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The Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, Jurisdiction of North America
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It was nearly eleven o'clock and the guests had been pleasantly enter tained after dinner with a program of music and song, and now lingered with the hope that shortly the heavy rain would cease and permit a more com fortable departure for their homes. The large fireplace with its cheery flames and warm th attracted the guests, some of whom squatted close to the old screen that held back the occasional sparks, while others lounged in chairs, or stood near by, in silent concentration upon the burning logs. One by one the brighter lights in the large dining room of the W e n tw o r th home had been extinguished and only a soft color of orange and blue, from shaded lamps and burning logs, lighted the countenances of the guests on this tenth anniversary of the W e n tw o r th marriage. Outside the wind and rain added their mystic tones and notes to the enchantment of the scene within. “ Come, Roberts, and tell us the s to ry that you promised at the table. This is the time and place for any s to ry that is really w o rth the telling.” A ll agreed with the invitation extended by Johnson, the new District A ttorn ey, and chairs were moved closer together while Roberts, the physician and advisor to most of those present, assumed a position in front of them, to the side of the fireplace. “If you have the time to listen to the whole s to r y —which will take some time to tell, I will gladly keep m y promise. But I must exact one promise from all of you in return; it is that none o f you will go forth into the world and repeat this s to r y with out makng sure of your facts. The sto ry is an old one, but a much abused one; and in thirty years I have heard as many versions — each differing in such details as to make the s to ry either of value or non sensical. In fact it was because you ng Deeming, breaking into reportoria l w o rk for the Evening Journal, had expressed himself with some erroneous ideas about the Rosicrucians that I promised to tell the real s to ry some time.” “ I am sure we can all promise to remember the truth and nothing but the truth of the story,” responded Judge W e n tw o r th , which brought a m erry chuckle from the wom en present. “W e ll, then, let me tell you that the Rosicrucians— ” “W h y not tell us w h at Rosicrucians means, as an introduction,” inter rupted Mrs. Lashburn, the v e r y precis'e teacher of tiie G irls’ Friendly G y m nasium, a local social centre.
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“That is just what I was about to do. The Rosicrucians much prefer to have their name and activities com pletely veiled if the unveiling cannot be done expertly, or at least efficiently. I mean by this that they do not fancy the unwarranted m y stery that some w riters and lecturers attach to them, but it is more acceptable than the misunderstanding that results from incorrect statements found in some encyclopaedias. “I cannot tell you w h en the Rosicrucians as a body of men and women using the term Rosicrucian, were first organized. One can find traces of them as individuals, and as groups, fa r back into the dawn of civilization. But I can start my s tory w-ith the time when the whole of Europe was suddenlyawakened to tbe fact that the Rosicrucians were well established in the form of an international brotherhood, and in possession of v e ry valuable secrets and principles of nature." "Is this a s to ry of some secret cult?" queried Miss Fletcher, the active little missionary w o rk e r of the Methodist Church. “Not at all; and that is one of the points I wish to make v e r y plain. The Rosicrucians and their groups throughout the w o rld do not constitute a cult nor a religious school, nor can I say that they form a secret society, since we are here discussing them, and I am permitted to tell you anything you wish to know about them, and they are anxious to reveal anything—any knowledge, any information, they possess. That is hardly the attitude of a secret society.” “Y ou say you are perm itted to tell us the story. Does that mean that 3'ou are a member of this organization?" asked Deeming. “I am. A n d a large number of persons in this city are members. Many of you deal with them, meet with them, have pleasant contacts with them, and do not know that they are members; not because they hide their identity, but because you have never asked them about the m atter.” “I am sure that I have never met one of these v e ry unusual persons before,” exclaimed Miss Fletcher. “Oh, yes you have, Miss Fletcher,” replied Roberts. “You have told us this evening how g reatly you and many others in y o u r Church admired the excellent abilities of the Organist who came to yo u r Church last Fall, and how he had volu nteered to teach a class of the Sunday School teachers so as to prepare them for the questions asked by the young folks. Y ou did not k now that this brilliant musician and well informed teacher was a Rosicrucian. But this is all beside the s to ry I wish to tell before the hour passes. “A s I was saying, the whole of Europe, that it is the intellectual or learned part of Europe, was suddenly mystified in the year 1610 by the wide spread distribution of seven pamphlets, in several languages, emanating from hundreds of sources, and announcing, in excellent style and conservative statement, that the F ra te rn ity of the R o s y Cross was reborn in Cassel, Ger many. The pamphlets contained an introduction addressed to the progressive minds of the land, but the appeal was unnecessary, for they at once took to themselves the message of the pamphlets and the foolish smiled and scoffed. "Never in the history of man had a single message reached so many persons and aroused so much comment. The art of printing was still young, and it was the first time that this new art had been used to prove the power of the press. By w h at means the pamphlets were so generally distributed to scores of central points for logical dissemination, may never be known. But within ten days the message contained in the Fama, as it is briefly designated, was not only being discussed, condemned, ridiculed, praised, admired and rejected, but dozens of other pamphlets attacking or supporting it were keeping the few printing presses of Germ any and other countries busy. “Clergymen of all denominations used it as a basis for a sermon with either satire or satisfaction. Physicians and chemists were called together in general assemblies to determine the number of their own class that might be found in agreement or disagreement with the message. The populace recalled and retold fantastic Rosicrucian stories heard from grandparents. Thousands w ro te letters or sent messengers long distances inquiring fo r more information, and the agents of the governm ent were advised to solve the m y s te ry of all the claims set forth in the Fama. “The original pamphlet was in German, and all others were translations of it, according to their dates. No name was given, as its author, but it was
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issued as a message from Christian Rosenkreuz. F o r a time everyone who did not know believed that this was the name of some person, and a hunt was nationally instituted for Christian Rosenkreuz. Even some o f the Germans did not seem to realize that these tw o words could be translated into Christian and R o s y Cross. Then it dawned upon them— the unknowing ones — that the symbol of the fraternity referred to in the pamphlet was a Cross with a Rose in its centre. Realizing then that the name was only a pen-name for the author, they sought for one of the most learned of the philosophers of the day who could have sufficient knowledge to prepare the astounding message. They finally selected one V alentine Andrea, a w o rk e r in behalf of the R eform ation and a prominent Lutheran clergyman. They were streng th ened in their selection by the fact that the family coat of arms of Andrea contained a cross. A lm ost over night he was acclaimed the “Christian of the R o s y C ro ss” who had written the pamphlet. “The pamphlet itself was really remarkable in its appeal and offer of universal refo rm in the lives of men and women. It announced that the ancient Fraternity of the R osy Cross was about to begin its new cycle in Germany, and that before many months had passed the hidden or preserved knowledge of the ancients, as well as the foreknowledge of the most illumi nated minds of many nations, would be at the disposal of those sincere seekers for the philosopher’s stone, health, happiness, success in proper undertakings, the transmutation of baser elements into the most refined, the secret of regen eration, resurrection, and life eternal. It cited instances of the fra tern ity ’s power through unusual knowledge, its glorious record in ages passed, its high membership, and its exclusiveness. It stated no definite place where inquirers could make contact with the organization, but implied that the mere expression of desire fo r membership w ould at once bring to the w o r th y one the necessary information. “As I have said, other pamphlets followed it, condemning it as a hoax, and many praising or supporting it. A second, official pamphlet was issued giving further information, and in a few years the ideals and principles, the activities and benevolence, of the Rosicrucians were as firmly established in Germany as they had been for centuries in oth er countries of Europe. The only difference at this time was that it was now a popular subject; the organi zation was publicly known, while in other lands, in oth er years, the w o rk and even the name R osy Cross were seemingly unknown. “I wish I had lived in those days and could remember now what occurred. It would be a story of thrilling adventure that I would tell. From the thou sands of historical references now extant, one imagines that it was one joyous session after another in Germany, in small towns and hamlets, in cities large and mighty. W e e k after week men and women, of careful selection, were initiated into the Fraternity, in groups of fives, sevens or twelves. The his torical references show that men of every walk of life, and wom en of every degree of mental culture, tried to secure admission. M any of them succeeded. There were eminent physicians, whose names some of you would recognize as important contributors to the a rt of medicine, as it wras called. There were chemists and biologists, scientists and their advanced students. Many of their names you will find in lists of famous workers in man's behalf. There were Priests and Monks— yes, Monks like F riar R oger Bacon, and even a Pope of the Roman Church was a member at one time. There were astronomers, authors, and educators, such as S ir Francis Bacon, who had considerable to do with the establishment of the new cycle in Germany. Truly, a host of the most learned, informed, and progressive of all lands eventually became publicly identified with this rapidly grow ing movement." “W a s there something new about its knowledge, or its system of instruc tion and help, that it offered to mankind?” queried Deeming. “Yes, and that was one of its tempting features. Y o u see, the Fraternity of the R osy Cross, or F ra te rs Rosae Crucis, as the term is in Latin, had existed for many centuries; but it had been inactive in Germ any fo r about one hundred and eight years, and secluded or restricted in other lands for many years. This rebirth in G erm any was the beginning of anoth er and quite different cycle. E v ery hundred and eight years the fraternity comes to public
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life in some part of the w o rld where it has been inactive. Then for one hun dred and eight ears it assumes and maintains a v e r y prominent place in the mental and cultural development of the citizens. A t the end of the period of one hundred and eight years of public existence, it retires to seclusion or seeming inactivity fo r another hundred and eight years. In other words the birth of a new cycle is every tw o hundred and sixteen years for each country, with a new cycle born in the meantime in some other land. "At the time of the new cycle in Germ any, in 1610, the fraternity in other lands was quite active, though secluded, as is shown by the many books found in later years. The Fam a itself called attention to the previous cycle in Germ any in preceding centuries. The unique point about the revival in 1610, however, was its v e ry wide and open announcement to all classes of per sons, made possible through the use of the new art of printing, and made necessary by the growing activities of the Reform ation that was taking place, with the resulting demand for information that would free all men and women from the superstitions, false notions, and the unrevealed obstacles to health, complete happiness, and w o rld ly as well as spiritual power. “A nd so the message was welcome indeed. The knowledge offered by the Rosicrucians was to them, what it is today to all men and women of this advanced civilization of the twentieth century. It was the tearing aw ay of the veil that hides the Truth, and the revealing of the Light of Wisdom. It offered that information, that positive knowledge, which only the fortunate few could obtain in the past by long years of research or contact with the advanced schools of higher learning; and it offered to the multitude the simple, simon pure, keys to the m ysteries of life. Som e of you m ay smile and say that you suspected that the Rosicrucians were a school of magic or m ystery, but I w ant to assure you that I woxild have no more time for such things than you have. But, can any one o f you honestly say that never in any hours of our daily life, in hours of test and trial, hours of relaxation or recre ation, in hours of meditation or speculation, have you had the slightest wish to know the answer to some of life’s m ysterious problems? Do you ever w onder w h y you are here on earth? Do you ever speculate as to w hy you were born, and where life will lead you ? Have you ever been face to face with one of the common, though ever mysterious, manifestations of natural law, and wished that you could understand it? Have you ever been face to face writh death or transition? Have you ever seen the sick, the suffering, the passing fconsciousness, pleading for help, and you could give no help, no ex planation? Have you ever looked into the eyes of a new born babe and wondered about the strangeness and the marvelousness of Divine prin ciples? Oh, I know how each of you would answ er these questions, and the answer w ould be the same today as it was a thousand years ago. "Man is constantly face to face with problems that call for action of the mind, the application of laws and principles regarding which he understands little. He is totally at the mercy of casual understanding or misunderstanding. He is ever confronted with tasks and trials that require the functioning of powers within himself which may be so underdeveloped, so inexperienced, that in the minute of most use, they fail him and he is lost. Do you think that such experiences come only to those who have an attraction to the wierd and mystical things of life? Not at all; fo r who am ong you can say right now, which are the mystical things of life and which are the practical? " W e send our sons and daughters to college and the university to acquire a broader and more comprehensive education than the public schools can give them. W e want them to have a larger education than we have had. W e want them to include Latin and oth er languages in their studies; we insist that ancient as w ell as modern history be included; w e encourage them to study the arts and sciences in their fundamental principles; we approve of such subjects as will make their hands and fingers nimble, their minds alert in reasoning and comprehending; wre wish them to make sure that their eyes are well trained to see, their ears to hear, their oth er senses to apprehend. This we believe is necessary in order that they may be able to master any problem that arises, meet any question, solve any perplexing situation. W h y ? In order that they may be successful in life, not only in a material sense, but
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in a cultural, ethical, mental, and spiritual sense. W e want them to achieve self-mastership and attain w o rld ly mastership. Do we feel that they can successfully go through life without ever requiring the principles of m athe matics to serve them? Do w e imagine that they can get along successfully without a knowledge o f the sciences or the a rts? Do we feel that since we do not expect them to be musicians we need not ask them to know anything about the laws of music and harm ony? Do we assume that since they are not going to be civil or electrical engineers, they need know nothing of the principles o f physics or magnetism ? “ But, look at ourselves! W e seem to assume that since w e are dealing with business propositions all day long, we have no need for any knowledge that does not pertain to our business. You, Johnson, are our new District Attorney. You are quite sure, I suppose, that yo u r large knowledge of the laws of man is quite sufficient to make success certain for you in you r life’s w o rk; but, can you say right now that you will never have need to know even the simple fundamental laws o f G od’s kingdom on earth? Can you feel sure at this moment that tom orrow, or the next day, there will not arise in you r daily affairs, or in you r home life, or in your own personal affairs, some incident, mild or serious, that will not bring a desire to know what law, what principle, w hat force, or agency is at work, and which of the many laws of God and Nature you can apply quickly and efficiently to meet the situation? Can any of you say that? “W h a t makes one man more successful than another? His training in just one line? You know that is not true! You cannot make a good business man out of a youth who has been taught nothing m ore than buying and selling. Y o u cannot make a good physician out of a man or wom en who has been taught only the principles included in the restricted four years of medical college. The fallacy of such preparation has been known for many years. Is a successful m oth er of children and a happy housewife only a woman who has ig norantly given birth to a child, mechanically cooks and cleans her home, and is unfamiliar with any of the laws of nature, art, music, science, and literature as they relate to her duties, obligations and aspirations? “Success in life means mastership, and mastership means utilizing every inner force and power of the being as well as every outer force. M an’s creative abilities do not rest in the muscular strength of his body, nor in his fertile imagination. He must be able to bring his mental imagining into materal expression, daily, ho urly; and to do this he must be able to use other faculties than simple visualization of the imagination. He must not place all dependence on his or other hands to w o rk out the concrete expression. He must be able to re-create things in that w o rld of form which exists between the mental and the material— the transitory stage where success is assured in the plans o r failure is inevitable. “It was this sort of knowledge that the Rosicrucians offered so generously in the seventeenth century in Germ any, and in oth er centuries before and after that time. The success of their plans, in aiding men and women to achieve their desires in life, brought them some fame, but more power. Before the end of the seventeenth centu ry they were ready to carry their w o rk to the New W o rld , to America, in accordance with plans made long before Columbus ventured to explore the unknown seas. “It was in 1693 that the leaders and eminent Rosicrucian workers of Europe gathered together and selected from their volu nteers those proficient in the arts, sciences, trades, and professions, to go to Am erica and establish the Great W o rk . That was one hundred and eight years after the new cycle had started in England, and two hundred and fourteen years after the new cycle had started in France. In their ow n boat and with proper ceremony they departed, and reached the shores of Am erica in the early part of 1694.” “Do you mean to say that the Rosicrucians have been in A m erica all these years? asked Johnson. “Yes, and they were really a part of American history long before that. Accord ing to v e ry dependable records a well known Rosicrucian leader of Europe sailed with an early expedition from Spain and landed with the exploring party on the shores of California in 1602 or 1604, and there deposited
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a “Rosicrucian Stone.” This means that lie established some foundation, some principle of the work, in the name of the Order. There are a number o f references to this fact in Rosicrucian writings. However, in 1694 the Rosicrucian colony arrived at what is now Philadelphia, and in Fairmont Park on Mystic Lane one can still see part of their first building. Their colony increased, their w o rk progressed, and in a few years they moved fu rther inland to a quiet valley, and built m any structures and established many of the first Am erican institutions. Y o u may be surprised to know what a valuable contribution they made to the founding of America. I do not have my note books at hand, but I can tell you what I have read in a book by Julius Sachse, the eminent Historian of the Grand Lodge of Free m asonry for Pennsylvania, and who was reputed to be a descendant of one o f the families closely connected with the colony. He quotes the records in the Pennsylvania Historical Society, and books and records in possession of fo rm er G ove rn o r Pennypackcr of Pennsylv ania and hundreds of other au thorities. He show's that these early Rosicrucians established a really m a rv elous system of widespread brotherhood activities for the advancement of m an’s inner and cultural development. To do this they utilized all the laws of nature and taught those laws. Here they created the first complete printing plant in America, and made their own paper in the first American paper mill. Out of this shop came the largest books ever made in America charing those years, and books that had no oth er purpose than to reveal to men and women the laws of nature which would lift them out of the ruts. Not mystical books, not books of secret teachings, but unusual books. Even the first Am erican Bible was published here, and the first Sunday School was established by them, sixteen years before one was established in England.” “I thought you said they were not a religious school or cult?” asked Miss Fletcher, intent upon finding some support fo r her erroneous belief. “Publishing a Bible and establishing a S unday School would not make them a religious body. Remember that they found that most of the settlers in America came here for religious freedom. T hey catered to this, and kept free from all sectarianism, just as the Rosicrucians have in all ages. So, these first Rosicrucians in Am erica helped to establish and dedicate several churches in Philadelphia, by furnishing the music for choirs and trained teachers as clergym en; they helped churches of six different denominations, and expressed no preferment. They even published the first Christian T esta ment produced in America, and the first religious magazine. A ll of this was the w o rk of B rother Sauer, the master printer of the colony who had been selected abroad because of his knowledge. He also established the first American type foundry and finally produced the most beautiful books ever made in Am erica during the eighteenth century. “They also established mills for grinding corn, a fa ctory for the making of organs, and actually made the first organs ever manufactured in America for church use. Their chemists and biologists w orked with their botanist, and the first botanical gardens were established fo r the purpose of preparing herbs and medicines for the most advanced medical practices. They were not mentalists to the extent that they placed a fanatical valuation on the pow er of mind, but gave rightful place to all the sciences, as do the Rosi crucians today. “Just to show you the humanitarian activities of this colony, let me say that they established free schools for children, free clinics for the sick, and free systems for aiding everyone in im proving the existing standard of living. AH w h o wished to vmive w ith the w o r k w ere welcom e to do so and all shared alike in the benefits and obligations. “It was in the college rooms of this community that the Declaration of Independence was translated by a Rosicrucian into the several foreign lan guages so that all colonists could read it; and the famous document now preserved in W ashing ton was engrossed by a Rosicrucian in that colony. It was here also that the first propaganda for the freedom of the negro slaves was started, as is shown by the early records.”
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“I thought it was comm only believed that Thomas Jefferson w ro te or engrossed the Declaration of Independence?” remarked Johnson. ‘‘It may be, since Jefferson was not only a member of the Rosicrucians but one of the later officers of the colony. A ll that the records show, however, is that it was engrossed in the editorial rooms of the community college. Other famous documents were prepared there, fo r they were constantly pre paring manuscripts fo r future generations, and many o f them are in existence today, showing skilled penmanship, lettering, and colored engrossing like those made by the Monks of ancient times. “W h a t were these manuscripts about?” asked Mrs. Nathan, who had been silent through all the story. “T hey were private manuscripts of instruction, intended for the students of the Rosicrucian O r d e r . o f that and future generations. I remem ber some of the titles, fo r we still use some of them— copies of course— in some of our .lectures. There was one entitled ‘The M yste ry of Numbers.’ It revealed how the law of numbers, the law o f averages, and the law o f proportion, affects things in our lives. Such ideas have been established among learned men and women since then, but the multitude knows little about the subject. Ano ther manuscript was entitled ‘Phisica, Metaphisica, and Hyperphisica,’ and anoth er deals with the ‘Non-ego’.” “I had no idea that the modern subject of Metaphysics had such an early start in America,” remark ed Johnson. “That is just it. A m erica today is being offered many systems of New Thought, Metaphysical, occult, and practical psychology courses of study, and they are offered as something new, som ethin g surprising and astounding. The Rosicrucians have been teachers and demonstrato rs of these things for v ery many centuries, and have the only dependable system of personal devel opment that men and women can rely upon to awaken and make active their inner, latent, faculties. But, the Rosicrucians have never sold this knowledge in books and have never conducted paid classes. They will not commercialize the knowledge which was given to them freely and which must be passed on just as freely. “Many eminent characters in Am erican history became members of the Rosicrucian colony. I could cite hundreds of names which all of you would recognize. There was B rother Rittenhouse, for instance, who established the Rosicrucian astronomical ob servato ry at the colony. It was the first in America and soon became w o rld famous, for it was Rittenhouse with his unusually large telescope, a Rosicrucian invention based upon principles laid down by the Rosicrucian, R og e r Bacon, who placed Am erica in the foreground of astronomical research. Rittenhouse made the first measurements of the distances between the planets— the sun and the earth. W a s that not scientific achievement? Y ou could hardly call that the dream y w o rk of a mystical philosopher— and yet he was a philosopher, a Rosicrucian philosopher, which means one who is v e ry practical and has no time fo r idle speculations. Thomas Jefferson, speaking of Rittenhouse’s wonderful discoveries of the distant sky which brought the heavens nearer to man’s understanding, said: ‘He has not indeed made a world, but he has approached nearer to its Maker than any man who has lived from the time o f the Creation to this day.’ Benjamin Franklin w orked out his great library plan as an associate of the Rosicrucian library, and he also w orked in the experimental laboratories of the colony, and became advanced in the principles of natural forces. Can anyone say that such education given to Franklin and used by him for fu rther experi ments did not benefit mankind as well as himself? “A n d so the years passed. The eighteenth centu ry ended, and the com munity of Rosicrucians consisted of many hundreds of families, with hundreds resting in their graves, in the grave yard which still exists, and hundreds away in other states and cities becoming leaders and masters in the arts, industries and trades. E v ery large city in Am erica at the close of the eighteenth century contained in its roster of eminent citizens and successful homes, many Rosi crucians— all happy men and women, pro spering in their business affairs, mastering in their life problems, leading others in education and development, and maintaining the high standard fo r American progress. ‘‘Then came the y e a r 1801. It was just one hundred and eight years after the new cycle of the Rosicrucians fo r America. The year had come for- the
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Rosicrucians to retire again into silence. One by one the buildings of the comm unity were sold or abandoned, and the w o rk ers and leaders departed for other cities. Secret sessions w ere held twice y e a rly for many years until all the initiates then living had passed to the beyond, and their successors were instructed how to preserve the w o rk and carry on in silence and seclusion. From time to time in important local or national crises, one of the most advanced of the silent w o rk ers would come fo rw ard and aid, in ways that only the Rosicrucians understood. Manuscripts were prepared and issued in secrecy, and hundreds of students of the w ork went to Europe to receive initiation into the O rder in one of the active Jurisdictions. “Then as the period of one hundred and eight years of silence came to its close and the year 1909 approached, those who had been in preparation fo r the birth of the new cycle of public activity made ready fo r the first steps. Thus, in 1909 many Americans offered their services to foreign branches of the Rosicrucian O rder in establishing a new American branch. Some went to Europe, others sent communications. Som e were high officers in the Freemasonic fraternity, oth ers were leaders in various metaphysical and scientific w o rk based upon the Rosicrucian principles. “A m on g those who went to Europe was Dr. H. Spencer Lewis, the President of the New Y o r k Institute fo r Psychical Research, and fo rmer editor of several scientific and metaphysical magazines. He was duly exam ined and tested for his seven years of preparation, and sent from Paris to a city in the south of France wh ere the ancient seat of Rosicrucian Councils had been maintained fo r several centuries. Here in a special conclave of Supreme Masters, Heirophants, and Councilors of the O rder for France and other countries, he was selected and elected to be the American Legate, and the proper instructions were given him to proceed to A m erica and announce the new birth of the Order, just as it had been announced in Cassel, Germany, in 1610.” "That is all v e ry interesting, Roberts, but there are two questions that come to my mind at once,” remark ed Johnson. “First, w h y is it that so many encyclopaedias say that Christian Rosenkreuz established the whole Rosicru cian order in Germ any in either the fo urteenth or the seventeenth century, and secondly, w h y do some small Rosicrucian fellowships or societies in Am erica claim that they have authority from the first Rosicrucian society established by this fellow Rosenkreuz?” “Those were the points that were bothering Deeming tonight at the table, were they not, Deeming? You will remember that I told him he had an erroneous impression. But I do not blame him. Just today I had in m y hands one of those popular books claiming to explain the Rosicrucian m ys ter ies, offered by a concern that writes, prints, and sells books which seem to have the Rosicrucian teachings in them. I have already stated that the real organization has never issued its teachings in any public book and never will. W h a t w ould you think of a book entitled “The rites and mysteries of the F reem asons?” You w ould know at once that it had none of the legitimate rites, none of the real principles in it, or it w ould not be printed and sold. You would know at once that if the book was really a true Rosicrucian book it could contain nothing more than a short talk or brief description of the Order, such as I have been giving you tonight. There are many such books which tell the s tory o f the Rosicrucians much better than those which claim to have the secret teachings. Such books are like the one by L ord Bulwer Lytton, called ‘Zanoni,’ or the books by Marie Corelli. But the organization itself issues a book about its history and existence, and gives it away freely to sincere seekers. The book which I examined today is found in many book stands and m any who buy it for several dollars believe that it is more than just a roundabout s to ry of the Rosicrucians. T h ey think it contains the real teachings—and sold for profit. This particular book, like a dozen others I have seen, is an example of the ignorance of those w riters who know nothing even of the history of the Rosicrucians. It distinctly stated that it traced the Rosicrucian brotherhood, and traced its whole existence, to the foundation established by Rosenkreuz in Germany. That is so ridiculous that I cannot understand how anyone believes that s to ry today. A s I intimated, there never
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was a man by the name of Rosenkreuz. One character, connected with the Order, used that name a number of times in w ritin g some public pamphlets. It was used long before the O rder started in Germany, and long afterward by persons representing the same character. The name simply meant that the w riter of the pamphlets was a Christian B ro ther o f the R o s y Cross, 01 in the German language, 'Christian Rosenkreuz.’ A s fo r the O rder starting in Germany, that appears strange at once when one reads any of the prin ciples. One notices quickly that the O rder had an Egyptian origin, that it started in those m yste ry schools o f Egypt where the world's knowledge was preserved for centuries. W e find the O rder in G ermany in the year 1115 with headquarters in Cologne, wh ere the old records are still in existence. The K in g of Denmark was the head of the branch in his land in 1484. In Richlieu’s memoires there is mention of Gautier the Im perator of the O rder in France in 1410. W h y , a large convention of Rosicrucians was held in England several years before the Christian Rosenkreuz name was ever made public in any pamphlet. “A s for the existence of various societies, let me assure you that the real Rosicrucian O rder is well established in every civilized land today. But, it is known in its present cycle by the o n ly title it ever made official. That is the Rosicrucian Order, or in Latin, the ‘O rder Rosae Crucis.’ It does not use such names as society, fellowship, or club. The w o rd ‘Rosicru cian’ is not patented, and cannot be patented. It is an old w o rd and has been freely used in m any ways, just as has the w ords M aso n ry or Masonic. But, there is only one organization in Am erica and other lands that can rig htfully call itself the ’Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons.’ Others ma\ form a Masonic club, a Masonic Publishing Company, and print and sell books relating to many interesting subjects, but it w ould not be a part of the Masonic international fraternity, and it would not claim that its books contained Masonic ‘teachings.’ All of you can see that point v ery plainly. The same is true of the Rosicrucians. W e , here tonight, can legitimately form ourselves into a Rosicrucian Club, a Rosicrucian Society of Students, or a Rosicrucian Association. There is nothing to prevent it. W e can proceed to solicit other members, and when we have discussed and talked all we can about the Rosicrucians, we can issue a magazine or a few books containing our discussions and our personal ideas of what we think Rosicrucianism reall> is. But, we could not be a part of the Rosicrucian O rder if we sold such books, held such unsystematic sessions, and had no affiliation with other Rosicrucian O rders in foreign lands. I am sure that you see m y point, now The new cycle of the Rosicrucian O rder uses the complete name, Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, the initials of which form the strange word A M O R C . This w ord A M O R C is used by dozens of foreign branches, all a part of the one new cycle of the O rder in every land where the new cycle has started. No oth er name is used, and none oth er means the same.” "W hat right, then, have these other organizations, to use the same s ym bol?” asked Deeming. "They have no right to use the real symbol, and knowing that they have no right, they do not use it. Y ou will notice that other organizations using the w o rd Rosicrucian use a symbol of the R osy Cross that is slightly different from the true one. T h ey use a cross with several roses on it, or a wreath of roses on it, or around it. The ancient and true symbol of the Rosej Cross is a Cross with J U S T O NE R O S E in its centre— no more and no less. And, that symbol, with the true name, A M O R C , is patented in the United States Patent Office by the organization known as A M O R C . No other Rosicrucian organization in A m erica has such a patent. That should mean something.” “And are we to look upon all these oth er Rosicrucian activities as abso lutely worthless and shun them as—what shall I s a y ? ” queried our inquisitive friend, Miss Fletcher. “ Look upon them as clandestine, as we say in the fraternity to which I belong,” replied Johnson. “Not at a ll ! ” answered Roberts. "That is a harsh and unkind word which the Rosicrucians avoid using; for they do not under any circumstances criticise or attack any movement that is trying to help mankind in any way.
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But, if one wants a complete, private, efficient Rosicrucian knowledge, one should go to a regular Rosicrucian source fo r such knowledge, not to a pub lishing company or group of students who are simply skimming over the subject, and enjoyin g each o th e r’s difficulties in the search fo r such knowledge. “The Rosicrucians of today are practical; they deal with the mental and material problems of life on the one hand, and with the inner faculties and powers of man on the other. They show each student H O W to prove the laws and principles in daily application with personal problems. They do not waste your time telling you how the Masters of the F a r East, the mystics of the Orient, and the Hindus of India did wonderful things in days gone by — things which if you could duplicate today would simply make you qualified to be a magician on the vaudeville stage, or a first class medicine man peddling medicine and giving trick perform ances along the highways of the country. That will not do fo r men and women w ho are practical, who are not only sane, but conscious of the fact that there are forces in the w o rld today, at man’s disposal, which will enable him to subdue conditions around him, arouse dorm ant powers, and master the matters at hand. There are principles which I use in my daily medical practice to help nature restore health and strength to the sick, and at the same time prevent further complications or oth er ill nesses, There are simple rules which make men conscious of oth er person’s thoughts and intentions, and many successful business men have found them their greatest asset. There are other principles which enable anyone to attract the better things of life and change the course of living from mediocrity to noble achievement, from the common place to the extraordin ary. These are the things we wish to know, and I can say to you, that I have found them all in the Rosicrucian teachings.” “May anyone join the Rosicrucians?” asked Miss Fletcher, with an evident personal interest. “Yes, providing one is a good citizen, a sincere seeker for this personal knowledge, and ready to use the principles to help others as well as himself. Men and women of every walk of life, even the most humble, are freely admitted into the Order. They become members and are given the private instructions, with out the purchase of any books or private lessons of any kind. In our city we have a group of members, fo rm ing a chartered branch, and in it are eighty-nine of the city’s finest women— housewives, business women, teachers, physicians, nurses, librarians and artists. M any of them never attempted any reading along this line before, but their lives have been changed since they united with the O rder and learned ho w to live. W e also have one hundred and sixty men in that group— men of all walks of life—and each one more successful today in his occupation than he was when he joined us. There are thousands of such persons in America, in hundreds of cities and towns everywhere. In some cities there are several groups. More and more the O rder is attracting to itself those who wish to rise higher in life. It is the one true pathway to personal evolution. It brings great happiness through the peace and pow er that it creates; it brings success through the mastership it gives in directing our affairs and our desires; it brings satis faction, for it answers our problems, reveals the true w o rk n g of all of nature’s laws, and points out the meaning of life and transition in a new and astounding light. W h a t more can one ask? Y et the O rder does not withhold its teach ings, but offers them freely. It invites the seeker to come to its portals. It extends this invitation to all. And, one may study at home in privacy! “A nd now the hour is late. The rain has stopped I believe, for I do not hear it. Let us wend our w a y homeward, and think over the beautiful gifts of God and nature, and the glorious privileges which are ours. If you now feel an inner urge to accept the invitation of the Rosicrucians— the wray is open.” (H ow to accept the Invitation to share in the Rosicrucian privileges, is explained on the last pages.)
S O M E IN TE RE ST IN G F A C T S A B O U T THE ORDER
THE FIRST R O SICRU CIAN S
In the traditional history of the Rosicrucians we find one man standing out boldly in the light of illumination. He was Am enhotep IV, Pharoah o f Egypt, and the w o r ld ’s “first great citizen,” to quote the eminent historians of E g ypt’s period of re-birth. Descendant o f a previous Pharaoh, who had es tablished the first secret schools of advanced learning in Egypt, and who was known as the Heretic K in g because of his modern viewpoints, and born of parents who looked fo rw ard to his coming as the first great ruler of a mighty brotherhood of enlightened men and women. And, Am enhotep IV, at an early age was made K in g as well as the high potentate of a secret organization which in a few years changed the whole religion of Egypt, cast aside its antiquated art, revised its language and literature, ended its continuous warfare, rebuilt its falling Temples,, created new cities, and instructed the Tribes of. Moses in the laws of God and nature. Out of the great Light thus brought into almost blinding effulgence in darkened Egypt, there passed to many lands and to many nations of peoples a new standard of living, a new system of thinking, a new process of cooperative action, which became the foundation for every one of our present day methods of higher education and successful living. A m enhotep changed his name— along with thousands of other changes he authorized—and into the w o rld ’s history stepped Akhnaten IV, the man of whom history has written that he was the w o r ld ’s first modernist. In 1350 B. C. this man left to posterity his well developed plan of con ducting secret or private schools for the superior education and preparation of men and women for the parts they must take in life to be the lights o f civilization, the pathfinders of new and untrammelcd roads to health and success, the leaders of advancing humanity. His ow n descendants and the graduates o f his secret schools in the Palace on the banks of the Nile wended their w a y into oth er lands—Jeru s a lem, Persia, India and Greece, and in each of these lands the great w o rk continued, alw ays under the same symbol, with the same banner, the same standard and the same c ry : “ Per rosam ad crucem, per crucem ad ro s a m !” By the Rose to the Cross; by the Cross to the Rose!
MEANING O F THE N AM E AN D SYM BOL
The O rder of the R osy Cross (Latin, Rosae Crucis), as the org an ization has been officially known fo r so m any centuries, derived its name from the early secret symbol of the society. That symbol is no longer either secret or mysterious. It served its purpose well in the early days through being veiled; today it is seen and known in too many lands and among too many millions of persons to be considered as a secret sign of any kind. The symbol is composed of a Cross with a red rose upon its centre. A great many persons believe that the cross as a symbol had its origin in the early days of Christianity. That is a mistake. It can be found on the walls of tombs and temples in Egypt, and may be seen on the twoobelisks that were sent from Heliopolis to London and New Y o rk City. The cross has alw ays had several meanings, closely related. To the mystics of Egypt or the O rient w h o w ere the first to use it, it meant man’s body in either a posture of salutation to the rising sun (with arms held out in horizontal position) or man’s body being crucified by the labors, trials.
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tests and sufferings of life. No religious significance was attached to the cross until years after the crucifixion of The Christ, when the cross was adopted by the early church Fathers as a symbol of their new institution, and that cross adopted by them had a crucified body upon it. The mere fact that the Hebrews and other races had crucified their criminals upon crosses for years before The Christ was crucified, plainly shows that these peoples associated no religious ideas with the cross.
However, it was the mystics and sages of Am enhotep’s schools in the Palace that evolved the Rosicrucian symbol by adding the red rose to the Cross. Perhaps it was A khnaten himself, for it was he who loved roses and introduced the Persian rose into Egypt. The rose was made sym bol ical of the inner consciousness, the spirit, the S O U L of man. The fact that the rose gradually opened from a tightly closed bud into full bloom and expression, and then s lo w ly faded, drooped and passed out of sight, made itself suggestive of the soul of man which came into the youthful body imprisoned, slo w ly evolved to manifestation and beauty, and slo wly weakened in its expression until it seemed to be no more. The evolution of the rose seemed to typify the evolu tion of m an’s soul. Y e a rs of obser vation convinced these sages that the tests and trials of life, the experiences, lessons learned and suffering endured, contributed to the evolution of the soul; to them it seemed that the soul of man was evolv ing through the experiences of the body. Since the cross had ever been to them the symbol of the body of man in its sufferings, they added the rose to the cross and created the symbol which has but one explanation. That is: The Rose (soul) evolves and gains beauty and fragrance while being crucified upon the Cross (the body). From this symbol and the term R osy Cross, we have the term Rosi crucian as the English form of the name of the organization which now exists in every civilized land. Through the experiences of life, man’s soul and understanding evolves; through the united experiences of thousands of members in one bro therhood the soul of the group of persons or even of a nation, evolves and becomes more potent in the direction of personal and national affairs. That is the explanation of the symbol and the name. It is age-old, honored, respected and glorified in e very clime, and in its name has man achieved and succeeded beyond his fondest dreams.
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FROM E G YPT TO OTHER LANDS
From out of Egypt and Palestine, as well as Greece, came the great L IG H T which in many lands was protected by the secret brotherhood. Under various names— but alw ays with the same ideals and standards— the brotherhood operated. W e find them referred to as the Therapeuti, the Essenes, the Silent Brothers, and many other names in the middle ages, when secret or private schools of advanced learning w ere forbidden, ju s t as the pagan priesthood of ancient Egypt finally cast into oblivion all that Amenhotep I V and his brotherhood had accomplished in that land and brought the great darkness over the nation again, so oth er priesthoods in the middle ages succeeded in forcing the state to forbid the spread of the awakening consciousness in the peoples who sought The Light. But ever did the w o rk continue, and the time came when in e ve ry part of Europe, as well as in the Orient, the fraternity of the R osy Cross was a mighty factor in the social, political and economical development of nations. In certain long established centres of learning, national and international headquarters w ere maintained. Thus at Toulouse, in southern France, a seat of advancement in all learning, the Rosicrucians maintained one of the oldest centres of their activities. To this centre came the philosophers, educators and leaders of human activity from all parts of the world, and it was here that m any of the w o r ld ’s most important refo rms and innovations had their birth.
ST RAN G E ST O R Y OF CH RISTIAN ROSENKREUZ
According to the erroneous story told in some popular encyclopaedias, a group of scientists opened a tomb in Cassel, Germany, in the 17th centu ry and there found the body of Christian Rosenkreuz, the founder of the Rosi crucian fraternity, alo ng with papers and documents fo r the continuance of the organization hundreds of years after his transition. The real facts are that there wT as no one person known as "Christian R osenkreuz” (which words mean, in German, Christian R osy Cross) and such a character was certainly not the original organizer of the Rosicrucian Fraternity. However, there are many popular writers on the subject o f Rosicrucianism today, and a small group of Rosicrucian students form ed into “fellowships” and "associations” in America which believe that the whole Rosicrucian order started in Germany at the hands of “Christian Rosenkreuz,” and he (!) is named by these per sons as their beloved “founder and orig ina tor” of the form of Rosicrucian teachings they present. The incongruity and inconsistency of these statements do not seem to dawn upon those who adhere to this ancient absurdity. A man who never existed as the personality attributed to him could not have founded or originated an organization that was in existence hundreds of years before the time given as the date of his foundation work. W h o , or what, was Christian Rosenkreuz? This is the question that was asked several hundred years ago when a series of books or pamphlets were issued in G erm any informing the “learned of Europe” that the Rosi crucian fraternity was again active in the lands of that continent. These books—among them the renowned Fam a Fraternitatis— were issued under the fictitious name of Christian Rosenkreuz, or ‘‘C. RC.” Investigations revealed that the books were the w o rk of Sir Francis Bacon, L ord Verulem. Bacon had become the international chief of the Rosicrucian fra ternity as had oth er eminent characters in the past; and lie proceeded to enlarge the activities of the O rder and bring it into conservative publicity through the issuance of books credited to a fictitious name that told e very student of the Rosicrucian teachings that the real author was a Christian B ro ther of the R osy Cross. The same name or the initials “C. R C .” had been used centuries before. In the y ea r 908 B. C. the name was used by Zoroaster while he was Supreme Magus of the m ystic fraternities of his time. In 1290 A. D. the same name was used again in connection with an event similar to that which occurred in Cassel, Germ any, in 1604. All who are familiar with even the
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superficial facts of the origin and historical activities of the Rosicrucian fraternity or Order, know that a man, one man, having a genuine name of Christian Rosenkreuz, did not found or originate the O rder in G erm any in any century. Emphasis is put upon this fact with reiteration here because ■of its extreme importance to American persons who are seeking the facts.
F R A N C IS B A C O N ’S LEADERSHIP
L ord Bacon is generally acknowledged to have done more for the universal grow th of the Rosicrucian O rder than any other man since the middle ages. He found the fraternity, and its many branches in Europe and the Orient, an excellent channel for the important changes which he wished to bring about in the practical affairs of men's lives. Not only did he revise the activities of the O rder in Germany, where he made Valentine A ndreae his Deputy, but he sent his brother and other associates to every part of Europe to lecture and propagate the w o rk openly a m ong the learned and sincere. He it was w h o lifted the obscure veil that enshrouded the fraternity, and daring the criticisms of state, ensconced it with the halo of glory to which L o rd L ytton referred in his famous novel about the Rosicrucians, called Zanoni. A t once the O rder attracted to itself the interest of nobility as well as the men and women of the average walks o f life, and like a tidal wave sweeping over some level land, the prestige and good w orks of the Rosicrucians reached every land.
W O RLD W IDE O RGAN IZATIO N
P rio r to Bacon’s leadership as Imperator for Europe, or rather certain parts of Europe, the O rder Rosae Crucis was well established in many lands u nder the old cycles of existence. Not only was there a convention of Rosicrucians of many lands held in England just prior to Bacon's elevation to the position of Imperator, but similar conventions or Congresses had been held in other countries for several centuries. A m on g the many picturesque incidents of the operation of the Order in foreign lands in the fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, we find, fo r instance, the record of the Initiations held on the Island of Mauritus in 1794; the operation of a Lodge of the Order ■on the Gold Coast of A frica in 1799; the selection of Cornelius Agrippa, the eminent philosophical writer, as Im perator in the y ea r 1507; the record of a new cycle of one jurisdiction in Europe in 1410; the Initiation of the famous character known in history as Paracelsus, in Basle, Switzerland, in 1530; the •operation of a large Lodge in Cologne in 1115; the public activities of the Rosicrucians during the Crusades in the south of France between the years 1192 and 1227; and the development of the O rder in Holland during the years 1483 to 1498. In Spain, Italy, and the Orient, the O rder carried on extensively in certain channels, while in Russia, China, and especially in Tibet, the Order had many members w ho exerted a great pow er for progressiveness. Hundreds of books and manuscripts have been listed in catalogs known as Rosicrucian Bibliographies, and published in many historical, mystical and Freemasonic encyclopaedias. These show that many writers of many lands wrote historical essays, official Manifestoes, Instruction guides, and treatises upon the subject of the O rder Rosae Crucis, the Brothers of the Rosy Cross, the Fraters Rose Croix, the Rosenkreuzer, etc. For many centuries the organization held international Conventions or Congresses in cities most convenient to the greatest number of delegates. Most of these were held in Switzerland, usually in Basle, and later in Zurich an d Geneva; and in Toulouse, France; Halle, G erm any; Cologne, Germ any; London, England; and Lyon, France. A few were held for special purposes in Cairo, Egypt; and Calcutta, India. Even to this day these Congresses are held every few years and delegates from, or representing, thirteen lands or more are present along with many •officers of various ranks and departments.
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PRESENT D A Y HEIRARCHY
In all lands where the new cycle o f existence of the O rder is established (in accordance with the law of “108 years of secret activity and then a birth into public activity for anoth er 108 yea rs’’ ) each branch of the new O rder has its own Jurisdiction, as hereto fore, with its own Im perator for the Jurisdic tion, and under him a Supreme Grand Master, a Group of Grand Masters, and a score of Masters of local Lodges or groups. The Im perators of the various Jurisdictions constitute a supreme council of advisors to the W h ite Lodge, which is the superior body of the entire O rder in the world. In each Jurisdiction the Grand Masters and executive officers constitute the Supreme Council for the Jurisdiction, at the head of which is the Imperator. This form of national and international co-operation between all duly chartered and empowered branches maintains a system of united effort and at the same time makes for solidarity. It means that, despite the division into official jurisdictions, the Rosicrucian O R D E R is one body throughout the world.
THE INTERNATIONAL N AM E
The Order of the new cycle uses the same old ancient name that is found in the oldest records. That name, in its complete Latin form is: Antiquae A rcanae Ordinis Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis. Translations and abbreviations of this name are used by the various jurisdictions to meet the requirements of the local tongue. In America, and some other English speaking lands, the name is shortened to: Ancient, Mystical O rder Rosae Crucis. This form retains the ancient Latin wordsRosae Crucis which mean: of the R o s y Cross. For the sake of veiling the full name the initials of the short name are used, as: A. M. O. R. C. or A M O R C . Even in some Latin countries we have the Spanish form of the name thusly: Antiqua y Mistica Orden Rosae Crucis, giving us the initials again of A M O R C . In some other lands the complete name is used or abbre viated to: A. A. Ordinis Rosae R. A. Crucis, or A A O R R A C , or “A. A . O.” or “A. O.’’ However, such abbreviations are used only when public papers or other matters are to be veiled, but not in connection with official documents. And, alw ays the symbol of the O rder is a cross with one red rose in its centre. The use of a number of roses on various crosses or around a cross, does not make the official, ancient, emblem. Such modifications indicate that the person or group of persons using them are not connected with the above O rder—The A M O R C .
THE FIRST AM ER ICAN BRANCH
Before his transition, and while Im perator of the O rder in Europe, Bacon made plans fo r the spread of the w o rk to America. This he did by w riting a sto ry called The New A tlantis, or the House of Solomon. Thiswas, presumably, a s to ry of a new ly discovered land in the A tlantic where everything was done according to Rosicrucian standards. In the s to ry was contained the famous Bacon secret code which he also used in w riting the Shakespearean plays and many oth er books now found to be his work. In the code used by Bacon, instructions were given fo r the establishment of a national centre on the shores of America. F o r years the strange plansin this book puzzled those who read it and knew not the ideas back of it. Then in 1693 the plans began to materialize, and in all parts of Europe men and women came together in Rosicrucian sessions to select those who were to carry out the Baconian plan. Fin ally in the fall of 1693 a groupof several hundred men with their families w ere decided upon and they joined together in England and Holland.
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Men fo r the plan were selected according to their professions and trades. A ll men had to be able to contribute to the knowledge and experience required, and in the w in ter of 1693 the group of Rosicrucians set sail for Am erica in their ow n chartered boat, the S ara Maria. No more fascinating s to ry of pilgrimage is told in history than this. T h ey travelled under the auspices of Bacon’s fo rm er Lodge in London, the Rosicrucian Lodge known by the G reek word, Philadelphia, and they carried with them rare manuscripts, records, scientific devices and equipment such as had not been brought to Am erica before. The w o rk of the first Rosicrucians spread rapidly throughout the colonies in the first hundred years and laid a foundation for it from coast to coast. Som e uninformed writers of early Am erican history state that the first Rosicrucian foundation in A m erica was laid by a Dr. P. B. Randolph who lectured considerably on psychological and Rosicrucian subjects during the latter part of the eighteenth century. He claimed Initiation in a foreign branch of the Rosicrucian Order, but it has been found that he was simply a member of a small Hermetic organization of Rosicrucian students of either Paris or London, and had no authority to establish permanent Lodges any where in America. Aside from the fact that his lectures here were many years after the O rder had come to America, and th erefore could not have been the first efforts to brin g the w o rk to this land, his groups of students in a few cities did not carry on any systematic organization work after his transition, and there was no affiliation between his student groups and the O rder in oth er lands.
THE PRESENT AM ER ICAN ORGAN IZATIO N
The y ea r 1909 was a v e r y important year in the activities of many Rosi crucian Jurisdictions, and in the history of many metaphysical, alchemical, and Hermetic organizations. To the Rosicrucians it was the year of new birth, the year of the new cycle, in those lands which had completed the 108 year of silence. Chief am ong these was America, where the Rosicrucian activities consisted of a great fire of power and knowledge burning in quiet preparation fo r the sudden fanning into brilliant flames. W i t h other organi zations the year was an important one in its relation to the periodicity of the Aquarian cycle. A ll in all, 1909 proved to be the “quickening and awakening’’ year for all lands ready for the new dispensation of “Light, Life and L ove.” For several years prior to 1909 many men, and several women, of pro found metaphysical and occult training and preparation journeyed to Europe, and, in either France or England, received Initiation into the Rosicrucian O rder to enable them to assist in the newer activities for America. T w o characters stand out in the history of the present American organi zation. One of these is Mrs. Col. M ay Banks-Stacey, a descendant of the D’A rc y s of France, and through blood relationship with the nobility of Eng land, a high Initiate of the oldest Rosicrucian organization of London and Paris. She was also an Initiate of the O rder in India, and was appointed an American Legate of the Indian Jurisdiction. The oth er is Dr. H. Spencer Lewis, fo rm e rly President for m any years of the New Y o r k Institute fo r Psychical Research, editor of several meta physical magazines, and a co-worker with Elbert (Fra) Hubbard of R oycroft fame, and Mrs. Ella W h e e le r W ilcox, both of whom were desirous of helping in the Rosicrucian w o rk and rendered unusual services. Dr. Lewis went to France in the summer of 1909 and after consultation with the Supreme M aster of the French Jurisdiction was placed under the direction of the European Supreme Council whose sessions finally agreed to the plans of the new cycle for America, and authorized the French Jurisdic tion to sponsor them. Dr. Lewis returned from Europe and began at once his official activities. In the winter of 1909 he held conferences with a number of those who had been initiated abroad, and who were familiar with the rules and regulations of the foreign jurisdictions and acquainted with the Supreme Officers.
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The task of translating into English the many documents and papers of authority, required months of labor, and the form ation of a foundation committee necessitated many interviews and private council meetings. T w elve men and women had been placed on the foundation committee by Dr. Lewis before the end of 1909, and thereafter many months were spent by these persons assisting in the preparation of literature, a new and typically A m erican constitution fo r the Order, and the development of many new features that had not been introduced in America. A ll this had to be done in great secrecy until a certain stage of the work was reached. W h e n this point was attained there came to Dr. Lewis the first of the many messengers of the O rder in Europe. This first representative was Dr. May Banks-Stacey. A woman of wide travel and many affiliations, she came as a special Legate of the O rder in India. She brought to Dr. Lewis and the foundation Committee the final papers of preparation for the great work, and the Jewel of A uth ority, a rare official emblem, and valuable treas ures from the archives of the Oriental headquarters. During her stay in New Y o rk she acted as the first Matre of the Order.
THE G RE AT N ATION AL CONVENTION
In the summer of 1916 the work of the new O rder had spread so rapidly in A m erica and so many new branches were in operation, that a national convention of all officers and delegates was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniwa, for one week. A t this convention the principal officers of every American branch and the delegates from every state were present. Sessions were held during the day and evenings with lectures, demonstrations and discussions. It was at this great convention that a committee composed of leading characters in many oth er fraternal organizations, devoted their time to a study of the national constitution of the new O rder as it had been worked out by the supreme officers in the years preceding. On the last day of the Convention the Committee read the proposed constitution and it was adopted, paragraph by paragraph by the delegates assembled. O ther matters of great importance to the O rder were definitely settled at this convention, and at the one held in New Y o r k in the summer of 1918.
THE AM ERICAN AM O R C
Thus was established fo r the new cycle in America, the Rosicrucian O rder now known in every state of the United States, every Province of Canada, and every important section of Mexico. Manifestoes were issued presenting the official headquarters of the American A M O R C , its list of selected and elected officers, its affiliation with bodies of similar name in oth er lands, and its high purposes. The American A M O R C also announced: that it had no connection with any oth er metaphysical, occult, or fraternal bodies except those which were Rosicrucian; that it would adhere to the ancient landmarks and traditions, and would present the enlarged and evolved Rosicrucian teachings of the past and present, with such slight changes as were necessary to make the w ork of benefit to those of this progressive continent in the twentieth century. Legates and high Officers of the O rder in oth er lands visited the American headquarters, official communication was established with the lead ing foreign Jurisdictions, and the American Im perator was officially appointed by oth er Jurisdictions as their H onorary representative in America, in letters and documents now preserved in the A M O R C archives. In all recent international conventions or Council sessions held in foreign lands, the A M O R C of A m erica has been invited to participate with the other A M O R C Jurisdictions, and the American A M O R C is the only Rosicrucian organization in Am erica ever invited to have a part in these sessions. Today the A M O R C in many lands is operating in a new cycle and in close affiliation and co-operation, and the American branch is an inseparable part of this unique body of Rosicrucian workers.
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THE PRINCIPLES O F R O S IC R U C IA N IS M
THE AR CH IV E S OF KN O W LED G E
W h e th e r we inquire into the true and tested principles of psychology, the established and dependable laws of health and long life, the funda mentals of religion and philosophy, or the attainment of mastership in life’s problems, we find that constant reference, quotations and recommendations by thousands of eminent writers in all ages bring us eventually to the reserved teachings of the Rosicrucian schools. There probably never was any other single source and fountain of arcane, universal knowledge equal to the systems of this organization. In all ages there have been the few— the specially learned and wise, the m aster philosophers, the in tiates— who have had access to the arcane, secret and vital principles of all knowledge, and these persons have care fully concealed such knowledge from the unworthy, the evil-minded and the selfish. Such persons have constituted the school of advanced wisdom and their organization has been known by m any names, but alw ays under the direction of one Great Brotherhood. Now we find this knowledge pres erved and taught through the channels of the Rosicrucian Order, one of the original conservators of such knowledge.
W H A T DID THE R O SICRU CIAN S TEACH?
It is the general belief of the casual investigators of the Rosicrucian teachings that the members of the fraternity were experts and masters in the subjects of the transmutation of base metals into pure gold, the prolonging o f life, the immediate cure of disease, the perform ance o f seeming miracles, the control of nature’s forces, the mastership of life’s problems, and directors of future events. A nd they have alw ays been credited with possessing the correct knowledge of God, life, transition and immortality. M any books and papers refer to the Rosicrucians as Alchemists and Hermetic Physicians. The truth of the matter is that the Rosicrucians of all ages not only devoted their time in laboratories to transmuting metals, but a greater part of their time was spent in transmuting the baser elements o f human nature into the pure gold of health, happiness and prosperity. This was their higher form of alchemy. Their general teachings and activ ities were devoted to overcoming the obstacles in life which kept progressive men and women from attaining individual heights. Therefore their ancient teachings included the secret facts of nature about health, the source and nature of the vital force of life, how it could be retained and increased, and how disease of all kinds might be prevented or cured. T h e y taught also the nature of many of the strange universal forces which surrounded man and which few even today suspect as existing.
M EN TAL P O W E R S OF THE R O SICRU CIAN S
H owever, one needs to read only a few books about the Rosicrucians, such as L o rd L y tto n ’s “Zanoni” and Marie C o rrelli’s “ Life Everlasting,’1 to see that the greatest pow er .developed by the Rosicrucians was the men tal power they were able to use. The Rosicrucians taught— esoterically— that every thing in the world, from the smallest cell in a living or non-living body to the rocks in distant mountains, could be affected by an unsuspected mental power which can be developed by their formulas. They pointed out how they could make their thoughts become concrete realities; how they could transmit thoughts from one place to a more distant place; they demonstrated their ability
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to make people think and act in accordance with law, and to have nature’s forces obey their wills. A ll the seeming miracles of ancient Babylon, Persia, India and the Orient generally they reduced to simple processes. They sought to become mighty in the power to foresee, to hold back the progress of undesirable conditions, or set into motion newer and more favorable conditions. A ll this they taught each selected student to do fo r himself. They did not perform miracles for one another, fo r they taught that each person possesses a power and a faculty to direct his ow n affairs more efficiently than anyone else could do it for him.
THE TESTS OF HUNDREDS OF YE AR S
A s the ages passed, the teachings of the Rosicrucians were tested by newer knowledge at the hands of later M aster teachers and workers. From century to century the Rosicrucian teachings were amended, strengthened, improved and widened in their scope until they now embrace knowledge in every metaphysical and psychological field, in e ve ry arcane art, and every practical, mental system for the development of m an’s greater powers.
W H O THEY ARE T O D AY
The Rosicrucians of today are practical men and women, occupying high positions in every walk of life, from the humble workers and happy housewives to leaders in all form s of education, in schools, colleges and universities. They include persons of every denomination, physicians and scientists, lawyers, judges, bankers, musicians, artists, inventors and heads of big corporations; newspaper editors and ow n ers; men and women who are more successful and prosperous, happy and masterful than the average person. No one is ever denied admission because of lack of college or academic education. M oral character and sincerity of desire are the only qualifica tions considered. A ll agree in their enthusiastic comment upon this one point: The k n o w l edge given to them in their studies and through their connection with the fraternity has enabled them to round out their ow n lives, and more efficiently c arry on their life work, in a manner alm ost impossible without the benefits derived from the S P E C I A L I Z E D instructions given to them by A M O R C .
THE G RE AT W O R K T O D AY
Not only is the Great W o r k of the A M O R C still carried on in Europe and other lands, with periodic International and National congresses to unify the w o rk throughout the world, but in Am erica the organization is especially systematized and well founded. The North American continent constitutes the largest of all the jurisdic tions of the Rosicrucians which operate throughout the w o rld under the name of A M O R C . In the United States, Canada, Mexico and the dependencies of the United States, there are College, University, and Lodge Branches, as well as study groups in every important city and town, with many reading rooms and study halls alw ays open to those who are associated with the work. National conventions have been held in the United States and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles have appeared in the public press, within the last tw en ty years, referring to the unusual features offered by the Rosicrucian system of education and evolution. In some cities as many as a thousand persons meet weekly at one session to hear the Rosicrucian teachings expounded, and in many of the branches there are three to five sessions of students a week.
W H Y THE FRATERN ITY G R O W S
An illustration of the importance of the new cycles of the Order may be seen in the comment of thousands who have pursued the present-day teachings
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of the A M O R C , which comment may be summarized in the words of a form er high officer of anoth er school of philosophy and metaphysics in A m erica: "Man has evolved in the past several hundred years through definite cycles and stages of mental and spiritual awakening and comprehension, just as he has advanced in scientific achievement and attainment. Those thoughts, those principles, and those ideals which were vital and guiding to him five hundred or even one hundred years ago are obsolete now, some even impracticable. O ther schools of thought, systems of instruction, courses of practice in life which have not evo lved and advanced step by step with man’s evolution are passe today. A M O R C is notable for its advancement and its foresight in keeping m any steps ahead of m an’s present stage in civilization, so that today the Rosicrucian teachings and benefits offered by the A M O R C con stitute a goal to approach, an ideal to hold before us— a true leadership to follow.”
NOT THE TEACHINGS OF ONE PERSON
There are systems of philosophical and higher-thought instruction in the w o rld today which were outlined or prepared by one or more founders, “discoverers” or leaders— systems which were prophetic and ultra-m odern in their day— but because the founders of such systems made no provision for the advancement of the teachings, or the gradual g row th and evolution of the system, they stand today as monuments of good in the past but in adequate and inefficient today. The child of today is taught in school, in high school, and in special courses, those subjects which were select and advanced subjects for the evolved adult of a hundred years ago. To adhere to the philosophic or scientific teachings of the ancients, no m atter how remarkable they may have been in their day, w ould be equivalent to teaching and promulgating dead languages as a vital factor in our modern life.
M O ST A D V A N C E D OF ALL TEACHINGS
The A M O R C of today preserves and presents in the most impressive and helpful manner every law and principle that was known to and used by the ancient Rosicrucians and which made them famous as the fo rerunners of all scientific, occult, metaphysical and practical schools making fo r m an’s greater growth and development. Each y e a r of the past five hundred years o r more has seen additions made to those fundamental teachings. Each month of the past hundred years has seen the ancient system of instruction and cooperative benefits improved, modernized and advanced. During the past tw en ty years, the evolu tionary growth of the plan of A M O R C has been phenomenal. In e very field of endeavor, in e ve ry art, science, and domain of thought, A M O R C has taken great steps fo rw a rd until today its knowledge of certain laws of nature, activities of the human mind, powers of personal forces, manifestations of principles and possibilities of unsuspected agencies, is far in advance of m an’s general evolution and g reatly in the lead of all oth er schools or movements.
A GLORIOUS ACH IEVEM EN T
In other words, A M O R C , typifying the Rosicrucian spirit throughout the world, represents today the v e r y soul of the Rosicrucian activities of all ages —the most advanced and practical guide or movement in man’s behalf. This has been no simple achievement. No organization but that which lives with the spirit of true Rosicrucianism— fearless, dauntless, and m ig hty in its own powers—could have survived in the past decades the many obstacles to growth and the insistent attacks of its natural enemies— the enemies of all progress. None but the present Im p erator of the A M O R C , H arve Spencer Lewis, F. R. C., Ph. D., could have accomplished the tremendous task set for him when he accepted the obligation and duties of his office for the purpose of establishing the new cycle of A M O R C as Bacon was commissioned to do in the seventeenth century in Europe, and oth ers before him.
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Become a Member
This book and the accompanying application form and letter constitute a formal invitation to you to become a member of the Order. If you do not find a letter or application form with this book, the Secretary (whose address is given below) will be glad to furnish you with one. H E RM ES LOD GE No. 41, A M O R C . is a duly char tered and properly sponsored Lodge of the A M O R C of North America, operating in Los Angeles with the largest membership in any one of the hundreds of branches in America. HERM ES LO D GE No. 41 occupies a large number of offices, reading rooms, and Temple Lodge rooms in Egyptian style, in the very heart of the city. The Read ing rooms are open daily from 9 to 5 and from 7 to 9. and on Sundays from 10 to 12. You are cordially invited to come and visit and enjoy the many generous activities.
Applications for membership should be mailed or de livered to the address below. A fte r investigation the accepted applicants will be notified when to attend the Lodge for special ceremony. New classes of students are being formed continuously with men and women of every walk of life, representing the highest types of mind and character. Public lectures are also held each Sun day morning at the address below, at 11: 15 A. M. Come and meet us and accept our sincere offer to help you solve life’s problems.
H E RM ES LODGE, No. 41
233 South Broadway Los Angeles
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