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MAY 2 1st, 1921
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ONE REASON FOR OUR EXISTENCE
Th e British Ambassador, Geddes, recently said: Sir Auckland
"T h e next fifty years are going to be the most glorious or the most disastrous in the history o f the w orld. T h e present genera tion .cannot hope to see a successful end to the w orld revolution now in progress. The w ay out o f w orld turmoil must b e led b y those who keep in v iew three essentials, Beauty, Service and Truth. K eeping these three in view, civilization w ill sail safely. L e t one be occulted and civilization is in danger. L e t two be occulted and peril is nigh. L et three be occulted and civilization fails. Thus X ^B abylon fell, thus Egypt, thus R om e and > o u b t not, fell all the civilizations o f the past. > ^ d a y civiliz^akyr potters. M any o f our readers h ave heard in ou Flectures that the Rosicrucian teachings are pre pared around and upon a basis that is as d e v o id o f theories or hypotheses as is possible; and our high d egree thembers know that it has been our greatest ambition to make few er positive statements and have these based upon know ledge than to give a great many state ments and adm it afterwards that they w ere guesses or presumptions. W e have called your attention to the fact that science, today, yesterday, like unto last century, is filled with theories, and that it changes these theories, m odifies them ~o r makes them obsolete on short notice. W e have stated also that some o f science’ s fundamental propositions relating to the most important things in our lives and purporting to explain the most vital and in teresting conditions o f our existence, and the existence o f our universe and the operation o f nature’ s laws, are theories and not to be considered as laws, o r facts. W e have been criticized fo r making this statement and some have smiled and said that w e could not prove this statement. But, now let us call your at tention to what w e read in one o f the univers ally recognized authorities o f scientific mat ters, put upon the market within the past two years and being used b y researchers and scientific persons as indisputable authority. In true Rosicrucian spirit w e will not mention the name o f the publication nor the author
making the follow in g statements. W e are quoting from an explanation o f the nature and cause o f "T id e s ” and being interested in what relation man had to the tides w e w ere sur prised to read the follow in g statements. A fte r making an explicit statement o f how both the Sun and the M oon lull the waters o f the earth and d o so in inharmonious periods and rela tionship, and after going into v e ry minute facts o f heights, depths, and all the technicali- . ties that would puzzle the average investiga tor, w e com e to* this v e ry beautiful expression o f the scientific m ind: “ T h e foregoin g explanation is called the equilibrium theory o f ihe\^ides. It is very plausible, but u n f o r t u n a t e l y f a i l s to agree with the observed facts, thoiigh it1®^>£vertheless o f great ‘use in leading up to a theory. * * * Unfortunately, this theory is not in accord with observation. Ther€f are places where the high water comes as much as six hours aw ay from the meridian passage o f the moon. In other words, this equilibrium theory is at times in error b y the maximum possible amount. T h e trouble is that it tells us what w ould happen if the forces g o v e r y ^ ing the tides had plenty o f time to act.” / N o w w e ask our members to stop think and m entally say tdrTjiem selves wha*. they w ould say to us in letters and otherwise if any one o f our lectures closed one o f its scientific explanations with any such a p ology as this. A n d what w ould science 8c*y'of-tss— as mystics if w e adm itted that one o f our ex planations contained in it an error o f the maximum possible am ount? A fte r all, is it scientific know ledge w e want or m erely that simple, beautiful, unpainted, unmeasurable, uncenotaphed thing called Troth.
IS PRESIDENT H ARDIN G A M YST IC?
W e know that our President is a F ree mason, but he is also a mystic essentially, for read what he said recently: " I b elieve in prayer. I b elieve in prayer in the closet, for then one faces G od alone. 1 can understand how these Prophets o f old, in their anxiety, problem s and perturbations
THE TR IAN G LE]
T w o representatives o f our Order v.jfll visit certain R. C. Lodges in Europe this summer officially presenting and receiving certain pa pers and documents. The importance o f these matters w ill be revealed in September or October.
and preplexities, found courage and strength when they ‘gave their hearts to the ‘Great O m nipotent’ in prayer.” It is easy to picture the occasion when this statement was made and to whom, and why. LO D G E IT E M S
Some o f our members have sent us circulars which are being distributed by a publishing and supply company in N ew York, wherein a book on Rosicrucian Symbols is advertised as being “ an authoritative treatise cn construc tive symbolism b y the Imperator o f the A m er ican branch o f the Rosicrucian B'otherhood.” A ll o f which is very misleading. F or instance: W e have a copy o f the book among our relics o f Rosicrucian pretentions, and nowhere on the title page or elsewhere in the book can be found the statement that it was written or authorized b y “ The Imperator o f the American Branch o f the Rosicrucian Brotherhood.” In fact, the author’s name is veiled behind a In the mail received at headquarters in the coined, symbolic name and all the early ad past week were several interesting letters, ex vertising o f the book gave this same odd .name tracts from which w e give now : as the name o f the author. Furthermore the From Th e Unity School o f Christianity, m ovem ent originated b y the author and still Kansas C ity: “ It is our pleasure to bless your fostered by him as a prolific entelechy o f mys good work, and unite with you in the Spirit tic books, has always announced itself under a different title than the rather indefinite o f loving se-.»ce fo r humanity.” though insinuating title o f “ Am erican Branch Fi om the R ector o f one o f the largest M e o f the Rosicrucian Brotherhood.” It is o r morial Episcopal Churches in a large Eastern evident ths£ Jie^who^-pj^p^YetLthe circuy city: “ L e t m e assure y o i L o f j n y continued ap~—f t ^ d that it would be more profrtafe^ ^ a*., preciation o f the splendid w ork you are doing nounce the authorship in this new fashion bein leading souls through the Gates o f Truth. cause many are easily mistaken in their comIn one o f the high degree convocations when the members were sitting in soft blue light concentrating and watching the various centres o f violet lights pass through the room, one o f the brothers noticed that a brother sit ting near him was breathing so deeply as to affect the violet lights that came near him. Reaching over and tapping the brother on the brother quickly spoke and said: “ Oh, I am not asleep, I am simply practicing some deep breathing principles.” Then the other replied: “ Oh, I did not think you were asleep, but your breathing is blowing out m y lights.” From the editorial department o f a large w eek ly devoted to im proving conditions in Am erica comes the request fo r more informaS io n regarding the great w ork w e are doing. X . \rom Calcutta, India, came a ^ tte r the's S*4preme Magus o f the R. C. Illuminati ox the Oriefltrvu which letter the usual greetmgs and acknowledgment o f fraternal relationship preceded congratulations on our work and increasing power. In another letter from Vienna, Austria, there is a request fo r more intimate relations between our Am erican O rder and a very old group still existing under a charter granted by the Christian Rosenkreutz Council. A t e r» iAn d, from Pans France, has come a request tor the establishment o f a small L o d g e under our direction for those who visit Paris, th e request is signed b y one who is a mem" er J" . der 1 ” France and connected with the Masonic Grand Onent o f France. W e wish to announce that new membership certificates are to be issued to all members o f the O rder in Am erica who are now in or above the Fourth Grade. These certificates are in Latin and are issued under the name and power o f the International Order R. C. Prehension o f names and titles. There was a tline ™h e -n thls, au$ or and organization criticised the title Imperator and claimed that * was outside the pale o f Rosicrucian term m ology. But today,— ah, that is different! Surely none o f our members will be fooled, kut w }iat o f the seekers who are dazzled by an attractive title, high-sounding words and tempting indications? Th e new issue o f the Little Brown Casket has been com pleted in a new and attractive form with some slight additions to fit our new form o f propaganda. There has been such a continued request for this new edition that w e do not expect the present edition to last very long. Thousands o f copies would be used the first month if we were to ship the new edition in quantities to each lodge as we have heretofore, but w e will now await the expressed desires o f each Lodge. Inform your Lod ge Master or Secretary if you are planning to use many copies o f the Little Brown Casket, so that each Lod ge will know hoW many to have shipped’ Someone in the Grand Lod ge o f Florida has designed and had printed a very attractive paper seal to paste over the flaps o f envelopes. It has a gold cross in the centre containing a red rose and bears the legend in
gold " A d Rosam per Crucem.'* W e have not discovered who is responsible fo r this pretty c , evice, but w e shall learn, psychically or otherwise. Bro. Irwin Winterhalder, the Swiss sculptor whose huge statue ‘ ‘Th e End o f the T ra il" was admired by millions at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, and is repro duced in photographs and wall plaques in every city, is engaged now in making eight large wall panels in relief, depicting in E gyp tian figures, and hieroglyphs the principle events and features o f our O rder and its work. Th e panels will be donated to the California Grand L o d g e and arrangements w ill be-m ade to have dup icates for any L o d g e desiring to decorate their own Tem ples with them. Those o f our members who have fo r a year or more sought from headquarters the recommendation o f an efficient, sincere and dependable astrologer connected with our O rder and worthy o f the confidences neces sarily placed in his hands, w ill be glad to know that w e now recommend he who has becom e an associate o f the Executive Staff as w ell as Official A strologer to the Imperator. H e is prepared to calculate and mathematicalinscribe a birth map fo r those who desire g p d render an interesting, enlightening and ■ I reading oJLjtb^ ^yiijjbolical indications ^\ka£U>iis found therein accOrding^to— the true and ancient system o f astrology. Please write direct to him for his terms and requisite data. A d d ress: Mr. H ow ard Breeding, 1255 Market Street, San Francisco, California. W e would suggest that if you have never had a true and conscientious astrological de lineation o f your life or character made, that you have one made. It opens a new vista and teaches many wonderful principles which your bias or prejudice toward astrology may have kept from your understanding. To know one’ s natural though undeveloped or half-developed abilities, to have suggested one’ s greatest talents and fortitudes as w ell as one’ 8 weaknesses, is unquestionably a great help, making fo r success and more rapid p rog ress in this period o f evolution. T o know also when and how the greatest success may attend one’ s endeavors through co-operation with natural or planetary laws is even more important. Parents should not overlook the value of such a character delineation o f their children as a guide for the present and future. The Grand Lod ge o f Florida is planning to have its own Tem ple and the scheme includes an attractive reading room as well as an office for the Grand Secretary. The Supreme Grand Master is arranging to m ove his office and home to San Francisco so as to be in closer contact with the work and
with the greatly increased activities o f the order due to the unusual stimulus that has com e to it during the past six months. We will hail with great delight the close compan ionship and help o f our beloved Brother. T h e Grand L o d ge o f Massachusetts has re cently changed some, o f the features o f its T em p le and have added an additional office to their suite o f rooms fo r the convenience o f their members. The L o d g e is growing with enthusiasm and in number o f members. Th e Grand L o d ge o f Pennsylvania reports increased activity among its members in the various-lines o f w ork and are m^tiflfl^arrangements fo r increased member^r*^ v— ^ . A large L o d g e is being hfganized in St. Louis with the help o f a number o f our mem bers who are located there and w h o are g iv ing a great deal o f time to the establishment o f an important center o f a large territory. A n interesting proposal regarding the new form of, propaganda and the acceptance o f the members into the order, and also bearing upon the initiation fees for new members is being submitted to a!F't “the Masters o f the Lodges since they c o n stitu te the Supreme Council. Their vote upon this proposal will make it a law. A ll our members are urged to speak to the Master o f the L o d ge regard^/ ing the changes-contained in this propbsaFrfS. ' fo re they invite seekers to becom e members hf our order and in this w ay avoid any error in regard to initiation fees and the method o f accepting new members. If any o f our members have any music writ.- ' ten for, or suitable for, the cello, which? they feel they can dispose with, it woulcLbe appre ciated if they would send i£-*o Headquarters addressed to the Supreme SigbT'- - -IT1 ' -i**, News regarding Lodges is scarce this month because Lodges have not appointed a reporter in each group to send us items and w e wish that this would be done right a w a y " because w e want to make the Triangle brim full o f interesting items regarding each Lqdge, the activities o f its members, or personal mat ters o f interest to all. If any o f our members have bound sets o f Ephemerides (A strological Alm anacs) which they no longer have any use for and would care to send them to Headquarters, they would be very much appreciated. The N ew York Grand Lod ge has elaborated upon the plan o f holding a monthly general meeting o f members and hereafter will add music and an appropriate form o f entertain ment and refreshments. This plan should be adopted b y every Lod ge even if such special (monthly meetings are held at some home or at some other special place so that the mem-
T H E T R IA N G L E o f the higher Lodges should write to th/e H ead quarters in California for application blank and information. Study Groups are becoming more numerous each month and We cannot possibly mention them all in this small paper.
bers will have an opportunity o f becoming shatter acquainted and fraternizing upon a so cial basis. W e note that some o f the eastern lodges during the summer time hold monthly outings or trolley trips and this plan might be made more general in localities where there is Warm and pleasant weather in the summer. The Master o f the Delta Lod ge in Philadel phia has invited the members o f the N ew Y o rk Grand Lod ge to com e to Philadelphia and spend a day visiting some interesting and historical sites in Fairmont Park. The Grand Lodge o f Michigan at Flint will hold two initiations (i of new members during, the r n / ^ ^ o f M ay and report that they do not lilr jf e i r Lod ge for the sum mer despite*'tLb warm weather.
M O NTH LY PRAYER The prayer for this month is taken from the very old and authentic ritual o f the Mithriac Cult, a complete copy o f which ritual was found in the great Paris Magic Papyrus in the Bibliotheque Nationale and is o f the fourth century A . D. * * * “ Hear Me, M y Father, Father o f all father hood, Boundlef^ Light, W ho are in the Treas W e hear so much these days about Black ure of Light! M ay the Supporters come, who Magic and sometimes the words are spelled'' -i& eoeven Virgins o f Light who preside with a capital B and a capital M. The y 'over the Baptism of L ife ! M ay they come is dignified because i K represents an iipk .and baptize M y disciples with the V/ater of -elemestu lFis so ridiculous. L ife o f the' Seven Virgm s of T ig h t, and wasp out in our magazines o f the past that the only away their sins and purify their iniquities, and ■power that resides in Black Magic is in the fear number them among the heirs o f the Kingdom that each person may have o f it. It should of Light!” never be given thought, never even admitted to have existence, and w e would be justified JS So many of our members are familiar with in excommunicating from our Lodges and our o n l y the last two lines o f this poem that we Groups those members who like to use the thought it well to publish it in fu ll: term, and try to instill fear o f it in the hearts and minds o f others. The only destructive ■ j H E C A P T A IN O F M Y SO U L process that might be called Black Maggie is K ^j>Jght that covers me, that process which reverts upon and consumes Black as the pit from pole to pole, and destroys the person who is attempting to 1 thank whatever Gods there be send forth evil toward another, but this is not For my unconquerable Soul. Black Magic, it is Nature’s W hite Jlfegic~fbim the fell clutch o f circumstance teaching men a great lesson, and should teach I have not winced nor cried aloud, us that we need have no fear or even need to Under the bludgeonings of chance, protect ourselves against the evil intentions o f M y head is bloody, but unbowed. others so long as we live uprightly and do our Beyond this place o f wrath and tears. best at all times. Looms but the horror o f the shade, ANNOUNCEMENT And, yet the spectre o f the years, Finds and shall find me unafraid. It is our plan to slightly increase the size o f It matters not how strait the gate H ow charged with punishment the scroll, I am the Master of my fate, ■ ■_ I am the Captain of my Soul. T L Henley.
A new book has been published b y the Egyptian Exploration Society i n Boston, Massachusetts, entitled Th e Rock /Tom bs o f El Amarna. Th e book contain^ many of Am enhotep’ s hymns and writings,/ fo r it must be remembered that it was he w*ho built the city o f El Am arna and who had/ most o f the mystical writings engraved uponv the walls o f the Tem ple and Tom bs there so as to be pre served for the future. W e are delighted with the fact that some o f the hymnal which appear in this official book, and given to the reading public fo r the first time, are identical with those which are found in the rituals w e have been using for some years. W ithin recent years this man’ s life has become o f intense interest to the philosophical and religious world, and w e hope to see him given the proper credit and praise as w ell as adoration due a man so gpreat as he.
APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP ‘ ^ Those desiring to receive the teachings of this order and wishing to become a member of one of the weekly study groups or enter one
the Triangle beginning with a near issue by adding an insert sheet On which will be pub lished two long articles, the one being a story for the children of our members to read, giv ing them helpful principles and the other im portant points to our members in regard to the Rosicrucian method of educating children. W e trust our members will put the&e triangles in places where they will fall into the hands of seekers and thereby do good missionary work.
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