of a v e ry im portant event in the e arly h isto ry of A M O R C of North A m erica, and is likew ise an ancient esoteric an ­ n iversary. T h is sp ecial assem bly w ill begin at 6:30 P . M ., Pacific Stan d ard T im e, or 7:30 P. M . M ountain Stan d ard T im e, 8:30 P. M . C en tral Stan d ard T im e, and 9:30 P . M . Eastern Stan d ard T im e, and w ill last for fifteen m inutes. E v e ry member of the higher degrees of A M O R C w ho h as reached fellow ship in the H ierarch y, and e v e ry member who is in the sp ecial assem bly of the H ierarch y, is invited to devote these fifteen m inutes to meditation and sp iritu al and p sych ic contact in his or her sanctum on this occasion, and to transm it to me and to the Suprem e C ouncil of A M O R C such cooperative v ib ra ­ tions and visualized im provem ents and additional pow er for the o rganization a s he or she believes w ill be of help and v alu e to e v e ry member.


W ill Science Ever Produce Life?
By F r a t e r P a u l H. B o d e n s t e i n , B. S.
F b r e v i t y be t he soul o f wit, infi­ niteness would be that o f any dis­ cussion of this tre­ mendous and spec­ u l a t i v e question, the final answer to which may never come in an eterni­ ty, unless the proof should be in terms of the simplest unit of life as we today define it. A s one scans the readily available literature, almost endless are the defini­ tions. explanations, of life; many are far from definitive. W h ile each and every one o f us consciously and instinctively knows w hat life is and what it is n ot— that is, when it is present and when it is not—a systematic statement defining a thing or event in any line o f study makes for concentration in that study. W e shall confine ourselves here to LIFE as it appears to us in the elementary structures that are termed cells in biolo­ gy and botany. Herbert Spencer tells us, “Life is the continual adjustment of internal rela­ tions to external relations,” a definition that is at once broad and bare and leaves the reader to speculate between The the words. Clement W o o d (Outline of Rosicrucian Man's Knowledge) shows a strictly Digest modern trend— even ancient in its width February ■ —in a safe statement, as "nothing in the universe can be defined by limits; things 1938 can only be defined by centers," and amplifies this idea, commensurate with the recent findings in science and partic­ ularly in biochemistry, by stating that a sharp line o f demarcation is no longer possible to draw between life and life­ lessness; and "lifelessness merges and blends insensibly into life just as surely as day blends into night.” A definition not so abstract is that of Dr. Osborn, “Living organisms differ from lifeless mechanisms, no matter how perfect, in being more or less self-adapting, self­ reforming, self-perfecting, self regener­ ating, self-m odifying, self-resourceful, self-experimental, self-creative.” And finally, there is the common confession often found of which the following will serve as an example: . . . . studies of great thoroughness and accuracy have led biologists to reach the unanimous conclusion that every living thing comes into existence as the offspring of other living things somewhat similar to itself. There is no other method known.” Omne vivum e vivo (all life from life), (from Creative Evolution, ed. by Fran­ cis M ason). It would not be too overt to say that without an exception all careful students of biology, and eminent authorities as well, w ill admit directly or by implication that life is still a m ystery. W h e n the question of science ever producing life is entertained it must be tacitly agreed that to venture an answer, though highly speculative, we would be expected to assume, if we do not know, what life I S —actually IS. Attempts to

answer the question, imaginary adven­ tures into the U N K N O W N — hypoth­ eses — will have to be based them­ selves upon suppositions —■hypotheses; entailing thousands and thousands of trials, experiments, collection and classi­ fication of observations, tentative hypo­ theses, theories, and (hopefully) laws. Much, all without doubt, lies in the point of departure in framing a working hypothesis. W h at do we suppose LIFE really IS?—a question we must all have asked ourselves at some time. Life is IN us, all around us, and we are in the cen­ ter of it; we are C O N SC IO U S of its presence. Our consciousness tells us no more than we can gather from our senses, and this has brought us time and again to a blind alley. Have w e for­ gotten, do we know, w e possess an in­ tuition? Do we exercise those hunches? Can we not cultivate more friendly relations with our subjective egos? Here it seems lies the realm in which, or from which, will come the answer. The study of life is the study o f pro­ toplasm, that jelly-like and sometimes viscous mass of complex chemical sub­ stances which comprise the unit o f life manifestation called the CELL. The study may be begun as with the classi­ cal amoeba and must progress into the "modern" (?) bacteria. W ith these cellular units we must begin. Such sci­ ences as chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, bacteriology, fermentative chemistry, and even geology, have shared in the thought and experimenta­ tion on the question of the origin and generation of life. "Who, or what, breathed life into non-life? and when and how was it done?. . . . A s we trace life down from its manifestation in the form of the high­ est. . . . to its character in the lowest, simplest organism, and at the same time trace inorganic matter up from its simplest or elemental forms to its most complex forms, we find a very sugges­ tive approach . . . .” "But nobody has yet made an amoeba in a test tube, nor infusoria in a steri­ lized hay infusion . . . . It is only life that produces life. . . . The most com­ plex molecules created by the organic chemist, with all their identity of chemi­ cal elements with protoplasms, are all

of that long w ay from amoeba and pro­ toplasm which is measured and defined by the phrase non-life and life. There is a great gulf between w hat is living and w hat is not." (Evolution, b y V e r­ non Kellogg, New Y ork, 1924) Compare the quotation above with the following of Dr. Vaughan (meet­ ing o f the Amer. Chem. Soc., Richmond, V a ., A pr. 19 2 7 ): “Calling attention to the recent discovery of particles of mat­ ter smaller than bacteria that pass through porcelain filters and grow and reproduce like living organisms, it is contended that the lowest forms o f life have come into existence by chemical means.” (from Creative Evolution, ed. b y Francis M ason.) These quotations show roughly the state of our knowledge, or lack of it, on the question o f whence comes life. From an analytical standpoint it is substantially axiomatic that no life is exhibited in anything that does not con­ tain w hat biochemists term P R O T O ­ P L A SM . It is the seat of life, and in which and only b y which life is ex­ hibited to our consciousness. The study of life is the study of the A C T IV IT Y peculiar to protoplasm. In the amoeba or in the still more simply constituted bacteria protoplasm is a complex mixture of a number of def­ inite chemical compounds of intricate molecular formulae together with sim­ pler compounds. Besides w ater and salts containing the basic elements of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, etc., are the carbohydrates (sugars from the break down of starch­ es mostly, as w ell as starches), the fats, and the proteins, which are molecular aggregates more complex than any others known to the chemist. O f the sugars and fats the molecular structure is for the most part fairly well known, and some members of these two bodies have been synthesized in the laboratory. O f the proteins not one is completely known in its molecular formula, though the action of certain chemical groups (radicals) are established; the so called amino-acid groups are undoubtedly connected with the sustaining and main­ taining of the activity of the cell, in the process called metabolism. No protein has yet been made in the laboratory or

by man in the sense of complete syn ­ thesis from the elements or from simple compounds. T hey are the most impor­ tant class of the substances making up the protoplasm. Let us presume for argument’s sake that the proteins of any particular cell w ere completely known chemical sub­ stances, and further, that they could be artificially produced at will. A t this point we are faced with one very pro­ nounced characteristic of the cell (pro­ toplasm. hence proteins) as a whole: IN ST A B IL IT Y . This instability is a concomitant to the principal distinguish­ ing feature of LIFE, i. e., irritability. The slightest change in the cell’s en­ vironment, chemical or physical, im­ mediate or remote, alters the composi­ tion and/or molecular rearrangement more or less profoundly. The very pro­ cess of life — metabolism — means con­ stant change and this means constant alteration. Metabolism is a cyclic pro­ cess as is every process in nature and the Cosmic. W ith the temerity o f our ignorance let it be further supposed that at any given instant w e could maintain the de­ sired protein aggregate in a stable, sus­ pended condition and at the same time exclude environmental change. W h a t should w e have? — a potentially living cell, or more accurately its protoplasm, o f which all we need now know is how to start it going! This, however, it not yet all. Volumes o f data are collected upon the observa­ tions o f cells from many material sour­ ces. M ost of them have been seen to have a marvelous structure and organi­ zation, each part making up this struc­ ture having its own function and activi­ ty. The cell-wall, the cytoplasm, the nudeous, the nucleolus, the vacuole, etc., are names of parts of a typical cell of system atically distributed protoplasm. This is yet to be completed by the ad­ dition of fats (oils), carbohydrates (sugars, cellulose, etc.) and salts. T herefore beside chemical constitution w e must be able to arrange our proto­ The plasmic constituents according to struc­ Rosicrucian ture that it may function in obedience Digest to the laws of life. February Let us diverge, but only apparently, 1938 for a moment to another aspect of mod­

ern discovery. Beginning, say, from the discovery of J. T. Thomson of the con­ ductivity of gases by the electric cur­ rent from which evolved the ionization theory, i. e., that elements contain "particles” smaller than atoms: IONS: Edison's confirmatory evidence to the presence of charged particles in his partially evacuated bulbs: and Flem­ ing's V alve, the progenitor of our pres­ ent radio tubes: have contributed in an unprecedented w ay to the present con­ ception of our electron theory. The earlier discovery of Crookes and his cathode ray followed by Roentgen’s X -ra y , and last but not finally, that part of the relativity theory pertaining to the increase o f mass with velocity, all con­ verge and cause us to be sympathetic to the modern trend or notion that M A T ­ T E R IS B U T E N E R G Y M A D E V I S ­ IBLE. Another point which at first thought may seem too remote to our discussion is radioactivity. It is sufficient merely to mention that this has been found not to be confined to uranium, thoria, radium, and the X -ra y tube, but is also an emanation from plant life and from cells, noted in the latter during cell division (reproduction). M ay we hope that herein may lie the turning point in the mind of science? This most superficial glimpse of the tremendous mass of data bearing upon the life process in its elementary (cell) manifestation shows to us still, as in the past, one outstanding aspect of scienti­ fic thought: the paramount influence of matter and its action. This aspect has acquired a fierce momentum from the past century. W e think w e can dimly see a turning through the advent of dis­ coveries in the physics of electrons, radioactivity and the fashionable cosmic ray. Up to the present moment (and this ushered by Millikan and Compton: cos­ mic ra y discoveries) science may be termed the enlightener of the exterior. She has most laboriously uncovered the exterior face of nature and disclosed a myriad of facts pertaining to matter and the effects of matter. W e may without apology put the fruit of science's labors in the statement: A S T U D Y O F THE EFFECTS OF U N KN O W N C A U S­ E S. The architect and builder begin

with the foundation and we eventually view the superstructure, the effect. The cause was in the mind of the builder, and his operations were by deductive reason. Practically the whole of science today is the reverse, inductive reasoning. If it is our ambition to create LIFE we must reverse our aspect by acquiring a knowledge of IN TERIO R facts first, the knowledge of the C A U S E , then the effects, life, w ill follow. Life is mani­ fested in matter, matter does not. as we are taught, manifest life. M atter, our living p r o t o p l a s m s , are effects of CAUSE, and this cause we must seek. We have been studying nature through the back door. By divine right w e have the permit to enter through the front. By striving to peer deeper than super­ ficial matter, the exterior of the cause, we may hold the hope that this mys­ terious gulf between the animate and the inanimate will have been an illusion, and see beyond the surface the Organiz­ ing Cause. V V

W o u ld it be out o f place to quote a passage from H. P. Blavatsky, in The V eil of Isis? W h ile written in 1877 it is strangely pertinent as a criticism of the general aspect of modern science. ‘T their [modem scientists’] unbounde glorification of matter, they sing the amorous commingling of the wandering atoms, and the loving interchange of protoplasms, and lament the coquettish fickleness o f ‘forces’ which play so pro­ vokingly at hide and seek with our grave professors in the great drama of life called by them ’ f o r c e - c o r r e l a t i o n ’ [transmutation of energy]. . . . Do they forget, or are they utterly unaware o f the fact, that in the absence of its [m atter’s] legitimate sovereign [spirit] the throne [of nature] is but a whitened sepulchre, inside of which all is rotten­ ness and corruption! . . . . That matter without the spirit which vivifies it.......... to be moved in predetermined directions, requires an intelligent operator at the great galvanic battery called L IFE !” V

The spark of life within and without is ever the same. In an atom is the whole kingdom o f God. In one grain are numberless worlds. There is but one principle in soul and body. He who knows this must follow the m ystery of nature. Ch'iu Ch'u Chi V
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Along Civilizations T rail
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L e w is ,

K. R. C.

E ditor's N ote:—T h is is the eleventh episode of a n arrativ e b y the Suprem e S ec re tary relating the experiences he and his p a rty had in v isitin g m ystic shrines and places in Europe and the ancient w orld.

R A N C E , w e learn­ ed, was anxious to make S yria profit­ able to her—to de­ velop it in some w ay so that it would not become an enormous ex­ pense or burden to the home land, as it very evidently now was. She c o u l d not, how­ ever, gain the con­ fidence and respect of the people of S y ria —primarily because o f her foreign policies and her refusal to oblige her officials, both military and diplomatic, who were stationed there, to learn the native language. It is related that she considers it beneath French dignity and obliges the natives to learn French, if they wish to transact any business or affairs with her. This attitude caused a resentment which could not be bridged over by any protestations of friendliness. On the other hand, two other interests were seeking control in Syria. Turkey, who during the Ottoman Empire reigned supreme in Syria, as almost everywhere T he Rosicrucian else in the Levant, had her agents con­ stantly fomenting discord and dissatis­ Digest faction among the people, agitating F eb ru a ry against France and urging an overthrow o f the French mandate and the return 1938 of Syria to Turkish rule. The more in­ telligent of the Syrians oppose this move. T hey either recall experiences with T urkey in the past or are very familiar with the history of Syria under Turkish domination, and they desire Syrian independence, a complete N a­ tionalistic government. One of the two candidates for presi­ dency w as definitely a tool of the French government, and would have been in accord with any move France wished to make. The other candidate was said to be a tool o f the Nationalist party that sought complete independence from France. The Nationalist party dared not run one o f its own principal supporters, for France would have definitely pre­ vented the election. The tool of the Nationalist party had to appear to be sympathetic toward France, but as we later learned, was really powerless to speak and act without consulting his supporters. The president-elect o f Syria resided at our hotel, and by a coincidence his quarters were directly across from ours. He was a small man, one who appeared to be more impressed with his own im­ portance than with the w elfare of the state. He was an enthusiastic motion picture fan, particularly upon those oc­ casions when the only theatre of the city exhibited news reels in which he appeared. The local cinema was in the

same block and only about two doors from the main entrance of the hotel, yet upon his frequent w eekly visits to it, a car of state would pull up to the main entrance of the hotel, the president's uniformed military guard of six would stand at attention and present arms, while he entered the car and was driven about 400 feet further down the block. Then the car would stop, the military guard would march up to it. stand at attention, and again present arms while he left the car. A t the end of the per­ formance the whole ceremony was re­ peated. It was like a scene from a comic opera. It seems as though the citizenry knew the status of the situation and more respect and aw e w ere shown for the Bedouin chieftain — the principal political supporter of the National party, the power behind the scenes—w h o used the hotel lobby and foyer for his con­ sultations. This political leader and hero of the National party, who is said to pull the strings that actuate the presi­ dent, is a very intellectual type— eyes far apart, deep set, visionary, dreamy. Dressed in W estern attire, he never made dramatic entrances, nor was he ostentatious in his mannerisms. He had been incarcerated a number of times by the French authorities for inconsequential offenses, mainly, of course, for political reasons. He was the author of a number of books having considerable circulation in Syria and elsewhere, written mainly to reveal the purported oppression of Syria. One o f­ ten reads of these political fracases and intrigues, but one very seldom has the opportunity to see them demonstrated and enacted in such intimate quarters as the lobby of a hotel, and so openly disclosed. Syria, politically, has not yet acquired the subtleties or diplomacies of her larger sister nations of the world where the same things occur, but are rather more carefully staged. Our next day w as spent mainly in making preliminary preparations for Mr. Brower's and my departure for the strange land of Babylonia, known as Iraq or Mesopotamia. The following day was devoted to photographing some of the historic sites of this most historic city of Damascus with our Graphlex

still camera. W e visited the "Street Called Straight,” a ve ry long and actu­ ally very straight street, which bisects the city from the Eastern to the W e s t­ ern gate, a street which had been in ex­ istence for several centuries. T he major portion of this street is covered over with an arched ceiling, forming an a r­ cade in which there are occasional sky­ lights permitting a soft light which pene­ trates the dust and smoke fumes from the bazaars and shops below. On either side of the narrow street are little shops, most of them mere closets or cubby­ holes, niches in the wall, over the en­ trances of which are suspended striped awnings o f vivid hue. The proprieters are frequently in na­ tive costume. T hey sit on their haunches before their shops, with knees up under the chin— the most uncomfortable pos­ ture for a W estern er, or one unaccus­ tomed to it—or they sit upon small stools, the seats of which are of woven fibre or. like the stools o f antiquity, of strips of leather. A s you pass, they pull at your garments or run in front of you trying to block your w ay in as gracious a manner as they possibly can, endeav­ oring to have you turn and enter their shops. If they think you are English or American, or if they understand any English whatsoever, they cry “best goods," meaning that their particular bazaar or shop contains the best wares o f its kind. The "best goods” cry, of course, is not to be relied upon, for four or five doors further on another one of these shops, with equal service and wares, can be found. The city o f Damascus has long been noted for its steel. A particular process w as used b y the early Damascans in making steel which caused it to be re­ nowned among the ancients. Excellent cutlerv, knives, swords and dirks, mar­ velous examples of craftsmanship, may be purchased at ridiculously small prices, if one is accustomed to buying in these bazaars, which means not purchasing at the first price demanded. The Syrians are also noted for their native candy which has a remarkable combination of flavors and is very attractively prepared. If one can overlook the methods of mak­ ing it, and uncleanliness is not too re­ pulsive to him, the candy is very enjoy­ able. A number of the bazaars special­

ized in the sale of rugs, hand-woven and having beautiful hues and a variety o f design which would delight any lover o f Oriental rugs. Although the prices w ere considerably less than any we had seen previously, these rugs were yet much higher in price than those which w e were to see later on. In the center of the city is a great mosque, originally a Christian church built by Constantine. Around the mosque are the original w alls built by the crusaders. T hey are still in an ex­ cellent state of preservation. One enters the great arched gateway, and there be­ fore him is an enormous plaza of origi­ nal flagging. The high w all surrounding it has, on each o f its four corners, a minaret tower from which the Mouezzin, a nomad priest, calls the faithful to p rayer several times daily with his mu­ sical chant. The area within the walls would comprise the equivalent of at least three or four of our modern city blocks or squares. In this area are also two or three small buildings, some partly in ruins, which are now shrines because of some historical significance. The great mosque itself is to the left of the court and runs the full length of it. T here are several entrances typical of Byzantine architecture. W e w e r e amazed upon entering to find an enor­ mous room without partitions and sup­ ported by Byzantine columns or spiral columns, graceful, tall and impressive. These columns supported timbers, upon which the flat stone roof rested. The en­ tire area of this great space which must have been at least 300 feet in length and about 100 feet in width was covered by rare Oriental rugs, not only rare be­ cause o f excellent material and design, but because they were several centuries old. One of them was the largest single w oven rug I have ever seen. It did not consist of several sewn together. It was one continuous weaving and was nearly 200 feet in length and the complete width o f the structure. Although show­ ing considerable wear, it was still in an excellent condition. By a rubbing o f the The hand over the surface of the rug and R osicrucian brushing the nap back, in a few mo­ Digest ments the original colors would return February with brilliance. W e were informed that a w ealthy English nobleman some fifty 1938

years ago had offered the Mohamme­ dans of Damascus ten thousand pounds, or about $50,000.00 for this rug and the Mohammedans were quite offended, be­ cause no price would be accepted for such a rug, having been so long in such a sacred place. T ow ard one end o f this great room w ere four wooden shafts, like posts, reaching to the roof from the stone floor. A round these shafts which were set about eight feet apart, forming an eight foot square, was an Arabian grillwork of wood, through which one could look. The floor of the center was a mosaic, the colors w ere a delicate pastel shade, and the design consisted of flowers, vines, and clusters of grapes. On the center of this mosaic floor sat a small gold chest, about two feet in length, one foot wide, and about eighteen inches high, apparently of hand-beaten gold. O ur curiosity was naturally aroused by the special prominence given this chest and we engaged one of the Moslems in conversation. Speaking fair English he advised us that the chest was supposed to contain the head of St. John, the Baptist, and beneath the mosaic floor was the tomb of St. John, the Baptist. It may seem strange to many Christians to know that St. John the Baptist, as an individual, is venerated by these M os­ lems as well as by the Christians, not because he was a Christian but because he was a holy man to them and because his deeds and the accomplishments of his life were highly respected by the Mohammedans. No one has ever opened this chest, according to historians, to de­ termine whether or not it does contain a skull which might be in some w ay identified with St. John, the Baptist. W h eth er or not St. John, the Baptist's remains are beneath the mosaic floor no one knows, but history does recount the legend that St. John the Baptist was en­ tombed there. O ur journey carried us through a number of little winding cobblestone streets, all filled with small bazaars and shops, and containing a jostling crowd of jabbering citizens, who turned to stare at us. Foreigners, particularly Europeans and Americans, do not fre­ quent Damascus since it is far off the popular tourist track. Those few who

do come do not go into the native quar­ ters, as we were doing. W e finally stopped before a large w all, more rightly the side of a building. It w as covered with a white stucco, badly soiled and which had broken aw ay in part, expos­ ing mud brick behind it, with an occa­ sional natural stone protruding. W e walked to the entrance w ay which con­ sisted of two large wooden doors, planks hung on crude hinges, suggesting no evidence of the beauty and quaint in­ terior we were to see. When the doors were opened, we un­ consciously gave vent to w ords and phrases that indicated our pleasure at what we saw. Before us was one of the most attractive gardens I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. It was not as elaborate or as expansive as many of the spacious lawns and gardens which we find in America or England—in fact, it was rather small, but it was as though we were looking at an old Persian print, or as though there had materialized be­ fore us, a scene out of the Arabian Nights. Here was a true Persian G ar­ den. such as fabled in song and story. In the center was a mosaic pool. The artistic design consisted of Arabic char­ acters and geometrical symbols. The center of the pool had a bubbling foun­ tain. In its center w ere lotus and w ater lilies and w ater plants with which we were not familiar. The flagging which was uneven in the courtyard w as o f a variety of stones of beautiful natural colors, some a light shade of blue, some terra cotta, some slate, some almost as black and shiny as onyx. About the flagging were large vases, terra cotta, evidently hand-made, because they were not of uniform shape or size, and did not sit level on the flooring. Some of them showed indentations, traces of the potter’s fingerprints, and in these vases there were growing shrubs and flowers of brilliant hues, and vines which climbed the w alls and high windows. Toward one end of this patio—or more properly Persian garden, and of which we were to see many in the near future—was an arched walk. Stepping up onto the w alk and walking its ex­ treme length, w e entered another door­ way into a very small, but high cham­ ber, which housed a huge sarcophagus which was quite plain, without color or

design. In fact, the tomb chamber it­ self w as without any ornamentation, without an y splendor of any sort, and yet it contained the remains of one of the most famous characters in history and the most beloved by the Moham­ medans. It w as the tomb of Saladin who lived between 1138 and 1193, A . D. and who died in this city of Damascus. He w as a great military lord and de­ fender of the Moslem faith and re­ nowned for his opposition to the cru­ saders. Although fierce in w arfare, in actual combat, he was noted not only for his bravery, but for his kindness to prisoners, to the men, women and chil­ dren whom he captured, and for his high idealism. His word was his bond and he countenanced no lies or treach­ ery. He despised the breaking of prom­ ises which was common among many of the crusader leaders, who would resort to any means to accomplish their end in the name of Christianity. * * * * * Our party w as to be further divided in Damascus. Frater and Soror Shibley had remained in Jerusalem, Frater Brow er and I were to take our elaborate cinema camera equipment and photo­ graphic apparatus and parephernalia with us further East on our venture across the Mesopotamian desert. Soror G ladys Lewis was to remain in Damas­ cus, awaiting our return some ten days later. Damascus w as hardly the place to leave an unescorted American or Eu­ ropean woman. Even native Syrian women w ere infrequently seen out of doors, or in public places, except when escorted by their husbands or some male member of their immediate families. On such occasions they w ere veiled. Am eri­ can and European women are accus­ tomed to greater freedom and dislike be­ ing confined, and yet it would be ob­ viously dangerous to go about these bazaars and native district, and even the main thoroughfares, without an escort. Soror Lewis, however, insisted that we proceed as scheduled, so we prepared for our departure, and one of the most exciting adventures we w ere to experi­ ence on our entire journey. W e retired early that night, as w e w ere to leave at sunrise the next morning. (T o be continued)

The Needs of M odern Society
By F r a t e r W m . F r a n k F r e r i c h s , A. B., L. L. B.
O E V E N the casu­ al observer of so­ ciety today there is evident in many quarters a certain bewilderment, a c e r t a i n s e n s e of baffled frustra­ tion, th e attitude, well described by Shakespeare, t hat l ooks upon l i f e as “a s o u n d and fury signify­ ing nothing.” Such a credo is without doubt due in great measure to our sw iftly changing modern w orld — a world in which the new is daily supplanting the old, in which empires topple, in which democ­ racy apparently yields the sceptre of state to the despot, benevolent or other­ wise, in which old traditions, conven­ tions, customs and beliefs are chal­ lenged, if not defied, and often over­ thrown. A nd in the trying times o f this transition period many have had their supposedly firm foundations shaken and they can find no new or substitute credo immediately discernible. A s is w ell known, not a little of this consternation has been created by the advent and phenomenal growth of the machine in the last half century. Despite The Rosicrucian its vaunted blessings, the machine has helped to emphasize and stress the ma­ Digest terial beyond all due proportion, has ac­ February complished a distortion of values be­ yond measure. Too often w e lose sight 1938 of the obvious requisite of a true per­ spective that the machine is a servant merely, not a goal. It cannot be gainsaid that these twin developments—the sudden transform a­ tion of our times together with the de­ velopment of the machine—'have caused materialism to run rampant throughout the world, leaving in its wake, on the one hand, a group of cynics, material­ ists, skeptics and mechanists, and on the other extreme, a group of impractical reactionaries who would unduly negate the material. In between may be found the doubters, the positivists, the hesi­ tant, the vacillating, the perplexed, the hedonists, even the nihilists. T o avoid the ills of such results each and every person will find it necessary, sooner or later, consciously or uncon­ sciously, to adjust himself or herself to the rapidly advancing times and innova­ tions demanded by the evolving con­ sciousness of mankind. This will, per­ force, require the relinquishment of many customs, some revered and treasured, some already in tacit disuse. Although this has occurred many times during the swing of the pendulum down through the ages of history, this modern change w ill be the more thoroughgoing, the needs of society and the individual more profound. A s Pope long ago pointed out to a heedless world, “the proper study of mankind is man.” Paradoxical it may seem, in view of the persistent study of the human organism by science, to state that one of the most urgent needs of

modern man is in the field of physical health. Despite the hard won advances of science, the general health improves at a painfully slow rate. The reason for this, however, can be laid in no small measure at the door of the individual who in the past has been content to ig­ norantly or indifferently violate the laws of Nature, and, when already overtaken by a malady, run to the physician for "cure.” It is almost platitudinous to say that preventative therapeutics is super­ ior to other systems of physic. Y et few practice it, and the professional medicos who occasionally counsel it, seldom ex­ emplify it in their personal lives. It is possible that the essential sim­ plicity of a preventative hygiene de­ ceives many into doubting its efficacy. Yet the return to Nature, as Rousseau so sagely counseled, is a salutary pro­ cess. A naturalness in all things will demand, for example, frequent surcease from the drab, stifling artificiality of the city, to the sunshine of the country, a forsaking of the malnutritive pottage that passes as modern man's provender, for the simply prepared fare of N ature’s board. In short, a change in man's cus­ tomary mode of living, a different con­ cept of work, rest, sustenance, hvgiene, recreation and viewpoints w ill engender a wondrous betterment in the health of the average person as w ell as the con­ firmed hypochondriac. In the accomplishment of these con­ ceptions will come a realization that the standard, criterion, or norm o f health of the past has been too low. Too many have lived and died without experi­ encing the health that the C reator in­ tended man to enjoy — the health that manifests as a feeling of well-being and buoyancy, as a lack o f consciousness o f the body’s existence. In the complexities of modern society as never before, a vigorous health, a boundless energy, is needed to withstand and cope with the areater demands and strains placed upon the human system, particularly the nervous system. He who would ac­ complish much can accomplish more if he be possessed of a powerful vitality. Society needs not so sorely the huge hospitals for the attempted cure of those already diseased, as it needs sources and channels for the unfolding knowl­ edge that will teach man how to live for

the best interests of his health and at­ tainment: that will provide unbiased, impartial and accurate information, un­ tainted with the self-seeking motives of commercial interests: that will dissemi­ nate knowledge of nature's laws, that living in accordance with such laws is the great law of physical well-being. Adjustm ent and orientation to the advancements of the present and future era, similarly, w ill demand an attunement by the individual with w hat is popularly termed metaphysical psychol­ ogy, that is, the understanding and proper approach to the problems of existence that confront man on every side, in his home, business and social life, recreation and thinking, as w ell as the great social problems that confront humanity in general, all to the end of man’s highest happiness and accom­ plishment. T o the ever-growing body of people who are hungry and eager for such knowledge, there is the need, just as in the field of physical health, o f a source of reliable, unbiased information that will unfold to people the manner in which the mind of man w as intended to be used, that will point the w a y for man to awaken his slumbering powers and come to the realization o f w hat he is and what he can do. A s these principles dawn upon man. many present-day customs and habits will disappear. T he mania for speed, the hurry and dash, the breathless and senseless rushing in the face o f Eternity, the neurotic craving for stimulation and excitement, will be gradually displaced by the poise and calm and power of knowledge—a lesson well known in the Orient but so far little regarded in the Occident. Likewise, the present dominance of the herd-instinct will gradually be sup­ planted by the phenomenon that every person will think for himself. Although this may be a novelty in the present state of society, wherein man's sheep­ like tendencies are unabashedly exploit­ ed b y such divergent groups as journal­ istic and radio commentators to fashion designers and motion-picture producers, yet the trends of w orld affairs unerring­ ly point the w ay to a mental age in which reason w ill rule instead of the emotionalism of the past, and it will

therefore behoove each person, if he has not already done so, to learn to think for himself. C losely allied to the need for the m astery of the tenets of a true psy­ chology in this process of orienting oneself to the newer dispensation, is the need of w hat may be termed a spiritual perspective. By no other means can the perplexities and seeming contradictions of the modern scene be unraveled and reconciled. Through the acquisition of a spiritual understanding one’s attitude toward life will gradually and subtly change. There will come a vital realiza­ tion of the meaning of life and its ob­ jective, through the living of man’s Divine Teritage, a grasp of the prin­ ciples of existence impossible under the perfunctory ritualism o f the past. In this newer understanding science will be seen in its true role, as a handmaiden to the advance of the moral order, as a constructive ally, not, as too often hap­ pens, a glorifier of the material with its powers prostituted for destruction in the production of lethal gases, muni­ tions and instruments of death. In the same manner, humanitarianism will come to be seen as a force of uni­ versal destiny, and therefore a definite part of the newer doctrine o f living. This will require not a passively intel­ lectual sym pathy with, but an active, living practice o f kindness to, all living things, human and animal. W h ile such has been taught by the A vatars o f the past to a w orld where such conduct has more often been the exception rather than the rule, the time has arrived wherein each person who would orient himself to the advancing times, must personify such attitude as one o f the cardinal doctrines of his personal philo­ sophy, and, more importantly, must practice it. From the living of this ideal should spring the qualities of tolerance, help­ fulness, patience and cheerfulness. An enlightenment with respect to many long-standing needs of society should occur. For example, modern society’s T he treatment of the criminal may well be n . . called a remnant o f the so-called Dark K o stcru aa n ^ g es. ^ considerable shirking of duty D igest jg involved in the custom of segregating F eb ru ary the violator of w hat society is pleased to 1938 caH its norm of conduct and entombing

such malefactor, who is actually a mentally-ill human being in need of psy­ chiatric aid, in a steel cage for a period o f years, which, in the opinion of other human beings, will compensate society for the transgression, and, it is hoped, accomplish a regeneration of the in­ dividual. Should, however, the person commit w hat the lawmakers have designated as a more serious infraction of the social well-being, an authorized representative o f the state will clamor for his head, and the defense for his freedom. A nd a conviction or acquittal may often de­ pend more on the zeal of the respective counsel, than on the impartial truth be­ hind the scenes. If, as most civilized commonwealths still permit, the death penalty is imposed, the state will in due time, all appeals having been disposed of, deprive such human being of his or her life. The means used are various, since the conceptions of w hat consti­ tutes a ‘'merciful” death also vary. Elaborate precautions to prevent sui­ cide are of course made, and should the condemned contract an illness that threatens to be fatal, a valiant fight to save his life will be waged in the prison hospital! A civilization which disregards the underlying psychological and oft-times pathological history of the criminal in its endeavors to alleviate crime, and exacts a life for a life, is manifestly in need of enlightenment, and it devolves upon each progressive person to aid the evolution of the social consciousness to the point where such methods will be realized to be the atavistic remnants of an ancestral barbarism. A s a hallmark, also, of the adjust­ ment required by a spiritual perspective, should come an attunement with the ever-growing sentiment for the ad­ vocacy of peace and the eradication of the insanity of w ar, which certain cus­ toms of thousands of years’ standing have almost made man believe an indis­ pensable necessity o f existence. An understanding of the essential unity of all human beings will help such attune­ ment. A n understanding of the common parenthood and goal of all races will foster such realization. M oreover, it w ill behoove the individual to abolish in his mind the custom and habit of proSixteen

vincial thinking, that is, thinking which is largely limited to boundaries of ham­ let. city, state or nation. This is an ubiquitous cause of friction, strife and enmity the w orld over. Come to learn that an expanding consciousness will expand the horizons of citizenship. C ul­ tivate the realization that while one is a citizen of his country, he is also a citizen of the family of nations ■ — a citizen of our abiding-place called Earth. A nd in this process will come too the realization that one of the greatest needs of modern society is the need for peace. In rounding out one's personal ad­ justment to the advance o f contempo­ rary society, and in developing an un­ derstanding of its needs, it is w ell to frequently recall Pope's aphorism before quoted, that “the proper study of M an­ kind is Man." The species called "Homo sapiens” has well explored the outposts of the earth, but the explora­ tion of the future w ill be chiefly con­ cerned with what advanced scientists and psychologists so aptly term the frontier of the unknown-inside o f man. Society now needs the investigation, research and knowledge o f man himself and less of matters external to man. Each individual can practice this with profit in his own life when problems arise. Instead of rushing posthaste to someone for "advice," someone who is probably no more sure of his infallibility than you, look within yourself, take counsel with your inner self. The an­ swer is there. Emerson’s w ords on self­ reliance will become doubly significant if you will learn to look more within for counsel for enlightenment, for knowl­ edge, for solace, for pleasure, for healing. As the perfection of Nature's har­ mony, order, proportion and rhythm comes to light with the research of the

inner w orld these elements of beauty should inculcate strong appreciation of beauty, and the realization of the need for it in one's own life and in our civ­ ilization. The industrialism and the prevalence of the machine in the modern w orld have created a vast need for beauty, and your adjustment to the changes of conditions will be smoothed and enhanced by your insistence, within your means, of beauty in your environ­ ment, home, and the w orld of form, in the literature you read, the art you look at, and the music you listen to. T o list the host of customs and habits that must give w ay before the advance o f modern civilization would serve no useful purpose. If the fundamentals of an enlightened philosophy of life are practiced b y the individual, the inci­ dentals will take care o f themselves. A nd society as a whole will realize, for instance, that it is in need of less laws from the legislative mills, more adher­ ence to the laws of nature; less preoc­ cupation with the shallow sophistication and evanescent foibles of the day, more regard for the eternal verities of exist­ ence; less artificiality, more naturalness in all things. A s Nietzsche said—a transvaluation of all values. This will be a salutary process involving a shedding o f non­ essentials, a discovery of the true, permanent values, which the thinkers of old in the Golden A ge of Greece so euphemistically called "the good, the true and the beautiful." These values, which have ever been discernible to the seeker, will, as is not realized to any ap­ preciable degree by the many, make for genuine and lasting happiness, physical well-being, a life with a meaning, a life with a goal, and an incomparable joy and zest of living.


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N O U R childhood days, in churches and in S u n d a y Schools, many of us learned to sing a sweet old hymn t h a t referred to Jerusalem as t h e Golden City. W e were taught to be­ lieve that Jerusa­ lem in Palestine was an e a r t h l y representation o f the spiritual headquarters of the world, that it was the center and power of all The that was religiously grand, noble, and Rosicrucian beautiful. Too many individuals, how­ Digest ever, pinned their faith in something February that was an artificial creation in their minds. T hey looked upon Jerusalem in 1938 Palestine as a place of spirituality and extreme piety, a place whose very vibra­ tions engulfed you and made you feel that you were living not on earth, but in the very heart of a spiritual kingdom. Thousands of W estern W o rld tourists who have visited that Jerusalem have found that it is “Jerusalem the Golden” in more than one sense, and too greatly so in a material sense. During the past few months we have learned to our great sorrow that it is not a place of spiritual peace and religious tranquility, but once more a place o f w arfare and destruction, of bloodshed and horror, rather than the things represented by the Prince of Peace in his earthly mis­ sion. M any of the great cathedrals stand­ ing in Palestine are not only silent in these days when they should be filled

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Dealing W ith the Gifted Child
E d ith B r a n d is

T U D IE S made on the nature of in­ t e l l i g e n c e in the last fifty years, in­ dicate t h a t f r om children born ,“unselfed,” "disinter­ ested,’’ "naturally a l t r u i s t i c , ” come our g o v e r n i n g classes. T h e s e children grow into the great but frequently un­ known men and women who make the researches, inventions, studies and syn­ theses in knowledge which enable the race to progress. T hey may become composers of music or other artists, leaders or teachers, experts in eco­ nomics, sociology or statemanship. T hey light the w ay for others by simply being themselves. T hey develop, if unimpeded, this self from an inner compulsion, adult from the fact that it is extraverted. The thing they do is more important to them than the thing they have or can acquire. Emerson is only one of those who have told us that Nature makes only in­ dividuals. The character of the indiv­ idual is to be different from every other being. In truth, therefore, all children are different, even though the educa­ The Rosicrucian tional curve shows us that far more of our race cluster around the norm or Digest average. February Since the gifted child is atypical, highly individualized, through a better 1938

nervous organization he will have access to a far w ider range of reactions, capa­ cities, than the normal-average child. Rules can not be made for his ongoing. His path cannot be charted. He has his own inner compulsion, his own rate of speed of learning. If his environment affords him free­ dom, perhaps encouragement for what is in him, he may progress satisfactorily according to his inborn capacities, be happy, useful and effective. Should such a child, however, meet obstacles too great for his own over­ coming, and but little sympathetic understanding in his environment, his great natural energy may be dissipated or misdirected to a point where he is "lost” and his life amounts to little. In such a case society is the loser. For the most part as parents and teachers we can at least try to under­ stand the "altruistic” child, the ex­ traverted, characterized by intellectual curiosity and energy, and we can at least try not to get in his w ay. Sometimes the child is born complete­ ly adult as far as w hat w e call moral sense is concerned. He is not jealous, envious, resentful, is not embittered by ill-treatment, has no particular sense of acquisitiveness at the expense of others. He intuitively loves good. Such a child should be protected as best we can do it from envy, jealousy. His w ay of learning may be by a pro­ cess of discrimination. If two view ­ points are presented, he w ill know the true one, because there is something in

him that responds to it. He will perhaps say of an attempt to teach him by a gen­ eralization. "Of course. I know that.” With such "knowing” w e must have understanding, patience. It is often at this point that stupid handling gets in his way. The parent or teacher will think. “How can a child know this thing? It took me years to learn it. He is lying. I’ll have to take that conceitedness out of him.” Then begins a course of discipline to take the "big head” from the child, and substitute what the parent thinks of as a becoming humility in the presence of his elders and betters. Should the parent succeed, the child shall have for the whole lifetime lost that part of an adult viewpoint which is a feeling for and understanding of essentials. “My boy thinks he’s so sm art!” is more often indictment of the parent than of the son. Here is a story o f a gifted lad told me by his father, who was C ity Engi­ neer of the Capital in the state where I once lived. The boy w as then nearly grown, earning his w ay through Uni­ versity, taking courses in a w ell thought out plan for his future, continuing, as the father was well able to see, “On his way.” He told me: "When our second son, Roland, was born, my wife and I were delighted. W e felt that we had learned much about the handling of children from our three years' experience with our first bom. The new baby looked like his mother’s side of the house, and we expected to find in him the same comfortable, easy, pliable nature that went with his looks. This shows you how little we knew. "When the baby was two or three weeks old, my w ife noticed that he didn't like to be cuddled. How so tiny a child could make this understood is indeed strange, but so it was. "Long before we thought him old enough, he tried to hold up his head, to sit alone. He made movements o f im­ patience at a helping hand. He would accept nothing that he could do for himself. "In his second year he began strug­ gling with buttons and almost before we knew it he was dressing himself. Once telling, or showing of any new process was usually enough. He learned to put

on his shoes, lace and tie them quickly. He would not sit on laps. He refused to be kissed or petted. He did not like to be handled by anyone. "M y w ife and I were puzzled to know how to meet some of his inde­ pendent w ays, although w e got on bet­ ter with him alone, than when my par­ ents or hers w ere with us. T hey were committed to ‘training up a child in the w ay he should go,’ and w e w ere not so sure. "In our boy's fourth year he began to point to letters and ask, 'W h a t’s that?' and we soon found he w as teaching himself to read. A fte r that w e kept children's books around and in a very little while he w as reading for himself and to his brothers, three years older. " W hen Roland was in his sixth year, we moved to an irrigated ranch, the third boy was born, my w ife and I hav­ ing grown accustomed to our odd son’s independent w ays and finding him very helpful, we ceased to w orry about him. W e said, 'A t an y rate, he isn't dull. He’s reading early. H e’ll be all right.' W e gave both boys ground for gardens and on the ranch they had much freedom. “The main ditch flowed through the ranch. W h e n full, it ran sw ift and strong to a w eir or measuring device at the lower end, not far from the house. I taught the oldest boy to swim and taught Roland all he seemed willing to learn from me. He was perfectly fear­ less in the w ater and w as soon paddling around sturdily if aw kw ardly. “I made only one condition about the boys' swimming. Both must stay out of the ditch when I was aw ay from home. T o this they agreed and I felt quite happy about their safety. "One day my w ife w as forced to go to town taking the oldest boy, leaving Roland and the baby, now a toddler, with me. I was working in the shade of a tree at the house, setting up a tractor. I brought out a blanket for the baby, put him to sleep, saw that Roland was at w ork in his garden. Then I crept under the tractor to make a final adjustment. 'I was under the tractor longer than I realized. W h e n I came out the baby's bed was empty. He was stumbling up

the ditch bank a hundred yard s away. The ditch was running bank-full, the w ater roiled from rain. Horrified, I ran. The baby vanished. Then I saw Roland running, angling down the ditch. I saw him take off in a clean dive that took him to the middle of the surging water. "W hen I reached the ditch an instant later, he had the baby by the neck of his dress, he w as treading w ater, going down with the stream. A t the w eir I took them out. "I worked over the baby a moment, found him all right, then we lay on the bank in the sun a moment to rest. Something was puzzling me. That dive! I had never taught my son to dive. So far as I knew, he’d seen no one dive but me, and that but a few times. How had he learned to tread water? How had he learned to dive? "I finally asked him, ‘Son. how did you know what to do?’ "It gives you some idea of w hat we had unwittingly done to the boy when he asked, 'You w on’t scold, daddy?’ W h e n I assured him I would not he told me, ‘I watched you dive two times. It looked nice and I thought I could do it. I've been getting up moonlight nights and diving when the ditch w asn’t so full. You see, you only made me promise to stay out of the w ater when you w ere aw ay from home.' " ‘T h at’s right. A nd how did you learn to tread water?' " 'Oh, when the w ater was up to my eyes, I walked down the ditch tippytoe, and pretty soon I knew how. You don’t mind, do you?’ "I said, 'No, son. If you hadn't done that, we might not have any little broth­ er, now. So, you see, it’s all right.’ "He drew a long breath and said, 'I’m glad.' "W hen my wife came home I told her w hat had happened, and I also told her that it was plain to me, but for Roland’s determination to learn w hat he chose in the w ay he chose and his ability to think instantly and effectively in an emergency, we'd have lost the baby. It The might be w e had the sort of child whom Rosicrucian it would be w ell to encourage on his Digest own road. February "She said, ’I’ve thought that for a long time. Let us give the problem some 1938

real consideration, perhaps ask a child psychologist about him. T here was no one like him in my family and you say there’s none in yours. M aybe he calls for more intelligent handling than we've been giving him.' " W e took up the question of the child who is different’ with a child psychologist at the U niversity. He ex­ plained to us what the independence of the child meant in terms of its value to society. "A fter that, as much as we could, we cleared the w ay for the boy. W e found that the same general methods used for him served w ell for the other, slower ones, who at that, were not slow. W e have tried to think of the children as younger brothers, and w e have care­ fully refrained at any time from playing the heavy parent. It’s so, because father says so!’ W e learned years ago that our gifted son w ill alw ays lead us in thinking. W e don’t mind. W e are proud to be able to follow as far and as fast as w e can. W e are glad that we learned before w e had got in the w ay of. or unwittingly damaged, his true self which promises to be so valuable to his fellow men." The idea that every human being is an individual on his own road is a very old one among some peoples. It is more recent in our culture. Its effect in the minds as well as in the affairs of men should naturally be cumulative. W e ex­ pect it to be so. W ith intelligent parent­ age we expect children to be born with "advanced standing.” T hey do not be­ gin where their parents leave off. They may begin far out in some other direction. T hat there is a gap between the gen­ erations as individuals, many parents somewhat dimly realize. T h ey say, "I w ant my child to have w ider oppor­ tunity than I had.” Even with this idea, the gap between parents and children, between individual and individual, re­ quires much effort to bridge. T hat such effort is, indeed primarily should be, the w ork of the parents was discovered by my engineer friend and his wife. Such parents, such children, continue on their w ay together, with at least the beginning of mutual respect and understanding!

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Each m onth w e w ill p resen t ex c erp ts from th e w r itin g s o f fam ous th in k e rs and teach ers of the p ast. T hese w ill g iv e o ur re ad e rs an o p p o rtu n ity o f kn o w in g th e ir liv e s th ro u gh th e p resen tation of those w r itin g s w h ich ty p if y th e ir th o u gh ts. O ccasio nally such w ritin g s w ill be p resen ted th ro ugh the tra n slatio n or in te rp re ta tio n of o th er em in en t au th o rs of th e p ast. T h is m onth we p resen t ex c erp ts from th e w o rk of a G erm an philoso ph er. G eorge W ilh e lm F ried rich H egel. H egel w as born a t S tu ttg a r t. W u rtem b erg. on A u g u st 27, 1770. W hen he en tered the u n iv e rsity of T u bingen, a t eigh teen y e a r s of ag e , he b egan th e s tu d y of th e o lo g y b u t soon found n im self m ore in terested in p hiloso ph y an d the cla ssic s. A fter o b ta in in g h is certiflcate he chose to follow the occupation of tu to r u n til an in h e ritan c e from h is fa th e r m ade it possible for him to re tu rn to a m ore stu d io u s life . In 1805 he accepted the c h a ir of p h ilo so p h y in th e u n iv e rs ity , an d d u rin g la t e r y e a rs tau gh t a t N urem b erg H e id elb erg, and fin a lly a t B e rlin . From 1817 u n til Novem ber 1831, when he w as strick en b y ch o lera, he devoted h im self e n tire ly to w ritin g , p u b lish in g such : w o rks a s "T h e P h ilo so p h y of R ig h t," “T he P h ilo so p h y of R e lig io n ,” an d " T h e P h ilo so p h y r of H is to ry .” t The nam e of H egel is often lin k ed w ith th a t of S ch ellin g who influenced him g r e a tly t tor a num ber of y e a r s u n til he broke a w a y and fo rm u lated a p hiloso ph y w h ich h as been y described a s "an attem p t to view the d ev eo p m en t of civ iliz a tio n and of each in d iv id u al V m ind a s th e h is to ry of th e effort of th e w o rld -sp irit to re a liz e its e lf in it s fu lle s t an d y h igh est c a p a c ity .” The ex cerp t quoted below is from “T h e D evelopm nt of S p irit."


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F W E glance at present world, and regarding it as it is the main epochs in in its absolute nature. This philosophy the whole history did not make its starting point the Idea of Philosophy, and itself, but proceeded from the objective graso the neces­ as from something given, and trans­ sary succession of formed the same into Idea; the Being of stages in the lead­ Parmenides. ing moments, each 2. Abstract thought, nous, became of which expresses known to itself as universal essence or a determinate Idea, existence, not as subjective thought; the we find that after Universal of Plato. the Oriental whirl 3. In Aristotle the Notion emerges, of s u b j e c t i v i t y , which attains to free and unconstrained, as comprehend­ no intelligibility and therefore to no sub­ ing thought, permeating and spiritualiz­ sistence, the light of thought dawned ing all the forms which the universe contains. among the Greeks. 1. The philosophy of the ancients had 4. The Notion as subject, its inde­ the absolute Idea as its thought; and pendence, its inwardness, abstract sep­ the realization of reality of the same aration, is represented by the Stoics, consisted in comprehending the existing Epicureans and Sceptics: here w e have

not the free, concrete form, but univer­ sality abstract and in itself formal. 5. The thought of totality, the intel­ ligible world, is the concrete Idea as we have seen it with the Neo-platonists. This principle is ideality generally speaking, which is present in all reality, but not the Idea which knows itself: this is not reached until the principle of subjectivity, individuality, found a place in it, and God as spirit became actual to himself in self-consciousness. 6. But it has been the w ork of modern times to grasp this Idea as spirit, as the Idea that knows itself. In order to pro­ ceed from the conscious Idea to the self­ conscious, w e must have the infinite op­ position, namely, the fact that the Idea has come to the consciousness of being absolutely sundered in twain. A s spirit had the thought of objective existence, philosophy thus perfected the intellectu­ ality of the world, and produced this spiritual w orld as an object existing be­ yond the present reality, like N ature,— the first creation o f spirit. The w ork of the spirit now consisted in bringing this Beyond back to reality, and guiding it into self-consciousness. This is accom­ plished by self-consciousness thinking itself, and recognizing absolute existence to be the self-consciousness that thinks itself. W ith Descartes pure thought di­ rected itself on that separation which we spoke of above. Self-consciousness, in the first place, thinks of itself as con­ sciousness: therein is contained all ob­ jective reality, and the positive, intuitive reference of its reality to the other side. W ith Spinoza Thought and Being are opposed and yet identical: he has the intuitive perception of substance, the knowledge of substance in his case is external. W e have here the principle of reconciliation taking its rise from thought as such, in order to abrogate the subjectivity of thought: this is the case of Leibnitz' monad, which pos­ sesses the power of representation. 7. In the second place, self-conscious­ ness thinks of itself as being self-con­ sciousness: in being self-conscious it is independent, but still in this indepen­ The Rosicrucian dence it has a negative relation to what is outside self-consciousness. This is in­ Digest finite subjectivity, which appears at one February time as the critique of thought in the case of Kant, and at another time, in the 1938

case of Fichte, as the tendency or im­ pulse toward the concrete. Absolute, pure, infinite form is expressed as self­ consciousness, the Ego. 8. This is a light that breaks forth on spiritual substance, and shows absolute content and absolute form to be identi­ cal:—substance in itself is identical with knowledge. Self-consciousness thus, in the third place, recognizes its positive relation as its negative, and its negative as its positive,—or, in other words, rec­ ognizes these opposite activities as the same, i. e. it recognizes pure Thought or Being as self-identity, and this again as separation. This is intellectual per­ ception: but it is requisite in order that it should be in truth intellectual, that it should not be that merely immediate perception of the eternal and the divine which we hear of, but should be abso­ lute knowledge. This intuitive percep­ tion which does not recognize itself is taken as starting point as if it were ab­ solutely presupposed: it has in itself in­ tuitive perception only as immediate knowledge, and not as self-knowledge: or it knows nothing, and w hat it per­ ceives it does not really know, — for, taken at its best, it consists of beauti­ ful thoughts, but not knowledge. But intellectual intuition is knowledge, since, in the first place, in spite of the separation of each of the opposed sides from the other, all external reality is known as internal. It is known accord­ ing to its essence, as it is, it show’s it­ self as not existing of itself, but as es­ sentially consisting in the movement of transition. This Heraclitean of Sceptical principle, that nothing is at rest, must be demonstrated of each individual thing: and thus in this consciousness— that the essence of each thing lies in de­ termination, in w hat is the opposite of itself— there appears the apprehended unity with its opposite. Sim ilarly this unity is, in the second place, to be rec­ ognized even in its essence: its essence as this identity is, in the same w ay to pass over into its opposite, or to realize itself, to become for itself something different; and thus the opposition in it is brought about by itself. Again, it may be said o f the opposition, in the third place, that it is not in the Absolute: this Absolute is existence, the eternal, etc. This is, however, itself an abstraction
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in which the Absolute is apprehended in a one-sided manner only, and the op­ position is apprehended only as ideal; but in fact it is form, as the essential moment of the movement o f the A b ­ solute. This Absolute is not at rest, and that opposition is not the unresting No­ tion; for the Idea, unresting though it is, is yet at rest and satisfied with itself. Pure thought has advanced to the op­ position of the subjective and objective; the true reconciliation of the opposition V

is the perception that this opposition, when pushed to its absolute extreme, re­ solves itself; as Schelling says, the op­ posites are in themselves identical—and not only in themselves, but eternal life consists in the very process of continu­ ally producing the opposition and con­ tinually reconciling it. T o know opposi­ tion in unity, and unity in opposition— this is absolute knowledge; and science is the knowledge of this unity in its whole development by means of itself. V V


How It A ll Began . . .
'T ’O D A Y , in theory, we confer gifts to display our spirit of munificence. Primitive persons, however, w ere not alw ays actuated by so unselfish a reason. Originally, the donor of a gift expected to win, in return, a bounty at least twice its value. D. C. Livingstone, A frican explorer, said that Nigerian natives in the Zambesi district, bring humble gifts to w ealthy tribe members, who are then obliged to recipro­ cate with some o f their treasures having a far greater worth. The gift of a simple grass necklace might exact in return, a g r a s s necklace might exact, in return, a valu­ able elephant tusk. T o refuse a proffered gift was an insult.


The Healing Powers of the Bantu
H e l e n a L ie b e r m a n T h e author is a resident of C ap e T o w n, South A frica, and is thoroughly fam iliar w ith the cus­ toms and beliefs of the people of whom she w rites.—T h e Editor.

F Y O U believe it. nothing is impos­ sible, — this is the p h i l o s o p h y that has come down to the modern world from ancient sages. M odern s c i e n c e tends to query too much, to trust too little. It is there­ fore refreshing to turn to the life of a primitive people to find w hat great power intrinsic faith may wield over the mind of man. W ith the native of South A frica, his mind is so permeated with his own beliefs that they have a profound effect on his actions. The ailments o f the Bantu are few and are generally attributed to witch­ craft. A man is sick when an evil spirit has gained command over him, and it therefore follows logically that when once that spirit is warded off, he be­ comes well again. The natives of South A frica, like many other primitive peo­ ples, believe in the force of the Evil Eye, and the witch-doctor alone has the pow­ er of removing the spell when once it is The cast. Rosicrucian None of the native doctors know an y­ Digest thing at all about anatomy and no surgi­ February cal operation except of the simplest kind 1938 is ever performed by them. A native

with a broken limb or a wound, or any other injury that he can understand the cause of, is a perfect stoic and endures pain without complaint. A s a matter of fact, owing to their simple diet and their being so much in the open air, wounds with the natives heal much more easily and rapidly than with Europeans. But an attack of rheumatism, for instance, the nature of which the Bantu cannot comprehend, at once prostrates him and makes him terrified in the belief that he is a victim of witchcraft. In the study of the beliefs and prac­ tices of a primitive people, it is difficult to draw the line between faith and magic. The Bantu people cherish many strange rites and indulge in super­ natural beliefs. T hey practise magic ex­ tensively and have a firm belief in it: but it is difficult to say with certainty exactly w hat powers they believe are being influenced by the magical cere­ monial. T hey are pronounced spiritists. Spir­ its, good and evil, are alw ays at work, and to reduce life’s risks to a minimum, the native protects himself with potent fetishes and charms. He will hardly ever undertake any matter of importance without the aid of certain charms. Charms are preventives and are used as safeguards and luck medicines a­ gainst all the ills of life. The doctor's fetish basket (chipe cha fishoko) con­ tains the most weird and miscellaneous

collection of charms which are sup­ posed to enable one to meet every con­ tingency that may arise. Some of the medicines used are small pieces of near­ ly every part of the human body, in­ cluding hair, heart, finger and toe nails, poisons from different adders, burned honey bee, pounded meteorite, and herbs. Medicines for the cure of diseas­ es and charms are classed together by the natives of South Africa. Native doctors are of different types. There is the herbalist, whose knowledge is imparted from father to son. He con­ siders it his duty to dress differently from his fellow-tribesmen; wears his hair longer, and ignores European at­ tire of any sort, with the exception of the blanket. He has a large and curious collection of herbs and other medicines, some of which certainly do possess cura­ tive properties. As a class these doctors have built their reputation on their suc­ cessful results. They have as part of their equipment a set of divining bones, by means of which they claim to be able to diagnose the complaints of their pa­ tients. The herbalist (N gaka). is in flourishing circumstances as his charges are often exorbitant and he insists that the efficacy of his treatments depends on the payment of his fees. He inspires confidence easily and thus brings about a condition somewhat akin to auto­ suggestion, through the aid of which the patient recovers. There are certain native mixtures, the component parts of which are never divulged by the Ngaka. These mixtures do indeed possess strange properties. For instance, Sibiba. a mixture prepared by the native doctor as an antidote for snake poisoning, is commonly used in the country not only by the natives, but also by Europeans. It is believed that the medicine is composed of certain parts of a venomous snake mixed with certain roots and herbs. Not infrequently the Ngaka is con­ sulted by Europeans, many of whom claim to have benefited by the treatment received. District surgeons are now busy analyzing certain of the native medicines. They claim that there are probably native poisons that are as yet quite unknown to medical science. Small-pox, chicken-pox, sleeping sick­ ness, dysentary and malarial fever are

all known to the native doctors and they have names. M oreover, isolation of the sick is generally practiced by them and the patient is put in a hut by himself. C hifufya, or sulphate of copper, scraped off the copper stones and mixed with w ater and a native medicine in a snail shell, is much used for sloughing ulcers and fever sores. Transfusion o f chicken's blood is used for dying persons, often with w on­ derful results. M ilk that has been kept in skin bags, where it fermented and acquired a sharp acid taste, is given to most invalids. One of the most common forms of treatment for nearly every complaint is bleeding and cupping. A n i­ mal horns are procured, cut off near the point, and perforated at the blind end. W a x is put over the hole and then pierced to allow suction. A few inci­ sions near the affected spot are made while the horn is soaked in water. W h en the blood is flowing gently, the horn is put over the place and sucked. The wax is then pressed over the hole to close it. The horn is removed and the wound wiped out. The patient is convinced that the disease has been extracted and so makes the effort to recover. Much is done by the Bantu doctors on the lines of faith healing. For most ailments the native doctor applies cer­ tain taboos. For instance, the leper is prohibited from eating mud-fish (of which the natives are very fond): he must not partake of bloody-meat or drink strong beer. Medicinal leaves are rubbed on the leprous sores, causing them to blister. A fte r some period the wounds heal naturally and the patient becomes normal again. T he aim and object o f a Bantu wom­ an's life is to be the mother of as many children as possible. The barren woman may be sent back to the home of her parents. The native doctor is, however, first consulted. He subjects the woman to various forms of treatment besides giving her certain amulets to w ear that restore her confidence in herself. It is alleged that many a woman has become pregnant through the treatment of the herbalist. The natives o f South A frica are also great believers in the potency of love philtres. One who deals in these is greatly feared by the young women of

the kraal. He is, however, frequently consulted by those of his fellow tribes­ men who have been unsuccessful in their love affairs. One of the favourite and fashionable "Love Charm s” worn by the native women to enable them to gain the affection o f a man is made from the hair of an albino. Another love charm is a herbal medicine, M uti, which is used in bath w ater and is supposed to be an unfailing remedy to cure a husband who is running after other women, and make him fall in love with his own w ife again. V V

The natives have implicit faith in these charms and medicines, and by strength of their belief alone they seem to accomplish what they desire. In re­ cent years, attempts have been made to force the Bantu people to accept the dictates of science. On the whole, how­ ever, they retain their old practices and maintain that their own means of com­ bating disease is as efficient as any that may be offered them. T hey are a healthy and virile people who live simply and in close association with M other Nature. V

Privilege Creates Responsibility
B y F r a t e r J o h n X . P e n n i n g t o n , F. R . C . HE a t t a i n m e n t of the Goal of Happiness is the paramount desire of each mortal,and every act and deed in the life o f each one of us who is motivated thereby. The p u r s u i t of Happiness is the God-given privil­ ege o f every one, and the search for the Goal may be conducted in any man­ ner the individual may desire. A s long as one follows the guidance of his Con­ science he may proceed with confidence, secure in the knowledge that, through the Divine guidance which comes through this channel, he will surely be led as directly to the Goal as the lodestone draws the bit o f steel to itself, for the act o f obeying the voice of Con­ science is in itself happiness. But, as with every privilege, there is attendant responsibility, namely, that the individual, in his search for Hap­ piness, must not only respect but even safeguard the same privilege of his The brother. He must never encroach on his Rosicrucian brother’s privilege nor permit it to be Digest encroached upon, for if his brother’s February freedom is lost, his own freedom will inevitably be sacrificed also. Perfect 1938 Happiness is attained only when all have attained it. W h ile he heeds the voice of his own Conscience he w ill respect the privileges o f his brother, but when he ceases to li6ten to it and instead listens to the voice o f Self, which is the Tempter who continually urges the individual to covet that which rightfully belongs to his brother, the privilege of Freedom is re­ voked and an outside agency must step in and regulate the erring individual. This may be through the application of mortal laws or codes of Ethics, though these are as yet very imperfect, being the creations of the imperfect mor­ tal mind. But when they fail to operate with justice, then the perfect, immutable Laws created by the Supreme Architect of the Universe automatically function, and sooner or later the erring one finds his actions circumscribed in ever-con­ tracting limits, and eventually the privil­ ege of the unfettered pursuit of Hap­ piness is lost, and with it, temporarily at least, is lost the opportunity of reach­ ing the Goal itself. Therefore, when certain individuals seem to encroach upon or circumscribe the Happiness of others, they are ob­ jects of pity, for through their own per­ verted ideas they have lost the Ultimate Goal o f Life— Happiness. Judge them not, for they are already judged!

W hy Don’t W e Succeed?
By F r a t e r E r n e s t W . B l a s e , F . R. C.
HILE I was w alk­ in g d o w n t h e street this rainy day, a heavy dump truck came to a stop, right at the place where the alley ran into the street, and I rec­ ognized and greet­ ed the driver and owner — a one­ armed man. W h a t was left of his other arm had a shiny metal hook at its end. This man, from all appearances was in fair circumstances and made his living hauling. This in spite of his limi­ tations. Like this man, others by the thousands—having similar limitations— Succeed, while we — with no physical limitations—Fail. W h a t is the reason for this? We fail for the reason that we never seem to Learn—in spite of the fact that, throughout nature, examples are given momentarily. A s students of Rosicru­ cian teachings through our beloved Order A M O R C , we should succeed where others fail, if for no other reason than this: W e are taught all of the fun­ damentals of nature to begin with, and all of the reasons for things expressing themselves, as they do, right before our very eyes. A nd this should leave no doubt or hindrance in the w ay of our making a success in life. Furthermore, in the very beginning of our work, we are given the most simple lessons—and possibly this is one reason w h y so many of us fall down right at the beginning and never seem to recover thereafter. A s for those who have stick-to-itiveness —certainly, they finally wake up. Come, let us reason together! A ll presentations in nature (all that are ap­ parent to us) were, from the very be­ ginning. intended as object lessons. For example: The bird in flight for thou­ sands of years suggested to man the possibilities of flight, hence the airplane. Birds and reptiles which swam upon the waters suggested to man—boats and ships. The old wise adage: “A s in Heaven so on earth" was not merely an idle saying. Everything we behold has its original in Heaven; and while we may argue as to w hat is meant by “Heaven" in this article we will have it mean this: A Sphere in which all ideal­ ism exists. W e may liken our lives here on earth to a kindergarten. From the kindergar­ ten we enter the primary grades of school; from these we graduate and en­ ter high school; from there, there is no end to higher schools of learning. So, striking an average w hat do we have? A school! W h ere? On earth. For what purpose? T o learn. To learn what? The lessons of life. A nd some make the necessary effort to learn: The hunchback goes his w ay and in spite of limitation—succeeds. The seemingly poor woman with one arm sells papers for years on the street cor­ ner, in all kinds of weather. A one­ armed man whom I know runs a very

successful coffee route upon which he serves hundreds of customers, and he succeeds w here others, with two whole arms and hands, fail. This same man raised a family and finally purchased a beautiful home costing around fifteen thousand dollars. But—he had person­ ality, w as alw ays full of pep, cheerful, and never knew w hat it meant to be a quitter. The "Magic Key" Some years ago, when a number of us attended an advanced Rosicrucian class, a member who was a physician and who came up through two schools of medicine, made the following state­ ment during the discussion period: "I find that much that I have learned must now be un-learned.” W h a t the Rosi­ crucians had taught him was so far in advance of w hat the colleges taught him —regarding fundamental principles— that, in this sense, w hat he said was true. A s students o f our teachings we face questions from those who are not mem­ bers. For example, I was asked: “W h y do there have to be so many kinds of people: so many different races, creeds and colors?” I replied: “Al l of these are the polishing stones that some day will reveal the diamonds of our souls.” W e face criticism too. O ften w e have to face acquaintances who know that we are Rosicrucians, and we know w hat they are thinking about when w e are in their presence, or at other times. T hey may be saying to themselves, “I can't see where so and so is any better off today than he was some years ago. In fact, I think that he is not getting any­ w here.” A n d —this very thought comes to us members every now and then (and all the while I am writing I w ant all of you to know that I am including myself in the picture for the reason that I have had the same experiences) for past edu­ cation, past environment, all. including the American mind, have too often The Rosicrucian taught us to obtain our objectives the easy w ay. T hat makes us lazy! W e Digest want to climb the celestial heights too February quickly: we w ant the “secret w ord ” or the “secret golden key” right now, and 1938

without any sincere, altruistic efforts on our part. How absurd! Come! Let us repeat w hat I have said and be honest with ourselves. Let us look at ourselves, as though standing before a mirror where we can see our­ selves “as we are.” Ready, all together: "I want to obtain all o f these things with the least effort on my part." How preposterous, I say! Now let us specu­ late on w hat the self behind the image would say: “You (Brother or Sister) have the audacity to look me in the eye and say that Y O U are a Rosicrucian. I say, if that is how you want to at­ tain it; if that is how shallow you think the teachings are or what a Rosicrucian is; you will never be given the key or ever know the w ay, the truth, the life.” E very now and then I run into per­ sons of both sexes who are still tramp­ ing from movement to movement, from group to group—SE EK IN G . In most cases I find them wanting the magic key — right now. T hey go from one false messiah to another and pay with gold and silver as if the magic wand could be bought. The fact of the matter is—we don’t w ant to face our real selves at any time. W e detest pulling the masks off of our faces! A nd this reminds me of the days when we w ent to masquerade balls. Remember how funny, how hidious most of us looked while dressed and masked? A n d —w asn’t it a grand and glorious moment when we took off our masks and beheld our friends or our sweethearts, as they should be, without their masks? Come—let us reason more in line with the keys given us by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Let us peep into the hall of fame and speculate as to whether or not these men forged to the top with ease: Amenhotep IV , Pythagoras, A ris­ totle, Newton, Bacon, Socrates, Z or­ oaster. Confucius ■ — and in fact all of the great minds, including also Madam Blavatsky, all of the personalities who left footprints on the sands of time. All of the G reat M asters attained through altruistic worthiness, alone. T hey were continually tried, and tested periodically in the larger sense of the word, while on the other hand we should recognize

the fact that through nature we are be­ ing tried and tested— momentarily. Some years ago there was a song called "Me and M y Shadow .” Likewise our Real Selves can never be escaped from. W h eth er in hell or heaven, awake

or sleeping — the S elf persists. Let's be honest with ourselves! Let's tear off the mask! Let's be—ourselves! A n d —we can only do this by again becoming like unto little children, in the kindergarten of life.




The Unforgivable Sin
T H A S been au­ thoritatively stated that t h e r e is but one sin that is un­ forgivable. W h en the l i mi t l e s s in­ genuity of man for error is consider­ ed, it is a matter of some comfort to know that of all the evil which man c o n s c i o u s l y and unconsciously ac­ complishes, all sins but one can be and are forgiven. W hat is this one unforgivable sin? Is it murder, rape, arson, larceny, may­ hem degeneracy, perversion, fraud, de­ ceit or kidnapping, that crime which now is even more detestable than mur­ der? These and many other crimes are listed in the penal laws, and more or less appropriate punishments are designated to be meted out to the individuals who commit them. But the Unforgivable Sin is not known to our books of modern law, and is committed more freauently by the members of the cultured classes, the so-called intelligentsia and the re­ spectable, reputable scientists, than by the lowest and most uneducated of the criminal classes. What then is it, this Unforgivable Sin? The answer comes briefly, without explanation, elaboration or interpreta­ tion. The Unforgivable Sin is the Sin against the Holy Ghost. No more are we told, nor do we need to be told more. A man may commit murder, and his sin remains unforgiven cosmically only as long as he maintains the attitude of mind which impelled him to murder. So with the other crimes. W h e a the in­ dividual repents, when he has learned his Karmic lesson and has made Karmic compensation and adjustment, his sin is forgiven and his upward progress is resumed. W h a t is the Sin against the Holy Ghost, and how is it committed? This Sin is the persistent refusal of the in­ dividual to acknowledge the dependence of all created upon the A uthor o f the Universe and is committed by the in­ dividual deliberately, w ilfully and con­ stantly denying his soul the opportunity of approaching that Cosmic A uthor for guidance, support, education and fulfill­ ment. Such refusal and denial constitute the starvation and attempted annihila­ tion of a soul, and therefore are an at­ tempt to create a definite flaw in the Perfect Entirety. Such a sin cannot be forgiven, and the personality which per­ sists in it is punished eternally. The Soul which he denies is not destroyed, but the guilty personality is utterly lost and completely eliminated upon the soul’s departure. " W h at shall it profit a man that he gain the whole world, if he loseth his own soul?” The loss inevitably follows the commission of the Unforgivable Sin. The Soul cannot commit sin of any kind. It is perfect in beauty, in excellence, and in power. O nly the personality can sin, and if the sin be the Unforgivable, the personality perishes.




T h o r K iim a le h to ,

Sovereign G rand M aster
Henri Fabre, the great naturalist, ia his fascinating book, “The Social Life of the Insects,” describes a species of caterpillar that cling to one another in a long line. Round and round they go in circles, totally blind to anything a fraction o f an inch beyond their ken. So do average human beings seem to one who has irrevocably placed his feet upon the Path. How can people spend an afternoon in inconsequential chatter and bridge games when there is so mud w ork to be done in the world? How can people see stupid pictures and read trashy books when there is so mud wonderful knowledge to be gained, so many interesting fields o f exploration in every kind of human activity? How can people see the evil all about them, how can people read of the tyranny and op­ pression prevalent in the world and not be moved to eradicate it? How can in­ telligent, refined and educated people absorb malicious propaganda, hold base prejudices, and unthinkingly utter re­ marks that are sabre-thrusts? Hov- can people enjoy warmth and comfort and ease when starving and suffering hand' beat upon the door? O f course, it is true that we cannot walk around withe chip on our shoulders and refuse to rei ognize every little relaxation life afford; or arbitrarily try to force a change ii our social system. Y our fury rises at the conceit, vanity and smug self-satisfaction evident o i

HE M O ST difficult lesson that life has to teach us is that w e must s t a n d alone. E very cru­ cial experience in life must be passed t h r o u g h alone: birth, m a r r i a g e , death, and illumi­ nation. If we wish to be fed, w e must eat our own food. If w e w i s h to learn, we must make the necessary ef­ fort. E very bit of development in every w ay must be achieved through indi­ vidual exertion. W e must enter the Path on our own initiative. W e must continue of our own free will. Coercion is never exercised. V e ry frequently there is no encourage­ ment from any source. O ften there is no understanding or sym pathy on the part of others. You must stand abso­ lutely alone. You must continue because an y other course o f action is unthink­ able. You must continue because you must be true to yourself. You must con­ tinue though the goal ahead seems very T he remote, for life in any other direction R osicrucian no longer seems attractive. Life outside Digest of the Path seems to one who has gone F eb ru ary but a little w ay, aimless, unbearably trivial, irritatingly superficial. 1938 '

every side. A burning desire consumes you to spend every moment tellingly. You must make up for lost time. A nd when you have inwardly taken the vow that forever binds you to a new life, you find that you stand alone. No one will congratulate you on the new resolu­ tion that you have taken. No one will commend you for lifting a lance in the battle of right against wrong. No one will appreciate your spiritual strivings or give you courage to dare, to struggle, to press on to the heights. No one will say joyfully, "Another champion to fight the battles of the Lord!” Even the people who love you will hamper you every step of the w ay. "You must proceed slow ly,” they tell you. "You must avoid conflict. You must avoid friction. You must be diplomatic. You must think of yourself first.” You, yourselves, can add the time-worn, shop-worn cliches that well-meaning friends hurl at aspiring souls. W ith the best intentions in the world, they would clip the eagle’s wings. T hey would de­ stroy the young deer’s fleetness of foot. They would dampen the ardor of the heart burning with love and zeal. You must stand absolutely alone. You must find your strength within. You must believe in yourself. A n y outward support proves to be the reed of Egypt that pierces the hand that leans upon it. You must learn to listen to your heart. You must learn to follow the prompt­ ings of your soul. You must learn to look for guidance from within. The judgment grows strong through exer­ cise. The intuition develops through obedience to its promptings. T he power to stand alone is the fruit of loyalty to your ideals despite fierce, unremitting opposition. Henrik Ibsen in a powerful play, "An Enemy of the People,” depicts a phy­ sician who discovers that the w ater of the town is polluted. The town earns its livelihood through the sick people who come for the healing w aters of the baths. W hen the people o f the town learn of the physician's discovery, they turn against him like a pack of wolves. They call him "an enemy of the people.” They fear that the income of the town will be affected.

John G alsw orthy, in an equally pow­ erful play, "The M ob,” portrays a true patriot who courageously opposes the intention of the government to enter up­ on an unrighteous w ar of annexation. He is killed by a fanatic. The final scene shows a statue erected in the pub­ lic square in his honor. It is hard to believe that you are right when multitudes oppose you. It is hard to remain unswervingly loyal when loy­ alty means the sacrifice of everything that you hold dear. It is hard not to falter, not to feel doubt as to whether the cause is worthwhile when loyalty means severing the ties that have be­ come rooted in the soul. W h e n we come to the parting of the ways, we must bid ourselves be strong and of good cour­ age. W h e n the time comes to w ear the crown of thorns, though deep be our despair, we must unflinchingly say, "Thy will, not mine, be done.” You must stand alone. You must take the course your soul dictates. You must follow the star that shines for you alone. The deeds of others who stood alone w ill be your inspiration. The lives of others who stood alone will be your encouragement. The patience, the forti­ tude, the sublime firmness with which others faced martyrdom will steady the trembling hand that shrinks from taking the cup of tears. W h e n the hour comes, you must stand alone. Open your Bible. On page after page you are told o f the fight that must be fought alone. Abraham had to leave his father’s house and his birthplace and journey to a land where he was an utter stranger. Joseph was cast into prison on a false charge. Moses, as an adopted son of the daughter of Pharaoh, had a brilliant court career in his very hand; but his heart made him identify himself with a despised and rejected slave people. Nathan, the prophet, stepped before the guilty king and made the ac­ cusation that has rung down the ages, "Thou art the man.” Ahab. King of Israel, turned upon Elijah, the prophet, and cried tauntingly, "A rt thou he that troubleth Israel?” Jeremiah was struck by a priest in the temple and was put into the stocks to be jeered at by the mob. In the performance o f his divinely

imposed duty such bitter opposition was his lot that in despair he cried aloud:
“W o e is me, m y mother, that thou hast borne me A man of strife and a man of contention to the w hole earth! [ h ave not lent, neither h ave men lent to me: Y et e v e ry one of them doth curse me.” —Jerem iah, C hap. 15 v. 10.

T urn the pages of history. Has the lot of the reformer, the thinker the pio­ neer ever been easier? France let her savior, a fair young girl, go to the stake. Picture the trial in which she had to face all those learned doctors of the law. Henry Hudson, in the very bay that he discovered, was cast aarift in a boat with his son. Lincoln w as shot in the hour of victory. T he pages of history drip with the blood of its benefactors. W ill you say, dear friends, that they w ere w rong and that their accusers and iailers and tormentors w ere right? N ay, society was wrong, and these lone figures w ere gloriously right, right in the eyes of conscience and o f God, and vindicated years later by mankind, slow ly catching up to their vision o f the truth. W h a t is the lesson for us to learn? A very stern one, brothers and sisters. W e must be faithful to the truth as we see it. W e must not expect the plaudits of the multitudes. W e must not depend upon the approval o f friends or family. W e must inw ardly strengthen ourselves to face criticism, reproach, and opposi­ tion, T ake as simple a matter as diet. T oday diet is one of the standard meth­ ods of treatment o f the medical profes­ sion. W o u ld you believe that the first men to acquaint the public with what diet can do w ere outside the ranks of the medical profession? W o u ld you be­ lieve that their sensible ideas w ere ridi­ culed and scorned by physicians? W o u ld you believe that people threw stones at these pioneers in the streets of New Y ork City? Do you know that in N ew Y ork State the medical society still relentlessly runs every naturopath The out of town? The chiropractors are also R osicrucian persecuted. Digest M an y of us are under the false im­ F eb ru ary pression that living the life of truth and love w ill exempt us from struggle, con­ 1938

flict, and opposition. By no means. W h e n we stand for righteousness and justice, w e must be prepared to oppose unrighteousness and injustice. When we stand for truth, w e must be pre­ pared to fight falsehood. W o u ld we be free men, w e must be eternally vigilant. A people careless of its liberties will find them trampled upon. T he exploiter, the usurper, the dictator, like hissing snakes, ever await the opportunity to strike. W om en gained the long due right of suffrage after years of struggle. O ur country had to pass the agony of Civil W a r to free the slaves and main­ tain the Union. It is test and trial all along the way. O nly the strongest can survive. It is the final test o f your soul development. To be right and to know that you are right when everybody else is wrong. To be faithful to the right in poverty, in exile, and in suffering. T o carry on through the hours of deepest depres­ sion. To carry on in loneliness, dis­ couragement, and tears. W h a t is the aim of this fiery dis­ cipline? You become absolutely de­ pendable. Y our will becomes like tem­ pered steel. Y our nerves are under per­ fect control. Y ou are beyond the power of an y influence that would sw erve you from your appointed task. You stand unimpressed by the thousand conflicting forces and influences in the world. You know your own mind. You know your own soul. No specious argument can ever sw ay you. W h e n you consider these ideas, many questions arise in the mind. How shall you know that you are right? How shall you know that you are taking the right course? How shall you know that you are exhibiting real independence and not mere stubbornness and obstinacy? How shall you reconcile standing alone with sharing in the tasks of the group? Friends, there lies the paradox of the spiritual life. There lies the enigma of soul development. O nly your soul can tell you. A nd only time can prove that you are right. He who has found the Inner Light and he who recognizes the V oice of the Cosmic owes allegiance to Conscience and to God alone. He is be­ yond any man-made law. He becomes a teacher of the w orld like the prophets of old.

W inter the Great Conservator
By S o r o r E ls a A n g l e , F . R. C.
HO thinks of w in­ ter as the prepar­ a t o r y st age of s p r i n g ? A s t he promoter of hap­ piness a n d s u c ­ cess? It is one of the most a b u s e d seasons in that its mission is not ful­ ly understood. So plain and unsight­ ly, stripped of the gayety of former seasons, som ewhat serious and stem. we forget its great responsibilities. Yet, it is the friendliest season of all seasons because it goes silently about its great task of laying the foundation for new life to come. Nature takes her rest in renewed ac­ tivity, and while she presents to us a barren aspect she is assorting and re­ constructing, branching out below and above the ground and conserving every­ thing of actual value. She protects well everything in her charge and gets little credit for it. Occasionally she wraps herself in white blankets and dozes for a spell and smiles contentedly because all is well. She knows of all those seeds that have life within them which will burst forth at the right time, though now they look dormant, taking a much needed rest. There are thousands of creatures waiting to come out rejuvenated when the sign is given. The sap in the trees and bushes has only receded and gath­ ers new strength so that it can spring into activity and thrill every twig with its vigor, causing them to burst out in new splendor. W h a t a marvelous season winter is! So gracious in its patient loving activity, not working for today but for tomorrow. Spring is the evidence of its work, but who remembers that? W h en the early grass and flowers appear under the dis­ solving white blankets, when the chilli­ est winds cannot discourage the tender shoots or the song of birds, should we not remember then, that something won­ derful must have preceded all this preci­ ous new life? W in te r may then be gone but it lives in everything we now love and admire. The flowers of today are the seeds of former beauty; the myriad creatures we behold are the offspring of a former life; the tumbling brooks are enriched by the dissolving white blankets of a former season. A ll is really only a new phase of eternal life, ever re-creating itself. W h e n man comprehends this divine system and knows himself a part of it, he will be thrilled with his chances for eternal unfoldment. There will be no more thought o f going, but just of com­ ing. M an arrives continuously at a given station, he prepares continuously for ar­ rival at the next station. He may choose his own luggage which shall accompany him and serve him at his given point. M istakes in equipment do not have to be repeated, in fact they serve in en­ abling us w isely to make a more careful selection.


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Life viewed as a great preparation for future events becomes exhilarating and full of interesting purpose. One sows his own seeds and reaps his own fruits, There is Justice and W isdom apparent everywhere; to keep within eternal laws assures safety and progress. W e may herald spring as the great resurrection

season but we may not forget that spring can bring only w hat the prudence of winter could preserve for future unfoldment and that man does make his own destiny! “Y e shall know them by their fruits, Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs o f thistles? Even so—■ "




Believe me, all is well, the passions and those whom passion kills, and those who do not give in, and he who sneers every time an idea appears, and he who sacrifices himself that an idea may live, and he who, in order that his idea may live, sacrifices millions. Jesus would not have been Jesus without Judas and Caiaphas, nor two thousand years of w ar without Jesus, nor the hope of peace without two thousand years of w a r .—Elie Faure. 0 1

R osicrucian P ark is g ra d u a lly becoming not only a show p lace of S an Jose and vicin ity, but one of the a ttra ctio n s o f th e S ta te o f C alifornia. H ere w e s e e a little bit of old E gyp t —sta te ly colonnaded tem ples, a m ajestic obelisk, ornam ental sphinxes; thousands of ex­ hibits from ancient civilization s; rare w orks of art; beautiful grounds w ith strange plants and shrubs from v ario u s p arts of the w orld. R osicrucian P ark and its buildings are visited b y thousands of persons a n n u ally . T h e grounds are a v a ila b le to everyo n e d a ily . The buildinqs are open w eek d a y s from 9:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. On S u n d ays the R osicrucian E g yp tian M useum is open from noon until 5:00 p. m. T h e P lanetarium is open Sun d ay evenings at 7:30 and the astronom ical lecture and dem onstration start prom ptly at 8:00 p. m. On T u esd a y evenings at 7:30 p. m. a session for local and visitin g Rosicrucians is held in the beautiful Suprem e T em ple b y G rand Lodge officers. T h e E gyp tian and O riental M useum is also open to the public on M o n d ay evenings fr o m 7:30 to 9:00 p. m. for the benefit of those w ho cannot v isit during the d a y . M em bers and the public are advised that t h e adm in istration o f f i c e s a r e c l o s e d o n S a t u r d a y a ft e r n o o n s an d S u n days.

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From fa r-a w a y C airo, w ith its n oisy, colorful bazaars, from the hands of E gyptian craftsm en w ho p ly the trade of their enigm atic ancestors, come m any of the handsome objects offered b y the R osicrucian S u p p ly B u reau—tin y scarabs, crude, artistic, w ith a w ealth of stran ge tradition behind them; hand-w rought brass lam ps of the style which graced tents of the Bedouin tribes w ho h ave trekked the desert w astes for centuries; hand-w oven tapestries in the designs of which liv e the glories of ancient E gyp t. If you are fascinated b y the atm osphere of m ystery and h isto ry which surrounds these objects,

The these useful products of the descendants of an ancient people, w rite to d ay for the free R osicrucian catalo gue of E g yp tian objects, to the R osicrucian S u p p ly B ureau, R osicrucian P ark. San Digest Jose, C alifornia. F eb ru ary 1938 ■ M M IIIIM IM IIIIM IIIIIM M IIIIm U IIIM IIM IIIM M IfllM IM IM IIM IIIM IIIM M IIlllllllM IIM IIM llllllllllM IM M llllllM M IM IIIIIIH IIItlllM ltllllllllfllltM lllllllllllllIi 0'•■

Where lush tropical vegetation, nourished by periodic inundations of the Nile, borders on the desert w aste, are scattered the crude Coptic temples. T hese churches are of one of the earliest C hristian sects. T h e y are a branch of the ancient Eastern church first established in C onstantinople. M odern C hristian s would find the S yn cretistic rituals of the Coptics far different from those of their own faith. Although crude d o gm atically as a religion and hardly acceptable to the W estern mind of today, this is one of the purest forms of the e a rly C hristian sects still in existence, partly due, perhaps, to isolation from civilization .
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R osicru cia n D ig e s t.)

The Universe Beneath Your Reading Lamp!
I / I 1 IT H IN th e clo ister o f yo u r own hom e, in yo u r fa v o r ite nook illum inated b y the rays I o f yo u r re a d in g lam p, you m ay fin d a d v e n tu re and startling k no w ledge. W ith o u t the aid o f stupendous te le sc o p e s o r th e in tric a te p a ra p h e rn a lia o f th e physicist you can glim pse som e o f n ature's p rofou nd secre ts. Y o u r pulse will quicken asyo u r thoughts ex plo re sp ace, and you c o n te m p la te th e fo rm o f th e stran g e w orld you live in. For c e n ­ turies m an tho u g h t the e arth th e c e n te r o f th e universe. This th e o ry was then ch allenged and s u p p la rte d b y an o th er. Then he was told th e earth was a m inute speck in a sea o f un­ lim ited sp a ce. This th e o ry, too, is c h a lle n g e d with the a d v e n t o f the new one o f the b en d ing o f light w aves. N o w com es one o f th e most unique and g rip p in g cosm o lo g ies o f all. It is th a t the e arth is a g ig a n tic cell. The earth itself is the universe, and th a t within its c e n te r a re v a st C o s m ic b o d ies which we p reviously th o u g h t w ere millions o f m iles d istan t. It is d e c la re d th a t the e arth is like unto all o th e r cells o f living m a tte r an d th a t it has life and actio n within its c e n te r. This intensely in tere stin g su b je c t is discussed in a series o f sim ply un d erstoo d and to th e po in t lectures e n title d A R C A N E C O S M O L O G Y . It is one o f th e sp ecial subjects tau g h t by th e R e a d e rs ' R e se arch A c a d e m y . The course consists o f tw en ty-on e lectures. T w o a m onth will b e sent you fo r on ly 50c a month Y ou can subscribe fo r on e m onth o r fo r as m any m onths as you please, until th e co urse is c o m ­ p le te d . Do not fail to g e t this real e n jo ym e n t and pleasure fo r this nom inal sum. A d d re ss :

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The R osicrucian O rder, e x is tin g in a ll civilized land3, is a n o n -sectarian , fra te rn a l body of men and women devoted to th e in v e stig atio n , s tu d y , and p ractical ap p licatio n of n a tu ra l and s p iritu a l law s. The p urpose of the o rg a n i­ zation is to en ab le a ll to live in h arm o ny w ith the creativ e, co n structive, Cosmic forces for the a ttain m en t of h ealth , happiness, and P eace. The O rder is in te rn a tio n a lly known a s AMORC (an a b b re v ia tio n ), and the AMORC in A m erica, and all o th er lan d s, co n stitu te s the o n ly form of R o si­ crucian a c tiv itie s united in one body havin g rep resen tatio n in the In te rn a ­ tio nal federatio n. The AMORC does not sell its te a c h in g s, but giv es them fre e ly to all affiliate d m em bers, to geth er w ith m an y o th er benefits. In q u irers see k in g to know' the h isto ry, p urp o ses, and p ractic al benefits that th ey m ay receive from R osicrucian asso ciatio n , a re in vited to send for the free book. ’ The Secret H e rita g e ." A ddress. F ria r S. P. C., care of ASOJKC TKMPLK
H o s i e r u t i a n P a r k , S a n J o s e , C a l i f o r n i a , U. S. A.

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(C able A dd ress: "AMORCO"

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Officials of the N orth a n d S o u th A m e ric a n J u ris d ic tio n
This Jurisdiction includes all countries of North, C entral and South A m erica and all land under the protection of theUnited S tates of Am erica.
H. SPENCER LE W IS. F. R . C.. F h D RALPH M. LE W IS. F . R. C................................................... THOR KLMALEHTO. F. R . C .. HARVEY MILES. F. R . C HARRY L. SHIBLEY. F . R . C. .. - .............. MERRITT GORDON. F. R. C.................................................................. .......... Im p erato r Sup rem e S ec re ta ry S o vereign G rand M aster G rand T re a su re r D irector of P u b licatio n s R egion al G rand M aster

ARMANDO FO N T DE LA JAR A. F .R .C .. D eputy G rand M aster; C E C IL A. PO O LE, F .R .C .. Secretary-General. Direct inquiries regarding this division to the Secretary-G en eral. R osicrucian Park. San Jose. C alifornia. U. S. A.
Junior O rder o f T o re h B e a r e r , (sponsored by AMORC). F or com plete in fo rm ation a s to its aim s and benefits address G eneral S e c re ta ry . G rand C h apter. R o sicru cian P ark . San Jo se . C alifo rn ia.

The following principal branches are District Headquarters of A M O R C
Los Angeles. C a lifo rn ia :

Hermes Lodge. A M O R C Tem ple. M r. P aul Deputy. Master. Reading Room and Inquiry office open d aily, 10 a .m . to 5 p .m . and 7:30 p. m. to 9 p. m. except S un d ays. 148 N. Gramercy Place.
New Y ork C ity. N ew Y o rk :

New York C hapter. 250 W . 57th St. M r Joseph W eed. M aster; M arth a L. M ullins. Secretary. Inquiry and reading rooms open week days and S u n d ays, I to 8 p. m. Booker T . W ash in gto n C hapter. Dr. H orace I. Hamlett, M aster. 491 C lasson A venue. Brooklyn; Ida F. Johnson. S ecretary, 286 McDonough St., Brooklyn. M eetings every second and fourth S u n d ay at 8 p. m., Y M C. A. Chapel. 181 W . 185th Street, Inquirers call: Prospect 9-1079.
P hiladelphia. P e n n sy lv a n ia :

Benjamin Franklin C hapter of A M O R C ; Mr. H. Baker Churchill. M aster: M r. George M. Stewart, S ecretary, 617 Arch Street. Meetings for all members e v ery second and fourth Sunday, 7:30 p m. at the U niversal Peace Institute, 219 S. Broad Street, 2nd floor (over Horn £ > H ard art's).
Birm ingham . A lab am a:

Birmingham C hapter. C onvocation for all grades, each F rid ay night, 7:30 p .m ., Lodge room. Tutw ilder H otel. M r. E d gar D. Finch, Master. 1129 S. 16th A ve., or C. C . B erry, Secretary, 721 S. 85th Street. Pittsburg. Pennsy lvania: Penn. First Lodge. M a ry S. Green, M aster; 610 Arch Street.

D etroit, M ich igan : T hebes C hapter No. 336. M rs. P earl Anna Tifft. M aster; M r Ernest C heyne. S ecre­ ta ry . M eetin gs at the D etroit Federation of W o m en ’s C lubs, 4811 2nd A venue, every T u esd ay, 8 p. m. Inquirers call dial phone Townsend 6-2967. San Francisco, C alifo rn ia: Francis Bacon Lodge, 1655 Polk Street; M r. E lm er Lee Brown, M aster. M ystical convocations for all members e v ery 2 nd and 4th M o n day, 8 p. m. Office and reading room open T u esd ay. W ed n e sd ay and F rid ay, 7 to 9 p .m . R eadin g, P enn sylvania: R eading C hapter. M r. Geo. Osm an, M astei M r. R. K. Gumpf. S ecretary. M eeting ev ery 1 st and 3rd F rid a y . 8:00 p. m., W ash in gto n H all. 904 W ash in g to n Street. Boston, M assachusetts; T he M arie Clem ens Lodge. M r. Pierpont F. De Lesdernier, M aster; T em ple and reading Rooms, 739 Boylston St.. Telephone Kenmore 9398. C hicago, Illino is; C h icago C hap ter No. 9. Fred D. W ed g e . M aster; M rs. Sue L ister W astlu n d , S ecretary. Telephone Randolph 9848. R ead in g Room open afternoons and evenings. S u n d ays 2 to 5 only. L akev iew Bldg., 116 S . M ichigan A ve., Rooms 408-9-10. Lecture sessions for ALL members e v ery T u esd a y night, 8 p. m. C h icago (C olored) C hapter No. 10. Dr. Katie B. H ow ard, M aster; N ehem iah Dennis, S ecretary. Telephones, D rexel 4267 & H yde P ark 5776. M eetin gs e v ery F rid a y night at 8 o'clock, 12 W . Garfield B lvd.. H all B.

(D irecto ry C ontinued on N ext P a g e )

W ash in gto n. D. C-: T hom as Jefferson C hapter. T hom as W . Kuhn. M aster. M eetings C onfederate M em o­ rial H all. 1322 Verm ont A ve. N. W .. ev ery F rid ay evening. 8:00 p. m. S ec re tary , M rs. K velyn Paxton. 5357 Broad Branch Pk.. N. W . S eattle, W ash in gto n: A M O R C C hap ter 586. M r. C . R. C leaver. M aster; M r. Geo. Peterson. S ec re ta ry . 31 1-14 Low m an B ldg., between 1st an a 2nd A ves., on C herry S treet. R eading room open week d a y s 11 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. V isito rs welcome. ( lhapter m eetings each M o n d ay. 8:00 p. m.

P ortland, O regon: Portland Rose C hapter meets e v ery T h u rs­ d a y 8:00 p. m. at 714 S. W . 11th A ve. flrs. Emma Strickland. M aster; Phone G a. 8445. Information by appointment week d a y s 9 to 5 at 405 Orpheum Bldg. N ew ark. New Jersey: H. Spencer L ew is C hapter. John W tederkehr, M aster. M eeting ev ery M onday, 8:15 p. m.. 37 W ash in gto n St. S t. Louis, M issouri: S t. Louis C hapter. D ouglas M . Bryden. M aster. M elbourne Hotel. Grand Avenue and Lindell Blvd. M eetings first and third T u esd a y of each month. 8 p.m .

M ilw aukee. W isconsin: M ilw au kee C hapter. M rs. H azel E. Z ack. M aster; M iss Ellen Brown, S ec re tary . M eet­ ings ev ery M onday at 8 p. m. a t 3431 W . Lisbon A venue. O ther C hartered C hapters and Lodges of the R osicrucian O rder (A M O R C ) w ill be found in most larg e cities and towns of North A m erica. Address of local representatives given on request.

V ictoria, British Column*.': V icto ria Lodge. M r. G eorge A. M elville, M aster. Inquiry Office and R eading Room. 725 C ourtney Street. L ib rarian , M r. C. C. Bird. Phone G3757. Vt innipeg, M anitoba, C anad a: C harles D ana Dean C hapter. M r. Ronald S. Scartli. M aster, 834 G rosvenor A venue. Session for all members ev ery S un d ay at 2:45 p. in., 204 Kensington Building. Edmonton, A lberta: M r. T . Goss, M aster, 9533 Jasper A ve. E Toronto, O ntario, C anad a: M r. E. C harlton, M aster. Sessions 1st and 3rd S u n d ays of the month. 7:00 p. m.. No. 10 Lansdowne A ve. V ancouver, British Colum bia: C an ad ian G rand Lodge, A M O R C . M r. E. A. Burnett. M aster; M iss M .b y le e Deacon, S ecretary, A M O R C T em ple, 878 Hornby Street.

S can d inavian C ountries: T he A M O R C Grand Lodge of Denmark. Mr. A rthur Sundstrup. G rand M aster; C arli Andersen. S. R .C ., Grand S ec re tary . M anogade I 3th Strand. C openhagen. Denmark. Sweden: Grand Lodge "Rosenkorset. Anton S v an lund, F. R C., G rand M aster. Jerusalem sgatan . 6. M alm o. f lolland : De R ozekruisers O rde: Groot-Loduc der Nederlanden. J. Coops. Gr. Sect.. Hunze straat 141, Am sterdam . France: Dr. H ans Gruter. Grand M aster. M ile, Jeanne Guesdon. S ec re tary . 56 Rue Gainbetta. V illen euve Saint G eorges (Seine A O ise). Sw itzerland: A M O R C . G rand Lodge. 21 A ve. Dapples, Lausanne. Dr Ed. Bcrtholet, F. R .C ., Grand M aster. 6 Blvd. C ham blandes, P ully-L ausanne: Pierre G enillard, G rand S ecty., S urlac U. M ont Choisi. L ausanne. C hina: T he United G rand Lodge of C hina. P. O. Box 513. S han ghai, C hina.

New Z ealan d : A uckland C hap ter A M O R C . M r. J. O. Anderson. M aster, 317 V icto ria Arcade Bldg., Stiortland St., C ity A uckland. E ngland: T h e A M O R C G rand Lodge of G reat Britain. M r. Raym urid A ndrea, F. R. C„ Grand M aster. 34 B ay w ater A ve., W estb u ry Park. Bristol 6. Dutch and East Indies: Dr. W . I’h. van Stukkum . G rand Master; W . J. V isser. S ecretary-G eneral. Karang tempo] 10 Sem arang, Jav.. E gypt: T he Grand O rient of A M O R tH o u s e of the T em ple, M . A. R am ayvelim , F. R. G . Grand S ec re ta ry , 26. A venue Ism alia, Heliopolis. C airo Information Bureau de la Rose Croix, J. Sapp o rta. S ecretary. 27 Rue Salimon Pacha. Cairo. A frica: T h e Grand Lodge of the Gold Coast. A M O R C . M r. W illia m O kai. Grand Master. P. O . Box 424 A ccra. Gold C oast. West A frica. 7'he a d d r e s s e s o f o t h e r f o r e i g n G rand Loayes and s e c r e t a r i e s irill b e fu rn ish e d on application.
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Vol. X V I.

M A R C H , 1938

No. 2

Pyram id of th e Sun (Fro n tisp iece ) The T hought of the M o n th : A u ra s and C rim e D e te c tio n

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Along Civilization's Trail:
M e so p o ta m ia n D esert

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C a th e d ra l C o n ta c ts : W h a t is R eliq io u s W o r s h ip ? M in d and M e d ic in e Pa g e s from th e Past: C o n fu ciu s Is P e a c e Po ssib le? Is G e n iu s A f f a in a b le ? Finding fh e C e n tr e San ctu m M usings: A G o o d G o d - C o n c e p t


The T w e n tieth C e n tu ry C ru s a d e A n In vitatio n to a Feast M e d ita tio n (Illustration)

Sub scrip tio n to The R o sierucian D igest. T h ree D ollars per y e a r. S in g le copies tw enty-iic® cen ts each. E ntered a s Second Clas, M atte r a t th® Post Office a t San Jo se , C alifo rn ia, un d er the Act of A u gu st 24th, 1912. C h anges of a d d ress m ust reach us by the tenth of the month p reced in g d ate of issu e. Statem en ts m ade in th is p ub licatio n a re nut the official ex pression s of the o rgan izatio n or it s officers un less stated to be official com m unications. P u b lish ed M onthly by the Suprem e Council of



THINK that one of the most inter­ esting fa c ts ever brought to our at­ te n tio n is th a t which reveals that s c ie n c e , o r one branch ol science at least, is ready to g iv e consider­ able c re d e n c e to one of the claims held by m y s tic s and m y s tic phi­ losophers for many years. Until the A M O R C in America pro­ ceeded in a very scientific w ay to prove and demonstrate that human bodies had auras of various colors which could be made visible, and of such magnetic or electric qualit'' as could be measured, science ingeneral and many of the specific branches of science looked upon the existence of human auras as some­ thing not only mystical but quite mythi­ cal, and the subject was considered taboo at the round table of scientists anywhere. In fact, the mystic and mys­ tical philosopher found himself in an embarrassing position whenever he ven­ tured to suggest that human beings had auras which could be detected or meas­ ured. or defined or registered. There was a casual admission on the part of some branches of applied science The that there was a radiation or an emana­ Rosicrucian tion from the human body, most likely Digest in the form of heat waves, that could be M arch detected by some devices or occasional­ ly sensed even bv the human conscious­ 1938

ness of another person. It w'as also rec­ ognized that the human being left a tell tale impression of some intangible some­ thing in his trails through the woods, and on grounds and in buildings, through the detection of u'hich some animals, especially supersensitive dogs, could trace the movements of individuals. But beyond these casual admis sions. science w»as indeed reluctant to admit that there w'as anything of a supernormal or spiritual or ethereal na­ ture surrounding the human body, or emanating from it. which was as dis­ tinctive in each individual case as the voice of the individual or the facial ex­ pression and appearance of an in­ dividual. Not long ago in The Rosicrucian Forum I discussed the fact that some of us here at Headquarters could detect through our fingers, or through the aura that surrounded our fingers, the vibra­ tions of some energy or of some elec­ trical or magnetic quality that remained on the paper and envelopes of com­ munications sent to us by our members. I stated that this w'as detectable in a large proportion of the letters w'e re­ ceive. In recent years we have con­ structed and created scientific instru­ ments in our scientific laboratories here which would measure either the quality or the polarity or the strength or nature of the vibrations emanating from human bodies, and the impress of these vibra­ tions even w'hen made upon pieces of paper, handkerchiefs, jewelry, and other articles that had been in close contact w'ith some individuals for a time.

Some time ago we read in a magazine called McLean's, a magazine of very high standing and which is not given to exploiting the foibles and fancies of daytime dreamers, an article by Charles Lugrin Shaw dealing with the detection of criminals. In this article he revealed how science is using some psychological principles and scientific procedures to aid criminologists in their analytical studies. He quoted John F. C. B. Vance, who is inspector and analyst of the criminal detection department of the citv of Vancouver, Canada, and who has built up and maintained a reputa­ tion on the Pacific Coast as the very nemesis of organized crime. In fact, his application of scientific principles to crime detection and the detection o f criminals has gained for him an inter­ national reputation. He is not the type of detective who goes out and hunts for his man. He remains hidden and se­ cluded in his laboratory, and there, with the use of psychological and scientific principles and methods, he discovers his criminal and classifies him and establishes his identity beyond any doubt, and his associates merely go out and bring in the man who has been thus discovered in the laboratory. N ow M r. V ance states that the one new procedure which is destined to revolutionize all of the methods of the detection o f criminals, even superseding or becoming of greater value than the examination of finger prints or gun prints or blood stains, is the careful study and analysis of the impressions of the human aura that are left on record somewhere and in some manner in every criminal case. M r. V ance says that the distinctive human aura, in other words, the very distinct and different aura of every human individual, composed of an undefinable substance, is communicated to every object touched b y or approach­ ed by every individual. In the case of detection by finger prints, the criminal must actually touch some object and touch it carefully, deliberately, although possibly unwittingly or unknowingly, in order that there may be left a traceable and definite imprint. In the case of the human aura, however, the individual need not actually touch a thing or be in contact with it in order to leave some

impression, some registration of his aura upon one or more objects in a room. M r. V ance says that he does not at­ tempt to explain, as yet, w hat he be­ lieves to be the cause or the reason for this strange aura that surrounds and emanates from every human being. He says it may be the same substance or the same something that provides the scent for bloodhounds and which has alw ays been too elusive for scientific analysis'— except that the American Indians did learn of a w ay by which to detect this strange registration of the human radia­ tion, but even they did not attempt to study the cause or the reason. M r. V ance says that chemical tests made in his laboratory and other laboratories have encouraged experts to believe that every individual has a very distinct aura, and that the big problem now is to invent various scientific devices for detecting these auras, registering them and classifying them. He admits that great progress has been made in this regard and, of course, reluctantly reveals only a few facts con­ cerning what is going on in his labora­ tory and similar laboratories. But M r. Shaw, quoting M r. V ance, states that the time may not be far distant when the detective or criminologist w ill go to the place of a crime with some sort of a machine or device and with it be able to detect and register the radiations of a human aura that have been left in the room or on objects in the room, and by means o f these registrations be able to definitely classify and even distinguish the nature, character, personality and appearance of the individual being sought. The important thing to all of us is not that as new devices are being in­ vented for the commission of crime or the commission of injury and destruc­ tion such as new guns, silent pistols, ex­ plosive devices, poisoning gases and other elements that are useful to crim­ inals, so the detection of crime has evolved and progressed until the crim­ inal finds it more difficult to match his wits and his ability against the scienti­ fic devices and against the police facili­ ties such as the radio, the prowler cars, the signal system and similar modern creations. The really important thing to

all o f us is that at last, in this year of 1938, another one of the basic conten­ tions and basic beliefs of the mystic philosophers of old and of the present time is receiving some scientific recogni­ tion and relieving the mystical philoso­ pher and student of mysticism of the expense and tedious labor of devising w ays and means to prove and demon­ strate his contentions. Radio, television, and many other electrical devices have amply proved and demonstrated in recent years many of the principles held by mystic philoso­ phers in their teachings for several cen­ turies, and yet which were difficult to prove or demonstrate otherwise except in ve ry expensively equipped labora­ tories. Science has recently proved that thoughts produce electrical or some other form of energetic radiations from the brain and nervous system and that these can be measured and registered. M ystical philosophers for years claimed that this was so, and in their mystical practices and in the privacy of their sanctums they were able to prove to themselves and to others that concen­ trated thought energy did radiate be­ yond the limits o f the flesh of the human body although science consider­ ed this as another one of the mythical theories of the mystics. For years science has contended that the moon had little or no effect upon anything on this earth except to influ­ ence the bulk or mass of bodies of w ater and thus cause tides. The con­ tentions of the mystic philosophers re­ garding the moon’s influence upon all living things and upon magnetic and electrical circuits on the earth and through the earth were considered ab­ surdities by science even though thou­ sands of individuals, including those who knew nothing of mystical prin­ ciples, demonstrated to their entire sat­ isfaction that the moon's phases did have an effect upon planting, growing and reaping of all forms of plant life and upon the development of animal life beginning with the embryo. The mystics also claimed that the phases of The Rosicrucian the moon had something to do with the periodic changes in the emotional re­ Digest actions and mental reasoning of persons M arch of unbalanced or unsound mind, and that the ancients were right in their be­ 1938

liefs in that regard, and therefore called such persons ' lunatics" as being victims of the influence of luna. In recent years the mystics have proved that the devel­ opment of diseases, the progress to­ ward a crisis and the relapse therefrom were in cycles rhythmic with the moon's phases. Y ears ago w e proved here at Rosi­ crucian Park, by the astonishing devel­ opment of large plots of grass and shrubbery of all kinds, that if the plant­ ing was done at the proper phase of the moon, the growth and development would be rapid and luxurious, while if the same seed and the same process were used at the wrong phase of the moon, the growth and development were meager indeed. These experiments and the results therefrom have aroused considerable attention in this part of California. But here recently we installed in our Planetarium a large and extremely sen­ sitive seismograph, identical with those that are located in the government ob­ servatories and capable of registering the slightest temblors or undulations of the earth on its surface or interior for hundreds of thousands of miles in dis­ tance. A fte r a few d ays’ study o f the recordings on this instrument, w e found that the phases of the moon did have some bearing upon the peculiar effects on the earth that w ere registered upon these seismograph charts and in con­ sultation with an excellent expert in this subject, w e found that he, too. had noted over a course o f years peculiar conditions in the weather and in the in­ terior and surface effects of the earth that w ere coincident with certain peri­ odic changes of the moon. On the other hand, last year we demonstrated throughout America, in its principal cities to a great number of large audiences, our own wonderful Cosmic R ay machine, the first o f its kind ever made and demonstrated, which made visible and made audible the effects o f ravs of energy from Cos­ mic space that came toward this earth and affected it, and other rays or waves of electric energy which passed through the earth and over the surface of the earth. But now we find, with the oper­ ation of this Cosmic R ay instrument and the seismograph in the same building.

that certain Cosmic rays of certain strengths and quality which register on the Cosmic R ay machine do cause cer­ tain forms of registration on the seismo­ graph charts, and by the time of our Convention next summer w e will be able to show to our members who attend the Convention, and especially to the many who are scientists in various institutions and laboratories, some startling new facts regarding the almost invisible and intangible energies of the universe that are affecting human life and plant life on this earth. A nd I have no doubt but what these instruments or similar ones which we will construct here in our laboratories will soon give us perfect registrations of the distinctive auras or soul and psychic radiations from the human body. Thus Rosicrucian research workers and students are not mere dreamers and impractical theorists. Practically every fundamental prin­ ciple of a mystical, psychic, spiritual na­ ture contained in our monographs and teachings has been tested and demon­ strated on scientific instruments manu­ factured or assembled here in our lab­ oratories. And we find that our members generally, or a very large proportion, are more interested in the scientific analysis of the mystical principles of life than in the purely theoretical or the • READ THE

purely religious. In fact, our more ad­ vanced members are beginning to real­ ize more and more each day that fundmental religious principles and funda­ mental scientific principles are so close­ ly related that they are not incompati­ ble, let alone opposing, as has been be­ lieved in recent years. T o such an extent do our members want to test these fundamental scienti­ fic principles and conduct laboratory tests of their own, that we are now planning to create an outfit of simple laboratory instruments and devices and have these assembled in a very nice case with complete instructions which we can ship or send to our members at a nominal fee, and which they can use to perform scores of the most simple and yet complex experiments that will reveal more to them about the great truths of the universe and of its Cosmic and mundane laws than any text book could possibly reveal. So once again the tendency in the Rosicrucian pro­ cedure is toward the practical and scientific approach to a perfect under­ standing or apprehension of God, or at least of G od’s laws, thereby giving the sincere seeker a firm foundation upon which to build his religious convictions and his spiritual aspirations as well as his earthly mastership over his personal affairs. FORUM •


T h e Imperator has o fficially proclaim ed that M o n d ay, M arch 21, w ill be the first d a y of the N ew Y e a r according to the R osicrucian calen d ar. T h is is in accordance w ith the ancient oriental methods of calculation. A ccording to astronom ical configurations, the sun w ill start its new course through the Z o diac of the H eaven s e a rly on the morning of M o n day. M arch 21. T h e Im perator has, therefore, made the recommendation that all lodges and chapters throughout the North and South A m erican jurisdictions should hold their N ew Y e a r feasts and m ystical celebrations on S u n d a y evening. M arch 20, if con­ venient, or on M o n d ay evening, M arch 21, or as close to these two d ates as is possible. T h is new cycle also m arks the beginning of the fiscal business y e a r and the c yc le and term of office for a ll officers of a ll lodges and chapters, and such n ew lodges or chapters as are not acquainted w ith the duties that are to be performed just prior to and on the date of the N ew Y e a r feast should secure such inform ation as soon as possible. Such com m unications should be addressed to F rater H a rv e y M iles, D irector of Correspondence at A M O R C Tem ple, R osicrucian P ark . S an Jose, C alifo rn ia. —T H E S U P R E M E S E C R E T A R Y .

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E ditor's N ote:—T h is is the tw elfth episode of a n arrativ e b y the Suprem e S ec re tary relating the experiences he and his p a rty had in visitin g m ystic shrines and p laces in Europe and the ancient w orld.

HE hour was early, the sun a lr e a d y u n c o m f o r t a b ly w a rm , an d th e streets filling with garrulous A r a b s , when a motor bus rumbled up. This w a s to be o u r mode of transpor­ tation to d is t a n t B a g h d a d , th e glamorous city of Arabian N ig h t's fame. Upon a first examination, it was a typical motor coach, such as one sees racing along the modern highways of the larger nations of the world. This symbol of the T w e n t ie th C e n t u r y dampened our spirit of adventure for the moment, and jarred the mental pic­ ture which we had of ourselves reliving the experiences o f ancient travellers to Baghdad. A motor coach does not compliment a M arco Polo mood. Frater Brower called my attention to the ex­ ceptionally large wheels of the coach— over four feet in height, and having tires with a peculiar lateral tread which I had never seen before. W e con­ jectured that they w ere designed to a f­ The Rosicrucian ford traction in the soft sands w e ex­ pected to encounter. Digest A fte r securing our seats and super­ M arch vising the careful loading of our camera 1938 equipment, still having a few moments before departure, we carried our exam­ ination further. T he windows, we now observed, w ere smaller than the conven­ tional ones of other busses. Surprising was the fact that they w ere hermetically sealed, and w e were to travel in desert heat—not a pleasant thought. Small louvers, above each window, afforded the only ventilation when the car w as in motion. The driver and his relief as­ sistant had not entered, so w e took the opportunity of inspecting the driving and control panel. Just above the panel, and on a line with an aperture in the wind­ shield, now closed, was a metal turnbuckle, mounted on a swivel and ratchet, much after the kind used as a machine gun mounting in the cockpits of military aircraft. This was ominous and we looked at each other significant­ ly. The thought had passed through my mind that perhaps this journey would not be so uneventful after all. W e retired to our fairly comfortable, individual reclining seats upon the en­ trance of the drivers. The drivers now received our attention. Both were ob­ viously English. Not only was this ap­ parent from their accent, but from their fair complexions, by contrast with the dark-skinned Syrians and Bedouins of Damascus. T hey w ere dressed in khaki shirts and shorts, exposing bare knees above woolen socks, a customary tropi­ cal attire for the British, but one which the American never quite seems to get

accustomed to. T hey were tall, about thirty-five years of age, robust and deeply tanned, with eyes that squinted — the result of a continuous attempt to keep out the glare of the desert sun. Travelling slow ly to avoid striking in­ different children and animals that straggled down the center of the twisted streets, we headed toward the desert. Nairne, an Englishman, so we had learned, had left the comforts and con­ veniences of his home land to promote this modern transportation in a land whose history dates back to the earliest civilizations. He had become particular­ ly impressed with the American advance in the automotive industry and had used American-built motor coaches exclusive­ ly. This coach was built in Philadelphia, from his own specifications. He had been advised that attempting to operate a passenger line across this desert would be risking human lives as well as property. Marauding bands of A rabs and Bedouins would pilfer and lay to waste each caravan. He made the at­ tempt, it is said, and found the predic­ tions true. Unable to secure adequate protection, it was reputed, he was com­ pelled to pay tribute to certain Bedouin chieftains who in some "mysterious*' manner influenced the marauders to give his drivers and property immunity to attack and seizure. For the last few minutes we had been whisking through the outskirts of this ancient oasis-like city. Suddenly our speed was so quickly checked that the momentum carried us forward in our seats. Looking ahead for the cause, we saw the pavement's end. Here was no graded road or winding ruts stretching out toward the horizon, but a vast ex­ panse of hard, table surface, giving little indication, even at this close proximity to the city, of any vehicular travel. W e craned our necks, looking out of either side of the coach. There w as no tell­ tale mark of our destination or direc­ tion. In a moment we w ere again trav­ elling, attaining a speed of about forty miles an hour over this open desert, heading due East — but w here was the road? There were no sign posts or even tire tracks. The driver caused the coach to w eave from side to side occasionally, to avoid depressions in the surface. The riding was not uncomfortable—in fact,

more comfortable than over some o f the pitted streets of Damascus. Our curi­ osity w as great, but the timidity of re­ vealing our inexperience with this sort of travel kept us from questioning the driver at first—this, and the fact that his relief assistant had reclined his chair and from all appearances was sleeping. Turning, we looked over our fellow pasengers with the intent of question­ ing one of them. Six other men shared the bus with us — four seemed to be Syrians or possibly A rabs or Iraquians. T heir faces w ere immobile. A ll were looking across the wastes buried in ab­ straction. The other two men were Europeans. T hey were, in fact, Eng­ lishmen. One, we later learned, w as an arm y officer returning from leave to a post near Baghdad, and was not a very sociable chap, compared to British of­ ficers we had met in Palestine. The other young man in his twenties, was bound for the wells of a British Petro­ leum Company, East of Baghdad. He had made this journey before, and from him came the answers to our questions. W e were “navigating” our w ay across this desert. The driver was guiding the car by compass as a mariner does a ship at sea. These motor caravans, then, were truly ships of the desert. The Mesopotamian desert at this point was some six hundred miles wide. Unlike our deserts of North America, it w as absolutely barren. No cacti, sage­ brush, or even birds or reptiles were visible. Except for an occasional swell it w as as level as if graded by man. The surface was so hard that walking hardly made the impression of footprints. U n­ like the Sahara, here there w ere no sand dunes. A s the great car rolled along, now travelling nearly a mile a minute, it caused a fine dust to swirl around the windows and we w ere thankful that they were sealed. Small, almost per­ fectly round gravel, as though shaped by hand, was scattered on the desert floor. The striking of this gravel by the fast revolving wheels caused the pieces to ricochet against the heavy window glass with startling revolver-like cracks. Just as the sameness of the scene be­ gan to become monotonous and the steady hum of the motor lulled us into drowsiness, we saw what looked to us like little dots in the distance, slowly

bobbing up and down. Three or four minutes later and we w ere approaching them. It was the first of many camel caravans which w e w ere to see on this journey. W alk in g in single file, with their peculiar, forw ard lurching gate, were a dozen giant dromedary camels. T o us they were enormous, in compari­ son with the riding camels we had seen and used in Egypt. These were pack camels, far larger and much stronger. Lashed to their backs and suspended on either side, sw ayed their great cargo packs, done in huge bales. Dangling from the lead camel was a hand-ham­ mered brass bell, having a clear and more melodious note than our cow bells. Immediately preceding the lead camel on a fast-trotting burro, which appeared exceptionally diminutive in contrast to the size of the camels, rode the leader of the caravan, a heavily black-bearded A rab. On one side of the line of camels rode three of his companions, also astride patient little burros. T hey were following the ancient caravan trail that had led for centuries from Damascus to Baghdad, thence to Persia and Arabia. Even today, nearly all of the freight between these cities and countries is still transported via camel caravan in the same manner as in antiquity. Camels, although consider­ ably slower than motor trucks, are far more economical and dependable on the desert. In this great open space there are no service stations or repair shops, and the hauling of fuel is a considerable item. The camels require little food, as well as water, for their journey. The products of the W estern w orld w ere being carried in this primitive manner to the East in exchange for the things in which the cryptic East still excells. Each night, the cumbersome burdens are removed from the camels’ backs and stacked in a large pile. The camels are sometimes tethered. D rivers pitch low tents of goat skins into which they craw l to sleep on crudely-made, but richly de­ signed hand-woven rugs. A s soon as the sun drops beneath the horizon, the The desert begins to cool, and late at night Rosicrucian the temperature drop is considerable. Digest Bedouin encampments can be detected M arch by flickering camp fires. T o approach them unannounced in the dark would 1938

mean death, for during the long hours of the night, some keen eyes are keep­ ing vigil and steady hands grasp high calibered rifles. Even today, as in the centuries past, the law of the desert is mainly an individual interpretation of what is right, and might still rules. A n unusually sharp veering o f the bus from its course caused us to look ahead, and on the horizon straight be­ fore us was a dark cloud, rising from the floor o f the desert to a great height and moving with rapidity in the direction we had been travelling. W e were now go­ ing at nearly right-angles to our previ­ ous course. The driver, whom we had finally engaged in conversation, know­ ing our interest, said laconically, "Dust clouds.” “ Can we avoid them," we asked? "These w e can, we will drive around them, but it will put us about ten miles out of our w a y ,” he replied. Here, then, was an advantage in not being obliged to travel a road or definite course. W e could cruise at will, in any direction, without thought of roadw ay or embankment. "W hen we are caught in these storms, w e are sometimes forced to w ait for a relief caravan to aid us. The dust, despite our precautions, chokes our motor,” the driver further volunteered. For the first time, the thought of food entered our minds. I glanced at my watch, and it was nearly noon. W e w ere not due in Baghdad, if on sched­ ule, until tomorrow morning. C ertainly food must be provided some w ay. How foolish not to have thought of it before. Suppose, I thought, we had been ex­ pected to bring our own. M entally, I w as reproaching myself when the bus came to a stop. The relief driver stretch­ ed. and then, standing in a stooped posi­ tion facing us, said, “W e w ill eat here.” Frater Brower and I looked at each other, and in unison looked out of the windows at the glaring desert, white with the noon-day sun, the heat radia­ tions visibly rising, no habitation, no sign of life, no shelter, no water. W h ere w ere w e going to eat? W h y stop here? W e w ere soon to learn. Lifting a trap in the door of the driver's compartment, the assistant removed a number of card­ board containers, like the commercial

size workman's lunch boxes. In fact, they w ere specially packed, individual lunches. This, and exceedingly cold w ater from a refrigerator tank, consti­ tuted our noon repast. W h en the car was not in motion, the heat became in­ tense, as v ery little air entered through the louvers. W e stepped out, but the sun’s direct rays made the comparative cool of the car’s shade welcome. W e were about to climb aboard again when we heard the distant sound o f a motor. Coming from the North, still several miles distant, w as a dark spot. A few moments later an open, specially built automobile came to a stop a few feet from us. It was evidently very high powered, and was armored with light steel plates. In w hat would be the tonneau o f the car, was mounted a light cannon for firing one pound shells. A t­ tached to a steel plate on the back of the driver’s seat, w as a heavy-calibre machine gun. Solemnly the three occupants got out and approached the bus Through the white dust that covered them, w e recog­ nized that they wore the French regula­ tion arm y uniform. T hey also w ore the French Legion cap which has a heavy cloth fastened to it that drapes down over the nape o f the neck and sides o f the face. Removing their goggles which made them appear grotesque—■ for the area around their eyes was the only portion o f their faces which ap ­ peared w hite—they looked at each of us, then peered into the bus windows and under the coach. W ith o u t a word or further ceremony they climbed a­ board their car and roared aw ay toward the South in a cloud of dust. T bey were certainly symbols of the silence of the desert. Our driver explained that they w ere members of the French Desert Patrol. Seeing our bus stopped, and be­ lieving that it might be attacked, or in some trouble, they came to investigate. Seeing no difficulty, they did not find it necessary to converse. This desert patrol is to a great extent ineffectual, because there are an insufficient number of these armored cars to patrol the vast area, and travellers can be attacked, robbed and murdered, and hours, even days, pass before their remains are located.

W e had been riding for hours, pass­ ing only an occasional camel caravan. A s it grew dusk, w e saw lights far ahead. "A town,” I said to Frater Brower. "Can't be," he said. His clip­ ped sentence reminded me of the dis­ inclination of anyone aboard the bus to converse freely. "Nothing between here and Baghdad,” he continued. It was not really a town we came to, but a great desert fortress, a frontier post manned by French officers and Singha­ lese ixoops. This mud-brick, one-story building, with high w alls and corner w atch-towers surrounding it, was known as R utba-W ells. Here in this sea of sand, was the only well of drinking w ater for miles around. The w ater had produced no natural oasis, but the white man had created one. To make the w ater available to caravans and the no­ mads of the desert, and to prevent marauders from seizing or despoiling it, the French had built this fortress. It w as really a garrison in the middle of the desert. The w ater made it possible for French troops—before the advent of the motor car or plane, which could now bring military relief quickly — to hold out against a siege for many days. Completely surrounding the fortress, whose white walls glistened in the sun, were barbed w ire entanglements, the only entrance through them being a narrow path to the heavily barricaded gates. Sentries peered down at us from the corner towers in which w e could also see menacing rapid-firing guns. Behind the parapet o f the w alls within the gates was a cat-walk, on which troops could stand and fire through apertures if the fortress w ere attacked. In the center of the enclosure w as a radio short-w ave antenna mast, the only means of dependable communication with the outside world. Outside of the barbed w ire w ere sprinkled the black­ skinned, crude tents of the desert wanderers. T hey were allowed to stay as long as they desired, but w ere per­ mitted to enter the enclosure only to fill their earthen vessels from the single well. A n armed sentry alw ays accom­ panied them, and waited while they pumped the w ater into jug or vase. W e were besieged by the vain sentries

when they saw our photography equip­ ment. W e were about to photograph one, when the corporal of the guard came forw ard and abruptly shoved aw ay our subject and posed himself. It w as his photograph which we finally took. W ith in the cool w alls of the o f­ ficers' dining quarters we enjoved a meal which would have done credit to prominent American hostelries. The prices were exorbitant, but, considering the circumstances, we offered no complaint. Nowhere do stillness and quiet en­ chant, as in a desert night under a full moon. The car swept along with a steady drone of which we finally be­ came no longer conscious. The floor of the desert was bathed in moonlight which looked surprisingly like a blanket of snow. The stars were so bright that many had auras which enveloped each other to cause the sky to shine with ir­ regular, luminous patches. W e had left R utba-W ells several hours ago and would in a short while reach the Eu­ phrates, one of the great twin rivers. M ore than alluvian soil had been swept along the Euphrates and its sister river, the Tigris. Barques of many nations had sailed down these rivers. Races had died by their sides: civilizations had lifted their proud heads from the black mud that was regurgitated on the sur­ rounding plain. Like two great arms these rivers had entwined and held humanity in a protective embrace for centuries. Here, according to many archeologists and historians was the cradle of civilization, the site of the original Garden o f Eden. The plain be­ tween the T igris and Euphrates River, formed by the alluvian soil brought down from the North, forms the South end of a great fertile crescent, which fringes the deserts. The greatest dis­ tance between the two rivers hardly ex­ ceeds forty miles. It was not until about two thousand years B. C. that this plain received the name Babylonia. Before, it was known as the Plain of Shinar. In the dim past The no one knows just when, persons of the Rosicrucian great white race of the highlands, far to Digest the North,came Southw ard and followed M arch these rivers to their outlet at the mouth. 1938 Perhaps they were driven Southw ard

by the descending glaciers that swept all life before them. These peoples we call the Sumerians and they were not of the Semetic race. T hey w ere even thought by some to antedate the earliest Egyptians. G radually they crept north again, along the banks of these twin rivers, building thriving towns and de­ veloping the land in between into a great and thriving agricultural center. W e had now crossed the Euphrates. It was dawn, and we were encouraged that we were ahead o f our schedule, for we had encountered no severe dust storms. The distance between here and Baghdad was but twenty-five miles. The Tigris and E u p h r a te s veered sharply toward each other from this point Southward. The desert was now intermittently broken by spots of green, where irrigation canals brought the lifegiving w ater to the parched soil. Soon we began to bounce through ruts which followed the contour o f a road, and to see straggling riders on burros and camels. Baghdad was now a matter of minutes aw ay. It is the foremost city of Mesopotamia, which name means, it is said, oil. The present population is in excess of 250,000. The city is also now the capitol of Iraq which is said to be the old name of this land, and which was restored to it after the recent world w ar. The ruts now gave w ay to a fairly well graded, but unpaved road. W e came to a stop at a one-story, white stucco building around which stood a number of persons dressed in W estern attire. This was the end of our present desert journey. "Baghdad?”. I inquired of the driver. “N o,” he replied, “the military air­ port and customs.” W e cleared the customs remarkably soon. O ur unusual amount of camera equipment aroused considerable curiosity, but no official protest. Negotiating the rental of a small, private car of American make, we proceeded wih a native driver to Bagh­ dad, a quarter o f a mile distant. Sud­ denly, we came upon the wide expanse of the historical T igris River. M urky brown and fast-moving, it was a w el­ come sight after the long hours of the desert, especially since its shores were fringed with brilliant, refreshing green vegetation, a relief to our eyes. (T o be continued)
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T h e "C ath ed ral of the S o u l" Is a Cosmic meeting place for all minds of the most advan ced and h ig h ly developed spiritual members and w orkers of the R osicrucian F ratern ity. It is a focal point of Cosm ic rad iatio n s and thought w av es from w hich rad iate vibrations of health, peace, happiness, and inner aw aken in g. V ario u s periods of the d a y are set aside w hen m an y thousands of minds are attuned w ith the C ath edral of the Soul, and others attuning w ith the C ath edral a t this time w ill receive the benefit of the vibrations. T h o se w ho are not members of the o rganization m ay share in the unusual benefits as w ell as those w ho are members. T h e book called “L ib er 777” describes the periods for vario us contacts w ith the C ath ed ral. C opies w ill be sent to persons w ho are not members if th ey address their requests for this book to F ria r S. P. C ., care of A M O R C Tem ple, S a n Jose, C alifo rn ia, enclosing three cents In postage stam ps. (P le a se sta te w h e t h e r m e m b e r o r n o t—this is im portan t.)

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H Y do so m a n y millions of human beings throughout the c o u n tr ie s of th e e a r t h go to churches, c a th e ­ drals, tabernacles, Synagogues, tem­ p le s , sanctuaries and shrines on va­ rious days of the week and various hours of each day to w o r s h ip their God and to attune themselves with the spiritual world? The ancient mystics and the early religious fathers of civilization properly evaluated the process of “taking one’s self apart from the things of the w orld ” and going into the silence or into a place of holiness for prayer and medi­ tation. A careful study and analysis of the earliest forms and places of religious worship present us with a picture that is far different from the magnificence we find revealed in the designs and forms of modern structures set apart for re­ ligious worship. The desire for religious worship or divine worship arose within the con­ sciousness of man as a natural emotion and a natural desire, and was fostered by his analytical thinking and his desire to know more about himself and about the unquestionable, although unfathom­ able and unknown, superior intellect and power that directed and controlled the universe. For that reason any place which was isolated or separated from the turmoil and noise of everyday ac­

tivities, and which afforded relaxation and quietness and an opportunity for deeper thinking and an uplift o f the consciousness, became to man a Holy ot Holies, the original church, the original temple the original cathedral, the orig­ inal sanctuary. A s man began to create out of the materials of the earth symbols to represent his conceptions of G od and the angels, and of the heavens, he adorned and decorated and beautified the place where he was wont to go to sit in silence and worship. But ever in his consciousness was the idea that each statue, each material symbol, each fea­ ture of the structure, or the decorations o f it, was to have a utilitarian value or usefulness. T hey w ere to help him di­ rect his thoughts and concentrate his thoughts upon something exterior to himself, greater than himself, and more omnipotent than anything on earth. But as time passed, the division of religious movements into various sects and the competition between them to build more stately and more impressive edifices, and to contend that these more magnificent structures represented a more powerful concept and a more effi­ cient degree of worship, led to the building of gigantic structures with the outlay of enormous sums, with very little consideration of the utility or the practicability of the parts and elements thus brought together. The time soon came when man found that the most elaborate, most decorative and impres­ sive of these structures afforded him less isolation, less separation from worldliness than he could find in his own home or in the privacy of some small room set apart for religious w o r­ ship. A nd with the passing of time man came to realize that he really could get closer to God and to God's unpainted and untainted and unrestricted and un­ modified consciousness and power and manifestations by going out on to a hill­ top or the mountainside under a blue sky and. close to nature in its purest form, attuning himself with God and the Spiritual Kingdom. Today, millions of individuals go to The Rosicrucian churches for that religious attunment and worship which they should be able Digest to find and to provide in the privacy of M arch a sanctum in their own homes or out in a beautiful valley. There is no more 1918

need for a human being to enter these elaborate temples, cathedrals, churches and synagogues for such spiritual attunement and worship, than there is for the average human being to lock him­ self in an underground tomb in order to think. But there are good reasons for the existence of sacred edifices and places o f public assembly in connection with religious activities. There are religious w elfare, religious instruction, religious guidance and religious cooperation which can be carried on more efficiently and conducted more systematically through congregations under the proper leadership, and through assemblies in an appropriate place, than otherwise. T herefore, for the sake of cooperation, unity of purpose, good work and re­ ligious instruction, every individual should be a member of and attend faith­ fully the services of some church. A nd at these assemblies there should be the proper admiration paid to God, a few moments spent in prayer and ritualistic dramatization of the emotional idealisms of man in conjunction -with the many minutes of religious instruction and guidance. But when it comes to pure and un­ restricted attunement with G od and G od’s Consciousness, and truly sacred and divine communion with God, a f­ fording every opportunity for God to speak to man through the divine inner self, there is no place better, no environ­ ment more appropriate, and no condi­ tion more contributory to the proper realizations than the silence of one’s own sanctuary and the complete separa­ tion from others and from w orldly limi­ tations. This personal, private sanctuary may be a corner o f one’s home, a part o f one’s own room, or the side of a hill out under the blue sky. Periods of at­ tunement and communion with God in such private sanctuaries should be an incident of each day’s procedure and not limited to one day of the week as are the periods for congregational w or­ ship and study of spiritual values. A nd there is no more appropriate and soul-satisfying place than the Cathedral of the Soul for such silent and private communion as the lifting of one’s con­ sciousness upward to the heavens above. This process of attuning with the

Cathedral of the Soul and there finding God and G od ’s Consciousness, finding silence and inspiration and spiritual music that only the soul can hear, and material separation from all w orldly things, can be enjoyed by every in­ dividual, and the whole procedure is READ THE

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M ind and Medicine
(T h e author is a p racticin g M . D.- -E dito r.)

T IS a g e n e r a lly admitted fact that all science rests on in d e f in a b le ultim a te s w h ic h in the last a n a ly s is elude all our most careful and subtle scrutiny. Science depends as much on assumptions as does religion. This is not to say that the basis of sci­ ence and religion is unsound, but it is merely a recognition that all ultimate truth is elusive when subjected to care­ ful scientific examination. W e must ad­ mit at the same time, however, that these intangible verities are the most eternally established and most solidly verifiable truths for those who have de­ veloped the higher intuitive faculties which all constructive mysticism devel­ ops in its students and devotees. This general statement naturally ap­ plies also to medicine. Let us see w hat the truly synthetic view of the mystic discloses to us in regard to the true physician of today and tomorrow. If the above concept is valid the truly far­ sighted physician of the present and The Rosicrucian future must realize the importance of going beyond mere medicine and of Digest delving scientifically, which only means M arch investigating systematically, the pheno­ mena of the ultra-physical worlds, and 1938

of utilizing this knowledge to the infinite value of all sufferers of disease. W h a t w e need in medicine as well as in all other fields o f human endeavor is a truly universal synthesis of all our vari­ ous points o f view founded on one cen­ tral concept— that of the Infinite, that of the M ystic. W h a t are life, matter, force, mind, consciousness, energy, electricity, love, instinct? Science does not know the ulti­ mate answer to these great problems. W h a t are sensation, emotion, biological organization, growth, etc? A ll these fundamental concepts are indefinable in the last analysis. Medical science like all science today is preponderantly ma­ terialistic in its tendencies and hence does not deal with these questions. Medical science, however, is just begin­ ning to recognize the existence and vital importance of ultra-physical pheno­ mena. It is remarkable indeed to ob­ serve how thousands of years ago the ancient occultists and mystics knew these principles which physicians are today merely beginning to suspect and rediscover. Thus we find Moses, Solo­ mon, Christ, Apollonius of Tyana, Krishna, Buddha, St. Francis. Para­ celsus, Agrippa and many other great mystics using this ultra-physical knowl­ edge which to us today seems mirac­ ulous. It has been my conviction for many years that medicine should join hands with the occult sciences, with psychol-

ogy, with religion, philosophy, sociology and reform, and that out of this joint ef­ fort a great new medicine would be born, closer in spirit and application to the true medicine as practiced by Christ and other great physicians. I shall briefly elaborate this fundamental idea in what follows. It is important by w ay of introduction to note that the true Rosicrucian be­ lieves in medical science and its scienti­ fic and physical aspects as practiced by physicians today — but he goes much deeper and realizes that the field of medicine is extended infinitely far be­ yond its purely material aspects. Let us consider a few of the ultra­ physical phenomena on which medicine depends. In psychology w e have recently dis­ covered the existence of the uncon­ scious, the subconscious, the subliminal and other subjective elements. The mechanism and physiology of these new phenomena are not understood. Numberless activities go on in our minds and bodies of which our con­ sciousness is ignorant. Such occurrences as sleep, growth, respiration, the heart beat, digestion, metabolism, the protec­ tion against infection, immunity, here­ dity, embryology, acts of skill, habits, instincts, intuition, hypnotism, narcosis, and many others are constantly taking place without our being aw are of them. There are protoplasmic currents within the cells of the body; there are occur­ rences within the atoms o f the body cells to which we are totally insensible. The human body, as mystics maintain, is truly a microcosmos and to under­ stand any o f its parts in detail would take eternities. In the middle ages the great healing powers of the human body were recog­ nized by physicians under the term "vis medicatrix naturae” meaning the heal­ ing powers of nature. The true physi­ cian recognized even at that time that he merely aids nature. T he famous sur­ geon Ambroise Pare had the following words written in large characters on the w all of his hospital: "I dressed the wound; God healed it.” It is an undoubted fact that in our subconscious memory all our past is recorded in all its infinite complexity. Past trivial impressions and sensations

are stored in the mind’s camera with uncanny accuracy. Dying persons who are later revived relate that instances of their past life w ere revived in their con­ sciousness with mathematical accuracy in minute detail. Continuing our consideration of ultra­ physical phenomena, Schopenhauer's opinion on love is of interest. The great philosopher believed that all true love depends on an intuitive subconscious element. This is the divine nature of love since it makes its possessor blind to all rational considerations. W h en we try to recall a forgotten word and cannot, if w e turn our atten­ tion to something else w e find presently that the name suddenly comes to our lips. The subconscious mind did its work accurately. Again, persons who do creative w ork find they have periods of great productivity, and lulls in their power which are beyond their conscious control. Persons in the hypnotic state can recall in detail instances of previous hypnotic states but when they are con­ scious forget everything which took place during their unconsciousness. It is a well-known fact of experience that almost all persons can wake up at a cer­ tain definite hour at night if necessary with a little practice. It is also a com­ mon saying that "sleep brings wisdom" and there are numberless other cases which can be cited to show the influence of the ultra-physical in human life. W e need only consider the miracles of instinct as shown in all life to realize that there are numberless vitally im­ portant phenomena beyond the purely physical which w e could list ad infini­ tum. Those already cited suffice to il­ lustrate our point. One of the early impressions of my experience as a medical student was the feeling of futility which possessed me every time I walked through the long halls and corridors of medical libraries both in universities and medical aca­ demies. Here I would see long and high w alls lined with countless thousands of volumes containing our knowledge of medicine up to the present time. It seemed to me that if at present w e know so little about the human body and its diseases and this little is so vast that it would take one man a lifetime to master one small branch of the medical knowl­

edge we already possess — how could we possibly ever expect to cope with the problem of disease when our science shall have advanced a great deal more? T hen I realized that the analytical ob­ jective method which science uses is of value only up to a certain point, but that we must go beyond it and use the synthetic subjective method as all great spiritual healers have used in the past. W h e n we consider the healing wonders which Christ performed we realize that He used this synthetic subjective meth­ od. He did not stop to consider the de­ tails of physiology or o f microscopic anatomy nor did He consider the psy­ chic causes of disease; He went on di­ rectly to treat them with His personality by means of His secret method which consisted of His firm faith in the infinite powers of life and in the goodness and m ystery of God. in His purity of life and in His practice of prayer. There are many cases which can be cited which attest the efficacy o f ultra­ physical therapeutic methods. I knew a man whom I personally treated for many years for a serious chronic ailment who had absolute faith in me. I am convinced that on many oc­ casions, when his very existence hung in the balance, he prolonged his life for an unbelievably long period b y his very strong belief in me, though I could do little medically to help him. A certain patient once told me that she had been to many physicians for a stomach ailment which no one seemed to be able to treat. She finally heard that a physician of great reputation was coming to her town. Before she w ent to him she was trembling with excitement and expectancy, and when she finally saw him he ordered a simple poultice application. He cured her in two days without using any medicines whereas the other physicians had prescribed numerous drugs for her over a period of many years without results. A woman who had been operated on as an exhibition case at a surgical con­ gress where the best methods of asepsis were used almost died from a subse­ The Rosicrucian quent infection. A t a crucial moment when hope was almost abandoned for Digest her recovery she asked for a private M arch interview with her physician. Since she had great faith in him she unburdened 1938

her soul of a certain guilty feeling which was oppressing her. She recovered in a few days. The great expectation of a cure, I be­ lieve, explains the healing of many in­ curable cases at shrines. There are cases related by great clinicians which are of this nature and are dismissed as simple types of hysteria cured by psy­ chotherapeutic methods. There is no doubt that incentive, hope, love, enthusiasm, love o f work, keen anticipation and kindred feelings are all vitally important in their physical effects on the body both in the normal state and in disease. Disease affects most frequently those who lack religion, hope, love, incentive. Those who have nothing to look forward to and have lost all hope are especially afflicted physically and mentally. It is a wellknown fact that the largest percentage of all disease is mental, thus showing the tremendous influence o f the mind on the body. The moral causes o f disease, the relation of sin to disease are all facts already recognized by profound students of this subject. Let us now consider a fundamental principle. E very atom, every cell, every crystal, every particle of matter and every point in the universe is different from every other one and so the physi­ cian finds that no two cases are identi­ cal. In this w ay arises the art or prac­ tice of medicine as distinguished from its science or theory. The true physi­ cian has an intuitive sense of these in­ dividual differences both in each case and in each case he has to treat. T o cope with this infinite problem it truly takes intuition and art and this is one of the great questions which the medi­ cine of the future must face more sys­ tematically than it has hitherto done in the past. If every particle o f matter in the universe is different each second, the problem of all science becomes in­ finitely complicated and the synthetical ultra-physical intuitive method is in­ stantly seen to be a much more efficient and practical instrument in dealing with immediate cases. The consideration of the effect of en­ vironment is also vital to the scientific study and treatment of disease. There are two types of environment: the in­ ternal or microscopic and the external

or macroscopic. The internal environ­ ment is that which concerns the relation of cells to each other and of organs to each other, or in other words it is the physiological environment within the body. The external environment, on the other hand, is infinite in extent and con­ cerns the relations of the organism to the rest of the universe. The true mys­ tic knows that all things are infinitely inter-related to each other so that logi­ cally to comprehend the actions o f the human body in health and disease in­ volves the true comprehension of the entire universe in all its infinite com­ plexity. This truly shows us a pano­ ramic view beyond medicine and it dem­ onstrates that the ancient thinkers were not wrong in believing that the stars affect human destiny and the human body in health and disease. Medical science would do well to investigate systematically the effects of the infinite external environment on the human bodv. In the field of the more immedi­ ate human environment psychiatry has discovered the tremendous effect of social conditions on the human mind. Insanity is in most cases a lack of equilibrating one’s self with the other human beings in our social environment. There is still another very important aspect in which the ultra-physical a f­ fects the human body in health and in disease. In recent years a great deal of work has been done in such fields as radio-activity, atomic physics, cosmic rays, X -ra ys and kindred fields. Some of my readers may not be ready to call these phenomena ultra-physical — no matter. T hey are nonetheless pheno­ mena little understood and beyond the ken of our physical senses, and as such are beyond the complete grasp of our present physical science. The scientist has at last rediscovered a law known to the ancient mystics. This is the uni­

versal principle of vibration. E very point in the universe emanates energy, sends out w aves and vibrates. This law has just begun to be applied to the medical field and it is safe to say that its application in the future will yield rich treasures to the physician. Finally we cannot overlook in this brief survey the fundamental concept that disease is a lack of harmony be­ tween the parts of the body. A ll evil, all suffering, whether physical or men­ tal, is caused by disorder in contrast to harmony of the constituent parts of a system. W h en the parts of the human body function in good order and in true harmony with each other the individual experiences a feeling of well-being, but when anarchy rules, as in the case of cancer, when each cell assumes an in­ dividual chaotic initiative and is an en­ tity unto itself forgetting altruism and thinking only of itself, we have suffer­ ing and disease. Thus disease is found to be grounded in egoism, chaotic ruth­ lessness and individualism of the cells. There is the greatest moral lesson for us in this particular thought. W e realize the sound scientific basis of C hrist’s philosophy of love, order, altru­ ism (the sacrifice of the self for the in­ finite w hole), and the fact that the whole is as vital as the part and the part as vital as the whole. W e look forward, therefore, with great ioy and anticipation to the day when the teach­ ings of Christ, Apollonius of T yana, Gautama Buddha, Paracelsus, Reuchlin, Swedenborg, Pasteur, Abrams, M ary Baker Eddy, Blavatsky, Lister. Koch and V irchow will be harmonized into a truly superb synthesis giving mankind the greatest hope for longevity and vi­ brant health. This I believe is the Rosi­ crucian view of medicine and it is the appreciation of the Infinite beyond all science.

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Each m onth we w ill p resen t ex cerp ts from th e w ritin g s of fam ous th in k e rs and teach ers of the p ast. T h ese w ill g iv e our re a d e rs an o p p o rtu n ity of kn o w in g th e ir liv es th ro u gh th e p resen tatio n of those w r itin g s w hich ty p if y th e ir th o ugh ts. O ccasio n ally such w ritin g s w ill be p resen ted th ro ugh the tra n slatio n or in terp retatio n of o th er em in en t auth o rs of the p ast. T h is m onth w e p resen t e x c erp ts from the w o rk of K u n g-fu -tze (K ung, th e M aster T each er) w hose nam e and title w ere in terw o ven b y e a stern v isito rs in to th e nam e b y w h ich w e now know him . Confucius w as born in 551 B . C. At vario u s p erio ds in h is life he w a s activ e in service to the S ta te of L u —a t one tim e s e rv in g a s M in ister of Crim e—and a w ise counselor to the ru le r. A gain , he trav eled w ith h is d iscip les, a t one tim e sp en d in g th irte en y e a rs in a f ru it­ le ss search for a ru le r who w as w o rth y to h ear h is in stru ctio n s and w ise enough to follow them . One m orning in the sp rin g of 478 he told h is d iscip le T sze-k u n g of a dream w hich p resaged h is death, ad d in g . “ No in te llig e n t m onarch a r is e s ; th e re is no ru le r in th e k in g ­ dom who w ill m ake me h is m a s te r; m y tim e h as come to d ie ." W ith in a w eek he had m ade h is tran sitio n . A lthough C onfucianism h as been the S ta te relig io n of C hina for two thousand y e a rs , it has n ever in terfered w ith the gro w th o f o th er re lig io n s, p o ssib ly b ecau se it d eals m ore w ith M an’s s tru g g le a g a in s t h is own fo lly and w eak n e ss than w ith h is re latio n to God and an a fte r-life . The teach in gs of Confucius w ere n eith er new nor o rig in a l, and he describ ed h im ­ se lf as “a tran sm itto r, not a c r e a to r; one who believed in the wisdom of the an cien ts and loved th em ." T h us, h is g re a te s t co n trib u tio n to p o s te rity w as th e p reserv atio n of the cla ssics w hich had not been e s p e c ia lly revered o r tre asu re d before h is tim e. H e collected the F ive K in g, or F iv e A ncient C lassics, w h ich in clude Books on: D ivinatio n o r M agic, H is­ to rical w ritin g s , an cien t p o etry, rite s an d cerem onies, and “S p rin g and A utum n" a h isto ry b y the M aster h im self. In ad d itio n to th ese are the four Book3 of th e P h ilo so p h ers w ritte n b y C onfucius and h is d iscip les and co n tain in g the do ctrin es and te a c h in g s of th e M aster. One of th e se is the C lassic of F ilia l P ie ty , and its doctrine of an cesto r w o rsh ip is b e tte r known to O ccidentals than a re the o th er asp ects of h is teach in gs. W e app en d q u o tatio n s from two of the o th er books in th is group. From the T a H slo we quote the su m m ary of id e as b y Confucius (the rem ain d er, and b u lk , co n sists of ex p lan atio n s b y a d isc ip le) and from the A n alects we quote s a y in g s of th e M aster.

H A T th e G r e a t Learning te a c h e s is— to illustrate il­ lustrious virtue; to renovate the peo­ ple; and to rest in the highest excel­ lence. 2. T h e p o i n t where to rest be­ ing known, the ob­ The ject of pursuit is Rosicrucian th e n determined; Digest and, that being de­ M arch termined, a calm unperturbedness may be attained. To that calmness there w ill 1938 succeed a tranquil repose. In that re­ pose there may be careful deliberation, and that deliberation will be followed by the attainment of the desired end. 3. Things have their roor and their completion. A ffairs have their end and their beginning. T o know what is first and what is last will lead near to what is taught in the G reat Learning. 4. The ancients who wished to illus­ trate illustrious virtue throughout the empire first ordered w ell their own States. W ishing to order well their States, they first regulated their families. W ishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. W ishing

to cultivate their persons, they first rec­ tified their hearts. W ishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sin­ cere in their thoughts. W ish ing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first ex­ tended to the utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things. 5. Things being investigated, knowl­ edge became complete. Their knowl­ edge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sin­ cere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their per­ sons were cultivated. T heir persons be­ ing cultivated, their families were regu­ lated. T heir families being regulated, their States were rightly governed. Their States Being rightly governed, the whole empire was made tranquil and happy. 6. From the emperor down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person, the root of every thing besides. 7. It can not be, when the root is neglected that what should spring from it will be well ordered. It never has been the case that w hat was of great importance has been slightly cared for, and, at the same time, that w hat w as of slight importance has been greatly cared for. Analects Tsze-kung once asked him whether there were any one w ord which might serve as a rule of practise for all one’s life. His reply was, "Is there not shu?" that is. “reciprocity" or "altruism”; and he added the explanation of it: “W h a t you do not w ant done to yourself, do not do to others.” "The scholar considers leal-heartedness and good faith to be his coat of mail and helmet, propriety and right­ eousness to be his shield and buckler; he walks along, bearing over his head benevolence; he dwells holding right­ eousness in his arms before him; the government may be violently oppres­ sive, but he does not change his course: such is the w ay in which he maintains himself." “Let young people show filial piety at home, respectfulness toward their eld­ ers when aw ay from home: let them be

circumspect, be truthful; their love go­ ing out freely toward all, cultivating good-will to men. A nd if, in such a walk, there be time or energy left for other things, let them employ it in the acquisition of literary or artistic ac­ complishments." W h ile Tsze-hwa, a disciple, was aw ay on a mission, the disciple Yen Yu, on behalf of his mother, applied for some grain. "Give her three pecks,” said the M aster. He applied for more. "Give her eight, then.” Yen gave her fifty times that amount. The M aster said. "W hen Tsze-hw a w ent on that journey to T s ’i. he had w ell-fed steeds yoked to his carriage, and was arrayed in light furs. I have learnt that the superior man' should help those whose needs are urgent, not help the rich to be more rich.” " W ith a meal of coarse rice,” said the M aster, "and with w ater to drink, and my bent arm for my pillow— even thus I can find happiness. Riches and honors without righteousness are to me as fleeting clouds.” On one occasion he exclaimed. "Heaven begat V irtu e in me; what can man do unto me?” "Although in letters.” he said, "I may have none to compare with me, yet in my personification of the ‘superior man’ I have not as yet been successful. ‘A Sage and a Philanthropist?' How should I have the ambition?” said he. "All that I can well be called is this— A n insatiable student, an unwearied teacher; this, and no more.” "I can not understand persons who are enthusiastic and yet not straight­ forward; nor those who are ignorant and yet not attentive; nor again those folks who are simple-minded and yet untrue.” "Some may study side by side, and yet be asunder when they come to the logic of things. Some may go on to­ gether in this latter course, but be wide apart in the standards they reach in it. Some, again, may together reach the

same standard, and yet be diverse in weight and character." Tsze-chang asked w hat sort of man might be termed "enlightened.” The M aster replied, "That man. with whom drenching slander and cutting calumny gain no currency, may well be called enlightened. A ye, he with whom such things make no w ay may well be called enlightened in the extreme." Ki K'ang, when consulting Confucius about the government, said, "Suppose I w ere to put to death the disorderly for the better encouragement of the orderly —w hat say you to that?" “S ir,” replied Confucius, "in the ad­ ministration of government w h y resort to capital punishment? Covet what is good, and the people will be good. The virtue of the noble-minded man is as the wind, and that of inferior men as grass; the grass must bend, when the wind blows upon it." W h en Tsze-hai became governor of Ku-fu, and consulted him about govern­ ment. he answered, "Do not wish for speedy results. Do not look at trivial advantages. If you wish for speedy re­ sults, they will not be far-reaching; and if you regard trivial advantages you will not successfully deal with important affairs." "Men o f virtue will needs be men o f words — w ill speak out — but men of words are not necessarily men of virtue. T hey who care for their fellow-men will needs be bold, but the bold may not necessarily be such as care for their fellow-men." "There are three attainments of the superior man which are beyond me— the being sympathetic without anxiety, wise without skepticism, brave without fear.” It was a remark of the M aster that while "by nature we approximate to­ w ard each other, by experience we go far asunder.”

comforts in it; who is active and earnest in his w ork and careful in his words: who makes toward men o f high prin­ ciple, and so maintains his own rectitude —that man may be styled a devoted student." "It does not greatly concern me that men do not know me; my great concern is, my not knowing them.” "Let a ruler base his government upon virtuous principles, and he will be like the pole-star, which remains stead­ fast in its place, while all the host of stars turn toward it. "To govern simply by statute, and to reduce all to order by means of pains and penalties, is to render the people evasive, and devoid of an y sense of shame. “T o govern upon principles of virtue, and to reduce them to order by the Rules of Propriety would not only create in them the sense of shame, but would moreover reach them in all their errors.” "If you observe w hat things people usually take in hand, watch their mo­ tives, and note particularly what it is that gives them satisfaction, shall they be able to conceal from you w hat they are? Conceal themselves, indeed!” “Be versed in ancient lore, and fami­ liarize yourself with the modern: then may you become teachers.” "Shall I give you a lesson about knowledge? W h en you know a thing, maintain that you know it; and when you do not, acknowledge your ignor­ ance. This is characteristic of knowl­ edge." “It is social good feeling that gives charm to a neighborhood. A nd where is the wisdom of those who choose an abode w here it does not abide? "Those who are without it can not abide long, either in straitened or in happy circumstances. Those who pos­ sess it find contentment in it. Those who are wise go after it as men go after gain. "Only they in whom it exists can have right likings and dislikings for (Concluded on Page 67)

The Rosicrucian Digest "The man of greater mind who, when M arch he is eating, craves not to eat to the

full; who has a home, but craves not for

Is Peace Possible?
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Sovereign G rand M aster
sidered the high water-m ark of inter­ national relationships, has become a dead letter. W ill a treaty hereafter be more than a scrap of paper? W ill w ars exist without being declared? The Jews of Poland and Germany are being mercilessly exterminated. There is no one to utter a protesting word or raise a helping hand. Despite the spread of education, despite newspapers, the radio, and the screen, the masses of the people throughout the world are the victims of malicious propaganda. The serpent of power and wealth openly re­ veals its fangs. Nations are strangled in its torturous coils. A lone voice here and there has been lifted in the cause of peace. The prophets of Israel envisioned the time when men shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks. Christianity taught "Blessed be the peacemakers"; also "He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword." The effect upon professing Christian nations has been slight indeed. Buddhism preached non-resistance, but this lofty religion soon became corrupted, and the fantastic superstitions of the people bear little resemblance to the grandeur of the original doctrines. A religion to which mere lip-service is rendered, a code of ethics imposed from above, a glowing speaker hypnotizing the multi­ tudes for the moment, have no lasting effect. W ith hearts unregenerate the most beautiful ideals remain mere

VERYW H ERE you go you hear th e question, "Is P e a c e Possible?” W e w a n t to be­ lieve that it is pos­ sible even against our b e tt e r judg­ ment. A s far back as h is t o r y takes u s, m en h a v e fo u g h t w a rs o f a g g r e s s io n with w e a p o n s of in­ creasing deadliness. N ever has there been a period free from strife and bloodshed. The corridors of time re­ sound with the tramp of armies, the cries of the wounded and dying, the lament of the widow and the wail of the orphan bereft by w ar. The mailed fist has dominated history. A statistician has pointed out that since the League of Nations was formed at the conclusion of the W o rld W a r, tw enty-four w ars, both declared and undeclared, have been waged. The League has proved itself ineffectual. Italy’s w ar in Ethiopia w as one of un­ w arranted aggression. T he interference of Italy and Germ any in Spain's civil w ar is uncalled for. Japan’s inhuman w arfare in China is openly predatory and has earned her the contempt of all civilized nations. Russia, Germany, and Italy have become totalitarian states in which minority rights are ruthlessly suppressed. The clause on minority rights in the treaty of V ersailles, con­

w ords, the most meaningful ceremonies become empty ritual. O f what avail are the teachings of peace when the causes of w ar still exist? W h en men have little concern for the weak, the helpless, and the unfortunate in their midst, how can greater regard for the stranger be expected? W h en men exploit their fellow citizens, how will they deal justly with the citizens of another country? W h e n lynchings and hangings and e le c tr o c u t io n s draw crowds, how can a stop be put to the horrors of war? Can we expect the men that participate in the nameless horrors of a Brown House to love the usages of peace? Can we expect the men who enjoy a bloody bull fight to desire peace in earnest? Throughout the world those who have, brutally exploit those who have not, in the name of law and order. Is our own country showing a more altru­ istic spirit? Can we be proud of the con­ dition of the sharecroppers in the South? Can we boast of the treatment of the miners? The history of the labor movement in our country is one of un­ ceasing struggle and violence. The working man has had to fight every step of the w ay for even the slightest im­ provement in wages, hours, and decent working conditions. The law prevailing in the economic w orld seems to be, "Let everyone grab w hat he can, and hold as long as he can." The man of wealth seems to feel that he is the power, the glory, and the might. The most vicious element in the present day situation is the control that the man of power exer­ cises over the instruments of pow er— the press, the radio, the moving picture, the munition factories, the steel mills, and the oil wells. Even the school room is not uncontaminated, and the mouth of the church is muzzled. Everyone is in terror of losing his job. His needs keep him silent and subservient. How can the vicious circle be broken? W h o w ill put the fear of God into the hearts of the rulers of the world? W h o T he straighten the spines of our toiling R osicrucian mi^ions anc^ their hearts with the . spirit of courage, independence, and Digest self-respect? W h en David, the of M arch Israel sinned, Nathan, the prophet, 1938 stood before him and pointed the finger

at him, crying, "Thou art the man!" W h o w ill point the finger at the men who dare to summon state troopers to fire at striking miners, the men who shamelessly subject the share-croppers to virtual peonage, the politicians who support gangsters and racketeers, the industrialists who engage in large-scale plunder? The indifference of the man in the street is disheartening. The spiritual lethargy of the middle class is a danger­ ous symptom. Each one seems to be in­ terested only in his own personal w el­ fare and in his own bread and butter. The callousness of the upper classes is heartbreaking. The populations of the w orld let themselves be driven like sheep. T h ey do not know the exact issue at stake. T he men of power seem imbued with the spirit of devouring wolves. T he mailed fist of fascism has already struck Brazil. W h e re w ill the lightning strike next? Is w ar inevitable? O sorrow ful aftermath of a w ar waged to set the w orld free for democracy! The hoofs of the galloping steeds of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse can still be heard. Is peace possible? How can we cry halt to our w ar lords? Can we keep free from foreign entangle­ ments? Is it possible for us to lead the w ay? Can w e not create a haven of peace and a refuge for the w eary and the oppressed of the world? Can we not remain loyal to the ideals of our founding fathers? W e can if we exert our will. Let peace be the heartfelt desire of all our countrymen and it will be ours. The desire for peace must be strength­ ened by knowledge of the issues in­ volved. Ignorance will make us the dupes of the unprincipled propagan­ da of selfish groups and forces that shrew dly cloak their foreign invest­ ments and possessions in patriotic verbi­ age. In order to be correctly informed, freedom of speech and the press is im­ perative. Linder no circumstances must we permit the rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution to be abrogated. W e must absolutely refuse to counten­ ance even the suggestion of intolerance. W e must deliberately create a peace psychology. W"e must use every chan­ nel available. W e must assist every movement that is militant for peace. W e

must learn to look at every problem from the viewpoint of the w elfare of the world and not merely from the view ­ point of our national interests or capi­ talistic aspirations. W e must remember that all nations are made up of human beings. W e must remember that every human being, no matter what his race or color is a child of God. No human being can be injured with impunity. Everyone is protected b y Karmic law and reactions. Nations must cultivate the philanthropic spirit toward one an­ other. A generous person shares w hat­ ever he has with one less fortunate than himself. A generous nation should learn to do likewise. If Brazil has a surplus crop of cofFee, if the South has more cotton than she can sell, let them hand the surplus product over to the needy populations of other countries. W h e a t fields need not be plowed under, coffee need not be thrown into the sea. The needy nations can give in exchange what they have to spare. W e must be willing to make in behalf of peace the sacrifices that we cheer­ fully made in time of w ar. W e had meatless days and wheatless days. W e did without white flour and white sugar. W e bought Liberty Bonds. The nation was united in support of the army. The aim was victory, and it was achieved. The same spirit must animate us to pre­ serve peace. W e must unite to make w ar impossible. Let us first clean our own house. Let us abolish poverty, un­ employment and slums. Let us find use­ ful w ork for our youth, and for every one willing to work. Do not say that the task is impossible. Do not say that the cost is prohibitive. W e had plenty of money to finance the w ar. O ur crime bill is fifteen million dollars a year. Let us show the nations of the w orld that we can maintain peace and create pros­ perity without fascism, dictatorship, or war. Abraham Lincoln said that a na­ tion could not be part slave and part free. Sim ilarly, the w orld cannot be part slave and part free. W a r in one major country precipitates w ar in other countries. A low standard of living in one country affects adversely a high Standard of living in another country. Disaster in one country is immediately felt in the next. It is for the interest of the w orld that each country be as hap­

py, as prosperous, as contented as pos­ sible. W e need more than a united na­ tions of the world, we need w orld unity through realization of brotherhood. W h a t are the causes of wars? There is but one— GREED . Greed, with its ramifications of profit, trade, expansion, etc. The greed, the arrogance, and the brutality in the soul of man that blind him to the inhumanity of prejudice, ex­ ploitation, and the vilest cruelty, pre­ cipitate wars, w ars that have destroyed civilizations, devastated the w orld and wiped out populations. The atrocities that w arring nations have inflicted on one another have been no more terrible than those they have inflicted upon their own members. The story of Cain is symbolic of all mankind, "W h ere is Abel, T h y broth­ er?" "I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?” W e re the Greeks who merci­ lessly trod upon the helots their broth­ ers’ keepers? W e re the Romans who bullied and plundered the provinces that enriched them their brothers' keep­ ers? W e re the aristrocratic Brahmans that tolerated a pariah class their brothers’ keepers? W e re the medieval lords and barons who took from the serfs all but the little needed to keep body and soul together their brothers' keepers? A t the beginning of the in­ dustrial revolution w ere the men who tied children six years old to the loom their brothers’ keepers? Think of the revolting punishments that were legal among the people of all ages. Think of the Spanish Inquisition! W e need not marvel then at the avarice and cruelty displayed by Spain among the Aztecs of Mexico and the Incas of Peru, by England in India, and b y Belgium in the Congo. W e need not be surprised that the followers of the Prince of Peace sought to spread the Gospel with the weapons of w ar and the battle-cry of Islam “the Koran or the sword." Can munition manufacturers be un­ aw are of the destination of their prod­ uct? He who profits by w ar cannot think of the ultimate consequences of his acts. He cannot sincerely believe in the brotherhood of man. The exploiters of every clime and age and race know not the brotherhood of man. To repeat the stirring phrase of W illiam J. Bryan,

"man has been crucified on the cross of G old.” Our present legislation is inadequate. A n aggressive minority can seize the reins of power and nullify every liberal law. The Nazis have repudiated every noble tradition of pre-w ar Germany. T o rely on leaders, dictators, and men in high places is futile. Men are suscep­ tible to bribes and flattery and the lure of ambition. Peace movements alone cannot be the solution. Organizations are no better than the men who compose them. History has proved time and again that institutions and movements with the noblest aims and ideals have become corrupt or have petrified, and their latter end is far removed from the simple and altruistic beginning. T hey become rent with dissention. Schisms arise. T heir leaders disagree. Pride, vanity, and ambition take the place of service. Greed is ever present. Can we eliminate greed from the human heart? or rather the incentive and the necessity for greed? Yes, we can, through education and legislation. If congress would pass a one hundred per cent inheritance tax and an eighty per cent gift tax large fortunes could not remain long in individual hands. If we made the government the beneficiary of our accumulated wealth and effort, we would put every one on an equal footing. Make brotherhood more than a pretty phrase. Let it sink into the heart. W o u ld that God might open the eyes of our men of wealth and power! How long will the wealth be in your hands and in the hands of your family? How much peace of mind and spirit has the wealth brought you? W h a t sacrifices of principles and of conscience has it cost you? A re you sure that you will be able to stand before the bar of your soul with clean hands? How long is the space of one life? But a few brief years and the day comes when you must give account of the harm you are directly and indirectly responsible for. A re you sure that it w ill mean nothing to you that men have lost their lives in defense The of your mines or oil wells, your sugar Rosicrucian and tobacco plantations, and other Digest foreign concessions, that women have M arch become widows, that children have be­ 1938 come orphans, that workers have been

crippled for life? W ill your conscience be at ease at the thought of the bribes employed to influence legislation for the benefit of your profits? A re you sure you will be indifferent to the fact that your w ealth was made through the ex­ ploitation o f child labor and whole populations? The soul does not die. It is immortal. It possesses perfect memory. Freed from the body it sees with clearer eyes and from an impersonal viewpoint every heinous offense. Its selfishness is gone and it feels with keener pang every sigh, every cry of woe. It sees the bed o f thorns that it has with its own hands prepared. W ill the memory of a few fleeting years of wealth and power give you pleasure then? E very joy that was purchased with the tears o f others will turn into wormwood and rue. Every heartless laugh will become a cry of anguish. The earthly paradise will turn into a purgatory. The pleasures of the flesh will prove a delusion and a snare. God is not mocked. You may not be­ lieve in the soul but it exists neverthe­ less. The moral law may be imaginary in your opinion, but it is a fact all the same. You may think the grave con­ ceals all crimes and ends all life. You only deceive yourselves. You sow a wind and you will reap a whirlwind. The great truths of life are the spiritual truths. Those professing religious be­ liefs must take them seriously. T hey must become a law to live by and not mere utterances of words. M an must recognize the existence and the divinity of the soul and all life. He must realize the necessity of purifying his own mo­ tives. He must realize the supremacy of love. The law that must govern word and speech and deed. Take greed from the heart of men. Take profits out of business. Recognize the fatherhood of God and the brother­ hood of man. Accept the moral law that you are your brother’s keeper, and the day of w arfare is gone. The peace in each man’s heart w ill radiate to all the world. W h a te ve r makes for tolerance, w hatever w ill break down the barriers of race, creed, nationality, will make for peace. W h a te v e r makes for health and happiness, w hatever makes for self­ expression and self-fulfilment will make

for peace. Joy and peace go hand in hand. W e need a worldwide faith that will unite all mankind. W e need a united nations of the w orld that will treasure the gifts of the spirit that each V V

nation can offer — in music, art, litera­ ture, dancing, science and scholarship. W e need a w orld-wide philosophy that w ill recognize man’s spiritual origin and destination. V

PA G E S FRO M THE P A ST (Continued from Page 62) others. W h e re the will is set upon it, there will be no room for malpractices." "Riches and honor are w hat men de­ sire: but if they arrive at them by im­ proper w ays, they should not continue to hold them. Poverty and low estate are what men dislike: but if they arrive at such a condition by improper w ays, they should not refuse it.” "One may hear the right w ay in the morning, and at evening die." "The scholar who is intent upon learning che right w ay, and who is yet ashamed of poor attire and poor food, V V is not w orthy of being discoursed w ith.” Tsai Y u, a disciple, used to sleep in the daytime. Said the M aster, "One may hardly carve rotten wood, or use a trowel to the w all of a manure yard! In his case, w hat is the use of reprimand?" Tsze-lu then said. "I should like, sir, to hear what your heart is set upon.” The M aster replied, "It is this: in regard to old people, to give them quiet and comfort: in regard to friends and associates, to be faithful to them; in regard to the young, to treat them with fostering affection and kindness.” V

Is Genius Attainable ?
By F r a t e r H e r m a n M . S c h a t z m a n
ES, genius is attain­ able: but w e must be willing to pay th e p r ic e . A s s o m e o n e s a id , "Genius is ninety per cent perspira­ tion and ten per c e n t inspiration.” T h e perspiration part c o n s is ts of u s in g all of our time and e n e r g y for o u r c h o se n field. There are only tw enty-four hours in every day, whether you are a scientist, a philosopher, or a thoughtless laborer. The fruits of genius bloom only through concentration. This concentration must be immune to the temptations of luxury, and to the diversified pleasures of the material world, such as: clothes, food. money, riches, honor, fame, dignity, etc. Everything must be submerged in this omnipresent desire to know, to understand, and to portray in some form some of the infinite truth that you have torn from the confines of the universe. A s for the ten per cent inspiration, it is the rew ard of the ninety per cent perspiration! The fruit of our concen­ tration, with its training toward minute and critical discernment, makes us sensi­ tive to the quiet promptings of the inner man. This source of all knowledge be­ comes a ready assistant to our per­ sistent inquiries for more truth. This small voice speaks as "inspiration," the illusive quest o f the average man who has not the character and determination to make the small voice a constant friend. H appy is the man who can pay the price of genius, for w hat he loses in the finite, he gains a hundredfold in the infinite.

Finding the Centre
By H a z e l J. F o w l e r , F . R. C.
"Ignorance is the true original sin. M en are bankrupt morally because they do not know the gold that is in them.” —J. B rierley. T W A S the above v i t a l footnote in th e S e c r e t H eri­ tage that made me d e lv e in to th e mysticism of this v e r y understand­ a b le philosopher a n d s a g e . T h is s ta te m e n t which made me wonder if o th e r members o f ou r B ro th e r­ h o o d would n o t enjoy reading or re-reading Brierley. His lines are so applicable to today’s w orld, to today's people; his thought so progressive. Gold is a medium of exchange, and life for most people is an intense but empty search for the coin of purchase. W h ich points to the fact that what people most need is a new interpreta­ tion of the term gold. If some one asks what you mean by gold, you w ill an­ swer in one of two w ays, depending upon your degree of intellect. If you are a person of material mind you will think of gold in terms of quantity (coin); if you are a person of spiritual interpretations, you will think of gold T he Rosicrucian in terms o f quality (essence). W hich ever w ay you look at it, gold remains a Digest medium of exchange, only, in its latter M arch form, it is commandable in high attain­ 1938 ment by the refined nature. T rue, people are still in a compara­ tively early stage of development, both spiritual and intellectual. There are many different points o f perception in the present state of self-consciousness. But gold, the essence, as it is mined within the human soul, has been the quest o f the past and w ill remain the quest of the future until our progressed and expanded consciousness brings us into Illumination. Granting that the richest values of life are mined from the deeps, M an then, must ever search for the Centre of his Being, for here and only here, is the ultimate Quiet, the ulti­ mate Perfection, the ultimate Radiance. W ith in the Self lies the SE C R E T H E R IT A G E . The search for Divine Consciousness has been primal with sages and philoso­ phers down through the ages — this turning within, this heightening of the individual consciousness until it finally dissolves in the G reat Light. It is like­ wise the goal of many today who are seeking for peace and contentment. In the Hui Ming Ching we read: "If thou wouldst complete the diamond body without emanations, Diligently heat the roots of conscious­ ness and life. Kindle Light in the blessed country ever close at hand. A nd, there hidden, let thy true self eternally dwell.”
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Guatama, the Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tsu, the Christ — all who have sought the Divine Essence, have gone into the wilderness of the self—all have gone back to the Centre for gold. The method — ancient or modern — is via meditation and concentration, the above poem but an ancient expression from ancient literature. It is in the advanced grades that the Neophyte and Postulant reaches a great joy, for here he learns to attune himself with the Universal Self; here, he attains the knowledge of "heating the roots of consciousness." Here, the seeker on the Path becomes the alchemist, learning how the gross can be transformed and transmuted into gold. Here, he com­ mands the energies (“kindles the Light” ) and Time becomes Timeless ("and, there hidden, let thy true self eternally dwell"). W ith the coming of the winter months, many have turned again to more

profound study and deeper meditation. Renewal of friendships with the old masters and a comparison of their methods of attuning will help to liber­ ate and direct the soul into the attain­ ment of Intuition and Knowledge; into the highest estate of Peace Profound which lies at the Centre of Being. The closing lines of B rierley’s chapter on Time in his Secret of Living are wise directions for those who strive on the Path: "It is by dwelling in life's timeless element that we find our rest and refuge from the worries and vexations o f the world of affairs. F or we are here at the centre. Let the wheel revolve with all the enormous rush o f its circumference. A t this innermost point there is no rush. A t this centre we enter into the time­ less, into God. That is the secret of the ages; the secret of the larger life."

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“A GOOD GOD-CONCEPT” By R a b b i S. M . M a c h t e i
(T h is article is a digest of one of F rater M ach tei’s inspiring "R ad io S y n a g o g " broadcasts.— E ditor)

HEN w e are able to th r o w off the shackles of theo­ lo g ic a l im a g e ry which h a v e bur­ dened most religi­ ous systems with an anthropomor­ phic deity—a God who is a composite p ic tu re o f c o r ­ p o r e a l attributes and functions com­ m o n ly attributed to man-—ruling out w hat we may term "personality,” we are in agreement with t1- z third of Maimonides' "Thirteen Principles of Faith”: "I believe with a perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His name, is not a body, and that He is free from all the accidents o f matter, and that He has not any form whatso­ ever." Scriptural references to "God’s protecting wing,” His "mighty arm,” His "watchful eye,” a heavenly "throne," and an earthly "footstool,” thus become figures of speech, and are not to be taken literally. God, the A ll-G ood, is symbolic of the Cosmic Law, the Universal force, the T he C reative Power which is manifested in Rosicrucian all of Creation, on all planes, and D igest throughout all which we know as "life.” M arch and much more of which w e are yet in ignorance. Just as the voice of the 1938

singer is heard in various tones, run­ ning the entire scale of limited vibra­ tions, within the power of that partic­ ular vocal cord, so God is manifest to us, in different objects and forms, v a ry ­ ing from each other only in degree and in rate of vibration, — excepting that G od’s power of manifestation is un­ limited. God is manifest in many living forms and on many planes beyond the limited human powers and faculties to perceive and to conceive. The person who has reached the stage of mental and spiritual develop­ ment w here such a God-concept is ac­ ceptable has travelled far on the road of soul-development. Such an appreci­ ation of G od leaves no room for pre­ judice, for race and class hatred, for na­ tional chauvinism, and for religious per­ secution. Isaiah reported God as say­ ing, “O my people, they which lead, thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. . . He realized that hatreds are engendered by leaders and do not spring unimplanted in the breasts of men. Demagogues, anxious to gain control of the people, frighten them with an imaginary external enemy, to compel unification of the group, where no inherent common factor exists. To supply such a factor, these misleaders often resort to the vicious practice of impressing people with the idea that they and the members of their group

have not sprung from the clay common­ ly acknowledged as the source of all men. A multitude of God-concepts, and of gods, whose causes must be cham­ pioned, arise to break into fractions what is in fact a unit, — the Human Race, and all of Creation. A false God-concept is often very soothing. W h e n things "go w rong”— as we term it—it is comforting to one’s own vanity and integrity to say, “It’s the w ill of G od.” It is. but not as one seeks to convey it. God is symbolic of the Spiritual Law, and the prophet ad­ vises us, " Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: [or they shall eat the fruit of their doings. W oe unto the wicked! It shall be ill with him: for the rew ard o f his hands shall be given him." Briefly, you get out o f life what you put into it. But, you complain that the righteous suffer, and that the wicked often flourish and thrive. That is so, for a limited time only. The wicked succeed because the righteous are too cowardly to battle the forces o f evil. Passive criticism, or even side-line cheering, are ineffective. You must roll up your sleeves and pitch in to eradicate evil. A s long as evil conditions are condoned, as long as wickedness and corruption are tolerated because, through a wrong God-concept, they are assumed to be "part of God's scheme.” just so long will suffering and injustice prevail. Tuning in on "this great C reative Spiritual Intelligence” may be accom­ plished in simple fashion. Y ou can’t tune in on a radio unless you have one; you can't tune to a certain station unless you know where to find it on the dial. Sim ilarly, you must, first, have this God-concept, and, secondly, you must know what it is you w ant of God. A ttunement is then a simple matter. P rayer, properly understood, ■ — and not lip-worship—is your dial-knob. Faith is the ray or wave-length upon which your requests arrive in manifested form. Just as defective or inefficient tubes w ill dis­ tort your reception, so it is with impure motives and debased thoughts which are obstacles to "clear reception.” The question now arises,'—and some of you may have been lying in ambush for me— "If all of manifested Creation be the w ork of God, then evil, too, is of G od’s own making.” But, it is not.

Vice is merely virtue gone wrong. Evil is distorted good. Putrefaction results from good food becoming decayed. W h en w e neglect exercising proper precautions, good becomes evil. G od is A L L -G O O D . A t its source, every cre­ ated thing, every manifestation of God, is good. It may retain its status of good­ ness, or, under conditions favorable to decay, it may deteriorate. It is up to those who wish to live in the midst of good to surround themselves with good, and to maintain the conditions at a level which will preserve the status of good­ ness. In some things, an individual may act with sufficient power; in others, the cooperation of a number is needed. Thus society, in its organized divisions, acts in unison for the common good. To return to the example furnished by radio, some programs are of local origin and for local broadcasting; other programs are distributed over a chain of stations from one point; still other broadcasts are picked up from distant points and united into one program. In some things, you can draw on God as an individual; for others, you need the joint efforts of a group of persons united for a common cause; still other objec­ tives are accomplished through origin at one point and distribution through many. A p p ly these principles in your religious, your spiritual life, and you will know health and happiness as it had not been possible under any other God-concept. A n understanding of life, of God, and of M an will lighten your burdens and light your path. Do not fear re­ vising your God-concept if something that is offered helos you to know your­ self better and to hold on to life with a firmer grasp. Change is an important Law of Life. Nothing is stationary. R e­ ligions and God-concepts have changed in the past, and are still undergoing change. M an is changing. It must be so, because G od is in constant motion and change. I care not w hat you may have been taught, nor w hat translations and interpretations you may have heard. God is not the "I A M T H A T I A M ." For countless generations, for thousands of years, men have lived in error, have been taught an untruth, a Cosmic con­ tradiction, a violation of Divine Law. "I A M T H A T I A M ” expresses a

static condition. That is stagnation, not progress; death, not life. God revealed Himself to Moses, at the Burning Bush, as "EHEYEH A SH E R E H E YE H .” A sk any student of Hebrew grammar. Eheyeh is the F U T U R E tense of the verb “H ayo” "to be”; — first person singular, future tense. W h a t is the future tense, first person singular of the verb “to be”? 1 SH A L L BE. In other words, C od re­ vealed Himself as "1 SH A L L BE T H A T I SH A L L BE" ~ E H EYEH A S H E R EH EYEH . Not a fixed and unchanging condition, or state of Being.

but a continued motion, change, growth, development, progress. Not a dormant, inactive, latent, passive Force, but a Spiritual Intelligence^ A Creative D i­ vine P ow er—A Divine L aw —A Living, V ital. Potent, Dynamic Force. W e re it otherwise, the universe would long since have ceased to be. Think! Think fo r yourself! Follow the lead of those who lead arightI Be­ ware of those of whom it was said: "O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths."




All Began . . .

T O A ST IN G , or the abstinence from food, was originally enforced because ■ * - of scarcity. Such necessary fasting produced certain physical and mental experiences, which were long remembered. T yler, eminent psy­ chologist, states that the dreams caused by this state w ere finally w ilfully sought. Fasting as a means of inducing these dreams w as then practiced. Men and women would group themselves about vessels of savory food inhaling the odors, but refusing to eat, finally falling into a fitful dream state which they desired. Fasting as

The Rosicrucian Digest March

The Twentieth Century Crusade
B y C o lo m b e F l o r e n c e G u s t a w

Master of the Nicholas Roerich Chapter, Junior Order of Torchbearers, New York City.
H E R E are young folks in the ranks who will s t a y in the ranks. W h y ? I’ll t e ll y o u w hy —’b e c a u s e th e y haven't the ability to g e t t h i n g s d o n e . W h a t is w rong with mod­ ern y o u th ? Sup­ pose I quote the consensus of opin­ ion of a few well known w riters and educators. Youth is restless, adventurous, heroic—'they have to set the w orld on fire. Misguided, im­ patient youth has been the spear head for many strong arm movements. T hey rightly resent this situation which they have inherited and their inexperience is easily played upon by unscrupulous in­ dividuals. This is probably an under­ lying factor in the increase of juvenile crime and delinquency. Youth is seek­ ing a new world. T hey can no longer follow in the footsteps o f their fore­ bears. There are no new territories to explore or hostile races to subdue. The physical hardships and adventure of yesterday are preserved only on the tablets of fame. Unstable conditions are another vital factor. A large transient population, overcrowded living quarters, family dis­ sensions resulting in broken or unhappy homes, economic conditions necessita­ ting the employment of both parents— these do not provide a suitable environ­ ment conducive to the ideal develop­ ment of children. E arly training is so important but most sadly neglected. It is very true that precepts are useful, but practice and imitation go far beyond them; hence the importance of watching early habits, that they may be free from what is objectionable. M any parents are lax either because it suits their con­ venience or because they have the de­ luded notion that their child w ill love them more if they allow it to do as it pleases. From my observation, such parents are not respected by their chilren but their wishes regarded with shocking flippancy. M any parents leave it to the school to produce a normal, well disciplined adult. A father often inquires whether his boy understands Horace; if he can construe Homer, and w hat he knows of V irgil; but how seldom does he ask, examine, or think whether the boy can restrain his passions: whether he is grateful, generous, humane, compas­ sionate, just and benevolent. The school may try to accomplish the desired result but it has little chance when pitted against a poor environment. A fte r all, education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teach­ ing them to behave. It does not mean teaching youth the shape of letters and the tricks of numbers, and then leaving them to turn their arithmetic to roguery

and their literature to lust. It means, on the contrary, training them into the perfect exercise and kingly continence of their bodies and souls. It is a pain­ ful, continual and difficult w ork to be done by kindness, by watching, by warning, by precept, and by praise, but above a ll—by example. Even the public school system, wonderful as it is, has not been able to keep up with the rapid advance made in science. How can it show to these wide-eyed young people the new horizons before them? Human progress is from within out­ wards; the goal of yesterday will be the starting point of tomorrow. W e can have our new world if we have it in us and if we are willing to pay the price. This new world can not be found on maps. Some people call it a state of mind, but all that w e are is the result of w hat w e have thought. The new frontiersmen need not cross an ocean; nevertheless it requires an adventurous spirit, clean hearts and staying powers. It is seldom that we find out how great are our resources until we are thrown upon them. Human progress is dependent on in­ dividual character, and character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the w a y we spend our time. It is the product of daily, hourly actions. Parents frequently ask, " W h at can I do?” The answer is “T rain your child in the w ay you know you should have gone your­ self.” For instance: M other has become emancipated from the drudgery of the home. She has her relaxation in bridge clubs, P. T . A.'s, etcetera. Father has his lodge or fraternity meetings. The children are just as gregarious as their elders; few like to play alone—so often this instinct causes them to form into gangs. This produces a great deal of mischief unless properly directed. M ost juvenile delinquency is misdirected en­ ergy. A growing boy or girl needs com­ petition to keep interest from flagging, not the "dog eat dog” rowdyism of the streets but the wholesome, jolly rivalry o f a youth’s organization under the The guidance of an understanding sym­ Rosicrucian pathetic chaperon.

ment and its international membership is divided into three groups: The Kindlers, five years through nine; The Torch Bearers, ten years through fifteen; The Intermediate Group, sixteen to tw entyone. It is not a cure-all for the complex problems of modern youth, but it does help by providing suitable companion­ ship in constructive activity. E very human being is affected by the influence around him from the hour of birth to that of death; and when is this more important than in the early formative years? The torch symbolizes the knowledge handed down by great men and women of the past. These youthful Torch Bearers hold them as an ideal to emu­ late. and their goal is to carry this torch of wisdom and achievement into the future for the benefit o f generations to come. This may well be likened to a Twentieth C entury Crusade — only in­ stead of fighting for an empty tomb, they are seeking the living radiant spirit of goodness. Dandemus, Indian philoso­ pher of the third century B. C., said, "Rise early and exercise the mind with contemplation, the body with action; by doing so you will preserve the health of both.” This seems a good rule to fol­ low; so we have lectures each meeting in story form, which teach some im­ portant principle or law of nature. The accumulated wisdom of the w orld is thus presented in simplified form, and many new vistas are uncovered. Handi­ craft is a major attraction, secondary only to the lectures. This stimulates the creative and artistic ability that may be lying dormant in each child. W e have classical music, folk song and story. Junior members are encouraged to ex­ change ideas in all forms o f activity, and therefore express themselves in­ dividually or in groups. Last but not least are the amusing parties staged by the junior members. Don’t let any of the older generation say that “young­ sters” don’t know how to enjoy them­ selves as they did in their day. W e have had parties exactly as my M other described those of her d ay—the children w ere simply wild about them. T hey im­ mediately started to pump their elders for more details. (Concluded on Page 76)

Digest M arch

The Junior Order of Torch Bearers is such an organization for children of either sex. It is not a religious move­

A n Invitation to a Feast
B y T h e Im p e ra to r

A M happy to give my endorsement to the decision of the Board of Directors of A M O R C and to extend an invi­ tation to every one of our members— y o u n g an d o ld , and th o s e of the lowest degrees to the h ig h e s t de­ grees — to come and s h a re th e ir time and interests in the great feast of good things at our next annual Con­ vention which w ill be held at Rosicru­ cian Park in San Jose beginning with Sunday evening, July 10. and ending on Saturday evening, Ju ly 16. I w ant to stress again a point which seems to have been misunderstood by many of our newer members in recent years. This annual Convention is not limited to the members of the higher degrees. E very member who has joined the O rder recently, even to within one week or one day of the opening of the Convention, is entitled to register and attend all of the sessions except the few committee meetings which are limited to executive officers, G rand Councillors, M asters of lodges and chapters, foreign delegates or something o f that kind. But all of the many sessions throughout the morning, afternoon and evening of the Convention week are available to

every member who holds a membership card and is in good standing in the Order, whether he or she be a brandnew member or an old-time member. N aturally, every district lodge and chapter will be represented by its special delegates, by its District Commissioners and Grand Councillors. But this still leaves many hundreds of seats available for members who wish to come and visit Rosicrucian Park and enjoy all the benefits and privileges of a visit here, and at the same time attend all of the instructive and interesting sessions of the Convention. Each year of the past ten years our Conventions here have grown larger and larger, and the persons attending have become more and more enthus­ iastic over the instructive features, help­ ful lectures, personal help, and practical demonstrations which are given to them. Each year has seen Rosicrucian Park enlarging in size, with more w ell tended lawns and shrubberies, more buildings, more statuary, and more artistic fea­ tures. This year those attending the Convention will find a greatly enlarged Museum. In fact, the Oriental Museum now occupies space equal to five times the floor space utilized a few years ago. O ver a thousand new exhibits have been added, including mummies, jewel­ ry. pottery and instructive exhibits of all kinds. One of the most interesting features of the new wings to the Museum is a full-size replica of the

Egyptian Room at the V atican in Rome made from photographs, measurements, colored pictures and other things sent to us by the officials at the Vatican. This room represents one of the ancient out­ door courts of an Egyptian Temple, with sky and stars above, and the sun­ rise in the East, with rare statues placed in the porticoes of the court. Another interesting feature is the full-size replica of an ancient Rock Tomb like those which were visited by our Egyptian Tour members who went to the V a lle y of the Kings last year. Several other new buildings have been added, and more shady nooks and places for social gatherings on the grounds of Rosicrucian Park between the Convention sessions. This is your opportunity to have that long anticipated and desired vacation trip to California. The summer rates on the railroads are especially low and economical, and of course it is possible to drive here by automobile from the East or from any other part of the United States, Canada or Mexico. There are many convenient auto camps, reasonably priced hotels, boarding houses and furnished rooms. E very de­ partment of the Administration Build­ ing, the Science Building, the Plane­ tarium, the Supreme Temple, Library and Museum will be available to the members. T here w ill be social activities as well as the instructive features. M ake your plans now to spend one week of your summer here in San Jose. Each year many of those who come here on a visit have decided to remain, and have remained without going back home, while others have returned to their homes for a month or two and then moved out here bag and baggage and established permanent homes in this beautiful Santa C lara V a lle y amid

the fruit trees and flowers and the won­ derful climate. Sightseeing to the coast and to the mountains, to San Francisco and across the wonderful Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, to Berkeley with its Greek Theater and other U niversity buildings, to Palo A lto with its Stanford University, to M ount Hamilton and the Lick O bservatory, to the famous Big Trees, are just some of the privileges that all w ill enjoy. If you come by train, it is possible to return via Los Angeles, N e w O r le a n s , A t l a n t a , Georgia and other southern cities, with stopover privileges, or to return by the northern route through the northern cities with stopover privileges and no extra fare for your wide circle of touring. Remember the dates: Sunday, July 10, to Saturday, July 16. M any will come a few days ahead of the opening of the Convention, and w ill remain a few days after its closing, and all are welcome to pay a long visit to Rosicrucian Park. Living expenses while you are here in California are even more economical than they would be at home. You will have an opportunity for interviews with the Supreme officers and all of the de­ partment heads and to observe every department of the organization at work, and to make hundreds of interesting contacts with men and women of every w alk of life who are interested in the same grand w ork that interests you. Again I extend an invitation and welcome to you, and this includes, of course, the delegates of the O rder in foreign lands who come here represent­ ing their lodges and their jurisdictions, as w ell as members in the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America. It will be a grand and glori­ ous occas’on, and I would like to have each one of you participate in it. fContinued from Page 74)

T W E N T IE T H C E N T U R Y C R U S A D E Y our children envy you the good times you had. T hey do not like the customs of today but they know no others. Give them a chance to learn The Rosicrucian and to develop their individuality—mot by leaving them strictly alone but—by Digest giving them companions similarly in­ M arch clined. A s a Torch Bearer, I beg of you 1938 —parents everywhere, tell your children

— tell all young people about this or­ ganization, try to interest them. If you do not know of a chapter in your neighborhood w rite to the headquarters of the Junior O rder of Torch Bearers, San Jose, California, for information. Young people, North, East, South and W e s t — wherever you may be — come join the Twentieth C entury Crusade.

G reatness inspires accom plishm ent. W h en we live or d w ell in the shadow s of those who do things, w e are mo­ tivated to em ulate them to the extent of our means and a b ility . H umans, fortunately, are excellent im itators. H as this lone E gyp tian given him selt over to revery. or do he and his fellow countrym en see in their new king a res­ toration of power as great as that of the past, sym bolized by the m assive pvlons before w hich he sits?

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Ju n io r O rder of Torch B earers (sponsored by AMORC). F o r com plete in fo rm ation as to its aim s and benefits ad d ress G eneral S e c re ta ry . Grand C hapter. R osicrucian P ark . San Jo se. C alifo rn ia.

The following principal branches are District Headquarters of A M O R C
Los A ngeles. C alifornia: Hermes Lodge A M O R C Tem ple. M r. P aul D eputy. M aster. Reading Room and Inquiry office open d aily, 10 a .m . to 5 p .m . and 7:30 p. m. to 9 p. m. except S un d ays. 148 N. G ram ercy Place. New York C ity, New Y ork: N ew York C hapter. Suites 811-12-13-14. 250 W e s t 57th Street. M r. Joseph W eed . M aster: M arth a L. M ullins. S ecretary. In­ q u iry office, reading room, and lemple. Open d a ily for members, visitors and inquirers, week d a y s and S un d ays. I to 8 p. in. Tele­ phone: C ircle 6-0736. Booker T . W ash in gto n C hapter. Dr. Horace I. H am lett, M aster, 491 Classon Avenue, B rooklyn: Ida F. Johnson, S ecretary. 286 M cD onough St.. Brooklyn. M eetings every second and fourth S u n d ay at 8 p.m .. Y . M. C. A. C hap el, 181 W . 135th Street. Inquirers call: Prospect 9-1079. P h iladelp h ia. Penn sylvania: Benjam in Franklin C hapter of A M O R C : Mr. H. B aker C hurchill. M aster: Mr. George M . S tew art, S ec re tary , 617 Arch Street. M eetings for all members ev ery second and fourth S u n d a y. 7:30 p. m. at the U niversal Peace Institute. 219 S . Broad Street. 2nd floor (over Horn & H ard art's). Birm ingham , A lab am a: Birm ingham C hapter. Convocation for all grades, each F riJa v night, 7:30 p.m ., Lodge room, T u tw ild e r Hote,. M r. E dgar D. Finch. M aster, 1129 S. 16th A ve., or C. C . Berry. S ec re ta ry . 721 S. 85th Street. Pittsburg, P enn sylvania: P en r F irst Lodge. M a ry S. Green. M aster: 610 Arch Street. D etroit, M ichigan: T hebes C hapter No. 336. M rs. P earl Anna Tifft, M aster: M r. Ernest C heyne, Secre­ ta ry . M eetings at the Detroit Federation of W o m en ’s Clubs. 4811 2nd A venue, ev ery T u esd ay. 8 o. m. Inquirers call dial phone Tow nsend 6-2967. San Francisco, C alito rn ia: Francis Bacon Lodge. 1655 Polk Street: M r. Elmer Lee Brown. M aster. M ystical convocations for all members e v ery 2 nd and 4th M o n day. 8 p. m. Office and reading room open T u esd ay. W ed n e sd ay and F rid ay, 7 to 9 p m. R eading, Pennsylvania: R eading C hapter. M r. Geo. O sman, M aster: M r. R. K. Gurnof S ecretary. M eeting ev ery 1st and 3ra F rid ay , 8:00 p .m .. W ash in gto n H all, 904 W ash in gto n Street. Boston, M assachusetts: T he M arie C lem ens Lodge. M r. Pierpont F De Lesdernier, M aster; T em ple and reading Rooms. 739 Bovlston St.. Telephone Kenmore Q 39K. C hicago. Illinois: C hicago C hapter No. 9. Fred D. W ed g e. M aster; M rs. Sue L ister W astlu n d . S ecretary. Telephone Randolph 9848. R eading Room open afternoons and venings. S u n d ays 2 to 5 only. L ak ev iew Bldg., 116 S M ichigan A ve.. Rooms 408-9-10. Lecture sessions for A LL members ev ery T u esd a y night. 8 p.m . C hicago (C olored) C hapter No. 10. Dr. Katie B. H ow ard. M aster; Nehemiah Dennis, S ecretary. T elephones. D rexel 4267 & H yde P ark 5776. M eetings ev ery F rid ay night at 8 o’clock, 12 W . Garfield Blvd., H all B

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W ashington, D, C.: Thom as Jefferson C hapter. T hom as W . Kuhn, M aster. M eetin gs C onfederate M em o­ rial H all, 1322 Verm ont A v e. N. W .. every F rid ay evening, 8:00 p. m. S ecretary, M rs. E velyn Paxton. 5357 Broad Branch Pk.. N. W .
S e a ttle , W a s h in g to n :

A M O R C C hapte' 586. M r. C. R C leaver. M aster; M r. Geo. Peterson, S ecretary. 311-14 Lowm an Bldg., between 1st and 2na A ves.. on C herrv Street. R eading room open week d a y s 11 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. V isitors welcome C hapter m eetings each M o n day. 8 :U0 p. m.

Portland, O regon: Portland Rose C hapter meets every T h u rs­ d a y 8:00 p. m. a t 714 S. W 11th A ve. M rs. Emma Strickland. M aster Phone G a. 8445. Information by appointment week d a y s 9 to 5 at 405 Orpheum Bldg. N ew ark, N ew J e r s e y : H. Spencer L ew is C hapter. John W ied erkehr. M aster. M eeting e v ery M o n day. 8:15 p. m.. 37 W ash in gto n St. St. Louis, M issouri: St. Louis C hapter. D ouglas M. Bryden. M aster. M elbourne H otel, Grand Avenue and Lindell Blvd. M eetings first and third T u esd ay of each month, 8 p. m.

M ilw aukee, W isconsin: M ilw au kee C hapter. M rs. H azel E. Z ack. M aster; M iss Ellen Brown. S ec re ta ry . M eet­ ings e v ery M onday at 8 p. m. at 3431 W Lisbon Avenue Other C hartered C hapters and Lodges of the R osicrucian O rder (A M O R C ) w ill be found in most larg e cities and towns of North Am erica. A ddress of local representatives given on request

V ictoria. British Colum bia: V icto ria Lodge. M r. G eorge A. M elville, M aster. Inquiry Office and R eading Room. 725 C ourtney Street. L ibrarian. M r C C. Bird. Phone G3757
W in n ip e g , M a n ito b a , C a n a d a :

Edmonton, A lb erta: Mr T Goss, M aster. 9533 Jasper A ve. E Toronto, O ntario, C anad a: M r. E. C harlton. M aster. Sessions 1st ana 3rd S u n d ays ot the month. 7 00 p. m.. No. 10 Lansdowne Ave. V ancouver, British C olum bia: C an ad ian G rand Lodge, A M O R C . M r. E A. Burnett, M aster; M iss M ab ylee Deacon. S ecretary. A M O R C T em ple 878 Hornb\ Street.

C harles D ana Dean C hapter. M r Ronald S. Scarth. M aster. 834 Grosvenor Avenue Session for a ll members ev ery S un d ay at 2 45 p. m . 204 Kensington Building

Scan dinavian Countries: The A M O R C G rand Lodge of Denmark M r. A rthur Sundstrup, G rand M aster; C arli Andersen. S. R. C., G rand S ec re ta ry . M anogadc I 3th Strand. C openhagen Denmark Sweden: Grand Lodge Rosenkorset. Anton S vanlund, F. R. C.. Grand M aster Jerusalem sgatan , 6 . M alm o New Z ealan d: A uckland C hapter A M O R C . M r. J. O Anderson. M aster. 317 V icto ria Arcade Bldg., Shortland St.. C ity Auckland. England: T he A M O R C Grand Lodge of G reat Britain Mr. R avm und A ndrea. F R. C.. Grand M aster. 34 B ay w ater A ve . W estb u rv Park. Bristol 6 . Dutch and East Indies Dr. W . T h . van Stokkum . U rand M aster. W . J. V isser, S ecretary-G eneral K arangtempel 10 Sem arang, Jav a Egypt: T he G rand O rient of A M O R C . House ot the T em ple, M . A. R am ayvelim . F. R. C .. Grand S ecretary, 26. A venue Ism alia. Heliopolis. C airo Information Bureau de la Rose Croix J. Sapporta. S ecretary. 27 Rue Salim on P acha. Cairo.
A frica:

H olland:
De R ozekruisers O rde; Groot-Lodge der N ederlanden. J. Coops. Gr Sect., Hunzestraat 141. Am sterdam France: Dr. H ans G ruter. Grand M aster. M ile Jeanne Guesdon. S ecretary, 56 Rue Gambetta, V illen eu ve S ain t G eorges (Seine & O ise ). Sw itzerland: A M O R C . G rand ) >dge. 21 A ve. D apples. L ausanne: Dr. Ed. Bertholet. F. R .C ., Grand M aster, 6 B lvd. Chutnblandes. PuIIy-Lausanne; P ierre G enillard, Grand S ecty , Surlac B. Mont Choisi. Lausanne. China: T he U nited G rand Lodge of C hina Box 513, Shan ghai. China

T he Grand Lodge of the Gold Coast. A M O R C . M r. W illia m O kai, G rand M aster. P. O. Box 424 A ccra. Gold C oast. W est A frica.
The addresses of other foreign Grand Lodges and secretaries will be furnished on application
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The above photographs show the elaborate, new, and h ig h ly sensitive, M aster Seism ograph that is now installed in the foyer of the Rosicrucian Planetarium at R osicrucian Park. It is synchronized w ith the m aster time clocks at W ash in gto n , D. C., and registers and records the time, nature and distance of a n y local or distant earthq uake within several thousand miles. T h is w onderful and mod­ ern instrument w as built in the craft-shop of the Science D epartm ent of the Rose-Croix U n iversity. T he photograph show s Mr. Alfred W illia m s explaining the action of the seism ograph to an interested spectator. Some of the v e ry delicate and sensitive parts of this seism ograph w ere designed by Dr. H. Spencer L ew is, w h o is a member of the Am erican Scism ological Society.

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Millions Have Been Denied

Rinc.iNC. t hr ough life in the w a k e ol s orrow or w i t l i tlie st rength o! hope looking lor the e l us i v e s l at e of h ap pi n e ss , ar e mi ll io ns ol h u m a n beings. I he y pin l ailli to llie inspi red w o r d s of prophets ol cent ur i es ago. never r e a l i z i n g that b y the de c i si ons ol hi gh rel i gi ous c o un ci ls t hey h a v e been d e n i e d cert ai n a nc i en t sa cr ed wr it i ng s . 't on, a n d others, p a y h a r d - e a r n e d w a g e s in return lor w hat y ou h e li e i’e a r e the greatest c on v en ie nc es mo n e y c a n b u y . not k n o w i n g that m a mm o t h corporati ons w i t h h o l d even gr eater im provements. w a i t i n g lor a d a y w h e n l ar ge r profits c an he e xa ct e d lor them. You a n d mi ll io ns of others turn t ru st i n gl y t ow a r d sources ol e d u c a t i o n a n d social l e ad er sh i p lor secur ity a n d the h a p pi n e ss to w i n c h you ar e en t i tl ed as y o u r h u m a n heri t age. B ut do you r e ali ze that l a r i s a r e b e i n g suppressed, that k n o ic lc ilg p w h ic h von <ou/d use is b ei n g c o n c ea l e d to l urther sellish enterpri ses/


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Sin g le

En tered as Seco nd Class M a tte r at the Post O ffic e at San Jo s e , C a l i ­ fornia, under the A c t of A ugust 24th, 1912. C h an g e s o f address must reach us by the tenth of the month preceding d ate of issue. S tatem en ts m ade in this publication are not the official expressions of the organization o r its officers unless stated to be official com m unications. Published Monthly by the Supreme Co uncil of




E C E N T L Y we h av e h e ar d much ove r the r adio and in n e w s p a p e r s a ­ bout the f a m o u s s p e e c h m a d e by P r e s id e nt R o o s e ­ velt a n d some of his a s so c ia t es r e ­ g a r d i n g the we a l t h a n d economic co n­ ditions in A m e ri c a being c o n t r o l l e d b y s i x t y A m e ri c an families. In fact, a book has been p u b ­ lished setting forth this a r g um e nt , a n d t r yi n g to e x pl a i n that in the h a n d s of s i x t y A m e r i c a n families lies not o n l y the w e a l t h of this U n i t e d St a t e s , but its fu­ ture p o w e r a n d its future g r ow t h a nd d eve lopment. T h e a r g u m e n t is set forth that these s i x t y A m e r i c a n families not o n l y r epr es ent the l ar g es t ind i vi dual fortunes in A m e r i c a thr ough the sons a n d d a u g h t e r s , a n d sons a n d d a u g h t e r s in - l a w . of the principal w e a l t h y men. but that the member s of these va rious s i x t y families a r e member s of a m ul t i­ plicity of b o a r d s of directors, t h e r e b y int erlocking the fortunes an d financial act ivi ti es a n d ca p it al p o we r of this c o un tr y. If w e w oul d believe the a r g u m e n t s set forth in the book, wh i ch seem to be given c o n si d e ra b l e c re den ce b y our P re s i d e n t a n d some of his a s so ci at es at The W a s h i n g t o n , nil of us w h o a re not a R osicrucian part of those s i x t y families a r e more or Digest less e n sl a v e d b y them, a n d the p o w e r of A p ril w e a l t h w h i c h t h e y represent. It w o u l d 1938 seem t ha t there w o u l d be no hope for

a n y of the millions of the rest of us in r e g a r d to be tt er economic, political, s o ­ cial or financial conditi ons u nl es s these s i x t y famili es c o nd e s c e n d to permit the ma s s of A m e r i c a n s to h a v e w h a t is g u a r a n t e e d to them b y o ur big Na ti o na l Cons tit uti on. It w o u l d s eem that these s i x t y A m e r i c a n famili es c an c a u s e d e ­ pressions or rec es sions , w a r s , strifes, contests, f amine s or a b u n d a n c e a n d good tim es, b y ju s t s it t i ng a r o u n d a h ug e directors' tabl e a n d v o t m g upon it one w a y or the other. It is a horrible thought to think t hat one h u n d r e d m i l ­ lion or more A m e r i c a n citizens a r e the victims of the di ct ator shi p of s i x t y f a m i ­ lies, w h o not o n l y e x er t a n influence in r e g a r d to e v e r y t h i n g of a political or social natur e, but so control or possess or direct the circulation of the w e a l t h of this nati on that th e y a r e even more p o we r fu l than a n y Eur op ea n d ict ator or gr ou p of dictators. T h e r e is o n l y one thing w r o n g wit h the a r g u m e n t p re s en te d b y the a ut hor of the hook a n d b y those officials a t W a s h i n g t o n w h o believe him, a n d that is the l a ck of k n o w l e d g e on the p ar t of the a u t h o r a n d the others a b out the s i x t y or more g r e a t m as te r s in the U n i t e d S t a t e s w h o h a v e even a g re at er influence than these s i x t y w e a l t h y fami­ lies. W h i l e it m a y b e more or less true tha t s i x t y pr ominent f a m ilie s o wn , p os ­ s ess or control a l a r g e portion of the ne go t ia b le c u r r e n c y or w e a l t h of the nation, it is al s o a b s o l u t e l y true that s i x t y or more in d iv id u a ls direct a nd control, to a v e r y g r e a t extent, the p u b ­ lic opinion of the h un d r e d million citi­ zens of this c o u n t r y w h o expec t a n d d e ­

mand justice, security, liberty, and the right to pursue their affairs in a happy and contented manner. In the first place, there is no greater influence or power in any nation or any country, and especially in America, than public opinion. It is not often that this power of public opinion exerts itself, for it is not often that the mass o f human beings in the United States, for in­ stance, come together in mental and in­ tellectual agreement about something and express their opinions militantly, or politically, or definitely enough to con­ stitute the power that exists in their minds and hearts. But once that public opinion and the power back of it and through it exerts itself, it takes more than the possession of the wealth of the United States, more than the vote of Congress or the veto of the President of the United States or a decision of an advisory board constituting the brain trust at W ashington to set aside or ig­ nore it or do anything contrary to it. And when I speak o f the sixty great masters who are ruling or directing and influencing the destiny of these United States, I am not speaking of masters of finance or masters of the business world or masters of statesmanship or politics, or even masters of social life. I am speaking of masters of human rights, of masters who are mystically and psy­ chically trained, and who are leaders and directors of the psychological, spir­ itual and moral thinking of millions of human beings. N early all of these sixty great masters are heads of organiza­ tions, or advisors to organizations whose followers have absolute faith and confidence in the ideals and principles of such organizations, and who do not follow blindly w hat their leaders say but follow intelligently the advice and recommendations given to them because they have found their leaders to be sin­ cere and honest, unbiased and unpre­ judiced, and adhering to the true prin­ ciples of American idealism. A nd when I speak of these many o r­ ganizations, I mean organizations such as our own, for instance, where we have within the definite confines of actual membership, thousands of intelligent men and women in every walk of life, and engaged in every profession and science and art. A nd many of these

members not only have a wide and sym­ pathetic following in their own families but among pupils, patients, clients, friends and acquaintances who have learned that these persons are safe to follow, and who are unbiased in their opinions and sincere in their construc­ tive efforts. W e have often referred to our own membership in America as being ' an invisible empire." W e mean by this that while the membership and the con­ structive power it represents, and the creative force it can exert, are like the power of the people of a unified empire, the empire as a nation or race is invis­ ible, inasmuch as our members political­ ly are gooa American citizens and rep­ resent no physical empire separate and distinct from that of our Federal G ov­ ernment. On the other hand, it is not the geographical confines of an organ­ ization, it is not its number of cities, towns or communities or the popula­ tion of them, or the wealth and treas­ ures, assets and material things pos­ sessed by these persons in such a coun­ try that represent a powerful empire. It is the hearts and minds of the people; their faith and confidence in their states­ men and political leaders, their Presi­ dent or their King, their Queen or their ruler. It is the support which they give to their government; it is the coopera­ tion which they exert in the carrying out of the laws and the defense of their country; it is the love and patriotism which they express when necessary; and it is the adherence to the ideals and principles of their country that consti­ tutes these people an empire rather than all of the other material, political or geographical elements that are so often measured in measuring the size and strength of a country. In that regard the Rosicrucian organ­ ization of A M O R C does represent an invisible empire since its people are unified on many fundamental principles. T hey agree in regard to many very fundamental ideals and practices. Their tastes, likes and dislikes are so greatly in harmony, their love for justice, mercy and liberty is so well established, and their dislike or distrust for hypocrisy, de­ structive procedures, political schemes, judicial injustice, social preferment is so firmly based, that their minds and hearts

are fixed in regard to these things and are not swayed or influenced by wealth or any of the economic problems of life. W e know that our thousands of mem­ bers are so scattered and so distributed in communities, towns and cities and in institutions and in places of assembly, and in places where young people and older people meet for discussions and discourse, that it is easy for the correct patriotic, social, spiritual and human elements to be presented and made appealing. A nd the A M O R C is but one of a number of such organizations in Am er­ ica. A M O R C may be very distinctive in regard to its courses of instruction, in regard to its mystical, scientific and other forms of knowledge and instruc­ tion regarding life and its purposes and its mysteries, but there are a number of other organizations in America which are just as patriotic, just as idealistic in regard to American principles and American fundamentals as A M O R C . Some of these organizations have a very strong mystical and spiritual element in their ideals and activities, and quite a few of the leaders of these other organ­ izations have Cosmic cooperation and Cosmic support in the right things they are attempting to do. W h en these or­ ganizations, therefore, promulgate or V V

promote a truly constructive and ideal­ istic program or principle for this American country, it has greater power to fufil itself than can be offset by the wealth of sixty American families or six hundred American families. It is this unseen and little known power of the human mind exerted by many, many thousands of true American patriots and Cosmically attuned individuals that represents the greater power in the a f­ fairs of this nation and has exerted itself on many occasions since the establish­ ment of the Union of States- A nd the sixty or more leaders of these organiza­ tions really constitute a group o f M as­ ters far more powerful in their influence than the combined wealth o f these sixty rich American families. A s long as the United States of America is under the protection, direc­ tion or influence of these many thou­ sands of trained and qualified thinkers who are cooperating with the Cosmic in its desires, and have the Cosmic sup­ port in their conclusions and decisions, America w ill be safe for its millions of real citizens, and will be protected against any prolonged or serious de­ structive actions of those who hold only wealth in their hands as a power to wield in their own selfish interests and against public opinion. V

The sole aristocracy today is the aristocracy of wealth; the sole aristocracy of tomorrow will be the eternal divine, beneficent aristocracy of intellect and virtue—■ at its highest, genius; But that, like everything that descends from God, will rise among the people and labor for the people.— Mazzini. ;

O ur members and readers w ill p robably notice that this issue of T h e R osicrucian D igest h as a n ew cover design and a new arrangem ent of the title. W e h av e also rearranged the title p age inside w ith the table of contents, and m ade a different arrangem ent for the de­ sign of the back cover. A ll of this should have been done w ith our F eb ru ary issue begin­ ning the new volume, but w e w ere d elayed in m aking a ll of the preparations. T h e picture on the front cover is made from photographs and sketches of one of the oriental philoso­ phers, such a s w e saw often in our trips to E g yp t and Jerusalem , sittin g q u ietly in the com er of a cou rtyard or old building and stud yin g his sacred w ritin gs. It represents a face typ ical of the old scholars of the N ear E ast, and the inten sity of his thoughts and the seren ity and kindness of his countenance should be an inspiration to a ll of us. W e hope you w ill like the arrangem ent of the outside and inside of T h e R o s icru cia n D ig es t for the coming y ear.

The Rosicrucian Digest A p ril

“ The Thing I Fear Most —
F E W months ago, a newspaper story r e la t e d the inci­ dent of a profes­ s io n a l b rid g e jumper, w h o fell i n t o th e w a t e r during his latest feat, fracturing a number of bones, including his skull. T he story ended thus: “The man’s w ife e x p la in e d that he had dived unharmed from the Brooklyn Bridge on two former occa­ sions, but that this time, had expressed a fear that he would be unable to make the proper turn in the air. T hat is exact­ ly w hat happened.” Montaigne, a philosopher of the 16th century said in one of his famous es­ says, “The thing I fear most is fear." U nfortunately, there are those who de­ rive a certain sense of satisfaction and pleasure from a fear or w o rry as a topic o f conversation. Psychologists tell us of serious mental cases in which fear, in the form of a compulsory neurosis, is the background. A s a matter o f fact, 90 per cent of all neuroses and insani­ ties are based on fear alone. W h e n we are guided by our emo­ tions, there are only two which influence us — love and fear. Hate, jealousy, scorn, antagonism, ill-will, envy, im­ patience, pessimism, vengeance, and other negative emotions, all originate in a fear feeling. Fear rears its head not

By F r a t e r J. L e w is B l a s s , Ph. G., D. D. S., G rand Councillor
only in cowardice, but may appear as the result of an underlying disbelief in things previously proven good and true, or even at the contemplation of an­ other’s discomfort. Then, too, it need not show itself in a form that “makes one's blood run cold,” but can be just as painful and insidious when it takes the form of a criticism which seems as simple and harmless as a complaint against the weather. There are those who “just know that this weather will make me sick," or "that something is going to happen," and who, like the bridge jumper, figuratively break their necks and, in most cases, like the effect. Such people deserve sym pathy—ex­ cept when they extend their activities to include others. Not to remove yourself from the environment of a person whose speech stimulates a sense of danger in you is unwise. He may seem friendly and solicitous when he says "You don’t look so well today,” or “This weather will give you a cold,” but he is actually your enemy. He might well be the man Shakespeare spoke of when he said, " W h y does a man put an enemy in his mouth to steal aw ay his brain?” Re­ member, though, that you are your own enemy when you allow yourself any ex­ pression relating to your ill-health, especially as a preliminary to its occur­ rence. A wise mother of my acquaint­ ance made her children feel that it was almost sinful to talk of illness. Fearful thoughts are a signal to us of some earlier wrong thinking. The law of cause and effect is relentless in its

operation. If we begin a mental or physical undertaking with the knowl­ edge that "The Cosmic w illing.” we will gain our end, the result is certain and positive. Interfering with this law by hog-tying the cause of its function­ ing b y a series of "ifs” must result in failure. Let us suppose that a friend asked you to do some w ork in which you are especially proficient. I am confident you would gladly render the service. He might say, "You are a good typist, will you type a letter for me?" Now, sup­ pose this same individual went on to say, “This is a most important letter, which means a great deal to me. I want you to be especially careful about hav­ ing your type clean, seeing that the spacing is correct, and that you don’t misspell an y words." He might add in­ sult to injury by suggesting that you get no fingermarks on the letter. A fte r this lengthy discussion of his fears con­ cerning things which are your business, would you still w illingly and graciously consent to do the w ork for him? I sincerely doubt it. M oreover, if you ignored his comments and attitude, and proceeded to type the letter, the likelihood is that enough of the errors he suggested would unconsciously find their w ay into it, to make the letter a poor one. In making our appeals to the Cosmic it is unnecessary for us to say, “I want or need this, but be sure to do so and such”—adding a series of modi­ fications, concerns, worries and doubts to the supplication. It is not for us to order the manner in which what w e de­ serve, and what we can unselfishly use, is brought about. The basic manifestation of fear had its origin ages ago and remains man’s heritage as long as his mental process is interpreted in terms of the body instead of the spirit. Nothing but knowledge of this fact (and I do not mean objective knowledge) can free us from fear. It would seem then that the problem rests entirely within ourselves, but for those who may be inclined to the belief that T he another’s mind can influence them R osicrucian harm fully, let me quote from Dr. Lewis’ . recent book Mental Poisoning in D igest which he says. A p ril “It is also unbelievable that in recent 1938 years certain occult and supposedly

white-brotherhood organizations have written and produced in radio stations, for nationwide hearing in America, plays and dramas based upon the prac­ tice of this black magic, and giving to them all of the atmosphere, all of the dignity, and all of the seeming integrity of truthfulness and logical possibility. "But to the mystic and to the student of Cosmic law and order the belief in such a process of destructive power controlled by any individual is incon­ sistent, impossible, and truly sacrilegi­ ous, and the true mystic and student of Cosmic law is alone capable of render­ ing judgment in such a case in such a manner. His knowledge and his experience with the divine Cosmic principles en­ ables him to realize and to thoroughly understand that no such process of transmission of destructive energy or power in any thought form between one individual and another, or between one individual and a group o f individuals, would be possible without the conscious approval, aid, and dependable assist­ ance of the universal consciousness and divine spirit that pervades all space and acts as a medium for the transmission of thought waves, light waves, energy waves, or w aves of any kind.” Let us consider some practical means toward overcoming fear. Experiments have shown that it is possible to influ­ ence emotions by diet. This law has come within the experience of all of us. but, for the sake of the present discus­ sion. I will repeat that foods from the garden, the orchard, the barnyard and the dairy, eaten in moderate amounts, with the fruits and vegetables predomi­ nating. tone down the emotions and do not allow negative fear vibrations to enter. The principle underlying this fact is that fear and its allied negative thoughts and activities, are accompanied by a physical and mental tension. You have all proven to yourselves again and again that during tension, meditation or higher guidance is impossible. One who avoids fruits, vegetables and dairy products is not only high strung and nervous, but his breathing rate, his blood pressure, his pulse—that is the rate of heart action—are quick-

ened and higher than normal, and in ad' dition his temperature is also above nor­ mal. This has been worked out care­ fully by the Jarvis group of physicians in a series of tests with diet. W e can gain from this knowledge a guide to correct eating, which will definitely lift us from the fear group of emotions to that headed by love. Certain thoughts and mental activi­ ties can be used to overcome fear emo­ tions. Tension which, as we mentioned, can be helped by diet must also be re­ moved from our surroundings. The tempo of your work, the nervous activ­ ity of those about you, or the nervous speech and actions of your friends may be things from which you cannot with­ draw. You must, however, recognize them as tension threats against you and refuse to let yourself be swept along by them. Do not accept the other fellow's rhythm of action if it does not fit yours. V READ THE V

T alk and act positively, learn all you can about that which you fear and be reasonably cautious in your activities. W h en you face a problem or situation which you must learn about by personal experience—go ahead. Laugh or whistle or sing or pray to keep up your cour­ age, but go ahead, even if it kills you— you'll find it w on’t. New w orlds and new growth w ill open before you this w ay, as Dr. Seabury says, "Every man has a hero buried in his nether depths, an urge to titanic conquests nor is he ever content with himself until he finds and releases his sleeping Hercules.” Knowledge is power, and it gains its power only because it eradicates fear. A t the moment, while we travel along the path of knowledge and attainment, we can feel safe in the embrace o f our great O rder, the chief tenet of which is love. For, just as the sun blots out the shadows of night, so does love blot out fear. V FORUM


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E ditor’s N ote:—T h is is the thirteenth episode of a n arrativ e by the Suprem e S ec re tary relating the experiences he and his p a rty had in visitin g m ystic shrines and places in Europe and the ancient w orld.

E FO R E us. stretch­ in g a c r o s s th is h is t o r ic a l Tigris river a n d jo in e d together at th e ir ends, w as a paral­ le l lin e o f p o n ­ toons, floating in­ flated metal tubes. H e a v y p la n k s were fastened a­ cross them hori­ zontally. This was a pontoon bridge which Americans or Europeans never see, except during military campaigns or in times of emergency. Across it, in both directions, flowed a stream of hu­ manity. A s our car entered upon the first unit of it, the bridge sank deeply into the water, but did not submerge and easily held the weight. A s the car ran upon the next section, the preceding one w e had left rose again. It caused a peculiar bobbing motion, which agitated the river’s surface and sent out a back­ wash or current on either side. Looking down and up stream, we saw, at about quarter-mile intervals, three other simi­ lar bridges. These bridges, the only The Rosicrucian ones of any kind in existence there, were put down by the British during the Digest W o rld W a r for the movement of their A p ril troops and armament across the large river. In their campaign against the 1938 Turks, G reat Britain lost a great num­ ber of men within the vicinity of Bagh­ dad. but was eventually successful. These pontoon bridges w ere very crude, and very old, but far superior to the an­ cient ferry methods, and were now maintained by the Iraquian government. Ahead of us, on the East bank, lay Baghdad, a strange skyline indeed. The structures w ere of no particular design; they w ere not definitely Oriental, B y­ zantine, Moorish, or European, but a sort of abortion—as though they were going through a transition of Eastern architecture into W estern . The hotels, so-called, had strange and crude bal­ conies superimposed, which hung, so it seemed to us, precariously over the banks of the river. M ost of the struc­ tures w ere very low, shanty-like, and sprawling, without any particular de­ sign, and even at this distance suggested neglect and perhaps filth. Originally. Baghdad lay entirely on the Eastern bank of the river, but for the past thou­ sand years it has been partly on the East and partly on the W e st. A travel­ ler who visited it in 1583. said of it, "A town not very great, but very populous, of great traffic between Persia, Turkey and Arabia." Time has not changed this. Baghdad is the gateway for cara­ vans to Persia, the border of which is but a few miles distant. Southward lies A rabia and N orthward Turkey. In the
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Eighth C entury it was purely an A rab town: in the Ninth Century it had reached the height o f its power under an enlightened Caliphate, and was a center of power and learning. It was rich in silks and tile buildings, and it was of the Baghdad of the Ninth Century that the glamorous tales of the Arabian Nights w ere written. Its downfall came about in 1258 when Hulaku and his M ongols swarmed over it and ruined the network of magnificent irrigation canals which had converted the parched land around it into a rich and fertile plain. In the Fifteenth C entury it suc­ cumbed to Turkish invasion, 'l he near­ by little village, Hilla, preserves more of the original, truly Oriental nature of the ancient city than does Baghdad, which is a hodge-podge o f influences, the result of numerous conquests and migrations. Perhaps one of the most impressive things to see in Baghdad is w hat is known as a Caravanserai, which oper­ ates in the form of a bank, and in which money customs and trade are carried on in the same manner as they have been for centuries. T o visit one of these places is to be transplanted backward, in point of time, for centuries. On the outside it is just another mud-brick building, substantial, somewhat resem­ bling our large warehouses in America. W h e n you enter it takes you a moment or two to get adjusted to the darkness inside, in contrast to the glaring light from which you entered. There before you is a great area —■no partitions or rooms, just high posts, at intervals of a few feet around the w all, which support a mezzanine floor about half the height of the entire building. In this great area before you are piled bales, wrapped in skins of animals, or in w hat looks like coarse burlap. A pungent odor prevails, a mingling of pleasant spices and nottoo-pleasant smells. Up above on the mezzanine floor are little dingy booths —we might term them "offices” — in which banking operations are carried on, using the same primitive methods of several centuries ago. These men are financiers, and they loan money for the organization of caravans to go to distant lands — per­ haps Persia or Arabia — there to pur­ chase, as cheaply as possible, and bring

back such cargoes as they feel can be sold to the best advantage. W h e n the cargo is returned, it is brought into this huge building and sold to the highest bidder. From the receipts, the banker or financier takes his principal and his interest, if there is sufficient to meet both: and the caravan organizer receives whar is left, if any. If he is fortunate, he makes a substantial profit; if unfor­ tunate, he not only makes no profit but finds himself still indebted to these financiers, most of whom are Persians. Here one sees trade and barter and business undisturbed by the modern methods of the W estern world. W ith the exception of Rashid Street, which is the main thoroughfare of Baghdad, the majority of the streets are very narrow, alley-like, dark, unclean, swarming with flies attracted by refuse which is permitted to lie until it becomes putrid. Again one is attracted b y the great number of natives with infected eyes — men, women, and children. A clear, normal pair of eyes is an unusual sight, strange as it may seem. The lack of sanitation and hygiene causes this infection of the eyes in early childhood. Having a superstitious fear of medical treatment, they avoid physicians, of which there are only a few anyw ay. W e noticed a number of these natives with a painted red circle around the infected eye. W e were informed that some few who had received medical treatment had had applied to their eyes some medicine which colored the skin temporarily with a red hue, and because it gave them re­ lief, they attributed to the red some ef­ ficiency; and thus they used a red ink of their own making to paint around the eyes, believing the color itself, rather than the ingredients, to be remedial. No attempt was made in any of the native markets to keep the food clean or to protect it from filth. Hawksters sold their bread and cakes from curbs, stacking them on the walks and ped­ dling them with their filthy hands. The craftsmanship of these people, however, is remarkable and is extreme­ ly educational to watch; especially is this so in the copper bazaar. This bazaar is really like a street covered with an arched roof. It is divided into little pens. In each of these little pens, or booths, some craftsman sets up his shop

in which he manufactures his wares. A ll of the w ares in this bazaar or street are made of copper. Here one finds mag­ nificent copper samovars, copper tea­ kettles, basins and bowls, ornaments and candlesticks. The copper work is rustic and very substantial. W alk in g down this alley-street, one can see cop­ per being fashioned in every form and see it in different stages of manufacture. Back against the wall, in the darkness of the booth, at midday—which is ordi­ narily extremely hot even in the open— are little boys, not more than eight or nine years of age, who are earning their apprenticeship by pumping the bellows of charcoal fires to keep tools hot or to heat copper plate. One can hardly see them for the smoke and metal fumes which, even where we stand, cause us to turn our heads aw ay so as not to in­ hale them and irritate our throats. W e can understand when w e see this w hy so many of these people die of con­ sumption early in life. It is remarkable that anyone survives these conditions to reach manhood. T hey are a jolly lot, good-natured, curious about W esterners. V e ry few tourists ever reach Baghdad; it has not quite the atmosphere for the one who likes his tennis courts, swimming pools, afternoon tea, drives, cocktail hours, and a few holes of golf. These things do not go with Baghdad; here is the East unveneered. If one accepts a drink, either w ater or a local concoction — sweet, brightly colored—he is taking his life in his hands, for the W estern er’s system is not immune to the things which the natives survive. In the hotels — that is, the two where W estern ers stop when they do visit Baghdad^—the w ater is purified through a special pro­ cess. T o drink any other w ater is risk­ ing one’s life in no uncertain w ay. In Baghdad there is also one of the largest leprosy hospitals of the Near East: the contributing conditions we saw about us at every step. A nd yet there are some inspiring sights as well. To Miss Gertrude Bell must go credit T he for establishing in the Near East one of B o ‘ i‘'ru''ian ®rst museums f° r collection of ‘ . ’ ' ’ the antiquities of this ancient land. An d ig e st attractive building, unusually clean, A p ril houses her marvelous collection. The 19 3 8 palace of the late king of Iraq is also an

unusual place to visit, as it is now a state museum, and is so simple in con­ trast to w hat one imagines the ancient caliphs had. M ost of the exhibits, un­ fortunately, consist of just his own per­ sonal belongings—his riding habit, the costumes he wore on different state oc­ casions, and little personal trinkets given to him as gifts by the Shah of Persia. Sultans of Turkey, and some of the Kings of Europe. On the W estern edge of Baghdad lies the great race track. Here, each year in the fall, are races in which the horses are entered by Bedouins, Chief­ tains. Khurds, and Persians. It is pure­ ly sport with them, and is not the com­ mercial venture that racing is in the W estern world. The finest blooded Arabian stock is entered, and buyers and breeders of horses from all over the w orld come to this annual series of races to bid for the winner for breeding purposes. A s the racing was to begin about a week after w e were to take our departure from Baghdad several were already training their horses on the track, and w e marveled at the speed, grace and beauty of these rather small horses. A fte r having taken a number of still photographs of unusual places and scenes in Baghdad, we entered a small doorw ay on Rashid Street and found in the dim interior the most magnificent display of Persian and Arabian rugs we had ever seen. There was no attempt at ostentation; the rugs were piled high over the floors and fastened on pegs around the walls. A brass, hand-ham­ mered, ancient oil lamp was the only means of illumination. The rugs were covered with dust, yet were in excellent condition. Pricing a large rug of beauti­ ful design, I was surprised to learn that all the rugs were thirty-five years and older. M ore surprising still were the un­ believably cheap prices. The large rug before me cost but $20.00, and in Am er­ ica, England, or Canada it would have brought easily twenty-five times that price. Seeing that I w as interested, the gracious proprietor drew the rug out from the others and bade us follow him, which we did. Going through a little passageway, we suddenly came out on another of the splendid little gardens which are in back of the home of each
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fairly prosperous merchant in Baghdad. No matter how dark, how filthy, or how squalid his place of business or his liv­ ing quarters, if he can at all afford it you will find in back of them a gem of a little Persian garden — mosaic tiling, running w ater, fountain, and an artistic array o f green shrubbery, open to the blue sky above. Clapping his hands in Eastern fash­ ion. he summoned his assistants and ordered them in Arabic to clean the rug. This they did by Riling their mouths with w ater from a pail, and then spray­ ing it out on the rug. Then, taking their hands, they rubbed the nap vigorously, which brought back the brilliance of the colors. The rugs were all made from camel's hair, and in broken English he explained that most of these rugs are not made by factories or any place or­ ganized for the commercial production of rugs, but are a pastime and a family or tribal industry. The rugs are brought in by the Bedouins, or desert wanderers, two or three at a time, and for these they receive a paltry sum. This mer­ chant exported his rugs to various parts of the world where they would sell at fabulous prices. By this time we had visited a number of mosques, but no mosque was more splendid, more lavish, more like a jewel set in squalor, than the Gold Mosque of Kadhimain (see June 1937 issue of ‘ The Rosicrucian Digest” ). The towers and minarets, and the central dome it­ self, were all of pure gold and fasci­ nated the impoverished natives —a sym­ bol o f wealth and riches surrounded by poverty, disease, and filth. It w as some­ thing, however, to lift the thoughts of the people from their circumstances —to give them some appreciation of the beautiful and the sublime, something they could not bring into their own lives, something that could not exist in their homes. W e stood and listened to the intriguing wail and prayer of the muezzin (the Mohammedan priest). It was with extreme difficulty that we were able to take cinematographic pic­ tures of this mosque, as one must avoid offending the religious principles of these people. A t night the scene changes. Peaceful side streets have lurking assassins in them. A person who dares to venture

down them unarmed w ill be slain and robbed. The Iraquian police force, effi­ cient in many w ays, is incapable of policing the entire area. The people are mostly barbarians, and seem strangely attired even when they do w ear W e s t­ ern clothes. The Bedouins who bring cargoes across the desert, or who came to trade with the city dwellers, enter the city nightly for entertainment, and they visit the native cabarets or cafes in which dancers go through sensuous gyrations which, in addition to the na­ tive liquor, help intoxicate their senses. The Bedouins are pow erfully built men, all of six feet or more in height, large boned; typical of their racial character­ istics they have large aquiline noses, big, bony hands and large feet. O r­ dinarily they are mild mannered and extremely generous, but temperamental and easily offended. Frater Brower and I visited a native eating place one noon and were the only W esterners present; had we known this, we would not have entered. A ll the rest were Bedouins at­ tired in flowing robes, sandals, armed with dirks. Looking us over curiously, they immediately came forward, prof­ fered us cigarettes and cups o f Arabian coffee which one must acquire a habit for over a long period of time; and since I had not been in Baghdad that length of time, I could not become accustomed to the molasses-like substance and quinine-like taste. Another scene is the river with its strange modes of transportation. V e ry few motor craft are seen—mostly barges that are moved by long skiffs or poles. The strangest boat of all seen anywhere in the world is the gufah. It is a sewingbasket-like boat, about six feet in dia­ meter, and woven of a river reed; being perfectly circular it has neither bow nor stern. It is guided by a pole, and it is indeed an amusing sight to see these baskets floating downstream, loaded with cargo and with their one-man crew. These strange boats have navi­ gated the Tigris River for centuries. Herodotus, ancient historian, in his ac­ counts of his travels through Babylonia, mentions these gufah boats and explains how the natives far North of Baghdad make these boats, put on board their wares and a burro, and sail downstream with them for miles to market; there

they sell their wares, break up the boat, sell it as firewood, and ride home again on the burro. Burros are not common in Baghdad, and neither are trucks. Human beings are the cargo bearers. Here we see coolies for the first time in the East— white men staggering along under un­ believable burdens, enormous timbers which must weigh at least 300 pounds or more. These men w ill carry anything that it is humanly possible to carry, and for a few cents a mile they carry coal, iron, or cans of petroleum. The muscles of their legs and backs are abnormally developed, and unless they cease their activities of carrying these tremendous weights day in and day out early in life, they soon die. M ost of them become a f­ flicted with varicose veins, the result of overdevelopment of the muscles and causing an exceptional flow of blood through the arteries. It is pitiful to see a human being com­ peting with animals as burden bearers. You can hire a human being to carry cargo—furniture, case goods, anything —cheaper than you could possibly hire either a camel or a burro for short hauls in and around the city. T hey live on rice and w ater—unclean w ater. T heir income hardly exceeds 35c or 40c a week if they w ork steadily: and yet they seem much more intelligent than V V

peoples we had seen in other lands. T hey do not have the vacuous look in their eyes — that hopeless, despairing look. T hey are bright and cheerful. T heir fathers and grandfathers before them have carried loads as they do. A steady stream of them cross pontoon bridges from one bank of the river to the other, like ants, carrying for a mile or more w hat an ordinary man could hardly lift. But Baghdad was not our final des­ tination in this country. W e w ere to go Southeast to Babylon—the Babylon of Biblical times — the Babylon of history. It w as with enthusiasm and expectancy that w e prepared for our next adven­ ture. W e found it difficult to secure porters to accompany us. A lw ays en­ thusiastic, hoping to earn some extra money, until they learned that our des­ tination was Babylon: they offered then excuses that seemed strange to u s—no. they did not wish to go to Babylon. W e tried to draw out of them "why.” W e would pay them well; it was not a great journey: our equipment was not un­ usually heavy. T hey avoided making an y explanation; they would merely suggest someone else w ho— perhaps — would go instead. W e puzzled over this as w e prepared for the highlight of our journey along civilization's trail. (T o be continued) V

There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neigh­ bors good. One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy if I may. —Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Each m onth w e w ill p resen t ex cerp ts from the w ritin g s of fam ous th in k e rs and teac h e rs of the p ast. T h ese w ill g iv e our re ad e rs an o p p o rtun ity of kn o w in g th e ir liv es th ro u gh th e p resen tatio n of those w ritin g s w hich ty p ify th e ir tho ugh ts. O ccasio n ally such w r itin g s w ill De p resen ted th ro u gh the tran slatio n or in terp retatio n of o th er em in en t au th o rs of the p ast. T h is m onth we p resen t S adi who, w ith R um i, Ja m i and Omar K h ay yam , re p resen ts the beat in P e rsia n m ysticism a s exp resaed thro ugh poetic prose and p o etry. In S ad i w e have an o u tstan d in g illu stra tio n of one whose m ission in life w a s not b egun u n til a fte r the ag e when m ost men have p assed the p eak of accom plishm ent. He w as born about 1181 a t S h ira z and died there about 1292. Am ong th e sto rie s and legen d s connected w ith him a re a n um ber w h ich claim th at he lived alm o st 120 y e a rs . D u rin g the first p art of h is life he stu d ie d , devoted him self to re lig io u s ex e rcise s and tra v e le d —m ak in g fifteen p ilg rim ag e s1 to Mecca. D urin g th is period he m astered L a tin as w ell a s sev era l O rien tal la n ­ g u a g e s. L a te r he fo ught a g a in s t the C ru sad ers in S y r ia and w a s cap tu red b y them . W hen h is m a rria g e , to a d a u g h te r of the m erchan t who ransom ed him , proved un co n gen ial he retu rn ed to S h ira z and re tire d to a h erm itage w h ere he com posed h is poems. The first of th ese fam ous w orks, the BUSTAN or “F ru it-O rc h a rd ,” w a s not b egun u n til he w as abo ut sev en ty, and co n tains the “ fru its'* of the a u th o r's ex p erien ces. The o th ers w ere w ritte n su b se q u e n tly d u rin g h is lo ng and peaceful old age. H is m ost fam ous w o rk is th e G ULISTAN or *‘R o3e-G arden" w h ich co n tains p hiloso ph ical tru th s In an ecdo tal form . T he o rig in a l s ty le is p rose n a r r a tiv e in tersp ersed w ith p o etry, but th e tra n sla tio n b y Ja m e s R oss, from w h ich we p resen t excerp ts, is la r g e ly in prose.

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H E Y have related that at a huntings e a t th e y w e re r o a s t i n g som e game for Nushiro w a n , a n d as there w as no salt th e y w e re d is ­ patching a servant to the v i lla g e to fetch some. Nushirowan c a lle d to him, saying, "Take it at its fair price, and not b y force, lest a bad precedent be established and the village deso­ lated." T hey asked. " W h a t damage can ensue from this trifle?" He an­ swered. "Originally, the basis o f op­ pression in this w orld w as small, and every newcomer added to it, till it reached to its present extent. — Let the monarch eat but one apple from a peas­

ant's orchard, and his guards, or slaves, will pull up the tree by its root. From the plunder of five eggs, that the king shall sanction, his troops w ill stick a thousand fowls on their spits.” A king ordered an innocent person to be put to death. The man said, “Seek not your own hurt by venting any anger you may entertain against me.” The king asked, "How?" He replied, “The pain of this punishment will continue with me for a moment, but the sin of it will endure with you forever. — The period of this life passes by like the wind of the desert. Joy and sorrow, beauty and deformity, equally pass aw ay. The tyrant vainly thought that he did me an injury, but round his neck it clung and passed over me." The king profited by this advice, spared his life, and asked his for­ giveness.

I saw an A rab, who w as standing amidst a circle of jewelers at Busrah, and saying: "On one occasion I had missed my w ay in the desert, and hav­ ing no road-provision left, I had given myself up for lost, when all at once I found a bag of pearls. N ever shall I forget that relish and delight, so long as I mistook them for parched wheat; nor that bitterness and disappointment, when I discovered that they were real pearls.” In the mouth o f the thirsty traveler, amidst parched deserts and moving sands, pearl, or mother-of-pearl, were equally distasteful. T o a man without provision, and exhausted in the desert, a piece of stone or of gold, in his scrip, is all one.

I heard a certain learned senior ob­ serving to a disciple: "If the sons of Adam were as solicitous after Provi­ dence, or God, as they are after their means of sustenance, their places in Paradise would surpass those of the angels.” God did not overlook thee in that state when thou w ert a senseless embryo in thy mother’s womb. He be­ stowed upon thee a soul, reason, tem­ per, intellect, symmetry, speech, judg­ ment, understanding, and reflection. He accommodated thy hands with ten fin­ gers, and suspended two arms from thy shoulders. Canst thou now suppose, O good-for-nothing wretch, that he will forget to provide thy daily bread? T w o persons labored to a vain, and studied to an unprofitable end; he who hoarded wealth and did not spend it, and he who acquired science and did not practise it. — H owever much thou art read in theory, if thou hast no prac­ tise thou art ignorant. He is neither a sage philosopher nor an acute divine, but a beast of burden with a load of books. How can that brainless head know or comprehend whether he carries on his back a library or bundle of fagots? Patience accomplishes its object, while hurry speeds to its ruin. — W ith my own eyes I saw in the desert that the deliberate man outstripped him that had hurried on. The wing-footed steed is broken down in his speed, whilst the cam el-driver jogs on with his beast to the end of his journey. T he sinner who spends and gives a ­ w ay is better than the devotee who begs and lays by. A scholar without diligence is a lover without money; a traveler without knowledge is a bird without wings; a theorist without practise is a tree with­ out fruit; and a devotee without learn­ ing is a house without an entrance. The object of sending the Koran down from heaven was that mankind might make it a manual of morals, and not that they should recite it by sections.

I had never complained of the vicissi­ tudes of fortune, nor murmured at the ordinances of heaven, excepting on one occasion, that my feet w ere bare, and I had not wherewithal to shoe them. In this desponding state I entered the metropolitan mosque at Cufah, and there I beheld a man that had no feet. I offered up praise and thanksgiving for G od’s goodness to myself, and submit­ ted with patience to my w ant of shoes. — In the eyes of one satiated with meat a roast fowl is less esteemed at his table than a salad; but to him who is stinted of food a boiled turnip will relish like a roast fowl.

1 saw a dervish who had withdrawn into a cave He could so manage that, during his whole life, his ear should not indulge in the music of the tabor, cymbal, and pipe. He could re­ strain his eyes from enjoying the gar­ den, and gratify his sense o f smell w ith­ out the rose or narcissus. Though he had not a pillow stuffed with down, he could compose himself to rest with a stone under his head; though he had no heart-solacer as the partner of his bed, The he could hug himself to sleep with his o • arms across his breast. If he could not ostcructai an ambling nag, he w as content to Lftgest take his walk on foot: only this grumA p ril bling and vile belly he could not keep 1938 under, without stuffing it with food.

Is the Bible Infallible?
By T h e I m p e r a t o r
HROUGHOUT the past five years we h a v e received hundreds of letters from sincere a n d devout Christians and Bible students commenting upon s ta te m e n ts con­ tained in some of our books w h ic h deal with the life of Jesus, the Chris­ tian doctrines, and the practices of the Christian churches of today. In nearly all of these critical letters the basic complaint has been that w e have ignored or set aside the definite and positive statements contained in the Christian Bible, and that since the Bible is "the W o rd of G od” and therefore infallible, no human being has the right or privilege to utter a statement or to offer a proposition that does not con­ form to the letter and the dot of the Christian Bible. N early all of these critics have either ignored the fact, or w ere unaware of it, that the Christian Bible has passed through so many interpretations, trans­ lations, and different printings under different commands and with varying motives and intentions, that the most modern editions of the Bible do not con­ form literally to the earliest editions. and that when one speaks of strict ad­ herence to the wording o f the Bible, one must qualify that statement by say­ ing which edition or version of the Christian Bible is referred to. Ever since the Christian era, eminent ecclesiastical and scriptural experts have been commissioned and assigned and commanded by church councils, by kings, queens and rulers of countries, to revise the Bible or to bring forth new editions, new versions, and new inter­ pretations. In some cases the church councils have definitely limited these groups o f experts in w hat they are to revise or accept or interpret in preparing their new versions of the Bible, and in some cases they have been commanded in advance to reject certain books that originally composed the scriptural w rit­ ing from which the Bible was compiled, and to classify certain holy books and scriptures as unauthoritative, unaccept­ able, untrue, or unauthentic. A n un­ biased and careful study of the history of the Christian Bible as we have it to­ day reveals that in its arrangement, interpretation and translation, emphasis and selection of text, the Bible is almost a human document rather than a divine book. But certainly one cannot believe, after analyzing the whole history of the Christian Bible, that the present-day versions, or the accepted King James version, is so exact and so precise, and so truly "the W o rd of G od” or the word o f the Disciples and Apostles who were quoted in it, that it is infallible.

A nd in regard to the application, in­ terpretation, or understanding of the doctrines of Jesus the Christ and Apostles as accepted b y and preached by the various Christian sects, w e have to admit that most of the Christian doc­ trines, practices, principles, rules and regulations set forth by the larger of the Christian denominations are more hu­ man-made, more of human manufacture and churchly invention or creation, than spiritual and divine. For centuries the high councils or high commissions and Holy Fathers of the various Christian denominations have met and held secret sessions and long and very controversial arguments regarding the emphasis to be placed upon certain Christian doctrines, the rejection of other early Christian doctrines, the acceptance and under­ standing o f fundamental Christian prin­ ciples, and the convenient or harmoni­ ous adoption of certain Christian prin­ ciples that would blend most easily and most satisfactorily with the standards of Churchianity regardless of the inter­ pretation which any student of the life and teachings of Christ might place upon them. A nd now w e learn that once again a high commission has rendered its new­ est interpretation, understanding, and acceptance or rejection o f important parts of the Bible and important doc­ trines of the Christian Church. In the year 1922 the Archbishops of C anter­ bury and Y ork appointed w hat was called the "Commission of Christian Doctrine.” V e ry eminent ecclesiastical authorities and scriptural experts were assigned to this commission, and for fifteen years the m ajority of them had been laboring individually and collec­ tively not only in revising or reinter­ preting all of the important passages of the Bible, but in revising the very nature and understanding of Christian doc­ trines and the doctrines of the Church o f England, to conform to their newer interpretation or understanding of the Bible. A few months ago this Commis­ sion rendered its report in a 242-page The book which it presented to the Church R osicrucian England. ^ ' s report it made cer­ tain recommendations and presented its Lfigest views in regard to many matters of docA p ril trine and many matters of Bible inter1938 pretation. A nd so once more we have

a version of Christian doctrines and Christian scripture that is admittedly of human creation, human editorship, hu­ man understanding and human appli­ cation. Because of the many changes made by this high Christian Commission as rendered in its report, we have to admit once more that either the Bible is not infallible; or that "the W o rd of G od” is subject to church authority and church interpretation, and to modernization and modern application in accordance with modern human evolution; or that the doctrines of Jesus and the divine principles which He taught were of only tem porary usefulness and dependent for their efficiency upon the passing of time and the development of human nature. This High Commission, for instance, admits that the church has been wrong in the past in taking the attitude that the scientific theories of the evolution of the earth and the people living upon it were heretical in nature and inconsistent with the Bible and the teachings of Jesus the Christ. The High Commission now claims that the scientific theories and explanations, postulations and pro­ positions regarding the evolution of the earth, the evolution of plant and animal life, and even the evolution of man. may be absolutely correct, and that the stories of the creation of the earth and all life upon it as given in the few ac­ counts in the Book of Genesis in the Christian Bible may be only allegorical and symbolical and not absolutely true in the spirit of every w ord and thought expressed therein. Thus, the Commission admits that the story of the creation of the earth in seven days may be the story of the evo­ lution of the earth in seven cycles, or seven centuries or seven periods of time, and not in seven days; and that God may have created the universe, and particularly all animal life, in stages of evolution as science claims, and that this would not be inconsistent with the fundamental fact that God created everything. In other words, this Com­ mission takes the viewpoint that the im­ portant point about the whole story of creation is not how God created it, or w hat process He used, or w hat steps or stages of development may have been employed, nor how long a time it may

have taken, but the simple fact that God did decree it or that it was done under His command and control. This cer­ tainly is a new and unique position for the Christian Church to take, and it is a v ery marked victory for science and its findings and postulations. But the Commission has gone even further than this, and has expressed it­ self in regard to a large number of Christian doctrines and Christian un­ derstandings. In the first place, the Commission claims that the sexual union of man and wife should not be looked upon as a sinful act and that “human generation” is not sinful in itself, nor is sin conveyed to the offspring of any sexual union because of any sinfulness in the sexual process. Even the V irgin Birth of Jesus the Christ and the gen­ eral conditions of His Birth in earthly form are commented upon. A nd the Commission expresses its conviction that it is legitimate for a devout and true Christian either to suspend judgment regarding his belief in the existence of spiritual beings other than humans, or alternately to interpret the language of scripture regarding angels and demons "in a purely symbolical sense.” The Commission also expresses itself regarding the miracles of the Bible, and it seems that the Commission w as di­ vided in its opinion regarding the gen­ uineness or authenticity of many of the Biblical miracles. In part, the report of the Commission says: " W e ought to reject quite frankly the literalistic belief in a future resuscitation of the actual physical frame which is laid in the tomb. It is to be affirmed, none the less, that, in the life of the w orld to come, the soul, or spirit, w ill still have its ap­ propriate organ of earthly life — in the sense that it bears the same relation to the spiritual entity.” In other words, the Commission admits that a devout Chris­ tian may question the literal interpreta­ tion of the church doctrines regarding the resurrection of the physical body from the grave. T he Commission seems to admit that the soul or spirit of man, being the only immortal part and the only part of man w orthy of existence in the spiritual kingdom, is the only part of man’s expression here on earth that is required to have a place in a future spiritual kingdom, and that there is no

necessity in such a spiritual w orld for a physical body. This will certainly be a shock to a great many Christians who have argued against cremation on the basis that it would so disrupt and dis­ integrate the human form that it would be difficult for the human body to arise from the grave and ascend to Heaven when the great day comes for such w orld-wide ascension. It has alw ays seemed to us ridiculous to think that God could reassemble the disintegrated parts of a human body that had been allowed to decay in the ground and to break down into its primary earthly ele­ ments, but could not assemble into hu­ man form again the ashes of a cremated body. The British newspapers have publish­ ed much regarding this report of the Commission, and the letter columns of the London newspapers have been filled with letters by eminent church members protesting against the attitude of the Commission, and in other cases ap­ plauding it. Even eminent ecclesiastical leaders of the Christian Protestant Churches of America have expressed themselves pro and con in regard to the Commission’s report, and it appears quite evident that in the very near fu­ ture the Church of England, and very likely the Episcopal Church in America and some other Protestant denomina­ tions, will modify their church doctrines and their interpretations of the Bible in accordance with the report of this Commission. The important matter for our mem­ bers and readers to keep in mind is the fact that w hat was looked upon as the "infallible W o rd of the Bible” and the infallible interpretation of the most high ecclesiastical authorities during the past few years is now to be modified, and w hat was unquestionably "true and be­ yond human doubt” yesterday is now legitimately and properly questionable, and in some instances unreliable. To the mystic who finds his truths in the laws of life and the laws of God as ex­ pressed in all things, there is never the embarrassment of finding that a socalled truth of yesterday is either an untruth today or a questionable fact. W h a t the mystic learns from interior and spiritual experience is alw ays an

immutable law, a fixed principle, and a universal truth. Those o f our members and friends who have read our book dealing with The Secret Doctrines of Jesus will real­ ize now w hat is meant in some of the chapters of that book by the references to and illustrations of various interpre­ tations, modifications, and misrepre­ sentations of the original doctrines of Jesus. In the hands of human editors, human authorities and representatives of specialized creeds and sects, the

pristine doctrines taught by Jesus and the fundamental laws of spiritual life as expressed by Him have been mutilated and so modified and so misapplied and so misunderstood that there is little wonder that mystical students or stu­ dents of the mystical life and the spir­ itual laws of God are ever seeking out­ side of sectarian doctrines the great truths which will reveal God in a divine manner rather than through a human interpretation.





How It All Began . . .
L M O S T every country and religion of the w orld has some ceremony, religious or civil, to honor the first-born child of a family. A n ancient Hindoo custom typifies the origin of this practice. The Hindoo marriage rites were not w holly consummated until the wife presented the husband with a child. A few days subsequent to the birth, the husband would return with the tribal lead­ er or holy man to receive the child from the mother’s arms for inspection, then the final marriage vows would be taken and the unity completed, after which the husband would continually dwell with his wife. If the child was malform­ ed, the mother lost her status as a wife, and the husband owed her no moral o b lig a tio n . In Punjab, India, there is great rejoicing on the b ir th of the first-born and there are pilgrim­ ages to the family-god.


The Rosicrucian Digest A p ril

Each m onth a p aram o un t questio n of the d a y w h ich en g a g e s th e th o ugh ts of m illio n s o f in ­ t e llig e n t people th ro ugh o ut th e w orld w ill be considered in th is d ep artm en t. E ach question w ill be an sw ered b y two d ifferen t R o sicru cian m em bers. The an sw e rs to th e q u estio n s a r e not to be re g a rd e d a s o fficial statem en ts of o pinions of the ed ito r of th is p u b licatio n , o r of the officers of th e R o sicru cian O rder, AMORC

M iss M a rie A. P iq u io n , B. A., s c h o o l t e a c h e r o f y e a r s ’ e x p e r ie n c e , a n d a m e m b e r o f s e v e r a l fr a te r n a l o r d er s, ex p re ss es h e r s e l f as f o l lo w s :
Reverend Benjamin R. Lawsonf Theo­ logical Seminary graduate and clergy­ man of a Protestant church, is of the following opinion:

RE men with a "call” and special training, pledged to "preach the word o f God," admitting their incom­ petence and failure b y asking public schools to assume their duties?


If they wish to follow the children to school then I would suggest that they sit beside them and learn tolerance, love and fair p lay from the children them­ selves. Children live in amity till their religionists teach them that Jews are "Christ-killers,” P r o t e s t a n t s "rene­ gades,” C a th o lic s "idolaters," fr e e thinkers "atheists.” W h e n a child learns that his religion, only, is the true one and everyone else's false, then seeds of hatred are sown to sprout into w ar later. If religion must be pounded in w illy nilly, then it has lost its inspiration and should be discarded. Let us preserve the liberty of thinking handed down to our children in America. Do not chain their minds. America needs free men not form-followers.

U R English word "Religion" is c o m p o sed of two Latin words; “RE", which means to repeat, or do a­ gain; and “L IG A R E ”, which means to bind or tie. Hence "Religion” means to re-bind, or re-tie; and man’s relation­ ship to God is alw ays implied. The “RE” implies that man at some time was in close fellowship with God, but some­ how lost that fellowship. T o become re­ ligious is to regain that fellowship, or to have reawakened in one's heart the con­ sciousness of God. W ith the foregoing in mind, I think that Religion should be taught in the Public Schools. O f course I do not mean that Denominationalism, or Sec­ tarianism should be taught, decidedly not. I feel that the Public Schools should teach Religion because the truly religi­ ous man is a better citizen than the non­ religious man, and in every w ay a great­ er asset in the development of the na­ tion and the world. Religion teaches men, races, and nations to live together cooperatively instead o f competitively; thus promoting peace and goodwill among men and nations.



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Life Values at the Close
S o r o r M a r g a r e t O t is

IFE is a puzzle and a m vstery to some, to others it may seem but a dreary routine, while the pleasure s e e k e r s aim only, as they s a y , to g e t th e m ost o u t o f it. T h e v o c a t io n a l g u id a n c e expert th in k s th e solu­ tion is to fit the s q u a re peg into the square hole.” But w h y get into any hole at all? Life is Creation. It flows along in varied phases, is never station­ ary, and its meaning is revealed in myriad forms; for, as the poet says, "Each one in his turn plays many parts.” O nly a few. however, recognize the value of the 'Old A ge period.” Old Age should be the crowning glory of all. It is the culminating period and has a value all its own. Fortunately a few of us are finding this out and Old Age Clubs and Schools are being formed. W e hear of "Salvaging Old A g e” and other like efforts to help us live the last part of life as well as the first. It is true, however, that we must rec­ T he ognize the fact that old age is different Rosicrucian from youth and middle age. Changes Digest are going on all the time in our physical A p ril system, in our family affairs, in our social contacts, and in our interests. W e 1938

are not the same and adjustments are continually before us. A n y rejuvenation nostrum that loses sight of this fact will fail. It is only in the readjustment and in finding the right avenue for further progress that one can hope to appreci­ ate the value and purpose of this time of life. The problem of living this end period is being taken up by research workers in a number o f fields. T o be properly equipped for understanding all that is involved in it one should be expert in physiology, dietetics, bio-chemistry, psy­ chology, economics, sociology and many other sciences. It is interesting to note that endowments are being made for the purpose of research in the direction of extending human life. Recently a grant of $42,500 was made to Cornell Uni­ versity from the Rockefeller Foundation for the express purpose of Life Span Studies, wherein a six year program of experiments w ill be directed to the problem of diet in the last half of adult life. T he so-called infirmities of old age have alw ays been and should be the problems for medical science to solve. The hope is that the solutions may be found so that sound bodies in advancing years may be possible for all. The dieti­ cians have a fine field here and special menus for the aged give great promise and already are yielding remarkable re­ sults. Due regard should be paid to the building up of a strong physical body,

and this effort eventually leads to Right Living which cannot be handled by Medicine alone. The approach from Psychology has made great strides in the last tw enty years. In this field there are many re­ search workers, notably W a lte r R. M iles who conducted a series of experi­ ments at Y ale University on individuals from the age of ten to the age of eightynine. He found that the best perform ­ ance can be expected from persons be­ tween the ages of eighteen and fortynine. But even the scientist admits that age in itself does not bring about de­ terioration. Deterioration comes rather from faulty methods of living than from merely the passing of years. Psychology is now doing more than the scientific research and is entering the field of constructive therapeutics. A definite technique is now offered to the old age problem for reconstruction of mental abilities. Dr. Lillien J. M artin in San Francisco initiated the movement which she called ‘Salvaging Old A g e.” W ith great success she brought renew­ ed youth to hundreds of old people who had considered themselves as beyond the hope of redemption. Cases publish­ ed by Dr. M artin make very interesting reading. For instance an employee in a d ry goods store was threatened with loss of position. By complying with the regime prescribed he overcame his de­ ficiencies and competed again on even terms with his fellow workers. Part of the regimen was to make out a daily program, put down exactly what he did every hour, every day of the week. That simple expedient works wonders just in itself. T ry it out yourself. It sometimes doesn’t look v ery w ell to see in black and white just w hat w e are doing with our time. Re-education is the term given to the process of remoulding a person’s life ac­ cording to scientific requirements. A proper amount of w ork is prescribed, and as well a proper amount o f rest; recreation has its place, exercise, and, very important, the right kind of diet. W o rk is one of the most important items in any plan for improving life. W o rk in any period of life is essential. The kind of w ork varies according to the abilities and opportunities of the in­

dividual. A s one grows older it would be wise to change the type of work, but not to leave it out of one's daily routine. It may be that the older people should not work for as long hours as the younger, but for all, old and young, w ork is essential for harmonious living. The inspiration that comes with the urge to work acts as a great blessing at any age, and we find that old people still need the feeling that they are of some use in the world. M an y examples may be cited of crea­ tive work from those who continued ac­ tivity in the last part of life. There are illustrious men in all branches of learn­ ing who produced their greatest work when over seventy or even older. Just to mention a few we find Galileo, LeM arck, Gladstone, Spencer, and Kant. Music gives us V erdi, Handel, M eyer­ beer. In literature we find Goethe and many other master minds who con­ tinued active in old age. These names serve merely as a reminder that the period of so-called old age may be made a period of great achievement. But, it is urged, there aren’t enough jobs for the younger generation, how can the older ones expect to keep em­ ployed? In some places employees are turned off at the age of thirty-five. No matter w hat the training or achievement may be, the applicant must tell his age and that settles it. This condition should not discourage us, for there are many types of w ork that can be made available for the older ones and a change of w ork is good, but the general public needs to be re-educated on this subject. W o rk that the older people can do should be reserved especially for them. Indeed, in one place a Clipping Bureau w as started where no one was employed unless oyer fifty. The type of w ork for the older employees neces­ sarily should be different from that of their youth, and the hours o f work should be shorter. P ay may be less, if necessary, but enough for daily bread. The feeling that one can earn a living is a good tonic for the system. In the present day plans for the aged we rarely hear about the conditions that would be best for them, but mainly about their support. Old age security is the only topic in this connection that

obtains much o f a hearing. But is it true that security is the best condition for happy living? W e should cause to con­ sider w hat will be the influence of such security upon human conduct and ulti­ mately upon the race. If w e could ac­ curately measure the forces that have to do with human motives, we might dis­ cover the right urges that would guide to a nobler and better life for all. The study o f motivation has become a dis­ tinct branch of scientific research. Security, properly speaking, is not really an urge at all. It is complete ab­ sence of urge, while necessity is the working of some urge, not necessarily specified. It is surely better to have some urge than no urge at all. O nly not for the old, we are told. But the old are no different from others, and require the inspiration that comes from the thought of going on with their life work. W e must recognize the force o f Necessity working in our lives, and there is no age limit to this force. It is a beneficent force and we find mention of it in litera­ ture from early times on. It is the Beau­ tiful Necessity to which Emerson says we should build altars. Shelley too gives it recognition. "Spirit of Naturel All-sufficing Power! Necessity, thou mother of the w orld.” T he last w ord on this subject, how­ ever, has not been spoken. In all the scientific study of the old age period o f V V

life no mention has been made o f the power o f the soul force. In the scientific w orld if it is admitted at all that there is a soul, it is so shadowy and unpro­ ductive in nature that few assign it any power. A t this point we may turn to the Rosicrucian doctrine for help. W e learn of the very definite power that the soul has which may be developed by practice and can be used to make the end period of life that "for which the first w as made.” Rosicrucians rely on their inner forces and can bring about in this w ay the achievement of progress and happiness so much desired. A lso our old age period should be made the starting point for further progress in our future ex­ periences, for the fact that this life is not the end is not held as an idle belief but as a very definite knowledge. This gives the strongest motive of all for us to forge ahead and make this life a preparation in all w ays for the next. W e should be ashamed to settle down idly and make old age the excuse for a negative and passive existence. So, brothers and sisters, let us keep our ideals ever pointing the w ay on­ ward, never accept failure as a reality, believe that our most complex problems can be solved, and try to learn thor­ oughly the lessons that are now before us. N ew courage, new hopes, new achievements are ours. V

Q U E S T IO N S O F T H E T IM E S (Continued from Page 10 1) Let the churches purge themselves of greed and self-aggrandizement and the clergy inspire b y example. T he public schools have a big job to give our chil­ dren noble ideals and ethical standards. If both clergy and public schools stick to their own lasts perhaps we can look forward to a day when man can meet man as brothers, not as religious labels, smooth on the s u r f a c e a n d sticky underneath. T he R osicrucian Digest A p ril 1938 I feel that the Public Schools should teach Religion because that is the only possible w ay to bring all the people into a knowledge of God, and his will for us. The Church Schools reach only a small minority of the people, while the Public Schools reach almost all of them. A course in Religion could be easily added to the curriculum of the Public Schools without increasing the length of the school day. The Public School has the facilities and the equipment and could easily secure competent teachers in this field. Y es I think that the Public Schools could do a fine job along this line if we are able to steer clear of Sectarianism.



T h e "C ath ed ral of the Soul" is a Cosm ic m eeting p lace for a ll minds of the most advanced and h ig h ly developed sp iritu al members and w orkers of the R osicrucian F rate rn ity . It is a focal point of Cosm ic radiatio n s and thought w av es from w hich rad iate vibratio ns of health, p eace, happiness, and inner aw aken in g. V ario u s periods of the d a y are set aside w hen m an y thousands of minds are attuned w ith the C ath ed ral of the Soul, and others attuning w ith the C athedral at this time w ill receive the benefit of the vibrations. T h o se w ho are not members of the o rganization m ay share in the unusual benefits a s w ell as those w ho are members. T h e book called “Liber 777" describes the periods for vario us contacts w ith the C ath ed ral. C opies w ill be sent to persons w ho are not members if th ey address their requests for this book to F riar S. P. C., care of A M O R C T em ple, S an Jose, C alifo rn ia, enclosing three cents in postage stam ps. ( P l e a s e s ta te w h e t h e r m e m b e r o r n o t—this is im portan t.)

T H A S been truly said b y many an­ cient philosophers that if the God of the Universe had not revealed Him­ self through many miracles and many inspirations in the consciousness o f man and if God h ad n o t s e n t to earth various mes­ sengers at various times to explain His omnipotence and omnipresence and great works, man would have naturally invented a God that would have been much like the God that Holy Scriptures reveal to us. From the earliest davs of civilization w e find phases of man’s determined and
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persistent and logical attempts to dis­ cover and learn something about a God that he felt sure created the universe and still ruled it. The most primitive type of man in ancient times and in the modern times who has never heard or read anything of Holy Scripture, nor been taught any religious principles, has alw ays felt that there w as some ruler, some mind, some consciousness, guiding and directing everything in this universe, who was greater than himself. Psychologically, w e might say that there has alw ays been a tendency on the part o f man to worship some great hero, known or unknown, seen or un­ seen. W e know that children at a very early age have a tendency to select either a father, mother, or older sister or brother as their hero, and they try to emulate that person and imitate his


w ays of talking, acting, thinking and so forth. According to the education of the child does he adopt a character or per­ sonality or type of individual as his hero. There are children in the slum districts of every large country who see much quarrelling and fighting, and have to witness and take part in many street brawls and constantly be on the defen­ sive, who gradually select some eminent prizefighter or w ar hero or strong-arm individual as their hero. T hey love to read about him, talk about him, see pic­ tures of him and try to imitate his man­ nerisms and his personality. Little girls are given to worshipping their mothers as great ladies and try to imitate their w ays in many things. This is so funda­ mentally true that it places a grave re­ sponsibility upon parents and makes it necessary for parents to be very careful of their conduct and language, and of their principles in their home life and social life, especially any conduct or language that can be observed or heard by their children. If their children once become convinced that their parents are just common persons whose feet are of earthly clay and whose characters are vacillating and unreliable or sordid and mean, they turn their hero worship to­ ward others outside of the family, and sometimes they select persons who are outw ardly brave and formidable or at­ tractive, but who nevertheless have habits that are mean and sordid, un­ clean and unworthy. But primitive man as well as modern man alw ays sought to find some stand­ ard, some form of consciousness or in­ telligence. greater, better and larger, more pure, more clean, and more noble than himself, and has tried to emulate that invisible or visible character. M an was first impressed with the fact that he did not make himself, nor did other human beings like himself create him. and that other human beings like him­ self did not have the power to create man and woman or to create the uni­ verse or maintain and control it. The regular and systematic w ay in which the The seasons come and go, and the w ay in R osicrucian w ^ich planets move through their . courses, and the intelligent manner in S. which seeds planted in the ground reA p ril spond to some unknown law, yet obey 1938 that law and become fruitful, convinced

early man as it convinces many men to­ day, that the universe was created and is directed, controlled and intelligently operated by a superior consciousness, a superior mind. This conviction, and the inborn tendency to worship, emulate or idolize something that is greater than himself, and to which he can turn for protection or help, for strength, for power, has alw ays led the primitive type of mind to invent an imaginary God and to try and hold that God in reverence and deep respect. It was because of this that primitive man —• and many illiterate and unedu­ cated men of foreign lands today—cre­ ated stone and metal statues that repre­ sented their mental idols and which gave some concrete or definite form to the vague ideas they had regarding an unknown and invisible God. T hat this should have led gradually to idol w or­ ship and to reverence definitely ex­ pressed to these statues, or replicas of a mysterious character, is logical and reasonable. In fact, we would be sur­ prised today if history did not reveal and show to us that primitive man had created such idols and worshipped them. A nd we would be surprised today if we went into primitive nations in the South Sea Islands and in parts of A frica and A sia if we did not find them still designing and constructing in stone, metal or wood, grotesque figures, start­ ling figures, surprising figures that rep­ resented in some w ay the mysterious and unhuman qualities of their created God. A nd so w e can understand w h y in foreign lands today and in parts of Europe, for instance, w e see great Cathedrals or places of worship o f mo­ dern construction which still decorate their chapels and roofs and porticoes with statues of ancient saints or with representative characters of holy power, in order that the worshippers may have something tangible, something definite, to which they can pin their faith. It is only when we find modern minds still believing that these stone, wood, or metal statues have a potency or have a power resident within them or connect­ ed with them that we realize that with all of our advancement of civilization we have not progressed very far beyond the period of idol worship.

A nd it is surprising to think that de­ spite all that the divine messengers of God have revealed to us in sacred w rit­ ings, and despite w hat Jesus taught as a special messenger of God, millions still believe that the only place to commune with or pray to God is w'thin the naves and alcoves of a huge material structure set apart from other buildings as a special place for divine worship. W e can understand w hy the Jews in their ancient religious rites believed, and still believe, that in a certain place within their synagogues or within the Holy of Holies there was resident at times the presence of God. But even these Jews did not believe, nor do the orthodox Jews of today believe, that God is never resident in any other place but in that Holy of Holies. Y et there are Jews and Christians. Mohammedans, Buddhists and others, who still believe in these modern times that the only place God can be worshipped or thanked or praised or appealed to is in a definite and consecrated edifice at certain hours of the day or on certain days of the week. V V

The mystic knows that it is true that God resides within us and that the Kingdom of Heaven is as much within each of us as it is in any spiritual plane or place beyond this earth. A nd the mystic knows that he can stop in his daily tasks at home or in business, at any hour of the day or night, and lift his thoughts and consciousness to a higher mental and spiritual plane and contact God instantly through inner communion and outer expression and enjoy all the privileges of prayer and worship no matter where he may be. how he may be dressed, or what the occasion may be. It is because of this belief that thou­ sands of mystics and students of mys­ ticism in America today are enjoying the privileges of the Cathedral of the Soul, and if you do not know w hat this means, or have not learned of this great and important spiritual privilege, write today for our free booklet, Liber 777, and join the multitudes who are deriving great good from such non-sectarian, non-creedal worship and communion. V

So to conduct one’s life as to realize oneself—this seems to me the highest a t­ tainment possible to a human being. It is the task of one and all of us. but most of us bungle it.— Ibsen. V
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Friendship’s Invisible Influence
By C o l o m b e M
M F .R S O N o n c e w rote:'' M y friends have come to me u n s o u g h t; G o d gave them to me.” Though we do not realize it, we are often d ra w n to someone as a friend because we s u b c o n s c io u s ly feel the need of acquiring c e r ta in definite attributes of his which we ourselves do not at present possess. It may be understand­ ing or tolerance; it may be that his ideals are so high in our conception that we subconsciously aspire to those ideals which w e think more inspiring than our own; it may be recognition of certain of his accomplishments and the w ay in which he has or is accomplishing them; it may be admiration for certain quali­ ties of his personality—reliability, mag­ netism, industry, sincerity. It may be one thing or it may be many things. It may be a big thing or it may be a little thing. Later in the association w e learn that we have evolved, grown — taken on that quality or those qualities which we hadn’t been conscious of searching for —'and w e wonder where they came The from. It is when we look back upon R osicrucian lfi°se friendships which used to be, that we discover the source. Yet, at the L/igest time w e w ere gaining this inspiration, A p ril w e not only may not have realized that 1938 we w ere growing in that particular as­
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pect, we may have been totally unaware of that quality we gained. Oftentimes we hear the expression. 'I don’t know w hat he ever saw in h er!” M aybe he didn't either — until many years later. A very popular moving pic­ ture luminary, a young man, was recent­ ly asked by a pertinent magazine re­ porter which of the numerous young ladies he had for several years alternate­ ly escorted to Hollywood social func­ tions he liked the best. The actor’s an­ swer, rather than the vague tactful one of surely liking them all equally, was quite unusual in its depth1 "I think I could answ er that question ten years from now, but now I do not know.” Not that I imply that we should seek only those friends who can contribute to us— far the opposite. Just as vaguely as we realize the essentials which at­ tract us to our friends, do we realize the qualities of our own selves which attract them. Few are sufficiently well integrated to honestly feel that they are perhaps an even balance between the poorer qualities they possess and the finer ones: down deep most people real­ ly feel that they have far too many qualities which need improvement — or they egotistically feel that they are everything that is right, admirable, and to be sought. W e are indeed as often­ times unconscious of our own inspiring qualities as we are o f those o f our friend. If years from now, or possibly even months from now, one who is presently our friend, or who has been our friend,

would tell us what he has learned and gained from his association with us, we might find that we have inspired him so greatly that his whole outlook, his whole mode of living has been changed. The friendship itself, that is, the association, may end, but the benefits derived from it have helped to make us w hat we are today and w hat w e w ill be tomorrow. Indeed, God has given us our friends! Sometimes w e w ill find that the qual­ ity or qualities w e are subconsciously seeking in our friend are the exact ones which he is seeking in us. Then a bond can be quickly established by uniting in search—and each sharing with the other every tiny bit of help he has received as we go along. The sharing might be done knowingly, then again it might be, as has already been mentioned, wholly unconscious of any effort or under­ standing by the two. It w ill be shared, transferred to each other, in any number of ways. Perhaps the two foremost o f these are conversation and example. Have you known the wonderful attunement of spending long hours talk­ ing alone with a friend? W e open our hearts, our w orlds— give the contents to each other’s keeping, knowing that for­ ever we will keep each other’s trust. Oftentimes mothers say to their grown daughters, who at fifteen had been very very much in “love” with some Johnny Jones, “Do you remember John­ ny? A ren ’t you glad that you didn't marry him? Do you know now w hat you ever saw in him?” These daughters, who at fifteen might have been planning to elope with Johnny on his bicycle, might well answer, "Indeed I remember Johnny. A nd I know now w hat I saw in him—all of the qualities which I now

wouldn’t want in the young man I choose to become my husband! I’ve learned!” Yes, every friendship, no matter how long ago it was or how rec­ ent. how long it lasted, or how sadly it ended, has had its value in shaping our lives, determining our futures. W e are a composite of all of our friends in the past. If friendships drift off slow ly without apparent cause or reason, and we see them fading aw ay, let us say to our­ selves that God had given us to each other in the first place that w e might transfer to each other some of the divine spark which is ours to give, and that now we must share that which we gain­ ed with new friends. Sometimes after two close friends have parted and have met again a new spark awakens and they become closer, dearer friends than they had been be­ fore. Each has gone his separate w ay, had new vitalizing experiences, learned new things, advanced, grown, devel­ oped, evolved — and each is ready to share again with the other. These are the lasting friendships, the eternal ones ■ — for when each knows of the love and loyalty of the other, when each knows the relationship is strong enough to go unmet and still retain its original essence —ah, that is indeed blessed by God. But if we two, who have been friends, part, and meet again, finding we have naught but a nod—and inside us a quick recollection of what used-to-be—let us not be sad. Let us thank God that we have had this friendship, and pass on to share a kindlier heart, a deeper understanding, and a more Cosmic beauty and inspiration with the new friends He bids us.

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Facets of Light
F r a t e r H o r a c e I. H a m l e t t ,

D. D. S., F. R. C.

U S T as in English there are rhetorical synonyms for va­ rious expressions, so is light a master synonym f o r th e varied expressions scintillating fro m th e f iv e le t t e r s c o m p ris in g th e word. The more varied the express io n s , th e m ore beautiful becomes the language; so with light, the more varied the glow the more attractive it becomes for analysis and study from a physical, and even more so from a meta­ physical, point of view. During any period of relaxation, when the mind is capable of analyzing some of nature’s secrets, if we write the consonants and vowels of the w ord on paper, then pronounce the word softly, we may notice the glow that shines from each of the letters. This glow is continuous, without a break; there is perfect harmony in the electrical vibra­ tions emanating from the letters com­ prising the word. To the infant, light has an effect upon the eye, despite the fact that its presence physically is nonplused; for psychically the origin and source and The attendant ramifications from the orR osicrucian dinary light to the dissections of its _. constituent parts are probably more Utgest thoroughly understood than to man, A p ril hence one of the reasons for the A phor1938 ism, "A little child shall lead them.”

T herefore we find most scientists, mystics, and men of outstanding abili­ ties today are somewhat docile and quiet in their attitudes because of the fact that there must be a reversion to simplicity in order to study the light— be it of nature or its varied divisions of sciences- or the extension of man's psy­ chic self to contact the true light of cosmic consciousness. A s the infant grows into an adult, the true significance of some of light's deepest expressions occasionally dawns upon his consciousness. W h en intense darkness is felt heavily, as in a pea soup fog, or as the cold winds of the winter penetrate and sometimes sere his body with a numbness approaching death, there comes a keen realization of its potent qualities on being warmed by heat—another form of light, but differ­ ing in vibrations. If the unevolved can, therefore, sense some of its uses, as Rosicrucians we should keenly analyze the word with greater and deeper emphasis. Should sufficient time be taken for the purpose of sensing the vibrations emanating from the five letters, how can we do otherwise than reflect upon the hidden m ystery which seems to first glimmer and then gradually glow until there is a realization of the tremendous power and cosmic essence diffusing from the combined letters. Light, that affable fulminating es­ sence, gradually throws its scintillating aura into the surrounding atmosphere, the depth, quality and extent being de-

pendent upon the action individually realized from the ensconsed original source, psychically or physically, as a result of accumulative vibrational en­ ergy of the thing from which the light emanates. Then our imagination again senses obscure vow el sounds enwrap­ ped within those vibrations awaiting the perception and acknowledgment of man. W h o can tell—since love is light and since light is of God — whether the sounds, taken apart and intoned, might not affect suffering humanity in such a manner as to psychically relieve in­ dividuals from diseases which are as yet a puzzle to medical science; as well as those which are not? For light is of the Supreme Consciousness and all things are possible under and through that consciousness; be it the relief of pain, disease, or assistance in wresting from nature some of its further and deepest secrets. The position and affer­ ent and efferent action of the spinal nervous system being understood, to­ gether with its connections with the sympathetic nervous system, the feasi­ bility of this principle seems highly laudable. In the case o f cancer, the varied sounds used would be intoned to the a f­ fected circumscribed area at certain stipulated intervals with the imaging of strangulating the circulation of that dis­ eased area, with a view of stunting the growth of the tissues involved and their consequent death; since tissues can only thrive through nutrition by means of the circulatory system. Rosicrucians should possess a labora­ tory to wrest from nature some o f its

secrets, but in this day and time the will to live crushes the idea from all but those who possess the time. Here is a magnificent field for psychical research. Should this be possible—and who could prove that it is not feasible — there would be a minimized usage of surgery and a blessing to the suffering world through the Rosicrucian principles which would have aided again, as in the past, the psychical medicinal and surgi­ cal evolvement of Man. Light, when exemplified in the ma­ terial manifestation of man, is only a synthetic prototype of its pure original source, for man through gradual devel­ opment can demonstrate only the mani­ festation of that light. Again it demon­ strates through the eyes of man its varied propensities. It shines as love at one time, at another as tolerance, again as pity, next as despair, inversely as hatred or vexation. A nd so. through the erroneous human emotions, that same thing which was meant for good can also be desecrated. Light is subtle in its radiance; it is seen only as light by the unevolved, but as one progresses along the path, and so endeavors to dissect and examine its true essence, one becomes enthralled. It seems to radiate the vibrations of cos­ mic consciousness, for light in its true essence emanates from the great source for the purpose of leading man—wheth­ er through the light of day, the light of education, or the light of psychical de­ velopment • — towards a state wherein man eventually becomes enthralled by and then endowed with the power of the great Supreme Consciousness.

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By S o r o r R u t h F a r r a n ,

F. R. C.

T IS my desire in this article to show how closely many o f th e p r e s e n t day psychological in v e s tig a tio n s through scientific efforts in research are approaching a knowledge of eso­ te r ic p rin c ip le s such as taught for c e n tu r ie s by the R o s ic ru c ia n s . In giving some of the more modern con­ clusions I shall attempt only to mention the development of two or three prin­ ciples, but these principles appear to be fundamental and are doing much to change the leading concepts previously held by psychologists. A n interesting feature in connection with the subject is that much of this material has been developed within the past five years, or so, to a high degree of consistency with our experiences. One of the most outstanding psy­ chological problems has been to dis­ cover the manner in which problem­ The solving takes place. It was an earlier Rosicrucian belief that all problem-solving was Digest achieved through w hat w as termed A p ril learning by trial and error. Essentially, this meant that the discovery of a cor­ 1938

rect method of procedure results from an infinite number of trials, each trial culminating in an error, or a failure to achieve the goal that w as being sought. But in some unknown w ay, after a large number of trials, all resulting in error and disappointment, the seeker hit on the right response and his efforts at solving the problem w ere successful. It was held that it w as necessary to try all kinds of unsuccessful methods of seeking a solution to a problem in order to discover the wrong methods and eli­ minate them. This explanation was con­ sidered satisfactory for some time, but eventually the question arose as to w hy the learner could respond to a similar situation in the correct w ay whenever it came up again without having to go through all the wrong moves that had preceded it. By one of the laws of learn­ ing it was held that one learned what one practiced. In the solving of a prob­ lem many errors were practiced, some of them over and over, before the problem-solver hit on the right method. T he question thus raised was w hy the learner did not respond with errors, even after achieving a correct solution, as a result of the practice-effect of the errors that had preceded the satisfactory response. A t first the attempt was made to ex­ plain the result by what is called the
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pleasure-pain principle. W ro n g re­ sponses were said to give the individual pain, while right responses gave him pleasure. Because the learner would rather be happy than sorry, when he found a solution that pleased him, he would keep responding in the right w ay in order to avoid the pain that he re­ membered resulted from his responding in the wrong w ay. But it was soon recognized that this w as only a partial explanation. This w as especially ob­ vious where the learner did not find the right solution to his problem, but re­ acted instead on the basis of continued errors. Although he may have been seeking pleasure, the ultimate result was pain. It was further discovered that a par­ ticular response gave one individual pleasure and the same response gave another pain, or w hat resulted in pain to one, gave still another pleasure. A c­ cording to the stimulus-response theory an identical stimulus should give an identical response, and here was evi­ dence that this was not the case. In the inanimate world, or in the w orld of physics, it was possible to prove that the application of a certain amount of force produced a certain result; and this was true everywhere, at any time, for the same amount o f force. But with living beings the evidence showed this was not true. No dependence could be placed upon securing a certain response as the result of a certain stimulus. In other words, the stimulus could be measured, but the response could not be measured. It could only be guessed at from a knowledge of the individual in question, and even then the guessing might not be very reliable. This dis­ covery brought about w hat came to be called the Doctrine of Individual Dif~ ferences. or the proposition that each individual differed to some degree from all the rest o f his fellows. As a result of this doctrine the testing movement was developed. Under the direction of the psychologists various kinds of tests w ere given to each in­ dividual and records kept of the results. One can scarcely pick up any presentday educational literature without read­ ing of intelligence tests, aptitude tests, vocational guidance tests, mechanical ability tests, language tests, non-langu­

age tests; subject matter tests such as reading tests, writing tests, history tests, geography tests, and so on and on. This is the result of the belief that if a person is given a large enough variety of tests, enough w ill be learned about him to make it possible to predict how he will react along any line of activity about which one might wish to know. A nd the end o f this procedure is not yet. Each year new tests are being de­ vised to try to get a clearer insight into the individual personality. A n early effect o f all this was that, too often, the individual came to be looked upon as a series of numbers, the numbers representing the scores on the various tests that had been given to him. This was especially true of school children and vocational employees of many sorts. In many instances the in­ dividual himself may have been com­ pletely overlooked or forgotten, and all that was known of him, or about him, was the list of numbers kept somewhere in an office file. The difficulty is that there does not seem to be anything seriously wrong in the testing movement in itself. The error has been rather in the assumption back of the method. Until very recently the human nervous system was thought to be made up of discrete units, or atoms, each of these atoms being liken­ ed to a small, hard ball that throughout its lifetime retained its shape and nature in its entirety, without being modified by the effects of its surroundings. W h en ever anything happened to the cells in the body to cause the sense organs to react it was thought that these little balls, or atoms, w ere pushed from one position to another. Each time the sense-organ responded to a sensation it was believed the position of the little balls making up that particular organ was changed. But the nature of the balls themselves, it was held, never changed. So the purpose o f the testing move­ ment was to discover, if possible, the re­ sult of these balls being pushed into their new positions. In this w ay it was thought it could be determined how the individual would react to definite stimu­ li just as surely and just as accurately

as could be determined in the physical w orld how much w ater could be pump­ ed a certain distance with a certain amount of Horse Power. This main problem, it was thought, was to discover w hat constituted the balls, and what was the effect upon the nervous system of moving them about. Now here is where the teachings of the present-day psychologists differ. T he modernists contend that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In the old psychology the elements, or atoms, of the body consisted o f a total that could be secured by adding all the parts together. Mathematically this was the same as saying the sum o f 1 plus 1 equals 2, or the sum of 5 plus 5 equals 10. The new psychologist says this is not true. W h en two, or more, things are added together the result, says the p sy­ chologist, is more than the mere sum; and the nature of the new product may be quite different from the nature of the original elements. The classic illustra­ tion of this is water. W a te r consists of hydrogen and oxygen. By itself, each of these elements is a gas, but in the correct combination with each other the result is w ater. Now w ater is not a gas, but a liquid, the nature of which could not have been predicted until the two elements were put together and the re­ sult observed. In applying this theory to the nervous system, instead of looking at the nerv­ ous system as being composed of little balls, each one separated from all the others (but somehow all of them acting together as a totality), the present con­ cept is that each time an element is stimulated its nature is changed, and all the other elements associated with it are also changed, or modified, in order to harmonize themselves with each other and produce a coordinated response. The result of this change is a new whole which is made up of the various elements, or parts, in their new arrangement. From this time on the organism will react differently because T he entire arrangement of the elements n ■ is different. A nd the new combinations ixostcructan mere total of the old comD igest binations, because in being recombined, A p ril something has been added that was not 1938 there before. The nature of the entire

organism has been changed as a result of experience, and 1 plus 1 no longer equals 2, but 2 plus. Perhaps this doctrine will be more readily recognized if it is stated in our own words. This is the law of the tri­ angle. The law of the triangle says that when w e have one point, and add to it a second point, we get a third point, or point of manifestation, which oartakes of the nature of both the points in ques­ tion; but the nature of which is above and beyond the nature of the two points taken separately. It is this plus element that causes the difficulty in trying to measure the result of a stimulus. This is w hy the testing movement has not come up to the early expectations held for it. A method has not been devised to measure the plus element that has emerged. A new pattern (or Gestalt) has resulted that has in it the elements of the old, but in itself may be quite dif­ ferent, as w ater differs from hydrogen or oxygen, yet contains them both. Now to come back to the Laws of Learning. According to the new psy­ chologists the reason one does not con­ tinue practicing the errors after the cor­ rect response has been developed is be­ cause the entire nervous system has been changed. The nature of the ele­ ments is not the same, and the entire organism has been raised to a higher level as the result of the plus element being added. This new combination will react in a w ay different from the old ways. And it will continue to react at this new level because the old level has disappeared in the process o f being re­ integrated to form the new. This re­ organization is called evolution, and the additional plus element is called an emergent. The final process where the organism takes on the new activities and leaves off reacting according to the old is called insight. Through an in­ finite number of trials, or experiences, the individual is said to have gained new insight, or understanding. W h e n we look at this theory we see how much it is in harmony with the Rosicrucian concepts. W e look upon the cells and organs of the body as in­ dividuals in a community, all interacting with each other for the mutual benefit of the whole. Through this mutual in-

teraction the nature of the cells is changed in such a w ay that a greater degree of harmony, or insight, is se­ cured and the entire organism reacts at a higher level of understanding and achievement. It is not likely that the psychologists would want to follow this concept as far as we do, and reach the conclusions to which we come. For we say that through the achievement of greater and greater insights, as the result of our ex­ periences (or trials), that eventually we reach the greatest of all insights, Illumination , where all the elements of our organism are working at their high­ est degree of efficiency and harmony with each other. A nd when this state is reached we say the organism becomes permanently changed so that the trials and disappointments of life will no longer have any particular effect upon us. Further than this, we say when this has happened that we will have reached a new level of understanding and use­ fulness. W e say that death is no actual thing because what has taken place is an emergent, or a transformation into a new state of being, that contains all the elements of the old; but is above and beyond the old state of existence, where the soul is freed to function in new and more exalted w ays. In some cases death may free us from our material bodies, if we have outgrown the useful­ ness of the body, but in many cases "death” means instead, the freeing o f our minds through the processes of evo­ lution and subsequent Illumination; whereby outworn thoughts and ideas disappear and new ones come in to take their places. But the new ideas are made up of the ones we possessed be­ fore; they have become regenerated through continued experience, and have emerged into configurations of a plus nature with additional meanings. The more modern trend of thinking in psychology is aptly illustrated by Dr. W m . A . W h ite of St. Elizabeth’s Hos­ pital, W ashington, D. C., who, in his recent book "Twentieth C entury P sy­ chiatry,” describes man through the ad­ vances of science as having had repeat­ edly to give up cherished ideas of his individual importance and significance

in the universe. But upon giving up these notions he is gradually finding that instead of being merely an inhabi­ tant of the universe, and apart from its operations, except as he learns how to control small bits of it in his immediate environment, he is a part of a stupend­ ous whole, "infinite in time and space, and a medium through which it is fo­ cused, and in accordance with the laws of which he has his being and finds his w ays of self-expression.” Thus, says Dr. W h ite, while man has become smaller on the one hand, he is becoming increasingly larger on the other, and instead of losing his importance as he had thought, he is discovering that he is the central figure of the universe, and it is through him that the cosmos is to be interpreted and find its meanings. It w as said a moment ago that the difficulty with the earlier testing move­ ment w as that the testers were seeking only a partial thing. T hey were trying to take the individual’s characteristics apart and discover the minute composi­ tion of each trait. But according to the newer psychological concepts the in­ vestigations should lead in quite a dif­ ferent direction. In addition to an analysis of the individual’s character­ istics, an endeavor should be made to learn how well individuals can utilize new experiences, and through the syn­ thesis of their experiences evolve into higher and more integrated beings. This would mean discovering to w hat extent each individual is capable of under­ standing his experiences through put­ ting them together and utilizing them as a whole. A nd it is likely that this w ill constitute the next phase of the testing movement. Another line o f investigation that has only recently been taken up by the psy­ chologists is that of telepathy. Among many scientists telepathy is still very much of a mooted question, but a dis­ cussion of the subject is found in S ig ­ mund Freud’s book, "New Introductory Lectures of Psycho-A nalysis,” pub­ lished in 1933. Throughout the entire discussion Dr. Freud is extremely cau­ tious in his statements. A nd this caution is never mitigated during the course of his explanations of mental phenomena, but there are many illustrations of what

he considers may be examples of the telepathic ability. One such citation follows: Upon coming to him one afternoon one of Dr. Freud's patients told him that someone had mistakenly called him (the patient), M r. Foresight, short­ ly before his visit to the doctor's office. The fact o f interest was that just before the arrival of this patient a man b y the name of Dr. Forsyth from England had actually visited the psychoanalyst's o f­ fice, and Dr. Freud was still thinking of this man when the patient of whom we speak arrived. O f all the subjects the later visitor could have mentioned, he selected the one thing that was on the mind of Dr. Freud and told him of his having been called Dr. Foresight. There is a difference in spelling of these two names. The word is spelled F-o-r-e-s-i-g-h-t, in English, or V -o -rs-i-c-h-t in German. The name of the English visitor, Dr. Forsyth, w as spell­ ed differently, but in pronouncing the two they sound practically the same, and Dr. Freud considers the occurrence as a very probable transfer of thought. Numerous examples of similar occur­ rences are given, but I shall not take the time to describe any more of them. The chief objection on the part of the critics to the belief in telepathy is that the thoughts connected with the alleged transference are often not identical. This is the same difficulty to which I referred earlier, the problem of identical stimuli producing identical responses. Thus in the case of the word Foresight, it would be held that the transfer, to be accepted as valid, would have had to carry over the English spelling of the word Forsyth in its entirety, instead of being picked up under the German spelling of Vorsicht. The insistence upon an identical transfer on the part of the earlier p sy­ chologists is an interesting contention. For in the world of physics, where the idea of identical reaction originated, the concept has been definitely abandoned, „ . . and the mathematical proposition of the Kostcructan j^aw p roba bility has taken its place. Utgest This law says, for instance, that in A p ril throwing a coin the chances of the face 1938 coming up are two to one. Out of 100

throws, by chance, 50 of these throws would fall with the face upward. A n y ­ thing above this would have a strong probability of no longer being due to the element of chance, but to some special factor coming in to change the number of times the coin would fall in this position. Practically all the conclu­ sions in present-day physics and allied sciences are based on the interpretation of this law of averages, or the Law of Probability, as it is called. This fact has been used to good ef­ fect by an American investigator of telepathy, Prof. J. B. Rhine, of Duke U niversity. Through a method of call­ ing a series of cards and making allow ­ ance for the factor of chance, Prof. Rhine has demonstrated beyond reason­ able doubt in thousands of instances the presence of thought transference, both where the subjects are present in the same room, and when they are sev­ eral hundred or even thousands of miles apart. And, so far, his results have not been subject to attack on the part of other scientists, because if his case falls down, it would mean the entire struc­ ture as built up by the mathematicians would appear to be without foundation. So this is a case where scientific postu­ lations are being used to demonstrate the presence of mental phenomena in as accurate a manner as the demonstra­ tions produced in the w orld of the physical sciences. It is probable that the experiments of Dr. Rhine will have the most far-reach­ ing effects of any experiments so far undertaken along this line. This sort of investigation will do much to prepare the thinking people of the w orld for revelations that are shortly to come through individuals who have had our training and who will be able to demon­ strate, even further, a knowledge of the menial and psychic worlds. The illustrations given indicate only a few instances of the modern trends in psychology, but those interested in the Rosicrucian methods of thinking will readily recognize the definite movement in the direction of our concepts in the interpretations of mental phenomena by the present-day psychologists and clinicians.

Coming as a v aluab le addition to the R osicrucian collection, three E gyp tian mummies and their ornamented sarcophagi (coffins) are to find re­ pose in the new rooms of the R osicrucian O riental Museum. T w o of the mummies, adults, are of the S aite period referred to by historians as the period of E g yp t's restoration, approxim ately three thousand yea rs ago. T h e third mummy, the one on the extrem e right above, is of a child about tw elve yea rs of age. and is quite valuable because mummies of children are rare. T h e head of the child is encased in a cartonnage, a mask of linen sheets covered with stucco and finely painted and gilded. T hese exhibits w ill be part of the exceptional E gyp tian collection to be disp layed in the large new galleries of the R osicrucian Museum now being rushed to completion.

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E H E A R so much thes e d a y s r e g a r d ­ ing n e ut r a l i t y a nd the t h e o r e t ic a l n e u t r a l at ti tud es that cer ta in c o un ­ tries a n d g r o u p s of p e o p l e should ta k e in r e g a r d to n at i ona l a n d inter­ na ti ona l m a t t e r s . T h e most common us e of the w o r d is in connection with our o wn A m e r i c a n r elat ionship to int er ­ n ati onal problems that are invol ving m a n y countri es in w a r . So m e s ta t esmen a r g u e that each n a ­ tion of the W e s t e r n W o r l d , p a r t i c u ­ l a r l y the U n i t e d S t a t e s of A m e r i c a , should r emain a b s o l u t e l y neutral in all of its ac t i ons a n d all of its t hi nking, a n d p a r t i c u l a r l y all of its d iploma t ic c o r re s ­ po nd enc e a n d s tat emen ts , a n d that such n e u t r a l i t y or n eutr al a t ti t u d e a c t u a l l y bor de r i ng on compl ete indifference a s to w h a t is g oi n g on in the rest of the wo rl d will keep us out of a n y conflict a n d p a r ­ t i c u l ar ly out of the a n t i c i p a te d g r e at w a r s of Europe. O t h e r s ta t es me n a r g u e that w e c annot r emain n eut ra l b e ca us e w e a r e one of the l ar g e s t nati ons in the w o r l d , one of the most p o we r f ul , a nd one of the best c us tomer s a n d best friends of m a n y of the c ountr ies in Eu r o p e that will become invol ved in the T he next w a r . Such s ta t es me n a r g u e that R osicrucian the a t ti t ud e of n e u t r a l i t y a n d indiffer Digest e n ce is d i a m e t r i c a l l y o pp os ed to the a t ­ M ay ti tude of a spirit of h u m a n br other hood 1938 a n d that b y t r yi n g to be n e ut ra l w e will

d e l i b e r a t e l y vi ol ate m a n y of our moral a n d o th er o b l i g a ti o ns to the c ountr ies of Eu r o p e a n d t h e r e b y force o ur sel ve s into a n a n t a g o n i s t i c position. T o the m ys ti c, both of thes e a r g u ­ ments s eem s t r a n g e in de ed. In the first place, a n e ut r a l a t t i t u d e need not be an a t ti t ud e of indifference. I feel s ur e that the a v e r a g e A m e r i c a n citizen feels quite c onvi nc ed that w e s h ou l d h a v e no part in a n o th e r w o r l d w a r a n d t h a t we should, a s a nation of people, ta k e no pa rt in a n y of the d ip l om at i c j u g g l i n g that h a s been g oi n g on for m a n y y e a r s , a n d wh ic h h a s r e ac h e d a s e ri ous crisis in Europe. I thi nk a l s o that the a v e r a g e citizen feels that w e should not e n c o u r ­ a g e w a r b y a d m i r i n g it, b y l e n di n g a n y a s si s t a n c e , either fin an ci al l y or o t h e r ­ wise. a n d t hat w e shou ld s i m pl y keep our fingers a s well a s our mi nds out of the m ed d l i n g a n d contr ove r si es that ar e t a k i n g p la ce in Europe. But I do not think that a n y A m e r i c a n citizen w a n t s to a s s u m e a n a t ti t ud e of compl ete in di f­ ference in r e g a r d to w h a t is g oi ng on in E ur o pe at the p re s en t time or w h a t m a y t a k e p l a c e in the n e a r future. T h o s e s t a t e s me n w h o s a y that w e c an n ot r emai n n eu tr a l a n d indifferent b e c a u s e w e a r e ' o ur b r o t h e r s ’ keeper s int er pr et that a nci en t principle in a n e x ­ t r e m e l y limited sense. W h i l e it is true t ha t e ac h a n d e v e r y one of us has an o bligati on to give con si der at io n to a n d thoug ht a b o ut o ur brother, here, there, a n d e v e r y w h e r e , a n d that w e shou ld do our utmost to help him a s w el l a s help o u r sel ve s , w e c an n ot s tr ai n t ha t pr in­ ciple to mean that w e should t ake a r m s a n d fight his b att les w h e n he becomes

involved in conflicts and controversies that are unnecessary and deliberately destructive. In other words, we do want to help our brothers and render them every possible assistance, when we find that our brothers are just as anxious to help themselves and to avoid controversies, to avoid conflicts, to avoid bloodshed, to avoid suffering. O ur hearts do bleed for the innocent victims of wars. W e are not indifferent as an American na­ tion to the suffering of the noncom­ batant and innocent citizens of Spain, China, Japan or other parts of the world. W e are not indifferent in regard to the destruction of art and architec­ ture, the loss of libraries, the ruination of cities, towns, crops, farms, and shrines that have been created and erected by man throughout the past ages. W e are not indifferent to the tur­ moil, the unrest, the fear and the sorrow of millions of human beings who should have every opportunity to live a peace­ ful and happy life. But we cannot at­ tempt to be protectors and helpers of those "brothers” who deliberately con­ ceive and plan and do their utmost to carry out their campaigns of attack, of combat, of destruction and of pain. It is not right, of course, for one man to sit in judgment upon another, or for one nation to attempt to judge another nation in its national, political, social or other affairs. But the w orld is too old and the human race is too old, and w e have had too many bitter examples in the past, for humankind not to realize that certain actions, certain campaigns of criticism, bitterness and challenge lead definitely and positively to w ar and bloodshed. If there were some w ay in which we, as a neutral nation, could help those in­ nocent "brothers” who have been vic­ tims of unexpected and drastic actions upon noncombatant civilians, I am sure that we would all be as willing to ren­ der this help as we have been ready and willing to render assistance to the vic­ tims of earthquakes, floods and epi­ demics. But this is not the kind of as­ sistance that the great w arriors of foreign nations expect from us. T hey want us to enter the w ar activities by sending armed men, armed forces, and ammunition into foreign lands or into

the conflict, and to participate in the battle on one side or the other. T hey claim that w e should properly see some side of the argument and sympathize with that side and aid that side to win a victory in w ar. But of course, every real mystic, and happily, every real American citizen, has learned by this time that no one wins in w ar, and that there is no such thing as a victory in w ar. The country that claims it has won is as great a loser in the loss of life, in bloodshed, in the destruction of proper­ ty, in the economic cost, in the disturb­ ance of peace and harmony and the tranquil routine of life as any other nation. W e can remain neutral, but not in­ different. A nd it is not a selfish motive that cries aloud in our hearts and says, " W e shall not sacrifice our men; we shall not sacrifice our happiness, or our possessions and our peace!” In fact, from the Cosmic, the mystical and philosophical point of view, we, as an American nation, can render more help to the innocent victims of w ar by re­ maining not only neutral but non­ partisan in all of the conflicts and main­ taining a balance of harmony here in our own country, of peace, economic stability, progress and industry, so that when the great conflict is over, we, at least, of all the nations in the world, will be on a firm foundation and in a sound condition to attempt to alleviate some of the suffering in other parts of the world. A s Americans, or as citizens of the W estern W o rld , we should not only hate w ar, but despise it and refuse to recognize that it is ever justified or that anyone can ever be victorious in any degree of participation in it. W e should not attempt to assist one side or the other, one country or the other, to try in vain to be an impotent victor in any battle. W e should set an example to the rest of the world, showing that real growth, progress and power comes not from the conquering of nations, the conquest o f land, the victory over armies, but through the maintenance of peace and harmony, tranquillity and saneness. E very great w ar since civilization began ended in loss to all concerned. The fact that the loss was greater to

one side or the other is insufficient to w arrant the belief that one side can be victorious. W e should know by now that nothing is really gained by war. There is an old slogan that I found among some Rosicrucian manuscripts years ago which reads, "That which is changed by revolution never remains permanent, but that which is changed b y evolution continues to progress throughout eternity." T hat country or that nation of people which will use the

principle of evolution to modify its place in life and w ill refrain from revo­ lutionary campaigns of a militaristic na­ ture will become the most successful and pow erful nation in the world be­ cause of the peace and happiness that it w ill possess. B y all means, let us remain neutral in regard to w ar activities in foreign lands, and let us maintain peace in our own land in regard to problems, either economic, political, social or otherwise.




A Shaft Upon the Mountain
By F r a t e r F r e d C . B o n d , F. R . C .
R U T H is lik e a great shaft rising from the mists of a mountain peak, an d b e a rin g a Light. Those who dwell on the plain c a n c a tc h th e sheen of its snowy s p le n d o r as the c lo u d s shift and sway, but no man has ever beheld it whole. Some have journeyed up the mountain to its base, and have known it better, then returned and told their fellows where to look, and from what point on the plain; but few cared to see, and few raised their eyes except when needing justification. Then they called it good or evil, great or small, according to where they dwelt, and ever after remembered this sight as Authority. These stored up glimpses were com­ piled and became the Law, by which men lived; for it was easier to cite than to raise the eyes upward to the silent majesty. The Few knew that every shadow or ray Rosicrucian of light which fell across their paths had Digest its source in the shaft, and that every M ay thought which reached their minds was reflected from there. 1938 A s generation followed generation the G reat Light became a legend, and the Law the reality. The mists about the shaft deepened when men said that it could not be seen. The Law was in­ creased by speculation and by expedi­ ency, and the rule was that of A uthor­ ity. Those who sought the Light rather than the Law were jeered at and pun­ ished by their fellows, for it was held impossible that men should see the Light since ancient times. W ondrous devices for w ork and for study w ere made from the imagination of men and the things on the plain, but with each new discovery the shaft seemed to draw farther aw ay, and the mists to be more confusing. Imagination could reach toward the Light, but things could not; so most of the devices w ere turned downward to work on other things, and imagination followed them. W a r s and conflicts came increasing­ ly, and men suffered sore. T hey search­ ed the Law again and again, but found not there the answer they sought. And the suffering increased in the grip of selfishness. So continues the shaft above and men below; and they that search for the Light are few.

Inception and Evolution of Thought
By F r a t e r W a l t e r I. Origin and Nature H O U G H T , I be­ lieve we generally c o n c e d e to be a direct sequence of consciousness; and yet in the raw, or fundamental state of consciousness no obvious tr a c e of Thought is vis­ ible. W h en , then, does Thought be­ gin to m a n ife s t? A nd how can it begin to manifest at all as a conscious sequence if it is not already inherent in the c o n s c io u s n e s s ? I contend that Thought, Emotion, and Consciousness are identical in essence, varying only in evolutionary aspects: that consciousness is the S T A T E , and that Thought and Emotion form its dual basis of M A N I­ F E ST A T IO N : Emotion providing the motive power, and Thought serving as the storage reservoir of accumulated energy upon which Emotion draws. Referring to the fundamental law of energy, w e find its motif to rest in some phase of comparison; that is, it seeks resolution in certain comparisons to, or contrasts between, given phases of ac­ tivity. Phenomena thus are the result
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of the relation between two things, which result w e speak of as evolution­ ary — incessantly becoming more com­ plex and more refined, through the re­ actions of its incessant dual activity. W e admit, of course, that the basis of manifestation may be divided into two general classifications, the material and the conscious. The underlying charac­ teristic of m a te r ia l manifestation is motion —we may state it concisely thus, that "M atter manifests as such in in­ finitesimal shades and degrees of mo­ tion.” The underlying characteristic of conscious manifestation is emotion —and this we may also state concisely as, "Consciousness manifests as such in in­ finitesimal shades and degrees of emo­ tion.” Hence the p r o p o s itio n , that "Emotion is the conscious energy of animate life.” The activity (or affinity) of certain chemicals, under certain conditions, re­ sults in various forms of atomic organi­ zation; these remain purely chemical, and inorganic, however, until the germ of life contributes the infinitesimal but vital impetus, and plasmic manifesta­ tion becomes possible. T he chemical organization has reached the highest possible manifestation, and conscious evolution has not yet begun; only by the fusion of the two is further evolu­ tion possible since conscious energy cannot manifest except through a suit­ able medium. A spontaneous incorpora-

tion of the two energies harmonize and complement each other, as in proto­ plasmic life; a process of metabolism which is no less than a system of direction of chemical processes into still higher and more complex atomic or­ ganization, manifesting as an organic body. A s the conscious energy cannot manifest until there is something to be conscious of, cannot direct until there is something to direct, it obviously must affiliate with an atomic organization capable of a plasmic resolution. So all phenomena is a hiatus; temporary, im­ bued with immanent potentiality, rather than a static fulfillment; and the resolu­ tion of any hiatus contributes to still another, more complex and evolved. Consciousness thus first manifests in response to a chemical hiatus, a state of hunger within the body of its vehicle, a cessation of atomic activity, or metab­ olism, from lack of fuel; and the de­ mand is met in the rudiments of volun­ tary activity seen in plasmic movement as in the ameba. The resolution of the hunger hiatus however creates a surplus energy within the body which must also find an outlet, and this surplus, being the very opposite of the selfish energy, hunger, finds natural expression in dif­ fusion, outward toward extraneous be­ ing, rather than concentration inw ardly upon itself. This rudimentary bene­ ficence is known as segmentation; and these two opposite phases of funda­ mental conscious energy form the pat­ tern upon which all subsequent energies are evolved. Thus hunger and satiety furnish the cycle of voluntary compara­ tive experience, the chemical resolution contributing a new impetus that de­ mands expression on the conscious plane. The basic conscious energy is thus expressed in two diversified tendencies ■ — that o f preservation, manifesting in metabolism, and that of perpetuation, manifesting in segmentation, the first es­ sentially selfish, the second essentially altruistic. The process of metabolism r~, however is not entirely chemical, any * . . more than the process of mitosis is enK ostcructan tirely conscious; both are a fusion of the Digest two energies, each with its dominant M ay polarity. Both energies continue to 1938 manifest, gradually evolving to higher

phases, each adding new complexities and new m a n ife s t a tio n s of energy through its p r o c e s s e s of evolution. These evolving energies are said to be instinctive; and upon these bases are eventually developed all ensuing mani­ festations of consciousness, e v o lv in g through the action and interaction of each and all upon the other, sensitive to both external and internal stimuli. The instincts are the rudimentary ideals of nascent c o n s c io u s n e s s . A s manifestation becomes more complex realization of the ideal becomes more difficult and m o re h a z a r d o u s ; and through the effort to meet this physical opposition protective energies are built up which favor the realization of the immediate ideal, a new impetus which seeks either to evade the resistance, or leaps boldly in defense of the ideals. This new impetus, said to be emotional, is a highly evolved phase of instinctive energy, of two general polarities, and may be referred to the original energies of preservation and p e r p e tu a tio n in order of their respective tendency; and the two tendencies induce variations on the theme of each, in the shape of emo­ tional phases, or aspects. These emo­ tions, the impetus or motive power of consciousness, are states of stress in­ duced by instinctive perception of the desirability of the ideal and the difficul­ ty o f its achievement. Fear, most negative of the emotions, is an evasive impetus born of the reali­ zation that one or both of its funda­ mental ideals are threatened; but spring­ ing in direct contrast evolves the ele­ ment o f combative courage, attended by a mongrel brood of defensive impulses, anger, hate, jealousy, cupidity, and the like. Love, the divine emotion, evolves through the activity o f the fundamental­ ly altruistic instinct of perpetuation, first in segmentation, then in propagation, through parental solicitude, pity, sym­ pathy, sorrow, shame, etc. A ll emotion is thus evolved through these dominant phases of Fear and Love. Noting that all emotions have their negative and positive phases, there can be no hard and fast rule of distinc­ tion between them, except as they con­ trast to one another. Emotion rises ever in defense of some dominant phase

of the ideal, it may be positive or other­ they are antithetic in another. Emotion wise. A ll emotion is interrelated, and is active — Thought passive; Emotion evolves from the lesser to the higher, hinges upon the instincts, the involun­ and still higher phases, widening into tary manifestations of consciousness, numerous classifications and differentia­ while Thought is the manifestation of tions of conscious manifestation; and the reasonable, or voluntary conscious­ owing to the permeation of all phases ness. of such manifestation by the funda­ Since the energies o f manifestation mental energy of consciousness, no­ are never lost, but merely transmuted where can we draw arbitrary lines of into another form, the result of this in­ distinction between two phases without teraction of E m o tio n -T h o u g h t and impinging on both of them. Although Thought-Emotion is the resolution of emotion in origin is essentially instinc­ experience through the c o m p a r a tiv e tive and subjective, it evolves with the faculty into thought-elements, the basis evolution of the objective faculty, and of Thought — which are registered in is, in the truly evolved state, under the the subjective memory, an accumulation direct supervision of its will. However, of more or less approximate realizations before considering the evolved stage of of experience which form the compari­ manifestation, w e must return to the son-basis that we call knowledge; con­ comparison-basis of its original impetus. stantly enlarging and extending and This comparison-basis of the field of modifying through the comparative pro­ experience consists in the constant com­ cess. Emotion, thus, is the medium of parison and contrast of dual phases of experiences; thought, the classification manifestation, of fulfillment and unful­ of experience. It follows of course that fillment, of hunger and satiety, of Emotion inevitably influences and colors pleasure and pain, of anxiety and calm, the thought-element—at least temporar­ peace and anguish, a multitude of sen­ ily. The thought-element must remain sations, a variety of sights, sounds, such until its resolution, or modification smell and tastes. G radually the evol­ and incorporation with other thoughtving individual is brought from the elements into a concept or an ideal purely elemental comparison-basis of in­ through the re a s o n in g , comparative stinct to the more actively objective faculty of intellect. basis of primitive curiosity, investiga­ II. tion, and experiment, through the com­ parison of that which is new and inter­ Development and Process esting to that which is already experi­ enced and known. Reason is the highly evolved faculty The entity of Thought is an energy- of comparison, or classification. It is a sequence of this comparison-basis of ex­ selective process o f comparison of the perience; for Thought is not only in­ pertinent thought-elements available, to duced by emotion, and its striking com­ the proposition, or focal thought-element parison values, but is, crystalized emo­ upon which attention is concentrated—a tion, a higher, transmuted form of emo­ process which can result only through tion — as we might say a sort of pre­ eons of crystalized experience. Reason served emotion, ready for instant use. cannot manifest beyond a primitive, Consider the fact that when Thought is relatively instinctive and involuntary released it instantly becomes of emo­ sense, until a wide comparison-basis of tional nature, seeking instant resolution, thought-elements is registered in the or emotional issue, through direct ac­ memory; and neither does the reasoning tion or in sw ift imaginative climax'— faculty become evident until this com­ potentially both. Thus is Thought ever parison-basis is brought into activity. transmuted back into emotional form. A ctivity of the process further develops This constant transmutation finds final the faculty in crystalizing new thoughtresolution in our ideals, through the elements, by awakening old ones, stimu­ comparative faculty of consciousness, lating their comparison to the new ones, and the creative power of imagination. thus fostering the development of ideas Thus w e may say that while Thought and ideals. The emotional impetus re­ and Emotion are identical in one sense, leased by the comparison of similar

ideas, or the contrast of dissimilar ones, leads on into the maze of imagination, creative and analytical—or perhaps into the imaginative cul de sac, an imagina­ tive expression o f vagrant energy, an uncontrolled "stream o f consciousness,” leading in association of idea to unpro­ ductive sequences from one more or less irrelevant idea to others. The irresist­ ible, fundamental emotional urge of consciousness is here evident, in its idle moments seizing on the first thoughtelement suggested to it and carrying it on rapidly to some sort of pseudo­ climax. This interaction of Thought upon E m o tio n , and E m o tio n upon Thought, has not only the faculty of developing the c o m p a r is o n -b a s is of Thought, but also of refining the emo­ tions, through the developed thoughtelements. Thus, while Thought origi­ nates in Emotion, eventually it governs it; this is indeed its purpose, in which is the meaning of the evolution of con­ sciousness. The shuttle which carries the threads and binds together the w arp and woof of the fabric of Thought is the element of Suggestion. Suggestion is essentially a potent Thought-element, capable of instantly arousing the thought-energy, or emotion-energy or both, to their highest impetus; and its importance can hardly be too highly estimated. Sug­ gestion (inspiration, in one phase of its manifestation), acts as the spark which releases the tremendous energy stored in the thought-element reservoir; chal­ lenging the reasoning powers in a high­ ly emotional impetus of intuitive idea from the occult regions, or carrying back into the subjective storehouse some item of pertinent idea to be compared with the vast array of intuitive data al­ ready classified therein. This play of suggestive energy between the regions of classified memory and the regions of imaginative reason constitutes the high­ ly emotional state of c o n s c io u s n e s s known as creative ecstasy, perhaps the highest volatile, or emotional, state of consciousness. The In a general w ay the predominating Rosicrucian emotional characteristics of personality Digest determine the thought characteristics of M ay personality. The ideal manifestation of the Thought-Emotion entity is that of 1938

an even balance between the emotional and the reasoning faculties, the basis of mystical aim and attainment. Reason is the analytical use of thought-elements, imagination the creative, constructive use, each interacting upon the other, eliciting the more evolved phases of emotion; imagination stimulating the impulse, reason repressing and directing it into the more evolved forms of ex­ pression. The emotional type of per­ sonality is the imaginative type, the thoughtful type the rational, in general tendency— though by no means does an absence of emotion indicate reason, nor demonstration of emotion argue the ab­ sence of reason. Personality is influ­ enced by the potency o f its ideals, w hat­ ever those may happen to be; and as imagination needs the rationalizing in­ fluence of reason to direct it into pro­ ductive channels, reason also needs the creative imaginative impetus behind its subdued emotion to carry it irresistibly on beyond the component parts of its thought-elements to an active, living, perfect premise or ideal. Hence the relation o f Emotion to Thought; o f experience to knowledge; of thought-elements and imagination to reason and ideals. Experience takes two forms, first, the realization o f in­ tensified emotion: second, the passive reaction following the active emotion, resolving into thought-elements. Reason compares and classifies the thoughtelements, which process we call Thought. Emotional energy c r y s t a li z e s in to Thought, Thought flows back into emo­ tional energy; ad infinitum, till both are one. Imagination conspires with reason to create out of this thought-energy our future ideals, which in turn stimulate the cycles of conscious energy into realization of higher and still higher ideals, refining and sublimating the Emotion-Thought energy into the A b ­ solute manifestation o f consciousness. T his is the cycle of conscious evolution, upon which the consciousness of man has built, and must perpetually continue to build. Sic passim. Sic itur ad astra.

A Land of Reincarnation
By T

Im perato r

O M A N Y of our m e m b e rs and r e a d e r s b e lie v e that only certain religious s e c ts or certain m y s tic a l schools of philos­ ophy teach or deal with the s u b je c t o f reincarnation, and that the doc­ trines of reincar­ nation are purely t h e o r e t i c a l and have no vital bearing upon the lives of many people living today. O f course we know that there are thousands of Rosicrucians in this country and in foreign lands whose entire outlook on life, and whose faith, hope and confi­ dence in regard to their own evolution and future possibilities, have been broadened and strengthened by their firm belief in the doctrines o f reincarna­ tion. T o them it seems to be and has proven to be the only satisfactory ex­ planation of many of the mysteries of life and many of its seeming injustices. But I want to speak now of a country and nation of people who are living the life of reincarnationists, and have been doing so for hundreds of years. T hey are so convinced and so positive about the soundness and correctness of the doc­ trine of reincarnation that it governs all of their daily actions, all o f their think-

ing, and all of their political, social and business activities. A nd we do not have to go to any iso­ lated section of India or A frica, nor to any jungle land, nor to the primitive huts of an uneducated class of people to find this wonderful country. W e find a nation of over one million people so imbued with the belief and the conse­ quent encouragement and happiness that comes from an understanding of the doctrines o f reincarnation, that they make a picturesque section of this w orld’s habitation. In the first place, their firm belief in the doctrines of re­ incarnation has led them to look upon life as a glorious experience, and to seek every opportunity to express in their social, business, and other affairs, the spirit of beauty that exists in the world, and which exists in the soul because of its immortality and its opportunity to live again and again. The result is that they have made of their land and their country a veritable paradise. T hey have constant floral fetes, use mystical and mythical rhythmic music in all of their forms of outdoor and indoor entertain­ ment, have modified their religious be­ liefs gradually to where the natives uni­ versally believe now that there is but one God who is loving, merciful and just, and who is ever trying to awaken within them the spirit of beauty and loveliness, hope and contentment.

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T heir religion does include the exist­ ence of an evil demon or a personifica­ tion of the evil powers and influences in the world, but this evil influence is set aside by them as being wholly negative and unworthy of their consideration. Their religion includes no gloomy puri­ tanism, but the brightest and sunniest of situations that the human mind can imagine. T hey are not sun worshippers, despite the fact that they look upon the glorious sun as a symbol of the vitaliz­ ing power, eminence, radiance, and allpervading character of God. In this re­ spect they are much like the mystics of Egypt in the pre-Christian era, although they have no other similarities to the Egyptians in appearance, language, re­ ligion or characteristics. Their one hope­ ful understanding is that when transi­ tion comes, their bodies and personali­ ties will be purged of any evil or sins that they have inadvertently committed b y an ordeal of fire and water, but that this ordeal will take place here on earth by means of which the fire will cremate their bodies into ashes on the earth, and these ashes will be scattered in the w aters of the sea. This element is much like some of the earliest beliefs in the Rosicrucian documents regarding the disposition of the cremated body. T hey feel that immediately after this purification ordeal, their souls and spir­ its will ascend to a heavenly kingdom in which they will exist temporarily for further advice, instruction and guid­ ance, and that they will return again to earth as reincarnated individuals. W h a t they hope and pray for is to be rein­ carnated again in this very country where they now live. Their love for their country, their love for its beauty and its religious practices makes it their paradise on earth and their one uni­ versal hope is that the next incarnation will bring them back into the same land again. T hey also believe that if one of their individuals or citizens w ilfully or deliberately does evil or commits a de­ liberate sin, that for punishment his soul or spirit will not be sent to some place of fire and brimstone to suffer, but that he The will be reincarnated again, and to carry Rosicrucian out his Karmic punishment he will be Digest reincarnated in another country rather M ay than the one where he has been and 1938 where he hopes to come again. And

these people look upon such a reincar­ nation in another country as the utmost of punishment, and equal to a lifetime of exile. These people are given to agricultural activities and to every modern form of sanitary and hygienic living, to the ex­ tent of their abilities to create. T hey are all very kindly tow ard one another, take v e ry good care of the aged ones, and their fam ily life is strengthened by a firm belief in the divine necessity of dutiful care of their offspring. Nature and the Cosmic seems to be especially bountiful to these people with wonder­ ful gifts in things that grow, and they never have suffered or never feared from any danger of famine. T hey do not have any of the social or economic problems w e have in the W estern W o rld , inasmuch as there is no unem­ ployment and everyone who can work is occupied with creative production, and those who through age or infirmity cannot work, are well looked after by fam ily or community. T heir schools teach a very broad education, and the children are encouraged at an early age to interpret everything they see. hear, feel or sense from the mystical point of view as well as from the materialistic point of view. T hey are highly efficient in the use of vowel sounds in their chants and songs, and know the mys­ tical values of musical notes. T hey have little need for police de­ partments or police regulations, and seldom take any matters into courts of law . T heir political form of government is one of broad leniency and kindness and sympathetic understanding. It is their desire to adjust every difference of opinion as peacefully as possible, with­ out any legal litigation. T hey are al­ w ays ready to submit any matter of dis­ pute to some other person or to a group of persons for arbitration. T hey have many so-called holy days or anniver­ saries of mystical and holy occurrence, and they trace their history back through tradition and recorded nota­ tions for a long period. Their older men are quite mystical in appearance, and there is something in the eyes of both the men and women that seems ex­ tremely soulful, yet merry and laugh­ ing. T hey treat visitors or tourists who happen to come their w ay with extreme

courtesy and kindness, and are alw ays happy when they find any persons of the W e ste rn W o rld or of modern civi­ lized countries who understand their doctrines of reincarnation. T hey do not believe that the soul in man is ever reincarnated into the body of a lower animal, or a different species of man. In other words, they have no belief in the false or ridiculous doctrines of transmigration. T hey believe that each individual in the present incarna­ tion and in every preceding one was placed on earth to accomplish certain good, and to make the world happier and to carry out the constructive, crea­ tive, happy ideas of God. T hey believe that evil exists only as an opposite to goodness, and that it should be avoid­ ed, and no one presumes to be evil or to do any evil act except through ignor­ ance or accidental error. Knowing that in a future state after transition they must be purified and purged of any evil they committed, and must make com­ pensation again in another incarnation, they try to make compensation now in their daily lives for any injustice, error or sin they may commit. For this reason they frequently ask one another, or ask in their family conversations, if any one of them has done anything that was not right, or unfair to others. Even in their commercial contact with people of a civilized country, they will ask whether the transaction was thoroughly satis­ factory, and if the buyer of any article is thoroughly satisfied. T hey do not want to have any deception or accusa­ tion of mistreatment resting upon them. T hey still have many practices and customs that we would call primitive, but which they look upon as God-given and w orthy of continuance since it gives employment to so many of their people. T hey look upon something made by hand as superior to anything made by 0..

machinery, and they like to have the personal element and personal nature enter into the making of anything that is worthwhile. T hey do not permit per­ sons from other lands or other countries to come to their country and commer­ cialize their abundance of things that grow, or to commercialize their hand­ made articles. The end of all of their actions is not the accumulation of ma­ terial wealth but the continuance of peace, happiness and beauty, accom­ panied with song and music. T hey like to decorate themselves and look attrac­ tive and pretty as well as decorate their homes and their gardens. T hey cannot logically understand and give credence to the theories of w arfare and interna­ tional strife and contest, and the taking of another human life seems to them like not only the most sinful but the most absurd process of human accom­ plishment. T hey do not arm themselves for protection, inasmuch as they expect no invasion of enemies, and tnerefore the idea of destroying another person in "self-defense” seems absurd, for they feel sure that even an enemy could be reasoned with and made to understand that his act was wrong, and that he would not want to injure any of them. C ertainly a nation of people living in their own separate country, with such ideals and practices, does seem like a paradise on earth, and I hope that some day a group of us, if not all of us, can visit such a land. I am not promoting a tour of any kind in speaking of these peoDle, and that is w hy I am not giving any specified directions as to how to reach this strange land or these strange people, but some day I hope we shall have moving pictures and records of the manner in which they live, and I do hope that some day many of us will go as a body and dwell awhile in such a paradise among such living mystics. ..0

T a k e a d v a n ta g e of lib e ra lis m of th o u g h t. T h e R o s e -C ro ix U n iv e r s ity is fe a rle s s in its c o n s id e ra tio n o f s u b je c ts w h ic h w ill a d v a n c e th e le a r n in g o f m a n . I t is n o t o b lig ed to su b m it to th o se in flu e n ces of a selfish n a tu r e w h ic h o fte n h a m p e r th e p r o g re s s of m a n y in s titu tio n s of le a rn in g . If y o u w ish to s h a re in its a d v a n ta g e s , w r ite a t o n ce f o r th e fre e c o p y of th e b o o k le t " T h e S t o r y of L e a rn in g " w ith its full e x p la n a tio n , a n d rem em b er, th e 1 9 3 8 su m m er te rm b e g in s Ju n e 2 0 .

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Each m onth a p aram o un t qu estio n of th e d a y w h ich en g a g e s th e th o u g h ts o f m illio n s of in te llig e n t people thro ugh o ut th e w o rld w ill b e co n sid ered In th is d ep artm en t. E ach question w ill be an sw ered b y two differen t R o sicru cian .uem b ers. T h e an sw e rs to th e q u estio n s a re not to be re g a rd ed a s o fficial sta te m e n ts of opinion o f th e ed ito r of th is p u b licatio n , o r of th e officers o f th e R o sicru cian O rder, AMORC.

Rabbi S. M. Machtei is an active head of the only radio synagogue in Am eri­ ca, and a scholar of ancient literature. These qualifications make his opinion on this question most impressive. Dr. W . P. Gasser is most qualified to express the physician’s point of view on this subject. He is a principal member of a prominent hospital and clinical staff.

ES, when requested by them, or by H O U SH A L T N O T KILL” is one their legal guardians, but only commandment credited with a de­ under the following conditions: T hat a finite and Divine origin by all Christian group of no less than three medical men nations. Strangely enough, they fre­ concur in the opinion that the ailment quently find it necessary to create ex­ is, in the light of modern science, and ceptions in its strict o b s e r v a t io n . of investigations and research in that Capital punishment still is deemed vital­ particular field, not curable N O W , nor ly necessary in the name of Justice. To in the immediate future; that, after such kill in the defense of one’s person or findings, the patient be subjected to property is deemed an inalienable right. metaphysical healing treatments, or T he deliberate negation of an otherwise “Faith C ures,” which such men as Dr. sacred command becomes imperative A lexis C arrel admit DO effect “miracu­ when nations are at w ar, and church lous" cures; that, after the failure of joins state in its sanction. these methods, an effort be made to as­ T o suggest that "To kill in the name certain the degree of dependency and of M ercy” be sanctioned in definite and "strain” upon relatives and society, authoritatively established cases of with a view to relieving them of the hopelessly incurable unfortunates, a­ burden, to permit their energies and re­ rouses loud and w rathful clamour of in­ sources to be directed in productive dignation, and forever labels its pro­ channels; that, in no case, should ponents as pagans and heartless de­ The euthanasia be practiced upon a person graders of H oly W rit. R osicrucian of great wealth — thus avoiding the susNature has decreed in both the plant picion that relatives had bribed the and animal kingdom that only “the fit D igest physicians. shall survive.” The physician is freM ay ( Concluded on Page 140 1938



New W orlds For Our Educational Systems To Conquer
B y S o r o r L a u r a E. J e n n i n g s T H A S been stated th a t the aim and p u rp o s e o f o u r e d u c a tio n a l sys­ tem is to produce a "more abundant life.” S u r e l y w e a ll t h r i l l a t th e thought of w ork­ ing toward such a splendid end. But the d a y in which w e find ourselves has become some­ what disillusioned. W e have turned a cold, calculating eye on all our social systems both in government, education and religion. A nd in our cool analysis we have placed on one side of the scale our pet theories expressed in high sounding rhetoric, on the other the net results of our systems, the plain ac­ complished facts. W h e n all the weigh­ ing is accomplished w e find that in spite of steady advances made during recent years we must still press on, adding new worlds and reconstructing older ones. A s we glance at the position of edu­ cation today we find the chief defect in our over-emphasis on the memorizing faculties. The cramming of facts and the passing of examinations has come to mean education to the great m ajority of the people. A nd to this same group edu­
O n e h u n d red th ir ty -fiv e

cation has meant money. The best teachers have alw ays tried to introduce the element of reasoning. But such ef­ forts failed where a pupil could memo­ rize more easily than reason and where the pupil’s only purpose in attending school was to pass the examination suc­ cessfully and secure the situation and money thus made possible. Education of the future must in some w ay avoid overstressing these purely in­ tellectual faculties of memorizing and reasoning, if it is to lead the w ay to that "more abundant life.” Human beings have also an emotional nature, and are endowed with imagination capable, in varying degrees, of creative activity. Surely a system that would lead to "life more abundant" must give at least equal attention to the w orld of everyday experience as to the realm of book learning. The great M aster who first used this thrilling phrase made no such mistake in his system of instruction. W e have heard a great deal lately about personality. In fact the subject is in danger of becoming a popular craze. Yet, perhaps, no experience gives us greater pleasure than our few and brief moments of contact with interesting personalities who are really great or truly interesting. W e store up and treasure such meetings in our memory. W h en in moments of leisure we dream of a more utopian world, we people it

with ideal men and women, and in imagination endow all our friends and acquaintances with this fascinating gift called a pleasing personality. W e then begin to meditate upon the sources of such personality and how it can be developed. Again we look at our schools, which we would expect to find leading the w ay in such development. It is true that some of our rich personal­ ities have excelled in matters of intel­ lect, but there are many others who have not been brilliant as learners of book knowledge in our schools. W e are likely to feel that this particular quality is something derived more directly from life itself; that these are people who have reaped fully the experiences of life, who have understood the lessons of life more deeply, and who have felt with keener emotions. Nor have their lives been full lives because by good fortune they were born in circumstances of abundance. Indeed, more often the opposite has been the case, and only by use of imaginative power coupled with hard work, have they expanded the narrow limits of early life and risen above circumstances that would have left others e m b itte re d a n d utterly crushed. These people have that ready under­ standing and sym pathy which all the book learning in our educational sys­ tems cannot produce. How often do we listen to educated men using in their ad­ dresses such terms as "love” or "imag­ ination” only to feel that they have merely become familiar with the term by looking it up in the dictionary, and fitted it into a discourse full of other terms similarly memorized from a dic­ tionary. Let us look at the quality of imagina­ tion. Do our educational authorities really understand w hat imagination is? Probably only a small minority do, al­ though nearly every text on the subject of education will deal at length on the necessity for fostering this valuable gift. But how do we account for the w ellknown fact that so many children around the age of nine can w rite quite The Rosicrucian promising poetry; and that by the age of eighteen, in fact long before this age, D igest they have given up trying to write M ay verse. Surely education has failed even to keep alive the child's native endow­ 1938

ment of imagination, and certainly has not promoted any new growth. The truth would seem to be that imagination is merely another w ord in the dictionary to most oeople. and in actual existence meets with ridicule and suppression. For example, take the w orn joke or "funny story" — that probably everyone has heard — and at which one is supposed to laugh in con­ sidering the child's irrepressible tend­ ency to lie. (A t least most people do laugh at that.) M ary comes in to tell her mother that there is a big lion on the veranda. T he mother scolds M ary for telling a lie. saying that she knows per­ fectly well that the animal is a dog, and that she must now go to her room and ask God to forgive such a lie. M ary re­ turns later and reports, "God said it w as all right, that he had often taken that dog for a lion himself.” M yself, I alw ays feel rather sad over the story. M ary's mother is so true to life and so typical of a large number of mothers. To make it even sadder, not all M arys are so irrepressible. Perhaps the mother is right in demanding that M ary take a more analytical and less imaginative approach toward the sub­ ject o f natural history. But she fails to appreciate M ary's attempt to indulge her love of make-believe and her child­ ish sense of humor. A s a result all imag­ ination and humor are submerged when the mother is very unsympathetic; she, moreover, pictures to M ary an equally unsympathetic God. A nd poor M a ry — for how many years will her spirit re­ main irrepressible, before she abandons all effort and sinks into the same drab uneventful existence lived by the aver­ age grown-up? Even the few who escape must feel w istfully sad in their loneli­ ness and say like W a lte r de la M are in his poem “Dreams” : W h a t can a tired heart say, T hat the wise of the world have made dumb? Save to the lonely dreams of a child, “ Return again, come!” If our educationalists cannot learn the error of their systems from the evi­ dence that is alw ays before them, they might at least go back to the teachings of the man who coined the beautiful

phrase “life more abundant.” T hey will find that he once placed a child in the midst of his listeners and told them to become as little children. The reason was surely not that the child’s intellect had attained some encyclopedic propor­ tion. He must have had in mind other qualities. It is these other qualities that our world still needs to learn to appre­ ciate. W e will then remember when planning our school courses that chil­ V V

dren have an emotional life as well as an intellectual, that we learn from actual life as well as from books, and that imagination is a priceless endowment to be protected and cared for as carefully as at present we safe-guard the eyesight or hearing of our children. W e would then be approaching that goal of a "more abundant life,” and also realizing our utopian dream of peopling the world with rich personalities. V

The A rt of Relaxation
B y F r a t e r O s w a l d J. R a n k in N E of the impor­ tant yet frequent­ ly o v e r l o o k e d "stepping s to n e s to s u c c e s s ” in C o sm ic a t t u n e ment is the ability to relax the body into that condition w hereby w e may forget who w e are, where we are, and how w e are. P r o p e r relaxa­ tion is as important in spiritual develop­ ment as gymnastics in physical devel­ opment. U nfortunately most of us ig­ nore the value of relaxation until we grow old and have little else to do. In­ cidentally, this is perhaps one of the major reasons w h y we do grow old. It has been said that Franklin Roose­ velt alw ays maintains a very high de­ gree of relaxation, never becoming tense even when faced with his most difficult problems. This has been given as the reason w h y guidance alw ays comes to him at critical moments. It is a fact that a slight nervous or muscular strain, perhaps unperceived, can obstruct the finer degree o f relaxa­ tion necessary for Cosmic conscious­ ness. Such strains, in our time, might be compared with the "fully awake and active” condition referred to by Para­ celsus three centuries ago: “W h en ever the elementary body is at rest . . . . the sidereal body is awake and active . . . . but whenever the ele­ mentary body is fully awake and active, the activity of the sidereal body will then be restrained, and its free move­ ments be impeded or prevented, like those of a man who is buried alive in a tomb.” W e can all learn to relax properly if w e give a little thought to it and take the trouble to carry out a simple daily exercise until we attain perfection. A good method, noted from a book: “Power Through Repose,” by Annie Payson Call, Little, Brown 6 Co. pub­ lishers, is as follows: The "patient” lies flat on his back, on the floor, with eyes closed, and imagines himself heavy. One leg is drawn up very slowly, bending the knee and drag­ ging the heel heavily along the floor. W h e n the sole of the foot is flat against the floor the leg is allowed to slip slow ­ ly down and finally let go, so that it drops of its own weight. T he arm is then lifted from the shoulder, with hand hanging limp, alw ays with the idea of heaviness, and lowered, slow ly at first, then abandoned to its own weight. Then the head is rolled slow ly to left, back, to right, and back again. Each exercise should be repeated three times, with intervals o f deep breathing. Final­ ly, one sits up with head dropped for­ w ard, then sinks back slowly, imagining the vertebrae as beads on a string be­ ing flattened out, one by one, until the whole string lies flat on the floor. It is the w riter’s opinion that this method is one exercise which really proves "as good as it looks.”

T h e "C ath ed ral of the S o u l" la a Cosm ic m eeting place for all minds of the most advan ced and h ig h ly developed sp iritu al members and w orkers of the R osicrucian F ratern ity. It la a focal point of Cosm ic rad iatio n s and thought w a v es from w hich rad iate vibratlona of health, peace, happiness, and Inner aw aken in g. V ario u s periods of the d a y are set aside w hen m any thousands of minds are attuned w ith the C ath ed ral of the Soul, and others attuning w ith the C athedral a t this time w ill receive the benefit of the vibrations. T h o se who are not members of the organization m ay share in the unusual benefits a s w ell a s those w ho are members. T h e book called “L iber 777” describes the periods for v ario us contacts w ith the C ath ed ral. C opies w ill be sent to persons who are not members if they address their requests for this book to F ria r S . P. C ., care of A M O R C Tem ple. S an Jose, C alifo rn ia, enclosing three cents in postage stam ps. (P le a s e s ta te w h e th e r m em b er o r n o t—th is is im p orta n t.)

R A C T IC A L L Y all of us w ere taught w hen w e w e re children th a t w e could easily reach God with our sim­ ple p r a y e r s and that He w as ever listening and ever ready to a n s w e r our prayers if our requests a n d de­ sires w e re good. T h r o u g h o u t life our religious studies and our church in­ struction have taught us the same idea. T he Those of us who are Christians have Rosicruciati the excellent example set by Jesus Him­ D igest self as to how to pray and to whom to M ay pray. E very mystic, every spiritual philosopher, knows that there is great 1938 efficacy in the attunement with God and in the reverent, prayerful attitude in communing with God and expressing our desires and wishes, and in petition­ ing Him in behalf of ourselves and others. But when we were children there was something about the religious instruc­ tion that we received which created in our minds the idea that G od as a Being sat upon a throne in some special place adorned with gold and pearls and ivory, and with a host of angels supplying the heavenly music. Some w ay or other there was created in our minds, as chil­ dren, the idea that God lived or existed in a palace of considerable material quality and that God was limited in some w a y to this palace or this throne, and that w e had to reach up to this un­ seen palatial residence in the heavens
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and with timidity and humbleness ap­ proach His presence as we would ap­ proach the most austere king or ruler on earth. The mystics of today — as those of the ancient times ■ — know that God exists everywhere and that His princi­ pal place of abode is in the heart of man. T hey know and feel that when they attune themselves with God they are attuning the outer self with the in­ ner self, and through this means com­ muning with the God Consciousness within them. For this reason they have alw ays been inclined to think of God as dwelling in the holy temple that is a temple of the soul. It was this idea that prompted the plan of having thou­ sands of sincere and understanding in­ dividuals sit in meditation and attuneV V

ment at the same hours and direct their thoughts to the same invisible and im­ material temple which we call the temple of the soul. Through such con­ centration and attunement there come joy and peace and harmony to the soul of man, and there come strength and tonic to the body. If you have not ex­ perienced the sublime ecstasy of such spiritual attunement, spiritual peace and power, send for our little book called Liber 777 and learn how you can enter into this prayerful, spiritual attitude at various hours of the day and night and without any obligation, without any material restrictions, without any limita­ tions of creed or dogma, become one with God and one with G od’s Con­ sciousness in a sentient manner, and experience the real joys of divine communion. V

“ The Garden of A llah”
B y F r a te r G eo rg e
" W ith the kiss of the sun for pardon, T h e song of the birds for mirth, One is n earer G od's heart in a garden T hen an yw h ere else on e a rth .”

D. A

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H ETH ER the poet who sa n g th e s e lines was a mystic I know not, though p o e ts o ft e n are. W h a t e v e r h is s p i r it u a l calibre however, a deeper mystical truth un­ derlies his words than p e rh a p s he knew . F o r n o ­ where, w h e n w e meditate upon it, do we find a more perfect and concise demonstration of the highest Cosmic Laws than in that patch of cultivated green, be it ever so tiny, that we proud­ ly call 'our garden.” The first law of the garden is growth. T ru ly the first law of the Cosmos, for all things grow. Nothing is static in all creation, and even change and decay, which seem at first sight to be the very antithesis of growth, are in actuality

but the prelude to further expansion, greater expression of consciousness. A ll growth, moreover, is slow. You can’t watch the ivy climbing the kitchen garden wall any more than you can watch the growth of a soul. God has all eternity for his working day and his w ays are unhurried. How often does the over-anxious Neophyte seek to take himself up by the roots every few weeks or months to see if he can detect the spiritual sap rising within him. His gar­ den has a lesson for the Neophyte. A ll growth again is towards the light. E very leaf, every petal strives towards the sun. For them the source of all life, for us, since the days of Amenhotep IV , the symbol of that greater light in whose incomprehensible brilliance w e shall eventually become absorbed. The second great law of our garden is rhythm. A ll its manifestations occur in definite cycles arranged with mathe­ matical certitude. “First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn in the ear.” Seeds, shoots, buds, blossom, fruit, fall, forgetfulness. The seven ages of man in miniature. A nd finally the great cycle of rebirth. A n apparently


dead plant or tree springing into fresh life to complete a further cycle. A fresh coating of leaves and bloom but the same tree. M an also is a hardy peren­ nial. T o reverse a well known occult maxim, "as below, so above.” "A rrayed in some new flesh disguise the old soul takes the road again." The true graph of evolution on all planes is spiral. W e notice too the prevalence of green. Not a tree, bush or flower but shows its share of green. Endless shades and shapes, and almost unimaginable diversity, yet a common unity amongst it all. No two souls, no two hairs even, are identical in all creation, yet all have a common origin and a common goal. A s we meditate further from our summer-house window, we realize that we only regard a part of the plant. The essential part, whence the life is drawn, is invisible. The outer manifestation is dependent upon the connection being maintained with the great within, the life of Earth of which it forms an un­ separated part. So man must needs have his roots in the eternal soil. A s with man too. the life force of the garden is dual. The negative element

comes from the soil and w ater while air and sunshine convey the positive, spir­ itual element necessary to complete the triangle and produce the perfect crea­ tion of flower or fruit. Then w e cannot be blind to the beau­ ty of the Garden. Here of all places do those invisible workers of the Elemental Kingdom put forth their best efforts for our delectation. Y et in an earthly gar­ den all cannot be beautiful. A s in the garden of life there are weeds, and worse. “Lilies that fester,” said a fa­ mous Rosicrucian, "smell far worse than weeds,” and true it is. Y et even a fes­ tered lily will fade and die and a better and brighter bud open and bloom in its place, born anew from the same stem. A nd for us as Rosicrucians. thoughts of the garden bring us to the symbol of our beloved O rder, the Queen of Flow ­ ers. For the Rose is as surely the Queen of Flow ers as the Lion is the King of Beasts and sums up for us the lessons of our meditation. M ay we in our hearts envisage the day when the Rose will be plucked for ever from the Cross, and awake and in full radiance be our sym­ bol evermore.

(Continued, from Page 134) The moral angle need not trouble anyone. Scripture is not inconsistent. The Hebrew text for the Sixth Com­ mandment is "Lo Sirtzoch,” "thou shalt not murder." not "thou shalt not kill," as erroneously handed down and re­ corded in many versions of the Bible. Had "killing” been prohibited, the w ars related in the Bible, the sacrifices, the laws of capital punishment, the eradica­ tion of wild beasts, all would have been outlawed. It appears to me that the question hinges on the term "incurable,” which, honest medical men w ill admit, is an ad­ mission of the limited knowledge of practical science. Beyond the realm of t^ le physical> is the spiritual. W h en the application of spiritual principles and laws will have become as common as phySicai laws, the list of "incurable” diseases will dwindle, and human suffering w ill vanish. quently confronted with the penalties nature exacts when her decrees are challenged. Despite his indefatigable efforts, he will often see his triumph of today become a ghastly tragedy tomor­ row. A life has been spared, unfortun­ ately leaving a body wracked and tor­ tured with pain, and organs irreparably damaged and in decay. Then it all seems so hypocritical and heartless when one is confronted day after day with the haunting, soul-stirring plea, " W h y, in the name of God, w on’t you end my suffering.” The one plea calling for aid, for relief, for a deliverance from an existence intolerable—more insistent and more pitiful than all others —1 the w orld cruelly ignores, and in a sudden return to rightousness, they glibly quote, "The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh aw ay.” Y es — for the love of man and the God of o u r Hearts, I b e lie v e in euthanasia.

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M ay

H i g h Recognition of Our Imperator
B y T h e S u p rem e S e c r e ta r y

N T H E m on th of March our Im­ p e r a t o r , D r. H. S p e n c e r L e w is , r e c e iv e d official co m m u n ica tio n s from a university in India which ap­ pointed him to the faculty of the uni­ versity a n d con­ ferred upon him a h ig h d e g re e o f recognition for his work in the field of learning, and par­ ticularly for literary contributions and erudition. Perhaps some of our mem­ bers do not realize that the many books written by our Imperator in the last ten or twelve years have been translated and published in many foreign lands, in many foreign languages, and that some of these books have had not only eight or ten American editions in the English language but have had eight or ten edi­ tions in foreign countries. T here are very few American authors specializing in research fields of literature and sci­ ence whose writings have been reprinted so frequently in America and translated and republished in foreign lands. In practically every case of foreign trans­ lations and publications, eminent in­ dividuals connected with institutes of learning or with fellowships of learning

have sought permission and privilege to translate these books and republish them in their country solely because of a great demand on the part of learned people in those countries for his w rit­ ings. A M O R C itself has not fostered these foreign translations except in the case of the. few books that have been reprinted in Spanish for our own Spanish-Am erican jurisdiction. T here­ fore, the foreign recognition of his work has been solely voluntary and without any commercial element attached to it. This new recognition and honor of his learning and work comes from the Andhra Research U niversity of the M adras district of India. This univer­ sity is really so old and so exclusive and restricted that it practically constitutes one of the several Indian monastery schools. But the Andhra Research Uni­ versity has perhaps the most unique reputation of any university in the world. It is located in one of the oldest and most exclusive sections of India where it has been visited and patronized by some of the most eminent scientists and educators of India and foreign lands. Its incorporation under unique British India A cts describes it as being founded “for the purpose of the ad­ vancement, dissemination of and recog­ nition of achievement in learning of uni­ versity and higher standards, in the living vernaculars, primarily of India.

like the Andhra or Telugu language.” The w ork of the university is divided into a number of divisions covering divinity and philosophy, literature, pol­ ity, history and law, fine arts, and the practical sciences. M any of the hereditary Indian rulers of ancient estates, as well as some of the most important titled rulers of India, have been and are the patrons and di­ rectors of this great institution. The Foundation-Chancellor during the per­ iod of 1924-1931 was the M aharajah of Vizianagaram, whose ancestors were the earliest allies of the British Power in South India. The present Chancellor of the university is Sree Vikram a Deo V arm a, who is M aharajah of Jeypore, a poet in three Indian languages and an expert in four ancient Indian sciences, and a ruler of a Manne Rajyam, reach­ ing back to the early Buddhist times. Among the active patrons at the present time are members of the royal houses of India and Europe. The university is not operated as a profit-making college or academy, but selects its students and research workers on the basis of merit and distinguished service in the fields of literature, science or art. Some o f the deans and presidents of leading univer­ sities and colleges in America are pat­ rons and members of the various de­ partments of the university. The certificate and communication which was sent to our Imperator, Dr. Lewis, appoints him as a member of the faculty of the university and gives him one of the high degrees connected with the section of the monastic work of the university known by the holy name of Bharati Thirtha, which in the Indian language means the group of learned persons who gather at the shrine of learning and constitute a brotherhood of the organization known as the Bharati Order, or Sampradaya. This brotherhood or fellowship is the most ancient cultural brotherhood of the world, developed and founded by V eda V yasa. This fellowship devotes itself to the search for ancient Indian manu­ T he R osicrucian D igest

scripts and sacred teachings and mys­ tical philosophies, and all who are con­ nected with it are honored as being out­ standing research workers in that field throughout the world. The Bharati Thirtha Fellowship, therefore, is prac­ tically a fellowship of mystical philos­ ophy and science, and is in charge of the real secret monastery activities in India. T he diploma received by our Impera­ tor states that at a meeting of the direc­ tors of the university held in India on the seventh of January, 1938, he was not only appointed an active member of the faculty of the university, but a member of this ancient fellowship, be­ cause o f "a proper consideration of at­ tainments in literature.” The diploma is signed by the M aharajah of Jeypore as Chancellor, and by the President of the university and the Dean of the Inter­ national Faculty and the Registrar, and was sealed and signed in the ancient mystical city of India where the mon­ astic fellowship of the university and the directors and highest officers of the university have their headquarters. It contains the official seal of the M ahara­ jah of Jeypore. The letter accompanying the diploma signed by the Dean of the faculty states that Dr. Lewis is the first and only American representative of the ancient Rosicrucian O rder who has been recog­ nized and honored by the university, and that he will be permitted, as a mem­ ber of the faculty, to nominate those members of the Rosicrucian O rder in North and South America who attain eminence in any specific branch of the w ork to receive some recognition from this Indian university. The diploma and various communica­ tions received constitute a very distinct honor, not only to Dr. Lewis, who has been honored with titles from other Indian academies and universities and very similar institutions in Europe, but a distinct honor to our Rosicrucian or­ ganization.

M ay

Perfect knowledge is that which, for the moment, is irrefutable by anyone and about which you entertain no doubt.— V alidavar.

Mexico’s Appeal
E ditor's N ote: M exico is a neighbor not only to the U nited S tates, but to the nations of the w orld. She is in constant com munication w ith the lands of the earth, and ships of a ll countries anchor in her ports. M ig h ty in resources, she is frail in means of self-expression. H er cries to be heard are drowned in the thunder created by foreign exploitation interests. T h e high-pressure storms of protest raised b y these interests successfully cloud issues w hich otherw ise w ould give the stru gglin g republic of M exico a chance of ap p eal before the court of w orld public opinion. W e are pleased to present, in the follow ing article, M exico's official an sw ers to charges made ag ain st its conduct. T h e article consists of an interview b y Dr. Roland H all Sharp, w ith a high ranking member of the M exican governm ent, conducted over radio station X E W in the month of A pril of this y e a r. T h is article w a s presented to an officer of A. M . O . R. C . in M exico C ity . T h e Rosi­ crucian O rder (A . M . O. R . C .) is not interested in political or com mercial controversies of an y nature, but it has a keen desire to see justice m ade m anifest. Also, know ing that the Republic of M exico is m aking e v e ry effort to place itself am ong the liberated, cultured nations of the w orld, offering its citizenry the opportunity of self-expression and personal advancem ent, w e believe this an sw er by one of its official spokesmen to recent charges should be given as w ide a circulation as possible. A great m an y men and women of M exico are R osicrucians, members of this o rgan iza­ tion, and w e believe that a presentation of this statem ent in the R osicrucian D igest is due them.

A L U T A T IO NS from Mexico City. Like a visitor from M ars, I have drop­ ped from the sky into this capitol at a m o m en t when M exico has reach­ ed th e t e n s e s t s ta g e to d a te in the long struggle for control of her natural resources. Even lo n g - tim e observers here hesitate to pass judg­ ment on today’s events. The situation is confused, but in the interests of pro­ moting at least some understanding of it, this broadcast will seek a level some­ where above the heat of controversy. One of the means for understanding is for both sides to avoid the mistake of misinterpreting each other’s policies and acts. It is easy for press accounts to_become lurid on both sides. Inflaming m'"lic opimon. l ’he'lvlexican Government,

now frankly devoted to the cause of labor and the underprivileged, is the prime mover in the present situation, and its policies set the tempo of events. A high-ranking member of that G overn­ ment has graciously consented to be interviewed on the air and is here at the microphone, prepared to answer pointed questions put by myself as a completely impartial inquirer. Question: Senor Armando Zubaran, is it true or untrue that the Mexican Government and Mexican people are generally unfriendly at present to for­ eigners, and especially Americans? A nsw er: There is no such enmity as that to which you have made reference. On the contrary, there is not a single foreigner who has dwelt with the M ex­ ican people, who has failed to recognize that one of its outstanding character­ istics is hospitality. To such an extent has this been so, that it has even, on oc­ casion, been criticized. A s for the

Mexican Government, it has alw ays af­ forded to foreigners the opportunity to come to live in this country and share the ideals of its people, and even the re­ sources of the nation, without other re­ strictions than abiding by the laws; an obedience that is required of all the citizens in the country, just as all na­ tions throughout the w orld demand re­ spect for their sovereign dignity and international decorum. Question: Could you give us in a few w ords the motives which actuated the Mexican Government in its decree for expropriating foreign oil properties? A nsw er: T he President of the Re­ public in his address to the p eode of Mexico, set forth the motives that led to the expropriation of the oil com­ panies, and made the resolution adopted on the matter by him and his cabinet. The refusal of the oil companies to a­ bide by an aw ard of a court of justice made expropriation necessary, owing to the need of preventing without loss of time, the troubles that would arise as a result of a standstill in industrial and transport activities, inasmuch as dis­ obedience by the companies of a deci­ sion of the courts compelled the oil workers to apply for, and the labor courts to order, termination of the labor contracts. Question: Secretary Hull has indi­ cated that the United States G overn­ ment, while not denying Mexico's legal right to take over the oil holdings, re­ gards proper payment, provided for by Mexico's own Law of Expropriation, as essential to a settlement. W h a t can you say about Mexico's plans for payment to the oil firms? A nsw er: The President of the Re­ public has stated that the Country will honor the debt contracted and the people have given him their unanimous backing. Question: The Mexican Government and the National Revolutionary Party, I understand, oppose Communism, but many people are confused by the re­ semblance of land expropriation policies to Communism. Please clarify this for us.

A n sw er: Nobody in Mexico confuses communism with the land distribution policy. The agricultural policy of the Mexican Government aims at the divi­ sion of large landed estates among the peasants. For this, the Government uses distribution of lands as a means; but it also undertakes to promote small holdings, domestic colonization and ir­ rigation, in order to open up to cultiva­ tion big tracts of land, on which small private properties are to be developed. Consequently, there is no incompati­ bility between respect for small proper­ ty and distribution of land: both are means emploved by the Government, simultaneously, in order to obtain a better distribution of the large landed estates. T h at’s all. The first consideration that may help restore and strengthen the foundation for conciliation and a just settlement of the present oil controversy, in my opin­ ion, is for both the United States and Mexico, as w ell as Britain, to recognize that relations o f these countries have reached a new stage which must be understood. A nyone who has followed the course of Mexican political develop­ ment during the past quarter of a cen­ tury knows that the Mexico of today must be dealt with on a far different basis than the M exico of the past cen­ tury. Mexico is growing up, or has grown up. One of the first impressions a visitor has when he talks with officials of the Government, and with Mexicans in business, is the Mexican spirit of self-reliance, of having suddenly dis­ covered their own innate powers. How­ ever harsh or extreme the demands of M exican labor and of the Mexican Government may seem to foreigners whose investments in Mexico are threat­ ened, there is little prospect that the M exico o f today will yield its new self­ assertion in the face of foreign bullying, diplomatic or economic. There was a time—and this is history not seriously denied by anyone — when Mexico, like many other semi-colonial countries of the period, had to bow as foreign governments put on the pres­ sure. The record of industrial imperial­ ists in Latin America is not one to point to with unmixed pride, even during the formative periods o f Latin

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American countries. In the present heat of controversy, both sides naturally make extreme charges to buttress their cases. T he oil firms in Mexico are by no means as guilty as they are painted by some extremist orators. Neither is the Mexican Government as brutal as some actions of the foreign press are making it out to be. In both cases, the volcanic fires of hate and misunder­ standing are loosed by a failure to grasp each other's point of view, Mexico is young in the business of grappling first hand with the vast economic and social problems now confronting the world. She may find, as she has in part al­ ready, that the distance between ideal­ istic social concepts and their practical realization is many a league, and that haste is not alw ays the fastest w a y to progress. Foreign oil interests—and I have talked with their representatives of long experience here — may not be grasping the real power of the upsurge in Mexico of a consciousness of social and economic independence. Mexico today is throwing off, not without some violence, a heritage of centuries of colonial and economic serfdom. Today's struggle is older than the oil companies which now bear the brunt of Mexico's movement toward nationalization of raw materials. Just as Mexico and the rest of Latin America threw off Spanish political domination at the beginning of this century, so today M exico and some other Latin American countries are throwing off the swaddling clothes of their dependence on foreign capital. T hey are far from being able to w alk alone, and they know it. This makes it all the more imperative for the older, more mature countries to sympathize with this new spirit of independence,

even if they can not accept all of its specific acts. W h en a child is learning to walk he may knock over a few price­ less vases on precarious pedestals, but he is not for this reason turned back to the cradle. O nly the deepest kind of comprehension, and the most earnest efforts for adjustment on both sides, can save a situation like this one in Mexico from going on from bad to worse. A ll of the adjustment cannot be made on one side. O nly adjustment of conflict­ ing claims can restore cordial good feel­ ing between the peoples. Europe today is a cruel example of w hat happens when humanity fails to adjust specific political and economic and social mal­ adjustments between nations. U nheal­ ed, they sour and embitter relations that should be constructive. Mexico and the United States in the New W o rld , and Britain, have an opoortunity in this oil controversy to prove that conciliation can win out. A s far as the United States and Mexico are concerned, there are considerations far more vital than how much Mexican laborers receive, and how much money is paid by Mexico for expropriated oil lands. These are vital issues, but w orld peace is also a vital issue. Can the United States expect Mexico to grow increasingly friendly, if the United States proves unsym­ pathetic toward M exico’s legitimate social aspirations? Can M exico expect the United States to help her economi­ cally if legitimate interests of Am eri­ cans are not respected? Can these two important neighbors look forw ard to drifting into opposing camps in the world's ideological struggle? It is time to stop, look, and listen, with heads raised above the immediate smoke of this oil controversy.

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: : | | : s i i | | : : i : : | : [ I z ; i : i Each m onth w e w ill p resen t ex c erp ts from th e w r itin g s of fam ous th in k e rs an d teac h e rs of th e p ast. T h ese w ill g iv e o ur re a d e rs an o] o rtu n ity of kn o w in g th e ir liv e s th ro u gh the p resen tatio n of those w r itin g s w h ich ty p if y th e ir th o u gh ts. O ccasio n ally such w ritin g s w ill be p resen ted th ro u g h th e tra n sla tio n o r in te rp re ta tio n of o th er em in en t au th o rs of th e p ast. T h is m onth w e p resen t ex c erp ts from the w o rk of th e E n glish e s s a y is t, C h arles L am b. B o ra in 1775 a t London, and edu cated a t C h ris t's h o sp ital, C h arles L am b en tered th e b usin ess w orld it fo urteen a s a c le rk . T h ree y e a r s la te r he en tered th e acco u n tan ts' office of th e E ast In d ia C om pany w h ere he w a s em ployed fo r o ver t h ir ty y e a r s befo re b ein g re tire d w ith an a n n u ity w h ich en ab led him to devote a ll h is tim e to th e lite r a r y p u rs u its b egun som e y e a rs p rev io u sly. L a m b 's life — u n lik e th a t of m an y au th o rs — w a s not filled w ith ch an g es and o u tsta n d in g even ts, b ut w a s devoted to h is office w o rk, th e g u a rd ia n sh ip of h is s is te r M ary, p le a sa n t m eetin gs w ith frie n d s such as C o leridge, W ordsw o rth and Sou they. the production of a fe w poem s, som e u n successfu l d ra m atic atte m p ts, and—the w ritin g of those e s s a y s w hich w e a lw a y s th in k of in connection w ith h is nam e. T hese, the "E ssays o f E lia ." have been term ed " se n sitiv e , w h im sical, hum orous, g ra c e fu l, q u a in t, illu m in a tin g ,” etc. W ritte n in a ra m b lin g , p erso n al m an n er, th e y p rodu ce in th e re ad e r a sen se of con­ fro n tin g th e m an h im self, of s it t in g and liste n in g to the e n te rta in in g v iew p o in ts of an inte llig e n t frien d for whom one feels an affectio n ate In terest. C e rta in lj L am b is not the typ e of " e s s a y is t" who d eals in m oral p recep ts—m a k in g the exp ositio n of them so a ttra c tiv e th a t w e a r e in sp ired to follow in the W a y o u tlin ed —b u t ra th e r one who Is ad ep t a t m ak in g h is p erson al opinions of g e n e ra l in tere st. He d escrib es h im self a s " a b un dle of p re ju d ic e s— m ade up of lik in g s a n d d is lik in g s —th e v e rie st th r a ll to sy m p a th ie s, a p a th ie s, a n tip a th ie s ." In choosing the ex cerp ts to be p resen ted w e have avoided those w hich a re m ost fa m ilia r —the c r itic a l e s s a y "On th e T ra g e d ie s of S h a k esp e are" an d th e d e lig h tfu l "D issertatio n Upon R o ast P ig " —an d h av e chosen, first, a section from "Im p erfect S ym p ath ie s" w hich d escrib es two opposing ty p e s of m ind, an d second, a section from "G race B efo re M e at.”

HERE is an order of imperfect intel­ lects (under which mine must be con­ tent to rank) which in its constitution is essentially antiCaledonian. T h e owners of the sort of faculties I al­ lude to, have minds r a t h e r suggestive th a n comprehen­ The sive. T h e y h a v e R osicrucian no pretences to much clearness or preciDtgest sjon jn their ideas, or in their manner of M ay expressing them. T heir intellectual 1938 wardrobe (to confess fairly) has few

whole pieces in it. T hey are content with fragments and scattered pieces of Truth. She presents no full front to them — a feature or side face at the most. Hints and glimpses, germs and crude essays at a system, is the utmost they pretend to. 1 ney beat up a little game peradventure — and leave it to knottier heads, more robust constitu­ tions, to run it down. The light that lights them is not steady and polar, but mutable and shifting; waxing, and a­ gain waning. T heir conversation is ac­ cordingly. T hey w ill throw out a ran­ dom w ord in or out of season, and be content to let it pass for what it is worth. T hey cannot speak alw ays as if they w ere upon their oath—but must be

understood, speaking or writing, with some abatement. T hey seldom w ait to mature a proposition, but e’en bring it to market in the green ear. T hey delight to impart their defective discoveries as they arise, without waiting for their full development. T hey are no systematiz­ e s , and would but err more by attempt­ ing it. Their minds, as I said before, are suggestive merely. The brain of a true Caledonian (if I am not mistaken) is constituted upon quite a different plan. His M inerva is born in panoply. You are never admitted to see his ideas in their growth — if, indeed, they do grow, and are not rather put together upon principles of clock-work. You never catch his mind in an undress. He never hints or suggests anything, but unlades his stock of ideas in perfect order and completeness. He brings his total wealth into company, and gravely unpacks it. His riches are alw ays about him. He never stoops to catch a glitter­ ing something in your presence, to share it with you, before he quite knows whether it be true touch or not. You cannot cry halves to anything that he finds. He does not find, but bring. You never witness his first apprehension of a thing. His understanding is alw ays at its meridian — you never see the first dawn, the early streaks. — He has no falterings of self-suspicion. Surmises, guesses, m is g iv in g s , half-intuitions, semi-consciousnesses, partial illumina­ tions, dim instincts, embryo conceptions, have no place in his brain, or vocabu­ lary. The twilight of dubiety never falls upon him. Is he orthodox — he has no doubts. Is he an infidel — he has none either. Between the affirmative and the negative there is no border-land with him. You cannot hover with him upon the confines of truth, or wander in the maze of a probable argument. He al­ w ays keeps the path. You cannot make excursions with him — for he sets you right. His taste never fluctuates. His morality never abates. He cannot com­ promise, or understand middle actions. There can be but a right and a wrong. His conversation is as a book. His a f­ firmations have the sanctity of an oath. You must speak upon the square with him. He stops a metaphor like a sus­ pected person in an enemy’s country.

The custom of saying grace at meals had, probably, its origin in the early times of the world, and the hunter-state of man, when dinners w ere precarious things, and a full meal was something more than a common blessing; when a belly-ful was a windfall, and looked like a special providence. In the shouts and triumphal songs with which, after a season of sharp abstinence, a lucky booty of deer's or goat's flesh would naturally be ushered home, existed, per­ haps, the germ of the modern grace. It is not otherwise easy to be understood, w h y the blessing of food — the act of eating — should have had a particular expression of thanksgiving annexed to it, distinct from that implied and silent gratitude with which w e are expected to enter upon the enjoyment of the many other various gifts and good things of existence. I own that I am disposed to say grace upon twenty other occasions in the course of the day besides my dinner. I w ant a form for setting out upon a pleasant walk, for a moonlight ramble, for a friendly meeting, or a solved prob­ lem. W h y have we none for books, those spiritual repasts—a grace before M ilton—a grace before Shakespeare— a devotional exercise proper to be said before reading the F airy Queen? . . . . W h e n I have sat at rich men’s tables, with the savoury soup and mess­ es steaming up the nostrils, and moisten­ ing the lips of the guests with desire and a distracted choice, I have felt the introduction of that ceremony to be un­ seasonable. . . . The very excess of the provision beyond the needs, takes aw ay all sense of proportion between the end and means. The giver is veiled by his gifts. You are startled at the injustice of returning thanks — for what? — for having too much, while so many starve. It is to praise the Gods amiss . . . . I hear somebody exclaim, — W o u ld you have Christians sit down at table, like hogs to their troughs, without re­ membering the G iver: — no — I would have them sit down as Christians, re­ membering the G iver, and less like hogs. O r if their appetites must run riot, and they must pamper themselves with deli­ cacies for which east and w est are ran­

sacked, I would have them postpone their benediction to a fitter season, when appetite is laid; when the still small voice can be heard, and the reason of the grace returns — with temperate diet and restricted dishes. G luttony and sur­ feiting are no proper occasions for Thanksgiving. . . . W e may be grate­ V V

fully sensible of the deliciousness of some kinds of food beyond others, though that is a meaner and inferior gratitude: but the proper object of the grace is sustenance, not relishes; daily bread, not delicacies; the means of life, and not the means of pampering the carcass. V

The most discouraging thing in life is the approach toward the unfinished end. This perhaps more than any other thing prompts the hope in a hereafter or future life.— V alidavar.


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HE use of altars has alw ays been intimately associated with religious practices. Offerings by primitive man to beings thought to be Divine, for the purpose of appeasing imagined wrath, or to obtain their blessings, were at first placed on the idol or at its base on the ground. Such sacrifices did not consist of food. However, with the later development of the con­ cept of sacrifice as providing a meal or feast for the god, food was used and placed upon a small pile of stones to elevate it above the ground. These first and crude altars were intended to keep the god's food from being contaminated by con­ tact with the low ly ground upon which men and beasts trod. The elevation of the altar also implied that man had reached above the earth with his symbol of good will to the gods, and they in turn were to reach down to this intermediary plane, poised between heaven and earth, to receive the sacrifice. A ltars, how­ ever, have not all been elevated. Some pre­ tentious ones are level with the surface of the ground, and others have actually been slight­ ly depressed.

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To C alifornia - An Economical Vacation
B y T h e C o n v e n t io n
S e c re ta ry

HROUGHOUT the year we have v i s i t o r s come to see us at Rosicruc ia n P a r k , an d those who stay a week or a month in this g lo r io u s valley of C alifor­ nia alw ays say to us that they are pleased and sur­ prised at the eco­ nomical conditions that have been demonstrated to them throughout their whole visit. In the first place, many of these vis­ itors come by automobile, and they say that by getting free advice from the various automobile associations, or by studying maps issued by various gaso­ line and oil companies, they have found that there are two or three direct routes across the United States that are safe and pleasant for automobilists. and that the driving is not too tedious or the labor too hard, nor are the conditions unpleasant. A ll along the course of these principal automobile highways there are auto camps, and auto hotels that cater especially to tourists, and the rates at these places are very reason­ able, much more reasonable than our regular hotels in large cities. The roads

are alw ays carefully marked and there are a few detours and these are alw ays safe and well guarded. Even in the winter season the average tourist does not encounter more rains or storms in going across the entire United States than he would encounter in driving around in his own state or city. The constant variation in scenery, foods, forms of amusement in the eve­ ning, and so forth, make the tour one continuous vacation. The average tour­ ist from eastern states claims he has crossed the wnole of the country in from five to seven days, according to how leisurely he has driven. Those who have wanted to make it in a shorter time have been able to make the entire journey in four days. W h e re two per­ sons can drive, by alternating during the day and the evening, the journey can be shortened to not over five days and made very pleasant. The consump­ tion of gasoline and oil makes the entire tour cheaper than one by railroc*d, or the large cross-country buses. On the other hand, the railroads offer special rates in the form of tourist car accom­ modations west of Chicago, which give the tourist a lower railroad fare rate and a lower rate for sleeping accommoda­ tions and for meals. Y et these tourist cars run just as rapidly and on the same schedule as the more expensive first-

class Pullman cars. The Greyhound buses and others that cross the country offer another form of transportation that is less than the railroad, but the private automobile method is still more economical. Another thing that pleases all of these tourists is the fact that as they reach the western part of the United States and get into western Nevada or western Arizona, they begin to see a great difference in the climate and in the scenery, in flowers and shrubbery, in the freshness of its fruits and vegetables, and the reasonableness of prices. M any of these tourists tell us that by living in a small bungalow or auto camp and do­ ing their own cooking, they find they can live with an excellent quality of food and plenty to eat for less money than they can live at home. The great variety of outdoor amusements and en­ tertainment, the delightful scenery the whole year round, the mild climate and other inducements, make such a vaca­ tion to California a wonderful pleasure at any season of the year. But when the summer months begin to exert their tremendous heat and tropical rains back in the eastern states, then is when Cali­ fornia is most appealing. Here in the Santa Clara V a lle y where w e have no rain from M ay to November, no light­ ning at any time of the year, no thun­ derstorms or windstorms during the summer, a constant mildness of climate with fairly warm daytime periods and cool evenings, with a large variety of fresh vegetables as well as fruits—here is the place one may expect a very plea­ sant vacation indeed. The rates at auto camps and cottages are very reasonable, and the hotels here in Central C alifor­ nia. while just as modern as any in the eastern cities, are more reasonable, with increased roominess and attractiveness. Here in the Santa Clara V alley, fa­ mous not only for its scenery but its great quantities of fresh fruits and vege­ tables. which are distributed throughout the world, there are so many scenic at­ T he . . tractions for daytime sightseeing and so Kostcructan many forms Qf amusement in the eve­ Digest ning, that a week or two spent here in M ay the Santa C lara V a liev is like a week or two spent in Paris in the spring. A nd 1938

when you couple with all of this the week spent here at Rosicrucian Park in the very heart of the Santa C lara V a l­ ley, with all of our Convention meet­ ings, the contact with hundreds of mem­ bers of like minds, all of the special at­ tractions which we arrange for the Con­ vention delegates and members, you have an ideal arrangement and an un­ usual inducement to come to California during the Convention week. This coming summer the Convention will be held from July 10 to July 16. There w ill be morning and afternoon as w ell as evening sessions, and many forms o f entertainment and instruction along with many tours o f sightseeing with special guides. There are ample facilities near Rosicrucian Park for room and board or for stopping at economical auto camps or hotels. Millions of per­ sons living in the East have wanted to visit C alifornia and spend a short time enjoying its scenic and climatic beauties. But when you know no one in California and have no definite place to go to, it is somewhat discouraging. But you have a great mystical home to go to and you do have friends and acquaintances here who will be glad to see you. and will welcome you heartily. V e ry often wives and husbands and children accompany those who come here for the Convention week, and although they are not mem­ bers of the organization and cannot at­ tend the actual Convention sessions, there are other forms of and oppor­ tunities for amusement and entertain­ ment that can be enjoyed by those who are not members, thus making their visit to the Santa C lara V a lle y very en­ joyable. There is no place in America where you can go from your home in the East and enjoy so much pleasure in scenery, climate, personal and social contact and instruction, and real rest and enthusi­ asm as you can by taking a trip to Cali­ fornia during the Convention week in the summer. You will find when you re­ turn home that you have not spent any more in actual money than you would have spent at some seaside resort or mountain resort and you will have en­ joyed more freedom in dress and in oc(Concluded on Page 153)

W ho is Responsible for Them ?
By H
a r v e y M ile s ,

F. R. C., Grand Treasurer
mates by spreading L I G H T and T R U T H in the community where w e reside. You may be a little shocked when I say, " W e are all to blame," but this is due only to your lack of understanding of the power of thought vibrations, as well as your unconscious expressions, such as “He should be severely pun­ ished,” "He should be hanged.” "They ought to whip him at the post,” "He should be confined to solitary for life,” or "They snould burn him at the stake.” A ll of these remarks, and hundreds of other equally well-known quotations, are expressed by millions of people every hour of the day. These thoughts are generated in the soul, emitted to the ether through the mind, the aura, and by pronunciation of sound vibrations. Little does the average individual realize what happens and what injury he does by thinking ill of those who have fallen (according to community regulations). Little does one realize how much he per­ petuates crime and torments the soul of the prisoner by voluntarily or involun­ tarily radiating these negative thought vibrations. In connection with the above is the astounding realization that even those who profess to be profound students of thought vibrations, soul and mind, and who claim to know the results of such deliberate expressions, whether they be audible or mental, go right on commit­ ting the crime of perpetuating crime by agitating the minds of the W E A K with

S W E meditate up­ on the social and economic structure of our community, the t h o u g h t of th o s e c o n fin e d strikes our con­ sciousness m o s t forcibly. W h en we use the word "con­ fined,” we do not mean only those behind the prison walls, but the in­ mates of mental and psychopathic insti­ tutions as well. Probably we should in­ clude the unfortunates confined to hos­ pital beds also. I feel, however, that the prison ques­ tion should interest all of us most, in asmuch as we are interested in the soul of man as a whole and not just the indi­ vidual personality or character who, be­ cause of his lack of strength or knowl­ edge as well as proper balance, commit­ ted some crime against society and found his w ay into the grip o f its un­ merciful methods of kill-or-cure de­ velopment. This question should inter­ est us because we are all to blame for the great crime wave, w hether we know it or not. W e are all contributing to the prisoner's confinement unless w e are working, either alone or with some or­ ganization, attempting to better society by becoming better acquainted with the cause of the prisoner’s incarceration, and are trying to eliminate the number of in­

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their destructive mental and psychic thought vibrations. W o u ld it not be bet­ ter, when one has learned of the wrong committed, to express the thought of sorrow and forgiveness for the culprit, realizing the misdeed was due to weak­ ness, lack of education, spiritual growth, and an understanding of economic or social rights, as well as mental incompetance, and disease of the body result­ ing in an unbalanced mind, rather than hold contempt for him and thoughts of hatred, which only aggravate the self and make it more ferocious? It seems to me that we fail to realize that the one who slips and falls and makes himself a beast and a tyrant is made of the same material as those who do their best to walk the straight and narrow path, the difference being due to proper and improper direction as well as circumstances, environment, breed­ ing and culture. O f course, there are innumerable other conditions which cause the difference, but the ones men­ tioned are fundamental. A s students of God and Nature, we realize that the Soul of God has inter­ penetrated all of our physical bodies and that each human being is guided, di­ rected, and inspired by the one God or the one force, power, or soul which we call God. The actions of every human being are motivated by the inner feel­ ings and impressions and emotions which have their beginnings in the soul. Knowing this O N E N E SS O F BEING, realizing that we are all related by the soul which pervades all things and in­ fuses all men and women, with the un­ derstanding that the power which affects one indirectly affects all, how can we continue to succumb to our negative, destructive nature and express con­ tempt, hatred, and scorn toward those in­ dividual expressions of the ONE SO U L O F G O D when they fall from the ac­ cepted, righteous w ay of life because of their natural moral and ethical delin­ quency? It appears to me that many students of mysticism and philosophy and re­ ligion are missing a very important point T he in the study of God and man's rela­ Rosicrucian tionship to Him, as well as to their own D igest personal growth and spiritual develop­ M ay ment, when their reactions to the down­ fall of a fellow-man are contemptuous. 1938

True, we are tempted to be vexed when others violate our code of life and the standards of our community, but such violations serve as tests for our own individual self, and as w e meet the test courageously and remain compas­ sionate for the violator instead of radi­ ating vibrations of hate and disdain for him, w e convert or transmute our emo­ tions into love and understanding. Then, let the soul expand and envelop the socalled culprit so that he may feel the constructive vibrations of God and be healed of his destructive nature and be­ come attuned to the finer vibrations of the soul of man. W h e n we act in this manner, we are working toward the upliftment of all mankind, we are helping to create the Christ Consciousness in the soul of the weak, we are beginning to establish a universal brotherhood of man, and w e are lifting the misfits of the earth plane to a realm of realization that they may more successfully guide and direct their own individual egos to happiness and peace; and, instead of "going the w ay of all flesh," they will go the w ay of all spiritual life to Peace Profound. Now I ask, who or w hat is respon­ sible for the incarcerated soul who failed to comply with the standards of civic society? It is easy enough for you to shrug your shoulders and say, "W ell, that is his karma; it has nothing to do with me,” but do not forget that he is a part of you, he is a segment of the Soul o f God and is linked to every other human soul which is part of the Divine Law. His karma has everything to do with you if you are striving for O N E ­ N E SS O F BEING, and unity with God. You are a part of all of the mis­ fortune of the earth, whether you know it or not, and until all crime, corruption, sin and evil are obliterated from the earth, you will be subjected to them, and may also fall into the march of the lock­ step. It is therefore your karmic duty to humanity to do everything possible to raise the consciousness of man through your constructive thoughts if not by your audible expression. I wish to quote a short verse from M arie C orelli’s book which I believe will more clearly explain my point:

"God said: I will create a world in the air!' Satan heard and answered: 'I, too, will be there!’ God said: 'I will make of man a crea­ ture supreme!’ Satan answered: I w ill destroy T hy splendid dream !’ God said: I w ill ordain that Thou shalt no longer be!' Satan answered: ‘Thou canst not, Lord, for I am part of T hee!’ ” This beautifully brings to our realiza­ tion the profound truth of our relation­ ship to each other, whether we are good or evil. She explains that God and S a ­ tan are one and the same force, and the manifestations o f this force depend on how it is directed. “G ood” and "evil'' are different polarities of one power. Man is the director of both polarities. The Rosicrucian O rder and the G reat W h ite Brotherhood are the schools which teach man the proper w ay to di­ rect this force. In the United States we have over two hundred thousand convicts who have misdirected this power, either through ignorance of the laws of God, or because they have met with circum­ stances which thev could not control; or, further still, they were born in such environments that they had no oppor­ tunity for spiritual guidance, and prob­ ably had no father or mother sufficiently

strong to direct their emotional natures. T hey are now in the care of men who rule them with an iron hand and a mer­ ciless will. W h en they return to society they are generally worse than when they first fell, due to their prison associ­ ates as well as the ocean of vibrations of hatred by which they are constantly surrounded. Can they work out their natural karma under prison restrictions? Can their souls expand and develop under the guidance of prison officials, and if not, are they retrogressing? W h o and what is to blame for the sorrow brought to thousands of mothers, fathers, wives and children because of the need of prison institutions? These are questions for you to think about and try to solve individually. This is not a plea in be­ half of the wrong doer and the unman­ ageable character who must be taken care of by society, for w e must have some system of segregating the unlaw­ ful from those who comply with law and order, but it is a plea to those who are trying to understand their fellow-man and help him out of the pitfalls of life. It is for those who study T H O U G H T vibration and mind power, and I hope that each one will concentrate on the idea that to bring peace and content­ ment to all we must express forgiveness and compassion to the fallen and to those who are struggling to regain their places in the SU N .




(Concluded from Page 150) cupation and more enjoyment and plea­ sure than you would at an y summer resort. So w hy not make your plans now for you and your family to journey w est­ ward to California by the most econom­ ical method, and enjoy the thrill of see­ ing this great western empire of sur­ prises and delight, and benefit by the Convention sessions as well? If you want any assistance in planning your tour so that you can come by w ay of San Francisco and return by w ay of Los Angeles and Hollywood or some other route, w rite to our Convention Chairman for suggestions. He will be glad to help you if you address him care of A M O R C Temple, Rosicrucian Park, San Jose, California. But remember, a really personal welcome awaits you and your family here in this western world of beauty and amusement.

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By C e c i l A . P o o l e , F. R. C .
E H E A R a great deal in any phase of our lives today about accomplish­ ments. W e hear in the field of meta­ p h y s i c s about mastership. How­ ever, we se ld o m hear, anywhere, as much as we should about the process to be used or the path that is to be traveled before mastership, accomplish­ ment, fame, success, and honor may be­ come realities. If one thinks back over a period of years and remembers the number of individuals who have become heroes or heroines, it seems that they break into public acclaim very suddenly and were not heard of by a great many people previous to the time of their recognition by the public; particularly is this true in the fields of science, inven­ tion and worthwhile accomplishments. A careful analysis of the past lives of these individuals, who have gained cer­ tain accomplishments, would reveal years of study, work, disappointment, T he and striving toward the attainment of R osicrucian the goals which they eventually reached. Digest In practically all the groups and o r­ M ay ganizations which function today for the purpose of bringing man into a 1938 fuller realization of his purposes, aims, and his connection •with the higher forces of the universe, we hear only of the end in view. M any churches em­ phasize as of paramount importance the theme of salvation; they have apparent­ ly no greater attainment to offer to man­ kind, and yet they do not usually at­ tempt to outline systematically and de­ velop a process which will lead to sal­ vation and really help man to attain this ideal state. Modern movements and or­ ganizations hold up the principle of health and long life, and yet. upon care­ ful analysis of their teachings, their scheme or process of attaining these things is evidently not very carefully planned and worked out in advance. T heir ideal or aim is good, but again we find little to help the seeker in attaining the eventual ideal. Mastership is another thing toward which we all strive as a goal, but the at­ tempt which we make should be the thing with which w e are concerned right now rather than the state of mastership itself. This condition which exists now is the process by which mastership can be obtained. The great things of the world are accomplished in the realm o f everyday effort; this is also true of mastership. T hat which is com­ monplace, which is considered routine, and which has very little glamour to at­ tract the attention of the world, is

nevertheless the working ground, or we might say the stage o f development, which brings about eventual accomplish­ ment. There is no great glory in the digging of a ditch; but until the ditch is dug and the proper foundation laid in it, a great structure to be built on this foundation cannot bring to man the benefits of its purpose. W e are taught in the early degrees of the O rder that there is no condition which should be looked upon definitely as good or evil—that we are simply see­ ing a positive or negative expression — that good is usually the result of a knowledge of something that is in ac­ cord with universal law, and evil is the result of the lack of that knowledge. It is pointed out that there are not good and bad men and women, but merely different individuals— -different in knowl­ edge and perception and comprehension o f life. T he same holds true in w orthy enterprises. The president of a great corporation is important to its activities: but the individual who does the most menial labor is, considering the effective functioning of the whole, equally as im­ portant as the president. One cannot function without the other. He who will not accept this fact simply brings dis­ content and misery to himself. It is no crime— it is no moral shame—when it becomes necessary for any o f us to get out and do a good hard d ay’s work. A ll of us have probably done it. W e will find that many who have reached the highest success in life have had at some time in their lives to dig ditches, pick fruit, or support themselves by doing some similar kind of so-called common labor. A ll this is brought to your attention to point out that it is not the glamorous things in life which are the only parts of our existence that are important: life is important, and that means every phase of it. W h ile every sincere stu­ dent, of course, desires the attainment of the state of mastership, the struggling on the path • — those ungfamourous e f­ forts to attain this state—are also very important, and they should be consider­ ed very important by us right at this time in the stage of our development which we have reached in this, our present life.

W e might ask, " W h at path shall we take?" W e find, regretfully, that there are apparently many choices. W e hear a simple process announced from the stage, or read from a pamphlet, by one who represents himself as a great mys­ tic, or an individual who has suddenly been infused with mastership—due to the consent and aid of some of the great M asters of the past, who have suddenly decided to leave the Cosmic scheme of things to take care of itself, while they descended and picked out this mortal man to be their representative on earth. And then, upon their ascension, this in­ dividual goes out to take his message to the world that the ascended M asters have visited him and given him author­ ity to offer mastership and salvation and every attainment to every man who will voluntarily give to the collection plate as it is passed around, or buy the books which are necessary to indicate the method of contacting these Masters. Most thinking persons will realize the ridiculousness and, in fact ,the absolute blasphemy of the pure principles of the Cosmic, as expressed by these in­ dividuals. A s the Imperator in an article in a recent number of "The Rosicrucian D i­ gest," so ably pointed out; in America particularly there seem to be offered many paths toward mastership, a num­ ber of which are merely the attempt of one individual to exploit the highest aims and aspiration of another. The comments just made, and the article referred to, are not necessarily for the purpose o f criticizing the meth­ ods or purposes of other individuals or groups. T hey are made for the purpose of indicating to the individual who is sincerely striving toward mastership, that many of the w ays, many of the paths that are apparently available are not practical, or at least do not lead to a practical end. A ll groups, individuals, or organiza­ tions which have to appeal to the emo­ tional nature of the individual before they can appeal to the reason, are sure­ ly not offering a balanced course of study. The human being is capable not only of reacting from his emotional nature, but is capable of analyzing all

paths before him and determining which is most fitted for him to follow. The best path is many times the least elaborate, but nevertheless in many cases it has the foundation. T o work toward M astership is to follow estab­ lished laws and proven principles that have been tested and proved by many individuals over a long period of time. The apparent inspiration of the mo­ ment, on the part o f an individual, should alw ays be carefully investigated because it may prove only the individ­ ual’s imagination or personal intent to use the banner of Mastership to attract attention to himself for personal fame and gain. It is difficult for us to comment, and in fact to offer a great deal of advice, upon this path which w e have selected for the very reasons previously men­ tioned—that is, the lack of glamour and the hard work connected with this ac­ complishment. Successful effort should be made, not only because of favorable conditions, but rather in spite of un­ favorable conditions; trials and difficul­ ties should be a challenge to accomplish­ ment. W e frequently hear a student state that if only he could have a sanc­ tum prepared in a certain w ay, in abso­ lute privacy, and the time to give to his studies, he could accomplish much. Theoretically this is true, but in practice it has proved absolutely false. The greatest M asters o f the past did not have sanctums with easy chairs, did not have the privacy that they needed; in fact, throughout the lives o f any of the great mystics, we can find records o f the interruptions and trials which they had to face in attempting to carry on their work. A n y student who is waiting for completely favorable conditions under which to study never will attain the state of mastership which he desires. Those who accomplish, those who pro­ ceed on the path toward accomplishment and mastership, are those who work re­ gardless of conditions. M any mystics have never had a sanctum, and many The modern potential mystics, many individR osicruciatt uals who are members of this organizaD igest tion, have to do their studying within a M ay short distance from the equivalent of a 1938 boiler factory, which is anything but

conducive to concentration and medita­ tion. But the very effort that is con­ sciously put forth to overcome these difficulties is an important force to carry these individuals on the path much more effectively than many who have more favorable circumstances under which to work. This path, then, which we travel is mainly one of study and attempts to apply that which we learn. Study, in itself is like labor—in fact, it is labor— and not a form of amusement; but it can, nevertheless be made interesting to us if we strive to realize the full pos­ sibilities of its applications. It is very interesting to any teacher who has taught in the primary grades to see how eagerly a child will grasp some of the first fundamentals of reading. The a­ bility to recognize a w ord or a letter is a great step in the child’s life, and the realization that he has control — al­ though very slight—over a thing which previously was entirely unknown to him, gives him a great sense of satisfaction; and often this sense of pride and satis­ faction can be used as a flame of en­ thusiasm to be fanned by the careful teacher toward further effort. The same is true in studies with adults. Even a small realization of some o f the funda­ mental principles of our studies should be greeted by the individual as a part of his ultimate accomplishment and. even though small, should be treasured as though it were a thing of great value. Those, then, who strive toward ac­ complishment must recognize the fact that such a state of accomplishment lies in the future, and that w hat exists now is the process. This process exists in the present, and toward the present we must set our faces and determine that if we are going to reap the harvest of suc­ cess and attainment in the future we must plant and cultivate those things which will develop into the state and opportunities which we desire. Develop­ ment of an evolutionary nature such as this is the law of the Cosmic. There is no other w ay. M astership, then, does not lie in the glamour of another in­ dividual’s attainment, but in the knowl­ edge which w e are being given to apply for ourselves.


T h e above is the central p ortion o f the very large w a ll m ural in the N a tio n a l Palace in M exico C ity . It depicts M exican national life from the early conquest by the Spaniards, w ho are seen in the low er por­ tion. to the ad m inistrations by recent presidents w h o appear at the top of the m ural. T h e w o rk is a magnificent example of m ural a rt and is one o f m any by the famous, in te rn a tio n a lly know n m ural artist, D iego R ivera, w ho is also a member o f the Rosicrucian O rd er. A M O R C . W ith in the A M O R C G rand Lodge in M exico, are seen w orks executed by him fo r the Rosicrucian O rd er in his country. A lthough an ardent supporter o f his country, D ieg o R ive ra is an in te rn a tio n a list in spirit.
(C o u r te sy o f T h e R o sicru cia n D ig est.)

Lemuria, the Mystery Continent!
In the depths of the Pacific, shrouded in darkness, lies a v ast continent. W here once g re a t edifices reached skyw ard and m u ltitu d es w ent th e ir w ay is now n a u g h t b u t the ceaseless motion of the sea. C enturies before the early men of E urope or A frica found the glorious sp a rk of fire or shaped stones into crude im plem ents, th e L em urians had a t ­ tained an exalted culture. They had w rested from n a tu re h er p ro u d est secrets. Then n atu re reclaim ed her power. W ith a trem endous convulsion she plunged the civilization of dem i­ gods beneath the leveling w aters. A gain she reigned suprem e, th e v icto r over m an ’s g r e a t­ est efforts. H as the learning of this early civilization been com pletely lo st? W as th eir stra n g e know ledge subm erged w ith the land upon w hich th ey d w elt? W hence cam e these people ? And w ere they all destroyed ? Science today is proving the physical existence of the continent, and down through the ages th e re has come the tale of a stra n g e people who live today and have preserved the m ystical know ledge of L em uria.

Alive Today?
M ajestic M ount S hasta, crow ned w ith etern al snow and surveying the g re a t Pacific, harb o rs stra n g e clues of an unknow n people. T ra ­ dition and fa c t unite to tell a w eird sa g a of a trib e rep u ted to be the descendants of lost L em uria, who fled to sa fe ty , and who dwell in the m ountain fastn e ss of Mt. S h asta. W h at are th e ir m ystical p rac tice s? Do they account for the eerie lights seen f a r up w ard tow ard the su m ­ m it? Do they p ractice ritu a ls which had th e ir inception cen tu ries ag o ? W hy a re th ey cloistered from the world ? A re th ey m a ste rs of n a tu re ’s law s not yet known to men of to d a y ? No o th e r book so tho ro u g h ly ex­ plains the scientific, m ystical, and spiritu al achievem ents of th e ancient L em urians and the rem n a n t of th e ir descendants ex istin g to d ay as does this one. This book is a g ift suprem e, eith er to an o th e r or to yourself. It is com plete w ith all necessary m aps, tables, c h a rts, and stra n g e symbols.

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The R osicrucian O rder, e x istin g in a ll civilized lan ds, is a n on -sectarian frate rn al body of men and women devoted to the in v e stig atio n , stu d y and practical application of n a tu ra l and spiritual law s. The purpose of the o r­ gan izatio n is to en ab le all to live in h arm o ny w ith th e creative, co n structive Cosmic forces for the atta in m en t of h ealth , h ap p iness and peace. The Order is in te rn atio n a lly known as "AMORC” (an ab b re v ia tio n ), and the AMORC in A m erica and a ll o th er lan d s co n stitu te s the o n ly form of R o sicrucian a c tiv itie s united in one body for a rep resen tatio n in the in tern atio n al fed­ eration . The AMORC does not sell it s teach in gs. It g iv es them fre e ly to affiliated m em bers, to g e th e r w ith m an y o th er benefits. F o r com plete in ­ form ation abo ut the benefits and a d v an tag es of R o sicrucian asso ciation , w rite a le tte r to the ad d re ss below, and a s k fo r the free book "T he Secret H e rita g e .” A ddress Scribe S. P. C., in c a re of AMORC TE M PLE R osicrucian |*ark, San Jo s e , C alifo rn ia, I). S. A. (C able A d d ress: "AMORCO‘ f>

M em ber of "FU D O SI” (F ed eratio n U ni­ verse! le des Ordres et Societes In itia(iq u es)

Suprem e E xecutive for the North and South A m erican Ju r is d ic tio n II. SPEN CER L E W IS , F. R. C ., Ph. I). — Im perator

PR IN CIPA L AMERICAN BRANCHES OF TH E A. M. O. R. C. The fo llow ing are the p rin cip al ch artered R o sicru cian L o dges and C h apters in th e U nited S tate s, it s te rrito rie s and possessions. The nam es and a d d re s s e s of other A m erican b ran ch es w ill be given upon w rit­ ten request. ALABAMA B irm in g h a m : B irm ingh am C hapter. Convocation for a ll g ra d e s, each F rid a y n igh t. 7:30 p. m .. L odge room . T utw ild er H otel. Mr. E d gar D. F inch, M aster. 1129 S. 16th Ave., o r C. C. B erry. S e c re ta ry , 721 S . 85th Street. CALIFORNIA Los A ngeles: H erm es L odge, AMORC Tem ple. Mr. L orenz Ernst, M aster. R ead in g room and In q u iry office open d a ily except S u n d a y s : 11 a .m . to 5 p .m . and 6 to 8 p. m .: S a tu rd a y s . 12 noon to 4 p. m. MS No. G ram ercy P lace. ' San F ra n c isc o : F ran cis Bacon L odge, 1655 P o lk S t .; Mr. E lm er Lee Brown. M aster. M ystical convocations for a ll m em bers ev ery 2nd and 4th M onday. 8 p. m. Office and re a d in g room open T u esd ay, W edn es­ d ay and F rid a y , 7 to 9 p. m. COLORADO D enver: C h apter M aster, Mr. W a lte r T a y lo r, 944 St. P au l S treet. D ISTR ICT OF COLUMBIA Thom as Jefferson C h apter. M rs. N ellie G. H ardy. M aster. M eetings C o nfederate M em orial H all, 1322 Verm ont Ave. N. W .. ev e ry F rid a y even in g, 8:00 p. m. S e c re ta ry , M rs. E velyn P ax to n , 5357 Broad B ranch R d., N. W. FLORIDA M iam i: C hapter M aster, Mr. C lyde E. H o llan d, R t. 3, Box 439-C, L ittle R iv e r S tatio n , M iam i. ILLINOIS C h icago: Chicago C h apter No. 9. F red D, W edge, M aster; M rs. S ue L is te r W astlu n d . S e c re ta ry . T elephone R andolph 9848. R ead in g Room open afternoons and even in gs. S u n d ays 2 to 5 o n ly. L akeview B ld g ., 116 S. M ich igan A ve., Room s 408-9-10. L ec­ tu re sessio n s fo r A LL m em bers ev ery T u esd ay n igh t, 8 p. m. Chicago (C olored) C h ap ter No. 10. M rs. L uiu Ford, M aster; Mr. R ob ert S. B reck en rid ge. Sec­ re ta ry . T elephones, D rexel 4267 and H yde P ark 5776. M eetin gs e v e ry F rid a y n ig h t a t 8 o ’clock, 12 W . G arfield B lvd., H all B. MASSACHUSETTS Boston : The M arie C lem ens Lodge. W a lte r F itc h . S ecre­ ta ry . Tem ple and R ead in g Room s, 739 B oy 1st on St. Telephone K enm ore 9398. MICHIGAN D etro it: T hebes C hapter No. 336. M rs. P e a rl A nna Tifft, M aster: Mr. E rn est Cheyne. S e c re ta ry . M eetings at the D etroit F ederatio n of W om en's C lubs. 4811 2nd Avenue, ev e ry T u esd ay, 8 p. m. In q u irers call d ial phone Tow nsend 6-2967. MISSOURI S t. L o u is: S t. L o u is C hapter. D ouglas M. B ry d en . M aster. M elbourne H otel. G rand A venue and L in d ell Blvd. M eetings first and th ird T u esd ay o f each month, 8 p. m. NEW JE R S E Y N ewark : H. Spencer L ew is C hapter. Jo h n W ied erkeh r. M aster. M eetin g ev e ry M onday, 8:15 p. in ., 37 W ash in gton St. NEW YORK B uffalo : C hapter M aster. Mr. H ow ard Pascoe, 93 C ath erin e S tree t, H o m ell, New York. New York C ity : New York C hapter, 250 W . 57th St. Mr. Jo3eph W eed, M a ste r; M arth a L. M ullin s, S e c re ta ry . In ­ q u iry and re ad in g rooms open w eek d a ys and Su n d ays, 1 to 8 p. m. Booker T . W ash in gto n C hapter. Dr. H orace I. H am lett, M aster, 491 Classon Avenue, B ro o k ly n ; Id a F. Jo hn so n, S e c re ta ry , 286 M cDonough S t.. B ro oklyn . M eetin gs ev ery second and fourth S u n d ay at 8 rt. m ., Y. M. C. A. Chapel. 181 W. 135th S treet. In q u ire rs c a ll: P ro spect 9-1079. OHIO Toledo : C hapter M aster, Mr. R alp h E. G raham . 1318 E lea­ nor Avenue.

(D irecto ry Continued on N ext P a g e )



P o rtland : P o rtla n d R ose C h ap ter m eets ev e ry T h u rsd a y, 8:00 p. m. a t 714 S. W. 11th A ve. Robert G. Stone, M aster. 1126 S. E. 50th Ave. In form ation b y a p ­ pointm ent w eek d a y s 9 to 5 a t 405 O rplieum B ld g.
PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia:

R ead in g C h apter. M r. R. K. Gumpf. M a ste r; Mr. L incoln S teig erw a tt, S e c re ta ry . M eetin g ev e ry 1st and 3rd F rid a y , 8:00 p. m .. W ash in gto n H a ll. 9U1 W ash in gto n S tree t.

B en jam in F ra n k lin C h ap ter o f AMORC: Mr. D aniel K. B etts. M aster. M eetin gs for a ll m em ­ b ers ev e ry second and fo urth S u n d ay, 7:30 p. m. a t 1821 R an stead S i. P itts b u r g : Penn. F irst L odge. A rch S treet.

AMORC C h apter 586. Mr. C. R . C leaver. M aster: Mr. Geo. P eterso n , S e c re ta ry . 311-14 Lowm an B ldg-. betw een l3 t and 2nd A vea.. on C h erry St. R ead in g room open w eek d a y s 11 a. m . to 4:30 p. m. V isito rs w elcom e. C h ap ter m eetin gs each M onday. 8:00 p. m.
WISCONSIN Milwaukee:

M ary S. G reen. M a ste r: 610

M ilw aukee C h apter. M r. F re d C. Bond, M a ste r; M iss E llen Brown. S e c re ta ry . M eetin gs ev ery M onday at 8 p. m. a t 3431 W. Lisbon Avenue.

P rincipal C anadian Branches and Foreign Jurisdictions
The ad d resses of o th er foreign G rand L odges, o r th e nam es and ad d resses of th e ir re p re se n ta tiv e s w ill be given upon request. CANADA
E dm on ton , Alberta: D U T C H and E A S T I N D I E S

Mr. T. Goss. M aster, 9533 J a s p e r Ave. E. T oronto, O n tario: Mr. E. C h arlton , M aster. S essio ns 1st and 3rd S u n d ay s of the month, 7:00 p. in ., No. 10 L ansdowne Avenue. V ancouver, B ritish C o lu m b ia: C an ad ian G rand Lodge. AMORC. Mr. E. A. B u r­ n ett. M a ste r; M iss M ab ylee Deacon. S e c re ta ry , AMORC Tem ple, 878 H o rnb y S treet. V icto ria, B ritish C olum bia: V icto ria L odge. Mr. G eorge A. M elville, M aster. In q u iry Office and R ead in g Room. 725 C o urtn ey S treet. L ib ra ria n . Mr. C. C. B ird. Phone G3757. W in n ip eg, M an ito b a: C h arles D ana Dean C hapter, 204 K ensington Bldg. Jo h n M eara, M aster, 639 V alo u r Road. S essio n s fo r a ll m em bers on T u esd ay a t 7:45 p. in. from M ay th ro u gh S ep tem ber. O ther m onths at 2:45 p .'in . on S u n d a ys. AFRICA A c c ra : The G rand L odge of th e Gold Coast. AMORC. Mr. 'W illiam O kai. G rand M aster. P . O. Box 424 A ccra, Gold C oast. W est A frica. CHINA

Jav a: Dr. W. Th. van S tokkum , G rand M a ste r; W . J V iaser. S e c re ta ry - G eneral. K aran gtem p el 10 S em aran g .

The AMORC G rand Lodge of G reat B rita in . Mr. R aym u n d A ndrea. F . R . C., G rand M aster. 34 B a y w a te r Ave., W est b u ry P a rk . B risto l 6. EGYPT C airo : C airo In form ation B ureau de la Rose C roix, J . S ap p o rta, S e c re ta ry , 27 R ue Salim o n P acha. H elio p o lis: The G rand O rient of AMORC. H ouse of the Tem ­ ple, M. A. R am ayv elim . F. R. C., G rand S e c re ­ ta r y . 26. A venue is m a lia .

Dr. H ans G ruter, G rand M aster. M ile. Je an n e G uesdon, S e c re ta ry . 56 R ue G am b etta, VHleneuve S a in t G eorges tS ein e & O ise).
HOLLAND Amsterdam :

De R o ze k ru isers O rde; G root-Lodge <ier N ederlan den . J . Coops. Gr. S ect., H u n zestraat 141.
NE W ZEALAND Auckland:

A uckland C h apter, AMORC. Mr. J . O. A nderson. M aster, 317 V icto ria A rcade B ld g ., Short land St.

The U nited G rand L odge of C hina. 513. S h an g h a i, C hina.

P . O. Box

G rand L odge ’R o sen ko rset." Anton S van lun d , F. R. O., G rand M aster. Je ru s a le m s g a ta n . 6 M alm o.

DENMARK C o p en h agen : The AMORC G rand L odge of D enm ark. Mr. A rth u r S u n d stru p . G rand M a ste r: C a rli A n d er­ sen, S. R. C.. G rand S e c re ta ry . M anogade 13th S tran d .

AMORC, G rand Ludge, 21 Ave. D apples, L a u ­ sa n n e; Dr. Ed. B crth o let. F. R. C-. G rand M aster. 6 B lvd. C h am b lan des, F u lly -L a u s a n n e ; P ie rre G en illard. G rand S ec ty., S u rlac B, Mont Choisi, L ausan ne.

Spanish-A m erican D ivision
A r m a n d o F o n t De L a J a r a , F . R . C . , D e p u t y G r a n d M a s t e r ; C ecil A. P o o l e , F . R. C. , S e c y . G e n e r a l

D irect in q u irie s re g a rd in g th is d iv isio n to the S e c re ta ry of the S p an ish-A m erican D ivision. R osicrucian P ark . San Jo se . C alifo rn ia, U. S. A. JU N IO R ORDER OF TORCH BEARERS A c h ild re n 's o rgan izatio n sponsored b y the AMORC. F or com plete in fo rm ation a s to its aim s and b en efits, a d d ress S e c re ta ry G eneral, J u n io r O rder. R osicru cian P a rk . San Jo se , C alifo rn ia.

T H E I M P E R A T O R ’S S A N C T U M
W h en a w a y from the exactin g demands of a w orld-w ide correspondence, and free from the lite ra ry bur­ dens w hich his office imposes on him, Dr. H. Spencer Lew is, the Im perator of the R osicrucian O rder for North and South Am erica, finds peace and inspiration in his periods of meditation before this simple, sym ­ bolic altar. Located in his home study, it includes artistic sym bolic objects of the principal system s of m ystical thought throughout the w orld.
(C o u r te s y o f T h e R o s ic ru c ia n D ig e s t.)



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Block Your Way?
OES the unknown futun. stand before you like a dread specter? Do the uncertainties of tomorrow bewilder you? Has the fear of new trials and tests halted you in your tracks, kept you from reaching the mountain top of your hopes? Fear is a subconscious feeling of helplessness that comes from the ebbing of confidence. Each time you fail to master a problem of life, and your self-reliance is shaken, fear gains a stronger grip upon your mind. Stop looking to left and right for a word, a hand, or a mysterious influence to push you to the top. You can renew your confidence and litt the leaden weight from your heart if you let the Rosicrucians help you. The Rosicrucians can bring about a transformation of your think­ ing, instil w ith in you new hope and inspiration, not by some magical process or strange method but by intelligently directing the applica­ tion of your mental powers and developing your will and intuition.


W e have nothing to offer to those who have resigned themselves to Fate, w ho are satisfied to d rift, or w ho are just seeking a job. O urs is a message of startling h e lp fu l­ ness to the am bitious man and woman who seek a life beyond the commonplace, to whom life means happiness, knowledge, and personal power.
T o those w illin g to p rep are them selves, w illin g to read, th in k , and use th e pow er of th o u gh t, a hook of unusual inu p ortance e x p la in in g w h at the R osicrucian s can do is offered w ithout cost or o b ligatio n . 11 yo u arc not satisfied with yo ur fife, and are w ifhn g to b rin g ch an ges in to it by be' g in n in g w ith yo u rself first, use th e coupon o pposite, to d ay.

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J U N E , 1938

No. 5

The Im p e ra to r's Sa n ctu m (Fro n tisp iece ) Thought o f th e M o n th : The D iv in ity o f M a n S e lf- M a d e Tim e The C h ess Players C a th e d ra l C o n ta c ts : R ealizatio n o f G o d . Is T here a Su b stitu te fo r C a p it a l Pu nishm ent? Q u estio n s o f the Tim es: Foreign P a c t s ? " Should N a tio n s M ak e .


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Pa g es fro m th e Past: W a l t W h itm a n " H e r e or N o w h e re is Thy Id e a l" A lo n g C iv iliz a tio n 's T rail: A m id th e Dust o f the A g e s San ctu m M usings: Step s to Sp iritu al R ealization The M y s te rie s of O rie n ta l N a tio n s N ich o las C o p e rn ic u s (Illustration)

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E, A S h u m a n b e ­ ings. s h o u l d not d e v e l o p —e i t h e r c o ns ci ou sl y or u n ­ consciously—t h a t strange a t t i t u d e a n d that s t r a n g e m e n t a l idea that w e ar e s uper ior to a l l othei b e i n g s on the face of the e a r t h . T h e r e is nothing t h a t will i nt erfere w i t h the p r o gr e ss in life of the a v e r a g e ind i vi dua l so much a s a d e g r e e of the s up e ri o r it y c ompl ex, unles s p e r h a p s it is the d e v e l ­ opment of a d e g r e e of the inferiority compl ex. But there is no r eas on w h y w e shou ld not u n d e r s t a n d , f r a n k l y a n d ho ne st ly , the real facts. M a n is the h ig hes t form a n d h ig he st d e v el op me n t of the c r ea t iv e forces of the universe. M a n w a s g r a d u ­ a l l y evolved a n d c r e a t e d to be the li v­ ing i m a g e of God. T h i s does not mean the i m a g e of a p er s on al Go d. a n d it does not mea n h a v i n g the form a n d figure a n d b o d y of a Go d but h a v i n g the s pir itual i mage, the s pir itual q u a l i ­ ties. the s pir itual properties of the God C on s c i o u s n e s s in our own p h y s i c a l o r ­ g a n i s m s a n d in our mi nd s a n d souls. M a n poss es ses b y birth a n d b y divine r ig ht a n d divine gift, more h i g h l y e ­ volved abilities a n d p o we rs than a n y T he Rosicrucian other of G o d ' s c r ea t u r e s on e ar t h. T h e fact that he can talk, think, a n d a n a l y z e , Digest a n d that he ca n do t hi ng s with his fin­ ]une g e r s a n d h a n d s a n d with his b o d y that o ther a n i m a l c r e a t u r e s c a n no t do. e a s i l y 1938

d e m o n s t r a t e s m a n s h ig he s t d ev e l o p ­ ment. But t her e a r e so m a n y o the r q u a l ­ ities t h at m an p os se s s that a r e just lying d o rma n t, that a r e not f ull y a w a k e n e d , a n d t hat a r e not often used, that the a v e r a g e i nd i v i d u a l is not more than forty-five per cent efficient a s c ompa red with w h a t he could be if he w a n t e d to be. A l l of us a r e s u r p r i s e d at times with the s t r a n g e abilities, p o w e r s a n d antics of m y little pet d og. W e c a s u a l l y r e ­ mar k, somet imes, that the th i ng s he does a n d the w a y in w h i c h he does them w o u l d indica t e that he is a lm os t h u ­ m a n ". A n d y e t . t ha t is not a fair s t a t e ­ ment b e ca us e that d og. wi t h all of his w o n d e r f u l abilities, a n d the best t r ai ne d dog a n d the most devel oped d og or cat or horse or other a n im a l that ev er lived, could not begi n to a pp ro ac h a h um an being in the speci al faculties a n d special abilities wh ic h h um an b e i n gs possess. It is true that all a ni mal s, all living c r e a t ur e s , h a v e some d e g r e e of a n u n ­ e vo lv ed soul. M a n is not the o nl y living c r e a t u r e that has a soul, but he is the o n l y living c r e at u r e that h a s a full y d e ­ v el oped soul, a n d with the utmost of divine w i s d o m a n d int el li ge nc e a s s o ­ ciat ed wi t h that soul. M y little dog has le a r n e d to do thi ngs w hi ch a child might do. wi t h the s a m e u n d e r s t a n d i n g and the s a m e j oy of doi ng them, a n d with the s a m e good motives a n d purposes. A n d he has some facul ties t hat the a v e r ­ a g e h u m a n being has not even tried to devel op. M v little dog s en se s v e r y q u i c k l y a n d v e r y efficiently w h e n a n y ­ one in the home is w o r r i e d or d e e p l y c on ce r ne d a bo ut s ome t hi n g or per pl exed

or tired, and he can quickly show his sympathy and reveal that he senses a stange condition. I know that if anyone in my home were to be stricken with some illness and would be lying in bed. with transition very close at hand, that that little dog would quickly sense the approach of transition and would begin to cry and wail. He would sense a gradual reduction in the aura of the sick person and he would know instinctively and intuitively that a strange Cosmic and physical condition w as manifesting. V e iy few human beings have developed that degree of sensitivity. A nd of course he can sense many other things which we might sense also if w e had taken the time or the trouble to develop the facul­ ties with which w e w ere born. But with all of his intellect, and with all of his cooperation in being trained and devel­ oped by me, he still is far from possess­ ing even the slightest degree of the di­ vine intelligence and understanding that a human being possesses. It is just as though every human be­ ing owned and possessed one of the largest libraries of knowledge and w is­ dom in the world but kept this library o f books and information closed in a vault beneath the cellar of his home, and never entered it, never allowed anyone to look at it, never consulted it in any w ay. Each one o f us is born with such a library, with such a strorehouse of divine wisdom, and each one of us is born with certain abilities and powers that are like sparks waiting to be fanned into flames. But w e go on our w ay through life without developing these abilities, or awakening these qualities, and without consulting the great store­ house of wisdom, until some day we find a necessity for doing so. Then we have to join with some movement or come under some instructor and start an intense campaign of serious study and practice. W e try to do in eight or ten years what w e should have been doing for tw enty or twenty-five years previ­ ously. W e try to crowd into a few years of life all of the development and study that should have been gradual, and which should have been helping us in our development. It is this divine quality, this God Consciousness side of us, that distingu­

ishes human beings from all other crea­ tures of the animal kingdom. It is what God intended in the beginning, when, after He created all the other things in the universe and all the living creatures, He decided then that man should be created in His own divine image. Man was the last, the highest product of the creative consciousness of God, and throughout all the ages man has con­ tinued to be the special concern of God in His processes of evolution. No matter what else God may do, and w hat else He may create in the universe, whatever is good and helpful and powerful, He has reserved for man and continues to confer upon man His most beneficent and most bountiful blessings. T hat is w hy man has evolved and brought about what we call civilization. M an may attribute to himself and to his thinking and to his mental capacity many of the great improvements in his life, but back of his own ability lies the divine inspiration which God has placed there, and continues to place there. M an today has attained only a small degree of what he will become through the passage of eons of time. But, right now, our highly evolved race of man represents the most learned, the most powerful, the most developed qualities of the God Consciousness. Y et, it re­ quires man’s cooperation, man's under­ standing. man's willingness, to complete what God has started. A s long as man continues to ignore the divine side of himself and the divine wisdom and highly specialized faculties and abilities he has, as long as he re­ fuses to use them or exercise them, he remains in all of his mental and w orldly affairs nothing more than a creature of the animal kingdom. M an can raise himself consciously to the degree of de­ velopment that he has inwardly, but he must strive to do so, and he must under­ stand and comprehend his own being. W ith all the worlds that man is trying to explore, in the heavens and through­ out the universe, with all of the un­ known lands of the sea that man seeks to explore and excavate, with all of the planets and starry clusters that man wants to investigate and become famil­ iar with, he continues to ignore the greatest field, the greatest world of ex­

ploration that exists, and that is the inner self and the divine self. Throughout the world today the changing conditions in the material w orld are forcing upon men and women the necessity of finding relief and pro­ tection, of finding salvation and strength and power in something that is not of the earthly element. M ore and more the advanced and evolved human being is turning his thoughts inwardly and as he develops his divine consciousness he be­ comes a better master of his own affairs and a better master of his life. For too many centuries man has pinned his faith in the material things of life. The re­ ligion of the churches says that man should put his faith in God. but we as V V

Rosicrucians say that man should put his faith in the God Consciousness and the God wisdom and the God-given powers that he possesses and which remain more or less undeveloped in all human beings. W e have seen the w orldly ele­ ments and the w orldly qualities and w orldly valuations depleted and ruined and destroyed and made of no value. But the one thing that survives and the one thing that comes to the rescue of man is his spiritual and mental powers and abilities. Until man comes to recog­ nize this to a greater degree and makes himself in every sense "a living image of G od” he w ill be a slave to the world­ ly elements and a victim of w orldly circumstances. V

Self-Made Time
By F r a t e r
A N Y th in g s w e o u g h t to do a re l e f t u n d o n e be­ cause "we haven’t time." M ost of us are so busy "mak­ ing a living” that w e se ld o m fin d tim e to re a d a good b ook; y e t some find it com­ paratively easy to make time to read a bad book. Those who regard time as something to be found, and walk around looking for it, waste it in advance. The w orld’s most successful men have never found a single tick of time — they have alw ays made it. He who makes time has time, as well as the knowledge of its true value. W h e n self-made time is invested in the W o rk and W orthw hile Bank, the interest accumulates at about the same rate as “time flies" in the ordinary sense. The How can w e make time? One w ay is Rosicrucian to follow the example of a successful Digest business man: get into bed an hour later June and out of bed an hour earlier. A t the end of the first year the interest on the 1938


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investment is 730 hours, or one month. This is time made. Theoretically, it places one a month ahead of the "haven’t timers” per year, or in other words, where the “hasn’t timer” com­ pletes a working year of twelve months net, the time-maker gets in a baker’s dozen, plus compound interest, and gains a whole year every twelfth vear. Time is like w orry and other false conditions: the more w e give thought to it the more we bring it into our lives as an obstacle, as something contrary to harmonious living. In the present era of materialism-with-the-lid-off, time is a robber in retreat man a policeman for ever in pursuit but never able to catch him. It is an aimless, hopeless chase. Time can never be found ready made; it is w hat w e make it. T o no two per­ sons has it the same duration. It is lengthened by indolence and impati­ ence; shortened by diligence and enjoy­ ment. It is not so much the minutes and hours that count as the w ay we use them. W h eth er or not “Time heals all things” is questionable. It is certain, however, that "Time alone relieves the foolish from sorrow, but reason the wise.”

The Chess Players
B y F r a t e r H. ]. H e r s h e n o w , F. R . C . B O U T a year ago there appeared in The New Yorker magazine a small uncaptioned c a r ­ toon which ingen­ io u s ly , t h o u g h probably uninten­ tionally. presents so m e p ro fo u n d and involved dis­ tinctions between psychic sense and nonsense. Seated at a small square table, facing each other, are two "Swam is” of the accept­ ed cartoon type: white robes and neck­ pieces, towering jewelled turbans, fan­ tastic eyebrows, great glittering eyes, fierce black beards and bird-beaked noses. Each "Swami” has before him a small crystal gazing-ball, and each con­ centrates on his crystal with an almost painfully intense absorption. F or rest­ ing on the table between the two crys­ tals is a chess board with a game in progress—the "Swamis” are deeply ab­ sorbed in foreseeing each other’s moves! I like to approach a skeptical friend —'the sort of friend who gives you kind­ ly but patronizing smiles at the mention of occult principles or studies — and show him this cartoon. W e laugh simul­ taneously —- but for somewhat different reasons. A fte r a few moments my friend, noting that my amusement is as genuine as his, loses a bit o f his assur­ ance and enjoyment. Just who is laugh­ ing at whom? Perhaps he inquires: "Just what do the Rosicrucians classify as legitimate visions to be extracted from crystals?" I reply that though I have carefully gone through a seven y e a r’s stack of Rosicrucian monographs, employing a large magnifying glass to search be­ tween sentences and words, not yet have I found any instructions in crystalgazing. I considerately refrain from in­ quiring what school of philosophy he belongs to, where they are taught to draw their conclusions about the occult from humorous cartoons. For though many intellectuals are plentifully sup­ plied with sly jibes at mystics and mys­ ticism, when interrogated they reveal an equally extensive supply of misconcep­ tions as to modern mysticism’s basic tenets. T hey have evolved their social and economic beliefs from first-hand experience and investigation, but their opinions of the psychic technique they have casually absorbed from the evalu­ ations of professional wits. " W ell now,’’ my friend demands, "does or does not this cartoon present a psychic possibility?” I assure him that these psychic chess players are unmatchably absurd. “But,” he counters, "if crystal-gazers can foretell the mar­ riages of movie stars and predict vic­ tory for the local baseball team, w hy couldn’t they foresee a lost pawn or a captured knight?" I assume a troubled look and inquire solicitously what un­ fortunate affliction has driven him to reading the Sunday supplements of the newspapers.

"Am I to infer," he persists, "that the Rosicrucians discredit the phenomenon of prevision?” Not the phenomenon, I explain, but certain methods and mediums, and the popular conception of unqualified and indiscriminate demonstration. The True C rystal is no sphere of quartz, but a certain psychic center within the human body. W ith much patient effort and sincerity of purpose its existence can be verified, but its power cannot be exer­ cised to win chess games, horse races, or election bets. T hree types of inquiry the Cosmic consistently ignores: the trivial, the un­ ethical, and the merely curious. It is this last factor which has baffled so many of the better class of investiga­ tors. T hey accept the first two condi­ tions, but find it difficult to comprehend the necessity of high purpose—or, they insist that scientific curiosity is in itself sufficiently high purpose. T hey really conceive of the Cosmic as some sort of slot machine: if they put their nickel in. w h y shouldn't the wheels go round? T hey are fundamentally wrong here; they will not admit it; they make their "tests" in this frame of mind, and, get­ ting negative results, denounce mystical claims as fraudulent! The Cosmic will respond solely to the vital, and in making distinctions be­ tween the vital and the trivial its accur­ acy is infinitely superior to ours. The skeptic’s reluctance to accept this fact does not alter the law; it merely bars him from mystical experience. The daily and yearly cycles of life explained in the Imperator’s book on S elf M astery and Fate w ill prove themselves correct to your own satisfaction if you will ap­ ply them to those personal affairs of yours which are of real importance and lasting significance. But as the cartoon­ ist makes prevision appear ridiculous by applying it to the trivial, so can you make the life cycles appear ridiculous if you apply them to such vital concerns as when to get a haircut, or trump your partner’s ace. The T o a dozen gamblers who have each Rosicrucian w a 9 ered large sums on a different horse ~. . to win a race, it is overwhelmingly im,8 est perative that one horse run a tenth of a Ju n e second faster than the other eleven. To 1938 the Cosmic it is of no importance w hat­

soever whether all twelve horses tie for first place, or lie down and refuse to run, or jump the fence and head for Mexico. The intent of all gamblers is to gain wealth without producing any­ thing, necessarily at the expense of thousands o f losers. The intent of the Cosmic is to make every man earn wealth by producing something, never at the expense o f his fellow man. This being fundamental, shall the Divine, in­ effable m ystery of Time be put to work lining the Dockets of spectators? Some­ thing of another phase of the Cosmic attiude must have been in the old Chinese philosopher who once declined an invitation to witness a horse race, saying politely that he already knew some horses could run faster than others. T he skeptic asks the mystic who will be the next President of our country. The question is vital and ethical, but merely curious. W h a t the skeptic really wants to know is whether the mystic can demonstrate prevision. Probably he cannot. A s one of the very highest of occult powers, it is not voluntarily exer­ cisable except by the M asters. Y et to the sincere student the Cosmic occa­ sionally demonstrates in some simple but convincing manner the actuality of this phenomenon. The fact that the student did not select the time or the subject and cannot duplicate the feat does not in any w ay lessen the import of the experience. In this psychic equa­ tion there is a qualitative factor of ex­ treme delicacy and precision, not sus­ ceptible to immediate comprehension by the uninitiated or the merely intellectu­ ally advanced, and the Cosmic, not the student, is able to supply this factor. A s the Imperator once said: "The Cosmic is not inclined to utilize its time and power in merely demonstrating for the sake of learning whether the law works or not." W e are told, and at a certain stage of development convinced, that we will foresee in emergencies or at critical junctures—not when attempting to satisfy the skeptic. O f course this fragm entary explanation will not satisfy him either, but from a noted Theosophist I have borrowed the correct response to those who consider an inability to justify God's laws as a valid reason for their non-existence. This mystic, when

asked w hy certain life cycles he had verified should manifest, replied: “I am engaged not in excusing, but in investi­ gating N ature.” Later he was given the proper explanations, but his facts were facts before he could justify them to himself or others. In a one-act play (The Jest O f HaH a-La-Ba) Lord Dunsany has com­ pactly dramatized the perversion of prevision. A w ealthy Englishman bribes a dishonest sorcerer to summon up a certain Spirit who was said to have the power to grant any one wish. The Spirit appears and the Englishman fearlessly demands a file of next year's editions of the London Times. W ith a laugh the Spirit disappears, and there on the table are next year's newspapers. In a note­ book the Englishman begins to jot down next year's stock market quotations! But suddenly he glimpses a news item which interrupts his visions of easy millions. In tomorrow's newspaper he has read an account of his own sudden transition by heart failure. He collapses on a couch; the papers disappear; a servant enters, and finding his master lifeless, telephones the news to the authorities! This is rather fanciful, to be sure—■ symbolic of the actualities. Dunsany has employed the sorcerer and Spirit as intermediaries comprehensible to the audience, and makes cause produce ef­ fect, or compensation, immediately. Sub­ stitute for the Spirit man's own psychic vision; for the newspapers any selfish, mercenary, unethical desire; for the sudden death, ultimate frustration and reaction, and the story becomes less fanciful than many suppose. Had the Englishman earned his glimpse into the future, and requested knowledge for the benefit of all and to the detriment of none, w e would have a less melodrama­ tic curtain—and, probably, a very bored audience. Now the chess-playing “Swam is” are not peering into their crystals for in­ formation ruinous to thousands, or harmful to each other, but the triviality of their concern is hardly conducive to psychic revelations. In another cartoon this same cartoonist, using the same subject, rose to even greater heights. He merely drew a solitary self-assured “Sw am i”—with the regulation jewelled turban and indispensable crystal ball—

and placed him in one of those small circular booths which, with a large clock, generally occupy the center of the waiting-room of large railw ay sta­ tions^—one of those booths normally oc­ cupied by three or four worried and rushed clerks attempting to supply that which is proclaimed on a series of signs above their heads: Information. N ow which is most absurd: the as­ sumed inquirer at this imaginary in­ formation booth who asks the "Swami” to look into his crystal and foretell whether the Silver Streak will have as passengers any crying babies, or the all-too-possible young student who, joining the O rder, asks the high officers to probe the Cosmic as to the likelihood of his prospective bride developing a temper? For failure to produce answers to questions intrinsically of this calibre has prevision been "exposed” by many skeptics. For success in producing answers to questions intrinsically of this calibre have the crystal-gazers created many “believers.” The skeptic and the believer—w hat a pair! One believes nothing and the other believes everything — yet neither has correctly investigated. Nevertheless the skeptic patronizes the believer from a staggering assumed height, regarding his as a human being perhaps, but one obviously in a very low state of devel­ opment, while the believer classifies the skeptic as a damned and banished soul, existing on some plane removed from, and far beneath, true humanity. W h ile these two gentlemen accomplish the re­ markable feat o f loking down upon each other from astronomical elevations, the mystic observes the fact that they stand upon a level, and only misiudge their relative position because of the dense cloud of blind assertions which envelops both of them. Consider — has any other school of philosophy you ever studied possessed the forthright courage to tell you . —• as Rosicrucianism does • — that you should accept only those principles which you can demonstrate to your own satisfac­ tion and conviction? If you think this has alw ays been, and is now the atti­ tude of orthodox science, you had better

stop, look, and listen, for you are be­ lieving something which will not stand the test of close investigation. M y skeptical friend, I am delighted to laugh with you at the cartoon of the chess players, and do you mind if I in­ vite several thousand Rosicrucians to share our amusement? W e know who is bound to have the last laugh in these matters, and we have an opinion as to

whose smile reflects the deeper knowl­ edge now. W e w ill not become indig­ nant at your patronizing grin, for we feel that it is not likely to shame the Cosmic into altering its immutable prin­ ciples. Neither will we be so impolite as to assume that you have no reasonable right to exist. Reason tells us that if the skeptic did not exist it would be neces­ sary to invent him.




How It A ll Began . . .
" I 1 7 E A R E apt toattribute the custom of the laying on of hands for * ’ healing purposes, to the beginning of the Christian period, because of the frequent mention of it in the N ew T e s ta m e n t o f th e Christian Bible. This practice and c e re m o n y was w ell e s t a b lis h e d , however, in Ancient Egypt. The Divine essence of the gods known as Sa, was said to be im p a rte d by h ig h priests to those who knelt be­ fore them. This essence the gods w e re said to d rin k fro m the heavenly Lake o f Sa.' The same form of laying on of hands was used in c o n fe r r in g king­ ship. The illustration here, a reproduction of an E gyp­ tian stela, describes M aatka-ra (Hatshepsut) receiv­ ing from her father, ‘the kingship of both banks of the river.’

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T h e " C a th e d r a l o f th e S o u l" is a C o sm ic m e e tin g p la c e fo r all ir ln d s o f th e m o st a d v a n c e d a n d h ig h ly d e v e lo p e d s p ir itu a l m em b ers a n d w o r k e rs o f th e R o s ic ru c ia n F r a t e r n i t y . I t is a fo c a l p o in t of C o sm ic r a d ia tio n s a n d th o u g h t w a v e s fro m w h ic h r a d ia te v ib r a tio n s o f h e a lth , p e a c e , h a p p in e s s , a n d in n e r a w a k e n in g . V a r io u s p e rio d s of th e d a y a r e se t a sid e w h e n m a n y th o u s a n d s of m in d s a r e a ttu n e d w ith th e C a th e d ra l o f th e S o u l, a n d o th e r s a ttu n in g w ith th e C a th e d ra l a t th is tim e w ill re c e iv e th e b en efit o f th e v ib ra tio n s . T h o s e w h o a r e n o t m em b e rs o f th e o rg a n iz a tio n m a y s h a re in th e u n u s u a l b en efits a s w ell a s th o s e w h o a r e m e m b e rs. T h e b o o k c a lle d " L ib e r 7 7 7 ” d e s c rib e s th e p e rio d s fo r v a r io u s c o n ta c ts w ith th e C a th e d r a l. C o p ie s w ill b e se n t to p e rs o n s w h o a r e n o t m e m b e rs if th e y a d d re s s th e ir re q u e s ts fo r th is b o o k to F r i a r S . P . C ., c a r e of A M O R C T e m p le , S a n Jose, C a lif o r n ia , e n c lo s in g th re e c e n ts in p o s ta g e sta m p s . (P lease state whether member o r not—this is im portant.)


FTER a ll is sa id a n d d o n e , and a f t e r considering all of the doctrinal and ritualistic and creedal interpreta­ tions of God and His la w s and of religion generally, the fact re m a in s th a t e a c h o f us h as a realization of God only in ac­ cordance with our own understanding, our own evolution, our own development and our own sincerity. Not one of us can honestly accept and adopt another person's understand­ ing or realization of God. It may be that we will find some whose interpre­ tation or understanding coincides or agrees with our own, and in such a case there is much benefit to be gained from mutual discussion and comparison of re­ ligious experiences. But it is absolutely wrong, and contrary to divine prin­ ciples, for any one of us to ignore or modify or adjust our own individual realization and interpretation of God and His laws to make them conform to or include the realizations and interpre­ tations of others. O ur realization of God is a distinctly personal and intimate matter. Unless it is personal and very intimate, we can have no real understanding of God. It is for this reason that the Rosicrucians of ancient times and of the present day refer to God as "the God of our

H earts.” This means the God of our emotional and religious interpretation or understanding. W e may all agree upon certain fundamentals in regard to God and His existence. His nature, qualities and attributes. But we find as we go through life that there are those who limit God, and confine Him to a certain locality or condition, and who attribute to Him certain qualities that are typical­ ly human, because of human prejudices, enmity, jealousy, hatred, revenge and so forth. There are those who would limit the attributes and powers of God to scientific principles, and who claim that God cannot perform miracles, inas­ much as they would be inconsistent with human discoveries and under­ standings o f scientific principles. Then there are those whose conception of God is so broad, so indefinite, so vague that God can never become an intimate companion, a sympathetic father, a real friend. The mystic likes to believe and does believe that God is so real and so close that he can "walk with God and talk with G od.” A nd of course there are those who conceive of God as being merely a principle or a law, or a divine process of some kind. God is known throughout the world by many names, and identified with many qualities and powers. Typical of this widespread diversity of under­ standing of the nature of God is the following poem by W illiam Herbert Carruth. It has been repeated and quoted very frequently by mystic philos­ ophers and even by atheists and agnos­ tics. The mystic, however, finds in this poem an attempt to understand God and to identify God with all of G od’s V V

processes and law s and qualities w ith­ out in any w ay belittling the supreme, sublime m ajesty o f the Father of all creatures. E A C H IN HIS O W N T O N G U E A fire-mist and a planet, A crystal and a cell, A jelly-fish and a saurian, A nd caves where the cave-men dwell; Then a sense of law and beauty. A nd a face turned from the clod, Some call it Evolution, A n d others call it God. A haze on the far horizon. T he infinite, tender sky, T he ripe, rich tint o f the cornfields A n d the wild geese sailing high; A nd all over upland and lowland T he charm of the golden-rod. Some o f us call it Autumn, A n d others call it God. Like tides on a crescent sea-beach, W h e n the moon is new and thin, Into our hearts high yearnings Come welling and surging in: Come from the mystic ocean W h o se rim no foot has trod, Some o f us call it Longing. A nd others call it God. A picket frozen on duty. A mother starved for her brood, Socrates drinking the hemlock. A nd Jesus on the rood; A nd millions who, humble and nameless, T he straight, hard pathw ay plod. Some call it Consecration, A nd others call it God. V

If you have ten hours a day to spend as you please, you may perhaps afford to waste an hour of it—perhaps; but if you have only half an hour each day at your own free disposal that half-hour becomes a sacred opportunity of life, the chance to change the quality of your existence, to multiply the capital on which you are doing business in the vocation of living .—E dw ard H. G riggs.

The Rosicrucian Digest
June 1938
T h is is to a d v is e o u r m em b ers a n d frie n d s th a t s e v e n o f th e S u p re m e a n d G r a n d L o d g e o fficers a n d d e p a r tm e n t d ire c to rs e n te r in to a fiv e-m in u te p e r io d o f m e d ita tio n d a ily , e x ­ c e p tin g S a tu r d a y s a n d S u n d a y s , in th e S u p re m e T e m p le a t R o s ic ru c ia n P a r k , S a n Jose, a t 1 :0 5 p . m „ P a c ific S ta n d a r d T im e . O u r r e a d e r s a re in v ite d to C o s m ic a lly a ttu n e w ith th em a t th e a b o v e h o u r.


There a Substitute for Capital Punishment?
B y F r a te r H erm an


H a rc o u rt,

Ph. B., Lib.

S H U M A N beings (2) W ill the sentence benefit the evolve in the up­ prisoner, by giving him an opportunity w a rd s p ir a l t o ­ for rehabilitation, repentance and expia­ w ard p e r fe c tio n tion, or will it harden him b y its there awakens in severity? th e s o c ia l c o n ­ (3) W ill the sentence have a deter­ s c io u s n e s s th e rent effect upon others who may be r e a liz a t io n that tempted to commit similar crimes? possibly the prop­ (4) Does the sentence permit of res­ er method of deal­ titution, at least in part? ing with crime and If these four questions can be an­ criminals is not by swered satisfactorily, then the sentence the ancient prac­ is as nearly fair and just as a human tice of punishment judge can make it. In considering the subject of capital for vengeance alone. The Mosaic sys­ tem of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a punishment — the death penalty — w e should not permit either sym pathy or tooth, a life for a life is gradually being discarded. The modern ideal is humor­ prejudice to sw ay our judgment. W e ously presented by W . S. Gilbert in the should attempt to reach a frame of mind which is reasonable, logical, and words of the Mikado: practical. "M y object all sublime First it must be admitted that the I shall achieve in time— penalty of death is a survival of the To let the punishment fit the crime— ancient Mosaic L aw —a life for a life The punishment fit the crime: (more properly perhaps, a death for a A nd make each prisoner pent death) except for the highly infrequent Unwillingly represent crime of treason, and except in those A source of innocent merriment! few jurisdictions where forcible sex O f innocent merriment!" crimes are so punished. In most juris­ In contemplating sentence upon a dictions the death penalty is imposed prisoner convicted for an y crime, the only for two types of homicide —■pre­ Judge should bear in mind four ques­ meditated murder, wilful and unjustifi­ tions as follows, in the order of their able, and a killing occurring during the importance: commission o f a felony, commonly called (1) W ill the sentence benefit society felony murder. A recent example of the at large, or will it constitute a burden evolution of the law in dealing with upon the public? felony murders, is the proposed k gisla-

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tion in the State of New Y ork permit­ ting the ju ry to find the actual killer guilty of murder in the first degee while bringing in a less severe verdict against the killer’s associates. Form erly this could not be done— the ju ry could but find all guilty, or none, and the natural revulsion against forfeiting several lives for one frequently resulted in the killer going scot free. Let us test the sentence of death by our four questions. Does society gain anything by taking another life? Per­ haps the prisoner has dependents who will become a burden upon the public. Could he not be compelled to engage in productive labor in prison and thus sup­ port his family? Perhaps his victim had dependents. Could not the felon's labor be utilized for their support, or at least to partially reimburse the public for their maintenance? Capital punishment does not afford a satisfactory answer to the first question. T he answer to the second question is obvious. The effect o f execution upon the prisoner is extinguishment and this would hardly seem to be o f any great benefit to him. The third question might be answered in the affirmative if we were inclined to be hasty. A s far as murders actuated by greed are concerned, the penalty may have some deterrent effect, but those murders arising out of malice, hatred and passion still continue with alarming frequency in spite of the death penalty. W e have lately become a bit more sensible in our public attitude to­ w ard the gangster type of murderer. He represents the murderer for greed—the desire for easy money, or for pseudo­ power. Form erly the moving pictures, the stage, the newspapers made o f this gun-toting, swashbuckling individual a sort of Robin Hood hero, with the result that for a time many of our youths were blinded by the false glare of public re­ gard which surrounded the gangster and w ere tempted to emulate him. W ith in the past year or so w e have realized that all that was attractive T he Rosicrucian about the gangster were the newspaper stories about him and the colors in Digest which he was painted by our imagina­ June tions. T hat he had a certain color is un­ 1938 deniable—but it was the color o f mor­

bidity, the dubious color o f the unusual. Now that we see him in his true colors, w e know that he is a fear-ridden rat. He carries a gun for the same reason that he takes dope — to bolster up his courage, to give him a false sense of equality or temporary superiority. D e­ prived of his drugs and his "equalizer” he is a craven, cringing coward who arouses in his more respectable con­ temporaries only an emotion of sick dis­ gust. To this individual the prospect of extinction by law does not constitute any particular deterrent, especially when he is fully armed and doped. He then is superior to the law and to everyone, and if detected in his criminal enterprise will murder without hesitation in an at­ tempt to avoid imprisonment and being deprived of those things which he knows he must have to feel like a human being. A s to the murderer who kills through hatred, malice or passion, but not for greed, his planning w ill usually be most particular and precise up to the point of the actual killing—but further than that he olans not at all! A t this point it is well to distinguish a killing actuated by passion from a killing in the heat of passion or anger. The latter is not held to be w ilful and premediated so as to be punishable by death. A killing through passion however may be coldly and calculatingly planned by the killer to remove the obstacle to the fulfillment of his unholy desires. Peculiarly, such a murderer does not plan beyond the death of his rival or the removal o f the human obstacle to the satisfaction of his lusts. He does not contemplate any consequences except an increase of w hat he believes to be his own happi­ ness. The Ruth Snyder-Judd G ray mur­ der is an example of a murder through passion, primarily, although greed play­ ed its part therein. The murder by a mother o f her small daughter and the attempted murder of her baby boy, and the murder of a mother b y her adoles­ cent daughter are other examples of more recent date. In each instance the victim innocently and unknowingly thwarted the murderer’s desires, and was removed. But after the actual deed w as done, the murderer's plan was com­ pleted. It had contained little or no

provision for escape, and the murder was easy of solution and the apprehen­ sion of the murderer quick and certain. N aturally, if the murderer does not look beyond the commission of his crime, he does not contemplate its punishment. He then is not deterred by the prospect of execution. So to question three our answer is negative. O f course, the answer to the fourth question is also in the negative. Therefore, capital punishment does not constitute a fair and just sentence according to our outline. Is there a sub­ stitute? I believe that there is. and that at present that substitute is unqualified life imprisonment without hope of par­ don, escape or parole. It may be said that this imposes a burden upon the public to care for and maintain these criminals. This may be so, but such a statement does not invalidate the sug­ gested substitute, but merely constitutes an indictment of the management of our prisons under a political system which encourages waste and inefficiency. There is absolutely no valid reason w hy our prisons cannot be made self-sup­ porting and even profitable to the State. I am not in favor of the chain gang sys­ tem with its greatly publicized cruelties and tortures, but I also am definitely not in favor of the mollycoddling attitude of modern penologists who treat the in­ mates of our prisons as honored guests who are more to be pitied than cen­ sured, and rather apologetically request­ ed to work five hours a day, not because their labor is required, but because the exercise is beneficial! The principal obstacle to the easy solution of the problem o f making these prisoners profitable to the State lies in the fact that manufacturers o f such merchandise as can also be produced under prison conditions object to the competition created by the production of these goods by convicts where the State uses a portion of the tax moneys which these manufacturers contribute for the purpose of subsidizing the pro­ duction of such prison made goods, and objection is also fostered among the trade unions engaged in similar labor on the ground that such competition re­ sults in a lowering of the w age scale, by reason of the fact that such prison made

goods, the production of which is sub­ sidized by the State, can be sold at prices which are ruinous to capital and labor engaged in private industry. In other words, these interested factions desire to eliminate competition. How­ ever, if by proper management, super­ vision and control the prisons could be changed from liabilities into actual as­ sets as far as revenue is concerned, and the production of prison labor be placed upon the market in such a w ay and at such prices so as not to present any real menace to its free competitors of capital and labor, the validity of these objec­ tions would vanish. The present ban on prison made goods should be lifted to the extent at least of permitting those goods to be distributed to charitable organizations such as the Salvation A rm y, the Red Cross and others, at a small profit and through these organizations dispensed to the poor and needy. To a poor man his new pair of sturdy, even though prison made, shoes are greater aids to his self respect than would be a pair of second hand, broken down, out at heel shoes even though custom made. And in addition, his realization that there are such places as prisons may deter him from some crime to which his neces­ sity might otherwise impel him. Let us test this suggested substitute according to our outline. A s to question one, there should properly be no burden upon the public. A s to question two, it does give the malefactor an opportunity for repentance and practical expiation, and is surely not too severe. A s to ques­ tion three the answer is emphatically in the affirmative. Due to the wide dis­ semination o f Rosicrucian teachings, principally through A M O R C , death is gradually losing its terrors to many men, and is greatly to be preferred to a lifetime o f virtual slavery inside prison walls. Death House guards will testify that not every commutation o f sentence to life imprisonment is received grate­ fully. A s to question four, the answer is in the affirmative, for it does permit the prisoner to make restitution, partial of course, but to the full extent o f his life’s labor. It may be suggested that capital pun­ ishment may be eliminated by providing

better living conditions, better educa­ tion, less incentive to crime, and thus eventually eliminating murder. The suggestion has frequently been advanced that all persons who commit murder are insane to some degree and can be helped and restored as useful citizens by proper medical and psychi­ atric treatment. This theory has many adherents, and in some particular in­ stances is undoubtedly substantiated by the facts, but in the great m ajority of instances, murders are committed by persons who, although actuated by evil emotions, still are aw are of the nature and quality of their acts, and of the d if­ ference between right and wrong. This being so, they are not actually insane in the eyes of the law, and should not be treated as hospital patients if they vio­ late the Sixth Commandment. Another suggestion which is at first alarming by its cold-blooded reasoning, is that all criminals showing a habitual disregard for the rights of others, and who have been repeatedly convicted of crimes of violence, shall be eliminated. This suggestion is based upon the theory that society has a right to pre­ serve itself in peace and quiet, against which these individuals consistently w ar, and is, therefore, justified in taking their lives in order to maintain itself. This theory is usually advanced upon the basis of another theory which has to do with heredity, it being thought that the immediate elimination o f these incorrigibles before they can beget off­ spring will eliminate from the body of society the evil strains which have descended to us from Cain, and which he in turn may have inherited from our original parents. This theory has been partially put in practice on the Continent of Europe and an attempt was made to do so in

some of the United States by passing law s authorizing the sterilization of recidivists. This would be all very well, if w e w ere fully confident as to our com­ plete knowledge of the laws of heredity, and that those laws as applied to human beings were dependable, true and ac­ curate. However, as w e well know, en­ vironment and certain cosmic conditions play a great part in the molding of character, and it is not heredity alone, or even at all, which fixes the fact as to whether a certain child will eventually be a murderer, or not. T o suggest the elimination of these incorrigibles for the purpose of saving the State the expense of their maintenance again brings us to the consideration of the fact that the inmates of prisons should be and can be made to be self-supporting under proper and efficient management. W e have various statutes such as the Baumes Laws, with the author of which I am very w ell acquainted, which provide for the life imprisonment of fourth offend­ ers. These incorrigibles can be made to be an asset to the State instead of a liability, and for the State to execute them is an admission by the State o f its own inefficiency and ineptitude in deal­ ing with them. The true, eventual solution will be found in improvement from W ith in , in a strengthening of moral concepts, an emphasis upon moral values, and the elimination of selfishness, both in­ dividually and racially. A s long as there are evil emotions, passions, envy, hat­ red, greed and malice in the world, these w ill continue to afflict mankind until that ideal and idyllic millenium to which we hopefully look forward with ardent joy, when One Law only shall bind all tongues, nations and kindred of this great E arth—and that Law will be the Law of Universal Brotherhood.

A w aken interest in A . M . O. R. C. b y using on you r correspondence envelopes, personal or business, the dignified artistic sym bolic seals. Gummed, and one inch in diam eter, they are b eau tifully printed in red and embossed in gold; and have the symbol of the cross and rose, and the w ords A M O R C , S an Jose, C alifo rn ia, on the face. T h e y enhance the appearance of postal cards and statio n ery, and are econom ically priced at only fi fty c e n t s for a qu an tity of over one hundred fifteen. T h is price includes m ailing to yo u . Send order and rem ittance to R osicrucian S u p p ly B ureau, San Jose.

T he R osicrucian Digest June 1938

Each m onth a p aram o un t question of th e d ay w h ich e n g ag e s th e th o u gh ts of m illio n s of in te llig e n t people th ro ugh o ut th e w o rld w ill b e co n sidered in th is d ep artm en t. Each question w ill be an sw e red b y two differen t R o sicru cian m em bers. T he a n sw e rs to th e q u estio n s a re not to be regarded as o fficial sta te m e n ts of opinion of th e ed ito r o f th is p u b licatio n , or ot the officers of th e R o sic ru c ia n O rder, AMORC.

Charles P. Krick is an attorney, and an official of a United States Federal Government Department; therefore his views are worthy of serious thought. Col. C. F. Martin is an officer in the United States Army, and an author of note. He is most qualified to comment on this question of the day.


A R F A R E , either offensive or de­ fensive, is w asteful and destruc­ tive. National agreements to w age ag­ gressive w arfare are as sane and logical as the murder of infants by their par­ ents. No person sanctions pacts for ag­ gressive w arfare.

Pacts for defensive w arfare are less horrible, but very dangerous, and of no value. W a r breeds hate, envy and greed, and is nourished on international fear. It is logical therefore, that nations not parties to defensive w ar pacts will breed a national consciousness of fear, envy and hate against both nations, par­ ties to such pacts. If defense pacts con­ tinue to be made it is very probable and possible that all parties to pacts will be­ come involved in a network of entang­ ling alliances breeding w ar and desola­ tion and requiring only an incident to set off a w orld-wide conflagration. The world w ar has shown the futility of de­ fensive agreements. In time of interna­ tional stress, w ar pacts become scraps o f paper. (Continued Page 183. Column 1)

V O L U N T A R Y pact, between na­ tions, may relate to methods of pro­ cedure in adjustment of political or eco­ nomic conflicts; to tariff or trade rela­ tionships; or to defensive or offensive alliances. Making such an agreement does not necessarily assure compliance; and either party may, because of chang­ ed conditions or interests, fail to keep faith. Such failure may lead to strained relationships or even to w ar. M oreover, a defensive or offensive alliance may in­ crease the probability of w ar for a na­ tion. In a broad sense, pacts promote contacts and exchanges of ideas which, while not alw ays accomplishing the ob­ jectives envisioned, tend to result in a measure of understanding — a prelimi­ nary requisite to the development of co­ operation and the attainment of har­ mony between individuals and nations. Peace is the basis of progress and contentment. Y et in man exist certain basic instincts which may flare up in antagonism to peace. In his primitive periods of struggle for the basic neces­ sities o f life — food, shelter, security—■ (Continued Page 183. Column 2)



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Each m onth w e w i:i p resen t ex cerp ts from th e w r itin g s of fam o us th in k e rs an d teach ers of the p ast. T hese w ill g iv e o ur re ad e rs an o p p o rtu n ity of k n o w in g th e ir liv es th ro u g h the p resen tatio n of those w r itin g s w h ich ty p if y th e ir th o u gh ts. O ccasio n ally such w r itin g s w ill be p resen ted th ro u g h the tra n sla tio n or in terp retatio n of o th er em in en t au th o rs of the past. T h is m onth w e p resen t excerp t3 from the p rose collection of W a lt W h itm an , A m erica’s fore­ m ost m y stic a l poet. A lm ost ev e ry stu d en t of m ysticism is fa m ilia r w ith “L ea v es of G rass" and w ith the o u t­ sta n d in g p o in ts of its a u th o r's life — th a t he w as b om in 1819 in New Y ork s ta t e ; wa3 p rin te r, teach er, carp en ter an d jo u rn a list in tu rn w h ile tra v e lin g o ver th e U nited S ta te s an d C an ad a; exp en ded too m uch of h is see m in g ly lim itle s s e n e r g y in vo lu n teer n u rsin g d u rin g th e C ivil w a r an d . a s a re su lt, b attle d p a r a ly s is d u rin g th e re m ain d e r o f h is lif e ; w as forced to p a y fo r the first p u b licatio n of h is p oem s; h as been th e re cip ie n t of m ore eu lo gies and v itu p e ra tiv e a tta c k s th an a n y o th er m ajo r A m erican p o et; died a t Cam den in 1892—an d y e t m an y of th ese stu d en ts have n ever read a n y of h is p rose w o rk. In 1883 W h itm an p ub lish ed a book en title d "Specim en D ays and C o llect." T he first h alf w as com posed of notes to com m em orate specim en d a y s sp en t in hospitf s, on b a ttle fields, in th e co u n try, o r b y th e s e a sh o re; w h ile the “C o llect" co n sisted of h is two m ost fam ous e s s a y s ( “D em ocratic V is ta s " and “P o e try T o d ay in A m e ric a ") a n um ber of o th er e ss a y s , the p refaces to e a r ly ed itio n s of the " L e a v e s," rem iniscen ces and m em oran da, and a re p rin t of p ieces w ritte n in e a r ly yo u th . (T he last-n am ed a r e im p o rtan t for th e p urp oses of com ­ p arison , b ein g d efin itely in fe rio r to th e la te r w o rk, and b e a rin g out B u cke’s contention— p ub lish ed in "Cosm ic C onsciousness”—th a t W h itm an d id no o u tstan d in g w o rk u n til a fte r h is illu m in a tio n .) T h is p rose w o rk is v alu a b le ch iefly a s a sup plem en t to th e poem s. One finds referen ces to h is frien d s an d co n tem p oraries, and to a ll the them es w h ich la te r bore f r u it In th e poems— the Soul (m ost im p o rtan t of a ll) , N ature, God, im m o rta lity , n ig h t, crow ds, in d iv id u als, the sea, riv e rs and fe rrie s, th e w a r, L in co ln , D em ocracy, etc. F o r ex am p le, re a d in g of h is hos­ p ita l ex p erien ces one se e s th e g e rm in atio n of “ D rum T a p s," sees too th e m agn etism he m u st have possessed a t th a t period-~ and exp en ded so fre e ly . Or. re a d in g : “ L aw is the u n sh ak ­ a b le o rd er of th e u n iv erse fo rev er; a n d th e la w o ver a ll. a n d law of law s, Is th e la w of su c­ ce ssio n s: th a t of th e su p erio r la w , in tim e, g r a d u a lly su p p la n tin g and o verw h lem in g the in fe rio r o ne." one r e c a lls : “T h e g r e a t la w s ta k e an d effuse w ith o u t a rg u m e n t," o r; “The la w of prom otion and tran sfo rm atio n cannot be e lu d e d .”

g HIS is w h a t yo u shall do: Love the earth and sun and the a n im a ls , de­ spise riches, g iv e alms to every one th a t asks, s ta n d up for the s tu p id and crazy, devote your in co m e and la b o r to o th e r s , T he hate tyrants, argue R osicrucian n o t c o n c e rn in g Digest G od, have p a­ June tience and indulgence toward the peo­ ple, take off your hat to nothing known 1938

s or unknown, or to any man or number of men ■ — go freely with powerful un­ educated persons, and with the young, and with the mothers of families — re­ examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss w hatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body.” Democracy and the People "For after the rest is said—’after the many t im e - h o n o r ’ d and really true

things for subordination, experience, rights of property etc, have been listen'd to and acquiesced in—after the valuable and well-settled statement of our duties and relations in society is thoroughly conn'd over and exhausted—it remains to bring forward and modify everything else with the idea of that Something a man is, (last precious consolation of the drudging poor,) standing apart from all else, divine in his own right, and a woman in hers, sole and untouchable by any canons of authority, or any rule de­ rived from precedent, state-safety, the acts of legislatures, or even from what is called religion, modesty, or art........... This idea of perfect individualism it is indeed that deepest tinges and gives character to the idea of the aggregate. For it is mainly or altogether to serve independent separatism that we favor a strong generalization, consolidation.” “The People! Like our huge earth it­ self, which, to ordinary scansion, is full of vulgar contradictions and offence, man, viewed in the lump displeases, and is a constant puzzle and affront to the merely educated classes. The rare, cosmical, artist-mind, lit with the In­ finite, alone confronts his manifold and oceanic qualities—but taste, intelligence and culture, (so-called,) have been a­ gainst the masses, and remain so. There is plenty of glamour about the most damnable crimes and hoggish mean­ nesses, special and general, of the feudal and dynastic w orld over there, with its personnel of lords and queens and courts, so well-dress'd and so hand­ some. But the People are ungramma­ tical, untidy, and their sins guant and ill-bred. "Literature, strictly consider i, has never recognized the People, and, w hat­ ever may be said, does not to-day. Speaking generally, the tendencies of literature, as hitherto pursued, have been to make mostly critical and queru­ lous men. It seems as if, so far. there were some natural repugnance between a literary and professional life, and the rude rank spirit of the democracies. There is, in later literature, a treatment of benevolence, a charity business, rife enough it is true; but I know nothing more rare, even in this country, than a fit scientific estimate and reverent ap­

preciation of the People — of their measureless wealth of latent power and capacity, their vast, artistic contrasts of lights and shades — with, in America, their entire reliability in emergencies, and a certain b re a d th of historic grandeur, of peace or w ar, far surpass­ ing all the vaunted samples of bookheroes, or any haut ton coteries, in all the records of the world." "I say the mission of government, henceforth, in civilized lands, is not re­ pression alone, and not authority alone, not even of law, nor by that favorite standard of the eminent writer, the rule of the best men, the born heroes and captains of the race, (as if such ever, or one time out of a hundred, get into the big places, elective or dynastic) — but higher than the highest arbitrary rule, to train communities through all their grades, beginning with individuals, and ending there again, to rule themselves. W h a t Christ appear'd for in the moralspiritual field for human-kind, namely, that in respect to the absolute soul, there is in the possession of such by each single individual, something so transcendent, so incapable of grada­ tions, (like life,) that, to that extent, it places all beings on a common level, utterly regardless of the distinctions of intellect, virtue, station, or any height or lowliness w hatever—is tallied in like manner, in this other field, by democra­ cy’s rule that men, the nation, as a com­ mon aggregate of living identities, a f­ fording in each a separate and complete subject for freedom, w orldly thrift and happiness, and for a fair chance for growth, and for protection in citizen­ ship, etc, must, to the political extent of the suffrage or vote, if no further, be placed, in each and in the whole, on one broad, primary, universal, common platform. "The purpose is not altogether direct; perhaps it is more indirect. For it is not that democracy is of exhaustive account, in itself. Perhaps, indeed, it is, (like Nature,) of no account in itself. It is that, as we see, it is the best, perhaps only, fit and full means, formulater, gen­ eral caller-forth, trainer, for the million, not for grand material personalities only, but for immortal souls. T o be a voter with the rest is not so much; and

this, like every institute, will have its imperfections. But to become an en­ franchised man, and now, impediments removed, to stand and start without humiliation, and equal with the rest; to commence, or have the road clear'd to commence, the grand experiment of de­ velopment, whose end, (perhaps re­ quiring several generations,) may be the forming of a full-grown man or woman —’that is something.” 'And, topping democracy, this most alluring record, that it alone can bind, and ever seeks to bind, all nations, all men, of however various and distant lands, into a brotherhood, a family. It is the old, yet ever-modern dream of earth, out of her eldest and her young­ est, her fond philosophers and poets. Not that half only, individualism, which isolates. There is another half, which is adhesiveness or love, that fuses, ties and aggregates, making the races com­ rades, and fraternizing all. Both are to be vitalized by religion, (sole worthiest elevator of man or state,) breathing into the proud, material tissues, the breath of life. F or I say at the core of demo­ cracy, finally, is the religious element. A ll the religions, old and new, are there. N or may the scheme step forth, clothed in resplendent beauty and command, till these, bearing the best, the latest fruit, the spiritual, shall fully appear.” Lincoln "I see the President almost every day, as I happen to live where he passes to or from his lodging out of town. . . . I see very plainly Abraham Lincoln’s dark brown face, with the deep-cut lines, the eyes, alw ays to me with a deep latent sadness in the expression. W e have got so that w e exchange bows, and very cordial ones. Sometimes the President goes and comes in an open barouche. . . . The equipage is of the plainest kind, only two horses, and they nothing extra. T hey pass'd me once very close, and I saw the President in the face fully, as they were moving slowly, and his look, though abstracted, T he Rosicrucian happen’d to be directed steadily in my eye. He bowed and smiled, but far be­ Digest neath his smile I noticed well the ex­ ]une pression I have alluded to. None of the artists or pictures has caught the deep, 1938

though subtle and indirect expression of this man’s face. There is something else there. One of the great portrait paint­ ers of two or three centuries ago is needed." (The Inauguration) "The President very quietly rode down to the capitol in his own carriage, by himself, on a sharp trot, about noon, either because he wish’d to be on hand to sign bills, or to get rid of marching in line with the ab­ surd procession, the muslin temple of liberty, and pasteboard monitor. I saw him on his return, at three o'clock, after the performance was over. He was in his plain two-horse barouche, and look­ ed ve ry much worn and tired; the lines, indeed, of vast responsibilities, intricate questions, and demands of life and death, cut deeper than ever upon his dark brown face; yet all the old good­ ness, tenderness, sadness, and canny shrewdness, underneath the furrows. (I never see that man without feeling that he is one to become personally at­ tach'd to, for his combination of purest, heartiest tenderness, and native western form of m anliness.)” Visiting the W ounded "In my visits to the hospitals I found it was in the simple matter of personal presence, and emanating ordinary cheer and magnetism, that I succeeded and help’d more than by medical nursing, or delicacies, or gifts of money, or any­ thing else. During the w ar I possess’d the perfection of physical health. M y habit, when practicable, w as to prepare for starting out on one of those daily or nightly tours of from a couple to four or five hours, by fortifying myself with previous rest, the bath, clean clothes, a good meal, and as cheerful an appear­ ance as possible.” “Each case has it peculiarities, and needs some new adaptation. I have learnt to thus conform—learnt a good deal o f hospital wisdom. Some of the poor young chaps, aw ay from home for the first time in their lives, hunger and thirst for affection; this is sometimes the only thing that will reach their condi­ tion. The men like to have a pencil, and something to w rite in. I have given them cheap pocket-diaries, and almanacs

for 1864, interleav'd with blank paper. For reading I generally have some old pictorial magazines or story papers— they are alw ays acceptable. A lso the morning or evening papers of the day. The best books I do not give, but lend to read through the wards, and then take them to others, and so on; they are very punctual about returning the books. In these wards, or on the field, as I thus continue to go round, I have come to adapt myself to each emergency, after its kind or call, however trivial, however solemn, every one justified and made real under its circumstances — not only visits and cheering talk and little gifts^— not only washing and dressing wounds, (I have some cases where the patient is unwilling any one should do this but m e)—but passages from the Bible, ex­ pounding them, prayer at the bedside, explanations of doctrine, etc. (I think I see my friends smiling at this confes­ sion, but 1 was never more in earnest in my life.) In camp and everywhere, I was in the habit of reading or giving recitations to the men. T hey w ere very fond of it, and liked declamatory poet­ ical pieces. W e would gather in a large group by ourselves, after supper, and spend the time in such readings, or in talking, and occasionally by an amusing game called the game of twenty questions.” "During those three years in hospital, camp or field, I made over six hundred visits or tours, and went, as I estimate, counting all, among from eighty thou­ sand to a hundred thousand o f the wounded and sick as sustainer of spirit and body in some degree, in time of need. These visits varied from an hour or two, to all day or night; for with dear or critical cases I generally watch'd all night. Sometimes I took up my quar­ ters in the hospital, and slept or watch’d there several nights in succession. Those three years I consider the greatest priv­ ilege and satisfaction, (with all their feverish excitements and physical de­ privations and lamentable sights,) and, of course, the most profound lesson of my life. I can say that in my ministerings I comprehended all, whoever came in my w ay, northern or southern, and slighted none. It arous'd and brought out and decided undream'd-of-depths of

emotion. It has given me my most fer­ vent views of the true ensemble and ex­ tent of the States. . . . I was with many rebel officers and men among our wounded, and gave them alw ays w hat I had, and tried to cheer them the same as any. I was among the arm y team­ sters considerably, and. indeed, alw ays found m yself drawn to them. Among the black soldiers, wounded or sick, and in the contraband camps, I also took my w ay whenever in their neighbor­ hood, and did what I could for them.” Inspiration and Intuition "For really seizing a great picture or book, or piece of music, or architecture, or grand scenery —• or perhaps for the first time even the common sunshine, or landscape, or may-be even the mystery of identity, most curious m ystery of all — there comes some lucky five minutes of a man’s life, set amid a fortuitous concurrence of circumstances, and bring­ ing in a brief flash the culmination of years of reading and travel and thought.” "The word prophecy is much mis­ used; it seems narrow'd to prediction merely. T hat is not the main sense of the Hebrew word translated "prophet”; it means one whose mind bubbles up and pours forth as a fountain, from in­ ner divine spontaneities revealing God. Prediction is a very minor part of pro­ phecy. The great matter is to reveal and outpour the God-like suggestions pressing for birth in the soul. This is briefly the doctrine of the Friends or Q uakers.” “There is, apart from mere intellect, in the make-up of every superior human identity, (in its moral completeness, considered as ensemble, not for that moral alone, but for the whole being, including physique,) a wondrous some­ thing that realizes without argument, frequently without what is called edu­ cation, (though I think it the goal and apex of all education deserving the name) — an intuition of the absolute balance, in time and space, of the whole of this multifarious, mad chaos of fraud, frivolity, hoggishness — this revel of fools, and increditable make-believe and general unsettledness, w e call the world;

a soul-sight of that divine clue and un­ seen thread which holds the whole con­ geries of things, all history and time, and all events, however trivial, however momentous, like a leash'd dog in the hand of the hunter.” "There is. in sanest hours, a con­ sciousness, a thought that rises, inde­ pendent, lifted out from all else, calm, like the stars, shining eternal. This is the thought of identity—you rs for you. whoever you are, as mine for me.

M iracle of miracles, beyond statement, most spiritual and vaguest of earth's dreams, yet hardest basic fact, and only entrance to all facts. In such devout hours, in the midst of the significant wonders of heaven and earth, (signifi­ cant only because of the M e in the centre,) creeds, conventions, fall aw ay and become of no account before this simple idea. Under the luminousness of real vision, it alone takes possession, takes value.”




“Here or Nowhere is Thy Ideal ”
B y S oror I r e n e H ud so n

ITH the dawning of the U r a n i a n age, many people in all walks of life are experiencing a quickening within t h e m s e l v e s , as never b e f o r e , a yearning to stretch out their hands to help humanity. So it is with a young woman with great capacity of whom I write. She was eager for growth and a fuller expression of her powers. A t the mo­ ment she w as occupied in keeping house in the country for two young people who were attending school in town. She felt that her household duties and isola­ tion cut her off from a wider chance for spiritual development. The feeling grew until her w ork became absolute drudg­ ery and she got up in the morning with a feeling of resentment. T he R osicrucian Digest June 1938 “W h y should it be the lot of a per­ son of my brains and ability to wash dishes and sweep and clean when any­ one without education or talents could do that?” She wanted to work at higher things, to accomplish something great for humanity.

A t last she could bear it no longer. She felt she must go aw ay and consult someone with a wide spiritual experi­ ence so she went to see a teacher in whose wisdom she had faith. "I w ant to do something big for hu­ manity, something that really matters.” she told him. " W h at are you doing now?” he asked with a smile. “A ll I am doing is to wash dishes and keep house for a boy and girl who live with me and go to school,” she replied with a tone of disgust and a depreca­ tory shrug. His face lit up with enthusiasm. "How wonderful to be a home-maker, to give young people a chance to develop themselvesl” Like a flash o f lightning, the light came to her. "Home-maker!” Inaudibly she said: “Oh God, forgive me for being so blind!” The M aster went on talking, telling of the spiritual experiences of his youth, of how he too had been impatient of circumstances and the slow growth of his soul, but she listened only with her outer mind. Her inner self already had

its answer, and was eager to get back home to the dish-washing. That night she had a dream. In the dream there was a large mass of putrid, decomposed green vegetable matter near her. She picked it up and threw it away from her. thinking to herself: "This is that evil burden I have been carrying around: now I am freed of it.” She got out of bed joyously in the morning as if a great load had been lifted. She could hardly w ait to get home to her work. A rriving at home she went about her tasks with a new fervor, a new concen­ tration. She was no longer isolated. She was part of the great plan of the In­ finite. A Home-maker. A nd as she swept and dusted a greater vision came to her of a Supreme Home-maker, a W o rld M other encircling within her arms all God's children. V V

Thomas C arlyle tells the same story in that great book S A R T O R R E SA R T U S . which has brought so many men to their spiritual maturity. "Yes here, in this poor, miserable, hampered, despicable Actual, wherein thou even now standest, here or no­ where is thy Ideal; work it out there­ from; and working, believe, live, be free. Fool! the Ideal is in thyself, the Impedi­ ment too is in thyself: thy Condition is but the stuff thou art to shape that same Ideal out of: what matters whether such stuff be of this sort or that, so the Form thou give it be heroic, be poetic? O thou that pinest in the imprisonment of the Actual, and criest bitterly to the gods for a kingdom wherein to rule and create, know this of a truth: the thing thou seekest is already with thee, 'here or nowhere,' couldst thou only see!" V

Q U E S T IO N S O F T H E T IM E S (Continued from Page 177)
By Charles P . Krick By Col. C. F. M artin

The security of America lies in free­ dom of action, freedom from all pacts and entangling alliances. W e need have no fear of being without allies. Other nations will be fearing and hating each other as a result of their bungling alli­ ances and diplomacy, and will be unable to wage w ar against us. W e as a free people can render to the distressed souls of the world a beneficent and divine service in seeking peace and promoting good will by example, at a time when civilization is tottering close to the brink o f destruction. Pacts for constructive purposes such as promotion of trade, commerce, eco­ nomic and social w elfare, international health building, humanitarian and anti­ narcotic programs, are a great stimulus to evolution and growth of nations and peoples. If individuals and nations put their w ar energy constantly into such pursuits of universal good, w ar will be­ come disagreeable, as it shall be when the souls of men shall seek peace and harmony, and shall come to know divine love as the source o f all life.

man acquired a combative instinct which, when aroused, impels him to action. This, with the associated basic urges of ac­ quisitiveness and possessiveness, consti­ tutes a triangular system of forces which may be thrown out o f equilibrium by suf­ ficiently stimulated desire or fear. W e constantly see this fact exemplified in acts of aggression among individuals and nations. But all progress toward peace between individuals and peoples has been achieved through man’s adaptation of his basic instincts to the common good —adjustments resulting from man's de­ veloped understanding of the needs, rights, and points of view of his fellowmen, and from his willingness to recog­ nize and respect them. But these results had their origin in capacities, sometimes deeply hidden, of the soul of man—the capacities of understanding of loving his fellowmen. Pacts, made in good faith, carefully considered and adapted to mutual in­ terests and needs, may exert a whole­ some influence in the direction of inter­ national understanding and good will. A nd the development of these capacities of man’s spiritual nature w ill lead him upward, to the sun-lit heights o f peace.

Along Civilization’s T rail
R alph


L e w is, K .



E ditor’s N ote:—T h is is the fourteenth episode of a n arrativ e b y the Suprem e S ec re tary relating the experiences he and his p a rty had in v isitin g m ystic shrines and places in Europe and the ancient world.

H E pavement h ad ended n e a r l y an hour ago. Bagdad was no l o n g e r in sight. Riding, even though in a mod­ ern c a r , w a s an exertion rather than a p l e a s u r e , and we were t h r o w n violently from one s i d e to another as the car attempted to n e ­ gotiate the ruts that served as a road. The actual distance from Bagdad to the ancient site of Babylon is but sixty miles, but it requires nearly three hours to make the journey. Though it was only 10:00 A . M. the sun had already become uncomfortably warm, and the powder-like dust of the plain over which we traveled, churned by the wheels of the car, choked and irritated our throats and eyes. W e had left the Tigris River and were heading w estw ard toward its twin, the Euphrates, on whose banks the city of Babylon was originally lo­ cated. W ith the waters of the Tigris The w e left behind us all vegetation, all R osicrucian vestiges of life, even color. Before us was a Hat terraine covered everywhere with the whitish dust. It was, strange /HWe to say, not desert-like in appearance, 1938 not like a land that had alw ays been barren, but like a place that had been laid to waste. I thought of it as some vigorous being that had been trapped and, after life had ebbed from its form, had gradually crumbled until its impal­ pable parts, flung free, had settled down on all things around. In my imagination I visualized that a deluge of w ater here would cause not only a cohesion of these dust particles, but a magical reassembly and restora­ tion of the magnificent forms that once composed the civilization of this region. The stillness, when w e stopped for a few moments, was appalling and hung heavy about us. W e felt as though we w ere shut within a glass sphere which the slightest sound might shatter, per­ mitting the inrush of strange cries, freakish laughter, and the wails of the millions who had lived and died here centuries ago. Ominous as the quiet was, we contributed to it by not speak­ ing, because the human voice sounded unnatural, even hideous, like a cry from the depths of a cavern. I was not unmindful o f the predic­ tions of the Hebrew prophets taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar when he destroyed Jerusalem in 586, B. C. that the splendor and glory of Babylon would so crumble that future man, look­ ing at its utter desolation and ruin, would marvel that such a place could have ever been a site of power and

beauty. It truly was as though the land had been visited by the wrath of a god. W e were not alone in our feelings for our native porier an d d r i v e r was strangely quiet as well. He seemed to have a reluctance to reach our destina­ tion quickly, and even when the road­ w ay permitted he did not accelerate the car speed. W a s there, I wondered, any connection between this combination of sentiments which we had about the land and the difficulty we had experienced in engaging a porter for the journey? Rising suddenly into view about a mile to our right w ere a series of mounds. A t this distance they never would have attracted the attention of tourists or casual travelers, but to us who knew of their existence they were the remains of Babylon which we sought. Babylon was of little import­ ance before the Third Millennium B. C. In fact, its prominence came with Ham­ murabi’s rise to power, and when it be­ came the capital of Babylonia, it dom­ inated this whole surrounding land. Babylon owed its importance to three conditions; namely, geographical, poli­ tical, and spiritual. Preceding Babylon in importance was the city of Kish, not far distant, located on the banks of the Euphrates at that time. Later the river changed its course aw ay from Kish to Babylon, and because of this Babylon acquired suzerainty of the entire land. A t this point but a narrow stretch of land separates the two big rivers of the valley, the Tigris and the Euphrates. T o the north originally w as the great fertile area of the Tigris, and to the south, the wide plain that borders on the Persian Gulf. T ravel centuries ago, as now, was best along the river edges in the valley proper. This forced all traffic through Babylon, in the middle, and gave Babylon her dominant political position. The third factor, or the spiritual one, was the city religion o f Babylon. The principal god of Babylon w as Marduk. The people had personal pride in him, and desired that he be given priority over the other gods of the entire coun­ try, and its surrounding nations. Even kings and princes w ere forced to submit to the rites of respect to this god, which amounted nearly to their coronation by the priesthood. No ventures or activities

were permitted which w ere not done in the name of this god. For a great time this religious influence bound all con­ temporary life closely with Babylon, and made her a religious mecca, as well as a place of commercial importance. This religious supremacy w as made possible mainly by fear. W h e n any prominent person who had not recog­ nized M arduk or his priesthood suffered a calamity, the priesthood attributed the misfortune to a punishment by the god. W h e n the A ssyrian king, Sennacherib, who leveled Babylon in his siege of that city in the Sixth C entury B. C. died, his death was said by the priesthood to have been caused by his failure to pay homage to their god M arduk. W e had come to an abrupt stop at the foot of one of these mounds which were about twenty-five feet in height, and now that we were close to them we observed that they were about one hun­ dred yards in length, and fifty yards across. V iew ing them from where we stood, they seemed to be a natural formation — certainly not man-made. A ctually these mounds, covered by debris and the dust of the centuries, were the remains of the palaces, walls, canals, temples, and towers of Babylon and later civilizations. W e struggled up the steep sides of one, lugging our heavy camera equipment, and sneezing with the dust raised by our feet which broke through the surface crust baked by the sun. W e perspired little, for the air, as in Egypt, was exceedingly dry and absorbed the moisture as it ap­ peared. T he sun’s rays w ere now fierce; their burning effect on our exposed skin was like that o f drawing a sharp blade across the flesh, smarting and stinging. From our elevation the whole plain for miles around was revealed. T o our west some distance from these ruins was a fringe of green grass and palms stretching in a straight line nearly north and south as far as the eye could see. This growth marked the banks of the Euphrates River. Its course in ancient times ran close to these mounds and fed the canals of the ancient city. The bril­ liance and varied shades of green of the vegetation caused us to realize how magnificent the gardens and surround­

ing terrain must have been during the glory of Babylon when she was queen of the ancient world. A fte r she was demolished by Sen­ nacherib, Nebuchadnezzar in 604-561 B. C. returned from his destruction of Jerusalem to restore Babylon's splendor, and the temples of her revered gods. There before us, like a refuse heap lay part of his handiwork, the ruins of his great palace. It looked like a crater caused by the explosion of a great shell, for it was merely a large ugly hole. It must have been two hundred feet square. From where we stood it looked as though heaped high in the center was a mass of rock or chunks of dried soil. Adjoining this large crater were smaller ones, subdivided with partially-upright partitions or walls. These were the re­ mains of the same structure and parts of others. Towering above all to the right, the largest structure still standing in Babylon was the Ishtar Gate. The remains are two square-like towers of mud-brick, once faced with splendidly glazed and colored tile and ornamented with figures of animals, a few of which are still visible. (See photograph, Feb. 1937, issue of The Rosicrucian Digest.) N e b u c h a d n e z z a r had married a Median princess, so the legends tell us. of extreme beauty and culture, whom he greatly loved. He brought her from her mountainous and beautiful home coun­ try of Persia to the flat, dusty, and ugly land o f Babylonia. He set about re­ building Babylon, and he constructed great walls of defense, one within the other, making it the greatest fortified city of antiquity. Meanwhile, his beau­ tiful bride pined for the beauty of the mountains o f her homeland with their fragrant shrubs, flowers, and refreshing verdure. Learning of her loneliness, it is recounted that he decided to build her an artificial mountain on which she could dwell. Thus was begun his great palace which became one of the seven wonders of the w orld which w e refer to as The Hanging G ardens o f Babylon. The structure, as most of them in Baby­ lon and A ssyria, was built of mud-brick T he R osicrucian and then fired to compose a tile or faience. It was built in tiers each slight­ D igest ly recessed so that the whole composed June an enormous terraced tower, and along 1938 each terrace were planted magnificent

trees and tropical plants and vines which hung low on the sides, causing it to be known as The Hanging Gardens. A t the top of the tower was the palace and living quarters of Nebuchadnezzar and his bride. He had the waters of the Euphrates diverted into great canals around the palace base, and on either side o f them were magnificent tiled walks, and in them artistic boats leisure­ ly floated carrying musicians and men and women of his court. T he great Ishtar G ate was built to commemorate the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, a composite of all the female Babylonian goddesses. She was a deity of nature and beauty, also known as the weeping mother because it was thought that she interceded in behalf of man whenever he was to be punished severe­ ly for his sins against M arduk. A planet was named after her, and it is thought it was the same one which the Greeks later called Venus. In fact, authorities believe V enus was the Grecian counter­ part of Ishtar. From this gatew ay to his palace, Nebuchadnezzar built a roadw ay which became known as the sacred w ay. A long it at the new year festival in March a processional carried an image of M arduk. A fte r homage was paid to him at the numerous temples, he was then placed on the river barge and conveyed to the northern section of the city. Through this gateway, which we carefully photographed, had march­ ed the conquering arm y of the X erxes and later C yrus, who successfully in the Sixth C entury B. C. routed the com­ bined Lydian. Babylonian and Egyptian forces which opposed him. A lso through this gatew ay tramped the legions of Darius, C yrus’ successor. Darius, ad­ miring the beauty and culture of the city, attempted to preserve it. W e endeavored to persuade our porter to climb among these ruins with us. W e offered him an additional fee to carry the camera equipment. He refus­ ed. Fearing that if we insisted too strongly, he might leave entirely, we desisted and slid with an avalanche of dust and hard particles following us down into the center of the demolished Nebuchadnezzar's palace. The surface blocks in the piles about us were just mud bricks, several of them still ad­ hering to each other, and slow ly return­

ing to the dust from which they were made, and they received little attention from us. Slow ly w e began the laborious business of digging deeper in the thou­ sands of years old rubbish about us for what might have been left or overlooked by the German archaeological expedi­ tions of 1914 and earlier which had worked here. Since the W o rld W a r, no real attempt had been made to con­ tinue the great excavation w ork in Babylon begun by the Germans. The Iraqian government, which controls the ruins, discouraged further excavations, not by its attitude or b y actual prohibi­ tion, but because of the instability of the government. A n expedition might obtain a permit from the present gov­ ernment to excavate extensively and establish a research base at the site of the ruins, with thousands of dollars' worth of equipment, work diligently for several years and recover much valuable material, and then suddenly a govern­ ment upset occur, and the succeeding authorities prohibit the excavators from continuing or from removing the fruits of their labors, or might even, as has been done elsewhere, give the materials which they recovered to some other in­ stitution or country. W e worked diligently, our thoughts occupied not with w hat w e now saw be­ fore us, but with a mental picture of this site in ancient days, the days of its magnificence. W e thought o f the great engineering skill of these people, how they had driven into the T igris and the Euphrates rivers piles to enlarge their land, how they had built beautiful parks laid out in geometrical designs. W e thought o f the splendid gold work which they accomplished, o f the gor­ geous jew elry and furnishings with which the palaces w ere amply supplied, of swimming pools, race courses, fields of grain and vegetables, herds o f cattle and sheep. W e also thought of the Hammurabi code of laws, with its ex­ cellent system for courts and judges, its protection of the person and of property rights, with its sound provisions for divorce, its regulation of taxes, and of the stern punishment it meted out. W e thought of the temple liturgies, the chanting and singing, the wailing and prayers.

A cry from Frater Brower brought me to his side. He had found the first of w hat we had hoped to find, a large mud brick, a building block about a foot square inscribed in cuneiform, the peculiar wedge-like writing of the Baby­ lonians and Assyrians. A s we held it in our hands we diligently and reverently examined it. N early four thousand years ago. some human like ourselves, a craftsman, had carefully written this inscription with his reed stylus in pre­ paration for including this block with thousands of others in the walls of the palace of Nebuchadnezzar. W h a t was he like, this ancient craftsman? W h a t was his life, and what did he think of the future, four thousand years hence? Could he have imagined a people from a very distant land, like ourselves, ex­ amining his handiwork centuries after his death? From the time the workman cemented this block in place, using the natural soil, until now. when w e lifted it from the dust into which it fell, it is very probable that no other hand had ever touched it. W e w ere at this moment living in another world, seeing and feeling things which represented life and power to another people, that seemed as much a part of a continuous existence to them as the things of our world do to us. Around the ancient maker of this block, the w riter of this inscription, had been such activity, such examples of strength—that is, buildings, temples, troops, broad avenues, teeming thousands of humans—that although he could have imagined changes, a state of such utter desolation, oblivion, nothing­ ness into which his civilization eventu­ ally fell, would have been beyond his thought—as far beyond it as is a simi­ lar thought to the mind of the average resident o f cities like N ew York, Lon­ don and Paris. Time had made the im­ possible possible; it had vanquished all. and we very forcefully realized that it could do so again with the powerful civilizations now in existence. It is surges of thought such as we now experienced, stirring emotions such as those we now felt, that have led archaeologists to the far corners of the earth to w rest from the past the story of men of other times. Here, then, was another example of universal brother­

hood, but universal in time as w ell as extent. In archaeology w e find a love of not only those who work, play and pray today throughout the world, but a sym­ pathetic understanding of the human race since it began, and a desire to bind the past fast to the present. The archae­ ologist has a pride in all human a­ chievement. He believes, and rightly so, that we have as much right to share the experiences of our fellow men of thou­ sands of years ago as we do those of today who are thousands of miles dis­ tant from us. A fte r all, no experience is personal unless we participate in it. Thus, w hat others have done before us can be as interesting and as intimate to us as those experiences of our foreign contemporaries which we seek to know through our news channels. In the broader sense, humanity has no periods. It is a continuous flow from its beginning to its ultimate end. O nly when we confine ourselves to a consid­

eration of the things of our individual lives do we get that narrow concept of humanity as having periods or eras and assign them a relative importance to our own day. If we think the Egyptian and Babylonian vain and lacking in fore­ thought because he concerned himself so fully with only the things of his own period, then, in light of what time has since done to his civilization, let us not make the same mistake of occupying ourselves solely with the things of the present time. T o us belongs a con­ sciousness o f thousands of years of hu­ man endeavor, not just of the meager span of the few years that compose our individual lives. If w e live in the past as well as in the present, we can live ten thousand years in one lifetime. In other words, life begins not with our infancy, but with the earliest birth of humanity of which we have record. (T o be continued) "•

A storm y night, the crash of lightning, darting shadow s on the w all, the deep bong-bong of the slo w lv striking h all clock, and you are prepared for induction into a w orld of m ys­ tery. But, w h y fire yo u r im agination and challenge yo u r reason w ith the invented tales and fantasies of the human mind as found in the usual novel or fiction sto ry? Around yo u and in you, exist phenom ena and m ystery more intriguing than w ithin the p ossibility of the human im agination and further, the m ystery about yo u is R E A L and pertains to Y O U . Become a m ystery reader, a reader and student of life's t ru e C o s m ic m y s te r i e s . Spend some of the evening hours exploring the mind of man and the U niverse in w hich yo u live. T H E R E A D E R 'S R E S E A R C H A C A D E M Y w ill provide you w ith tw o fascinating lectures each month, devoted to these un iversal m ysteries, for the nom inal sum of only 50c per month. Just note these courses: A R C A N E C O SM O LO C -Y (21 lec tu re s)—T he most modern and startlin g conception of our U n iverse—a new cosm ology. Do w e re a lly live inside of a v ast globe, instead of upon the outside? A re the planets sm all bodies close at hand, instead of large w orlds at stupendous distances? Is the sun a m agnetic con­ dition instead of an actu al body? T hese are m erely some of the interesting topics discussed. R .A .D . No. 231—T h e m y ste ry of m iracles. W h a t truth is there to the strange occurrences related in sacred literature? W a s there re a lly D ivine intervention of n atu ral law ? R.A .D . No. 24 (9 lectu res)— Beautiful lessons on the topic of "T h e U n iversal S p irit." An exp lan atio n of Cosmic con­ sciousness and its application. M .B .I. (19 lectu res)—T h e hidden m ysteries of C hrist's life, the truth about the Crucifixion and the R esurrection.

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O W may one know whether he is spir­ itual or not? This would seem to be an e a s y question to a n s w e r , or a c o n d i t i o n which would not be dif­ ficult to recognize, but the fact that it is a s k e d so f r e ­ q u e n t l y i mp l i e s that it is not. S p i r i t u a l i t y is something one has to grow into, a l­ though every human being must have an essence of spirit in him, or he would not be human. But there are many dif­ ferent states of spirituality, and it is not possible for one to reach a high plane of this consciousness in one incarnation, but rather it comes through slow evolu­ tionary progress. One may add impetus to one's spiritual growth by conscious effort, and the knowledge one has gain­ ed in one incarnation is not lost, but carried over to the next, therefore, one who understands this has an urge to grow which his ignorant brother lacks. The first step to spiritual realization is an intense desire for it, and the next is the courage and strength to gain it. It does not come quickly, as an emotion, for if it did, it would go as quickly; and yet there is feeling in being spiritual.

because it is through feeling that we are conscious of things. A s spirituality calls for perfection, one must set about w eed­ ing out all imperfection in his character. If one cannot be honest in this, then there is no use in striving for spiritual growth, tor honesty is one of the funda­ mental laws which we have to observe. There is one characteristic every in­ dividual has, and that is to bluff himself into thinking he is just about as perfect as it is necessary for anyone to be, and to find an excuse for every imperfection he has. If anyone is perfectly satisfied with himself, there is no hope for growth, and unless he can come to a realization of his condition before it is too late, he is already dead as far as spiritual progression in this incarnation is concerned. There is no such thing as standing still, one either goes forward or backward. A fte r the individual has used the X -ra y o f self analysis on him­ self, the next step is for him to make a positive assertion that he will set about making himself over into a being that will be w orthy for the spirit to dwell in. If one is concerned only with material affairs, and catering to the physical ap­ petites and senses, it is not logical to expect that spiritual growth can take place. The idea seems to be prevalent with many, that if one seeks the spir­ itual life, all pleasure on the physical plane is gone, and they reason that so

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long as one has to live on the earth, w hy w o rry about anything else. N ever hav­ ing experienced anything but the ma­ terial existence, one is not easily con­ vinced that by acquiring spiritual under­ standing, all material and physical values are enhanced and one’s capacity for enjoyment has increased beyond his previous narrow mental vision. Even with the promise that by seeking first the Kingdom o f Heaven, and His right­ eousness, all these material things will come o f their own volition, the material­ ly minded man is still skeptical. It is only when man has followed his own inclination, his own will, until all his affairs have become hopelessly chaotic, that he w ill acknowledge that he isn't as wise as he thought he was. and is willing to give God a chance in his life. So by trial and error man finally learns that he must obey the fundamental laws of life, must maintain law and order, must apply spiritual understanding in all his material affairs, if he expects any measure of peace, contentment and happiness. It is not possible for a person to learn how to become spiritual without con­ stant study; seeking knowledge from the great philosophers; reading the Bible until one has the proper under­ standing of the mystical teachings in the Bible —• for it cannot be read literally. One has to seek for the "secret or hid­ den" things that Christ spoke of. W h en one first starts on the Path of Spirituality, there will come experiences which seem to be a persistent effort to make it impossible to walk The Path, until one has to fight to keep from be­ coming completely discouraged. One reasons that an effort to gain this high attainment should have all the encour­ agement possible and that The W a y should be smoothed out, so that prog­ ress can be made rapidly. But progress is not made that w ay. If everything were made easy for the traveler, he would cease to make any effort at all, and soon the goal would be lost sight of. The tree that puts down the strongT he est and deepest roots, is the tree that is R nttrrurisitt subjected to the hardest blasts. One has to be tested and tried all along life’s Lftgesc journey; it never was intended that life June should be easy. There will be one 1938 temptation after another to overcome,

irritations to ruffle the disposition, peo­ ple who are unsympathetic or critical: and when one comes to a period where he thinks he is becoming stronger or really gaining an understanding, along comes some really big problem that knocks his faith into a cocked hat, and he feels left alone and deserted. These are really “initiations,” testing one to see if he is ready for more responsi­ bility, if he is really w orthy to be trust­ ed with more knowledge. There is a saying: "W h en a man thinketh he stand, let him take heed lest he fall.” and all through life one does not dare to feel secure, to feel that he need no longer make an effort, for as surely as he does, along comes the biggest test of all. T o measure progress, at the close of the day. or when you have retired, go over the d ay’s activities, review your part in them, carefully judge your every action, thought and word, see where you made a mistake, also note w hat you did that is w orthy of commendation, and judge yourself fairly, as you would a stranger. W h e re you have erred, for­ give yourself, and make a note that you must not repeat the error; and if you find yourself repeating the same mistake too often, concentrate on that and in its place seek to put some constructive thought or action. If you w illfu lly do something you know to be negative, then be willing to suffer the Karma it will set up, for you will not be able to avoid it. You cannot forgive yourself for something your innermost self knows to be against G od’s laws, when you do it deliberately; and don’t try to alibi yourself out of it, for the law is stronger than you are and you cannot run aw ay from it, as there is no place to flee. To raise your vibrations, and cleanse yourself from bad habits, use an a f­ firmation. and concentrate on all that it means. You can take just the word “love,” and seek to understand all that it stands for, not in an emotional, senti­ mental w ay, but in a Universal, human­ itarian, unselfish. Christlike meaning. If you can feel "love” in all its spiritual significance, you will have come far in your seeking. Love is selfless, love is tolerant, understanding, generous and forgiving. Think how you can build

character just by trying to acquire the attributes of love alone. If you want something good to come into your life, make a place for it, for it cannot come if your life is all cluttered up with petty, inconsequential things. A s a man reaps what he sows, so man gets out of life exactly w hat he puts into it. People love to go to a fortune teller, to see if they will hear of some great good fortune that is to come to them, never stopping to reason that a thing can come to them only as they have at­ tracted it, be it either good or bad. If people could realize that they set in mo­ tion their "fortune” in many past incar­ nations, they might be more careful of what they do in their present in­ carnation. Start the day with a prayer that you may be conscious every minute that you are the individual vehicle for the mani­ festation of the spirit, that God can only be manifested through you, as one of His creations, that your every thought, w ord and action will be w orthy o f Him whom you represent. D on’t try to pray, other than a meditation which should be in your every conscious thought, that you may be w orthy to re­ ceive His blessings. You do not have to ask God for "things,” for he has pro­ vided you with everything that you could possibly need, and if you do not have all, it isn’t G od’s fault, but yours, for you have broken some law and shut yourself off from the flow of God's bounties, and only through your own efforts, can you pay your Karmic debts, and be w orthy to receive them again. If you give to money power that right­ fully belongs to God, then money will be taken aw ay from you until you learn its rightful use. Be thankful for every little blessing as well as the larger ones. You hear people brag about their pos­ sessions, about how successful they are, as though they themselves did it all, and then you hear others bemoan their "bad luck,” that they have done nothing to deserve it, and that G od is not just. M ore than likely the fellow who does the bragging in this incarnation, is the one who will cry bad luck in the next. Thus does the law work.

Oh, this goal of perfection which is set for all of us, whether we want it or not, calls for all the courage, back-bone, will power and strength that we have, and if w e are weak to begin with, we have to build power in ourselves. Yet, w e have the assurance that, if we will honestly make the effort, w e have back of us this great God Power to aid us, and with this Power, all things are pos­ sible. Not in a minute, an hour, a year or a life time, but eventually, and the rew ard is worth all the effort, and the thought of doing the very best we can is greater happiness than all the ma­ terial wealth of the world, for material things cannot be taken with us, only those things of the spirit can go with us lastingly. A s one struggles to correct all that is negative and unlovely in one’s char­ acter, gradually there is growing a spir­ itual consciousness, until one finally realizes that the process of being “re­ born” is taking place and one looks over the years before the effort began, and realizes how far he has come. Old thoughts have been replaced by new, all inhibitions and repressions have faded aw ay, and if there was any feeling of inferiority, it has been replaced b y one of sureness, for one cannot walk with the realization of this God Power by his side, and not feel sure. There must be no self-righteous feeling, but rather one of true humility; no feeling of superior­ ity, for w e are no better than any other of G od’s children; all have the same op­ portunity, and all will in time be on as high a plane of consciousness as w e are striving for, for all are in a state of "becoming.” Instead of saying "I did this,” we have to learn to say, “not I. but the Spirit manifesting through me.” W e are channels, and when we fully recognize this, it takes aw ay all feeling o f self-aggrandizement. W h e n one raises his vibrations above the low ele­ mental plane, all that is good is attract­ ed to him, he begins to realize his am­ bitions, the creative urge is released from physical chains, and all the latent (Concluded on Page 196)

The Mysteries of Oriental Nations
P r in c e P a o r a ’i H a n e t i T u ’a h o r o ,

of Tahiti

S H A S been told b y in v e s tig a t o r s and by i t i n e r a n t a u t h o r s , a mo n g t he m Gauguin in " N o ' a n o ’a" and O'Brien in "M ys­ tic I s l es of the S o u t h Seas,” the S o c i e t y o f t he 'A ri-O i o f Tahiti practiced infanti­ cide, perhaps, for economic reasons, enand the souls of the slain infants en­ grasstered into a heaven and became grass­ hoppers. Grasshoppers, without reference to the seven year locust, are a conceded menmenace to agriculture, therefore a men­ ace to a vital source of human existence and without which economic insecurity is certain. Agriculture marks the first step in human progress. There was a time when the wilds of Nature supplied man with all that he required for his existence but man was wild, too. Those were the nomadic days when man lived entirely by hunting. A universal belief prevails in animism, The to ^ e effect that the soul is the vital the R osicrucian principle. Princ'ple- This is not denied by the . ’A ’Ari-O ri-Oi, i, but but w we e discourage, discourage, in in a a large large measure, one of the beliefs in animism, Ju n e that that the the soul soul exists exists in in inanimate inanimate objects, objects, 1938 in in order order to to reduce, reduce, where where ever ever possible, possible,

the worship of idols. T he Society per­ mitted crude idols to be used in rituals but placed a tabu on elaborate idolatry. This is one phase of the 'A ri-O i that has never been told, although it is con­ ceded that T ahiti’s form of idol worship and idol making was very crude, as compared with Melanesia and M i­ cronesia. The huge stone idols of Easter Island are crude but seeing them creates a profound impression. W e have it upon good authority that the Aztecs of Mexico also practiced infanticide. The ritual was held under a beautiful bird, the Quetzal, the holy bird of cruelest rites, whose yard-long plumes bedecked the baby victims, and their practice of infanticide helped destroy the empire of Montezuma four centuries ago. The Aztecs are among the most cruel ritualists in the world and in a degree never dreamed of by the 'A ri-O i. O f course, w e offered human sacrifice but the edict of the Society to the priesthood was that animal and human sacrifice must be stunned by a blow on the forehead for animals and back of the neck for human beings before offering is made. “W e are in life, the ritual is to the dead." Infanticide was also practiced by the ancient Semites, who offered their first­ born to Moloch and it was burned alive in the offering. W ith this widespread practice of killing babies with ritual rites the scholars can only tell us that it

was undoubtedly for economic reasons. But we are mindful that the Semitic o f­ fering of their firstborn to fire has a deep symbolic significance, for fire, sac­ red to Orion, is the symbol of conquest, the flame that can never be conquered in mankind, of which the emblem is the Crowing Cock and associated with the great divinity Tane, and tane is man. W a r is a scarecrow, but the birds be­ come used to it when allowed to stand in one position too long. W a r is a cer­ tainty because it is one phase of con­ quest. There has been w ar through the ages, building up or destroying nations and empires. Perhaps, w ar will go on through ages to come and no one seems to know how it can be stopped save by increasing appropriations for national defense, nor of how it can be prevented except by the same means. Perhaps there is a deeper cause underlying the purpose of w ar but on the surface of it all, does it not seem that the whole pro­ paganda of w arfare is rather adoles­ cent? Or, is w arfare a manifestation of adolescent precocity that springs up overnight like a bed o f mushrooms and toadstools? One is useful, the other is deadly. Learned scholars, who have discredit­ ed the fabled cherry-tree of W ash in g ­ ton, do not seem to be aw are that the cutting down of the tree with a tool acquired of p r e c u r s o r y symbolizes greater national privileges, the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar, who gave beau­ ty and glory to Babylon. A nd for this America became the recipient of the statute of Liberty from France. A nd there we have for Democracy the T ertiary of Three Golden Apples of goddess Aphrodite, 1. T he Crowing Cock, the symbol of conquest; 2. The Unicorn, the symbol of a doctrine for the greatest number of mankind and, 3. The Tree (circum) cut for greater national privileges. Between The Lion and The Unicorn of Sumaria is seen a tree being circumcut by two animals re­ sembling what we know of the lemur, sometimes used as the symbol of fratemalism. The precursory correlation of the symbols seems to be unmistakable. A s the ’A ri-O i is a royal secret order of startling antiquity, we realize that

Monarchism is in great disfavor among the Occidentals but, nevertheless, we have a duty to perform. From the W a r Council of the Society a somewhat clear and comprehensive insight into Occi­ dental life is obtained. To be sure, it is a turbulent one. W aik are, or Turbulent W a te rs, as they call it in New Zealand. If a canoe capsized in the river so named its owner was dispossessed of all belongings. It is from New Zealand, which we call T e A o Tea Roa, or The Land o f the Long W h ite Cloud, that we can draw from the M aori some in­ valuable material applicable to the status of a free democracy. It is a revelation of adolescent mentality that existed in the division of the tree that has been cut down, the depiction of which made Easter Island the realm of the dead. The tree, after being cut, w as fashioned into a double-canoe, symbolizing the unity of Democracy and Imperialism. The name of this pioneer canoe to New Zealand was A rava, or Chaos. W h en the great canoe reached New Zealand from Tahiti it was set afire and its ashes flung to South W in d . N orthwest of Tahiti, the division o f Taramanini, or The Unicorn, and "the home of the ruling C hiefs,” is Hawai'i, the division of The Crowing-Cock, inviting the great divinities of Tahiti, "Kane & Company." Due west of Tahiti is Samoa, the Germania of the South Seas, and its proud but disavowed T ertiary of Manu'a, or Manuka. Symbolism is a great and fascinating study and somewhere in this world cor­ relations can be found and we wonder where and how they originated. T o be sure, we do not seem to have many of these symbols among our people, which is, perhaps, a very unfortunate thing, but we have an abundance of folklores extending from the Hawai'ian Islands to New Zealand. The folklores of Poly­ nesia. a lot of which has never been published, furnish us with about all the information we need through the sym­ bolism of words, as governed by the customs of Pi'i, or The Herald. The customs of Pi’i changes the meaning of many words familiar to us in Tahiti, such as A loha, for aroha. or love, in in H awai’i; Talofa for taroha, or fideli­

ty, in Samoa, and Keora for c ora. or live, in New Zealand, while in Tahiti the official greeting is Ia-ora-na. which can be translated as. Go on and live, live and let live, and various other translations. W h e re ve r the k and ng appears in the M aori dialect it is be­ cause they do not use the full accented vowel. Let us take the word kangaru, or kangaroo. This is from the word 'a'aru, which means leaping or loping. It also means something that is incom­ prehensible. In Tahiti w e can use the words aro ha and 'e ora, but w e cannot use the word taroha. This is a warning that a feudal state exists between Tahiti and Samoa and we act according to the customs of strict royalty, which must be respected by all. But, alas! w hat was live in New Z ea­ land and used mostly as a parting word lost its meaning. Each great canoe that reached The Land o f the Long W h ite Cloud to share its more generous grounds also brought a new clan that lived apart from the previous migrations and established their own villages. Community life was quite unknown, as only a few clans survived long enough to build communities. Feudalism and tribal w arfare was the rule and canni­ balism w as restored to in primitive re­ venge for the vanquished and this grew until it degenerated into the eating of human flesh for the love of it. But today The Land of the long W h ite Cloud, with its agricultural and grazing lands and the development of many indus­ tries, is a land of beauty and charm under British rule. M any of the Chiefs and members of the old royal lines, all of them of kindred genealogies, are among the doctors and the scholars of our Polynesian race. A nd H awai’i, a territory of the United States of Am eri­ ca. has been turned into a paradise of pleasure seekers. But in mystic Tahiti simmering aw ay in the intense heat of the tropical sun the W a r Council of the 'A ri-O i is still in session. However, the meeting cham­ ber is the attic of adolescent mentality, T he R osicrucian as the French authorities not only pro­ Digest secute but also persecute as quelque chose sauvage. The main purpose of June the Council this time, however, is to 1938

make a nondescript survey of human in­ telligence, which work, though incon­ ceivable to the Occidental mind for a primitive people to perform, has been going on for more than nine thousand generations of the cycled system of our Royal G enealogy, eighty-five genera­ tions to the Cycle. For untold ages this w ork has been carried on abroad main­ ly by a lone prince dispatched from the M otherland now referred to as “The Lost Continent of M u.” The princes of this office are born not less than three, six or nine Cycles, or from six to eighteen thousand years apart. There are now sixteen of these princes re­ corded in the sixteen cords with which M aui, the demi-god, is holding The Sun. By the reading o f the signs from abroad, the 'A ri-O i is aware that the last three of the Futurity-OrdonnanceSupremacy, or T hree-Star belted prin­ ces, extending over a period of not less than thirty thousand years, as they read the signs of Persia and the C ro-M ag­ nons, succeeded in penetrating the North, alw ays in quest of a people of superior mentality and each prince car­ rying with him, symbolically, the two Swine “reserved for a later purpose.” quoting Paul Gauguin in "No'ano’a.” One of the Swine, or The Boar, known by the name 'Apia, or Kapia, symboliz­ ing the edict to nationalize, is presented to whoever is favored by the prince and the other he reserves for purposes as­ sociated with the H oly G rail. It is in the first Swine that The Creation is re­ corded, with C astor and Pollux of the sign Gemini as the principals. 'Apia is now better known as the capital of Samoa, form erly under German rule. In the navigation chant of Tahiti, as recited to the Reverend John M. Orsmond and released for publication by his late granddaughter, Miss Teuira Henry, Urumeremere, or The Enchant­ ment of the Forest, better known as T he Belt of Orion, is the compass from the Equator to H awai’i. or Vaihi by which w e call the H awai’ian Islands group. King M idas of Phrygia, the M other­ land of Greek culture, a Monarch of doubtful wisdom, learned in his time

that gold did not solve his economic problems, as conveyed by "everything he touched." Gold actually became a scourge and he asked the none too cer­ tain god Dionysus of the Dionysian tyrants to take back the favor. In a musical c o n t e s t b e t w e e n Pan and Apollo, King Midas decided in favor of Pan, and Apollo, the god of perfect symmetry, turned the King's ears into an ass’s ears. So much for Long-Ears, or Democra­ cy. But about the ass, as the animal itself, wiser but less attractive than a horse, is a slow and balky creature. There is nothing in an ass to suggest the winning in his race with A talanta, mater of the Calydonian Boar Hunt, and Argonautic Expedition. A rgo is our A rana, or Chaos. The star is Canopus of Sirius-Canopus-Arcturus, with Canopus in the zone of Ordonnace, a system of laws known in France. The youth who won the race with A talanta. aided by Three Golden Apples, w as Hippomenes, the favored of goddess Aphrodite. There is no con­ fusion between Canopus and T U R A , the middle star o f The Belt, as the reading is done in the transmigration of the soul, Buddha’s revelation of Nir­ vana, as he rested under the sacred banyan-tree. Reading Tahiti as, The Brink of T o­ day, the irony o f it all is that, the never-ending agitation o f w ar, of the possible collapse of economic security, the menace of racial and class hate and the bigotry of creeds, imagination o f an Asiatic conquest o f the Occident, of the destruction of civilization and loss of white supremacy are fish-hooks of pro­ paganda, stories that are as ye fairy tales of adolescence, yelpings of incom­ petent would-be bureaucrats masquer­ ading as politicians and their allies. Among Teutonic legends, the M oth­ erhood of Pagan German learning, we read of the Erl-King of the Black Forest, whose face is seen in a brook. T he Erl-King demon entices children into the forest and to their doom. But when we look down in the brook, whose face do we see? There is a narcotic sweetness about propaganda. But we also recall that beautiful Echo died from unrequited love of Narcissus, whom Nemesis van ­

quished by causing the youth to fall in love with his own image reflected in a fountain, and self-esteem became a nar­ cotic flower known as narcissus. No'ano’a, or nokanoka, means frag­ rance. It is narcotic and paganistically enticing. But the sweetest tale that the 'A ri-O i is capable of conveying to the Occidental senses is that, in the long ago, we placed Occidental intelligence far in advance of all others. W ith this knowledge, it is deemed a certain bul­ w ark against any possible total col­ lapse of economic security in a collective structure, such as is possible in a Democracy. The Occidental race pos­ sesses the highest rating of creative mentality, as well as contributive men­ tality not confined within the boundary lines of a single nation. But the rating of adolescent mentality is still very high. The probable menace to adolescent mentality probably lies in the possibility of its being more pliable to the wiles of barter, the inferiority complex of di­ plomacy. Adolescent mentality is low ­ est among the Jews, which has, no doubt, made of this division of a white race the foremost industrialists, al­ though not the greatest. W ith ou t resort to be funny, we of the Polynesian race are at the bottom of the scale as in­ dustrialists. The predicament of Judaism is a mat­ ter of no small concern to the ’A ri-O i. T heir Hebraicism under Southern Cross over Easter Island, the Realm of the Dead, has given The Creation of The Boar that harassed the Kingdom of Calydonia, the time of release, and to become wild in order to bring The Hunt into relief, six thousand years ago. The Swine is tabu to Judaism. This, of course, occurred at a time subsequent to The Deluge, which symbolizes the culmination of the formulations and cal­ culations made by the Emissary Prince. This takes place on the media or there­ abouts of six thousand years, long after he has gone from this element. W ith the tabu of the Swine also went the Septuagint. This had to be done in order to bring the Epiphany into effect, as we already know that The Boar harassed Calydonia. Speaking of the division of The Holy Grail, the Emissary of our ancient Irihia. or M otherland, is not prejudiced.

but like the employer of a large institu­ tion he is in quest of the best Executive talent that he can find for the big insti­ tution of Rata, or Civilization, sym­ bolized as the kidneys on the back of the idols of Eastern Island. The Emis­ sary is simply performing his duty, that of carrying out the edict of the 'Ari-O i. Under The Unicorn, the British M andate of Palestine is in proper order, and what was of precursory in Am eri­ ca is an eventuality in Palestine. There is no reason for the continuance of the tabu on Swine, save for reasons in the Apocrypha, awarding saints and mar­ tyrs. This is the division of T U R A . as The Dove, in which it is of revelation that through Rei Tara Tia, or The Piercing Crown of Thorn, symbolizing the M otherland's D eity of The Sun, the burden of bearing The Cross was placed upon Christiandom, and from the House of King David came a Prince to fulfill that Office. Paganism irrevoc­ ably obeyed the edict of the Emissary,

by its Judiciary washing hands in a basin of w ater. Through Christianity, the A ryan s became the indisputable precursors of civilization, not as Pagans, but as humane Christians. In the division of T U R A , as The Turtle, the eventuality of Palestine in­ volves the question of warriorship, as was in America, for it is conveyed to us from Eden that we must toil with sweat on the brow." C harity is not a consideration here and, to be sure, Arabia, as w ell as the Mohammedan W o rld , know too well the Imperial code of Hao. or "The T hief.” and hao also is iron, according to the H awai’ians. In concluding, it must be borne in mind that Democracy and Imperialism are established institutions. There is no reason to believe that the two institu­ tions cannot be unified. Go on and live and, perhaps, someday w e shall know the meaning of "Live the creature, do the human, and vest The Serpent,” the great enigma of The Sphinx.

(Continued from Page 19 1) talents are developed, and man really comes into his rightful heritage. There will be moments of great ex­ altation, and moments of despair, mo­ ments of great happiness, and others of sorrow, but through it all, if we are con­

scious that God is never separated from us, we will have security and all the trials will but enhance the beauty of liv­ ing the spiritual life. This is the w a y the Christ is born in us, there is no other w ay.


T h ere are tw o influences w hich e v ery child, rich or poor, confronts at birth. The first is h ered itary— the biological h eritage of its parents, w hether good or bad— and the second is the environm ent into w hich it is thrust. P sych o lo g ical research h as shown that good environm ent, proper trainin g and developm ent, m a y overcome alm ost all handicaps of a p h ysical heritage. H ow ever, even w hen the p h y sic al h eritage is good, if the environment is im proper, a child's progress w ill be checked, and an otherw ise b rilliant future ruined. T he good intentions of parents are n ot e n o u g h . Y ou must k n o w how to form yo u r chil­ dren's habits and discipline their minds. Y ou must learn how to develop the child’s ch ar­ acter and aw ak en n atu ral talen ts and ab ilities e a rly in life. W rite to d ay to the Child C ulture Institute, C ollege H eights, S an Jose, C alifornia, for the /ree, descriptive booklet containing w o rth y suggestions, and exp lain in g w h at child culture can re a lly do for your little b oy or girl.

T he R osicrucian D igest ]une 1938

H eralded as an heretic, and a menace to religion and rationalism alike, this Polish astronom er oF the Sixteenth C en tury dared to oppose the opinion of the E cclesiastics and the m asses. H is postulation of a helio-centric theory of the un iverse—that is, declarin g that the sun is the true center of our universe—belittled the im portance of earth, the habitat of man; so thought the churchmen. His courage in presenting truth, regardless of consequences, revolutionized know ledge of the earth 's relation­ ship to the other planets. In their accom plishm ents only, such pioneers as C opernicus find their rew ard. I C o u r t e s y of T h e R o s icru cia n D igest.)

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T h e R o s i c r u c i a n O r d e r , e x i s t i n g in all c i v i l i z e d l a n d s , is a n o n - s e c t a r i a n f r a t e r n a l b o d y of m e n a n d w o m e n d e v o t e d to th e in v e s t ig a t io n , s t u d y a n d p ra c tic a l ap p lic a tio n of n a tu r a l a n d s p iritu a l law s. T h e p u rp o s e of th e o r ­ g a n i z a t i o n is to e n a b l e all to live in h a r m o n y w i t h t h e c r e a t i v e , c o n s t r u c t i v e C o sm ic fo rces fo r th e a t t a i n m e n t o f h e a lth , h a p p i n e s s a n d peace. T h e O rd e r Is in t e r n a t i o n a l l y k n o w n a s " A M O R C ” (a n a b b r e v i a t i o n ) , a n d th e A M O R C in A m e r i c a a n d all o t h e r l a n d s c o n s t i t u t e s t h e o n ly f o r m o f R o s i c r u c i a n a c t i v i t i e s u n i t e d in o n e b o d y f o r a r e p r e s e n t a t i o n in t h e i n t e r n a t i o n a l f e d ­ e r a t i o n . T h e A M O R C d o e s n o t sell i t s t e a c h i n g s . It g iv e s t h e m f r e e l y t o a ffiliated m e m b e r s , t o g e t h e r w ith m a n y o t h e r b ene fits. F o r c o m p le te i n ­ f o r m a tio n a b o u t th e b en efits an d a d v a n ta g e s of R o s ic ru c ia n asso cia tio n , • w r ite a l e t t e r t o t h e a d d r e s s b e l o w , a n d a s k f o r t h e f r e e b o o k " T h e S e c r e t H e r i t a g e . ” A d d r e s s S c r i b e S. P . C . , i n c a r e o f

M e m b e r of

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(F e d e r a t i o n U nlverselle d es O rd res et S ocietes In itiatiq u es)

AMORC TE M PLE R o sicrucian P a rk , San Jose* C a lifo rn ia. U. S. A. (C able A d d ress: "A-MORCO” )

Suprem e E xecutive for the North and South A m erican Ju ris d ic tio n H. SPENCER L E W IS , F . R. C ., Ph. I). — Im perator

T h e f o l l o w i n g a r e t h e p r i n c i p a l c h a r t e r e d R o s i c r u c i a n L o d g e s a n d C h a p t e r s in t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s , it s t e r r i t o r i e s a n d p o s s e s s io n s . T h e n a m e s a n d a d d r e s s e s o f o t h e r A m e r ic a n b r a n c h e s w ill be g iv e n u p o n w r i t ­ te n req u est.

Birmingham :
B ir m in g h a m C h a p te r . C o n v o c a tio n fo r all g ra d e s , e a c h F r i d a y n i g h t , 7 : 3 0 r>. m . . L o d g e r o o m . T u t w i l d e r H o t e l . M r s . C . C. B e r r y , M a s t e r . 7 2 1 S. 8 5 t h S t . , o r M r s . E . D . F i n c h , S e c r e t a r y , 11*29 S. 1 6 th Ave.

T h e M arie C le m e n s L o d g e . W a l t e r F itc h , S e c re ­ ta r y . T e m p le a n d R e a d in g R o o m s , 739 B o y lsto n S t. T e le p h o n e K e n m o re 9398.

CALIFORNIA Los A n g e le s:
H e r m e s L o d g e. A M O R C T em p le. M r. L o re n z E r n s t , M a s t e r . R e a d i n g r o o m a n d I n q u i r y office o p e n d a i l y e x c e p t S u n d a y s : 11 a . m . t o 5 p . m . a n d 6 t o 8 p . m . ; S a t u r d a y s , 12 n o o n to 4 p. m . 148 N o. G ra m e re y P lace.

MICHIGAN D etro it:
T h e b e s C h a p t e r No. 336, M r. A lo n z o D e S p e h le r . M a s te r : M r. E r n e s t C h e y n e , S e c r e t a r y . M e e t in g s a t t h e D e t r o i t F e d e r a t i o n o f W o m e n ' s C lu b 3 , 4811 2nd A venue, every T u e sd a y , 8 p. m. In q u ire rs call dial p h o n e T o w n s e n d 6-2967.

San Francisco:
F r a n c i s B a c o n L o d g e . 1 6 55 P o l k S t.; M r. F r a n k C. P a r k e r , M a s t e r . M y stical co n v o catio n s fo r a ll m e m b e r s e v e r y 2 n d a n d 4 t h M o n d a y , 8 p. m . Office a n d r e a d i n g r o o m o p e n T u e s d a y . W e d n e s ­ d ay an d F r id a y . 7 to 9 p. m .

S t. L ouis: S t. L o u i s C h a p t e r . M r. H u b e r y C. S m it h , M a s te r . M elbourne H o tel. G ra n d A venue a n d L in d ell Blvd. M e e t i n g s first arid t h i r d T u e s d a y o f e a c h m o n t h , 8 p. m.

C h a p t e r M a s t e r , M r. W a l t e r T a y l o r , 944 S t. P a u l S treet.

NEW JE R SE Y N ew ark:
11. S p e n c e r L e w i s C h a p t e r . M r . G e o r g e F . H i r . s c h feld . M a s te r. M e e tin g e v e r y M o n d a y , 8 : 1 5 p. in., 3 7 W a s h i n g t o n SI.

T h o m a s Je ffe rso n C h a p te r . M rs. N ellie G, H a rd y . M aster. M e e tin g s C o n fe d e ra te M em o rial H all. 1322 V e r m o n t A ve. N . W ., e v e r y F r i d a y e v e n in g , 8 : 0 0 p. m . S e c r e t a r y , M r s . E v e l y n P a x t o n , 5 3 5 7 B ro ad B ra n c h R d ., N . W .

NEW YORK B u ffalo :
C h a p te r M a ste r, M rs. G e o rg e M ario n , 693 W a s h ­ i n g t o n S t r e e t . H o r n e l l , New' Y o rk .

FLORIDA M iam i:
C h a p t e r M a s t e r , M r. C l y d e E . H o l l a n d , R t . 3, B o x 1192, L i t t l e R i v e r S t a t i o n , M i a m i .

New York C ity :
N e w Y o r k C h a p t e r . 2 5 0 W . 5 7 t h SI. M r . C a rl H . J o h n s o n , M a ste r: M a r th a L, M u llin s, S e c re ta ry . I n q u i r y a n d r e a d i n g r o o m s o p e n w 'ee k d a y s a n d S u n d a y s , 1 to 8 p. m. B o o k e r T. W a s h in g to n C h a p te r. M r . J a m e s M. R ic h a r d s . M a s te r, 159 W . 1 2 ls t S t r e e t, B ro o k ly n : I d a F . J o h n s o n , S e c r e t a r y , 286 M c D o n o u g h St., B roo k ly n . M eetin g s ev e ry 3econd a n d fo u rth S u n d a y a t 8 p . m . . Y . M. C. A. C h a p e l , 181 W . 1 3 5 th S tr e e t. I n q u i r e r s call: P r o s p e c t 9-1079.

ILLINOIS Chicago :
C h i c a g o C h a p t e r N o . 9. M r . O , F . H a u p t , M a s t e r ; M rs. S ue L is te r W a s tlu n d , S e c re ta ry . T e lep h o n e R a n d o lp h 9848. R e a d in g R o o m o p e n a f te r n o o n s an d ev enings. S u n d a y s 2 to 5 o n ly . L akeview B l d g . , 1 1 6 S. M i c h i g a n A v e . , R o o m s 4 0 8 - 9 - 1 0 . L e c ­ tu re sessions fo r A L L m e m b e rs ev e ry T u e sd a y n ig h t, 8 p. m . C h i c a g o ( C o l o r e d ) C h a p t e r N o . 10. M rs. L u lu F o r d , M a s t e r : M r . R o b e r t S. B r e c k e n r i d g e . S e c ­ re ta ry . T elephones, D rexel 4267 a n d H y d e P a rk 5 7 7 6 . M e e t i n g s e v e r y F r i d a y n i g h t a t 8 o ’c l o c k , 12 W . G a r f i e l d B l v d . , H a l l B.

OHIO T oledo:
C h a p t e r M a s te r . M r. R a l p h E. G r a h a m , 13 18 E l e a ­ nor A venue.

(D ire c to ry C o n tin u ed on N ex t P a g e )

OREGON P o rtla n d : P o rtlan d Rose C h apter m eets ev e ry T h u rsd ay. 8:00 p. in. at 714 S. W . 11th Ave. R ob ert G. Stone, M aster, 1126 S. E. 50th Ave. In fo rm atio n by ap ­ pointm ent week d ay s 9 to 5 at 405 Orpheum B ldg. PENNSYLVANIA P h ila d e lp h ia: B enjam in F ra n k lin C h apter of AMORC: Mr. E rnest Je ffrie s , M aster. M eetin gs for a ll mem ­ bers ev ery second and fourth S u n d ay, 7:30 p. m. at 1821 R an stead St. P itts b u r g : Penn. F irst L odge. Arch S treet.

R e a d in g : R ead in g C h apter. Mr. R. K. G um pf, M a ste r; Mr. Lincoln S te ig e rw a lt, S e c re ta ry . M eetin g ev ery 1st and 3rd F rid a y , 8:00 p. m.. W ash in gto n H all. 904 W ash in gto n S treet. WASHINGTON S e a ttle : AMORC C h apter 586. Mr. G eorge A. Peterson . M aste r; M rs. Emma L. Holden. Secretary'. 311-14 L ow nian B ld g .. betw een 1st and 2nd A ves., on C h erry St. R ead in g roum open w eek d a y s 1 1 a . m. to 4:30 p. m. V isito rs w elcom e. C h apter m eetin gs each M onday, 8:00 p. rn. WISCONSIN M ilw a u k e e : M ilw aukee C h apter. Mr. Fred C. Bond. M aster: M iss E llen Brown, S e c re ta ry . M eetings every M onday at 8 p. m. at 3431 W. Lisbon Avenue.

M ary S. G reen, M aste r; 610

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In this latest photograph unim pressive, but m editative political and social e q u ality present world? At least, he of India's most pow erful political factor w e see the face of a smaJJ. p h y sic ally man. who is attem pting to bring about an idealistic religious, philosophical, among millions of his countrym en. Is his dream beyond a possibility in our represents a practical application of mysticism .

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Power Beyond?
1 |! A \ E w v s o me t h i n g to w h i t li w e c a n lie Iasi r * I )ocs ll i e c a u s e \\ 11i( 11 g a v e us exi stence still guid.t; us or are w e al llie mercy ol a n i nex or a bl e l a t e ? I l av e w e been set atlrill to l asb i on our own wor l d — to st an' l or lull upon tbe l eebl e ellorts ol our o wn s e p ar a t e t4anights a n d acts.'' M%' not tbe IfTHging* w e sense, tbe unspoke n wor ds that ri sound w i t h i n the d ep t h s ol our be i ngs, be a l ug at our w i l l s b y a n infinite i nt e ll ige nc e. ' R e l i g i o ns creeds a n d d o g m a s b a l l r eveal a n u n b a r e d truth — that w i t h i n m a n is a k ey b o ar d on w bi c h he can p l ay upon the lorces ol the uni ver se a n d t omp o s e a s y m p h o n y ol j oyous l i ving. 't oil are not d e p e n d e n t upon the my st e r i ous a g e n c v ol good fortune. 1 on ne ed not h a v e b l i nd laitli or be r e si gn e d to the event s of life. I.ike a s i l v e r t h r e a d , a sensi t i ve nerve trunk b i n d s y ou to tbe uni ver se. I hrougli it c a n come, il y ou but know how to direct il. the i nl lux of p o w e r , i t i s p i r a Iton a n d v i s i o n that lias m a d e some men g e n i us e s but c a n gi ve y ou , a s t h o u s a n d s of others, sell a s s u r a n c e a n d a n e w source of i nf l uence over y our affairs a n d condi t i ons.

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Thought o f th e M o n th : W h y Do R o osters C r o w ? B eyo n d M e d ic in e A P ra c tic a l Philosophy o f Success Sim p le Things Bring O u t the Best In Us Q u estio n s o f th e Tim es: H o w F ree Should th e Press Be



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H E R E ha s a l w a y s been some s c i en ­ tific d e b a t e in r e ­ g a r d to this s u b ­ ject, a n d t her e a r e those w h o a r g u e that it is p u r e l y a mat t er of the reac tion of light upon th e e y e s of th e rooster that m a ke s him c r o w a t s u n ­ rise. A tte m p ts h a ve b e e n m ad e to h a v e a brill iant light s u d d e n l y come into the midst of a d a r k h en hou se at night to see w h e t h e r the rooster w o u l d cr ow. In some c a s e s the rooster has r es pon de d to the light a n d a t t em p te d to c r ow a s at s unr ise, but has m a d e a mis­ er abl e fail ure of the response. A n y o n e w h o is fa mi li ar wit h the real c r o wi n g of a rooster k n o w s t ha t w h e n he c r ow s at full moon, lant ern light, or electric light, it is a poor simulat ion a n d there is s ome t hi ng l acking. T h a t w o n d e r f u l p l a y ca ll e d C h a n t i ­ cleer.' in w h i c h M i s s M a u d e A d a m s d is ti ng u is h ed her sel f a s an a ct re ss , s h o w e d that w h e r e a s the g a y old r oo st­ er th oug ht he c a u s e d the sun to rise in the mor ni ng b y c r o w i n g , he di scove r ed, to his g r e at d is a pp oi nt me nt a n d blow to his v a n i t y , that one m or ni ng w h e n he ove rs le pt the sun rose w i t h o u t his c r o w ­ ing, a n d from then on he w a s a v a n ­ qu i sh e d a n d d et hr on ed ki ng of the b a r n y a r d losing all the r espect a n d a d ­ miration that he h a d g a i n e d from his The R o s i c r u c i a n c o mp a ni o n s A n d of course, t her e a r e ... people in the w o r l d t o d a y w h o think &es that not o n l y does the sun rise a t their Ju ly b ecko ni ng , but tha t it sets at their 1938 b e ck on in g, a n d t h e y r e a l l y th i nk that

t h e y help to keep the wo rl d going a ­ round. a n d some d a y t he y will have the s a d a n d bitter r eali zation a n d d i s ap ­ pointment that the rooster had in the play. But the r ea l truth in the matter is that the r oo st e r’s s ens it ive p syc hi c faculties a r e a ct e d upon b y the ma gnet ic effects of the r ising sun. a n d these magnet ic effects do not d e p e n d upon the glor ious­ l y brill iant r a y s of the sun as it rises upon the horizon. In m a n y r adio a n d e lect rical e x pe r i m e n t s a n d magnet ic tests that w e h a v e m a d e in our l a b o r a ­ tories. a n d m a d e on trips at sea. and in the desert, w e h a v e found that there is a ma g ne t ic effect that comes into the a t m o s ph e re a n d into the e a rt h in the immed ia t e district of the rising sun b e ­ fore the sun is eve n visible above the horizon or before the sun h a s a c t u a l l y tinted much of the s k y wit h a glow. So intense a r e these m a g ne t i c effects at sunrise, a n d a g a i n at sunset, that s t u ­ d ents of s e i s mo l og y , or the scientific s t u d y of the c aus e of e a r t h q u a k e s , have noted that a m a j o r i t y — a va s t maj or it y —of e a r t h q u a k e s occur at times just p re ce d in g sunrise, or a c t u a l l y at sunrise, or just at or af t er sunset. A n o t h e r great period for e a r t h q u a k e s is a t midnight or midnoon. but the effects ar e less fre­ que n t at those times. W e a l s o know that r a d io reception from long distances, or from di s ta nc es w h e r e g ood reception is not u s u a l l y possible, is g r e a t l y im­ pr ove d a n d much s tr o ng er just before s un ri se , d ur in g the r ising of the sun, or j us t a t the sett ing of the sun. W e kn ow from these a n d m a n y other experi ments that these periods h ave a ma gnet ic e f ­ fect upon conditi ons s ur r o un d in g the e ar th, a n d all living thi ngs including p l an t a n d a n i m a l life.

Now the rooster is peculiarly con­ structed in regard to psychic sensitivity in certain ways. Other tests have been made, and I, myself, have conducted ex­ periments to show that the rooster, as w ell as some other animals like cats and dogs, is very susceptible to mental, psy­ chic, and other influences of an in­ tangible nature. A nd so w e believe, and our experiments have quite convinced us, that the rooster crows because of a psychic reaction in his psychic centers due to the influence of the magnetic radiations o f the sun that is about to rise on the horizon. W e doubt that the rooster knows that his crowing is as­ sociated with the rising sun, except that the coming o f the light makes him feel that it is time to be up and exerting him­ self; and I believe that is all he senses or realizes when an artificial light arouses him from relaxation and pos­ sible sleep, and that on such occasions he attempts w hat he thinks is his duty or the natural thing to do, and that is w hy his crowing appears to be artificial and entirely unlike his natural crowing at sunrise. Now all this gives us something to think about. It only goes to show that w e are affected by intangible influences V V

of the Cosmic, or shall we say astral nature, at many different times of the day, week, and year, and that our nervous reactions and psychic reactions, and even our physical reactions, are very often motivated by these invisible influences which have not been tangibly analyzed and revealed in our material­ istic education. But there are opportunities for men and women to so attune themselves at an y hour of the day or night with Cos­ mic influences or Cosmic Consciousness that they will feel a surge of incoming influence that will arouse them, inspire them, and awaken them to reactions that w ill help in many w ays in life. M any individuals throughout the w orld today are given to crowing about the things they do, but a real mystic is more con­ cerned with w hat he does than in crow ­ ing about it. He should have the C os­ mic, magnetic urge surging through him and arousing him at more periods than just sunrise or sunset. The possibilities lie within his own being, and the meth­ ods are before him to understand and apply. This constitutes one of the great benefits derived from the study of Cos­ mic laws and G od ’s great plan for His living images on this earth. V

Those who do not wish to misunderstand things may read up the Koran, and w ill find therein hundreds of passages acceptable to the Hindus; and the Bhagavad Gita contains passages to which not a Mohammedan can take exception. Am I to dislike a Mohammedan because there are passages in the Koran I do not under­ stand or like? It takes two to make a quarrel. If I do not w ant to quarrel with a Mohammedan, the latter will be powerless to foist a quarrel on me, and similarly, I should be powerless if a Mohammedan refuses his assistance to quarrel with me. A n arm striking the air w ill become disjointed. If everyone will try to understand the core of his own religion and adhere to it, and w ill not allow false teachers to dictate to him, there will be no room left for quarreling .—M ahatm a Gandhi. K~ -■

W h ile a w a y y o u r occasional summer leisure hours w ith good reading — not len gth y books n ecessarily, but short, to the point, interesting and instructive discourses. H ave yo u read the discourse entitled "T h e Brethren in W h ite " ? It an sw ers such ques­ tions as w hether there are m ortals clothed in sp iritu al rad ian ce and arm ed w ith a divine insight w ho guide our destinies. It tells w hether there are self-less b eings know n a s the "G reat W h ite Brotherhood ' w ho safegu ard the race ag ain st itself. Then there is a discourse entitled "T he V illa g e of the D ev il.” Is there a satan ic p la y ­ ground in southern F rance w here, a s legend sa y s, the souls of men are imprisoned? W h a t m ysterious wisdom is concealed in the scow ling w a lls of this v a lle y ? T h is discourse in­ terestin gly exp lain s these things. T h ese discourses m ay be had for the nom inal price of fifty cents each, including postage. Y ou w ill en jo y and re-read them m any tim es. Send y our order and rem ittance to the Rosicrucian S u p p ly B ureau, R osicrucian P ark, S a n Jose, C alifornia.

Beyond Medicine
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W . P.


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D ., F. R . C .

EN of science and men of m e d ic in e have alw ays been closely associated. T h e y are imbued with a d eep a n d reverent s e n s e of s e r v ic e to man­ kind. T hey carry on a r e le n t le s s campaign against m a n ’s c o m m o n enemy, ig n o rin g all in te rn a tio n a l boundary lines in their never-ending w ar on disease. Not given to inter­ mingling with pleasure seeking society, they have no time to spare in their daily efforts to ease man’s karmic load of illness and pain. T hey enter without regard for personal or family safety where others fear to tread. M ore often than ever will be known, they volun­ tarily serve as human guinea pigs, to prove the unknown virus before it can be used in the service of mankind. Ever alert to discover the cause or the pre­ vention of disease, the men of science and medicine stand unique among men, in that their efforts are directed to the elimination of their very means of livelihood. A ll this without the glamour and publicity attending most human activities. The Science alone is inanimate, cold, like Rosicrucian a two-edged sword. It is a tool that Digest can be used for the benefit o f mankind, July or for his destruction. Place it in the 1938

capable hands of a knight dedicated to the services of mankind and it becomes a weapon of great strength and useful­ ness. The technique with which our knight wields his sword, and the ef­ fectiveness with which he combats the enemy, may be said to constitute an art. Thus it is that a physician is a man trained in many branches of science but practicing an art amidst the illness and pain, the fears and superstitions, the poverty and ignorance of a karma laden world. D aily the phenomena of life in all its phases are matters of familiar observa­ tions. Aiding and encouraging the new­ ly born babe to take its first breath of life, or easing the pain and terror of those taking their last, are among his manifold duties. C raven and black in­ deed must be the heart of him, who. privileged with such intimate contact with life’s secrets, does not oftentimes pause and reflect upon the “M ystery of Life.” Fresh from marble halls of learning and with great confidence and faith in his scientific learning, the first few years o f practice may acquaint our young man of medicine with a great truth. Perhaps standing at a bedside in a hard fought and losing battle with the “Grim Reap­ er”—chagrined by the utter ineffective­ ness o f his science and forsaken by his art, but with a heart full of sympathy, a soul yearning to aid, and breathing a silent prayer for help—a great light falls on him. A flash of intuition—of Divine

Guidance—of Cosmic Enlightenment— call it w hat you please, suggests a rem edy and the tide of battle turns from defeat unto victory. If this remedy is endowed with scientific absurdity and is something his art would have been ashamed of, it acquaints our medical neophyte with a great discovery. There is something B E Y O N D M EDICIN E. In this w a y is the successful physician fashioned. W ith never a thought o f rew ard (for often enough there is no rew ard ), he may learn to evince the meekness of one who has learned "to turn the other cheek” when he is sued and loses his w orldly possessions for some act of omission or commission. M ight it be presumptuous to believe he might even qualify as a candidate for mystical knowledge and instruction? Reticence, lest he appear unsound in his scientific thinking, and above all. abhorrence of the spectacular claims of many not so basically grounded in the ethical demands of a stern and just taskmaster, are reasons enough that little is ever written or spoken of these things in scientific medical circles. Y et volumes of valuable observations lie buried in the deep recesses of his heart and mind. Consequently, when an outstanding man of science and medicine startles the world, and more especially his profes­ sional co-workers, with a bold statement and confession of his belief in miracles, mental telepathy and the visual evidence of answer to prayers, it may w ell open the minds of the scientific world for a further search into this w orld of Reali­ ties, previously so carefully ignored. Such a phenomenon occurred quite re­ cently when Doctor A lexis C arrel pre­ sented the w orld with his new book, "Man, the Unknown.” Loud and caustic has been the criticism hurled by the fundamentalists of medicine. The tremendous power of his authority bas­ ed upon a life-time o f observation, and facilities for research accorded to few, is indeed furnishing the sunlight neces­ sary to germinate and grow the seed thus sown. A lread y much w ork is underway for a careful observation and study of things "beyond medicine.” Among the many enemies of man­ kind, physicians have learned to recog­

nize F E A R as one o f the most intang­ ible and subtle despoilers of human life and well-being. A ll religious, education­ al and scientific efforts have failed to remove the poison of its sting. The physician in daily mortal combat with it has learned to respect it as a foe w orthy of all his knowledge, skill and intuition. A loving mother of two splendid chil­ dren would oftentimes, through uncon­ scious w ord and deed, show her favor­ itism to her firstborn son, a child of un­ usual beauty and character. Frequently in her caresses, she could not help but give expression to the words, “M y, what would mother do if she ever lost you.” This thought so often expressed developed in her a great dread and fear that never ceased. If she attended a funeral, the horrible thought and visu­ alization of her boy lying in the coffin would so upset her that it would take days before the shock to her nervous system would w ear aw ay. Y ears passed by and the child developed into a strong healthy boy with a most charming per­ sonality, and with him grew the mother’s love and fear. There came a time when she had occasion to accompany her younger son to a nearby city for an operation b y a specialist. Before con­ valescence was w ell established, the mother had a sudden but persistent premonition that something terrible was about to happen to the other son, and despite all opposition, she obeyed the impulse and hurried home with the con­ valescent. Finding the other son in ex­ cellent health and spirits, she was great­ ly relieved but embarrassed to think that she had thus foolishly risked the w ell­ being of the younger son. But it was exactly one week from the date of the premonition that it w as the attending physician's sad experience to have the beloved son suddenly undergo transition while he was in the act o f administering treatment for a very mild illness that had manifested itself the day previous. V e ry recently, a father hurried to his physician’s office, and with a most pathetically distressed look, asked, “Doctor, is V — going to die?” Just a few hours previously the physician had been called to attend the daughter, and after examining the girl had prescribed treatment for w hat he believed to be a mild attack of influenza, at that time

epidemic in the community. Reassuring the father of the mild character of the manifesting symptoms and the girl’s satisfactory reaction to it, his apprehen­ sion w as nevertheless aroused by the burning intentness of the father’s ques­ tion. The physician immediately re­ examined the girl, and, to take every precaution possible, had her removed to a hospital for continuous observation and care. Despite every scientific aid and consultation, the girl developed a perfect series of advancing afflictions, and after three weeks of a most gruel­ ling battle, she succumbed. The death certificate w as made out in the approved w ay, listing the causes as required by law, but all who w ere in attendance still wonder as to the real cause "beyond medicine.” T hat fear is not man's by heritage, but is due to some fundamental error created in his mind by misinterpreta­ tions and over-valuations of a very materially minded w orld may be pre­ sumed when one fails to find it manifest in a child. The trust, confidence and utter lack of fear o f intangible things that so effectively enslaves his elders, are a constant source of wonder and ad­ miration to those privileged to observe this phenomenon under the most trying conditions. A visit through the w ards of any children’s hospital, especially where crippled children are patiently undergoing processes o f rehabilitation, w ill beautifully illustrate the tribute paid them by the M aster when he said. "For of such is the kingdom of Heaven.” But to the weight of the advancing years are added the malignant toxins, resulting from needless worries and fears, for the enfeebling physiological processes to cope with as best they may. It has frequently and authoritatively been stated that a very large percentage of the patients that seek the aid of a physician are suffering from ailments that are purely imaginary in type. W ith this type of patient, medical science has long been impatient and oftentimes in­ tolerant. Failure to recognize that fears and worries are untiring and persistent H ntirrurirtn tiHers soil, causes endless misery . and suffering, and makes these pitiful Lftgest victims an easy prey to commercialized Ju ly patent medicine vendors or to the al1938 luring advertisments of the many types

of parasitic cures, which but add to their ever-increasing misery the specter of poverty. Not alw ays is it the physician’s sad duty to witness the unhappy ending of a human chapter. T he successful physi­ cian may alw ays call to his aid two most powerful allies, Faith and Hope. In­ visible and intangible, these assistants stand ever ready to aid and assist. Un­ selfishly, they may even allow the physi­ cian to assume the honor and credit for accomplishments that rightfully are theirs. Angels of mercy, their praises have ever been sung b y priest and poet, prophet and healer. T h ey may, how­ ever, be ruthless destroyers of well established scientific postulates. M any patients have been known to get well despite the scientific dictum to the con­ trary. Immune to scientific dogma, the wonders achieved by these two mys­ terious beings demonstrate to a skeptical scientific world the modern occurrence of miracles. Utilizing these potent virtues obli­ gates the user, and should impress him with a sense of grave responsibility. W h e n honestly requested to be frank, and after a careful weighing of all the known facts, for a physician to hold out hope where he sincerely believes none to be, and by so doing bring to himself pecuniary gain, w ill surely risk their desertion. Equally loathsome becomes the physician, who, blind to all but a materialistic science, robs and destroys the faith and hope cherished in the heart of his patient. A kindly physician, stricken suddenly in the midst of a busy and useful life, found himself in the role of patient. His associates, fearful and anxious, sought consultation of a specialist noted for his scientific acumen. Examining the stricken one with elabor­ ate scientific and mathematical preci­ sion, he failed to note the concerned and intelligent observation of the pa­ tient, alert to a surprising degree to any favorable or unfavorable suggestion. C ruelly brusque and uncouth, even the anxious associates could not have failed to read the message, "Abandon all hope— ” he so clearly portrayed, w ith­ out, however, expressing it in words. Obedient to the suggestion, the good doctor submissively and immediately passed through transition.

Not unlike the exhilaration that comes with the refreshing summer breeze at eventide, are the contacts one has oc­ casionally with that type of individual, characterized by a natural inborn op­ timism, "Like one who is sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust.” Some­ how, Jimmie had almost miraculously grown to manhood despite a congenital derangement and misplacement of vital organs. One may be forgiven for feel­ ing that all the perverse imps of Hades had enlisted the aid of M other Nature in one supreme effort to forever destroy an optimism most hated and despised. The expected hour had arrived when organs, long handicapped in their nor­ mal functioning by nature's cruel dictum and minor dissipations, would no longer function. Jimmie awaited the end, cheer­ ful. patient and smiling to the last. For many years he had been under the watchful care o f his physicians, who were unusually interested in his rare anatomical architecture, but also loved him for the boundless good humor and jo y in living that he never failed to dis­ play. C areful regulation of diet and exercise w ere constantly necessary to keep functioning smoothly an organism so delicate and rare. Consequently, he became a great source of w orry, not only to his physicians who feared for the safety of his body, but also to the clergy who feared for the safety of his soul. For Jimmie loved strong drink and would indulge whenever and w herever he could. His lovable personality and many little kindnesses made these de­ tours very easy to forgive. Closer and closer crept the Grim Reaper. Long periods of unconsciousness w ere follow­ ed by shorter and shorter recurring lucid intervals. D utifully and patiently standing by his bedside were two ministers awaiting these short oppor­ tunities to remind him o f his natural sinful state and the necessity for his be­ lated preparation to make certain the safety of his soul. Jimmie, however, had visions of his own for he whispered to the doctor during one of his lucid moments, “Doc, isn't it beautiful? T ell them the truth.” U nfortunately the "Doc” could not tell them, but a feeling of mutual kinship to the waiting clergy manifested by the thought created in his mind. M ight there be Something beyond

Denominational Creeds as well as "Beyond M edicine”? Science with its vast researches has proven unable to reduce the ever-in­ creasing m ortality rate of that dread disease, cancer. In its efforts to do its utmost with w hat weapons it has at hand, it has launched a great advertis­ ing campaign. It feels that a detailed description of the early symptoms will educate the public to be more alert and thereby seek the aid o f surgery and x -ray treatment as the only hope of re­ ducing the ravages of this malignant disease. Just how effective this may be, or how much harm w ill result in the awakened fears of a nation, will be a matter for future observation. Alarm ists are quite the vogue during these restless days. Scientifically edu­ cated, one such finds it more profitable to write articles dealing with medical and scientific subjects in popular maga­ zines than he would w ere he to practice w hat he preaches. T rue to the code of the alarmist, he has become greatly con­ cerned with his discovery of the average physician's inability to properly attend woman in her hour of confinement. This, despite the millions of times the "average" physician has been called on to do just that, and the accomplishing of which he has successfully achieved under conditions never dreamed o f by our educated, inexperienced critic. W ith painstaking care, however, the alarmist fills the hearts of countless mothers with nameless fear and dread, and, with a w ave of the magic wand in his hand, he transforms a beautiful physiological process into a fearsome pathological monstrosity. The man of science and medicine is but human and subject to error. If at times he has been intolerant to other minds, this has been because of his con­ centration and zeal in furthering the cause of mankind. Engrossed with the task of stilling the vile stench of the putrifying cancer, while he mercifully eased the pain and suffering o f the hideous victim, no longer recognizable as human, may have closed his mind for a time to the etherial, but has made of him a great humanitarian. Has not an all-w ise providence purposely strewn his path with obstacles and hardships most heavy to bear? Has he not oft

times been made to feel the sting of ridicule and the contempt o f those whom he sought to save? A nd through it all, he has learned to profit through his mistakes. The signs of an awakening conscious­ ness to things beyond medicine are to­ day manifested on every hand. Cases of cancer have been observed to get well without the aid of knife or ray. A nsw ers to prayers are being observed and recorded in the annals o f science. T hat man is more than a temporarily animated anatomical curiosity is a mat­ ter of suspicion in the minds of the lead­ ing lights of science. Intolerances and skepticism have been swept aw ay, oft times, by the restless and relentless search for truth by some little, isolated scientist, with a vision of things "be­ yond medicine.” Just a few short years ago, with w hat mirth, and — in keeping with our en­ lightened intelligence—with w hat pity, we laughed at the remedies used in car­ ing for the sick practiced by some of our more backward, "unenlightened" na­ tions. The idea that there could be an y­ thing but the grossest superstition and ignorance in the swallowing of powder­ ed deer horns —the dried and powdered skin of toads — the many and sundry preparations made from the internal organs of animals—or that there could possibly be any therapeutic virtue in the use of human and animal excreta, was just pathetically funny. W e could even feel our fingers twitch in anticipation of the golden harps our magnanimous deed deserved as we emptied our pockets to send our emissaries over and "en­ lighten" them. The rapid sweep of progress and evolution today finds our arrogances and intolerances greatly in the descendency. W e are even now slow ly but surely developing a new virtue called humility. Because of the efforts of some little obscure scientist with a yen for V T he . V

original research, w e have learned that this same horn is one of the richest sources of a sex producing and sex stimulating substances ever found. Those same toad skins have been found to be laden with a most costly and precious substance known as adrenalin. Slaughter and packing plants are w ax­ ing w ealthy because of the demand for those same internal organs previously so disdained, as science has one by one discovered their therapeutic value. To­ day, there is not a fish that swims in the ocean depths, nor an animal that roams on the earth's surface, that does not stand in imminent danger of losing its glands or internal organs in man's be­ lated (but none the less frantic) recog­ nition of ancient knowledge; the truth o f which only yesterday seemed "be­ neath medicine," but w as in reality “beyond medicine." Strangely enough, scientific research has further so clothed human and ani­ mal excreta with therapeutic values and virtues that our egotism has received its final blow and can never rise again. So precious are substances extracted from the urine of pregnant women that manu­ facturing laboratories go to great trouble and expense in collecting it daily. M ore recently the urea contained in all urines has been credited with being the factor responsible for the wonderful results achieved by the maggot treatment of infested bone lesions. Cheering then, indeed, to our hearts is the p h y s ic ia n 's r e c o g n itio n of Things Beyond Medicine. The heralding o f a new dawn is significant of brighter days as M an, The Unknown at last has proven his worth and accepts the invi­ tation of M an Know Thyself so long awaiting. A nd all the w orld may yet come to know that the ancient prophecy made so long ago was not just a vain promise: "These W orks That I Do, Ye S h all Do A lso : A n d Even G reater W o rks Than These Sh all Ye Do." V

, Good travels at a snail's pace—. Those who w ant to do good are not selfish, K osicructan are not in a hurry, they know that to impregnate people with good requires a . *& es long time. But evil has wings. T o build a house takes time. Its destruction takes * y none.— M ahatma Gandhi.

A Practical Philosophy of Success
By T

S u pre m e S ecretary

U C C E S S , w h ic h man w a n ts most o f a ll th in g s , is most haphazardly sought after. Gen­ erally, persons de­ fine s u c c e s s in terms of personal material benefit'— a state by w h ic h th e y can o w n , control, or excel in things. Disregard­ ing for the pres­ ent the nature o f the so-called causes of success, w e find that all those things which success is said to be are the re­ sults of something; some act or series of acts or circumstances are thought to bring it about. Consequently, the first logical conclusion is that success is the satisfactory culmination of an enterprise in which the successful p arty has in some manner participated or over which he has exercised a control. A satisfac­ tory culmination of an enterprise is where one realizes the purposes of his act. Thus, if I place a ladder before a high bookcase, with the intent, which actuates me, of removing a book from a top shelf, and I eventually do so with­ out mishap or alteration o f my plan or method, I have realized my purpose; I have been successful. In other words. I have concluded a series of acts by reaching an end which I sought. This simple deduction reveals that one can­ not be successful unless there is a pur­ pose which he wishes to realize. The question naturally arises, "Can­ not success be its own end? In other

words, can we not just strive for suc­ cess itself?” There are, in fact, millions who are success-hunters. If we w ere to answer this question in the affirmative, we would be contradicting the self-evi­ dent truths above. W e have seen that success is the satisfactory culmination of an enterprise; therefore, to seek it in itself is comparable to seeking satisfac­ tion alone. Satisfaction must be related to that which causes it; and so, too, success must be identified with the de­ sired effect of one or more causes. It is the desired effect of intentional causes which is adjudged success. If w hat we desire is acquired without the culmina­ tion of a series of acts on our part, it is N O T success. Resorting again to the previous anal­ ogy: I seek a book on the top shelf of my library; I place my ladder in posi­ tion for climbing to reach the place where I think it is, but conclude that I first need additional light to find it. W h ile I am getting a light, someone else in the household climbs the ladder and, b y coincidence, brings down, with sev­ eral other books, the one I wish, which I find upon mv return. I have the book; my desire is satisfied; yet I was not suc­ cessful. Getting w hat we w ant in life is not success unless it is achieved by the means planned. If this w ere not so, we would only be required to wish for cer­ tain conditions or things to be adventi­ tiously obtained. The person who has the fulfillment of a desire by accident, or by means of events over which he has exercised no control, or in which he had no participation, is not masterful; he has not, by skill or intellect, marshalled


things and conditions according to a plan, the accomplishment of which sig­ nifies personal ability. He is like a beg­ gar who finds a gold sovereign in the roadw ay; he may rejoice in his good fortune and enjoy the pleasure it w ill purchase, but he realizes that he lacks the ability to acquire more of the coins if he needs them, and knows he is at the mercy of the same fortune that brought him the coin. Success, then, is measureable in terms of the execution of a plan, not only in the gratification of a desire. It is dual in the satisfaction it affords: It not only brings the pleasure of the thing or con­ dition sought, but the pride of attain­ ment. T hat is w h y there cannot be suc­ cess without the culmination of the en­ terprise. It is an award, and all else is the chance of fortune. Success is often identified with a state of mind, such as happiness or contentment, which in turn are sought after; but these, like success, should not be sought in them­ selves, for they have no existence apart from certain conditions which first must be established and which eventually re­ sult in them. In other words, some­ thing produces happiness or content­ ment; they come about because of cer­ tain things. There must be a concatena­ tion of causes before happiness can be realized. If a man who is seeking hap­ piness w ere asked just what he thought would bring it to him, and he said, "Peace; freedom from the distraction which surrounds me,” in all probability he would be successful in attaining his end, for the end he sought was not happiness but freedom from perturbance. If he accomplished his end, hap­ piness, the result of it, would follow as would success. One would lead to the other. W ith ou t a contributing cause of happiness he could never know it. W e therefore cannot define success as happiness and say that it is the end which we seek in life. The end of our enterprises must be something else, and the results, if successful, can then be­ come happiness. W h o has ever been successful without being happy? Upon The first consideration we may believe that _ manv are, or have been. Unless one’s p •_ Kostcntctan . ■ ' , , • ■ l desire, the end he visualizes, changes when it is realized, happiness must folJu ly low. A man may set out to make him1938 self a principal executive o f a great in­

dustry, resorting to unscrupulous prac­ tices to gain his end, which causes, when put into effect, ultimately bring the intended results. Before he attains his end, however, he may see the folly of his acts and desire a new end in life, perhaps humble respectability. He then strives for success in this new moral enterprise. But the previous causes he established, which continue to function, finally place him at the head of the in­ dustry. This is not a satisfactory cul­ mination of an enterprise; it is not a success for him now, for he no longer desires the end which he attained. W h a t he now seeks instead is respectability, and, not having gained it, he is not happy, but neither is he a success, for success comes from the complete control of an enterprise, from its inception to its culmination. If a chain o f causes is set into motion and carries through to an end which no longer corresponds to the original purpose, that end is not a suc­ cessful one; only that which ends as we continue to desire it, not just as we may have first planned, is a success. The sterility of the doctrine that thoughts of success held in mind eventu­ ally materialize, should now be obvious­ ly apparent. How can one think suc­ cess? One might as w ell try to think pleasure. If we concentrate on the w ord pleasure, by association o f ideas there arises in our consciousness the memory of our experiences which w ere pleasur­ able to us; but we cannot have the con­ cept of pleasure without such recollec­ tions. Neither can w e conceive of suc­ cess apart from a series of planned acts which it is to crown. Thus, if the thought of success is dominant in our minds, it must be translated into terms of something quite specific that we can clearly visualize. In other words, our thoughts of success must be in the na­ ture o f the things or state which we hope ultimately to realize. This state or thing must be very definite or w e could never be certain we had attained suc­ cess. A man who is not quite sure w hat he is searching for, is never posi­ tive that he has truly found it. Not only must the end that w ill con­ stitute success to us be very definite, but its general component parts must be visualized as well. W e must be able to conceive a rational method by which this end is to be reached. W ith out being

able to see in the mind’s eye an ap­ proach to the end we desire, the first step toward it can never be made. If w hat you desire is to be a gift from some source, then, of course, the com­ ponent parts of the method whereby it is to be given you need not concern you. On the other hand, if it is a true gift, ' it is an act over which you can have no control, and therefore if you receive it, you have not achieved a personal suc­ cess. By the same reasoning, if the gift you desire is not received, you have not failed, for you could not have put forth any effort to acquire it. Since, however, most of us must expend personal effort to realize a desire, and cannot depend upon legacies or the munificence of others, the desire must suggest a method w hereby it can be realized if it is to be harbored in our minds. There are illusions of success which cause the greatest failures in life. The two most prominent of these are wealth and fame. Neither wealth nor fame is success in itself, but both are modes of existence in which we find ourselves be­ cause of certain contributing factors with which w e have been successful. No man who has ever sought to be wealthy, who made that alone his goal, could have possibly succeeded, for that mode of existence which we consider material affluence or wealth does not suggest a means by which it is to be at­ tained. The sources of wealth are near­ ly as numerous as those so fortunate as to be considered w ealthy. Fortunes have been made from the simplest and the most unusual things, as w ell as from those things which seem probable sour­ ces. W e a lth and fame are the effects of a successful result of something; unless the result is had the effect is unknown, and as the effect can come from numer­ ous successful results, concentrating upon it is of little help. The desire for wealth in itself would be like a desire for life in itself. The state of living does not suggest a means by which it is to be preserved. If it w ere not for instinct and experience, that compel certain acts which if faithfully performed successfullv result in a continuation o f life, the mere ardent desire to live would be futile. One of the pitfalls of the ambitious is the imitation of the lives of prominent characters of one of these modes of

existence. T hey imagine that a w ealthy person exemplifies by his conduct, hab­ its, likes and dislikes, the method of acquiring wealth. T hey pore over biog­ raphies which purport to relate in detail the early incidents of an individual’s life which influenced him and elevated him to his present status. T hey copy his manner of speech, dress, gait, and per­ sonal habits. In these superfluities they presume to see the rungs of the ladder of wealth. Little do they realize that much of that which they zealously study of the prominent character’s life, he was not aw are of doing, or at least he at­ tached little or no importance to its re­ lation to the end he sought and finally attained. Human acts, unless they are in themselves absolute causes producing uniform results, may never again have the same importance. Human acts are related to time and place, neither of which is quiescent. The same act, under the circumstances of a slightly changed time and place, may have an effect far different than expected. E very man can­ not be an Abraham Lincoln who was born in a log cabin, split rails, and studied at night by firelight. If one seeks success by studying the lives of those in certain favored modes of existence, such as wealth and fame, he will find the only valuable help com­ ing from his efforts w ill be a knowledge of the like states of mind of those per­ sons. It will be found that every suc­ cess, whether one who dwells in the modes of wealth and fame or not, has certain immanent qualities of nature. T heir objective characteristics and ap­ pearances may differ, and most often do; but their responses toward urges within themselves of which they are conscious, are strangely similar. Re­ grettable it is that their interpretation of these urges and the methods which they give for following them, differ with nearly each success, for if this were not so, a pattern of success would be quite simple to prepare. Can these certain qualities of human nature which exist in the world's suc­ cesses be known and used by all? The answer is yes. First, because we all have had a success in something in the past, and the qualities which made it possible then can be used again. Sec­ ond, these qualities of success which we have are the same as those had by

any successful person at any time in the world's history. So we begin by con­ sidering ourselves. From all that has been said hereto­ fore, we conclude that success comes from doing something rightly—that is, bringing something we began to w hat­ ever end we had in mind before we started. Now,u;/iaf is it that we like to do? W e must be careful not to confuse what we like to do with what we want to do. There is a vast and important difference between the two. In fact, we must avoid doing w hat w e w ant to do unless we can prove to ourselves that it is also what we like to do. W h en we w ere children, we wanted to be persons whose occupations seemed to us glam­ orous and adventurous. Perhaps we wanted to be firemen, steeplejacks, or policemen. O ur parents knowingly smiled at our wants, because they knew that in all probability we would not like the occupation w e desired if we ever ex­ perienced it, for we w ere ignorant o l w hat the duties actually consisted of. It is indeed unfortunate that most o f us w ant to do things about which we have no assurance that once they are tried w e w ill actually like them. W e can try the thing we want to do and learn w hether we like it. it is true; but most of the things we w ant to do take a great many years to accomplish; and then if w e discover w e do not like them, it is often too late to begin again. So we must of necessity abandon the things w e want to do for the things we like to do, unless w hat w e want is also w hat w e like. How are we going to obviate the fact that one may like to do something that is unconventional —- perhaps even im­ moral? W e must remember that success is a realization of an ideal, a culmination that w e seek: that alone is its standard of measurement. W h eth er that end be adjudged good or evil does not detract from its quality of success. T he success­ ful assassination is o f the same degree of success as the successful defense of the helpless against assault. The moral assay o f success or its value to society The does not alter its nature to the individR osicrucU n a a lT h? s< ?u9ht to achieve it T he in­ dividual who is indifferent to the loudly s^es acclaimed virtues of labor and ambition, fu ly and prefers to arrange his affairs that 1938 he may while aw ay certain hours daily

in fishing, is nevertheless a success even though he may dwell in poverty, for he has achieved the end for which he planned. It might be asked, 'How can we visualize a higher end- the attainment of which w ill be a success, if it must be a thing that we like and not just some­ thing we w ant; for if w e like it, w e must ' have experienced it already, and thus to seek that which we already like would not constitute advancement.” The answer is quite simple. No one wishes to be successful in something he does not like. In fact, no one would consider himself a success unless the end he a t­ tained were pleasing to him. Therefore, liking something, w e want more of it, and that is what we seek as an end, and if we succeed in getting it, w e are a suc­ cess. W e like to do something because we derive pleasure from doing it; but there must alw ays be a first time for doing something. Did we first want to do the thing w e now like to do? O r did we merely discover a liking for it? If the former, then w e refute our conten­ tion that wanting a thing alone is not sufficient to lead us to success. If the latter, how did w e discover the liking? Each of us has certain aptitudes we possess to a greater degree than an­ other—a responsivity to external condi­ tions or distinctive mental traits, the exercise of which consciously or un­ consciously affords pleasure. W h a t to one may appear as just a green pasture, to another may be an excellent example of nature’s blending of various shades of green seen in the foliage. The eye in both persons detects alike the grada­ tions of light and color, but the mind of one has a greater sensitivity to them, and to him they appear as prominent and command as much attention as though they w ere sharply contrasting colors. Such a mind has an aptitude for analysis of color, and an appreciation of these differences affords the beholder pleasure. T he sight of a large accumulation of mechanical parts may bewilder and ag­ gravate one person; and on the other hand, it may excite the imagination of another to the extent that he can read­ ily assemble them into a useful order, the labor o f which brings him great en­ joyment. The one impelled to follow these immanent urges of his nature may

merely respond to them without de­ liberating as to the reason. The exer­ cise of these urges to do certain things which are not related to the appetites or passions produces talents. Talents are an inherent responsivity to certain con­ ditions or things for which we have a faculty. W e discover talents or in­ clinations by the enjoyment of acts re­ lated to them. W e perceive things, the perception of which brings us pleasure. It may be the deft strokes of an artist's brush, upon a canvas which w e come upon by chance, that bring us a pleas­ ing tremor. O r perhaps the precise manipulations of an intricate device by a machinist may arouse a fervor. These experiences invite mimicry, and in try ­ ing to do them w e learn definitely that we like them. W h e n a talent or in­ clination is finally awakened and its existence realized, it is voracious and only that which taxes it to the extreme satisfies. Something that w e like to do brings pleasure only when it engages our capability to the fullest extent. That which is easily achieved leaves the de­ sire ungratified. It is therefore best, when knowing w hat our native inclina­ tions and talents are. that we set for them an end, the realization of which will be difficult but the pleasure one that can be realized gradually over a long period of time. The artisan finds no sat­ isfaction in doing something which does not require his greatest skill. His great­ est joy comes from excelling each previ­ ous attainment, for that is the only w ay he can exercise the faculty he possesses. T hat which is strongly desired, yet is somewhat difficult to attain, compels re­ sourcefulness. Liking a thing, having a strong desire for it, and finding it dif­ ficult to secure, compels us to utilize all our powers to gain it. The desire is stronger than the discomfitures and an­ noyances encountered. The chimpanzee which detects the aroma of a banana suspended over his head by a string, and beyond his reach, is forced to do elementary reasoning. A fte r ordinary, futile attempts to reach the fruit by leaning into the air, he sits for a while apparently pondering, and finally brings a small box from a corner and places it directly under the fruit. Climbing on top of it, he succeeds in reaching the banana. If it w ere not something for which he had a great liking, he would

have abandoned his attempt to reach the fruit after his failure in reaching it by leaping into the air. W h e re there is a great liking for something, there need not be concern as to whether the will will be indomitable enough to assure a success. W ill is an artificial desire. It is a product of the mind in contrast to the desires of the body. Thus we can impose this desire of the mind upon the body. Talents are not physical desires, but mental ones, though they may be exercised by the body. Except where the fundamental instincts of life are concerned, will alw ays supports and is related to the natural inclinations or talents. W h e re one expresses a liking for an undertaking, and later is dissuad­ ed because of difficulties encountered, that is an indication that the inclination he had was not very positive and was not a true talent. The enterprise did not represent what he liked to do best, for if it did, it would have had the power of will behind it. No one who seeks to achieve that which he likes to do needs encouragement or ever experiences a waning inclination. A knowledge of our inclinations or talents which we hope to realize to the fullest extent, or even the establishment of an ideal founded upon them and which will command all our capabilities, is not sufficient for success. T here is still something more. Reason must see, in the end sought, probable accomplish­ ment. If the ideal is fantastic and in­ triguing, but not within the ability of the one who visualizes it to bring it into realization, the time given to it w ill be wasted and the energies expended will be dissipated. Reason must be employed in seeking success. It must impartially weigh the probability of realizing that end which the emotional self has had the mind portray. The ravenous ap­ petite of pythons, which causes them to see gratification of their hunger in every passing living thing, has often brought about their deaths when they devoured things which w ere beyond their capacity and which they could not disgorge. Therefore, the goal we strive for must not be fantastic, but in the mind must appear as a rational conclusion to a very definitely related series o f acts. It must seem just one point beyond some actual experience which we have had, or a plan that is quite intelligible.

It is futile to match the end you seek with that of another, unless all things related to it are equal. You may find success in the realization of your desire, and yet it would not equal the accom­ plishments of another in the same enter­ prise. This does not, however, mark your efforts with failure. Success is purely relative. If you complete pre­ meditated acts to your satisfaction, that is success, whether it is qualitatively or quantitatively less than w hat another has done. The world's successes number many times those who are acclaimed as w ealthy or famous. T hey are not, how­ ever, heralded or even recognized, for their accomplishments are of a nature that the world does not appreciate and consequently does not demand. O n ly if one’s talents draw him into a field where his success in an enterprise means popu­ lar demand for his services or the re­ sults of his efforts, will he come to know those modes of existence—wealth and fame—which so many seek. Often, fame and riches which the world regards as success come to a man as an unwanted state, for they interfere with his attainment of the true end he

wishes, and therefore prevent him from knowing personal success. Locked with­ in garrets for privacy, closeted in li­ braries, bending low over laboratory de­ vices, are thousands who are on the brink of personal successes, all of whom the w orld will pass by with a shrug, ad­ judging them failures by their appear­ ances and lack of w orldly possessions. M ost of the actual failures in the world are those who seek one of these modes of existence —■ wealth or fame — but whose talents will never fit them for it and consequently they miss that success in life for which, by nature, they are really qualified. There are those who live in mental torment because they are in ordinary circumstances and stations in life, when each believes that he is destined to be a Croesus. It lies within their power to intensify their simple joys by doing on a larger scale the things for which they have a natural bent, but they choose illusions instead. W h a t the factors of success are, is alw ays a disputatious topic; but all the foregoing is offered as a workable epitome.

Simple Things Bring Out the Best In Us
By B e n e f a c t o r
E H A V E a dog. Just an o r d i n a r y p o lic e d o g . S h e cam e to us on E a s te r S u n d a y , tw o y e a r s ag o . S o w e called h e r Ester. I found her at the roadside at our place; scarce­ ly m o re th a n a month old; dusty, tired, and hungry. Her mother must not have broughther, her, although although she shewas was not atthe time I found the puppy in sight at puppy The —or she found me. I was going up the R osicrucian ^ 9 ° ' n 9 UP ^ e road to do a chore wj. when I heard her crying. She cried piteously when she saw me until I took /M V her up. up. so so II brought brought her her home home and and fed fed 1938 her. This w was as at at ten ten o'clock. o'clock. A Att three three the mother came into the y a rd —emaci­ ated, stiff and sore. There were deep corrugations in her sides where the ribs stood out. The hide was gone from the pads of her feet, and there were large sores on her legs. A look of gladness came into her eyes and spread over her face when we brought the puppy out. She tried to mother and care for it but she could only move by inches. How thev came, or whence, we could only guess. T hey might have fallen off a car—or traveled over the desert. Two or three times w e had expressed the thought that a dog would be a valuable addition to the farm, but gave no thought as to how w e would get one. So we decided to keep and train Ester. The mother, we called Allice. W e did up her feet and other sores and fed her. W e w ere pleased to see the look of delight and gratitude come over her face

when she found she could walk again without pain Shortly Ester learned to lap milk from a pan and Allice began to fatten up. A t this time our neighbors lost the mother to their week-old puppies after she was struck by a hit-and-run truck driver. So we let them take Allice to mother the G reat Dane puppies. It was all right with Allice: she took a strong interest in the orphans but made a trip over daily to see Ester. One moonlight night she tried to coax Ester aw ay but she had acquired too strong an attachment for her new home. A s

soon at the Danes were able to lap, we took A llice to another place where a friend wanted a dog. W e found w e could teach Ester many things: she seemed to be exceptionally intelligent, but at the same time we learned many things from her. W e learned to understand her. It was a great revelation to find how many emo­ tions and desires she had and in how many w ays she could express them. A nd this understanding has grown to be mutual. N ow she has a fam ily of puppies and while she admits that she is our dog she wants us to realize that the pups are her own.

How It A ll Began . . .


HE factors which contributed to initiation began in ancient Egypt, but it was later, during the height of Greece’s glorious civilization, that initiation took on the significance we now attribute to it. Societies were formed to study nature's strange phenomena and to offer a philosophical explanation of the mysteries to those who were members. Candidates were inducted into these "mystery schools” by participating in certain solemn rites. The entire procedure of induction evolved into the initiation ceremonies of these schools or s o c ie tie s . G enerally speaking, initiation today has the same meaning, that is, induction into the so le m n r i t e s or mysteries of some or­ der, school or society of thought or practice.

Each m onth a param o un t questio n of th e d a y w h ich e n g a g e s the th o u gh ts of m illio n s of in te llig e n t people thro ugh o ut th e w o rld w ill be co n sidered in th is dep artm en t. Each questio n w ill be an sw ered b y two different R o sicru cian m em bers. The an sw e rs to the q u estio n s a re not to be re g ard ed as official sta te m e n ts of opinion of th e ed ito r of th is p ub licatio n , o r of th e officers of the R o sicru cian O rder, AMORC.

Anne Fisher is a woman of keen ob­ servation, whose opinion on this sub­ ject is of value. She is not only an author of Best Sellers, but a prominent bacteriologist. John D. Mithertz is a Counselor-at-law in one of the large cities of the world, and, having frequent dealings with the press, is most qualified to express him­ self on this question.

O W free should the press be? Six words that might c h a n g e the whole thought and feeling of a nation! In times of war, the press has the power to breed hatreds and arouse mob psy­ chology so that people who read are ruled by their emotions instead of their intellect, and so, are willing to go out and kill others who disagree with them. W e regret the prying tendencies of the press, and wish that sensational stories might be suppressed so that the person involved might have another chance, but on the other hand, a con­ trolled or censored press would be even more dangerous to the many, if it were controlled by biased people or political factions. It seems to the w riter that perhaps the existing conditions are best. Libel suits can be resorted to, if the individual is maligned—and most of us realize that T he the papers exaggerate, and so take w hat R osicrucian w e read with a grain o f salt. W o u ld we know what to think if the D igest press were controlled? M ight we find Ju ly ( Concluded on Page 220. Col. 1) 1938


BELIE VE in the fre e d o m of the press. It should be free and un­ hampered in printing the news of the day as it happens. The same freedom should govern its editorial page. I do not, however, believe in the abuse of that freedom. No newspaper should be permitted to snoop into the private lives of individ­ uals and, under the guise of news, print incidents which hold up to ridicule or seriously reflect upon the domestic life of some one to satisfy the morbid curi­ osity o f its readers for the purpose of increasing circulation, and incidentally blast the life of someone who is at­ tempting to live down and forget some sin that he or she may have committed: and when called upon to account for the wrong it should not be permitted to do so under the privilege of the freedom of the press. It is important to bear in mind, in connection with the publication of any matter which reflects upon one’s char­ acter, that no matter what motivated its publication, even if it is libelous, if the (Concluded on Page 220, Col. 2)


T he "C ath ed ral of the S o u l” is a Cosmic m eeting place for all minds of the most ad v an ced and h ig h ly developed spiritual members and w orkers of the R osicrucian F ratern ity. It is a focal point of Cosm ic radiatio n s and thought w a v es from w hich rad iate vibrations of health, peace, happiness, and inner aw aken in g. V ario u s periods of the d a y are set aside w hen m an y thousands of minds are attuned w ith the C ath ed ral of the Soul, and others attuning w ith the C athedral at this time w ill receive the benefit of the vibrations. Those who are not members of the organization m ay share in the unusual benefits as w ell as those w ho are members. T he book called "Liber 777" describes the periods for vario us contacts w ith the C ath ed ral. C opies w ill be sent to persons who are not members if they address their requests for this book to F ria r S . P. C ., care of A M O R C Tem ple, San Jose, C alifo rn ia, enclosing three cents in postage stam ps. ( P l e a s e s ta te w n e t h e r m e m b e r o r n o t —this is im portan t.)

AN differs from all th e o th e r m em ­ bers. as species of the a n im a l king­ dom, in th e fa c t that he has the a­ bility to compre­ hend a n d under­ stand how he can lift his conscious­ n e ss a b o v e th e earth p la n e , and has the ability to do so if he so de­ termines. Some of these species of ani­ mals living on the earth's surface can­ not lift their consciousness above the level of their own physical existence. Some little creatures that live w holly on the surface of the earth, or within the crust of the earth occasionally aspire to rising a few feet higher and find an in­
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teresting experience in lifting themselves physically into the branches of trees or on the tops of houses. But this experi­ ence is unnatural to them in most cases, and they do not feel in a normal posi­ tion and seek again their own physical level. Other animals feel more at home and more natural in space above the earth, such as the birds and the crea­ tures that fly. Some have their con­ sciousness like their bodies confined solely to lower levels. But man has never believed that his consciousness and his body were con­ fined to the surface of the earth or to low surfaces. For safety’s sake man has alw ays tried to keep himself near the edge of w ater and in low valleys where he felt protected, but for thrilling ex­ perience and adventure, or the discovery of more distant horizons and a greater outlook on life, he has invariably lifted

his body to mountain heignts or to the tops of great trees, or the upper floor of some great structure. He has alw ays felt that he was a greater explorer, and greater master of space and material conditions, when high above his original physical level. This has been the reason for success in astronomical explorations where man has extended his vision through telescopes to places w ay be­ yond the surface of the earth, and for his determination to learn how to fly. M any hundreds of years before man at­ tempted experiments in flying, mystic philosophers such as Da V inci theorized on the possibility of man flying and drew plans for the form and mechanical arrangement of flying machines. But along with man's desire and urge to lift his physical body above the earth­ ly consciousness, he has had a sincere desire and longing to lift his spiritual and psychic consciousness to even greater heights, and to separate himself from his limited w orldly, material con­ ditions. The churches through their re­ ligious doctrines and creeds have en­ couraged this and in reciprocation man has built great spires on great cathe­ drals. The spires on such cathedrals throughout the world should be called aspirations because they represent man's aspiring idea to send his spiritual and psychic consciousness heavenward. But still the m ajority of these persons have never had their consciousness rise above

the vaulted roof of the cathedral or the top point of the spire. How different it is with those who try to find the w ay to lift the consciousness of the soul up to the Cathedral of the Soul in the Cosmic space far beyond the earth, and see beyond everything on the earth. Hun­ dreds of thousands daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly spend a few min­ utes of time in communion in this great Cathedral of the Soul beyond the visible space of the heavens. T hey find in this mental, spiritual cathedral a peace, a communion, a relaxation, a help, and a guidance that they do not find in any earthly church or in any earthly struc­ ture. It helps them to understand better the doctrines of their earthly church and earthly studies, and it also gives them an opportunity in the silence of their homes, or in the silence o f the great out­ doors to rise to that great height that the soul aspires to for a time. If you have not had this experience, this sub­ lime, transcendental, realization of the great spiritual power within you, send for the book called "Liber 777" which will go to you without any obligation or cost, and therein learn of the hours dur­ ing the day or night when you can rise to this Cathedral of the Soul and meet with hundreds and thousands of others there in peace, and turn again to your w orldly consciousness with increased health, strength and happiness.




It is a mark of wisdom not to kick against the very step from which we have risen higher. The removal of a step from a staircase brings down the whole of it. W h en , out of infancy we grow into youth, we do not despise infancy, but, on the contrary, we recall with affection the days of our childhood. If after many years o f study, a teacher w ere to teach me something, and if I w ere to build a little more on the foundation laid by that teacher, I would not, on that account, be considered wiser than the teacher. He would alw ays command my respect.—M ahatm a Gandhi.




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facts are true the newspaper is pro­ tected by the law. There is no reason w hy a newspaper, any more than an individual, should be permitted to publish libelous matter and be permitted to shield itself under the theory of the freedom of the press.

The Evils and K arm a of Society
By T h e I m p e r a t o r
E H A V E pointed out very often in our official teach­ ings a n d in ou r magazine articles that when man at­ tempts to interpret the laws of nature and th e la w s o f God and forms his interpretations in­ to e th ic a l a n d m o ra l la w s , he generally m ak es many errors and creates many evils and brings upon himself and all human be­ ings certain Karmic conditions that are difficult to adjust b v compensation. There is an ancient proverb among the Rosicrucians to the effect that "the laws man makes are the laws that man breaks." In fact, it is a pretty well established principle among mystic phi­ losophers that a divine law, a Godmade law, and a truly immutable natural law cannot be broken. W e speak of violating G od’s laws and natural laws, but in speaking loosely in this manner w e really mean that man succeeds in running counter to these laws and plac­ ing himself out of harmony with the laws, not in actually breaking them. A ll of this may be a purely philosophical analysis of the matter, but at the pres­ ent moment it has no bearing upon my arguments except to point out that manmade laws or man-made interpretations of divine and natural laws are not only generally inconsistent, but they are so flexible, so easily broken, so differently interpreted and so unfairly applied, and through legal technicalities and psy­ chological reasoning so easily evaded, that man very often becomes individ­ ually and collectively a victim of the cir­ cumstances he has created by the mass of w orldly principles and constitutional regulations. It is true that the average individual either deliberately or unthinkingly a­ dopts the principle of letting his con­ science be his guide. Y et, it is so easy to quell one’s conscience with conven­ iently invented alibis and excuses, and it is so easy to find legal technicalities or legal excuses and explanations that we find society suffering under the con­ ditions of its own creating. A nd not all of society's sufferings are Karmic unless we use the term Karma to include automatic reaction. V e ry often cities, states, communities and groups of in­ dividuals have invented and created a combination of laws and principles which they call a moral and legal code under which society soon finds itself in an en­ tanglement, and in a mesh of compli­ cated principles that bring unpleasant reactions from day to day as auto­ matically as walking ofl the edge of the roof brings a drop to earth. Society is today suffering from thou­ sands of automatic reactions and results of its own tangled efforts to reform in-

dividuals and to interpret fundamental laws. This suffering on the part of so­ ciety manifests in the suffering o f the individuals and groups of individuals and in the affairs of the people as a na­ tion or race. Again, the principles of the law o f compensation and of Karma are used as an alibi or an explanation for these sufferings, and we hear it said that many of the sufferings o f individ­ uals and nations are the result of Karma created b y the individuals of nations in previous lives; whereas, in fact, the suf­ ferings are not Karmic but w holly auto­ matic reactions resulting from mental attitudes and actions performed by the individuals or the nations in this very incarnation. A s just one illustration of the theme of my arguments, I want to refer to our almost universal system of creating and establishing moral or legal laws in our national, state and local statutes, not only for the purpose of punishing those whom we judge as being violators of natural and divine laws, but for the pur­ pose of interpreting what w e think we understand of those divine laws and principles. Thus man takes upon him­ self the privilege of interpreting and translating his conception of divine and natural laws, and becoming thereby not only a self-appointed lawmaker, but also a judge of the actions of others in the light of those arbitrarily made laws. A nd we all know that this process has become so involved, so entangled, so complicated, so flexible and suscepti­ ble of variation and modification, that continuously we have to submit the wording and the interpretation o f these man-made laws and statutes to other groups of individuals, such as Supreme Courts and Appellate Courts, for an interpretation or a retranslation of the laws and a verification or denial of the customary application of them. Is it any wonder, then, that the average human being finds it almost impossible to evade or avoid becoming enmeshed in this maze of interpretations and translations and applications? The greatest of the lawmakers or interpreters of law frankThe ly admit that the average individual in R osicrucian societY * s continuously violating or p.. breaking some of the man-made laws, 'f>es and that it is practically impossible for suty a normal human being—and especially 1938 any eccentric or slightly unbalanced or

ill or ignorant person—to live from day to day in our so-called civilized coun­ tries and cities without either uncon­ sciously or consciously breaking and violating a number of these man-made laws. The mystic philosopher knows that if a group of men or individuals meet to­ gether and agree upon some principles, some procedure or practice, some code of ethics or some creed or dogma, and establish it as a law for themselves and others, and agree that all shall abide by it or be held responsible for their viola­ tion of it, that although this agreement does not establish or create a divine or Cosmic law, binding upon all individ­ uals, it does become binding on those who have formulated the code or pro­ cedure or dogma and upon those who learn of it and accept it, and that there­ after it becomes a sacred principle in the lives of those who have accepted it, although this sacredness does not make it either a divine law or necessarily in harmony with divine laws. A nd if such persons who have created such laws or codes or dogmas and have accepted them as a sacred obligation deliberately and knowingly violate or break them, there w ill not only be an automatic re­ action from the consequences of their act, but there will be a Karmic condition come upon them whereby they must make compensation at some time. Again we see in this the fundamental principle of Karma and of the Cosmic Mind, in that the Cosmic takes into con­ sideration the motives, the intent and purposes of our acts rather than the na­ ture of the acts themselves. If a group of men or a nation of individuals estab­ lish certain laws which they proclaim to be binding upon themselves and others, and if others accept these as binding upon them and thus make these laws a sacred obligation, the Cosmic accepts this condition as it looks upon a solemn oath or pledge taken by an individual and furthermore, the Cosmic will not permit an individual or group of individ­ uals to make laws and rules regulating the lives of others with a form of dire punishment to be meted out if such laws are violated or broken but permit the creators of such laws to escape the pre­ scribed punishment when they them­ selves violate them. In other words, the Cosmic will not permit an individual or

group of individuals to set up some laws, and punishments for the infraction of them, that will be binding upon others without seeing to it that the cre­ ators of such laws are also amenable to the laws. M an cannot be a lawmaker for others and a judge and prosecutor of those whom he judges to be violators of the laws and yet take upon himself the privilege or prerogative of making himself and his actions an exception. The result is that the laws of Karma react just as strongly upon the law ­ makers who violate the laws as upon those who are more or less innocent victims of the circumstances created by these man-made laws. M y special argument at this time centers around our criminal laws and the manner in which they are inter­ preted, applied, tested, and used to pun­ ish violators of these man-made criminal codes. M y argument does not include the idea that we should not have moral and legal codes or laws or principles for the safe and proper conduct of in­ dividuals and groups of individuals. But I do believe that instead of the thou­ sands upon thousands of man-made laws, man-made interpretations, modi­ fications and constantly varying appli­ cations of these laws, w e should have a set of principles that are based upon divine laws and Cosmic laws, and that these should be promulgated and taught to youths and adults and so demon­ strated and made understandable that mankind would find it possible to live day by day without continuously vio­ lating some of these laws and without jeopardizing his future state of happi­ ness or liberty. The first great benefit that can come from modifying our criminal and civil statutes, rules and codes, and making them conform to Cosmic principles, would be our correct understanding of the cause of violations'—or, let us say, the cause of crime and the cause of weaknesses in our social conditions; and secondly, an improvement in our appli­ cation of these laws, inasmuch as every­ one would understand and realize that such laws were being applied con­ sistently and without preferment and without legal loopholes or excuses, inas­ much as the judgment of man and the prosecution by man of the violators would be secondary to the judgment by

the Cosmic and prosecution or punish­ ment established by the Law o f Karma. E very mystic philosopher knows that while man may use his ingenuity and the ingenuity of a legal staff to establish a legal and technical alibi, excuse or explanation for his violation and there­ by escape punishment at the hands of man, he cannot escape the judgment of the Cosmic and the fair and equalized judgment and punishment o f the C os­ mic. A nd all of mankind would come to understand also that in addition to the fact that the Cosmic would consider the motive and purpose rather than the act in its naked details, neither the social, the worldly, the religious or other qualifications of the individual would have any bearing upon the judg­ ment, except the condition and quality o f ignorance or mental inability to understand. There would be no such thing as stringent punishments for the poor and liberal considerations and lenient punishments for the wealthy. There would be no such thing as special consideration being given to a person of high social or prominent business stand­ ing, with no consideration being given to the low ly and the humble. Another important consideration is the fact that society boasts of the fact that in its creation of civil, criminal and other legal laws and statutes, it attempts to seek justice and attempts to seek a correction of evil tendencies and to establish fairness, honesty and good­ ness. Y et, we who are dealing with this matter know that society in general especially in the most civilized countries, is hypocritical in this regard. Bv the laws it has created, and by the varying application of these laws, societv dem­ onstrates that it is not fair and just to all, and that it is attempting merely to punish evil rather than to correct it. In society’s general attitude toward the o f­ fender, and in its attitude toward those who have committed error, it forces upon the offenders, not only by the con­ viction but by the resulting procedure, the conclusion that society has hypo­ critically posed as a just interpreter but that it uses various w ays and means to create additional inharmony and in­ justice and unfairness. Therefore, the offenders of society's laws, instead of learning a valuable lesson that will establish in their minds the desire for

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honesty, fairness and justice, become convinced that it is all a matter of cheating and of hypocrisy, and that society does not seek to redeem the o f­ fender or the evil-doer or to heal the diseases of mind and character, but to gratify itself in the insatiable desire to glorify its own hypocritical pureness through publicizing and exposing the ocasional offender as though he w ere a black sheep, and to be made an outcast, while society itself continues to hide behind its cloak of pureness and good­ ness and to put itself upon a pedestal of a greater height by dethroning and put­ ting certain individuals down into a deeper abyss. Through our activities in the various prisons throughout the country, and the various penitentiaries, w e have a large correspondence with men and women who have either deliberately or uncon­ sciously or "in accordance with custom” violated or broken some of the manmade laws. Hundreds and thousands of these individuals are studying our teach­ ings and our work, or reading our magazines and books, in a sincere at­ tempt to rehabilitate themselves — or rather to discover the truer and more fundamental laws of God and Nature and to rebuild their characters and start their lives over again. I am not making any plea for leniency or special consideration for so-called convicts who, after finding themselves incarcerated in jail or penitentiary, sud­ denly desire, either sincerely or in­ sincerely, to unite with some altruistic or spiritual organization for the sake of winning help in shortening their sen­ tences, or having easier times within the prison walls, or securing exceptional paroles. I am glad to say that of the many thousands of persons w e have been helping to revise their understand­ ing of life and the divine and natural laws thereof, and of the thousands who are trying to remold their characters, only three or four in recent years have asked me or our organization to help them secure a shortening of their terms or any special form of parole; and in each case we have promptly and defi­ nitely informed them, and placed the fact upon record, that we will not attempt to influence any official or any court or any parole board in their con­

siderations of the prisoner's applications or desires. O ur sole purpose in our prison activ­ ity is to aid the individual to make the best of his life, and the best of his op­ portunities to remold his character and to prepare himself for a new cycle, a new path, when once he is released from prison. A nd I am glad to say that only a few have ever asked us for any money or any material aid. O f course, there are some artists in various prisons who have asked me to supply them with w ater color paints and materials with which they could make Christmas and holiday cards and souvenirs which they have asked us to help them sell, so that they might raise some money to be used as spending money within the prison. There are other artists who have asked me to give them the crudest of art ma­ terials so that they might spend some leisure hours indulging in the one dominating element of their natures, that of creating something of an artistic nature. There are musicians who have asked that they be given either some small musical instrument, or copies of opera music or other classical music so that they might keep in good practice and keep abreast of the development of music. There are women who have asked us to supply them with sewing materials or materials for embroidery, so that they might have a creative and productive period of recreation occa­ sionally. There are others of scientific or technical training who have asked us to secure for them certain books that would enable them to improve their minds as well as their characters, and to fortify them for a better place in the social scheme of things after their release. Not one has ever asked us for ridicu­ lous or unnecessary things such as pieces of jewelry or watches or sets of unusual books of fiction or anything of that kind. In some prisons there are as many as forty to sixty men and women meeting together once a week to study and discuss some of the principles of our teachings, and there are some who have written excellent dissertations upon the analysis and application of some of our principles, and there are some who have made, at a great sacrifice of their leisure time and personal finances, beau­ tiful things in metal and wood contain-

ing our symbols and have sent them as gifts to be given to our members or to hospitals or other institutions. There are others who have contributed articles to The Rosicrucian Digest. The correspondence and reports from these hundreds of inmates of prisons and penitentiaries show a gradual change and improvement in their view ­ points on life, in their language, their vocabularies, and their happiness. Re­ ports from wardens and officials indi­ cate that these sincere students have improved in their prison conduct and are looked upon as excellent possibilities for the future. No charge is made by A M O R C for any of the services or any of the books or instructions that are sent to these individuals or groups of individuals in prisons or penitentiaries or for any material or matter sent to them in any form. There are strict rules in every large prison and peni­ tentiary regarding w hat things can be sent to prisoners, and books and publi­ cations and other things must be sent by the publishers or the manufacturers of them and not by friends or acquain­ tances. Therefore, our services meet many of these requirements and enable many of these prisoners to have things they could not secure otherwise. But to return again to the unfairness of society, let me quote to you a part of a letter recently received from one of the prisoners in one of the largest peni­ tentiaries of this country, who has been a very sincere student of our teachings and principles for a long time. I also want to quote to you an editorial that was published in the newspaper pub­ lished by that v ery penitentiary, and of course written and prepared by thp edi­ torial staff composed of the prisoners of the penitentiary. The letter I refer to is dated M ay 16 of the present year and addressed to me personally. It says in part: “Thank you for your helpful instruc­ tions and advice. I am enclosing an editorial from the paper published here, and in which it seems that others than you have the same viewpoint, and which you have verified through many ex­ periences. I agree with you about the importance of money and the worship of money by individuals and the wrong use of it. W h en I was free (before be­ ing arrested) I spent my money freely

on others and too often on those un­ w orthy; and since being here those per­ sons are ‘no more’ as the ancients would have tersely put it. In common slang language, those persons 'just can’t be bothered'. T hey are too busy looking for other suckers. I have never even received a card from them since my im­ prisonment. One lesson I have learned from that experience is not to cease be­ ing generous but to pick w orthy recip­ ients. By that I do not mean I shall give only to those who will return a like favor to me personally, but to those who are also ready to help others who are in need, regardless of who they may be. 'Yes, I made a mistake and I deserve all of the punishment I have received. But I believe I am being punished too much, but not complaining. M y mistake was made on impulse when I w as sick and hungry, and just released from a hospital. I was too weak and unable to work, being on sick leave from work, and the man I stole from owed me more money than that which I took. It was a desperate effort and a desperate act in the only w ay I understood, to get what was already mine and w hat I needed. The man I robbed could have paid me, but it was easier for him to put me off continuously. Anyone else in my place and condition and in such desperate circumstances would have committed the same act. But when I was caught in my act I immediately admitted my guilt but was beaten physically for hours by the police who felt that they had a 'sucker' who would be the bait for clearing up their 'blotter’ or record of a lot of unsolved crimes. A nger because I would not make the confessions and false admissions they wanted me to make, caused them to beat me and put me in a terrible physical condition. T hey even took from my home my working tools and articles of furniture because I could not show 'bills of sale' for them and thereby prove that I had bought them and not stolen them. 1 was given five years and a fifty-dollar fine. The theft was only a petty theft and amount­ ed to only two dollars. So far I have been in jail four and a half months, in prison tw enty-three and a half months, and paid a fine of twenty-seven dollars, and I am on probation for three years, and still have nineteen and a half months more to spend in prison. In ad-

dition to all this, the police deliberately lied to the corporation or company I worked for, saying I had probably been stealing their tools all the time I had been working for them as a mechanic, and this made it impossible for me to arrange with them to ever go back to my former employment. This resulted in lawsuits and other unpleasant de­ mands coming to me which finally rob­ bed me of the five-thousand dollars’ worth o f money and home and equity that I had saved through a lifetime of hard work since eight years of age. The probation department refused to let me leave the county while on probation for a while so I could get another position in another steel mill at my regular trade, but I have never become bitter to the degree that I have wanted to seek re­ venge or adjustment. The blows have been hard and depressing. Finally, the last blow came when the police or some others of an official capacity framed up a plan for me to get work just outside of the county and then to accuse me of violating the probation laws. This sent me back into prison for another long term. So society has constantly sought through its officials and laws, rules and regulations, to not only punish me very heavily for a crime, but to work in­ justice and unfairness in my life and to show me in every definite w ay that so­ ciety was not trying to redeem but that it was avenging something in a spirit of bitterness. I will rebuild my character, however, and rebuild my fortune when society finally allows me to have the right and privilege of working and liv­ ing properly. I have attempted to have the board of parole release me a little sooner than they have decided because I have two sisters who are dependent upon me, one a crippled widow and the other having been abandoned b y a drunken husband. A ll that I can con­ scientiously and properly ask of you is that you help me to present my case to the Cosmic, that justice may be done not only to me but to all concerned, and that some mercy be shown my two un­ fortunate sisters.” The A nd now. read the following ediR osicrucian tor‘al published in the penitentiary •y newspaper where this prisoner and a *f> es large number of others are studying our Ju ly magazines, books, and special manu1938 scripts in the hope of becoming decent

citizens and constructive workers in the field of civilization. I know that much that is said in the following editorial is true, and I feel like adding these words: "But for the grace of God, I, the Imperator of A M O R C , might be in that same penitentiary and suffering the same punishment at the hands of society that this unfortunate man is suffering.” "THERE, B U T F O R TH E G R A C E O F G O D . . ." W h e n Lincoln Steffens was a boy he watched an artist at w ork painting a picture o f a muddy river. He criticized the picture because there was so much "mud” in it, to which the artist replied: "You see the mud in the picture, my boy. A ll right, there is mud. and lots of it. But I see the beautiful colors and contrasts, the beautiful harmonies, and the light against the dark.” M ud or beauty —■w hat do we look for in our fellow-men? The casual ob­ server, glancing over the long lines of men in gray behind these or other prison walls, sees only the mud, yet, on the outside these same men may have a record of brilliant achievement: may have been outstanding figures in the business world; may have been the heads of respectable families, until either voluntarily or under the pressure of circumstance they violated one of society’s man-made laws and exchanged their names for a number. A n ex-convict was asked to speak before a R otary Club in one of the metropolitan cities recently on the sub­ ject o f "Society’s Attitude Regarding A n E x-C onvict.” A s a prelude to his talk he passed out two small squares of pasteboard to each Rotarian. One had the w ord "Y es” printed on it, the other, "No." "Gentlemen,” he said, "I am going to speak frankly and honestly to you and in return I am going to ask equal frank­ ness on your part. In order to avoid an y embarrassment I have provided you with two cards, identical in size, one in the affirmative, the other in the nega­ tive. D on’t put your names on these cards. M erely answer the question that I ask you, honestly, by dropping one of the cards into my hat as I pass it. D estroy the other one. Please be fair to me as well as to yourself, as this test forms the basis of my talk to you today.

Here is my question: Have you at any time of your life, issued a check with in­ sufficient funds in the bank to cover it?” W h e n the poll was taken over sixty per cent answered in the affirmative. The speaker announced the result and said: "Gentlemen, that is the reason I stand before you today, an ex-convict. A s you look at me you may well say, ‘There, but for the G race of God, stand I’.” To the late Clarence Darrow, the famous criminal law yer, is attributed this pertinent remark, while addressing a jury: "There are only two classes of people, the caught and the uncaught. M y client, unfortunately, comes under the first category. But, for the grace of God, benign environment, destiny, call it what you w ill—but for this fortuitous set-up, gentlemen, any one of you might have occupied the defendant's chair in this court room.” It is undoubtedly true that the major­ ity of men incarcerated within prison w alls are more flagrant violators of the social code than the average. On the other hand there are many men serving V V

penal sentences who are not criminals in any sense of the word. If all of so­ ciety’s transgressors w ere imprisoned the population of the so-called free world" would be greatly reduced. Y et. apparently, only when the prison uni­ form is donned does the mud come to the surface. The w orld is quick to con­ demn, quick to censure or advocate punishment for the other fellow ’s mis­ takes. It is the natural human tendency which ofttimes asserts itself in an effort to distract attention from one’s own transgressions. "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” If this Biblical admonition were heeded meticulously the slurs cast upon those of us who are convicts would be few indeed. In every man can be found some good traits. Underneath the surface mud there lies some "beautiful colors and contrasts.” W h v not look for the gold in mankind instead of the dross? The next time you pass the bleak walls of a prison and see the long lines of men in gray, just say to yourself, "There, but for the grace of God, stand I." V

Ever-Living Truth
By P e t e r W
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E D IT O R ’S N O T E :—P eter W o lfe is a n atio n ally known author, and h as contributed articles, stories, and verse to m an y leadin g periodicals. A t this time he has sev eral books re a d y for publi­ cation, Through his course in the technique of sto ry-w ritin g, he h as been the m eans of helping m any who have lite ra ry aspirations. F urther inform ation regard ing M r. W o lfe m ay be obtained from T h e R o s icru cia n D igest.

O N G ago, w hen the Incas builded on the Andes, and w h e n the M ayas watched the stars from their observ­ a to r y te m p le s , there was a living truth that gave vi­ tality to their lives and to their anci­ ent empires. This truth w as at first k e p t fro m th e masses, but as the centuries passed, teachers arose and spoke directly to the people. These teachers, Moses, LaoTze, Confucius, Zoroaster, Buddha, Christ and Kukulcan, have given essentially

the same message. This message was also taught by the r ishis or forest seers of India, and is preached by the sanyassins or free spirits of today along the banks of the Ganges. Essentially the message is this: M an is an immortal spirit, free in his inmost essence, though bound in appearance. T hat which binds him is self-limitation, not divine punishment: but he grows through struggle with his limitations. A n y man or woman anywhere can grow through this character-creating struggle, can become something finer than the average of mankind, and with no limit to this growth. There is a universal truth. In fact truth must be universal to be true—and in the proportion that man attains to

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this truth he is free of the self-imposed limitations that hamper him. Despite the limitations that harass you, you are an immortcfl spirit, and you can liberate yourself by an appeal to this universal truth. This truth is called by theologians God; by science it is called Law; by astronomers it is called Mathematics; by mystics it is called Love. Look for this Law and set it in opera­ tion in your life and you will begin to change for the better at once. Look for God, for Law, for Numbers (or H ar­ mony). In social life look for Love which expresses itself in mutual aid or cooperation. Do not however, dear friend, rest with merely recognizing the universal Law. T ry also to express it in specific situations or instances. T hat is, be more logical or scientific in your thinking. Be more affectionate and considerate in your personal and social life; thus call­ ing into play the law of Love. A nd seek for God, or the Absolute, in all things—■ so that you will be completely centered in truth. There is also another important as­ pect of truth. Harmony or balance in the arts leads to the creation of beauty, and beauty is a mighty factor in lifting the soul to the heights of real achievement. T ry to realize this. You, now ■ — w herever you a re —you are an immortal spirit. Nothing can destroy you, the real selfhood in you. There is a dynamic

spirit in your being that cannot be reached by disaster. It is this Self which you must find and cherish. You can see at once that this is a very inspiring belief. But practically all mo­ dern psychologists as well as all ancient teachers concur in this teaching. “C har­ acter is destiny,” they say—see Stefan Zweig's recent "Life of M ary Stuart.” Y ou really make yourself. If you are frank with self-analysis you will find this to be so. The hard part of this teaching is that your limitations are self made. So, my dear friend, if you accept the first part of this teaching, that you are immortal, you must accept the disagreeable truth that no one is holding you back but yourself. Stop, therefore, finding fault with external conditions and begin working with yourself. This process is called recreating the individual, and it is a strictly individual achievement, which neither the state nor the church can complete, though undoubtedly they can help. This is living philosophy. It is living in you. You are potentially divine. Recognize the spirit of God, of Truth, in you—and then begin to give it expression. W orks as well as faith. This truth is the pearl of great price spoken of in the gospels. This truth however is not to be taken as "religious truth.” It is the living truth of all life everywhere and forever.




Strength lies in the absence of fear, not in the quantity of flesh and muscle we may have on our bodies .—Mahatma Gandhi.

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T h e B e n ja m in F ra n k lin C h a p te r of A M O R C in P h ila d e lp h ia in v ite s y o u to s h a re in its a c tiv itie s — to e n jo y th e fu n c tio n s o f its se ssio n s. T h e r e y o u w ill m e e t p e rs o n s of like m in d , a n d y o u w ill b e a b le to p a r tic ip a te in u n iq u e e x p e rim e n ts a n d h e a r ex cellen t d isc o u rs e s. C h a p te r se ss io n s a re h eld e v e r y se co n d a n d f o u rth S u n d a y of th e m o n th , a t 7 : 3 0 p. m.. a t 1 8 7 1 R a n s te a d S tre e t. M e m b e rs n e e d o n ly p r e s e n t th e ir c re d e n tia ls to b e a d m itte d .

Along Civilization’s T ra il
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K. R. C.

E ditor’s N ote:—T h is is the fifteenth episode of a n arrativ e b y the Suprem e S e c re ta ry relating the experiences he and his p a rty had in v isitin g m ystic shrines and places in Europe and the ancient w orld.

E B O T H concen­ trated our digging a n d p ro b in g on the o n e p la c e in w h ic h w e h ad made o u r discov­ ery. W e were soon rew arded fo r our e ffo rts and w e t u r n e d up b ric k after brick, ea c h w e ig h in g a b o u t te n p o u n d s , a ll deeply and clearly inscribed in cuneiform, some bearing the inscription of Nebuchadnezzar’s name. Turning them over, w e saw that they had a sticky black substance smeared on them. 'Looks and smells like asphaltum." said Brower. ‘‘It is,” I replied, "the Babylonians had asphalt or bitumen pits, and they used this substance to coat their bricks just as w e use the same material today as a preservative on our roads and high­ w ays.” "And you will observe," I con­ tinued. “that it has done an excellent iob." W e hurried, for the hour was get­ ting late, to reduce the size o f the bricks —because of their w eight—with a ham­ mer we had for the purpose. W e knock­ ed aw ay all except the area containing the inscriptions. W e soon had a very representative collection, and one quite heavy. W e intended to take them back with us to America for the Rosicrucian Museum. In fact, they are now part of
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the collection to be seen in the Baby­ lonian and A ssyrian gallery of the Rosicrucian Museum. In this same palace where w e were making our discoveries an outstanding tragedy had happened. A lexander the G reat, after successfully putting to rout the arm y of Darius, the Persian king who occupied Babylon at that time, and taking over Babylon himself, w as mur­ dered in this palace at the height of his power, and, it is said, while in a drunk­ en stupor. Near here, in this series of earth mounds, w as the ruins of a li­ brary. Ashurbanipal, last A ssyrian king, and grandson o f Sennacherib, built him­ self a great library at Nineveh, A ssyrian city located north of the present city of Bagdad. This was centuries before the great Alexandrian Library o f the Greeks. He had thousands of clay tab­ lets inscribed in cuneiform writing placed in jars. These stone books, for this is what they were, w ere placed in rows on shelves, properly classified. There w ere thousands of them, devoted to the subjects of science, history, vari­ ous phases of literature and religion. Hanging from the top of each was a little straw tag giving the title of the tablet, or the subject of the book. Some of these books w ere later filed in a library built in Babylon, and they have not yet been discovered. The great library of Nineveh has been found; that is how we know o f

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these books and their classification, and most of its stone books which lay in a heap when the building crumbled are now in the British Museum in London. On some of these tablets are found parts of the story of the flood mentioned in the O ld Testament. The legend, as it also appears in the O ld Testament, tells of the hero building a large boat on which he took his w ife and a pair of each of the animals, and that all other humans and animals were destroyed by the deluge, and that finally when the flood subsided, he and his w ife and the animals were left to perpetuate them­ selves as the only living things. This story is undoubtedly based upon an actual local flood within that region, and o f course it was thought by the early writers to have been a deluge o f the whole world. It was passed perhaps by word of mouth, or even by tablet, to the Egyptians, thence to the Hebrews, and it was finally incorporated in the C hris­ tian literature. W e loaded our camera equipment into the car, also the inscribed stones, for our porter would not help us with them. T hey w ere to him taboo; that is, untouchable. A curse, so the natives be­ lieved, would be inflicted upon those who disturbed the property of the dead. The Assyrians, like the Egyptians, threatened trespassers and those who would violate their sacred precincts with oaths of vengeance. Ashurbanipal, for example, declared in cuneiform w rit­ ing on each stone tablet o f his library (each book, in other w ord s), that "who­ soever shall carry off this tablet or shall inscribe his name upon it side by side with my own, may A ssur and Belit (gods) overthrow him in w rath and anger, and may they destroy his name and posterity in the land.” N ow we began to realize w h y they feared to visit this site. Strange, too, since w ork­ ing in the palace rooms I felt rather ill. Beads of cold perspiration stood out on my forehead, unusual for this climate. I felt exceptionally tired. M y head throbbed slightly. I laughed to myself, and said, "the power of suggestion." Relieved of our burdens, we climbed over several mounds to another large pile of crumbling brick. It is referred to by some authorities as the remains of the Towel of Babel, mentioned in the O ld Testament. The Babylonians, con­

trary to popular knowledge, built many large towers. The one to which the Old Testament refers w as just one of many similar structures. The predecessors of the Babylonians w ere the Sumerians, a people who came from a mountain land far to the north, and finally settled on this plain which they named the plain of Shinar. In their home land they w or­ shipped in temples on mountain tops a god named Enlil. He was the god of the earth. T o simulate the mountain temples they built great tower temples which w ere cube-like in shape. The base w as nearly as large in area as the heighth of the structure. Surrounding the base was a great stone courtyard. On one side three large inclines or ramps made it possible to reach the first two levels of the tower, and from there a gradual incline continued around the entire structure, making it possible to reach the tow er top. On the top was the actual temple itself in which dwelt the priests, and in which the ceremonies were conducted. Koldewey, German excavator and archaeologist, has reconstructed, from the plans he made of the ruins of Baby­ lonian tower temples, complete models showing how they actually appeared in ancient times. The highest of these tow ­ ers was probably some four hundred feet, which, like the great pyramid of Gizeh, looked by comparison to the surrounding level terrain much greater. O f course, to the captive Hebrews, this god of the Babylonians was a false one, and the worship of him on such a high edifice, reaching, it seemed, into the clouds, was a defiling of the sanctuary of their own god, consequently the story of the T ow er o f Babel. These tower temples contributed to later architecture and w ere first copied during the Hellen­ istic period. The w orld’s first lighthouse, on Pharos Island, outside the ancient port of A lexandria, Egypt, was a copy of these tower temples. It, in turn, be­ came the model for the Mohammedan minarets. A s w e pondered among these ruins, in our mind’s eye we could see the Hebrew slaves, naked except for loin cloth, with matted hair and beards, fet­ tered with bronze chains and anklets, toiling, sweating, and stumbling in their misery and near exhaustion, in the blaz­ ing sun under the lash of the whips of

their Babylonian captors, making and Then the sound of my name crashed carrying the brick which w as raising a down upon me like a bolt of lightning. tower for the worship of the god of It shattered the vista before me; towers, their oppressors, offering prayers silent­ palaces, streets, peoples, slaves— they all fell into mere parts like a jigsaw puzzle ly for their deliverance — prayers, the echo of which still ring in the chapters dropped abruptly on pavement. T hey of the O ld Testament. Cruelty, yes. melted before my eyes, and through the Unnecessary—yes, also. But the cus­ mist there appeared the face o f Frater tom neither began with the Babylonians Brower. He was speaking, but his voice nor did it end with them. This much can was still distant: then it gradually grew be said o f the Babylonians: T heir per­ stronger as though it w ere approaching secution of the Jews was not primarily me from afar. He was shaking me by a religious one, but a political one. Judea the shoulder and saying, " W h at is the being a subordinate state and a rebel­ matter with you? W h y don't you an­ lious one, its w arriors became political swer me? W e must get back. A re you prisoners of the Babylonians, not religi­ ill? You are extremely pale." I realized ous ones. Persian, Lydian, and A ssyrian now I must have fainted momentarily prisoners were treated likewise by them. while seated on the sub-foundation w ail Today, N O W , the Jews suffer persecu­ o f this tower temple. A nd yet, how tion again but in this d ay and age it is clear had been my experience, how not principally political persecution but vivid in all its details, hardly like an religious or racial persecution, which is hallucination that comes from an or­ a far greater reflection upon the level of dinary lapse of objective consciousness. intelligence of an age than the punish­ I was ill, extremely so; I burned with fever. M y mouth w as parched and I ment of a people because of political uprising. w as badly nauseated. I found it difficult to draw myself O ver and over again, like a leer, the back into my immediate surroundings. words of the Babylonian execration im­ M y thoughts seemed so easily to restore ploring the gods to punish despoilers these ruins into the gloriously beautiful coursed through my mind. I attempted structures they once were. Ethereal to ridicule myself as I lay in the back of throngs pushed b y me, jostled me; the bouncing car heading again toward strange sounds came to my ears. It Bagdad. I thought of the dozen or more seemed that the citizenry of this ancient volumes I had read quoting the author­ place w ere again going to and fro, at­ ities of the w orld, and of the Rosicru­ tired in their costumes o f yore, occupied cian teachings, all of which discredited with their interests of four thousand this superstitious belief, yet mocking me years ago. I was an unseen spectator of was this ailment, the discomfitures of their daily life. M y own life and rimes which gave the oaths a more vivid became a vague dream, difficult to realism to my semi-delirious mind than realize. T o think of the present was an anything which I could recall having effort. In fact, the present w as unreal. read or studied. Reason gave w ay to I was slipping back into the past where fantasy. I pictured m yself as the victim I felt, somehow, I rightly belonged. whose life was to be given to prove the Further, I felt as though I were re­ mysterious potency of these ancient lieved of a burden, like one returning curses. I had been chosen to vindicate from a journey o f responsibility in a the Babylonians, to discredit the stigma distant land. I w as now among friends, modern science had placed upon the yet something continually annoyed me, forces which they w ere said to invoke! a voice, faint, distant, but distinct, kept Several days of quiet, after a diag­ calling me. I could not avoid it. If I nosis of my case as mild tropical fever listened, this joyous procession, this combined with intestinal influenza, Babylon of which I w as now a part, caused possibly by an insect bite on the became hazy. I decided to get aw ay desert, saw me rally sufficiently to pre­ from this voice, to move along with the pare for the trek back across the desert. people about me, to enter into their O ur trail was now to lead northward spirit and mood. I rose, but I seemed to and w estw ard like the flow of the an­ float: surprising to me, yet a pleasure, cient civilization whose sites we had was the sensation. been visiting. (T o be continued)

OBSERVATIONS ON THE L A W OF HARMONY By F r a t e r F r a n c i s J. I n g m a n , F. R. C.
P R IN G T IM E and June! It spells Ro­ m an ce to e v e r y youth. It is a wild and flighty epoch fo r youngbloods, as the e n d o c rin e glands make their seasonal s h i f t in balance. There is no study quite so encouraging a n d consoling, in con­ te m p la tin g th e prodigious problems facing the future generation, as that of observing our youth. The beginning and blossoming of romance is alw ays more interesting than the culminating. A nd that inquirous and ascertaining method of parry and ban­ ter, is found in the ever magical realm of the n arrator’s and poet's exploitation — romantic glances! W in d ow s of the Soul! Blue, brown, and hazel eyes, flashing forth their attractive glances, straining every iota of polarity that can be mustered. A nd when "boy meets girl" and finds a proximal range in the scale of attraction, w hat wonders of mental, emotional and physical upheav­ als belong to mystical understanding. To watch them together far exceeds the plotted drama, for now w e are watching soul-stuff in action—soul-stuff T he R osicrucian in adjustment, if you please, to the social conventions versus the terrific Digest stress of attraction. T o see them firmly Ju ly but graciously subdue these swells and 1938 primitive urges, is to visualize a gorge­ ous and beautiful step of our progress on the spiral stairw ay. W e cannot deny but what Love is a central fact in life. E very thought, ac­ tion, hope and anticipation, may be in some w a y linked with this profound emotion that has ever created peace and w ar, success and failure, compatibility or divorce, a life of endless turmoil or contentment. T o persistently shove Romance into a cold discussion o f scientific facts is both brutal and inhumane, we resolve, yet there are none of us but who will countenance an occasional digression, apprizing and crystallizing for us some pertinent laws and principles whose ap­ plications have long since skipped our minds. Shall we begin? W h e re the electrical is to be found, so also the magnetism or attraction of divergent polarities. No one can gain­ say that the boy is positive, aggressive, dominant; that the girl is negative, re­ cipient, and passive. It is but a matter of observation. Let us say then, that it is a most natural thing that polarities will woo and court one another. This relentless and universal action finds no vacuum; it is but a step from the labora­ tory of the chemist, physicist, botanist or biologist, to the parental home of active, searching, restless youth. A nd regardless of the site of observation, the Law of Attraction continually parades before the eyes of even the casual observer. M an is dual. W e are acquainted with physical body and objective mind; but above this function higher forces and the subjective mind. In this higher

realm lies control and direction for the low er—"as above so below.” Now mind rules and governs the body, and no one then dares say but what romantic attraction originates in our higher forces. I believe agreement is universal that all lasting romance must be of a mental and spiritual nature. T o deny this is to deny duality. But our personal summations are not all alike. A s a composite, we have my­ riads of degrees and gradations. Herein is found a clue to our personal likes and dislikes regarding the personality of those repelled or attracted by us. In our Eternal Journey, it is as though w e were keys on a colossal piano-board,—each with a different pitch. Romance is very particular in applying the Laws of H ar­ mony— the gamut is so great. N or is pitch in itself enough: there must be taken into consideration the quality or timbre, and the precious overtones. Too. some of us stand at different levels on the G reat Clef, and we are prone to function best in certain or particular scales. By this far-fetched comparison, one may readily see that the subject and theorization of Scale Harmony, in its relation to the appealing subject of Ro­ mance, possesses far greater fascination than the fundamental Law of A ttrac­ tion. Thus far, we have a machinery set up, operating according to law and order, but with no rhyme nor reason. Is there a w hy, a purpose, a motive? Now in manner subtle mysterious, and intriguing (with quips and quirks positively baffling to man) on roll em­ pires, eras, and civilizations, replete with great loves that made history—yet motivated by the identical law s that govern even you and me. The low ly are affected precisely as the mighty, for law shows no favoritism. Can there be Law behind such a trivial thing as Romance; or shall w e indignantly inquire if the great emooon of Love must be subjected to such regularity, precision, and ac­ curacy as Law? Do not hasten to the conclusion. Sym pathy or intolerance can carry us far from our original premises, and cause us to cast fundamentals over­ board. I believe the M ystical Triangle will aid us in solving the question. W h e n two opposing lines meet, this crossing produces a new thing or mani­ festation. This intersection is the third

point or apex of the triangle. It is given us that man must replenish the earth. W e have a primal instinct for perpetuity of species. E very Soul must have a place of abode that it may gain in its objective: experience. In order to guarantee and secure this physical ob­ jective, offspring must be forthcoming. T o polish this crude but necessary pro­ cess, the method does not proceed helter-skelter. Quite the contrary: In­ tricate system, law and order prevail. N ow comes the procedure that intrigues youth and adult alike: Selectivity. T here is a boy for every girl in the w orld,—certainly! But not just any boy or any girl. In order to guarantee the optimal result there must be selection according to Harmony. This selection is the sum total of the Unconscious Mind and Personality, H eredity and Environ­ ment, Education and Culture. In fact, every possible factor of influence, which affects us in the least w ay, consciously or unconsciously, enters into the Selec­ tion Quantum. Regardless of our ap­ proach and observation, two obvious re­ sults appear to every reader musing on Romance: (1) it provides new experi­ ences for the parties concerned, ( 2 ) it makes for and creates a new and poten­ tial haven for offspring. The third point or apex is manifested when the breath o f life enters the newborn, and the M ystical T riangle is again fulfilled by Law. I have neither the inclination nor in­ tention o f walking into an y ambuscade or embroglio, which mav be so easily done in attempting the exploration of any by-lanes or side-roads in the field of Romance. The slightest inadvertence in premise sequence, and furor awaits participants. Let us hold then to gen­ eralities, and accept or reject Romance in the light of Harmony and Attraction. Spring and June! W e sit back in our chairs during sanctum quietness and solitude, and muse on the seemingly momentous past, present, and future. Sometimes w e are sad, sometimes speculative, yet alw ays happy when contemplating that all seed sown has invariably harvested One Elevated Step on the great ladder extending upward, a Step whose planning, erection, and execution, w e should confidently repose in the little men and women of to d ay— our Youth!

Rosicrucian Behaviorism
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Sovereign G rand M aster
cause they have heard that mystics dis­ approve of meat-eating or o f certain facets o f the marriage relationship; that mystics are ascetic, unworldly, imprac­ tical, and unsocial. W e do not expect mankind to attain illumination in one generation. There is a long stretch between the beginner on the path and the student ripe for il­ lumination. Anyone, for example, can learn to understand and appreciate music or art without making it a profes­ sion and it is not difficult to learn to play one instrument moderately well. The knowledge is a pleasure besides making you a finer type of individual. It is better that our nation be made up o f music lovers and people who enjoy spending leisure hours in practicing an instrument. It is better that our nation be made up o f lovers of art and people who like to dabble in paints, clay, and w ater colors and understand w hat a lithograph, a woodcut, and an etching are. W h a t an inspiration it would be for our artists and musicians if we were a nation o f music lovers and art lovers! The same principle holds true with mystic studies. W e w ant the w orld to be interested in mysticism, to admire and respect mystics, to appreciate the aims of mysticism, to honor the great mystics of the world. W e w ant the co­ operation of mankind. It is not im­ portant at present that every man and woman reach the sublime heights in this incarnation. It is not necessary that all

HETHER we wish to or not, w hether we like it or not, we find ourselves considered as rep­ resentatives o f the groups to w h ic h we b e lo n g . O ur family, our society, our church will be ju d g e d favorably o r u n f a v