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N E of the subjects of mystical, m eta physical or orien tal p h i l o s o p h y which s e e m s to puzzle the W e s t ern -W o rld t y p e of mind, perhaps more t h a n any other subject, is that o f K a r m a . T h e very w ord it self appears to be so m ysterious and undefinable that it creates the im pres sion in the minds of m any casual read ers of mystical and oriental literature that Karma is an indefinite som ething that is the cause of all of our suffering, illness, unhappiness, m isfortune and despondency. T h e free and liberal m an ner in which the w ord and the law are represented, as translated and explained by self-appointed teachers of mystical and m etaphysical theories, and the glib m anner in which thousands of misin formed students and readers use the w ord to explain all the personal events of life, have led to a greater m isunder standing of the real principles repre sented by this w ord than of any other principle associated w ith the very broad field of mystical and occult philosophy. Briefly stated, the w ord K arm a’’ is an oriental and unfortunately chosen and popularly adopted term for w hat is known as the "Law of C om pensation.” T his law represents that form of spir-
Rosicrucian i! ual and w? rJ dl>; ac.ti° n ^ * hich the thoughts and deeds or hum an beings are d ig e s t balanced. T his process of balancing Septem ber may be likened to the familiar process 1937 of nature w hereby one reaps w hat one
sows. T h e law has efficiently dem on strated itself in the lives of millions of human beings and is a very definite principle, made m anifest by many ex periences in the understanding of every sincere student of mysticism and m eta physics. It shows that we can and do bring upon ourselves in the immediate or m ediate future the conditions and circum stances which constitute our lot in life. T hrough our observation of the working of the law, we are w arranted in believing that it is an immutable law and that it will w ork in the distant here after as well as in the present cycle of time and that we can and do create for ourselves in the future after-life many of the circum stances and conditions with which we will have to contend. T h ere is ample proof of the truth of the statem ent that everything that occurs in life is due to some cause, and every cause has its definite effect. In the sp ir itual and social w orld it has proved that we cannot do a kindness or an injury to another human being, or even to a dumb animal, so-called, w ithout some day in some w ay making adequate and just com pensation for our act, or receiving just and adequate recom pense for our act. In carefully w atching, studying, and analyzing events in the course of our lives, m any thousands of us have learned beyond any question of a doubt that we can and do create for ourselves events and conditions in the near or distant future, by the thoughts we hold, the thoughts we express, the motives behind our acts, and the acts them selves. W e have learned also that there is no w ay of avoiding the Law of Karm a or the Law of C om pensation exT w o hundred eighty-four
cept by making com pensation an d a d justing the balance of the scale either before the law forces us to do so, or w hen the dem and of the law is upon us and we are w ithin its grasp. A nd we have learned th at no unkind ness and no kindess, no unjust or just thought or deed, or unm erciful or merciful act or plan that goes into ac tion, ever escapes the Karmic records or goes uncom pensated, unadjusted or unbalanced. It m ay take m onths or years before the inevitable results of our acts are brought home to our attention o r com pensation is m ade, but the law is as positive an d sure in its w orking as is the so-called law of the M edes an d the Persians. M an and his arbitrarily m ade laws for the civic conduct of citizens an d the social and ethical an d moral conduct of peoples m ay attem pt to ad ju st and punish or com pensate individuals for their acts, but such punishm ent or com pensation is never as just, never as merciful, never as - considerate, and never as sure and efficacious as is the inevitable operation of the law of Karm a. W e have said th a t the law is im m utable, and we mean by th at th at we mean to say it is a divine principle or divine law created by God, and in no wise co n trary to H is divine principles of mercy, justice, forgiveness and love. A nd the law of com pensation or Karm a is not a blind, cold, mechanical thing th at dem ands an eye for an eye an d a tooth for a tooth as man dem ands in his arbitrarily m ade law. Such a pro cess is never wholly just, is never merci ful, an d most of all is never constructive or benefiicial to the individual and to society, w hereas the law of Karm a n aturally and eternally seeks to be con structive and w holly beneficial to the individual and to the society of in dividuals. B ut for some strange reason—prob ably due to the m isrepresentation of the true law of Karm a and to the lack of intelligent understanding of it-—m any thousands of casual readers of mystical philosophy and m any early students of such philosophies believe, along w ith some of the Theosophical leaders and the leaders of other so-called hum ani
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tarian and m ystical movements, th at all suffering is Karmic. T h is belief is undoubtedly based upon logical fallacy often stated as: “All m isdeeds lead to suffering, therefore all suffering is due to m isdeeds.’’ If the law of com pensation is a just and merciful and constructive law, as w e m ust consider it to be if it is uni versally active, and therefore a uni versal law of divine origin, it m ust make com pensation for good deeds as well as dem and adjustm ent for evil deeds. T h e fairness and justice of the operation of the law in both w ays appeals to our good sense and at once brings out the absurdity of the idea that the law of com pensation is only a form of punish m ent for misdeeds. I have inferred that the w ord “ K arm a” is an unfortunately chosen w ord as a nam e or title for the “ Law of Com pen sation.” T o m any students of oriental philosophy and to m any of the oriental minds the w ords “ K arm a” implies only suffering, or the trials and tribulations of life. Therefore, it is not a good term to describe the Law of C om pensation. F o r unless our good deeds w ere com pensated and rew arded, if by nothing more than the personal pleasure and happiness we get out of doing good, man would not be tem pted or inclined to live a noble life, to do good unto others, and to contribute freely to the constructive, uplifting progress of civili zation. If man w ere only punished for the evil he did, he w ould neither be de terred in his evil actions nor m otivated an d inclined to do good in place of evil. M ost of m an's arbitrarily m ade laws re lating to our social, ethical, moral and civic conduct provide forms of punish m ent for our evil acts, even to the de m and of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But a review of the history of civilization since its daw n up to the present moment proves very convincing ly th at the th reat or promise or pro vision of punishm ent for evil acts has not lessened crime nor lessened the am ount of evil done by those who are in clined tow ard evil doing. If w e w ere to take out of our scheme of things all of our natural desires to rew ard good deeds and to give praise or com pensation or acknow ledgm ent to
the good th at is done and to encourage those w ho try to do good, we would soon find more evil in the w orld than good, despite any Cosmic or m an-m ade law of punishm ent for the commission of evil. T h e operation of the Law of C om pensation alone would be sufficient reason for the hum an individual to strive to do good, to be tem pted to do good rather than evil. O u r good acts, our good thoughts, our good intents and good motives bring their rich rew ards inevitably and as surely as our evil acts and motives and intents and purposes bring some form of suffering, some form of chastisem ent, some form of denial or adjustm ent which im presses upon us the fact th at we cannot be unjust, unfair, and unkind to man and G od w ithout having the lesson or principle brought to our attention in that form or that de gree or th at nature or th at time, or under those conditions w hen the chas tisem ent or correction will be the most impressive and the most constructive. T h e idea, however, th at all suffering, all illness, all pain, all sorrow , all dis appointm ent, and all so-called bad luck is a Karmic result of some similar or dissim ilar unkindness or evil act or in tent on our part, or th at all blessings, all rew ards from G od or man, from the Cosmic or from w orldly society, or all joy or all happiness or all so-called good fortune is also the Karmic result of good deeds and kind acts and con structive thoughts on our part, is an absurdity. T h ere are m any causes for some of our illnesses, some of our m isfortunes, some of our unhappiness, and some of our trials and tribulations th at have no relation to any evil or unfortunate or erroneous act or thought, consciously or unconsciously perform ed or expressed by us, either in this life or any previous life. W h ile it is undoubtedly true that our lot in life today is very greatly the result and the accum ulated effect of w hat we did and did not do in previous years or previous times, on the other hand, life is daily fraught w ith unex pected, unanticipated, and seemingly The Rosicrucian undeserved blessings, benedictions, rich rew ards and magnificent opportunities. D ig est A nd each day brings its incidental trials Septem ber and tribulations and various forms of 1937 sorrow and suffering, either in a minute
or large degree, from no cause th at is rem otely associated w ith yesterday, or yesteryear, or an y preceding y ear of our life, or any act or thought per formed by us a t any previous time. T h e idea, for instance, th at the three little girls who w ere brutally and fiend ishly m urdered during the last days of June of this year in S outhern C alifornia by a m adm an and an individual of crim inal instincts an d passions w ere victims of a Karmic action and m ust have committed some acts or possibly some act in their present lives or pre ceding lives which brought upon them this unfortunate tragedy, is an unsound idea, and unsupported by logical reason ing and by an analysis of all universal laws. In the first place, if we are to be lieve that all the suffering, all the pain and sorrow , and all the illness and mis fortune which comes into our lives is w holly and solely decreed by Cosmic Law operating as Karm a, then we would have to assum e or believe that the individual w ho so fiendishly and brutally m istreated these three very young children and then m urdered them w as acting as an instrum ent for the law of Karm a and w as a channel through which th at law operated. In other w ords, if we assum e th at w hat occurred to these three children w as Cosmically decreed through the Karmic law, then the man accused by the police, and looked upon as a criminal, and classified as out of harm ony w ith all Cosmic and divine principles is, after all, an instru ment of the Cosmic, a w orker in G od’s vineyard, a channel through which one of the divine laws operates, and there fore he should neither be punished by man for w h at he did nor should he suffer at the hands of the law of Karma for the crime he seems to have com mitted. C ertainly it would be unjust of the Law of C om pensation or the law of K arm a for it to choose an individual to carry out a divine decree of Karm a and ravage, mutilate, and then m urder three young children w ho could not have committed any crime in this incarnation to deserve such punishm ent, and then punish the instrum ent w hich the Cosmic chose for carrying out its divine decree. In other w ords, can you consistently believe that the law of Karm a is just if
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it selects an d then causes and empowers a man to commit a horrible crime against life and society, and then punishes th at man for fulfilling the divine mission th at w as decreed? If, on the other hand, you should w ant to argue, as some of the unthink ing occult students argue, th at since the man acted as an instrum ent or channel for the fulfillment of the Karmic law in the case of the three children, he should be allow ed to go free of any m an-m ade punishm ent or Cosmic punishm ent, then in such a case you w ould have to adm it o r assum e that there are crimes which an individual can or may commit against God or G o d ’s children, against uni versal laws, against life and against society, an d for which the individual will never be punished and never cen sored, an d should not receive even con dem nation a t the hands of man. G od an d the Cosmic laws w orking in accordance w ith G od's scheme of things have the right, the privilege, and the prerogative of bestow ing upon man cer tain blessings, benedictions and re w ards, certain unexpected and unantici pated advantages or opportunities which will enable him to m aintain or continue his mission in life or to help others or carry out a Cosm ically inspired plan of hum anitarianism , or to bring resulting advantages to society generally or add one more step to the progress of civili zation. T h ese advantages an d blessings and benedictions m ay come in this m anner to individuals w ho have not directly or indirectly earned them or deserved them through any definite act or thought in the p ast which could be logically or reasonably interpreted as a direct cause of the blessings and bene dictions. T h ere is some cause, of course, for the results th at have been m ade m anifest, but th at cause need not be w holly or solely of a Karmic nature. W h a t the individual does w ith these blessings and advantages, these bene dictions and these opportunities, m ay be the cause of future Karmic action, but they are not alw ays the result of some Karmic action. T h e sam e is true of u n fortunate things th at come into our lives. U ndoubtedly G od often grants to us or visits upon us m any blessings and aw ards, m any forms of trials and tribu
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lations for the sake of testing us or giv ing us an opportunity to test ourselves, or contributing to the general scheme of things as a channel or an instrum ent. M uch good has come into the lives of m any individuals through suffering, through trials and tribulations, and even through spells of illness w ithout the action of the law of Karm a. W e grow spiritually, and in every elem ent of character and m akeup of personality, through the things w e experience, both good and evil, both happy and unhappy. T o make all of the experiences of life a direct result of previous acts would be to put the whole of life upon a purely mechanical basis, and w ould leave no provision for the intervention of G od or the spontaneous expression of G o d ’s rights or privileges. It w ould reduce the universal scheme of things to an un intelligent system of action and re action, w ith no progressive outlook, no anticipatory consideration, no evolu tionary factor, and no divine elem ent of mercy and love. P erhaps the Rosicrucian O rd e r is the only mystical organization operating in the W e ste rn and oriental w orlds today w hich has this distinct and com prehen sive understanding of the law of Karm a and the Law of Com pensation; but that is no reason w hy all Rosicrucians should not do their utm ost to u n d erstand the m atter thoroughly, com petently, and interpret their understanding and spread a com prehension of it among those persons w ho are unacquainted w ith the real facts and w ho do not have this correct understanding. W e should all do our utm ost to correct the false im pression th at exists in regard to the true nature of the law of Karm a and the true operation of the Law of Com pensation. A nd in answ er to the inevitable ques tion th at will be asked, “ H ow can one tell or determ ine w hether a condition th at has come upon an individual, either good or bad, is a result of Karm a or of direct divine decree?" Let me add th at the cause of any m ysterious or u n explained occurrence in our present lives is not so im portant as our realiza tion of the lesson to be learned from the occurrence. If we receive a t any time a rich rew ard or an incidental rew ard, a
blessing or a benediction, an oppor tu nity or an advantage, let us give thanks to G od and the Cosmic for it and realize th at w hatever m ay have been the cause th at brought it about, our obligation and our duty now is to unselfishly, lovingly, and constructively use it. If illness or sorrow , disappoint m ent or disadvantage comes to us, in stead of searching into the rem ote past for a probable cause, we should strive to learn the lesson th at the situation m ay include, and do our utm ost to over come an d m aster the conditions and
thereby strengthen our character and ad d to our wisdom, an d determ ine to so live our lives from day to day th at we shall not earn again a sim ilar experience through any possible Karmic action, an d be prepared to meet such a con tingency in the future. In this wise we will be harm onizing w ith universal Cosmic law in turning all of our experi ences, good and bad, and all of our situations, circum stances, and incidents of life, to good advantage for the bene fit of ourselves and the benefit of m an kind generally.
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" P u t a bridle on th y tongue; set a guard before th y lips, lest the words o f thine ow n m outh destroy th y peace." “ U n to T h ee I G ra n t.” jO W quickly the ready reto rt springs to our lips, the vibra tions of anger flow out from ourselves, increasing the an ger of our aggressor. O u r w ords sting the h eart of our fellow being. A ngry and hurt he tries to th ru st w ords th at will w ound us as much or more than our w ords have w ounded him. Coals heaped upon coals ’till the heat scorches our very souls and w e drag ourselves aw ay to nurse our wounds. D eep inside we feel a sense of sham e. W e have h u rt a brother. W e have been the instrum ent th at has caus ed misery, pain. T h e day has become darkened because of us! If we could but erase those w ords spoken in the heat of anger! But they have been spoken; they ©........................................................................... have accom plished their purpose. Is our grief caused by self-pity, or is it in sham e we weep as our inner being cries out against us and grieves for the errors we have created? H ow sw eet the rew ard if w e can m aster our tongue for th at tem pting moment! If we can hold the silence or give the soft answ er th at checks w rath as cool w ater upon fevered lips; if vi brations of love and understanding flow out in place of the destructive ones of anger, will not the result be w orthy of the effort to curb our passion? W h a t joy will be ours, w h at bliss, as w e see the clouds blow over, an d the face of our fellowman brighten w ith joy. W e have given him those happy m oments, we have helped him, just a little, through the journey. W e have created! C reated harm ony and peace. O u r being is b a th ed in the glow of perfect joy; the outer man is in accord w ith the inner. O u r moment is full! •Q
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By the C o n v e n t io n S e c r e t a r i e s LL of our members and friends will be glad to know that our recent Inter national C onven tion — from July 11 to July 17 — w a s o n e o f th e largest, finest and most happy g ath erings of members and delegates that the o r g a n i z a t i o n has ever had. It would take too m any pages of T h e Rosicrucian D igest to report all of the events, incidents and detailed routine activities of this great C onvention, but we feel th at it is only fair to a large ma jority of our members, and proper for our perm anent records th at the interest ing highlights of this great C onvention should be presented in this publication. E very member will find in these high lights some interesting, inspiring and helpful ideas. M ore than three w eeks before the opening of the C onvention, students for the R ose-C roix U niversity courses be gan to arrive, and since they alw ays re main throughout the C onvention, we can really say th at C onvention dele gates and members began to come to Rosicrucian P ark early in June, and now, in the first week of A ugust, we find a num ber of them still in the city. A s has been the custom for m any years, a num ber of those w ho visited R osicru
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cian P ark and C alifornia for the first time have decided to remain, an d are buying or renting or even building homes here. T h e w onderful climate, the beautiful scenery, the w onderful selec tion of fruits and vegetables at economi cal prices, sim ply astonish m any who live in the eastern part of U nited States, an d who have been dream ing of some day finding a garden spot in which to live. T h is valley in w hich San Jose and Rosicrucian P ark are located has been know n for years as “T h e V alley of H e a rt’s D elight” and the average visitor looks upon it as we do, as the nearest possible approach to a paradise on earth. O n S aturday, July 10, an d all day S unday, July 11, trains and automobiles brought delegates an d members to the city in large groups, and by six o'clock on S unday evening approxim ately five hundred members and delegates had registered for the C onvention. A nd w hen the doors of the C onvention H all in the center of our P ark w ere finally opened in the evening, there w ere ap proxim ately six hundred registered dele gates and members, w ith more arriving every hour throughout the night and all d ay M onday and T uesday. T h e first session of the C onvention w as duly opened on S unday evening by the Sovereign G rand M aster, F ra te r T h o r Kiimalehto, stepping upon the platform and announcing th at in his of ficial capacity he opened the C onven tion as a C onvention of the G rand
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Lodge of A M O R C of N orth an d South America. T h e Suprem e S ecretary then stepped upon the platform and called for nom inations and the election of a C onvention C hairm an. T h e assem bly elected F ra te r O . H ughes of Topeka, K ansas, as C onvention C hairm an. It w as the first time he had served in this capacity or in any capacity a t H ead quarters, and w e w ere glad to have someone representing the M idw est tak ing full charge of the C onvention. F ra te r H ughes then proceeded to read, paragraph by paragraph, the cus tom ary rules and regulations for a C on vention and perm itted the assem bly to vote upon them and adopt them. A fter this, he appointed the chairm en of the various committees which the rules and regulations called for, selecting individ uals as chairm en w ho represented vari ous parts of the country, and who were in no wise connected w ith the official activities a t H eadquarters. T h en he an nounced that, in accordance w ith the usual custom at all of our C onventions, the registered delegates and members w ere at liberty to join voluntarily any of the committees by m aking applica tion the next day to the appointed chairm en. M em bers w ere encouraged to unite with these committees in ac cordance w ith w hatever C onvention ac tivities they w ished to encourage and emphasize. T h e committees thus form ed w ere as follows: 1. T h e A dm inistration Com mittee, composed of members w ho de sired to look into and examine and thoroughly investigate all of the official and semi-official adm inistration activi ties at H eadquarters and throughout the O rd e r generally; to audit the books at H eadquarters, analyze all of the financial accounts, scrutinize the m eth ods of auditing and bookkeeping main tained a t H eadquarters, analyze all of the system s used for the preparation of the m onographs, the mailing of them, the rendering of w elfare service to members, the operation of the various correspondence departm ents, the exam The ination of the allied activities of the Rosicrucian O rder, the study and exam ination of Digest the original charters, docum ents and Septem ber foreign papers of authenticity, the cor respondence w ith foreign branches of 1937
the O rder, and the legal papers involved in all of the past activities of the or ganization. T h e purpose of the commit tee w as to satisfy itself regarding all of the claims of the O rd e r and to make an y recom m endations th at it m ight find proper, and at the sam e time to con sider the recom m endations of the mem bers an d delegates generally assembled a t the Convention. 2. T h e R esolutions Committee. Its purpose w as to receive from the mem bers and delegates throughout the C on vention week an y resolutions, recom m endations, and suggestions which any new members or old members wished to present or bring before the C onvention, to put them into proper form and pre sent them for Convention exam ination an d vote. 3. T h e G rievance Committee. Its business w as to receive from any of the members com plaints, criticisms or sug gestions of a critical nature, investigate them by exam ining books, records, and business m ethods, or to call to their committee room any w itnesses or in dividuals w ho could throw any light upon any critical problem , and then to w ork out a solution for these problems and present such solutions before the C onvention for a vote. T h ere w as also an E ntertainm ent Com mittee to arrange for special forms of entertainm ent during the C onvention week, and there w ere several other minor committees voluntarily organized to investigate and look afte r an y special m atters. A fter the appointm ent of chairmen for the various committees, a sergeantat-arm s w as appointed, and then F rater H ughes introduced M adam e Beatrice Bowman w ho graciously furnished the opening musical num bers, presenting two of her vocal pupils, and accom pany ing them on the grand piano. T h e various officials and departm ent heads at H ead q u arters w ere then intro duced to the assem bly, and each m ade a brief address of welcome. A num ber of cablegram s and greetings from foreign jurisdictions w ere read, and finally the C hairm an introduced the Im perator, who m ade a brief speech of welcome, and then addressed the U niversity graduates assem bled in the front seats
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of the A uditorium and, with the as sistance of the R ose-C roix U niversity R egistrar an d the D ean of the F aculty, he handed the graduation certificates to those w ho had successfully com pleted the special courses. T h e D ean called attention to the fact th at a large per centage of the graduates had attained high honor grades in their exam ina tions. H e pointed out that this percent age of honor grades w as higher than in the average university in the country, showing th at the students a t the RoseCroix U niversity w ere of a higher in tellectual status and more deeply inter ested in their studies than the average university student. A t the conclusion of this feature of the program , the president of the U n i versity class arose and read a reso lution th at had been passed by the graduates, thanking the Im perator and the officers of the U niversity for their valuable assistance and guidance and especially for the w onderful instruction they had received. T h en the Im perator called for a period of three m inutes’ silent m editation w hile Soror C ow ger, the D ean of M usic of the U niversity, played some very soft music on the organ. T h e Im perator asked all present to send kind thoughts to all w ho w ere absent and w ho had planned or hoped to be a t the C onven tion, and to direct their spiritual love tow ard those members everyw here who h ad passed through transition since our previous Convention. A fter this period the Im perator de livered his annual m essage, w hich ap pears as a separate article in this issue. T h is concluded the first session of the Convention. E arly M onday m orning the members began to arrive a t the P ark and to take adv an tag e of the several different m eet ings, dem onstrations, and forms of of ficial activity taking place in the various buildings at Rosicrucian P ark. T h ro u g h out the Convention week members a r rived as early as seven o ’clock in the m orning and left only a t m idnight. W ith facilities for eating their lunches, and even their breakfasts, close to the P ark, and their evening meals, likewise, as well as refreshm ents at various inter vals, the members w ere reluctant to
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leave the beautiful grounds w ith all of the fascinating types of shrubbery, trees, bushes and flowers, and the shady nooks, the fountains, the convenient benches and expanses of lawn. W h e n there w as not som ething of im portance being done in one of the main buildings, and no official commit tee meetings or discussions taking place am ong small groups, there w as alw ays the helpful and inspiring social contact and conversation am ong the members in quiet little corners and shaded portions of the P ark. O n one of the lawns an inform ation tent had been erected, w ith m icrophone and loud speakers situated in different p arts of the P ark, and here members could call for one another or have one another paged, and they could also make appointm ents to see one an other, or learn just w hat activities w ere going on every minute and every hour in some part of the grounds or build ings, or secure other inform ation. It w as considered th at this inform ation booth with the several clerks in charge of it w as one of the busiest places in the whole P ark throughout the entire week. Each morning throughout the C on vention there w ere special Tem ple ses sions, the first beginning at 8:00 A. M . in the Suprem e T em ple Lodgeroom. A t these sessions a brief ritual w as con ducted by the officers of the Suprem e Lodge and officers of the local C hapter. V ow el sounds were practiced, appropri ate music w as played, and periods of m editation w ere held for those who w ished to enjoy this special feature. P ractically every member attending the C onvention enjoyed these sessions on two or three occasions. T hen there were special class m eetings at 10:00 A. M . in the M ain Auditorium each morning. T h e y started M onday morning w ith special personal instruction to the mem bers of the first three N eophyte degrees. O n T u esd ay m orning there w as instruc tion for members of the first three Tem ple degrees, and this w as continued each day until on F riday only the mem bers in the very highest degrees, or those in the upper N inth degree and beyond met for personal, private in struction under the Im perator. In each case, the instructors for these class ses
sions w ere experts in the m atters of those degrees represented b y those present. M em bers of the higher de grees, of course, w ere perm itted to a t tend the sessions of the lower degrees, but the members of the lower degrees could not atten d the higher sessions. W h e n the members of the Sixth D egree w ere in session one day, F rater M iles and several others w ho are expert in the w ork of contact treatm ent and the prin ciples of the Sixth D egree gave demon strations upon some of the members on the platform , and m any questions were asked and answ ered and special instruc tion given. T h ese m orning sessions in the A uditorium proved to be not only a new feature b u t a very im portant fea ture of the Convention and will be con tinued in the future. O ne m orning the members and dele gates visited the R osicrucian Printing P lan t and saw T h e Rosicrucian Forum being printed, and the cover of T he Rosicrucian D igest being printed in its m any colors. T h e y w ere shown the score or more of m ethods of printing, the photographing, engraving and art departm ents, the bookbinding and book m aking departm ent, and the m any other features th at make this printing plant one of the largest on the Pacific Coast, which prepares over six million pieces of printed m atter for the use of A M O R C each year. In the afternoons at two o ’clock there w ere special lectures in the Auditorium by various members of the O rd e r from distant cities w ho w ere authorities in special lines of study. T h ese special afternoon sessions w ere well attended and w ere considered highly profitable in bringing out special emphasis on m any of the subjects covered by the courses of study in our m onographs and degrees. T h e entertainm ent committee also presented various talented mem bers during these sessions. In addition there w ere afternoon lectures in the M useum by the C urator, F rater Brower. The Rosicrucian Digest Septem ber 1937 A t the same time, there w ere dem on strations being given in the Science Building, in the C olor and Light Labor atory w here the Im perator had a num ber of groups daily w itnessing the m ar velous effects of m ystical pictures being autom atically painted in color by the
s u n ’s rays through prisms and other re flecting devices. O n no tw o occasions throughout the U niversity weeks and the C onvention w eek w ere the pictures painted autom atically by the sun p re cisely the same. T h ese pictures appear ed as beautiful landscapes or m arine views, strange oriental temples, beauti ful clouds and skies, m ystical symbols, visions of strange oriental characters, heads, faces, scrolls w ith lettering upon them, and every conceivable kind of m ystical or fantastic picture. T h e mem bers of each group w ere perm itted to exam ine the very simple arran g e m ent w hereby the su n ’s rays w ere b rought dow n into the darkened labor atory through a w ooden channel w here the reflected sunlight from m irrors on the roof caused a square beam of su n light to play upon a revolving prism which autom atically threw the pictures upon a screen on the w all four feet w ide and six feet long. W ith o u t any hum an touch or any mechanism, the vibrations of the sun, the heat w aves of the sun, and the gradual movem ent of the solar disk in the sky created the pictures. R e luctantly each group h ad to make w ay for another group afte r fifteen or tw en ty m inutes’ stu d y of this fascinating dem onstration. T his period w as followed each day by other groups m eeting in the Color and Light L aboratory, in charge of D r. Collins, w ho dem onstrated a large Black Light ap p aratu s which enabled every individual to sit in Black Light and have his or her aura m ade visible and m any other interesting things dem onstrated. A t the sam e time, in the science am phitheater in the same build ing, large groups of members w ere be ing given dem onstrations and explana tions of the scientific features of our lectures and lessons by the D ean of the U niversity, F ra te r Bailey. Likewise, in the Planetarium each afternoon the members w ere given dem onstrations of the movement of the stars and planets in the heavens. O ne of the interesting features of this P lane tarium , not found in any other P lane tarium in the world, is the creation at the beginning of the dem onstration of clouds of fog, show ing how in the be ginning of the creation of the universe
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m oisture preceded the creation of every thing else. In our Planetarium these clouds or fogs are so real th at they block out the beautiful dome sky and cause the entire room to become moist and cool to such an extent th at those present can feel the fog-like m oisture or dew on their hands and faces. As those clouds gradually mpve by, through the m ovem ent of w inds beautifully dem on strated , the clear blue sky above and beyond is revealed and gradually the stars make their appearance. A fter all of the stars of the six larger m agnitude appear, the heavens begin to revolve an d the tw enty-four hour movement of the stars is dem onstrated in precisely four minutes. T his is followed, then, by a movement of the sun across the heav ens, showing the effect of the red sun rise and the red sunset and the brilli ancy of midheaven. T his is followed by the movement of the moon across the heavens and the various other planets. T hen, finally, the m eteor th at is now shooting through the heavens was dem onstrated in a startling m anner. O u r Planetarium is popularly known here in the W e s t as the “T h e a te r of the Sky," an d w ith the dem onstration th at usually takes one hour, all of the m ysterious and inspiring and fascinat ing laws of astronom y are dem onstrated in a m anner th at leaves the individual feeling th at he is out on the top of a hill on a beautiful clear night, and can see the ea rth ’s horizon from E ast to W e s t an d N o rth to South with the brilliant stars overhead. O th er scientific m atters are dem onstrated in the lobby of the Planetarium , and a view of the moon in a very large size is show n daily, reveal ing the m oon’s m ountains and lakes as they actually appear in the heavens on the d ay of the visit. Each evening sessions began a t seven o ’clock after m any other sm aller m eet ings were held in various parts of the Park, and each evening session w as filled with m any special features. D u r ing these sessions various officers of the organization — including the Im perator, the Suprem e Secretary, the G ran d T reasu rer, the departm ent heads and those active in the Junior O rd e r and the Spanish-A m erican Section < — m ade long and interesting addresses dealing w ith
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a thorough analysis of subjects covered by our instructions and m onographs. Among the interesting events of T u esd ay evening was the broadcasting, over a Pacific C oast hookup, of p art of one of the Convention sessions, during which the Suprem e Secretary inter viewed in front of the microphone a num ber of the foreign delegates such as F ra te r R obert Sharp, who came as an official delegate from the Rosicrucian division located in and around Johan nesburg, South A frica, and F rater P ercy P iggott, a delegate from H ull, E ngland, and Soror Ethel Rosenthal, a delegate from Lisbon, Portugal, and Colonel G. A. Phillips, a long-tim e resi dent of India in the British Service w ho came dow n from V ictoria, British Columbia, as one of the num ber of dele gates representing the C anadian juris diction. T h e rem arks of these foreign members w ere very interesting indeed, and particularly those of Colonel P hil lips w ho com pared the higher value and practicability of the W e ste rn W o rld mysticism, as found in the Rosicrucian teachings, w ith the purely esthetic teachings of India. O n W ed n esd ay evening, preceding the evening session, there w as a musical dem onstration of the strange instrum ent called the Therem in. T his dem onstra tion w as conducted by Soror Aszm an of St. Louis. H er grace, poise and m ar velous musical ability gave us a w on derful treat. T h e last number, our theme song, “ Ah, Sweet M ystery of Life” was sung by F rater Brower w ho w as the chanter and vowel sound dem onstrator on the C ourier C ar last year, and an obbligato to his singing w as played by Soror Aszm an. T h e dem onstration was accom panied by Soror C ow ger, playing on the H am m ond O rgan. T h is feature of the program m ade a perfect dem on stration of music, produced synthetical ly b y electrical vibrations or by electri cal equipm ent, since the T herem in and the H am m ond O rg an are wholly elec trical in nature and their tones are the purest that can be produced. T h en , after the usual lectures and ad dresses in the A uditorium , the C onven tion P ag ean t w as held on the grounds. T hese P ageants are usually arranged by F ra te r C hester Lafferty, and this
y ear he w as assisted in the preparation of the dialogues and descriptive m atter by our new E ditor, Soror O 'N eill, and the dram atic readings w ere by Soror G luth w ho perform ed so excellently in the P ag ean t of 1936. T his year the P ag ean t consisted of a series of tableaux presented on a large stage built on the law ns of the Park, and beautifully light ed, depicting various events in the his tory of mystical and secret brotherhoods and the lives of the great mystical philosophers, including the life of Am enhotep, the activities of the M aster Jesus, Benjamin F ranklin, Francis Bacon, and several others. In each tableau the individuals w ere dressed in the precise type of clothing w orn at the time, with interior or exterior set tings th at w ere appropriate. Special music accom panied the tableaux, and the audience said it w as the finest his torical and instructive, as well as d ra matic presentation th at they had ever w itnessed out of doors. O n T h u rsd a y evening, in accordance with our usual custom, a special honor ary initiation w as held in the Suprem e Tem ple w hereby all those w ho made a small donation to the Tem ple F und for the m aintenance of the fixtures and equipm ent of the sacred Tem ple at Rosicrucian P ark w ere given an honor ary initiation w ith the ancient Egyptian ritual conducted by a full staff of of ficers in E gyptian costume. T h ere was such a large num ber of applicants for this honorary initiation this year that the initiation had to be conducted in two sections. A t the conclusion of the last section, a t approxim ately 9:30 in the evening, all of those who were ab sent from the A uditorium returned to it in time to listen to the conclusion of an enlightening address th at was being given, and afte r a brief recess, the Im perator opened the C onvention session again for his usual mystical ceremony. T his is one of the outstanding events of each C onvention, and for two hours the Im perator in a sacred ceremony, and with the utm ost reverence and dignity The prevailing throughout the Auditorium , Rosicrucian dem onstrated the outstanding mystical principles of our teachings. Digest Septem ber O n this occasion he added several 1937 new features, the first being a dem on
stration of the effects of music and the control of these effects. Sitting at a G rand Piano on the Auditorium plat form, he illustrated the fundam entals of music and then dem onstrated the effect of each musical note or combination of notes in producing physical conditions in various parts of the body, and then dem onstrated how the rates of vibra tions of these musical notes could be controlled in a mystical m anner. T his feature had never been dem onstrated in an y of our classes or Tem ple ceremonies before, and it w as a w onderful thing to see how the vibrations and the beats of each note played on the piano could be m ade more rapid or slow er in their movement and produce different effects. T h is w as followed by dem onstrations of the principles of levitation, projec tion, absent contact, extension of con sciousness, absent treatm ent, and so forth. T h en , with the lights lowered, the Im perator dem onstrated how one’s aura can be extended or caused to rise or float, and he also dem onstrated the form ation of a cloud which would make individuals invisible or parts of himself or of others invisible, such as making the arm s or head or half of the body be come totally invisible, w ithout moving from his place in the center of the platform . T h en the usual astonishing dem on stration of m ental and physical alchem y w as given by the Im perator. T h is is the eighth occasion of this dem onstration at Rosicrucian P ark, and the results have been uniform ly the same. Every pre caution and every test and every m ethod of safeguarding the dem onstra tion from any form of trickery, fraud, interference or collusion is used by the members assem bled in the Auditorium . Little children are called upon to make a selection of certain individuals, and to pick out one individual who is to pro vide the assem bly w ith any letter or piece of w riting th at he m ay have in his pocket or am ong his possessions. T his piece of w riting or w ritten m atter is then passed around am ong a num ber of individuals seated near the person selected, and they are instructed to scrutinize it carefully, and examine the w ritten signature on the letter or piece of paper th at is not of recent date. T h e
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color of the ink as well as the style of handw riting is carefully exam ined. T h en this piece of w ritten m atter is held high in the air by the person selected by the children, and while it is still held aloft and in sight of everyone, the Imperator proceeds to use the alchemical laws to cause the handw riting to change in its characteristic style, and the color of the ink to change. A fter approxim ate ly forty seconds, the p aper is opened an d examined quickly by all of those who are near the one selected, or by any others who are skeptical about the m atter, and it is alw ays found th at the style of the signature has been changed, and the color of the ink changed, and the ink of the signature still w et from the change th at has taken place. Because the ink dries rapidly, the exam ination has to be m ade hurriedly, but after the dem onstration is over and the piece of w ritten m atter is passed around for ex am ination among all w ho care to see it, and even tw enty or thirty minutes later, the ink is still moist on the paper in parts. O n some occasions a com plicated system of draw ing num bers has been used w hereby one num ber represents the row of seats, another represents the num ber of individuals on one row of seats, and another num ber represents a particular individual in that group who is called upon, then, to select certain other individuals who in turn select a n other individual who is to provide a piece of w riting and hold it throughout the dem onstration. T h e Im perator usu ally asks the assem bly to invent or de vise its own m eans or m ethods of select ing the individual to hold the paper or to provide the piece of w ritten m atter and to select those w ho are to examine it during the dem onstration, although all may see it after the dem onstration is completed. O n no occasion has the dem onstration failed, and it is consid ered one of the most convincing as well as the most dram atic and fascinat ing dem onstrations of m any of our m etaphysical and mystical laws and teachings. A nother unusual incident of the C on vention w as an afternoon period de voted to the activities of the A M O R C Cam era Expedition experts. T h e y erect
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ed on the lawns a complete professional moving picture and sound recording outfit and brought before the recording m icrophone and cam era foreign and A m erican delegates and members and interview ed them, while every motion of their actions and every w ord they spoke w ere recorded on professional film to show at some future C onvention and to remain as a perm anent record in our archives. M any hundreds of feet of colored moving pictures w ere taken throughout the Convention week to add to the records, and on F rid ay afternoon at one o ’clock the usual Convention photograph w as taken, w hich included all of the hundreds of delegates and members gathered around the C harles D ana D ean M em orial F ountain and on the steps of the Science Building. It turned out to be the largest and finest photograph ever taken of the C onven tion assembly, approxim ately fortyseven inches by eight inches. T h e picture was on display for all to see the following m orning and at the B anquet. F rid ay evening’s session opened w ith the christening of the Im perator’s grandson, James H arvey W hitcom b, followed by the induction of five Colombes and one C olom be-in-W aiting. T h e Im perator, assisted by lodge of ficers in ritualistic robes, conducted both impressive ceremonies. T his being the last night of the ses sions in the M ain A uditorium , the va rious committees m ade their reports after four days of continuous activity. T h e G rievance Com mittee chairm an re ported th at no grievance had been pre sented to them that they w ere not able to ad ju st immediately, w ithout even consultation w ith any of the Suprem e officers. T h eir only recom m endation w as th at hereafter the G rievance Com mittee be nam ed the A djustm ent Com mittee, inasmuch as nearly all of the grievances w ere minor things that simply required adjustm ent. T h ey re ported th at not a single member, dele gate or representative, Commissioner, G ran d Councillor, or Inspector-G eneral of an y of the districts in N o rth and South Am erica present a t the C onven tion, or who had w ritten to the C on vention, had m ade a com plaint pertain ing to the general activities of the O rd e r
or any of its adm inistrative affairs, or reflecting upon the integrity, sincerity and loyality of the officers and w orkers in the organization. T h en the report of the A dm inistra tion Com mittee w as read. It w as a long report th at had been duly signed by every one of the members of the com m ittee and attested to before a N o tary Public. It stated that they had examined individually and collectively all of the ancient docum ents, charters, records, and historical papers of the organization and had found the A M O R C of N orth and South Am erica to have every con ceivable and possible form of authen ticity that w as indisputable, including docum ents from foreign jurisdictions, authenticated by the police departm ents of different cities in which they w ere signed, and authenticated by the n a tional governm ent of the foreign coun tries, and finally authenticated by the Am erican am bassadors or consuls in th at country, with all of their seals and signatures attached. T h e committee also reported it had gone over all of the of ficial records arid investigated the finan cial integrity and soundness of the or ganization, and the im portant m atter of ow nership and control of the assets of the organization. T h ey reported most positively, as have all of the similar a d m inistration committees at previous Conventions, th at not one of the Su preme officers, from the Im perator down to the G ran d T re asu re r or G rand Sec retary, nor any of their wives, nor any member, delegate or officer in the or ganization, had any personal control of the funds or assets of the organization, and th at every physical, m aterial and financial asset including the property at Rosicrucian P ark, all its buildings, books, and everything pertaining to the O rd e r w as held in the nam e of the O rd e r only, and th at this w as arranged in a legal form th at had been approved by the U nited S tates Federal G overn ment through its departm ents of income and departm ents of justice; th at no Su preme officers or any of their relatives The or any member or representative of the Rosicrucian O rd e r could draw upon the funds for Digest his or her own personal use indiscrim Septem ber inately or otherw ise, nor could he give aw ay any of the funds or property of 1937
the organization, nor did any profit from the income of the organization pass in the form of dividends or shares to any of the officers, or to any members or other persons outside o r inside of the organization, as individuals. T h e A dm inistration Com mittee also, in auditing the books covering the en tire history of the organization, claimed th at it found unm istakable evidence of a legal and satisfactory nature to show th at the Im perator had made, in the past years, m any large donations, as well as loans to the organization's funds, and th at none of these had been repaid, and th at he had not m ade any application for repaym ent of any of them. T h e special auditor of the A dm inistration Com mittee voluntarily m ade the state m ent from the Auditorium platform that the Im perator, no m atter how long he might live, could not w ithdraw from the organization anyw here near the am ount of m oney he had given or loaned to it, and th at there w as no indication that he had ever attem pted to do so. T h e committee also found th at the organiza tion was free of an y o th er indebtedness than its current bills, th at there w ere no m ortgages or liens against any of the property or holdings, and th at even d u r ing the years of the financial depression the Board of D irectors had kept the or ganization free of an y losses or any re flections upon the financial integrity and soundness of the organization. T h e delegates and members applaud ed these statem ents, realizing th at they once more proved that any argum ents to the contrary on the p art of critics outside of the organization w ere based upon a lack of understanding of the true nature of the organization’s m eth ods of operating. Several business men on the comm ittee reported th at in the m ethods used in every departm ent at H eadquarters they found in the busi ness end and adm inistration end of AMORC nothing but the most strict, severe an d m odern, business-like methods. A nother section of the committee had investigated the m anner in which the mail is received, the letters sorted daily, read, and passed to various departm ents w here special dictators anw er them, and com petent stenographers and secretaries
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transcribe the answ ers and see th a t they are sent as prom ptly as possible. T h ey w ere especially interested in the m anner in which all incoming mail is opened by a staff of bonded em ployees w orking under a chief bookkeeper and auditor, and all money removed in a system atic m anner, with a triple form of account ing, and these various sections of the financial departm ent have to balance their records daily. T h e y exam ined the bank books and all other accounting books and proved to them selves, the committee said, th at it w as impossible for an y of the officers of the organiza tion to have any control over the incom ing funds or the recording of them or distribution of them. A nother section of the A dm inistration Com mittee investigated the process of preparing the lectures. T h e y found that beginning w ith the R esearch Council and the E ditorial Council composed of special authorities in all p arts of the country, w ho make w eekly and m onthly recom m endations and am endm ents to the m onographs in the form of modern scientific findings and references, the preparation then passes into the E di torial D epartm ent w here the mono graphs are revised, augm ented and im proved from month to month. A fter be ing carefully re-edited and prepared again in typew ritten form they are finally put into m onograph form, care fully graded for individual degrees and individual members. T h ey investigated the mailing of the m onographs in the M ailing D epartm ent, and noticed how each m onograph goes through a num ber of different processes and forms of preparation before it reaches the in dividual member. T his w as the first time an y committee had analyzed the in volved and elaborate process to such an extent, and after the report had been read, m any members on S atu rd ay checked up on this elaborate process be cause it astonished them. T h e committee further stated th at they did not find stacks of m onographs on hand th at had been prepared years ago, and which w ere sent to all members alike, but they found th at the m onographs w ere being constantly prepared, re-edited and re w ritten, and th at only a small quantity was kept on hand, just sufficient to
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fill the requirem ents of the next month. T h e committee also investigated the one outstanding thing which has alw ays elicited the adm iration of mem bers; that is, the mailing of m onographs, w hereby m any thousands receive their m onographs weekly on the sam e day, and usually w ithout the loss of a single m onograph in m any years. T h e y found the equivalent of a regular post office in Rosicrucian Park, w here all of the mail is not only put into envelopes but run through a special m eter machine, tied, and put into large mail sacks, just as is done in a regular post office. T h ey said it w as the most elaborate m ethod of preparation for prom pt delivery and correct delivery of mail th at they had ever seen. T h e committee found th at over fifty thousand dollars is spent annually for postage alone at A M O R C H ead q u ar ters, and th at the express shipm ents represent the largest am ount of express business in C entral C alifornia. T h ey were particularly interested in the tele graph office located in the A dm inistra tion Building w hereby telegram s which are sent through the P ostal T elegraph come in on the ticker tape through a direct line, thereby saving an hour or more in the delivery of quick telegram s. T h ey found every possible m ethod of communication being used, including radio. A fter the long report had been read, the Im perator called for the C hairm an of the A dm inistration Com mittee to come up on the platform and answ er questions for him. H e particularly asked the C hairm an w hether he had ever served on any committee before, had ever been at any Convention before, and w hether he w as friendly with any of the officers or members at H e ad quarters, and w hether he had m ade a very careful and thorough search, along w ith his associates on the committee, and w hether there w as any question in his mind or in theirs regarding any point of the adm inistration of the o r ganization. T o all of these questions the C hairm an gave an em phatic, positive answ er th at everything w as perfectly satisfactory and far beyond the com m ittee's previous conception of w hat a good business system should be like.
All of the com m ittees' reports w ere signed by the members of each commit tee, and then sw orn to before a N otary, read to the Convention, left open for discussion, if any, and finally voted upon and approved unanim ously by all of the delegates and members present. D uring the latter p art of this session the Im perator asked for statistics of various kinds. A gain it w as shown that approxim ately a third of the persons present adm itted th at w hereas they had been delinquent in reading the Bible or had not read it often before joining the O rder, they now found it an excellent book to read frequently. O ver fifty per cent of the members voted that previous to joining the O rd er, they had not a t tended their ow n churches or churches of their chosen religions w ith regular ity, but since joining the O rd e r they had done so. O thers voted th at they w ere actively interested in churches of various denom inations. T h e statistics regarding the various religious repre sentations show ed members and officers of all of the different religions. Statistics regarding ages of the individuals pres ent a t the C onvention show ed th at there w ere those from sixty to eighty-five years of age dow n to sixteen, as regu lar members. It w as also found th at a num ber of members had been in the O rd e r for more than tw enty years and th at Soror H . Spencer Lewis and F rater T h o r Kiimalehto had been in the O rd e r for over tw enty-one years, being the oldest in point of length of membership. Q uite a few had been in the O rd e r over twelve years, and a m ajority had been in the O rd e r for over eight or nine years. T h e youngest members present w ere two or three w ho had joined a day or two before the opening of the Convention. A review of the history of the organ ization revealed th at at the time of the first C onvention held in P ittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1917, there w ere nine Lodges in existence, including the one in P ittsburgh, and th at representatives from all of them had been present a t the 1917 Convention and th at it w as on this The occasion th at the M aster of the Boston Rosicrucian Lodge w as initiated and proceeded Digest th ereafter to form a Lodge in Boston, Septem ber which became either the ninth or tenth 1937 Lodge of the O rder.
A report of the Spanish-A m erican Section show ed th at it w as rapidly in creasing in membership now th at the w ork in all forms, including the mono graphs, has been duplicated in the Spanish language. T h e members and delegates w ere unanim ous in voting, also, th at w hat the A dm inistration Com m ittee had found w as true: T h a t the dues of $2.00 a month w ere very small com pared to the value received by each student, and the A dm inistration Com m ittee show ed by its report th at the am ount of profit from the $2.00 paid by each member w as very small indeed, and th at any idea of reducing the dues w as thoroughly out of the question. In fact, the entire C onvention w as ready to object to any proposal th at the dues be reduced. T his w as m ade plain by the applause which greeted the report of the committee. O n S aturday, throughout the day, various committees w orking for the next y ea r held their m eetings, including the new ly elected G rand Councillors w ho had been elected by nom ination and vote on the p art of the delegates and members in assembly. A committee was appointed by the C onvention to take care of the plans for the next y e a r’s Convention, to secure nom inations for a Convention C hairm an, and to make nom inations for G rand Councillors for the following year. A t the close of this busy d a y —w ith all of its committee m eetings and per sonal interview s — there came the oc casion for the annual Banquet. A gain the C ity of San Jose offered to A M O R C the free use of its large M unicipal A uditorium , w here a w onderful B an quet w as served by one of the large hotels. N o charge is ever m ade to the members or delegates attending the Convention for this B anquet, and this y ear several prizes w ere given to those w ho w ere fortunate in having their registration num bers draw n from a box by a little girl. E rw in W in terh ald er, the famous sculptor, had carved out of three large cakes of ice some beautiful symbolic s ta tu a ry —A rosy cross flanked by two sphinxes—which stood on a large table throughout the Banquet, and there were songs by the R ose-C roix U niversity
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students, as well as various speeches and presentations throughout the three-hour period of the Banquet. O n e surprise came w hen the veteran artist, F rater A nderson, presented to the Im perator a large po rtrait of the Im p erator done in wool. It w as a m ag nificent piece of w ork and greatly adm ired by all who attended the Convention. In accepting the gift the Im perator said th at during the early p art of the C onvention he had accidentally discov ered one of the delegates m aking pro lific pencil sketches around Rosicrucian P ark, and in looking a t a few of these w onderfully executed caricatures of members and delegates he noticed that the signature attached to the sketch was V E T A nderson, the famous new spaper cartoonist and caricaturist. T h e Im perator h ad been a co-w orker in the new spaper a rt field w ith A nderson th irty or more years ago, and had not heard from him in m any years and was surprised to discover that he w as a member of the O rder. But this gift was a still g reater surprise. T h en at ten o ’clock the K epher-R a Club, composed of the young lady em ployees at H eadquarters, approxim ately sixty in number, conducted a dance in the M unicipal Auditorium and all of the members and delegates who could do so enjoyed this feature until the m idnight hour, or early in the m orning. T h e U niversity students had enter tained themselves on the S atu rd ay pre ceding the C onvention by hiring a large transcontinental bus and taking an all day ride to Carm el, Del M onte, and the various beach resorts of the Carm el Peninsula, including a visit to the old ruins of the first Rosicrucian T em ple built in the Carm el V alley in the early p art of the Seventeenth C entury. So m any things occurred on that trip that are solely of interest to the U niversity students th at it w ould not be of interest to all of our members to detail them here but, according to the little m aga zine published each y ear by the alumni association of the U niversity, these U niversity students had so m any inter esting experiences throughout their three-w eeks' term of daily studies from
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early in the m orning until late in the evening, that they voted it the most in teresting and beneficial period of their lives. T hen, on the last S atu rd ay of the Convention, a hundred or more of the delegates and members took a special trip in a privately chartered bus to San Francisco and across the two new bridges, and around the city itself, visiting m any of the im portant historical and picturesque sites. T h e new spapers of San Jose vied w ith each other in publishing daily, both morning and evening, various snap shots of the delegates and members do ing many interesting things around the buildings and grounds of Rosicrucian Park, and in giving the details of each d a y ’s program and a hearty broadcast of their official welcome to the C onven tion. Even editorials w ere published, praising the organization and its activi ties and speaking of the excellency of this large Convention. A nother pleasing incident was the afternoon tea attended by those mem bers at the C onvention w ho had been on the recent E gyptian T our, to which w ere invited those who had been on the similar A M O R C T o u r to E gypt in 1929. T h e Im perator and his wife and other officers at H eadquarters w ho w ere on the T o u r w ere evidently delighted in meeting again with those w ho had ac com panied them on the T our; and throughout the week there w ere m any hum orous and seemingly significant ref erences to things th at occurred on the E gyptian T o u r and those present w ho had been on the T o u r apparently en joyed these references while so m any of us w ere left in the dark regarding the real m eaning of the statem ents made. O ne of the most common expressions throughout the week, on the p art of those w ho had visited Rosicrucian P ark for the first time, w as that “none of the pictures or descriptions of Rosicrucian P ark and its buildings and activities do justice to the size of the P ark, the real num ber of m any buildings, and the beauty of their architecture and color.” W h a t seemed to im press the new visitors more than anything else, be sides the beauty of the buildings and
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the spaciousness of the grounds, w ere the m any different types and forms of flowers and shrubbery, representing the papyrus that grows in Egypt, vines and trees th at grow in Palestine, and Japan, A ustralia, and even the unique type of tree th at grows in the snow at the top of M ount S hasta. Flow ers that have been developed from seeds sent from various parts of the w orld m ade a unique showing, and once again hun dreds of the delegates took aw ay with them slips and parts of plants in an a t tem pt to have them grow in their own yards and homes. T h e w eather again w as very pleasant and m any decided to remain in this valley perm anently or come back again very shortly to establish a home here. T h e enlarged and specially designed form of the H am m ond O rg an used at the Convention attracted attention con tinuously, and during the afternoons w hen there w ere im promptu concerts conducted in the A uditorium betw een sessions, m any m usicians attending the Convention gave excellent perform ances, but all w ere im pressed w ith the extrem e purity and beauty of the tones of this unique H am m ond O rgan. T h e high-dom ed ceiling of the A udi torium in the P ark is covered w ith many foreign flags representing practically every large country in the world. T hese flags have been sent to the Auditorium by the officers of the various foreign jurisdictions, and dem onstrate the inter national nature of the O rd e r throughout the world. But a t this C onvention the State of W a sh in g to n , through the branch of the O rd e r in Seattle, present ed to the A uditorium the first S tate F lag. T his was presented through the special representative and delegate, Soror M ary Burke, w ho m ade an ap propriate speech. It is hoped th at all of our other branches and Lodges and C hapters throughout the country will follow suit and comm unicate w ith us about sending a S tate F lag for this dis play. But we hope th at no C hapter or Lodge will do this w ithout communi cating w ith the Im perator’s S ecretary V READ THE V
first, so that there will not be duplica tions of flags. T his C onvention w as m arked in a very definite w ay by the complete ab sence of any disturbing or unpleasant discussions because of the very notice able absence of any legal problems or critical m atters th at have occupied the attention of the delegates and members at past C onventions. From the very opening session to the last minute of the B anquet and D ance, there w as not an unpleasant note or w ord in any of the official sessions, in any of the committee m eetings, or in any of the lectures and dem onstrations in the various buildings. Everyone on the grounds and around the P ark and in the buildings and in the neighborhood restau ran ts and stores was continuously smiling and happy and commenting upon the fact th at the Rosicrucian C onventions are alw ays the most cheerful and inspiring of any meetings held by such organizations as ours. A nd now w e are already making plans for the 1938 C onvention, taking into consideration the m any suggestions th at w ere m ade for little improvements and little additions. It w ould be well indeed for those of our members who w an t to spend a pleasant vacation in a most economical m anner to keep in mind the possibility of the U niversity courses for three weeks preceding the C onvention, an d then the week of the C onvention itself. M any sent their re grets th at they w ere unable to attend either the U niversity or the C onvention this sum m er because they w aited until the last minute to try to arrange for their absences from business or from home or from professional duties, and a t the last m onth found th at they had w aited too long. M em bers of all degrees and in any branch of the study, who are in good standing in the O rder, are en titled to attend the Convention, and every branch, every C hapter, and every Lodge of the organization is entitled to send one or two official delegates to the Convention. So make your plans now for next sum m er’s vacation. V FORUM •
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E ach m o n th w e w ill p r e s e n t e x c e rp ts fro m th e w r itin g s of fam o u s th in k e r s a n d te a c h e rs o f th e p a s t. T h e se w ill give o u r r e a d e rs a n o p p o rtu n ity of k n o w in g th e ir lives th r o u g h th e p re s e n ta tio n of th o se w r itin g s w h ich ty p ify th e ir th o u g h ts. O ccasionally such w r itin g s w ill be p re s e n te d th r o u g h th e tr a n s la tio n o r in te r p re ta tio n of o th e r e m in e n t a u th o rs of th e p a s t. T h is m o n th w e p r e s e n t th e g r e a t te a c h e r M oham m ed w ho gave th e Q u r'a n (K o ra n ) to th e w o rld a n d fo u n d ed a fa ith w hich, to d ay , h a s m an y m ore fo llo w ers th a n C h ris tia n ity . M oham m ed w a s b o rn a t M ecca in 570 A. D. In h is tw e n ty -fifth y e a r he becam e m a n a g e r of th e e s ta te of th e w idow K a d ija h an d th e ir e n s u in g m a rria g e w as a lo n g a n d h a p p y one. I n th e p ea c e fu l y e a r s w h ic h p a s se d b etw een h is y o u th a n d h is Illu m in a tio n —a t th e a g e o f fo rty —he r e tire d y e a rly fo r a p e rio d of s o litu d e an d silen ce a n d p re p a re d h im self th r o u g h m e d ita tio n a n d f a s tin g fo r th e com ing of cosm ic co n scio u sn ess. K a d ija h w a s th e first to believe in th e re v e la tio n s M oham m ed received, a n d , a t flr3t, o n ly h e r f a ith sto o d b etw een him a n d th e m o ck ery a n d d isb e lie f w hich a re th e p o rtio n of a ll p ro p h e ts. I t is re la te d th a t, a f te r th re e u n su c cessfu l y e a rs, he in v ite d f o rty of h is ch ief k in d re d to a b a n q u e t, told th em of h is m ission a n d a sk e d w ho w o u ld second him . O nly h i 3 s ix te e n y e a r old cousin Ali resp o n d ed . T h e m a g n itu d e of th e e n te r p ris e to b e u n d e rta k e n b y an o ld m an a n d a y o u th a p p e a re d rid ic u lo u s to th e r e s t a n d th e m e e tin g d isso lv ed in la u g h te r. F o r th irte e n y e a rs h e tra v e le d , p re a c h in g th e re v e la tio n s w h ich w ere v o u ch safe d to him from tim e to tim e (an d g a th e re d in th e K o ra n ). P u rs u e d b y enem ies, th re a te n e d w ith d e a th , ho m eless an d sc o rn ed he fin ally a rriv e d a t M edinah a n d th e r e g ain e d som e a d h e re n ts . H e w as now fifty -th re e , a g in g an d d e so la te —-except fo r th e co m fo rt fro m w ith in —a n d he tu r n e d to d e fe n d in g h is b eliefs w ith th e sw o rd , back ed b y an in c re a sin g n u m b e r o f c o n v erts, so t h a t a f te r ten y e a rs of g ru e lin g a c tiv ity th e f a ith w as r a p id ly s p re a d in g . T h e ten et3 of th e K o ra n b e tte r e d th e social, a s w ell a s th e s p iritu a l a n d re lig io u s, cond itio n s of th e tim e an d serv ed to stim u la te a n d e n lig h te n th e A rab ian w o rld so th a t, in th e fo llo w in g c e n tu rie s, it becam e a le a d e r in civ ilizatio n . M ystical s tu d e n ts find th e life of M oham m ed an im p ressiv e illu s tra tio n o f cosm ic a ttu n e m e n t. H e re w a s an u n schooled m an , fa r fro m th e c e n te rs of civilized life, w ho y e t la id th e fo u n d a tio n s of a social a n d s p ir itu a l reg im e d e s tin e d to influence m illio n s of p e rs o n s th r o u g h o u t th e c e n tu rie s a n d up to th e p r e s e n t m o m en t! In th e essay . “ M oham m ed a n d M o h a m m e d an ism ’’ C a rly le g ives a s y m p a th e tic p ic tu re o f th e p ro p h e t a n d h is m issio n . ". . . . A sp o n ta n e o u s, p a s sio n a te , y e t ju s t, tru e -m e a n in g m an ! F u ll of w ild fa c u lty , fire an d lig h t; of w ild w o rth , a ll u n c u ltu re d ; w o rk in g o u t h is life -ta s k in th e d e p th s o f th e D e s e rt t h e r e .” . . . W e a r e p r e s e n tin g th re e e x c e rp ts from th e tr a n s la tio n of E . H . P a lm e r. T h e first, fro m th e C h a p te r of th e T a b le , illu s tr a te s h is in te r e s t in th e M a ste r J e s u s w hom he m e n tio n s so fre q u e n tly . T h e second, fro m th e C h a p te r o f th e N ig h t, sh o u ld b e co m p ared w ith th e “ com m a n d m e n ts” in th e B ible. T h e th ir d , th e C h a p te r of th e F o ld in g U p, p r e s e n ts a p a ssa g e o f p o etic b e a u ty .
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-----------H E N G o d s a id , O Jesus, son of M a r y ! remem ber m y f a v o u r s to w ards thee and to w ards thy m other, when I aided thee w i t h the H o l y G host, t i l l thou didst speak to men in the cradle and w h e n grown up. A nd when I taught thee the Book and wisdom and the law and the gospel;
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w hen thou didst create of clay, as it were, the likeness of a bird, by my power, and didst blow thereon, it be came a bird; and thou didst heal the blind from birth, and the leprous by my permission; and w hen thou didst bring forth the dead by my permission; and when I did w ard off the children of Israel from thee, w hen thou didst come to them w ith m anifest signs, and those who misbelieved am ongst them said, “T his is naught but obvious m agic.” . .. A nd when G od said, ‘‘O Jesus, son of M ary! is it thou w ho didst say to men,
take me and my m other for two gods, beside G od?’ H e said, 'I celebrate T h y praise! w hat ails me th at I should say w hat I have no right to? If I had said it, T hou w ouldst have known it; T hou know est w h at is in my soul, but I know not w hat is in T h y soul; verily, T h o u a rt one who know eth the unseen. I never told them save w h at T h o u didst bid me, — “W o rsh ip G od, my Lord and your L ord,” and I w as a w itness against them so long as I w as am ongst them; but w hen T hou didst take me aw ay to thyself T hou w ert the w atcher over them, for T hou a rt witness over all. If T hou shouldst punish them, verily, they are T h y servants; if T hou shouldst forgive them, verily, T h o u art the m ighty and the w ise.’ G od said, ’T his is the day when their confession shall profit the confessors, for them are gardens be neath which rivers flow, to dwell therein for ever and for aye.’ G od is well pleased w ith them , and they well pleased w ith Him; th at is the m ighty happiness. G o d ’s is the kingdom of the heavens, and the earth, and all th at is therein, and H e is m ighty over all. II. P u t not w ith G od other gods, or thou w ilt sit despised and forsaken. T h y Lord has decreed th at ye shall not serve other than Him; and kindness to one’s parents, w hether one or both of them reach old age w ith thee; and say not to them, Fie!’ an d do not grum ble a t them, but speak to them a generous speech. A nd lower to them the wing of hum ility out of compassion, and say, 'O Lord! have compassion on them as they brought me up w hen I w as little!’ Y our Lord knows best w hat is in your souls if ye be righteous, and, verily. H e is forgiving unto those who come back penitent. A nd give thy kinsm an his due and the poor an d the son of the road; and w aste not w astefully, for the w asteful w ere ever the devil’s brothers; and the The devil is ever ungrateful to his Lord. Rosicrucian But if thou dost turn aw ay from them Digest to seek after m ercy from thy Lord, Septem ber which thou hopest for, then speak to them an easy speech. 1937
M ake not thy hand fettered to thy neck, nor y et spread it out quite open, lest thou shouldst have to sit down blam ed and straitened in means. V erily, thy Lord spreads out provisions to whom soever H e will or H e doles it out. V erily, H e is ever well aw are of and sees H is servants. A nd slay not your children for fear of poverty; we will provide for them; beware! for to slay them is ever a great sin! A nd draw not near to fornication; verily, it is ever an abom ination, and evil is the w ay thereof. A nd slay not the soul that G od has forbidden you, except for just cause; for he who is slain unjustly we have given his next of kin authority; yet let him not exceed in slaying; verily, he is ever helped. A nd draw not near to the w ealth of the orphan, save to improve it, until he reaches the age of puberty, and fulfil your compacts; verily, a com pact is ever enquired of. A nd give full m easure w hen ye m ea sure out, and w eigh w ith a right bal ance; th at is better and a fairer determ ination. A nd do not pursue th at of which thou hast no knowledge; verily, the hearing, the sight, and the heart, all of these shall be enquired of. A nd w alk not on the earth proudly; verily, thou canst not cleave the earth, and thou shalt not reach the m ountains in height. III. In the nam e of the merciful and com passionate God. W h e n the sun is folded up, A nd when the stars do fall. A nd when the m ountains are moved, A nd w hen the she-cam els ten m onths’ gone w ith young shall be neglected, A nd w hen the beasts shall be crow ded together, A nd w hen the seas shall surge up, A nd w hen souls shall be paired with bodies, A nd w hen the child w ho w as buried alive shall be asked for w hat sin she w as slain, A nd w hen the pages shall be spread out, A nd w hen the heaven shall be flayed, ( C oncluded on Page 307)
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SIDELIGHTS O N T H E A R T OF W E IG H IN G A D V IC E
By L e R o y E. S c o t t
O M E B O D Y is al w a y s t r y i n g to have u s c h a n g e our mode of liv ing. O n e w o u ld have us c h a n g e doctors; a n o t h e r w o u ld h a v e us change our under w ear. Some shake their heads at our tooth-paste; others say w e’re smoking the w rong cigar ettes. Some prescribe larger families while more recom m end a cruise in the South Seas — how ever impossible the latter m ay often be. W h e th e r such actions are m otivated by an altruistic complex or w hether the complex is entw ined about a w eather beaten dollar sign there is little differ ence in the approach. T h e thing is th a t a nice percentage of our people think there is som ething hayw ire w ith the rest of the w orld an d they feel it their car dinal heritage to save those so afflicted. A n d the saving m ay be anything from three cents on a bunch of bananas to the salvation of our spongy souls. P ersonally however, I fear I have learned to go slowly in these things. It is no longer easy for me to suggest th a t a man lay off eating green peas or quit staying out nights. A man followed some such suggestion of mine once and
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still he w ent w rong. Soon afterw ards it daw ned on me that he might have done better under his own power. If one has persuaded another to reform is he not thereafter som ew hat responsible for the new member of his faith? A nd as the days go on and no im provement is seen th at responsibility often becomes terrific! C ertainly there is no knowing like the knowing of w h at one w ants. A nd those w ho have come to know w hat they w ant will take nothing less. It is this pow er of observation and little else th at makes all the difference there is to make. T h e uncertainty of not knowing w hat is good for us is possibly one of the very few certain things about life. If a m an be drunk, w hether w ith liquor, self-pity, egotism or religion it m atters not. H e is still drunk. A nd he has probably failed to realize th at those things which go to make up life can be, and should be, tested before we adopt them. O r, on the other hand, he may a t the time be in the process of testing these things and it m ight be well of us to hold our judgm ent in abeyance. I had alw ays taken life hit-or-m iss until the viewpoint of seriously testing life’s ingredients crept upon me — that is, testing them before I adopted them as perm anent baggage. It w as a bit of a shock to realize th at for years I could have been analyzing all things as to their relative efficiency. A nd, in a uni verse w here there is such great order, is
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it unreasonable to believe th at the solu tion to all things is available if one will but douse the panic and resort to com mon sense? Life is a continual process of sorting and choosing. O u r every movement and thought listens first for a reason. Finding no reason it acts mechanically. T his in spite of the fact that life is often referred to as a process of breaking down. But if th at be true, that which is broken down finds the life in the building anew. T h e panic with w hich most of us a t tack life is as much of an anachronism as changing tires on 5th Avenue. M a chines have replaced labor. But com mon sense has replaced but few of the hereditary notions. In building a tree N atu re takes her time and when she is through usually has som ething that will stand. W h e n building a reputation most of us grow too im patient to do a good job. A t various times in our lives we are proud of our choice. Sometimes husband, sometimes wife. Sometimes investm ent, sometimes vacation. But how often does th at choice reflect the richness of analytical reasoning as to relative or intrinsic value? Some day, some philosopher who is also a m athem atician will bring the variables of life w ithin the concepts of us all. H e will probably group them and show how much of each should go to make a desired effect. Just w hat a gas station atten d an t or college professor should have for breakfast and just w hat papers he should read. W e read fiction to find life as we w ould like it, w hen if we w ould sensibly use that which lies all about us we could probably make the life we desire. T h e force of this application would make for greater individualism. T h ere would still be the patterns of life but they would be broader and more intricate. Even as a mechanic knows now which bolt to tighten and how much grease to put in the transm ission, some day we m ay know how m any children to have and how to inspire them to eat spinach, to say nothing of how to pay the bills—th at will perhaps come later, In the meantime, the crippled and diJ will * 1 1 inherit • L a we cannot j. or seased wL h at will not overcome. T h e w orld today is pregnant with practitioners of every sort. Religious,
medical, social, governm ental and abom inable. O f this vast num ber only a few stand on a firm foundation of reasoning. M ost belong to a calam ity school in a district w here the taxes are 95% de linquent. Selfish interests hide under bouyant slogans. It is the crying need of m any people th at they find a w ay to know w hat is best. Y et although that decision m ust come from w ithin it is only w hen notions have been replaced with proven theories th at we can hope for general improvement. T h e notion th at a thing w hich is practical in the finite may have no application in the ab stract is w holly “notion.” T ru e the anim al w ithout the pow er of reason often does better than the hum an who possesses it. But that is no argum ent against reason. Some there are who pity us for our conservatism while others predict our disaster at every turn. T h e governm ent is not immune. It w ants us to build homes but a t the same time it also a t tem pts to say how w e shall earn the money. T h e ice com pany has its invest ment. But if it cannot sell ice it cannot recommend electric refrigerators. W e are w alking down the street. If we cannot w alk fast w ithout hurrying w e are paying hom age to some pow er— visible or invisible. Y et if we cannot w alk slowly w ithout annoying our con science w e are little better off—'emer gencies of life and death excepted. T h e autom obile dealer can show us how we are better off to turn in our car each y ear and the cobbler says it pays to sole our old shoes. T h e correspond ence schools advertise that m idnight oil pays great dividends but our helpm ate says w e need more sleep. Some advise more sunshine. O thers hint we should w ear better clothes. A few say w e’re fools to pay our bills. B ut nobody ever thinks of opening a book on heavier m athem atics to back up these consequences of life. Still, hidden aw ay in the pages of m athem atics for the last 200 years or so, is a little trick which has served the engineer glorious ly but which the economist has made little use of. It is grossly simple yet the m ere mention of its nam e— differential calculus— gives most people a synthetic
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headache. H ow short-sighted of us to assign this gift from H eaven— for such it is—so w ide a berth. A nd if our great m athem aticians did not often w ear such heavy spectacles they might see w ithin the student th at so essential spark of real life. But this little trick of which I speak. It has to do merely w ith the theory th at a ny accomplishment is merely a sum mation of m any tiny accom plishm ents or parts; th at the value or effect of each separate part may be increased or d e creased at will but that w hen an in crease in the value or effect o f any sep arate part no longer enhances the whole then such separate part is at its most efficient value. A nd, to arbitrarily in crease the value or effect o f any part when such increase does not increase the value or effect of the whole, creates an undue load upon the whole and o f consequence reduces the value or effect of the whole. A nd, th at the whole is at its peak when each of the several parts is at its peak fo r the given condition. In every d ay life th at m eans th at a person w ears enough clothes to keep com fortably w arm but not so m any th at they become a burden to him. It means th at he eats enough food to satisfy the h unger of his body but not so much that he will have indigestion. T h a t he will drive his car fast enough to make the trip w orth while but not so fast th at he will upset on some curve or intersection. T h a t, being a man, he will know as much as he can about women, but not so much th at he will no longer be able to love his wife. T h e m athem atician calls these things “variables” and he deals in functions which follow an infinite num ber of paths over a piece of cross-section paper. T h e discovery came alm ost as if by accident sim ultaneously to N ew ton and Leibnitz, y et it w as probably the result of great thought. Luckily it came before the m a chine age, not after. W ith o u t it our m achine age w ould likely have been an age of m any m onstrosities. T h e wellbalanced citizen m ay have no specific nam e for the variables of his own life but nevertheless he will do well to vary each p art of his m ake-up so as to get the m ost out of life.
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Like the curves or graph on a piece of plotting paper the lives of some people seem to come from the great un known, above or below, and disappear likewise; while others seem to have neither beginning nor ending, merely do they go about in circles. T h e m ystery of these beginnings or endings, is as yet not for us to understand. M erely is it th at as we pass through this period of transition, which is life, we can be of service, or we can be som ething else. So it is th at the beginning or ending of a curve as plotted by an engineer m ay not be ascertainable, regardless of how interesting or im portant it may seem. W h a t he is interested in is w hat the curve does as it crosses his paper. W h a t interests him is for w h at value of the variables which go to make up that curve does the curve reach high points or low points. H e is interested because w hen he know the values of the vari ables for these points he can make use of the curve at its most valuable points. W h a t we as hum an beings should be interested in is not so much our begin ning or our ending, but w hat w e make of ourselves as we cross this thing called life. N o t th at our beginning and en ding—if we have either—are not of extrem e im portance but only th at few of us can spend our lives solely in con tem plation of these two m ysteries. W h e n a man knows, or can find, how much time he should spend on educa tion, exercise, entertainm ent, clothes, re flection, and social functions, not to mention a thousand other things, he will have learned w hat there is to know about life and can then take up its con sequences—which, if it w ere not that there are countless millions of us in the sam e boat, would drive us individually insane. W e dislike being alone. Y et being w ith others makes our struggle the more difficult. C ontem plate if you will Fig. 1. T his curve (A B ) comes from the unknow n on one end and goes to the unknow n on the other. It passes through “ O ” (which is com parable to our inception into this w orld) w ith the least possible resistance and is gone. T h e variables which make it up do nothing to make th at curve in dividual or significant except as the path of least resistance.
and peace of mind. Education is one of life's variables but if we spend 80 years w ith our noses to the grindstone we m ay go dow n but not in history.
N ow look a t Fig. 2. H ere the curve (A B ) goes about in a circle. It makes no decisions of its own. T ru e it has some use but it cannot get aw ay from itself.
But Fig. 3 is different. H ere the curve (A B ) has become independent for th at short period (O C D ) which is com par able to our lives. T o find the point “ C ” the m athem atician merely finds for w hat value of “ X ” the curve not only no longer goes upw ard but actually starts dow nw ard. “X ” is one of the variables of the curve and he merely varies that variable until he gets no more out of his curve. T o find point " C ” in our lives The R o sicru cia n we m erely test each load we are carry ing [or its efficiency— we merely ascer Digest tain if each is paying us dividends. But Septem ber these dividends need not necessarily be h ard cash. T h ey may be self-respect 1937
If we could all approach life w ith this theory in mind w e should probably do much better in m ost applications. O u r solutions obviously cannot have the ac curacy of m athem atics but if we con tinually put our variables to this simple test of efficiency w e cannot help but show im provem ent—if it be improve m ent we desire. O f course if our game calls for nullo and our goal on the curve of life is point “ D ” on the curve in Fig. 3, then we m ust merely discard any in gredient or activity which enhances our prestige. It often seems a sham e that we take the gift of life so carelessly. T h e old idea th at w e profit by having some one do our thinking for us leaves us pretty vulnerable afte r a few hands. Try it sometime. It is easier for us to diagnose a n o th er’s com plaint than it is for us to diagnose our own. If we in our wisdom can so readily prescribe for another w hy can w e not use th at know ledge to good effect upon ourselves? A nd this is not in an y w ay an im practicable philosophy. It is no mere
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hobby. A nd, on the other hand, it would be sad if it were reducible to finite figures for we then m ight be con siderably more animal than hum an'—or in some cases the vegetable m ight predom inate. If we cared to analyze we m ight learn th at when a certain value of “ X ” has taken us to point “C ” on our curve of life, increasing that value of " X ” m ay send us rapidly down the curve of life tow ards point “ D .” A nd w hen " D ” is reached, further increases in “X ” may send us even more rapidly to H eaven, which is som ew here beyond point “ B .” Just w here we do not know. Ironically, th at seems to be one w ay of getting to H eaven. Some day we m ay have a chance of trying it. T ak e as a very elem entary exam ple th at rugged pastim e of dieting. H ere we reduce the thing alm ost to a science. T h a t is, if w e are reducing. W e need only to look at the pointer on the scales. A nd depending on w here we are on our curve of life w e will be governed ac cordingly. T h e point “ C ” is usually w here we sta rt the dow n grade. It may also be our point of highest efficiency or success. O r it m ay m ark only the spot w here they begin to adm inister the adrenalin. In any event w hat we eat has everything to do w ith w h at we do and w hat we become. N ot th at there is one, and only one, significant gloryhallelujah set of victuals. But merely th at of all things w hich w e m ust decide empirically, our choice and assim ilation of foods heads the list. T h e test therefore lies largely if not w holly w ith ourselves. It has little to
do w ith w hether we are rich or poor, though extrem es of either are often in imical to our well-being. Before we take to heart any advice, w ritten or spoken, costly or gratis, subsidized or competi tive, we should first com pare its pattern w ith our own color scheme. If the two blend it is one thing. If they contrast it may be som ething else. T h e m athem atician takes an arb itrary change in the variable and over it he places the resultant change in the whole function. W h e n the result of this is zero he knows he has reached the point he desires. A s individuals, we have the oppor tunity of considering arb itrary changes in w hatever goes to make up th at some thing we call ourselves. W h e n more of a certain thing makes us no better off that is a good point to stop, for that thing. For, a countless num ber of things, in their desperate struggle for existence, each day surround us and a t tem pt to enter our lives. If we allowed them all to enter we would be bogged down before we had time to see a doc tor. If we allowed none to enter we would become sterile exponents of the inert. T h e acceptance or rejection of these things is life. A nd our ability to make a quick and unbiased analysis of them does, as I said in the beginning, make all the difference there is to make. W h e n all the variables of life learn that w e are going to be firm w ith them, the petty ones will perhaps hesitate before pestering us as they do now and life will probably be on a more efficient basis—w hatever good th at will do us.
M OHAM M ED (C ontinued from Page 302) A nd w hen hell shall be set ablaze, A nd w hen P aradise shall be brought nigh, T h e soul shall know w h at it has produced! I need not sw ear by the stars that slink back, moving swiftly, slinking into their dens! N or by the night w hen darkness draw s on! N o r by the morn w hen it first breathes up!
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V erily, it is the speech of a noble apostle, mighty, standing sure with the Lord of the throne, obeyed and tru sty too! Y our com rade is not mad; he saw him on the plain horizon, nor does he grudge to communicate the unseen. N o r is it the speech of a pelted devil. T h en w hither do ye go? It is but a rem inder to the w orlds, to whom soever of you pleases to go straig h t:—but ye will not please, ex cept G od, the Lord of the world should please.
Being a Mystic and Being Sane
A T IM E L Y D IS C U S S IO N O F T H IS IM P O R T A N T M A T T E R (A nnual Message Delivered at the 1937 Convention) By T h e I m p e r a t o r
H I LE returning across the A tlantic this s p r i n g , and r e v ie w i n g all of the m any pleasant, surprising, inspir ing and illum inat ing experiences as sociated with our Tour t h ro u g h m any lands a n d contacts w ith stu dents of mysticism of all types and degrees of developm ent, I could not help passing from the stage of retrospection to introspection. W h a t would I find again in Am erica upon my return, and w h at outstanding differences in the schools of philosophy and m etaphysics would I observe, com paring the W e s t ern W o rld type of students with the types of the East? M y analysis of conditions brought me face to face w ith one of the m ost dis turbing and most interesting phases of the subject, as I have contacted it for m any years. A nalyzing the nature and practices The of a large num ber of so-called mystical, R o sicru cia n m etaphysical, occult and “spiritual” Digest movements in Am erica, and reviewing Septem ber again the hundreds of pieces of propa ganda literature, books, pam phlets, let 1937 ters and circulars issued by these move m ents and their m any leaders, and finally sum m arizing the elaborate, ex treme, pretentious, fantastic claims on the p art of m ost of them, I finally asked myself this question: “W h y is it th at so m any otherw ise intelligent, rational hum an beings seem to believe that a study of m etaphysics or of the mystical, spiritual, philosophical and m ysterious laws, principles, and facts of life must be accom panied by or based upon er ratic, impossible, and often inane asser tions, im plications, promises and ex pectations?” In other w ords, w hy do so m any seem ingly norm al hum an beings believe th at a correct and proper study of the m ystical laws of life and the spiritual laws of the universe cannot be accom panied by sane and rational thinking and sane and rational living, and espec ially by sane and rational believing? A survey of the propaganda, the claims, the promises, the activities, and the final crash to earth of a score or more of new, surprising, “m ystical” or “occult” movements which have had an overnight mushroom birth in the W e s t ern W o rld in the past tw enty years plainly reveals th at he w ho offers to the public the most outlandish, extremely fantastic, highly im probable and elabor ately painted program in the fields of
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mysticism, mystical philosophy and spiritual revelation immediately attra cts thousands upon thousands of individ uals w ho w holeheartedly and enthusi astically cast aside all rhym e and reason in their thinking, throw aside all prev ious rational training, ignore all con servative principles, and blindly though diligently accept the fantastic an d the illogical as truths. Is it not possible to be a stu d en t of mysticism or of N a tu re ’s partially con cealed laws and principles and of the spiritual fundam entals of life, an d still be sane? W h a t is there about the study of these arcane subjects th a t should w arran t any individual to become ir rational in his thinking and so gullible in the acceptance of principles offered him th at he becomes obsessed w ith ridiculous ideas and inhibited by impos sible beliefs? In attem pting to answ er these ques tions I returned again to a survey of the m any stran ge movements th at have appeared in N o rth America, for in stance. in the past years, and have a t tracted a w ide following, seeming to rise to great heights of w orldly and physical strength and prosperity, and then suddenly close up voluntarily be cause of inability to fulfill their promises or because the local city or state police or departm ents of the federal govern m ent close them up, or because new s papers and m agazines reveal the hypoc risy, the deceit, the immorality, and the insincerity of the leaders and their associates. Each and every one of these new an d surprising m ovements has m ade unique claims, has seized upon unique ideas, has offered impossible re w ards to those who followed it, and has deliberately taken the nam es of great thinkers or leaders in the past, or para graphs from their w ritings, or spiritual truths from the Bible, and has m isrepre sented or tw isted and turned them and tried to show that new truths, new facts, new m arvels had been discovered and w ere now available only through the new organization and the new lead er. Some of them have claimed th at they w ere created by the high command of some great “invisible M a ste r” or by the decree of one of the well know n and beloved m aster thinkers of the past, or more often by authority of the “ G reat
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W h ite B rotherhood” or occasionally by the official and positive instructions of S aint G erm ain or of Jesus the C hrist, or of John the B aptist or of one of m any other em inent spiritual and philosoph ical thinkers and leaders. T h en I turned to review the claims and pretensions of the leaders of most of these spontaneously born and sud denly extinguished organizations. In nearly every case w here the organiza tions claim unique and extrem ely fanati cal know ledge and power, the leader or leaders have clothed them selves with the most w eird and highly im probable characterizations and pretensions. F irst of all, they alw ays claim to be a direct, personal, divinely appointed disciple and m essenger of some p ast eminent philosophical and mystical thinker or spiritual leader. Secondly, they alw ays claim to have superhum an or super norm al powers and abilities, including the pow er or ability to voluntarily and m om entarily ascend above and beyond this earth plane even in the tw inkling of an eye, and hold confidential and w his pered conversations an d comm unica tions with saintly beings, invisible C os mic M asters, or even w ith God. In the third place, they picture themselves either by direct statem ent or by implica tion as being so holy and pure, so pious and so divine in character and physical composition, that they live continuously in fear of a gust of wind th at m ay blow them into space above the clouds, w here their w ings will suddenly exert their dorm ant pow er and keep them in eter nal flight. F ourthly, they allow their followers to believe—and alw ays dis creetly encourage the belief—that they have few if any hum an traits, are above and beyond all hum an and earthly tem ptations and reflections; that they not only do not eat m eat or smoke or drink, even to the extent of accepting a sw allow of w ine in making a toast, and th at they are not only aesthetic and pure in all things natural and all things unnatural, but th a t they are immune even to the natural instincts of all kinds and are celibates, despisers of money and earthly rew ards, unaffected by earthly praise or adoration, uncon tam inated by earthly influences, and just too good to remain on earth except for their divine mission in teaching the
rest of the ignorant w orld how to be som ething like themselves. In nearly every case, these leaders have proclaim ed th at although they ap pear to be forty or fifty years of age, they are in fact seventy or eighty or a hundred years old. Some have even claimed that they have lived here on earth for so long a time th at they have forgotten their date of birth, a n d —most fortunately—have forgotten w here they w ere born and w here any records could be found of their birth. T h e y alw ays claim to have “a pow erful organization” back of them, to have the moral, spir itual, and even physical support of a Cosmic or H oly Assem bly, to make free and frequent visits to oriental and especially Indian and T ib etan m onas teries and secluded temples, and to have the editorial and intellectual guidance and assistance of m arvelous M asters, and even on occasion of Jesus the C hrist or some of His Disciples. Invariably they have claimed that there w as no commercial elem ent as sociated w ith their program ; th at for every dollar they receive from their followers they spend at least a dollar and five cents in doing good for their followers; th at if they could, they would do aw ay with the necessity of collec tions, the paym ent of dues, the high prices for private instruction, and the handling of m oney in any form. T h ey generally assert most positively that their ‘‘divine mission in life” is unas sociated w ith any selfish or personal de sire to provide for them selves the neces sities, let alone the comforts, of life. T h e most definite thing th at they give to their followers is a list of promises w hich includes the ability to ascend in holy communication w ith the saints and spiritual beings of the past and present, the ability to become immune to all earthly problems, trials and tribulations, the pow er to be superhum an and super normal, the “g u aran teed ” formula for lifting one’s self quickly and thoroughly out of the average and ordinary routine of life to a high and successful and The finally prosperous position, to dwell Rosicrucian w ith the great ‘‘unseen M asters” in inti Digest m ate association, and hundreds of pre Septem ber posterous but nevertheless alluring 1937 feats.
It is a fact th at through the study of N a tu re ’s laws, the spiritual laws, the laws relating to m an’s being and his as sociation w ith the Cosmic principles an d powers, an individual can so im prove himself in his thinking, in his understanding, in his com prehension, and in the developm ent of his poise, his character, latent pow ers and abilities, th a t he can lift himself G R A D U A L L Y to a higher place in life. It is true that as an individual studies and analyzes and becomes intellectually and spiritual ly fam iliar w ith the fundam ental laws of the universe and tries to adjust him self S A N E L Y w ith these laws and live in harm ony w ith Divine and Cosmic principles, he does develop and aw aken and quicken those actions, those essen tial and G od-given traits of character and mental prow ess th at enable him to change the course of his life, to see be yond the every day horizon, and to fol low a path of developm ent, intellectual ly, ethically, m orally and spiritually, th at will make his life more peaceful, m ore contented, more P R O S P E R O U S in all of the things of life than the p er son who lives a life of narrow m inded ness, bigotry and hypocritical thinking, and of unaw akened com prehension. But, the greatest prosperity in life is not th at associated w ith money, or even with the w orldly things th at have no inherent quality but represent a power to buy. G ood health, a m oderate enjoy m ent of the necessities of life, a happy and contented mind, a sureness of w hat will be m ade m anifest on the morrow, a lack of fear regarding the so-called unknow n probabilities of life, a rational and understandable attunem ent with the C onsciousness of G od and the Spir itual M ind of the universe, the fortun ate ability to make friends and hold them, to spread sunshine and happiness, to find w ays and m eans of helping others (w ithout the use of m oney or m aterial th in g s)—these are the things that rep resent the true prosperity of life. A person w ho has most of these would not abandon them, trad e them, exchange them or sell them for all of the money, the gold, the jewels or m aterial assets of this earth. Such persons may be humble w orkers, even unskilled labor ers, underpaid hirelings, living in small homes, in small villages, and unacThree hundred ten
quainted w ith the scintillating, glam or ous artificialities of this life. Y et these sparkling and highly dec orated and colorful m ovem ents do not offer such prosperity to their students, their followers, and their financial con tributors. T h e y alw ays add to their list of promises of guaranteed peace, g u ar anteed health, and guaranteed know l edge the ability to do supernorm al things, unnatural things, fantastic things, extraordinary feats and inane achievem ents. N o t one of these suddenly popular and eventually dissolved m ovem ents has failed to include in its pretensions and guarantees some impossible spiritual and divine m arvels; or it has intim ated a course and practice in life th a t includ ed immoral and unm oral practices under the guise of 'the unfoldm ent of char acter and the purging of the flesh,” or of stran g e physical and m ental abilities, including levitation, ascension of the body, the location of gold mines and de posits of gold, the discovery of hidden fortunes, the attraction of jewels and rare m etals, the indulgence in spiritual com panions or “soul m ates,” or the rise to fame and glory in politics and in business and social life in a very short period of time. Records of the past telling the story of mystical, philosophical and spiritual movements in Europe for m any cen turies show that ages ago, leaders and groups of independent thinkers m aking absurd and ridiculous pretensions and claims tried all of the w ays and means th at these new and m odern movements in the W e ste rn W o rld are trying to a t tract the attention of followers and de ceive the governm ent. N ot one of these m odern movements has invented or de vised a scheme or plan th at w as not tried long ago. Europe is especially free in these m odern times of m any of these ridiculous movements that are making such bom bastic claims in America. T h ere are some absurd offerings still to be found in Europe, but Am erica is cer tainly the most gullible of any country in the world. W e know from our experiences, from our records, from our contacts w ith thousands of members, th at men and women of culture, of refinement, in
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tellect and rational thinking, can find time and good motive for the study of m ystical philosophy and spiritual revel ation. W e do know th at thousands of such sane and rational persons find in spiration and happiness, contentm ent, peace, and general prosperity in the study of such subjects as are covered in our graded courses of lessons. W e know that w ith thousands of them, the study is like a hobby. It occupies a por tion of their spare time, it becomes a tem pting an d inspiring pastim e as well as a profitable intellectual and spiritual indulgence. W e know only too well th at they are willing to contribute nom inally and conservatively to the up keep of such an organization as ours. W e have learned on m any past occa sions that they will even make sensible and reasonable sacrifices to defend the organization and its leaders, to protect the good nam e and integrity of the O rd e r and its symbols, and to further the good purposes for which the O rd er rem ains in existence. W e know that they love to travel from the E astern coast to the W e ste rn , from the N orth and the South and even from foreign countries, to visit our H eadquarters, our Park, our buildings and our offices. W e know that in every city and com m unity groups of them associate them selves to do w elfare w ork and spread sunshine. W e know that men and women of high position in the governm ent, in the courts of law, in business, and in professions, give a portion of their time to help the organization and to help the unfortunate in and outside of our o r ganization. W e know th at they take the Rosicrucian w ork—including its teach ings, its hum anitarian activities, its re search, scientific explorations and a n a lytical investigations, its prom otion of good living and right thinking — very seriously. W e know that w ith thousands of our members the high ideals and principles of our organization are equivalent to a religious philosophy. But we do know also th at our mem bers are not interested in any fanatical claims, in any extrem e promises, or in any hope of becoming superhum ans or superhum an beings, or superior crea tures equal to G od. W e know that thousands of them would instantly re sign from the organization if we ever
attem pted to claim for ourselves, as directors of the organization, or claim for the leaders of our activities in any p art of the w orld, the ridiculous and absurd characteristics, abilities, powers and divine experiences th at the leaders of these m any other movements and or ganizations claim for them selves. W e know th at ten thousand of our members would resign overnight if w e attem pted to instruct them to sit for an hour or more in m editation w ith their hands up lifted in front of them, praying to G od to help them to “ascend in the physical b o d y ” or ascend spiritually, or ascend in any other w ay. W e know th a t m any thousands w ould resign instantly if we attem pted to tell them th at we knew of hidden and inoperative gold mines which we hoped to open, and from w hich we intended to extract more gold than exists in the w orld. W e know that practically every one of our members w ould resign from the organization if we told them th at the next issue of our m agazine w as going to be edited by Jesus C hrist, or w ould contain an edi torial w ritten or dictated, or even in spired, by Jesus C hrist. W e know that every member would abandon our or ganization in absolute disgust if we m ade one-half or one-tenth of the claims th at w ere m ade by m any of these o ther organizations, and we thank God th at the average member in our organi zation is so sane, so rational, so intelli gent, and so contented th at he is not tem pted even to read or listen to the wild and fantastic stories told or w ritten under the authority of m any of these other organizations. W e know that our members would not believe us if we said th at we had found “a new w ay to talk w ith G od.” T h e y know there is only one w ay to commune w ith G od, and th at is in the oldest w ay th at man has ever known or ever used, and which millions have found through their own experience, and which is a natural m ethod that comes even to the child mind because of its sane and rational procedure. W e know th at our members would not The credit us w ith either intelligence or sin Rosicrucian cerity if we were to proclaim th at Saint Digest G erm ain or any other em inent M aster Septem ber of the past, philosopher, or Divine, was 1937 hourly associating him self w ith us in an
invisible or visible body, and w as di recting the affairs of this organization and dictating its policy and its teachings. W e know also th at our members w ould scoff a t us an d ridicule us if we attem pted to claim th at we would bring “twin ra y s” (soul m ates) together; or to produce the “violet flame” of Cosmic pow er in our group assemblies; or th at by proclaim ing th a t each one of us was the “ascended I A m ” w e could change the course of our lives; or th at the real purpose of our organization w as to start a new race by beginning w ith a few im m aculate conceptions a t H eadquarters and having other members indulge pro m iscuously in the bringing into the w orld of children born out of wedlock but having reincarnated souls of G reat M asters; or th at some w om an officer of our organization w as the divinely ap pointed m other of a new race to give birth to children of specialized divine heritage; or th at by burning some in cense of a special kind m anufactured by us in a secret laboratory while in a trance and sold by us in spiritualized packages, the individual w ho b u m s the incense could a ttra c t elem ental spirits th at would enter his body, take posses sion of him and change the being into a superbeing—or any of the hundred and one fantastic an d ridiculous claims that are m ade by the organizations th at are sweeping A m erica today and sweeping the individuals to disappointm ent, to spiritual doom, and m ental insanity. W e know th at our organization has grow n in size more rapidly than any other of the so-called mystical, philo sophical and m etaphysical organizations or brotherhoods, but we know that while it has grow n in size and grown in prosperity in every sense through the sane and rational support of its mem bers, it has grown in real spiritual power as well, and has done so through sane m ethods. E very one of the Suprem e officers and departm ent heads in the H ead quarters of A M O R C would rath er re sign his appointed position and abandon his connection w ith A M O R C tom orrow than to be expected to assum e or to al low the members to believe that he or she w as any specially divine M aster, or had any special and unique divine pow ers and abilities, or w as the reincarna
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tion of any G reat M aster or w as in daily or hourly com panionship w ith an invisible M aster or group of them, to such an extent th at they w ere under the control an d direction of these invisible M asters in some fantastic m anner. W e w an t our members to look upon us as sane and rational individuals holding our positions in the organization not by an y divine right, but by the right of dili gent service, sane thinking, careful m anagem ent and dignified conduct and unstinted service to the members. A nd we do not w ant in our organization, as officer or member, any individual or any
hum an being w ho is beginning to think or has a tendency to think th at he or she is developing a unique trait of spir ituality, a special form of divine power, or a unique Cosmic position. W e w ant to be alw ays sane and rational hum an beings dealing w ith sane an d rational hum an beings in a sane and rational m anner. W e hope in this w ay to con tinue to serve our mem bership and to present ourselves to the w orld in th at sam e honest and sincere m anner as have all of the past officers and directors of the Rosicrucian activities in all p arts of the world.
M&n, when conscious of an eternal truth, has ever symbolized it so that the human consciousness could forever have realization of it. Nations, languages and customs have changed, but these ancient designs continue to illuminate mankind w ith their m ystic light. For those who are seeking light, each month we will reproduce a symbol or symbols, w ith their ancient meaning.
D U A L B E IN G N o t only does our com mon law consider m arriage as uniting two individuals into a single entity, but the early C anon or Ecclesi astical law did as well. T h e m ystical principle be hind the church law w as th a t man and wom an w ere originally one being of dual sex, and thereafter became separate beings, each w ith but one polarity of life, or sex, and this condition m arriage strove to correct. T h e allegory below depicts these ancient principles. T o the right of the two sw eethearts is C upid, a well known symbol. Above them is a tw o-headed figure alluding to the state of m arriage, w herein persons m ay have separate minds, yet can return to the original condition of man — the duality of sex and one being. (R eproduced from an early Rosicrucian volume — dated 1629 A. D. — in the archives of the Rosicrucian O rder, A M O R C .)
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T H E W O R L D O F M AK E-BELIEV E
(A Message Delivered at the 1937 C onvention) By F r a t e r F r a n k F a n n i n g
H E R E is possibly no subject we can discuss th at can not be opened by a quotation from Shakespeare. T h e Sh a k e s p e a re a n dram as are infinite in w isdom —so by saying — “All the w o rld ’s a stage, an d all the men and women m ere ly p l a y e r s , ” we sta rt w ith w hat w e w ant to say about the w orld of reality and the w orld of make-believe. From childhood, w e sta rt to a c t—th at is, we live in a w orld of our own im agination. As children, if we look back to that time, we recall play ing im aginary events, events in which we m erged the outer-self so completely as to lose consciousness of fact and dw elt in fancy. “ M ake-believe,” adults say, “is the im agination of children, they grow out of it w hen they develop.” W e never grow out of “m ake-believe” —w e m ight believe we do, but we d o n 't—if it were not for the so-called w orld of makebelieve, man would vanish from the The Rosicrucian earth. W e m ight come across a man whose Digest outer existence is that, say, of a brick Septem ber layer. H is w ork seems very m atter-of1937 fact and dull. W e see him w orking, covered with dust and m ortar. A w ay from his every-day w ork, we m ight meet the same man and learn th at he dwells much in a w orld of fancy, profoundly interested in music, in a rt, and studying along m ystical and occult lines. T hese things have nothing to do w ith his ordinary w ork. W h a t causes him then, to turn to the finer things in life? It can be only his im aginary realm of thought. In im agination he desires higher things in life. In im agination, he has created an ideal for himself. T h e motion picture screen has given the hum an race, especially the “aver a g e ” man, more com fort and enjoym ent than any other medium of en tertain ment. In a motion picture theatre you sit down and relax. You forget y o u r self, your physical body, your every-day troubles and work. You rest. C oncen trating on the screen, you forget the world of fact about you. You project your consciousness onto th at screen with the actors and actresses and be come one of them in their sorrow s and difficulties, in w hatever role they may be portraying. H ow do we do this? W e know that w hat we behold is only a shadow of events, yet nothing seems more real to us than those shadow s. T h e sur roundings in which we are have van ished, our entire attitude is emotional, im aginative.
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P erhaps the screen m ight be com pared to the psychic eye of m an,—on this eye, in the center of his forehead, are flashed m yriad pictures of other places, scenes, events—a veritable mo tion picture theatre in the hum an head. In our game of m ake-believe we often dwell in stran g e surroundings of im ag ination, so th at our difficulties in life are tem porarily forgotten. T h e m otionpicture w orld has given us a medium by which we are able to do this very thing when ever w e wish — th at is, forget actuality and enter the w orld of imagi nation. H ere in this m ythical, incor poreal, intangible and im material place, one is a “u nit,” a “ ty p e” w ho is “cast” as a ch aracter or a “b it” in a picture— one of the segm ents th at go to make up the m any com ponent p arts of a pro duction, like “notes” in the scale of a musical composition, which eventually produce the harmonics of a sym phony or a “b it” of jazz, but both essential to their time and place. A good actor, portraying the role of a particular character, makes us feel th at “im agined” character, w hether tragic or comic, yet it is only m akebelieve. W h ile enacted it draw s us aw ay from reality into the very p art the player assum es. Let us remem ber that, w hen in the motion picture theatre, to see scenes of foreign lands is to feel our selves projected into those very settings, to forget tem porarily th at we are in Am erica, only looking a t films. T h e psychic-eye in m an is a screen upon which are reflected scenes of far off places. O u r im agination conjures up scenes for us. M ay we not, w ith equal ease, enter into those im aginations, just as we feel p art of a setting on a motion picture screen? T h e ancient G reek, A ristotle, said th at “true dram a should be a 'purging' for the sp ectator.” In any high, ele vating motion picture, such as “T h e Lost H orizon,” we tem porarily tran scend time and space and dwell for the moment amid the settings we see on the screen. Com ing aw ay from it, we feel as though we h ad undergone a purging, —we feel we have transcended actual ity for a while, which makes returning to it more bearable. T his is the secret of im agination. Spiritual im agination is the secret of all
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occult study. A s the theatre takes us out of ourselves, so does im agination lift us into realm s of spirituality w here we find ourselves “lifted-up,” and w here im agination becomes the w orld of real ity, our own w orld of reality seeming, in turn, to be only a shadow of the real. Every scientific discovery is in reality the m aterialization of a spiritual truth. T h e motion picture screen, w ith the mo tion picture camera, are outer dem on strations of the psychic eye and the light w ithin man. T h e duality of the camera is symbolic of m an’s conscious ness. F irst, the camera w ith its positive film unexposed is useless until the “ light” is contacted, the "lig h t” causing a polarized action which instantly changes the positive film (unexposed) to the negative (exposed). H ere the process of “ developing” is necessary, then it is ready for “projection” in its negative form. It is now placed in the “projection” machine, the result is w it nessed at the third point, nam ely the “screen,” w here the m anifestation or picture, necessarily a n d naturally follows. T h u s are m any of the m ajor and minor laws dem onstrated in this m ys tical, m ythical, and mechanical m anner. H ere is seen the m ulticolored fanfare of life, in all its moods and moments. H ere, in reflected pomp and circum stance, is life's looking-glass. H ere we sense ourselves as others see us, timed and placed and full of fear—and w hat is time but an illusionary vision of m a terial man, to space his illusionary ideas of a timeless creation, conceived and accepted, for the purpose of self and as his only answ er for his dismissal. Ideas can not be spaced, neither are they timed, only civilized man uses timedevices and w orships a t its altar. W h a t knows nature of it, or the lack of it? T h ro u g h reiteration and ready-m ade beliefs, readily proved faulty y et ac cepted as fact, we have inherited—time. P erhaps the greatest desire of man is to “ get aw ay from him self” — th at is, aw ay from his m aterial troubles and discom forts. T h e theatre has been an age old solace. M om entarily, man has been lifted out of himself by “makebelieve.” In im agination, he has fol lowed the events of the magic show he has seen. All of us live to a greater or
less degree in a "w orld of m akebelieve” ; we are actors and actresses living in an im aginary realm. W e m ust believe th at we are constantly being "c a st” for som ething better, som ething higher. W e m ust each have an ideal and m ust strive continuously tow ard th at ideal, for today is but a " p a rt” or a "b it” we m ust play tow ard the ful fillment of a tom orrow. T o continue to live just in a w orld of immediate real ity and to respond to things as they actually are, in and around us, causes life to appear drab an d m onotonous. T h u s, as in the w orld of motion pic tures, it is necessary th at w e live in an im aginary w orld, a potentiality of be coming som ething over and beyond w h at we are a t the moment. T h e p art we each m ust play, m ust m erge its o rdinary consciousness w ith th at of the whole; the objective w ith the subjective, the negative w ith the positive, and he w ho comes increasingly under the guidance of his soul, enters, more and more, into the consciousness of the m aster-craftsm an. T h e moral of a motion picture pro duction is its personality, which is a blend of m ental and emotional energy w ith a vital force — the result of the union of these three energies, in objec IP ...........
tive form, is the picture. T h e motion picture, in counterdistinction to con sciousness, provides the "w aters of space” in which the hum an being thrives and grows; and, by his unfoldm ent, he becomes aw are of the greater and larg er issues an d through the agency of scientific, religious and educational in fluence, his consciousness is steadily expanding. M ost of us feel like getting aw ay from ourselves. O u r Rosicrucian study show s us the w ay of obtaining peace w henever w e so desire it. W e do not have to be lifted out of ourselves. W e do not have to ignore our physical bodies. In fact, it is through and by the physical body th at a m anifestation of spiritual law s comes to us. M an has ever willed to do and yet, w ithout the quality of will, how could he bring into actual use the pow er of im agination, to shape and change his course of life, his environm ent and his ideals? Im agine forth w hat you will, but rem em ber im aged thoughts go forth and return to you just as you im print them. So we m ust learn to raise our thoughts and our ideals to the highest concept of h a r mony, beauty, peace and love, and reap the harvest th at is bound to return to us, tw o-fold and overflowing.
A C O R R E C T IO N
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In last month’s issue of "T he Rosicrucian D igest" there appeared a report of the highlights of the recent Rosicrucian Egyptian and M ystic Lands T our. In the beginning of the report, reference was made to the departure from America on the S. S. R ex of the Italian Steamship Line. T h e departure w as made on the S. S. R om a, and w herever the name R ex is mentioned in the aforesaid report, the word R om a should be substituted. —T H E E D IT O R .
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C O N V E N T IO N R E P O R T
"Along Civilization's T rail," the interesting travel serial by F rater Ralph M. Lewis, has been deleted from this issue to provide room for the Rosicrucian Convention report. T his series of articles will be resumed in the next issue, as will the tw o departments, "Summaries of Science" and "Cathedral C ontacts." EL................................. ............................................................................................ .................................................
The Rosicrucian Digest Septem ber 1937
JU N IO R O R D E R
T he Junior O rder of T orch Bearers, Los Angeles C hapter, is again active. Those interested are invited to attend sessions at 10 A. M. each Sunday, Hermes Lodge, 148 N. G ram ercy Place. During the Junior sessions Forum meetings are held for parents. = §
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T H E W IS D O M O F A C H IL D
T he innocence and frankness of a child, with its naive reaction to reality, often cause it to speak words of wisdom by which the most astute can profit. T he above picture is a reproduction of a large painting in the art gallery of the V atican, which magnificently depicts a learned patriarch recording the words of a young lad. It is also a splendid character study. (C ourtesy of The Rosicrucian D igest.)
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are never a stran g e r in a n y gathering, il your affiliations are know n. S ocial harriers a n d b o n d s are broken b y I he simple d isplay of a m e m b e rsh ip em blem . Y ou are never a n “ u n k n o w n ’ to others, if you signify your interests a n d ideals by the dignified w e a rin g of your fraternal insignia. N o la n d is far from home, or a n y nation very foreign, il you can meet there, people w h o th in k as you do. A m e m b ersh ip em blem is a m a g n et tiiat d ra w s ou t of the dailypassing th rong, the indifferent world, the people you sh o u ld know a n d make your friends.
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T h e R o sicru cian O rd er, e x is tin g in ail civilized lan d s, is a n o n -se c ta ria n , f ra te r n a l bod y of m en a n d w om en d ev o ted to th e in v e s tig a tio n , stu d y , an d p ra c tic a l ap p lic a tio n of n a tu r a l an d s p iritu a l law s. T h e p u rp o se of th e o r g a n i z atio n is to en ab le all to live in h a rm o n y w ith th e creativ e, c o n stru c tiv e . Cosm ic forces fo r th e a tta in m e n t of h e a lth , h a p p in e ss, a n d P eace. T h e O rd e r is in te r n a tio n a lly kn o w n as AM ORC (an a b b re v ia tio n ), a n d th e AM ORC in A m erica, a n d all o th e r la n d s, c o n s titu te s th e o n ly form of R o s i c ru c ia n a c tiv itie s u n ite d in one b o d y h a v in g re p re s e n ta tio n in th e in te r n a tio n al fe d e ra tio n . T h e AM ORC does n o t sell its te a c h in g s, b u t g iv es th em fre e ly to all a ffiliated m em b ers, to g e th e r w ith m an y o th e r benefits. I n q u ire r s se e k in g to know th e h isto ry , p u rp o se s, a n d p ra c tic a l b enefits th a t th e y m ay receive from R o sicru cian asso ciatio n , a re in v ited to send fo r th e free book, " T h e S ecret H e r ita g e .” A d d ress, F r ia r S. P . C., care of AMORC T E M P L E R o sicru cian P a r k , San Jo s e , C a lifo rn ia , U. S. A. (C able A d d re ss : "A M O R C O ” R a d io S tatio n W 6H T B )
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A R M A N D O F O N T D E LA JARA. F. R. C., D eputy G rand M aster: C EC IL A. PO O L E . F .R .C ., Secretary-G eneral. Direct inquiries regarding this division to the Secretary-G eneral, Rosicrucian Park. San Jose, California, U . S. A.
J u n io r O rd e r of T o rch B e a re rs (sp o n so re d by A M ORC). F o r co m p lete in fo rm a tio n as to its aim s an d b en efits a d d r e s s G en eral S e c re ta ry , G ra n d C h a p te r, R o sic ru c ia n P a r k , San Jo se . C a lifo rn ia .
T he follow ing principal branches are D istrict H eadquarters of A M O R C
Los Angeles, California: Hermes Lodge, A M O R C Temple. Mr. Paul D eputy, M aster. Reading Room and Inquiry office open daily, 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. and 7:30 p. m. to 9 p. m. except Sundays. 148 N. Gram ercy Place. New York City, New York: N ew Y ork C hapter, Rooms 35-36, 711 8th Ave., cor. 8th Ave. and 45th Street. Mr. Joseph W eed, M aster: M artha L. Mullins, Secretary. Inquiry and reading rooms open week days and Sundays, 1 to 8 p. m. Booker T . W ashington Chapter. H orace I. Hamlett, M aster, 491 Classon Ave., Brook lyn: Ida F. Johnson. Secretary. 286 Mc Donough St., Brooklyn. M eetings every Sunday evening at 8:30 p. m., Y. M. C. A. Chapel, 180 W . 135th Street. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Benjamin Franklin C hapter of A M ORC: Mr. H. Baker Churchill, M aster; Mr. George M. Stew art, Secretary, 617 Arch Street. Meetings for all members every second and fourth Sunday, 7:30 p. m. at the U niversal Peace Institute, 219 S. Broad Street, 2nd floor (over Horn & H a rd a rt’s). Birmingham, Alabama: Birmingham C hapter. Convocation for all grades, each F riday night, 7:30 p. m., Lodge room, T utw ilder Hotel. Mr. O rlando S. Finch, M aster, 1604 16th Ave. N. or C. C. Berry, Secretary, 721 S. 85th Street. Pittsburg, Pennsylvania: Penn. First Lodge. M ary S. Green, M aster; 610 Arch Street. D etroit, Michigan: Thebes C hapter No. 336. Mrs. Pearl Anna Tifft, M aster: Mr. Ernest Cheyne, Secretary. M eetings at the D etroit Federa tion of W om en's Clubs, 4811 2nd Avenue, every T uesday, 8 p. m. Inquirers call dial phone Tow nsend 6-2967. San Francisco, California: F rancis Bacon Lodge. 1655 Polk Street: Mr. Elmer Lee Brown, M aster. M ystical convocations for all members every 2nd and 4th M onday, 8 p. m. Office and reading room open T uesday, W ednesday and Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. Reading, Pennsylvania: Reading C hapter. Mr. Geo. Osman. Master; Mr. R. K. Gumpf, Secretary. Meeting every 1st and 3rd Friday, 8:00 p. m., W ashington Hall, 904 W ashington Street. Boston, Massachusetts: T he M arie Clemens Lodge. Mr. Pierpont F. De Lesdernier, M aster: Temple and reading Rooms, 739 Boylston St., Telephone K en more 9398. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago C hapter No. 9. Fred D. W edge, M aster; Miss Sue Lister, Secretary. T ele phone Superior 6881. Reading Room open afternoons and evenings. Sundays 2 to 5 only. Lakeview Bldg., 166 S. M ichigan Ave.. Rooms 408-9-10. Lecture sessions for ALL members every T uesday night. 8:00 p. m. Chicago (Colored) C hapter N o. 10. Dr. Katie B. H oward. M aster; Nehemiah Dennis, Secretary. Meetings every W ednesday night at 8 o'clock, Y. M. C. A.. 3763 So. W ab ash A venue.
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W ashington, D. C.: Thom as Jefferson C hapter. Richard D. Ames, M aster. M eetings Confederate Memorial Hall, 1322 Verm ont Ave. N . W ., every F ri day evening, 8:00 p. m. Secretary, Mrs. G ladys Short, 3323 Holmead PI. N. W . Seattle, W ashington: A M O R C C hapter 586. Mr. C. R. Cleaver, Master; Mr. Geo. Peterson, Secretary. 311-14 Lowman Bldg., between 1st and 2nd Aves.. on C herry Street. Reading room open week days 11 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. V isitors welcome. C hapter meetings each M onday, 8:00 p. m.
Portland, O regon: Portland Rose C hapter. Mrs. Emma Strick land, M aster; Phone Ga. 8445. Information Tues. evening, 7 to 9, 405 Orpheum Bldg. C hapter meets T hursday 8:00 p.m . at 714 S. W . 11th Ave. Newark. New Jersey: H. Spencer Lewis C hapter. John W iederkehr, M aster. Meeting every M onday. 8:15 p. m.. 37 W ashington St. St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis C hapter. Douglas M. Bryden, M aster. Melbourne Hotel, Grand Avenue and Lindell Blvd. Meetings first and third T uesday of each month. 8 p. m.
O ther C hartered Chapters and Lodges of the Rosicrucian O rder (A M O R C ) will be found in most large cities and towns of N orth America. Address of local representatives given on request.
P R IN C IP A L C A N A D IA N B R A N C H E S
V ictoria, British Columbia: V ictoria Lodge. Mr. George A. Melville, Master. Inquiry Office and Reading Room, 725 Courtney Street. Librarian, Mr. C. C. Bird, Phone G3757. W innipeg, M anitoba, Canada: Charles D ana Dean Chapter, 204 Kensington Bldg. Mr. Ronald S. Scarth, M aster, 834 G rosvenor Avenue. Session for all members every T uesday at 7:45 p. m.. 204 Kensington Building. Edmonton, Alberta: Mr. F. G. Powell. Avenue E. M aster. 9533 Jasper
T oronto, O ntario, Canada: M r. E. Charlton, M aster. Sessions 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, 7:00 p. m., No. 10 Lansdowne Ave. Vancouver, British Columbia: Canadian G rand Lodge, A M O R C . Mr. E. A. Burnett, M aster; Miss M abylee Deacon, Secretary, A M O R C Temple, 878 Hornby Street.
A F E W O F T H E F O R E IG N JU R IS D IC T IO N S
Scandinavian Countries: T he A M O R C G rand Lodge of Denmark. Mr. A rthur Sundstrup, Grand M aster; Carli Andersen, S. R. C., G rand Secretary. M anogade 13th Strand. Copenhagen, Denmark. Sweden: Grand Lodge "Rosenkorset." Anton Svanlund, F. R. C., Grand M aster. Jerusalemsgatan, 6, Malmo. H olland: De Rozekruisers O rde; Groot-Lodge der Nederlanden. J. Coops, Gr. Sect., Hunzestraat 141, Amsterdam. France: Dr. H ans Gruter, Grand M aster. Mile. Jeanne Guesdon, Secretary, 56 Rue Gambetta. Villeneuve Saint Georges (Seine & O ise). Switzerland: A M ORC, G rand Lodge, 21 Ave. Dapples, Lausanne; Dr. Ed. Bertholet, F. R. C., Grand M aster, 6 Blvd. Chamblandes, Pully-Lausanne; Pierre Genillard, G rand Secty., Surlac B, Mont Choisi, Lausanne. China: T he United G rand Lodge of China. P. O. Box 513, Shanghai, China. New Zealand: Auckland C hapter A M ORC. Mr. G. A. Franklin, M aster, 317 V ictoria Arcade Bldg.. Queen St.. City Auckland. England: T h e A M O R C G rand Lodge of G reat Britain. Mr. Raymund Andrea, F. R. C., Grand M aster, 34 B ayw ater Ave., W estbury Park, Bristol 6. D utch and East Indies: D r. W . T h. van Stokkum, Grand Master; W . J. Visser, Secretary-G eneral. Karangtempel 10 Semarang, Java. Egypt: T he Grand O rient of A M O R C , House of the Temple, M. A. Ramayvelim, F. R. C., Grand Secretary, 26, Avenue Ismalia. Heliopolis. C airo Information Bureau de la Rose Croix, ]. Sapporta, Secretary, 27 Rue Salimon Pacha. Cairo. Africa: T he G rand Lodge of the Gold Coast, A M O R C . Mr. W illiam Okai, Grand M aster, P. O. Box 424 Accra, Gold Coast, W est Africa.
T h e addresses o f other foreign G rand L od g es and secretaries will be furn ished on application.
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T H E M Y S T IC A L L IF E O F JE S U S .
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“U N T O T H E E I G R A N T . . . ”
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V olum e V I.
A THO USA ND Y EA RS OF YESTERD AYS.
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V olum e V II.
S E L F M A S T E R Y A N D F A T E , W IT H T H E C Y C L E S O F L IF E .
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V olum e X I.
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L E M U R IA — T H E L O ST C O N T IN E N T O F T H E P A C IF IC .
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