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MYSTICAL ART OF THE CENTURIES
Inspired art is not the mere mechanical portrayal of a form, hut the con-
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loneliness, hope, and love, of the characters whose forms his mystic brush
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In each century some one or two paintings are outstandmg because of their
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IN MEDITATION
A Brahman sage seeking peace profound through meditation before his humble but pic­
turesque shrine, near Calcutta. H e has cast off the sordidness of his material environment
by concentrating on the beauty of nature and the teachings of his faith.
(Photo by AMORC Camera Expedition)
o^Mind
T T AVE y o u felt that inner y e a r n i n g for
-L J - Peace ? — a release from the noisy
grind of a m a c h i n e - m a d e civilization? A r e
y o u constantly r e m i n d e d of a treadmill of
w o r k in a static condition of y o u r life?
H a v e y o u sought the m e a n i n g behind the
veil of m o d e r n false reality? If y o u have
suffered—this is for^you.
T h e c o m p l a c e n t smile of a Buddhist saint
or messiah suggests no smug aloofness
f r o m the w o r l d or imperturbability to its
suffering. It radiates instead the consola­
tion and confidence experienced b y one
who c a n envision a t o m o r r o w w h e n yet
burdened w i t h today. It subtly c o n v e y s a
feeling of h o p e amidst surroundings of
despair. It portrays one w h o has put in
order his own mind and found therein
Peace Profound.

How to Obtain Inner Peace


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XXVIII M A R C H , 1950 No. 2

In Meditation (Frontispiece) , 41
Thought of the Month: Practical Living 44
Rosicrucian New Year 46
Paracelsus, The Rosicrucian 48
Science and Mysticism: Lesson Three 51
As Science Sees It 52
Temple Echoes . 57
Travel Light As You G o 59
W h a t Makes for Peace? 60
Sanctum Musings: Innitation 62
The Reader's Notebook ^ 65
Is Health Inherited? . 67
Brotherhood—Its Test 68
Changing Realities 69
Cathedral Contacts: Intellectual Curiosity 71
Karma, or the Law of Moral Causation 73
Brahman Temple (illustrafion) 77

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THE R O S I C R U C I A N O R D E R — A M O R C
ROSICRUCIAN PARK SAN J O S E , CALIFORNIA
EDITOR: Frances Vejtasa
Copyright, 1950, by the Supreme Grand Lodge of A M O R C . All rights reserved.
THE
THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
. PRACTICAL LIVING

By featuring this discussion on practical living, we are intei'rupting the series of


narratives about the Imperator's observations on his round-the-world trip which included
places in remote mystical lands. However, the travel narratives will be resumed in the
April issue.—EDITOR.

AVE Y O U ever thought of gance of some mood or cwliighly ab­


what constitutes the prac­ stract venture not worthy of the better
tical side of life? What­ part of their efforts. Therefore, we
ever contributes to what find such persons indisposed to make
one believes is essential any sacrifice to continue a cultural
to his existence, that he program.
considers as practical. Life makes its demands upon us as
Obviously, then, practical organic beings. W e must first live be­
living is related to the fore we can exercise all the functions
individual's conception of his personal of life. Admittedly, there are those
welfare. conditions which are of primary im­
The more of ourselves that we come portance. Because such come first does
to realize and find satisfaction in, the not mean, however, that that which
more we wish to further such attributes. should follow them must be disquali­
An elementary and primitive living- fied as being impractical. For example,
being has a restricted sphere of exist­ one must climb a flight of stairs before
ence. How simple, for example, are he can avail himself of whatever ad­
the wants of a pet dog. If its hunger, vantages await him on the floor above.
thirst, and other organic desires are Is it not also practical to prepare one­
appeased and it is shown the affection self for what one may experience upon
it craves, its life is full. If the dog reaching this floor above? W h y should
could reason sufficiently about its sat­ one consider the ascent more practical
isfactions, it would undoubtedly con­ than that which is to be gained by
clude that the whole practical end of making the climb?
life is the gaining of sustenance and Likewise, as rational beings, why
the holding of his master's love. should we consider the ways and means
Today we find millions of persons, by which to live as the whole practical
garbed in the habiliments of our times, aspect of life? The aesthetic inclina­
whose measurement of life is little tions one has, the love of music, of the
more than that of some primitive hu­ fine arts generally, or the urge to create
man or even of an animal. Food, drink, in any form, are attributes of the func­
The shelter, and sensuous pleasures are the tions of living. They are the conse­
ends of their existence. To them those quence of our nature. They are as
Rosicrucian activities, the employment of hands and much a part of self as any organ of
Digest brain, which provide these things, are our body or any appetite. The man
March the practical aspects of living. All else (or woman) who has an incessant love
1950 they consider as either the extrava­ of knowledge, who feels morally and
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mentally refreshed when he has filled ness. He walks the earth as a man, but
the void in his thought, is most cer­ he functions upon it as a far lesser
tainly practical when he pursues such being.
an end. These activities are essential
to the fullness of his personal existence. Physically, most of our appetites are
congenital. At least they are in full
Transcendental En}oymenta bloom within but a few years after
The individual who attempts a study birth. The intellectual and psychical
of the Rosicrucian philosophy and who incHnations require the exercise of will.
terms as practical only that aspect of its They must be cultivated. Once realized,
teachings which touches upon one part they are ceaseless in their pangs for
of his nature is not ready for a fully gratification. The satisfactions which
comprehensive system of living. That 5iey afford are far more positive than
which satisfies the yearnings of the any pleasures of the body. T o those
mind and the psychical nature of man who experience these transcendental
is practical in that it serves him. There enjo3rments, the ways which serve them
is nothing impractical in any study are as much a part of practical living
unless it is in no way contiguous to as that which nurtures the body. Let
your life. The man who declares intel­ no one then call impractical a prayer,
lectual, moral, and spiritual pursuits a poem, a profound meditation until he
as being impractical for him is admit­ has first known the end which these
ting a very restricted level of conscious­ things fulfill.

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Reference was made recently to the South and East Borneo, however, there
fact that the water of the Ganges River was a surprising difference. In the main,
is said to be free from cholera or dys­ the living conditions were the same as
entery germs; and also that it remains those along the Amazon. The water
fresh for a longer time than water from teemed with animal life; but here the
many other places. Frater Algot Lange people, mostiy Mohammedans, used
whose business some years ago took the river water daily not only for bath­
him along the Amazon River in South ing, but also for drinking, in many
America, and on the Mahakam in cases actually living over it in homes
Dutch South and East Borneo, set forth built on piles. They seemed especially
some of his experiences in a letter and well and free from disease.
asked a question. During several years' H o w can one explain the contrast
sojourn in both the Upper and Lower existuig between the Uving conditions
Amazon, he writes, he rarely found one on these two great rivers, both in equa­
healthy person. Malaria, beriberi, torial regions? The Amazon extremely
typhoid fever, and dysentery were pres­ imhealthy, supporting a population
ent, as well as digestive disorders, ulcers generally sickly and infected, the Ma­
and infections. The infected waters of hakam supplying potable water almost
the Amazon seemed to be the cause. miraculous in its healing powers and
Bathing in the water was unwise and giving rise to a people surprisingly
using it for drinking dangerous. healthy and free from disease. Can you
On the Mahakam River in Dutch explain it?

V wa\f\

Happiness is hard to acquire and easy to lose, if it consists of many things


—Validivar.
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Rosicrucian New Year
Monday, March 20, 1950, Is Proclaimed by the Imperator as
The Beginning of the Traditional Rosicrucian New Year 3303

HE R E A S O N is obvious as by three different seasons constituted


to w h y man has de­ the time now referred to as a year.
pended upon the appar­
ent movement of the One further conclusion made from
sun, the moon, and the these observations seemed to place the
stars for his guidance in beginning of a new year, or a new
determining the periods cycle of the seasons, als^the time when
of time. Early man could the apparently static condition of win­
naturally conclude that ter ended. T o these ancient observers,
the heavenly bodies were moving about winter obviously seemed to be the final
him and that his life was centered season of the year; it was the season
within the environment in which he after the harvest, when plants as well
lived. Everything else outside of that as animals, particularly in the temper­
immediate environment was believed ate zones, indicated a degree of dor­
to move in relationship to it. mancy. It was in this way that grad­
ually the idea of a new year as begin­
T o him, the daily movement of the ning with the spring equinox became
sun across the sky, and at night the established.
appearance of the moon, were evidences
of various celestial phases taking place For various reasons, the calendar as
at regular intervals. The successive reg­ we use it today, no longer recognizes
ularity of the different phases of the the beginning of the spring season as
moon inspired man in his first concep­ the appearance of a new year. But the
tion of the existence of periods of time tradition of a new year beginning with
longer than day and night. Some early the spring equinox has so implanted it­
peoples referred to an interval of time self upon the consciousness of many
as one or more moons. They usually people in different parts of the world
measured the period from the begin­ that it is still ritualistically observed in
ning of one of the moon's phases until various ways.
the time when that same phase ap­
peared again, or a period of approxi­ The Rosicrucians have never aban­
mately four weeks. doned the idea of a new year beginning
with spring. Although in the life of its
It was very easy to see the next step individual members and in the material
J'fic in this process, since man observed that world in which it functions, it is neces­
Rosicrucian certain positions of the firmament coin- sary to comply with the accepted calen­
j^. cided with seasons of the year, and so dar, so far as the ritualistic work of
the next division of time, the season, AMORC is concerned, the evidence of
March as recognized b y early man, was spring still is traditionally observed as
1950 brought into being; a season followed the logical beginning of a new cycle.
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The phenomena of nature, or of Members in many countries and ma
things awakening to life, serve as an places will make a unified effort, uj
example of what may be duplicated in that day, or a day near the date of the
the human life. At the time of the new year, to perform the traditional
year when everything in nature is in­ ritual in observance of spring. (The
dicating the beginning of a new cycle, exact time when the sim enters the sign
or development, man also can pause in of Aries this year is 8:36 p. m., P.S.T.)
his own cycle of living to consider that
just as all the things about him are Every member of the Rosicrucian
responding to a renewal of life and ex­ Order is encouraged to attend one of
pression so can he, in his thinking, these ceremonies, or, if this is impos­
realize that his potentiaUties of develop­ sible, to observe the private ritual which
ment, growth and achievement, can be the individual member can use at home
reconsidered and his relationship to the in a period of commemoration at this
creative and constructive force of the time of the year.
universe be made more intimate. On the evening of Friday, March 17,
W e therefore dedicate, in our ritual­ a few days prior to the date of the new
istic observances, this period of the year year, members living in the vicinity of
to consecrate ourselves anew to the San Jose, California, are invited to at­
ideals and purposes of AMORC and to tend this traditional new year's ob­
the renewal of our own personal hopes, servance in a special convocation to be
ambitions, and aims. held in the Francis Bacon Auditoriiun
at Rosicrucian Park, at 7:30 p . m . At
T o commemorate the event of a new this time, in accordance with the Rosi­
year, special ritualistic convocations crucian tradition, the special new year's
will be conducted in Rosicrucian Lodges ritual will be conducted under the di­
and Chapters throughout the world. rection of the Imperator.

T O ALL R O S I C R U C I A N S I N S O U T H E R N C A L I F O R N I A

Hermes Lodge of Los Angeles extends an invitation to active members of A M O R C


to participate in the 3303 N e w Year Sacred Feast, and also to witness the installation
of officers.

Place: Masonic Temple, 706 W . Pico Blvd., corner of Pico and Figueroa

Date: Sunday, March 19—from 12 Noon to 5:00 p. m.

Please bring your membership cards.

I N APPRECIATION

I wish to take this opportunity to personally express m y thanks to the m a n y fratres


and sorores of the A.M.O.R.C. throughout the world w h o were so kind as to remember
the occasion of m y birthday. It would be almost impossible to acknowledge these
birthday greetings separately so I hope y o u will accept this manner of recognition of
your kindness.
RALPH M . LEWIS,
Imperator of the A.M.O.R.C.

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By FRANCIS KORDAS, F . R . C . , of Hungary
P A R T ONE

P ARACELSUS WHS in­


terpreted in various
thing. The mystic im-
like the analytic, re­
ways during the cen­ gards Nature and
turies, but always ac­ Spirit as identical, and
cording to the special does not split it into
interest of the period. pieces. Nature's mys­
He was often classified ticism does not try to
as a quack, as a half- search God, but to be
educated wonder-phy­ in union with Him.
sician, a conjiu-er, a Paracelsus is not an
magician, a homeless empiric, a Renaissance
tramp; then again he man, but a Gothic
was considered as a man of dynamic an­
Renaissance philoso­ tithesis. He consid­
pher, a Gothic tran- ered everything pro­
scendentalist, a doctor gressive, in constant
of the mystic sciences, change and repetition,
and so on. His spiritual figure was so and as the thousand-faced variation of
tremendous, his knowledge, his experi­ the truth.
ences so rich and manifold, that it is "The truth can be explored only by
not surprising that every century, for a lie," says one of his paradoxes, "which
the justification of its own ideas, claimed means that the truth must be examined
Paracelsus as its own. from both sides. God and evil stand
Few people know that Paracelsus was side by side, and this is the only way
not only one of the greatest mystics of of acquiring knowledge about botii."
the Middle Ages, but also an initiated Concerning the troubled life of this
Rosicrucian. Let us sum up his mon­ extraordinary genius, the dates of his
umental lifework, and search those ele­ birth and death are not quite certain.
ments which prove that he was a real In the opinion of most researchers,
Rosicrucian, a sower of the truth. Paracelsus, an only child, was born in
Paracelsus was a Christian mystic, Nhvember 1493, at Einsiedeln, Swit­
not in the religious sense of the word, zerland. His father was a medical prac­
but rather in its scientific and Rosi­ titioner; from him he learned a great
crucian significance. Every mystic, con­ deal.
sciously or unconsciously, strives for In 1502 he left Einsiedeln with his
tmity, for a mystical union with the parents to live in Villach, Kamten. His
Deity. He sees the coherence between father continued his medical practice
"above and below," and feels the har­ the following twenty-three years. With
mony in the universe. The mystic the help of his father, Paracelsus stud­
mind seeks the Cosmic connections. It ied the writings of the ecclesiastical sci­
binds together natural philosophy with entists; later, he was introduced to ele­
religion. The mystic is never "modem"; mentary alchemy, "the secret science,"
in fact he is always young and time­ then into the secrets of herbalism. After
The less. being thus prepared, Paracelsus began
Religious systems, scientific theories, his wanderings through Germany,
Rosicrucian France, and Italy, at the high schools
philosophical specrJations come and go,
Digest but mysticism remains forever; for it of which he learned even more.
March regards the universe as a whole—co­ During his wanderings he visited
1950 herent and in harmony with every­ Portugal, Spain, England, Prussia,
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France, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, and Galen, causing a conflict with the
Turkey, and other European countries, University council. There was a
where he profited by everything he pamphlet published against him, and
could hear and see, even including the he had to flee from Basel in February,
wandering gypsies. 1528.
He learned his chemical knowledge After years of wandering, he reap­
most probably from writings of an­ peared in Salzburg at the invitation of
cient India; tibe seven constructions of the Prince of Bavaria. Here he foimd
the htunan body, from the Kabala; the peace at last. He died in 1541 at the
science of the "signatures," or the in­ early age of 48. There were supposi­
terior qualities of forms, he learned tions that he did not die a natural
from the sages of Egypt; his insight death but was assassinated by his ene­
into astrology and alchemy, just as his mies. He left no earthly wealth behind
knowledge concerning spiritual art him, but his works mean a great treas­
came from his contemporary adepts, ure to mankind.
among whom was Agrippa. He often His famous work is Astronomia
mentions the names of Hermes Tris- Magna or Philosophia Sagax; two well-
megistus, Cicero, Lutianus, Aristotle, known works are Defensiones, and
Sallustius, Juvenalis, Marsilius Ficinus,* • Labyrinthus. He finished De Natura
Plato, Pliny, Raymond LuUy, and oth­ Rerum and Labyrinthus Medicorum Er-
ers. He frequently refers to Henricus rantium in the same year. W e have
ComeUus Agrippa, the great Rosicru­ to mention the following important
cian adept, whose acquaintance he no writings also: De Tinctura Physica,
doubt made during his wanderings. He Thesaurus Thesaurorum Alchemistor-
classified Vergil not only as a poet but um, De Metallorum Transmutationibus
also as an initiated magus, "propheta et Caementis, and De Mercuriis
magicus." There were those who be­ Metallorum.
lieved that Paracelsus knew of several
ancient secret manuscripts which were Natural Doctor
never published, but which contained Paracelsus' influence on medical sci­
the most important occult truths. ence is recognized by almost everyone,
In the meantime he cured patients, even though his contribution has not
and the tidings of his wonder-cures been properly evaluated. His belief was
preceded him in such a w a y that in that Nature is a physician's best teach­
some places he was glorified, but in er, and that diseases have invisible
other places, persecuted b y the physi­ causes. Disease develops from the in­
cians' associations and by the Church. side to outward as a unit. The funda­
In 1526 we find him in Strasbourg, mental principle of life is of a psychic
but his stay was of short duration. He character, responsible for disease or
soon left for Basel, where he associated health, according to given circum­
with the bookprinter Froben and his stances. In reality, illness means that
friends. Here he met the most excellent the microcosmic balance of the system
humanists: E r a s m u s Rotterdamus, is disturbed. Bad habits, passions, vi­
Wolfgang Lachner, Marcus Heiland, cious thoughts, poisonous imagination,
Johann Oecolampadius, Wolfgang Mus- all are capable of causing diseases. The
culs, and others. At that time, Basel health problems which are due to pre­
was the center of intellectual activity. vious incarnations can be detected b y
Responding to an appeal by Erasmus, the science of astrology.
Paracelsus healed Froben; thus his rep­ "The real physician knows the invisi­
utation grew even in this circle. ble also, which is nameless, has no
In 1527 Paracelsus was a lecturer matter, and yet is active," he writes.
at the University of Basel, and also a "The Christians ought to be conscious
municipal physician. However, his crit­ of the fact that the Lord is the first,
icism of the other health officers and the supreme physician, for He is the
iharmacists became rather severe, and highest, the greatest, the most powerful
le found himself in conflict with the without whom nothing can happen."
town council. At the University he The physician's duty is to help the
openly criticized the idolized Avicenna patient restore the balance between
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Man and Cosmos. A real physician must from pain. As suggested before, healing
certainly be a philosopher. He must powers of herbs, or other substances,
know the substance, the species and the are connected with astrology. T o be
essence of the earth, and be experienced able to use the right herbs in the right
in the labyrinth of cosmical coherences. place, one must be fully instructed in
Doctors should therefore study the the relationship between man, herbs,
and stars.
processes or methods of nature. Will
power is a great healing factor in cases Astrology is the most ancient "royal
of illnesses, but many doctors still doubt science" known by man. Man's belief
this. Healing runs parallel in the phys­ that the stars influence his destiny
ical and in the psychic systems; real dates back to the most ancient times,
healing is spiritual alchemy. Paracelsus but this influence is not as fatalistic
realized that not only in the Cosmic and mechanical as inexperienced peo­
but also in substances, such as herbs, ple might think. The langs and high
there are living powers. The purposes priests of old were trained astrologers;
of the visible and invisible forms must that is, they were the most educated
be fully recognized, since only by this representatives in the mental hierarchy
knowledge can doctors really heal. This of their community. Ancient Hermetic
is the greatest achievement, one Mys- teachings state that in the world of
terium Magnum. ideas a fight is going on, the phenomena
Paracelsus demanded that a physi­ of expansion and contraction, of con­
cian be an alchemist and cosmographer densation and evaporation—on the
in order that he might see the "Mother" physical plane and in nature, and there
that produces the mineral. are also changes in mankind. Ideas too
are at war with one another, and their
"Which peasant sees oil in the tree? fulfillment occurs at the predestined
None. Water in the stone? None; only time, so that later they might give
the physician." Therefore he needs to place to stronger groups of thought.
search repeatedly for the seemingly xm-
seen elements which still must exist in The initiated high priests and kings
matter; that is, wood in oil, stone in knew at what time and how the con­
water. This is the philosophia adepta stellations of stars would influence the
sagax (sharp, sensitive, subtle, differen­ development of right ideas; therefore,
tiated philosophy). they led their people wisely and with
foresight.
Knowing the association between the
various parts of the human body and The starlit sky is God's open book
also the influence of the planets upon for those who know how to read it.
them, Paracelsus was capalble of fulfill­ Paracelsus was one of the greatest as­
ing miraculous healings, often in even trologers of his time; he not only pro­
hopeless cases. He also knew that man. duced horoscopes after the exact birth
Microcosm, was modelle^ after the uni­ dates, but also taught his disciples to
verse. Macrocosm. It is man's task to understand the higher aspects of astrol­
acquire this knowledge in order to be ogy. Man is permanently influenced
able to help his fellow men. Therefore, by stars and planets, and above all by
real medical science always considers the great Cosmos itself.
the cosmic influences—star constella­ As our world is a fallen, disorganized,
tions at specific times—for healing is irregular world, planetary influence
the process of alchemical application. may do good or evil according to given
Paracelsus' aim was above all to restore circumstances. The effects of the stars
the disturbed balance between Macro­ and planets develop our fundamental
cosm and Microcosm. His treatment nature and qualities, just as the Sun's
therefore was always individual. rays open the petals of flowers, but
produce a stench on the garbage heap.
Bealtng Poveer from the Stars Although man is under the influence
The
Rosicrucian Astrology takes a most important of planets, he is still capable of govern­
position in the healing system of Para­ ing his own fate. Paracelsus writes, "It
Digest celsus. Magnetism radiates from the is an old saying that the wise rule the
March Sun, and planetary vibrations used in planets, and I do believe this. The stars
1950 the right way can relieve the patient (Continued on Page 55)
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C A N THESE T W O SPHERES BE R E C O N C I L E D ?

By R A L P H M . LEWIS, F . R . C .

LESSON THREE

W HERE does mys­


ticism fit into
the gradual progres­
V
pleasures. In the true
m y s t i c a l experience,
Nthe consciousness of
sion of the human the individual loses an
mind? Is mysticism, awareness of the sep-
after all, an obsolete arateness of things, of
viewpoint having no dimensions and color,
place in our twentieth and all those qualities
century t h i n k i n g ? related to the physical
Should mysticism be world. In the mystical
relegated to the primi­ consciousness, even the
tive and speculative the qualities of the ego
minds? In fact, just may be lost. W e exist
what is mysticism? Many definitions to ourselves, but without those determi­
have been offered. W e can say, how­ nate characteristics of name and the
ever, that it is the direct awareness of like.
one's relationship with God. Another Philosophy theorizes on the probable
way of saying it woxild be that mys­ unity of the tmiverse. Science tries to
ticism is the intimate personal con­ prove the existence of such unity by re-
sciousness of the Divine Presence. veahng interlocking laws and phenom­
The principal criticism of mysticism ena. It is mysticism, however, which
by the materialist is that its concepts, provides the actual experience of such
the ideas of its doctrine, are not founded unity through such states as Cosmic
upon objective experience. The ma­ Consciousness.
terialist is, of course, an empiricist. He No man can be wholly subjective or
centers all realities in objective experi­ objective; even the most rank material­
ence. He makes a grave mistake, how­ ist has states of mind which are defi­
ever, in relating all the sensations which nitely subjective. Even the insane per­
an individual has to the receptor facili­ son has his moments of objectivity. The
ties, or strictly to the organic nature of true mystic denies neither one nor the
the individual. First, we must make other of these states. Mysticism at­
plain that mysticism and experience tempts to unify these opposing phases
are synon3rmous. In other words, the of consciousness, to consider them as
mystic, too, has experiences. The mys­ two different aspects of one. The mys­
tical consciousness is the experiencing tic desires to bring the objective and
of intuitive knowledge. It is the experi­ the subjective into a comprehensible
ence of a clear connection between whole. He does not attack the values
ideas. But the ideas and feelings of a of objective experience in its entirety,
mystical nature transcend those that or certain knowledge which it provides.
are the result of the usual reasoning He knows the necessity of experience,
processes, or of wholly objective origin. for experience of a land is the very
The experiences of mysticism seem basis of mysticism. With qualifications,
to originate entirely within the being we accept the remark of Josiah Royce,
of the individual. Further, they bring American philosopher of the nineteenth
a gratification to him which goes far century, who said: "The mystic is a
beyond the physical and intellectual thorough-going empiricist."
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The JUgatieal Experience jective viewpoint we know, from ex­
perience, that some persons are more
It is strange to find that in the past, observant than others. They are more
and even today, religion is often hostile attentive or analytical. W e also know
to mysticism. Both religion and mys­ that some persons have defective sense
ticism are dependent upon intimate faculties, such as deficient sight or
subjective experience. Every true re­ hearing, which, in turn distorts their
ligionist has experienced an impelling objective sensations. There are still
love, an all-consuming desire, but one others who have mental aberrations and
which cannot be related to any external suffer from hallucinations. Unfortu­
archetype. It is a love that is not found nately, the layman often confuses these
in things or for things. Every real re­ abnormal states as being strange repre­
ligionist has lived sentations of the mys­
through events which tical consciousness.
he cannot directly re­
late to those of daily There are abnormal
l i f e or to objective individuals who are
phenomena. The true frequently able to free
religionist has states of their consciousness
consciousness w h i c h momentarily from the
he attributes to a su­ world of reaUtyandto
preme deity or to a introvert it. This, in it­
God power. However, self, is a natural func­
the religionist turns to tion of the mystical
faith, to sacerdotal au­ process. But these ab­
thority, to implied au­
By Lester L . Libby, M.S., F.B.C. normal persons trans­
Director, AMOBC Technical Dept. fer their conceptions
thority, to the Church
for definitions of the • Cobalt has been found to be an of the material world
element essential to the life proc­ to their mental world.
experiences which he ess. It enters into the construc­
tion of the molecules of vitamin They confuse the two.
has. He resorts to tra­ B-12, which in turn is funda­
ditions, to dogmas and mental to the operation of the They wrongly identify
minute genes that control hered­
to creeds, accepting ity factors. the qualities of the ob­
their evaluations jective state with their
• Some stars, too dim to be seen,
implicitly. have been discovered to be broad­ quasi psychic state.
casting four-meter radio waves. Thus, such an abnor­
The signals for these radio stars,
The mystic never received on a special antenna, mal individual believes
indicate them to be about as big
departs from his in­ as visual stars and to have vast that he sees and hears
stores of energy. and feels in the same
timate experience. T o
him, it is a part of his o Magnetic resonance experiments way in his spiritual or
indicate that substances whose
own being. He alone atomic nuclei contain an even mental world as he
must evaluate it. He number of protons and an even would objectively. He
number of neutrons appear to
interprets his own be nonmagnetic as a rule. peoples his imaginary
states of consciousness world with entities
and fonns ideas which which he considers as
are in accord with the level of his con­ real as those of physical existence. In
sciousness. As Poltinus, the great Neo- addition, he resorts to practices which
platonic mystic, said, "For that which disarrange his mental processes and
we seek behold! is Light, and which bring about fanatical conceptions.
gives us light." In other words, the This disarrangement causes a ran­
mystic is seeking light and he wants to dom ideation—ideas group themselves
dwell in the light of his own experience. into a phantasmagoria! structure which
That intimate light is sufficient, for it is absurd. The experiences therefore,
reveals its own values. He need not are definitely not mystical. They are
turn to religion or to philosophy, or hallucinations like those had by the
to any soin-ce outside himself for whirling dervish who, whirhng at a
The
P^«Vv../-;^.. interpretations. rapid rate, affects his blood pressure,
Kostcrucian ^^^^ subjective mind, or tiie subjec- his nervous system, and induces a kind
Lftgest ^jyg consciousness, has various degrees of intoxication. He only imagines the
March or states of development just as does the effects to be "mystical."
1950 objective consciousness. From the ob- In a true state of mystical conscious-
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ness, the mystic is able to feel free of from that which has an objective origin.
the usual qualities of the objective You cannot measure mystical conscious­
world. He does not carry over into his ness in terms of physical forces and
mystical consciousness dimensions, col­ stimuli acting on the human organism.
ors, geometrical forms, and the liie. This would be just as absurd as to try
Whenever anyone attempts to relate a to measure free ^ i r with a ruler of
purported mystical experience in objec­ inches!
tive terminology, you may be certain Mysticism, then, is the wholeness of
that his is not a true mystical experi­ human experience in contrast to any­
ence. As Jili, the Sufi mystic said, " W e one aspect of it. Mysticism is the round­
ourselves are the attribute by which we ing out of the human personality in­
describe God." W e understand this to stead of a devotion to an aspect of it.
mean that no true mystic tries to identi­ Personality, we may say, is the stun
fy God or the mystical experience with of what we are and of what we are in
physical determinatives. relation to our environment. Mystical
Can there be a reconciliation of the consciousness is the plenum, the full
worlds of science and mysticism? Must expression of the personality. It is the
they remain apart? The two are re­ whole gamut, the full range of con­
lated in many respects. They have sciousness without distiaction relative
much in common. At several points to parts, such as the objective, the sub­
mysticism and science are not only jective, the unconscious, and the like.
contiguous, but they actually converge. For analogy, the mystical conscious­
In the first place, man is more than a ness is like all of the qualities of the
perceiving, a knowing, and a rational senses brought into harmony simiil-
being. The htmian is also a sentient taneously. Aristotle and later others,
being. He has indwelling feelings, through the medium of the color organ,
psychic impulses, and urges. These can­ tried to bring the qualities of sight and
not be intellectually appeased. They sound into harmony. They believed
cannot be explained away b y dialectics. that if all of the faculties could be
These inner feelings, which each of us brought into simultaneous harmony
has, are not translatable, as we know, man would be in tune with the Infinite.
into terms of knowledge. There is no The mystical consciousness, further,
objective experience which is just like may be compared to the striking of all
them. W e cannot compare them with the octaves of the piano keyboard in
the physical realities. In fact, the Self such manner as to produce a s3Tnphony
is not a structure of reason. W e do not of sound.
believe we are because it sounds plausi­ Many present-day psychologists and
ble that we are, or because someone jsychiatrists take the position that re-
gives us a reason for Self. W e conceive '. igious experience, the religious attitude
Self, the ego, because of certain irref­ of mind, and mystical experience alike,
utable impressions we have. are the result of organic processes, the
environment, the nervous system, sug­
Science, as a method of observation gestion, autosuggestion, illusion, and
and of rationalism, must take into cog­ the like. Once they arrive at a theory
nizance these inner sensations. It must of mechanism—the mechanical process
admit their realities even if it cannot by which they believe these states of
as yet adequately demonstrate their or­ mind are induced—they then dismiss
ganic cause. It is immaterial whether the experience of mystical conscious­
science can, at the moment, lay down ness, as being of no consequence. That
an organization of facts to support their kind of reasoning is false. It is the
cause. The experience exists, neverthe­ equivalent of dismissing the value of
less. Psychology and epistemology de­ visual experience, the result of one's
clare that the major cause of knowledge seeing because one understands, or
is experience. As the Rosicrucians say, presiunes to understand, the mechanism
we cannot know things until we experi­ of sight. Are the things that we see
ence them. If this is so, then mysticism, any less valuable merely because w e
because of its experiences, is a unique know something of light waves, color
kind of knowledge, but it is a knowl­ bands, the spectrum and the laws of
edge that must be evaluated differently optics?
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Mystics do not deny that the mystical As Baruch Spinoza said: "There is a
consciousness employs certain organic sub-species aetemitatis," that is, a sub­
attributes particularly in connection liminal consciousness underlying all of
•with noetic experiences. It needs the existence, of which our objective con­
nervous systems and certain glands and sciousness or awareness is only a min­
the functions of the brain, but the mys­ ute part. Leibnitz referred to the "petit
tic insists that the effects, the results perceptions," to the fact that there are
of the mystical consciousness, are nev­ various degrees of consciousness and
ertheless vital to the whole hiunan that the whole makes up the complete
personality. For further analogy, we consciousness of the imiverse. W e re­
cannot dismiss the value, the practical spond involuntarily to various of these
value, of swimming by merely saying forces, although many of them are be­
that it is a mechanical process of flail­ yond our capability to develop into a
ing the water with om- arms and legs chain of knowledge or a demonstrable
and suspending the body. fact. Through mystical consciousness,
Fortunately for our era, the more en­ however, the human can experience the
lightened and, consequently, the more Cosmic unity of all these forces and
successful scientists in the various fields energies. The mystical consciousness
of science do not take this position with permits us to be completely unmersed
respect to mysticism. For example, a periodically in the sea of iafinity, in­
professor of psychology on the staff of stead of, as most of us do, just to wade
one of the most prominent imiversities in it objectively.
in California, has this to say with re­ The most common example of mys­
gard to mystical experience and the tical perception is the resort to prayer.
distinction between that which is true Prayer is a personal motivation; it is
and false. "The wide range of experi­ the expression of a desire that may be
ences are strictly not mystical. But either vocative or silent. It is a desire
they are included imder the heading to commune with a power, an intelli­
of mystical experience. Seeing visions, gence, with a being, or some source
hearing voices, in the objective sense which the individual believes surpasses
are not really mystical." He further his own limitations. Prayer is mystical
frankly states, in criticism, the unfair because it provides a satisfaction to the
prejudice toward mysticism on the part emotional and psychic Self as well as to
of some scientists: "Outside of philo­ the material being. Even the most log­
sophical and religious circles, mystic ical and rational persons often resort
and mystical are terms of reproach to prayer whether they identify it as
hurled by one 'scientist' at another such or not. The more intellectual a
whose theories and postulates he dis­ person is and the better educated he is,
likes." the greater is his range of self-help
and the more resourceful he is. In time
Beyond the Physical
of crisis, when objective experience and
The average man uses mystical prin­ knowledge fail, even such resourcefid
ciples and has mystical experiences even individuals will have an intuitive feel­
though he does not realize them as ing that there are sources and means
such. Each cell of the matrix of cells which transcend their physical powers.
which compose the himian body has a The materialists may deny, as we have
state of consciousness, which is wholly said, that he does pray, but in a crisis
independent of the human will. It is he will, nevertheless, fan the flames
an involuntary power with an order of of intuition, resort to inspiration, and
its own. T o say that such force or con­ try to cultivate it. This communion
sciousness is of the phenomenon of life with Self—call it contemplation, medi­
itself is not a sufficient explanation, tation or reflection—is, nevertheless, a
because one is then led to the question, land of prayer; and, therefore, it is a
The What is life? ^ form of mystical consciousness.
Rosicrucian
All of the forces and energies The Rosicrucian teachings declare
Digest throughout the universe, as science is that the physical universe assmnes the
March slowly disclosing, merge by the necessi­ forms it does because of our objective
1950 ty of their natxu-e into a rhythmic order. senses. These objective faculties are
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molds into which certain energies and in the mystical consciousness there is
forces of the miiverse pass and assmne that feeling which finds no parallel in
the qualities which they have to our bodily sensations. There is no hot and
senses. But the Cosmic, the Rosicru­ no cold, nor are there any such deter­
cians point out, is far more extensive minative qualities. As the Rosicrucians
than tiiat portion molded by our ob­ say: "The perfection of the human soul
jective senses and which we call the is its absorption into the infinite."
physical realities. The Inner Self of the In other words, the human soul at­
mystic experiences the remainder of tains perfection when it reaUzes the
the Cosmic through its states of union wholeness of the som-ce from whence
with it. it came. Sir Francis Bacon, eminent
Rosicrucian and scientist, warned: "The
In the one-ness of anything there soul and root of almost every defect in
are no parts, or it would not be recog­ the sciences is this, that while we false­
nized as one. In the mystical conscious­ ly admire and extoU the power of the
ness where there is a union with the human mind, we do not search for its
whole, the knowing is without those real helps." This is the object of
particulars which are called words. Also, mysticism.

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and planets do not compel us to fulfill The wdse man counterbalances these
such actions as are against our own powers, whereas the unwise resists in
will; they do not force us into anything vain, a marionette in the great war of
that is not of ourselves. . . . It is impos­ the planets.
sible to believe that the stars are capable "For there is nothing on earth nor in
of creating man. What the stars are heaven which could not be foimd in
able to fulfill, man can also, for his man. Man is potentially God, and
wisdom from God is beyond the skies therefore has the capability of develop­
and it directs the stars." The vibratory ment in all directions."
nature in man reacts to the same nature
in the stars, yet "Man is master of his Man, the Nucleus
own personality; he can control his
passions, and reject those influences When creation, that is, the formation
which are not desirable." of the present universe, began, the
"Man," says Paracelsus, "may re­ Primary Essence streamed forth by it­
semble an animal, or, if filled with the self; it divided, became differentiated,
glamor of the Godly spirit, God. Man and thus began the revelation. But
has an affinity with the Sun, the moon, everything, whatever was manifested,
all the planets and stars, and the entire once existed in a former universe in
Cosmos. But we must not think that latent, hidden state. Everythiag that
the stars are ruling us unconditionally. exists in the universe can be found in
. . . Human wisdom is so immense that small proportions in man, for as a
it is over each star, the sky, and the nucleus, man contains all these ele­
heaven. And just as man is powerful ments of the universe.
on earth, so he is in heaven: just as he To know man is to know nature. Be­
has directed his cattle, so can he rule tween man and nature, between Man
the sun, the moon, and the stars." and Cosmos there are deep cormections.
The wise rule the stars. God did not Nature's conditions are dependent on
create the stars with the purpose of rul- all the conditions of mankind, for they \nrovi
iag over man; on the contrary, he cre­ mirror the human mentaUty. Man con­
ated them to serve man, just as the rest stantly changes the outer nature, and
of the various creations. The stars great­ on the other hand, is incessantly influ­
ly influence the animal part in man. enced by it.
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It would not have been wise for the elemental body is a Philosophus
mankind to get acquainted with the Adeptus. Such a man knows that on
physical laws of the astral world, with­ earth and in the whole universe every
out proper preparation, for it might creation is only a letter, a symbol which
have been used for evil purposes. must be read in a way so that one
The cosmogonic image of the uni­ might realize its original significance.
verse, which is revealed to us in glorious "Life has only one universal and funda­
pomp and all-embracing harmony by mental law tnrough which every mat­
Paracelsus' writings, originates in the ter is connected with the other," says
occult, hidden teaching of past cen­ Paracelsus.
turies. In the beginning God created The divine power which streams into
one Corpus; the matter of this can be the world is named by Paracelsus, Ens
found in the composition of the follow­ Deale. From this in our solar system
ing three sidereal elements: in Mer­ the Ens Astrale manifests itself. From
cury, in Sulphur, and in Salt. These this power the sun radiates a certain
formed our four elements. At the cre­ amount; on earth, this is the Ens Nat-
ation of the world the dissolution of the urale, the disturbance of which gives
four elements (fire, water, air, and rise to the various illnesses. The stars
earth) happened through the Prima and planets do not cause our illnesses;
Materia Mundi. This is the first Cor­ they only incline us.
pus; the first Materia which produced The visible man is merely a cover
every matter is a Mysterium Magnum, behind which is the internal real man,
not an elementary matter. This is the who is capable of learning everything.
birth-giving Mother to every element. The invisible body is hidden in the
Every birth begins with separation. visible one and is similar to it. It is
How did Paracelsus see the construc­ of an etheric nature, vibrating over the
tion of man? As did the rest of the oc­ entire physical part and even beyond
cultists, considering the ancient tradi­ it. Here is an ancient Oriental teach­
tions, Paracelsus also accepted the theo­ ing. "Man contains the four elements:
ry of the seven-system construction of the earth in man is the flesh, water is
man, consisting of the foUovnng seven blood, fire is the temperature of the
parts: 1. the physical body, 2. the arch- body, and air is its balm, its breath.
aeus, or vitality, vital life force, 3. the Although man is created after the im­
sidereal body (astral or etheric body), age of God, . . . his body is of this
4. the animal spirit (spirit, anima), 5. world, and so it is the duty of the world
the rationalistic spirit (mind, intelli- to support and feed him, for man's
gentia), 6. the spiritual soul (soul, ani­ bread, beverage, and every kind of food
mus), 7. the man of the New Olympus is bound to the earth: Macrocosm must
(atma or spiritus). feed and protect Microcosm."
Note: Current material on Paracelsus is issued
Above each earthly body, which con­ in Switzerland. The publishers are:
Roscher Verlag, Zurich; Verlag Birk-
sists of elements, there is a celestial hauser, Basel; Benno Schwabe & Co.,
force and quality. Where there is an Verlag, Basel.
ParaceUuB, by Dr. BaslHo de Telepnef (in
elemental body, there is also a celestial English) is available at the Rosicrucian
power. He who recognizes and knows Supply Bureau, $1.75.
which celestial power is contained in ( T o be contiaued)

A SUMMER THRILL
Make your plans early. Let the year 1950 be one which you will long remember
with pleasure. Let this summer be filled with the thrills of attending the Rosicrucian
Convention, beginning Sunday, July 9, and visiting the many scenes in the San Fran­
The cisco Bay Area—but a few miles distant from Rosicrucian Park—with its many interests
Rosicrucian and activities. Everything in life that is worth while requires some sacrifice; therefore,
Digest spend a little and receive a great deal b y attending this Rosicrucian Convention. For
study and pleasure in equal measure attend the Rosicrucian Convention.
March
1950
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ECENTLY, Edla Wahlin, li­ ideal. As Rosicrucians, we know this
brarian of the Rosicru­ redirection can be achieved through the
cian Research Library, study and application of our ancient
reviewed a much dis­ mystical philosophy which in the past
cussed book written by has proved so dynamic in world crises."
M . Esther Harding: Psy­ * * * *
chic Energy: Its Source It will please many members to learn
and Goal. Soror Wahlin that Soror Wahlin has been elected to
reminded her audience Beta Phi Mu, an honorary library sci­
that Miss Harding is a practicing medi­ ence fraternity, founded "to recognize
cal psychotherapist who trained under academic achievement in library sci­
Dr. Carl Gustaf Jimg, and that her book ence and to sponsor professional and
is a specialized study of the instincts scholarly projects." The invitation came
and the ways they choose to express from Alpha Chapter of the University
themselves. She quoted from the book of Illinois at Urbana.
what she considered its premise or prime
thesis: "Beneath the decent facade of V A V
consciousness with its disciplined moral The Rosicrucian Orchestra joins the
order and its good intentions, lurk the happy group of those around the Park
crude instinctive forces of lifelike mon­ who have enjoyed a turkey dinner in
sters of the deep—devouring, begetting, the Temple Recreation Room. As on
warring endlessly. They are for the other memorable occasions, Frater Peter
most part unseen, yet on their urge and Falcone, Supervisor of Buildings and
energy life itself depends." Grounds, was the Chef. It is rumored
that he has been approached to join
Soror Wahlin continued: the faculty of RCU and found a depart­
"With this premise, then—^that the ment of Mystic Gastronomy. He re­
ocean of the unconscious is found in mains noncommittal but hints that Bril-
each of us and that the waves of emo­ lat-Savarin's Physiologie du Gout would
tion caused by the instincts are present make an excellent textbook for the
in each human being—human reactions course.
to these forces within the individuals V A V
are the powers that influence and shape If anyone possesses an A clarinet
world events. W e are, therefore, not in­ and would like to donate it to a good
dividuals in the sense that what we do cause, he should send it to Harvey
and think is only our own concern. W e Miles. According to Frater Miles, whose
must be ever conscious of the fact that chief hobby, weight-lifting excepted, is
we are members of the body of human­ the Rosicrucian Orchestra, there just
ity, and our thoughts, desires, and at­ aren't enough clarinets to go around.
titudes have a potent influence on those
about us and on society at large. V A V
Rosicrucian Park welcomes Paul
"Even more important is the author's Markovitch, who in his retirement has vtnjvi
contention that these instructive forces chosen to come to Santa Clara Valley.
may be rechanneled as they were in the Long a priest of the Greek Orthodox
beginniog of the Christian era through Chm-ch, Frater Markovitch has earned
the development of a new 'Symbol' or a place of love and respect in his
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Church equal to that in the Order, and Margot Heeseman, in puppet making.
his Rosicrucian fraters and sorores will This production, written, costumed, and
indeed be happy to think of him as a staged by themselves, was the result.
permanent resident near Rosicrucian V A V
Park. In Baltimore, there are two down­
V A V town stores where the Rosicrucian Di­
Early in February, Soror Alice Ap- gest is regularly on sale: the book de­
ll, long-associated with Soror Gladys partment of Hochschild, Kohn Co.
C iwis in the Children's Hour project (Howard and Lexington Sts.) and
Schill's Book Shop (208 West Franklin).
here at Rosicrucian Park, made her
adieus to San Jose and entrained for District Commissioners in various
the East. In April she sails on the cities have been instrumental in seeing
Gripsholm for Sweden where she will that the Digest is on sale in one or more
establish "headquarters" for a fifteen- bookstores or newsstands. This is serv­
months' visit in Scandinavia and on ice not only for the public but also
the Continent. for AMORC members who occasionally
In addition to renewing acquaintances find a need for an extra copy.
with Grand Master and Mrs. Roimer in V A V
Skalderviken, she will undoubtedly "Ever since I returned to Saint Mar­
make contact with many Rosicrucians tin (Leeward Islands) I have wanted to
elsewhere. Particularly, she intends to say that everything at Rosicrucian
spend time in serious study of preschool, Park was just as I thought it should be.
or nursery, education in Sweden. Those The days spent there during Rose-Croix
who will miss her warmth and cordiaU- University last year among fratres and
ty as assistant in the Ubrary during sorores of different creeds, nationalities,
RCU will be happy to know that her and races are never to be forgotten
return in September of 1951 is already ones."—Max E. Hodge.
arranged. V A V
V A V A httle late to mention it, but dur­
A n enthusiastic audience on Sunday ing the busy days just before Christmas,
February fifth greeted the Rosicrucian- business and the yuletide spirit seemed
Museum-sponsored presentation of the to get a bit mixed. A n y visitor to Ship­
puppet play The Hermit of Koko Head. ping, ran into a sign on the stockroom
This play as well as an entr'acte mnn- door which read:
ber was entirely the work of youngsters Keep Out
of junior-high-school age. Last Novem­ This Means
ber they began spending their Saturday You
mornings, under the direction of Soror Merry Christmas

B E T W E E N T H E LINES
There are some things you ought to know—and which cannot be told in general pub­
lications and open articles. Knowledge begets knowledge. Only those w h o have some
understanding of truth can really value the important facts concerning self and the
universe in which w e live.
The Rosicrucian Forum is a private publication, intended for those w h o are seeking
between the lines. It is issued under the personal supervision of the Imperator of
AMORC, and contains his answers to questions submitted b y members throughout the
world, involving the most vital and helpful phases of the Rosicrucian teachings, and
the problems of living. In its nature, it is more like a friendly, instructive letter than a
The magazine; however, it consists of twenty-four large-size pages of solid but easily read
Rosicrucian information. / / is for Rosicrucian members only. A year's subscription costs but $2.00.
Digest T o be without it is to deny yourself the most helpful and instructive supplement to
A M O R C membership.
March
1950
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go
By JULIA W . W O L F E

RE YOU ONE of those per­ One does not have to be wealthy to


sons who think it is im­ have this happen. W e recall a visit to
possible to leave their a very poor woman far out in the coun­
home or business for a try. Her mother had just passed away,
week or a day? If so, you and the old home was on the point of
are permitting material being broken up. W e foimd this woman

Pi things to curtail your en­


joyment of life by letting
them make disproportion-
al demands upon your time. For, you
surrounded with a hopeless htter of
useless objects: old hardware, old maga­
zines, old clothes—^the accumulation of
two or three generations—^which she
see, the material possessions which you seemed incapable of bringing herself to
once had hoped would be a source of destroy or give away, although keeping
freedom can turn out to be your jailers them was seriously impeding her plans
—if you allow them to do so. for the future.
Recently a wealthy woman told us
It isn't owning things that matters,
she was feeling bored with life and
but being owned by them. For every
everything and everyone about her. She
man or woman who has learned the
concluded something physically must
secret of not being victimized b y this
be wrong, and that she must considt
world's goods there must be many
specialists. Knowing her, w e repUed
more who have not learned that secret.
that what she was really suffering from
The millionaire, stifled under the bur­
was a disease of ovraership—a fatty
den of property, looking back wistfully
degeneration of the purse, and that she
to the days when he was really free is
needed to shake herself free from the
as true in fact as he is in fiction.
ever-pressing demands of her wealth.
W e suggested that she pack one small Once let your possessions get a hold
bag, take a proportionately small on you and they become as much a
amount of money, and set off on a part of you as the barnacles on a ship
vagabond trip to some place where she and even harder to get rid of. The rich
was imknown, and forget her posses­ young ruler foimd it easy to do all else
sions for a few weeks. that the Master commanded except to
At first she rather liked the idea and free himself from the shackles of his
began to make plans for putting such wealth. "He went away sorrowful: for
an adventure into operation. But we he had great possessions."
soon realized that she would never go. Travel light as you go through this
There were so many arrangements world; it vvill make the journey less
to be made. She would have to close fatiguing. The earth is yours, and also
up her house, let her housekeeper go, the fullness thereof. W h y limit your
board her dog and horse, send her valu­ enjoyment to those things which can be
ables to the bank, and goodness knows had only with your money?
what else besides. Nothing short of a
moral earthquake could shake her free After all, some of the most exquisite
of the encimabering ties of her experiences of life come to us from
possessions. things we can never hope to " o w n " in
That woman is typical of many: peo­ any literal sense—sunset on the moim-
ple who do not seem to have any real tains, sound of one's name spoken in
existence apart from the elaborate shell love, the scent of a rose. These are the vtruTj-j
of material things; people who never best "possession" of all things. These
enjoy a trip—^not even their trip will "lighten the going" and not add
through life—because they are always to the pack w e carry through life.
worried about their luggage. Travel hght.
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What Makes For Peace?
By D R . H . SPENCER LEWIS, F . R . C .
( F r o m Rosicrucian Digest, M a y , 1939)

Since thousands of readers of the Rosicrucian Digest have not read m a n y of the
earlier articles of our late Imperator, Dr. H. Spencer Lewis, w e adopted the editorial
policy of publishing each month one of his outstanding articles, so that his thoughts
would continue to reside within the pages of this publication.

TEEL BARS and isolation the word, the peace which the average
will assuage, temporarily individual desires is freedom from in­
at least, the propensities tervention. If nothing develops or oc­
of the most vicious crim­ curs which will hinder him from real­
inal. Confinement makes izing his personal ambitions, the world
the antisocial one less of —his world at least—is a most peaceful
a public menace and as- one. Happiness is a relative term, eval­
siu-es society a certain uated differently b y each individual:
kind of security and it is a state of mind, for which each
peace. For centuries, civilization has man or woman consciously or uncon­
considered imprisonment the only an­ sciously is striving. A n environment
swer to crime and to the protection of which does not interfere with the in­
its peace-loving populace; however, time dividual in gaining and maintaining his
has pointed out the fallacy of that ideal of happiness is a peaceful and
theory. The problem of raising larger friendly one.
svuns of money for much-needed peni­ The concept of peace today is not
tentiaries and prisons, and the engaging the classical, traditional one of quiet.
of more peace officers has arisen to The man who can, without interruption
make uneasy the sense of peace. or annoyance, work long, laboriotis
The percentage of crime has so in­ hours in a foundry to fabricate a de­
creased that a goodly number of our vice about which he has dreamed is
populace in civilized lands is employed experiencing as peaceful a life as the
in detecting, prosecuting, and confining poet who with vacuous stare gazes at
criminals, and every class of society the floating clouds on a summer sky.
feels the added taxation burden which Peace, then, is imperturbability, and
crime imposes on society. Such peace the average man is perturbed when
and security, economists and laymen anything opposes his search for happi­
alike agree, is too costly, the conclusion ness as he conceives it.
being tibat it is far more economical The nations of the world, just as in­
The and effectual to strike at and elinunate dividuals, also want peace, but like the
the causes of crime than to house in criminologists of old, work upon the
Rosicrucian
prisons what it spawns. theory of preserving peace by the
Digest Cannot this same remedy be intelli­ building of larger armed forces to im­
March gently applied to the problem of Inter­ prison the disturbing nations. The
1950 national Peace? In the broad sense of great armadas and mechanized armies
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are intended to intimidate peoples of slavery and oppression. Is there then
any nations that step out of line, that no other altemative than war and the
display what is termed aggressiveness ravishing of the weaker by the stronger?
toward other states, or that in any way The elements for a tme and lasting
oppose them. MUitary isolation, or en­ peace among nations are to be fovmd
circlement of a nation, is equivalent to in the removal of those things which
imprisoning an individual. Heavy now incite war. There must be brought
frontier enforcements, with large air about an allocation and distribution of
forces poised ready to strike at the least the world's resources and goods. This
sign of aggressiveness of a neighboring is not the suggestion that fantastic and
nation, correspond to having certain illogical communistic theories or philos­
undesirable areas of a city heavily ophies be adopted. What an individual
patrolled by police officers, armed and has acquired through his own initiative,
waiting for a disorder. In both in­ no matter how great it be, he is rightly
stances, the peace is an armed one, entitled to—provided that it was ob­
maintained by suppression of any re­ tained fairly and within the accepted
bellion against the established order. N o laws of his country. However, monop­
attempt is made to remove the provoca­ olies of natural resources and trade
tive cause of disorder. routes, in a time in the world's history
M o d e m nations, regardless of propa­ when peoples and nations are so linked
ganda to the contrary, do not enjoy together that communication from one
ravishing other powers small or large. part of the world to another is but a
The peoples of aggressive nations today matter of seconds, present a situation
are not bloodthirsty, barbarous indi­ much hke that of a smnptuous banquet
viduals even though the results of their in the presence of a starving man.
acts may have those earmarks. Incon-
gmous as it may seem, they invite war, True Superiority
with its horrors of loss of life, property, Education and science have done
and deformity, as a step toward an in­ much to unite the races and countries
surance of ultimate peace—a peace that of the world and to preserve their peo­
means no interference with their liveh- ples and greatly multiply them. It now
hood and their happiness. must make accessible to all, imder just
As pointed out, no individual seeks arrangements, the raw materials of the
peace as passivity, quietude, if that world. If they do not, the have-not na­
means sacrifice of those things which tions will take from the have nations
to him mean the goodness and fullness as do individuals, in accord with the
of hving. Likewise, a nation will not necessity which follows from their ovra
preserve the peace of the world while natures. This arrangement is not a
its own people starve but a few miles plucking from those who have and giv­
distant from the billowing grain fields ing it to those who have not. It does
of a neighboring state. A people will mean the scientific establishment of a
not placidly sit by while their ships method whereby the nations that have-
remain idle, for lack of fuel, unable to not can—^through their efforts, the ap­
transport their goods to foreign markets plication of their initiative, and the use
because another nation has a monopoly of their skill and vision—earn what they
on the world's oil supply. A people do not possess. It means that no na­
will not keep inviolate International tion shall prevent another from accom­
Peace, if their teeming millions are plishing this just so it may selfishly
huddled on an unfertile spot of the preserve the balance of its own power
earth's surface, because of bemg refused and wealth.
the right of colonizing the great areas If there is to be an inequality among
of another's possessions. N o intelligent nations, let it be because one is superior
peoples will endure humiliation, starva­ in achievement and not because one na­
tion, pestilence, and isolation so that tion can successfully oppress another.
others may enjoy undisturbed their If the economic structure of the world
pursuit of happiness. Almost any man is adjusted and men find happiness in
or woman would prefer death to this their pursuits, peace will naturally fol­
kind of slavery. Truly a state of affairs low; it will not need to be fired from
which denies people what they need is a gun.
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SANCTUM MUSBSGS
i
IMITATION
By RODMAN R . CLAYSON, Grand Master

IANY OF US find it difficult be leaders in the community, or those

M
to accept oxirselves as we who seem to acquire worldly goods
actually are. Among yoin- easily and without financial embarrass­
own associates you have ment. W e should admire and respect
probably heard one or such people. They deserve our respect,
more of them say that for their position in life indicates the
"he wishes he were Mr. success that has come to them. In most
Jenson," or "he wishes instances, they have earned what they
he had the abilities of now have. They have worked long and
Mr. Wells." Such expressions denote hard with their capabilities to gain a
dissatisfaction within the individual. successful position in hfe. If he who
He wishes to be someone else; he wishes envies the possessions of another would
to be different. Quite frequently w e industriously apply himself with the
note that such a person endeavors to abilities and knowledge which are his,
imitate the mannerisms or speech of he might in turn have a realization of
one whom he particularly admires. success and recognition.
This is unfortunate, for at all times we W e should never imitate other per­
must be and act ourselves. W e have sons. W e should insist on being oxu--
made ourselves what we are; and if selves. For the most part, what we are
we wish to think and act differently, or today is the cumulation of our life's cul­
feel that it is to our advantage to do tivation. As Ralph Waldo Emerson
so, then we must begin today to bring stated: "Imitation is suicide; envy is
about the necessary change in accord­ ignorance." W e must cultivate the field
ance with the traits of our personality. which life has given us; we must use
This we must do in order that we may the power which resides within us; we
express more fully that of which w e should endeavor to express the Divine
are capable, but not for any desire to Idea which each of us represents. If
be like someone else. we personally are industriously en­
Actually, emulation of another per­ gaged, we will not have time to worry
son is sheer hj^jocrisy, for it achieves about the gains of others and the seem­
j'^g nothing but a state of make-believe, ing lack in our own life. One is hap­
Rosicrucian particularly when one is endeavoring piest when he puts his heart into ms
. to give an impression that he has cer- work, and endeavors to do his very best
Lftgest ^g^jj abilities which, indeed, he has not. In connection with emulation, Emer­
March W e all admire those who are more for- son has given us another interesting
1950 tunate than we are, those who seem to thought: He whom we would imitate
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has no one to emulate. W h o is there means the evaluation of one's resources
for the master to imitate? Was there and capabilities; it means that we have
anyone for Christ to pattern His life fuU knowledge of personal power with­
after? Whose work was imitated by out overstepping limitations.
Francis Bacon, George Washington, and Imitation of another person cannot
Isaac Newton? There was no one whom bring about the realization of our de­
they could imitate, for they were mas­ sires. T o a great extent, w e can have
ters in their particular fields. W h o m this realization through the use of in­
could Albert Einstein imitate? It is true itiative and aggressiveness. If there is
that all these men seem to have been to be a radical departure in our way of
endowed with abilities not enjoyed by living, preparation must be made for
other men and women, but the fact it; the groundwork must be laid for the
must be recognized that these abilities change. W e must prepare for our proc­
were brought about through the exer­ ess of adaption. W e must gather to
cising of their innate aptitudes and ourselves the necessary knowledge.
their quest for knowledge. Perhaps
they received Divine inspiration, but M a n y are impressed by the pious
most assuredly they had no one to air of their minister. There are those
imitate. " D o that which is assigned who assume this pious air, but all who
thee, and thou canst not hope too much behold them know that they are not
or dare too much." sincere. On the other hand, even in
sincerity the adoption of such an at­
W e can be inspired b y the works of
titude is but of brief duration, for it
others. W e can be moved to action by
is not natural for the individual to act
the accomplishments of other great
that way nor is it in line with his
minds. But in being so, we must never
training.
imitate. W e must cultivate the simple
and noble fields of endeavor in our
Leaders and Follomera
lives. By studying the accomplish­
ments of others, our scope of interest T o follow someone else's example is
is broadened. W e may acquire a new quite another thing. Americans are
approach to the problems of life; we familiar with the frugalness of Ben­
may find a better way of applying oiu-- jamin Franklin and with his sensible
selves in our particular vocation. W e personal use of money. He set an ex­
may find that within ourselves are un­ ample for generations to follow. It is
tapped reservoirs of abilities, not other- doubtful if anyone has tried to imitate
v\dse known. Very often we will dis­ Franklin; however, millions have fol­
cover that we have talents not enjoyed lowed his example and are mindful of
by the one whom we would imitate. If his admonition that "an empty bag can­
possible, these talents should be de­ not stand upright." Franklin gave an­
veloped. other excellent example. In order to
All of life is an experience. Every establish credit to himself, and reputa­
individual must have certain experi­ ble character, he dressed plainly. He
ences; and, because no two of us are did not allow himself to be seen in
alike, it is only natural that we will places of idle diversion, and at all times
not all have the same experiences nor endeavored to be a thriving, industri­
will we all rise to the heights of suc­ ous young man. W e cannot imitate
cess. This should not deter us, how­ Franklin, but we can follow his ex­
ever, from endeavoring to live to the ample if we desire. At all times we
fullest, making the most of our partic­ should watch our words and actions;
ular lot in life, and endeavoring to use for, perhaps unknowingly, we may be
every faculty and ability with which setting an example for someone else.
we have been endowed. Therefore, it behooves us not to emu­
late another, but to live an exemplary
One of the greatest virtues is that of
hfe.
self-reliance—reliance upon the self,
having the will and determination to T r y to live the virtues that you like
do and the necessary knowledge to car­ to see in others. It is a truism that a
ry through to the desired end. This man measm-es others by his own quali­
means having confidence in oneself; it ties. He sees them as inferior, superior.
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or equal to himself. One's environment Imitation is false; it is never real.
and economic situation need not keep One who pursues such a negative
him from manifesting the richness and course can never know the true reality
fullness of life. Minds which have of life. He who is inclined to emulate
made some of the world's outstanding another is in need of a real philosophy
achievements have risen from abject —a philosophy which would give him
poverty. They have done so because the understanding to accept himself for
they have channeled their ideals within what he is and show him that in doing
the bounds of reason and have never so he need not set up a static condition
lost sight of their objective. They used within himself. A philosophy such as
their personal resourcefulness; they fol­ that advanced by the Rosicrucian Order
lowed the example of other great minds, awakens the latent and dormant facul­
but at no time did they endeavor to ties of the individual so that he may, to
imitate those minds. a better advantage, utilize his natural
One may follow the examples of oth­ abihties, and lead a more contented
ers, but he never imitates them, for he life; in fact, it helps him to find his
has found that imitation arrests not place in life and to adapt himself to
only personal development, but the ex­ its vicissitudes.
ercise of necessary experience and the W e are our own problem children;
acquisition of needed knowledge as thus, in accepting ourselves for what
well. By diligence and self-command we are, and in making the most of what
he lives in accordance with his under­ life has given us, we are particularly
standing. He practices the minor vir­ reminded of Emerson's statements:
tues and knows wherein he stands in "Keep in your heart a shrine to the
regard to his relationship with his fel­ ideal, and upon this altar let the fire
low man. The realization has come to never die," for "all things exist in the
him that the emulation of another is man tinged v\dth the manners of his
futile. soul."

FIRST DEGREE I N I T I A T I O N
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the First Temple Degree Initiation on all eligible candidates on Sunday, M a r c h 26,
at 3:00 p. m .

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T I O N P H O T O G R A P H S . A few of each are still available at the Supply Bureau.

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Rosicrucian San Jose ROSICRUCIAN SUPPLY BUREAU California
Digest
March
1950 REMEMBER THE CONVENTION-July 9 to 14, 1950
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The Reader's
Notebook
By

JOEL DISHER, F . R . C .

Literary Research
Department

Opinions expressed are the writer's own. In no w a y are they to be understood as


A M O R C ' s endorsement or recommendation of books quoted or mentioned; nor do they
constitute an official judgment.

different peo­
t T H SO M A N Y isfactory to anyone desirous of sotmder
ple and agencies keeping instraction.
watch over one's reading, M y grandmother developed a unique
it would seem that no approach to books which pleased her,
worth-while book would but I confess it would never have suited
ever remain unknown me. She always opened a book in the
and umead. Such is not middle and read to the end. If she
the case, however. liked the ending, she would start at the
For one thing there beginning and read to the middle. One
are just too many books; for another, might better read a dictionary, it would
many of us prefer to find them for seem.
ourselves and enjoy them at our lei­ Personally, I confess to a fondness
sure. And finally, the matter of indi­ for book reviews and dealers' catalogues.
vidual taste makes it almost impossible Oftentimes, what is said of books there
for everyone to be satisfied with the gives more knowledge and pleasture
same fare. than the book itself, for as George
I suppose, too, that there has never Crabbe wrote: "Books cannot always
been a day when those who love books please, however good." Nor must we
coidd find sufficient time to devote to forget the wise counsel of Bacon that
them. I remember one prodigious read­ "Some books are to be tasted, others to
er of the eighteenth century who re­ be swallowed, and some few to be
sorted to an ingenious device to speed chewed and digested."
up his reading. It was a gadget some­ Sound as such advice is, though, it
what after the fashion of a modem will never bring agreement as to which
record player which could hold half a books are to be tasted and which chewed
dozen voliunes. With a flick of the and digested. I have one friend who
fitiger, one book after another would has confined her reading for years to
swing into view, giving the reader the David Copperfield and another who
chance to read a sentence or two be­ concerns herself only with bindings—a
fore another book came up for inspec­ red binding for rheumatism, a blue
tion. By this method, in the course of binding for minor discomforts.
a day, some ten or twelve volimies Fiction I taste occasionally, but that
could be "spot read." which is metaphysically based, I find
This might suit those who wanted difficult to swallow. Philosophy I do
to be distracted or entertained, but I like to chew on, especially when it is
doubt whether it would be whoUy sat­ as simple and casually speculative as
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George Herbert Palmer's Autobiogra­ SymboUc and allegoric as its ele­
phy of a Philosopher which I usually ments are, Carr has woven them into
get around to rereading once a year. an acceptable portrayal of life in spite
Mystical fiction is too often trite and of an outstanding implausibility where
sophomoric. Its writers ordinarily fail the whole is considered rationally. This
to realize that it makes the greatest is always the skill of the craftsman who
demands and unless it grows out of a combines material in daring ways to
large experience it is virtually worth­ create a new view of ageless truth.
less. James Hilton's The Lost Horizon
The satisfaction of such a book as
and Lloyd Douglas' The Magnificent
The Room Beyond outlasts the mere
Obsession are to me outstanding excep­
reading of it. It is renewed each time
tions. So, too, is one other which is
one attempts to reconstruct the plan
now some two years old.
from which the author worked. At
It was, I believe, recommended by a least, I found it so although I have
book club, but in spite of that is httle not learned whether anyone else's
known perhaps because club members judgment coincides with m y own.
never got around to reading it, or
missed its deeper significance altogether. All the elements of real life are here
It was neither the author's first, nor and the situations are such as recur
in all likelihood his last book, but it again and again on every level of soci­
may very well be his best. It is Robert ety. And when one penetrates its al­
Spencer Carr's The Room Beyond. legory, one's own mission in life may
stand out in more meaningful relief.
The theme is not new—that of a One can even reahze that to fail, as
man's attempt to reach an unattainable Daniel Bryce did, to attain that for
ideal, but it is a fresh and encoOTaging which he aimed was not failure
restatement of Browning's words in at all, if measured in terms of sin­
Andrea del Sarto: " A man's reach cerity and honest effort. T o lose, as the
should exceed his grasp, or what's a world understands loss, is oftentimes
heaven for?" the surest way to discover the true
Had the author been philosophizing character of "the room beyond." Every
he would have written: "Every ideal mission has its guiding star (Estrellita)
which the human mind creates for it­ and its symbolic city hidden deeply
self is unattainable, for in the act of among mountains (Corazon del Cristo).
fulfillment, it becomes metamorphosed It has as well its heartaches, delays, and
into something which remains beyond possible crucifixion. The journey of
his capacity of attainment." each has all the elements of a Cosmic
Being a writer of fiction, Carr is care­ drama—and a book such as this helps
ful to state his theme in personal terms throw them all into startling juxta­
—the struggle of Daniel Bryce to make position.
himself acceptable to the ideal woman,
Cristina Montoya. As we follow Daniel Bryce, we see
The story unfolds the maturing of how respectability (Aunt Emma),
Daniel Bryce. As a child, he comes skepticism (Dr. Hand), science (Dr.
under the influence of Cristina, a Arwitz), and the law (Mr. Clork) in­
young nurse. His desire is awakened terpose themselves between him and his
and with the outspoken directness of a mission in the name of helpfulness.
child he insists that he will grow up And we see, too, worldly affections
and marry her. (Wendra M u n n ) , class distortion
(Freeman Rabb), and the intellect (Leo
Untoward circmnstances force Cris­
Lasta) itself as the deterrents they real­
tina to leave the town in rather mys­
ly are. Only simple religious insight
terious fashion, and Daniel is momen­
(Jordan Jones) is of any assistance
tarily shaken as to his ideal and the
whatever and that but enough to con­
The direction his life will take. How he re-
tinue by faith when it is not possible to
Rosicrucian ^^^^^s his balance and the manaier in walk by sight.
which he overcomes the obstacles stand­
Digest T o make the pattern exactly as one
ing between him and his goal give the
March book its distinction, and contribute to finds it in the mystic search for truth,
1950 its verisimihtude. there is in this allegory the character
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of unfriendly and fear-inspiring Lucas have read the book, or who will do so,
who acts as a watchdog to protect will tell me.
Cristina. Whether all will agree with me in
It may be that I have made a more the allegory though, is not so important
perfect pattern of the allegory than the as that all tmderstand that in m y judg­
author intended, but it all seems to me ment The Room Beyond is a book "to
unavoidably obvious. Maybe those who be chewed and digested."

By MARY ROETHL, R . N.
Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat . . . . Health alone is victory. Let
all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy.—THOMAS CARLTLE.

N SPITE of the large "if" particular had measles five times when
in Carlyle's observation, neighbor children were unaffected.
all would probably agree In one family which I visited, the
that men should "con­ mother, an active tubercular, gave birth
trive to be healthy." Cer­ to an altogether healthy baby. How­
tainly, if health is in­ ever, as the child grew older, it showed
herited, there are some tubercular tendencies. Here inheritance
» 41 who can contrive to be was unquestionably the answer, for al­
healthy with little or no though only the mother was actively
effort. Even those whose inheritance is tubercular, the father was an old in­
Hi-health can know pretty well just active case. Two children b o m into the
where their ill-health is likely to show family, early showed childhood types
itself, and knowing this they can take of tuberculosis; but two adopted chil­
the proper preventive measures. dren did not.
George Herbert Palmer, the educa­ M y own family presents an interest­
tor and philosopher, spoke from his ex­ ing example along this line. Diphtheria
perience of inherited ill-health when he seemed to m n in m y mother's family.
said: "He is fortunate to whom Hi- M y mother had the disease four times,
health comes early and who thus learns twice as a child and twice as an adult.
betimes how to take care of himself." There were four children and all of us
When I began nursing in 1921, I had diphtheria three times while we
chose the field of Public Health Nurs­ were still yoimg. M y sister and I later
ing as the likeliest of reaching the most suffered it after we had begun our work
people and of yielding the most satis­ as nurses. It was impossible to build
faction. M y experience, including six an immunity. Even the simplest test
years in one spot and thereby seeing always brought a positive reaction. A n
the same famihes, has led me to the aunt of m y mother's, as well as her
conviction that health is inherited—at four children, died of diphtheria.
least, that certain diseases or suscepti­ On the other hand, m y father was in
bilities run in certain families, and tnat constant contact with us all during our
patterns of health can almost be pre­ illnesses with this disease and he never
determined. became infected. His family, however,
M y experience with communicable had its own particular inheritance of
diseases indicated interestingly enough ill-health. He and two sons were trou­
that measles, mumps, diphtheria, scar­ bled with the same type of rectal
let fever, and the like seemed to be dis­ disorder.
tributed always to the same families. It may appear from the examples
They seemed to belong! One child in cited that I have not given due consid-
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eration to the part the mental attitude, develops, and soon the symptoms
or general pattern of thought, plays in appear.
the matter of health inheritance. As a Limited as m y experience may have
matter of fact though, I have been al­ been, it is, I believe, still sufficient to
most constantly aware of it. It is an warrant m y conviction that health is
important factor and is especially no­ inherited, but that with the right at­
ticeable in mental diseases. The fear titude and some determination all men
exists, and it may be discussed; anxiety can "contrive to be healthy."

T Brotherhood—Its Test
By W Y N E B E R R Y BOYD, F . R . C . T
This address was given at the Pittsburgh AMORC Rally, September 5, 1949. Frater
Boyd is master of the George W . Carver chapter, Washington, D. C.

ONTEMPORARY effortS of problem is subjective; they deal with


man to achieve peace "in man when the problem is soul.
our era" through some The acquisitive nature of man and
semblance of brother­ "survival of the fittest" rule of human
hood have failed. This conduct is opposed to the program of
failure was apparent to spiritual unfoldment, without which
the mystic from the be­ brotherhood of man is a myth.
ginning. Brotherhood has The Rosicmcian ideal of brotherhood
never been nor ever wiU is correctiy based on, and is an inevi­
be attained through legislation. Unfor­ table attainment of, the evolved soul.
tunately, the province of law is to reg­ Can we love man, the highest expres­
ulate and protect man in his relation sion of life in animal form, and hate
to other men and to the state; it can­ mouse, the lowest? Do we profess otir
not by acclamation make men angels, universal love of mankind, and take
or refine their personalities. pride in oiu" prowess as hunters and
After every war in which major na­ destroyers of life? On the answer
tions engage, man is imbued wdth a of this question hinges a barometer
sense of compassion, remorse, or shame to measure our progress toward
which resolves itself into illusions of brotherhood.
brotherhood. In our time, organiza­ All animal forms have consciousness
tions such as the League of Nations, of God in varying degrees. Their right
after World W a r I, and the United to life is inalienable. The man who
Nations, after World W a r II, were professes to love his brother and hates
b o m amid general rejoicing and broth­ his horse, does not love his brother.
erly postulations. These weak children, Conversely, the man who claims he
politically fathered, and having for loves his horse and hates his brother,
their mother expedience, die prema- does not love his horse.
tvu-e and ignoble deaths. They are Love and hate, like day and night,
merely spontaneous creations without are antipodal: with the coming of day,
soul. They incarnate and reincarnate night flees; with the coming of love,
in an un-spiral and improgressive cir­ hate is no more.
cle, following the whims of man. He, therefore, who has reached the
Consequentiy, the One World con- state of brotherhood binds the wounds
The cept so ardently sponsored and vocifer- of man and beast alike. He sees in aU
Rosicrucian °^^^y proclauned remains a mirage, a the sign of divinity. Further, he who
fantasy as ethereal and substanceless as through the crucible of love transcends
fyg^** many of its prophets. They deal with hate, and stands at last free, is a broth­
March £ire when the problem is electricity; er. Such is the privilege of Rosicm-
1950 they deal with the objective when the cians. M a y we al attain it.
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Changing Realities
By EDNA L . JOHNSON

E T H I N K of actuality in consciousness expanded to encompass


terms of the thing itself; this new reahzation. For practical pur­

f of reahty in terms of the


degree of individual real­
ization of it. There are
worlds outside our con­
poses, we still had the firm, flat earth
upon which to tread; we felt as secure
as before. The only change was the
realization in our consciousness.
sciousness ; t h e r e are As time passed, we learned that this
worlds held within our seemingly soUd mass was composed of
consciousness, but that molecules, atoms, electrons, and that it
which is within is all the world we would retiun back again to the vibrat­
know. ing spirit. Once more our consciousness
The actuahty exists. In the Cosmic expanded to embrace this larger reahza­
mind it is known wholly; in our con­ tion. For practical purposes, we still
sciousness it is known in part. But had the firm, flat earth upon which to
what is this consciousness that enables tread; we felt as secure as before. The
us to know? It is a point between Cos­ only change was the reahzation in our
mic mind and mundane mind and is consciousness.
not entirely a part of either: rather it W e further learned that our physical
is a gateway which connects the two, bodies were made up of molecules,
an awareness through which we re­ atoms, electrons, and that they too
member the past and prophesy the would go back to the vibrations of spirit.
future. But tmtil this consciousness ex­ W e learned that those same elements
pands and is absorbed b y Cosmic Con­ which composed the earth were found
sciousness, we will continue to know in oiu- physical bodies, and we began
only in part. If we look into our con­ to reaUze that part of us and the earth
sciousness, we discover succeeding states were the same. Not only did the earth
which are encouragements to us. uphold us, it also nourished our bodies,
and we reahzed that there was an un­
For example, as children, the earth broken line from the earth through the
looked sohd and firm and flat to us, plant and animal to the human or­
and we thought that if we walked far ganism. Again our consciousness ex­
enough, we could reach its edge. W e panded to embrace this larger reahza­
did not see the true actuality but for tion. For practical purposes, we still
us it was true, and as long as our real­ had the firm, flat earth upon which to
ization of the earth was that it was flat tread; we felt as secure as before. The
and had an end, just so long did that only change was the reahzation in our
idea hold us in an imjdelding grip. consciousness.
Later, we learned that the earth was Oiu- consciousness continued to ex­
a globe, revolving in space; and our pand. W e thought of other worlds, all
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revolving in space—of stars and suns, ceives it to be!" One is exhilarated by
millions of them—and the idea was con­ the mighty storm; another crouches in
ceived that there were an infinite mmi- fear. One revels in the beauty and
ber of things beyond our abihty to real­ mildness of southern chmes; another re­
ize. It was then that we recognized joices in the snowy northland. One is
the imity of all things held within the deeply wounded by a disloyal friend—
Cosmic mind. But for practical pur­ the ONE prayed, "Father forgive them;
poses, we still had the firm, flat earth they know not what they do." And so
upon which to tread; we felt as secure we begin to feel a new tolerance and a
as before. The only change was the new gentleness toward our neighbor
realization in our own consciousness. and his views of life.
W e continued to learn more about Would we realize the lovehness about
realities. W e learned that soimd and us through which we pass with tmsee-
light were not actualities in the same ing eyes? would we know the truth of
way as was the earth, but they were our being? Then let us be constant in
conditions we realized in our conscious­ the process of the superseded states of
ness and only as we did realize them consciousness. Always and always,
were they able to exist. Then, and then newer and wider realizations wait on
only, could we exclaim, " W e hear! W e the horizon of our awakening conscious­
see!" ness, and one day all blindness will be
W e pondered on this wonderful ex­ banished: all misconceptions will be
panding consciousness within ourselves, outgrown and our consciousness will be
and another realization stirred within one with the great Cosmic Conscious­
us: " W h y , everyone lives in a private ness. W e will know the Divine Realities
world of his own; the world as he con­ of the God of our Hearts.

Y O U R CHILD'S F U T U R E
Have y o u ever looked with concern at the language habits and customs
which your child acquires? D o y o u want to bring out the best qualities
of your child and, as well, adapt him admirably for the world of to­
morrow? Let the Child Culture Institute counsel y o u about these im­
portant factors.

• How to develop the personality from babyhood


• How to avoid harmful habits
• How to awaken latent talents that make for personal accomplishment
• How to train and form the character in the most important first seven years

T h e Child Culture Institute offers two enlightening and helpful courses for parents:

COURSE A - This course is designed for parents whose children are infants or of
nursery school age. T h e second part of this course contains special stories
for preschool children, prepared b y those grounded in the principles of
child psychology.

COURSE B - A n unusual course for expectant parents. It includes advice on prenatal


preparation: h o w to attract the best qualities of personality into the mind
of the child. Mental, psychic, and cultural influences upon the prospec­
tive mother are analyzed.

T h e Child Culture Institute provides free consultation related to the subjects of in­
struction. A l l correspondence is strictly confidential.

The W r i t e for the free book of explanation. Y o u owe it to your child to inquire. Address:

Rosicrucian
CHILD CULTURE INSTITUTE
Digest
Rosicrucian Park San Jose, California
March
1950
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T h e "Cathedral of the Soul" is a Cosmic meeting place for all minds of the
most highly developed and spiritually advanced members and workers of the
Rosicrucian fraternity. It is the focal point of Cosmic radiations and thought
waves from which radiate vibrations of health, peace, happiness, and inner
awakening. Various periods of the day are set aside when m a n y thousands
of minds are attuned with the Cathedral of the Soul, and others attuning with
the Cathedral at the time will receive the benefit of the vibrations. Those w h o
are not members of the organization m a y share in the unusual benefits as well
as those w h o are members. T h e book called Liber 777 describes the periods
for various contacts with the Cathedral. Copies will be sent to persons w h o
are not members if they address their requests for this book to Friar S. P. C ,
care of A M O R C Temple, San Jose, California, enclosing three cents in postage
stamps. (Please state whether member or not—this is important.)

INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY

URiosiTY IS, fundamental­ vidual expresses curiosity merely to


ly, no more than a desu-e learn something from someone or to
to know. This desire is interfere ia the private affairs of any­
expressed early in life. It one. Curiosity is positive when this de­
is probably a safe con­ sire to know is for the purpose of sin­
clusion that a child is cerely gaining knowledge with the idea
usually more curious than of beneficially utilizing that knowledge.
an adult, or, at least, the Without cxmosity, and its companion,
child has no hesitation in imagination, life would be rather drab
etting its curiosity be evident. and probably everyone's life would fall
Curiosity makes one utilize the desire into a routine pattern. It is the positive
to know, to learn something in a man­ form of ciuiosity that causes man to
ner which will either produce knowl­ explore the universe of which he is a
edge and a degree of wisdom, or cause part, as well as to explore his own men­
one to be merely a nuisance in his at­ tal capacities, and attempt to gain
tempting to find out anything that is knowledge that can be applied in some
not supposed to be made pubhc. In way to an ultimate goal of usefulness
this respect, we might say that ctuiosi- to society as a whole. Probably nothing
ty has both a negative and a positive of importance in man's history has been
aspect. It is negative when an indi­ accomplished without the underljdng
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curiosity of the individual who was so Intellectual curiosity should then be
prompted by his desire to know and regarded as a positive drive within
utilize the unknown that he was led to man causing him to see beyond the
make a discovery and, from the appli­ routine activities of daily living and
cation of the knowledge acquired, to causing him to challenge his existence
achieve a purpose. and his relationship to his environment
W e must distinguish between routine in a manner so as to enable him to bet­
or factual knowledge as to whether it ter understand all forces operating in
is merely a collection of facts or a the imiverse and to learn now to co­
knowledge which makes it possible for operate with them.
us to utilize and put to worth-while In the teachings of many Eastern re-
purposes our own capacities. Some may hgions and philosophies, the highest
argue that a certain adjustment to en­ ideal for man is to be able to eventually
vironment, a degree of happiness and relate himself with his Creator for a
contentment, can be attained without oneness and a perfect harmonious rela­
much knowledge. It is true that people tionship. This ideal is based upon the
with little academic education have principle that man is a part of God
accomplished this goal in life. But a and that his ultimate goal in life and
satisfaction that comes from inactivity his ultimate state of perfection will be
and complete lack of concern regarding reached when, through knowledge and
the urdverse about us cannot be classi­ experience, he becomes actively aware
fied, from the viewpoint of an intelli­ of this relationship and relates himself
gent human being, as a very worth­ in unison with that creative force.
while achievement in life. When man has reached the state where
The individual who attempts to ana­ he becomes fully conscious of the God
lyze a situation in which he finds him­ wdthin him, then he has accomplished
self immediately meets with a chal­ the purpose for which he was created.
lenge, but he also finds various tools
that are placed in his environment for Intellectual curiosity, we might say,
him to utilize in meeting that chal­ is an internal driving force that con­
lenge. Man, being the most intelUgent stantly impels man to aim toward a
of all living things, at once feels the breaking down of all the mental and
m-ge to use, to the best of his ability, physical barriers that now cause him
the forces and elements which exist in to be a seemingly separate segment,
his environment. This situation is even related only in an indirect manner to
supported in mythical and religious his Creator. Intellectual curiosity tends
traditions. According to the Biblical to direct man toward that knowledge
story of creation, man was given dom­ and those actions which will ultimately
ination over all things on earth with bring his life to a perfect, harmonious
the implication that he was to use them relationship with all the Cosmic forces
in bringing about a better life for him­ and principles. This is the goal of
self and for other human beings, and, mysticism; this is the goal of the in­
at the same time, through this process, dividual who uses his intellectual curi­
to relate himself more satisfactorily to osity to fit himself into the scheme of
his Creator. the universe.

M I D - A T L A N T I C A N N U A L RALLY
T h e fourth Mid-Atlantic Rally sponsored b y the John O'Donnell Lodge will be held
at its Temple quarters on M a y 6 and 7, in Baltimore, Maryland. T h e two-day pro­
gram includes several advanced scientific demonstrations and displays, the Second
Temple Degree Initiation, illimiinating lectures, mystical ceremonies, a banquet, and
The entertaiimient. Members of all degrees are invited to participate. Registration begins
Rosicrucian at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, M a y 6, at the Temple.
Make early reservations. Write to: Mrs. Lee C. Gray, Rally Secretary, 710 Dryden
Digest
Drive, Baltimore 29, Maryland.
March
1950
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Karma, or the Law of Moral Causation
By T H E VENERABLE NARADA M A H A T H E R A
(Reprinted from 1949 Vesak Number, Ceylon Daily News)

HAT IS the cause of this Brahma. In the texts there is not even
inequaUty of mankind? a faint trace of any reference by the
How do w e account for Buddha to the existence of a God-Cre­
the imevenness in this ill- ator. Nowhere has the Buddha placed
balanced world? a supematural God over man.
W h y should one be Evidently the question of a God-
brought up in the lap Creator was not so seriously discussed
of luxury, endowed with as the more intricate problem of soul.
fine mental, moral, and On several occasions has the Buddha
physical qualities, and another in ab­ denied the existence of a permanent
solute poverty, steeped in misery? W h y soul—^Atta. As to the denial of a Cre­
should one be b o m a millionaire and ator there are only a few references in
another a pauper? W h y should one be the Anguttara Nikaya, Majjhima Ni-
a mental prodigy and another an idiot? kaya, Digha Nikaya and Jatakas. In no
W h y should one be b o m with saintly place, however, has the Buddha ad­
characteristics and another with crim­ mitted the existence of a Creator wheth­
inal tendencies? W h y should some be er in the form of a being or force.
linguists, artists, mathematicians, and * * *
musicians from their very cradle? Why- According to some modem thinkers
should others be congenitally blind, this variation is due to heredity and
deaf, and deformed? W h y should some environment. One must admit that they
be blessed and others be cursed from are partly instrumental, but they can­
their birth? not be solely responsible for the subtle
Either there must be a cause or distinctions that exist amongst indi-
causes for this inequality or it must be •viduals. W h y should, for instance,
purely accidental. Surely no sane per­ twins who are physically alike, enjoy­
son would attribute this imevenness, ing the same privileges of upbringing,
this inequality, this diversity, to blind be very often temperamentally, intel­
chance or pure accident. lectually, and morally totally different?
• * • Heredity alone cannot account for
Strictly speaking nothing happens to this variation. It explains only similari­
any man that he does not deserve for ties but not the differences.
some reason or other. The infinitesimally small cell we in­
Some religionists attribute this in­ herit from our parents is only about
equality to a single cause such as a 1/120 part of an inch across. This
God-Creator. The Buddha denies the physical germ explains only a portion
existence of a God-Creator. of man. With regard to the more com­
The Pali equivalent for a God-Cre­ plex and subtle mental, intellectual,
ator in other religions is either Isvara or and moral differences we are left in the
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dark. The theory of heredity cannot 2. Utu Niyama, physical (inorganic)
ive a satisfactory explanation for the order; e. g., seasonal phenomena of
f irth of a criminal in a long line of
honorable ancestors, for the birth of a
winds and rains, periodical bear­
ing of flowers and fruits, etc.
saint in a family of evil repute, for the 3. Bija Niyama, order of germs or
arising of infant prodigies, men of gen­ seeds; e. g., similar seeds produc­
ius, and Buddhas. ing sinuliar fruits, rice producing
According to Buddhism this varia­ from rice seed, sugar taste result­
tion is due not only to heredity, en­ ing from sugar cane or honey, etc.
vironment, "nature and nmture," but 4. Citta Niyama, order of mind; e. g.,
also to our own Kamma or, in other processes of consciousness (Citta-
words, to our own inherited past ac­ Vrtti), etc.
tions and present deeds. W e oxn-selves 5. Dhamma Niyama, order of the
are responsible for our own deeds, hap­ Norm; e. g., the phenomena oc­
piness and misery. W e create our own curring at the advent of a Bod-
heavens. W e create om- own hells. W e hisatta in his last birth, gravita­
are the architects of our own fate. tion, etc.
"Every living being," says the Bud­ Every phenomenon, mental or phys­
dha, "has Kamma as its own, its in­ ical, could be explained b y one of these
heritance, its congenital cause, its kins­ five orders.
man, its refuge. Kamma is that which What is Kamma?
differentiates all living beings into low The Pali term Kamma—Sanskrit
and high states." Karma—hterally means action. A n y
* * * kind of action whether mental, verbal,
or physical, of a worldling, is regarded
Although Buddhism attributes this as Kamma. In its ultimate sense Kam­
variation to Kamma, as one of the chief ma means good and bad volition (Ku-
causes, yet it does not assert that every­ sala and Akusala Cetana). Involuntary
thing is due to Kamma. In such a case or imintentional or unconscious acts are
there is no difference between Bud­ not treated as Kamma.
dhism and some theistic religions
In other words all good and bad we
that attribute everything to a single
do constitutes Kamma. They need not
cause. Kamma is only one of the twen­
necessarily be past actions. They may
ty-four conditions explained in the
be both past and present. At this very
Abhidhamma.
moment of writing this article on
Refuting the erroneous view that Dhamma, the writer is acquiring fresh
"Whatsoever weal or woe or neutral Kamma and the readers also in intel­
feeling is experienced, all that is due ligently reading it.
to some previous action," the Buddha * * *
states in the Anguttara Nikaya: It is this doctrine of Kamma which
"So, then, owing to a previous ac­ the mother teaches her child when she
tion, men will become murderers, says: "Be good and you will be happy,
thieves, unchaste, hars, slanderers, bab­ and others will love you. But if you
blers, covetous, malicious, and perverse are bad, you will be unhappy, and
in view. Thus for those who fall back others will hate you."
on the former deed as the essential In short Kamma is the law of moral
reason there is neither desire to do, nor causation. In other words it is the law
effort to do, nor necessity to do this of cause and effect in the etherical
deed or abstain from that deed." realm.
According to the Abhidhammavatara Kamma is action and Vipaka, fruit,
there are five Niyamas or orders that is its reaction. It is the cause and
prevail in the physical and mental effect.
realm. Like a mango seed is Kamma. Man­
The They are: go fruit arising from the tree is like the
Vipaka, effect. The leaves and flowers
Rosicrucian
1. Kamma Niyama, order of action are like the Vipakanisamsa—^iaevitable
Digest and result; e. g., good and bad consequences.
March deeds produce desirable and un­ As we sow, we reap either in this
1950 desirable results respectively. life or in a future birth. What we reap
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today is what we have sovra either in fort the poor by promising illusory
the present or in the past. happiness after death.
The Samyntta Nikaya states: W e are born into the state created
According to the seed that's sown. by ourselves. By our ovm efforts we
So is the fruit ye reap therefrom. can create new environments too. Our
Doer of good will gather good. birth is determined by our past Kam­
Doer of evil, evil reaps. ma, but our present is determined both
Sown is the seed, and thou shalt by our past and present actions. Sev­
taste eral causes, chiefly our own doings,
The fruit thereof. contribute either to our progress or
Kanrnia is a law in itself. But it downfall in this very life itself.
does not follow that there should be a According to the Buddhist doctrine
lawgiver. Ordinary laws of nature, like of Kamma one is not always compelled
gravitation, need no lawgiver. The law by an iron necessity. Kamma is not
of Kamma too demands no lawgiver. fate. It is not predestination which is
It operates in its own field wdthout the imposed on us by some mysterious un­
intervention of an external, independ­ known power to which we must help­
ent, ruling agency. lessly submit ourselves. It is one's own
Nobody, for instance, has decreed doing which reacts on one's ovm self,
that fire should burn. Nobody has com­ and so we have the possibility to divert
manded that water should seek its own the course of Kamma.
level. No scientist has ordered that Although it is stated that neither in
water should consist of hydrogen and heaven nor in the recesses of a cave is
oxygen, and that coldness should be one there any place in the world where one
of its properties. These are their in­ could escape evil Kamma, yet one is not
trinsic characteristics. bound to pay all the past arrears of
* * * one's Kamma. In such a case no eman­
Inherent in Kamma is the potentiali­ cipation is possible. One is neither the
ty of producing its due effect. The master nor the servant of Kamma.
cause produces the effect; the effect ex­ Even a most vicious person could b y his
plains the cause. The seed produces ovra effort regulate his Ufe and become
the fruit; the fruit explains the seed, as a most virtuous person.
both are interrelated. Even so Kamma W e are always becoming something,
and its effect are interrelated; "the ef­ and that something depends on our ac­
fect already blooms in the cause." tions. W e may at any moment trans­
Happiness and suffering which are form ourselves for the better or for the
the common lot of humanity are the worse. Even the most sinful person
inevitable effects of some cause or should not be discoin-aged or despised
causes. From a Buddhist point of view for his evil nature and human weak­
they are not rewards and pimishments. nesses. He should be pitied, for we
They are the due effects of our own must also have been in that same po­
good and bad deeds. Good begets good; sition at a certain stage. As we have
evil begets evil. changed for the better he may also be
"You are b o m poor in this life on changed, perhaps sooner than ourselves.
account of your past evil Kamma. He W h o can say what good Kamma he
is bora rich on account of his good has in store for him? W h o knows his
Kamma. So be satisfied with your lot. potential goodness?
But do good now to be rich in your "Hidden in the deep of our being is
next life. a rabbish heap as well as a treasvure
"You are oppressed now because of house."
your past evil Kamma. That is yom- Angulimala, a highway robber and
destiny. Be humble and bear your suf­ a notorious murderer, attained Saint-
ferings calmly. Do good now. You will ship in that life itself.
have a better life after death." Asoka who was stigmatised, Cauda
* • * the wicked, on account of the atrocities
caused by him to expand his Empire,
The Buddhist doctrine of Kamma completely changed his career to such
does not favour such fatalistic views. an extent that today "amidst the tens
Nor does it advocate a post-mortem jus­ of thousands of names and monarchs
tice. Kamma is not intended to com­
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that crowd the columns of history, their He no doubt reaps what he has sown.
majesties and graciousnesses, and seren­ He can at the same time turn up the
ities and Royal Highnesses and the like, weeds and sow useful seeds in then-
the name of Asoka shines and shines place, for the future is entirely in his
almost alone, a star." hands. Kamma enables him to shape
• * • his future as he wills.
• * *
Where is Kamma?
It is not a force stored within the When the wicked are successful in
psyche, for there is neither a receptacle every walk of hfe, whilst the virtuous
nor a storehouse in this ever-changing meet v\dth ill-luck and are compelled
complex machinery of man, but de­ to lead a sorrowful life, a Buddhist
pendent on the Five Groups (Panchak- would neither accuse another of injus­
khanda) or the stream of life is every tice nor blame the world for its unjust
experience the individual has passed ways, since he knows that they are only
through, every influence felt, every im­ reaping what they have so-wn. The
pression received, every characteristic, virtuous are thereby not discouraged
divine, human, or brutal. In short the because they are convinced that their
whole Kamma force is dependent on good acts will have their due effects in
this life flux, ever ready to manifest some future life though not in the pres­
itself in disconcerting strength at un­ ent.
expected moments. Even the most corrupted person is
Where, Venerable Sir, is Kamma? not condemned in Buddhism. On the
questions King MHinda from the Ven­ other hand, he is loved and shown the
erable Nagasena. way to a perfect life. He is assured that
"O Maharaja," replies the Venerable he has the chance to reform himself at
Nagasena, "Kamma is not said to be any moment. He has the hope of even
stored somewhere in this fleeting con­ attaining Eternal Peace.
sciousness or in any other part of the A Buddhist who is fully convinced of
body. But dependent on mind and mat­ the Doctrine of Kamma does not pray
ter it rests manifesting itself at the op­ to another to be saved but confidently
portune moment, just as mangoes are relies on himself for his salvation.
not said to be stored somewhere in the It is this belief in Kamma that vali­
mango tree, but dependent on the man­ dates his effort and kindles this en­
go tree they lie springing up in due thusiasm. This law of Kamma explains
season." the problem of suffering, the mystery
Just as wind or fire is not stored up of so-called fate or predestination of
in any particular place, even so Kamma other rehgions, and above all the in­
is not stored anywrhere within or with­ equality of mankiad.
out this body. What we think, speak, and do, be­
Kamma is an individual force that is come our own. These thoughts, words,
transmitted from one existence to an­ and deeds that constitute Karmna pass
other. It plays the chiefest part in the from life to life, exalting and degrading
moulding of one's character and ex­ us in the course of our wanderings in
plains that marvelous phenomenon of Sansara.
genius. The clear understanding of this Says the Buddha:
doctrine is essential for the genuine wel­
fare of the world. Man's merits and the sins he here
hath wrought
It is this doctrine of Kamma that That is the thing he owns, that
gives consolation, hope, self-reliance, takes he hence.
and moral courage to a Buddhist. That dogs his steps, like shadows
When the unexpected happens to in pursuit.
The him and when he is beset with diffi- Hence let him make good store for
Rosicrucian culties almost insurmountable and mis­ life elsewhere.
fortune almost unbearable he consoles Sure platform in some other future
Digest himself with the thought that they are world.
March the results of his own doings. He real­ Rewards of virtue on good beings
1950 izes that the inevitable must happen. wait.
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B R A H M A N TEMPLE
This fantasy of beauty, adjoining the famous Ramakrishna Temple in India, is visited
by hundreds of faithful followers each day. M a n y come by boat from the opposite banks
of the Hooghly Rivei', which appears in the background.
(Photo by AMORC Camera Expedition)
Experience
Provides Knowledge

Awaken Talents ••Rediscover Life


T TAPHAZARD E V E N T S bring only teries o f nature, functions o f the mind,
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DIRECTORY
P E I N C I P A L A M E R I C A N B E A N C H E S O F T H E A . M . O. B . C.
The following are the principal chartered Rosicrucian Lodges and Chapters in the United States, its
territories and possessions. The names and addresses of other American Branches will be given upon
written request.
CALIFORNIA INDIANA
L o n e Beach:* South Bend:
Abdiel Lodge, 2455 Atlantic Ave. Loren G. South Bend Chapter, 203 S. Williams St. Mrs.
Rubeck, Master; Lorena Christopher, Sec. Ses­ Louisa W . Weaver, Master; Amelia Nyers, S e c ,
sions every Fri., 8 p. m. 1031 W . Dubail Ave. Sessions every Sun., 7:45 p.m.
Los Angeles:* Indianapolis:
Hermes Lodge, 148 N. Gramercy Place, Tel. Indianapolis Chapter, 311 O b e r B l d g . , 38 N. Penn­
GLadstone 1230. Robert B. T. Brown. Master; sylvania St. Bert Kingan, Master; Ida E. Dora,
Myrle Newman, Sec. Library open 2-5 p. m.; 7-10 S e c , 236 Cecil Ave. Sessions every Tues., 8:15 p.m.
p. m. Review classes Mon. through Fri. Sessions MABYLAND
every Sun.. 3 p. m. Baltimore :*
Oakland:* John O'Donnell Lodge, 100 W . Saratoga St.
Oakland Lodge, Office and Library—610 16th St.. E. Warren Spencer, Master; Beatrice B. Spencei-,
Tel. HIgate 4-5996. G. W . Mapes, Master; Vir­ S e c , 102 Alleghany Ave. Sessions 1st and 3rd
ginia O'Connell, Sec. Library open Mon., W e d . , W e d . , 8:15 p. m. Library. 220 N. Liberty St.,
Pri. afternoons; Mon.. Tues., Thui's.. Fri. eve­ open Tues., Thurs., Fri. p. m.
nings. Sessions 1st and 3rd W e d . , 8 p. m. at MASSACHUSETTS
Sciots Hall, 5117 E. 14th St. Boston:*
Pasadena: Johannes Kelpius Lodge, 284 Marlboro St. Felix
Akhnaton Chapter, Altadena Masonic Temple. Gregory, Master; Carl G. Sandin, Sec Sessions
Aubrey G. Wooderman. Master, 1523 Encino Ave., every Sun. and W e d . , 7;30 p. m.
Monrovia. Tel. DO. 7-2311; Eloise Anderson, Sec. MICHIGAN
Sessions 2nd and 4th Tues.. 8 p. m. Detroit:*
Sacramento: Thebes Lodge, 616 W . Hancock Ave. Mathew G.
Clement B. LeBrun Chapter. 2130 " L " St. Jose Tyler, Master, 7561 Abington; Clarissa Dicks,
de la Rosa, Master; F. G. Christian, Sec. Ses­ Sec. Sessions every Tues., 8:15 p. m.
sions 2nd and 4th W e d . , 8 p. m. Lansing:
San Uiego: Leonardo da Vinci Chapter, 603 S. Washington.
San Diego Chapter, House of Hospitality, Balboa Clair C. W i l l s e y . Master; Bertha Harmon, Sei-.
Park. Charles M. Lindsey, Master, 4246 Jewell; Sessions 2nd and 4th Mon., 8 p. m.
Florence Christensen, Sec. Sessions 1st, 2nd, and MINNESOTA
4th Thurs.. 8 p. m. Minneapolis:
San Francisco:* Essene Chapter, Spanisii Room, Radissoji Hotel,
Francis Bacon Lodge, 1957 Chestnut St., Tel. 45 S. 7th St. Mrs. Robert W . Steenberg, Master;
WE-1-4778. J. O. Kinzie, Master; Lois F. Hath- Delia Coose, S e c . 2016 Emer.son Ave., S. Sessions
(;ock, Sec. Sessions for all members every Mon., 2nd and 4th Sun., 3 p. m.
8 p . m . ; for review classes phone secretary. MISSOUBI
COLORADO St. Louis:*
Denver:
Thutmose Lodge, George Washington Hotel, 600
Denver Chapter. 1009 17th St. H a y s L . Living­
N. Kingshighway Blvd. M. Kassell. Master; Earl
ston, Master; Roberta Klimas, S e c , 815 Broad­
Tidrow. Jr., S e c , 7918 Kingsbury Blvd., Clayton,
way. Sessio,ns every Fil., 8 p. m.
Mo. Sessions every Tues., 8 p. m.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
NKW JKBSEY
Washington:
Newark:
Thomas Jefferson Chapter, 1322 Vermont Ave.
Mrs. Minnie P. Stough, Master, 1437 Rhode H . Spencer Lewis Chapter. 443-5 Broad St. John
Island Ave., N. W . ; Georgene R. Todd, Sec. D. McCarthy, Ma.ster; Johanna Buhbe, S e c . 30
Sessions every Fri., 8 p. m. Montgomery St.. Bloomfield, N. J. Sessions
FLORIDA every Tues., 8:30 p. m.
Miami: N E W Y O B K
Buffalo:
Miami Chapter, Biscayne Temple, 120 N. W . 15th Rama Chapter, 225 Delaware Ave., Room 9. Dr.
Ave. Mrs. E. H . Smith, Master; Florence Mc- C. G. Steinhauser. Master; Carolyn A. W o o d .
Cullough, S e c , 2015 S. W . 23rd Ave. Sessions S e c , 23 Terrace. Sessions every W e d . , 7:30 p.m.
every Sun., 8 p. m. New York City:*
ILLINOIS N e w York City Lodge, 250 W . 57th St. William
Chicago :• Stillwago,n, Jr., Master; Edith M. da Rocha, S e c
Nefertiti Lodge, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave., Tel. Ever­ Sessions W e d . , 8:15 p . m . and Sun., 3:00 p . m .
glade 4-8627. Myrtle Lovell, Master; Mrs. L . E. Library open week days and Sun., 1-8 p. m.
Mantor, Sec. Library open daily, 1-5 p. m. and Booker T. Washington Chapter, 69 W . 125th St.,
7:30-10 D. m.; Sun., 2-5:30 p . m . only. Sessions Room 63. David Waldron, Master; Clarence M.
every Tues. and Thurs.. 8 p. m. Calle,nder, S e c Sessions every Sun., 8 p. m.
(Directory Continued on Next Page)
Rochester: every Sun., 7:30 p. m. Temple and library open
Rochester Chapter, Hotel Seneca. Dorothy M. Tues., Thurs., 7-10 n. m.
Decker, Master; William Rabjohns, Sec. Sessions Pittsburgh:*
1st W e d . , .Srd Sun., 8 p. m. The First Pennsylvania Lodge, 615 W . Diamond
OHIO St., North Side. David Stein, Master; Lydia F.
Cincinnati: Wilkes, Sec. Sessions W e d . and Sun., 8 p. m.
Cincinnati Chapter, 204 Hazen Bldg., 9th and TEXAS
Main St. Gustav F. P. Thumann, IVIaster; Bertha El Paso:
Abbott, Sec. Sessions every W e d . and Fri.,
Bl Amarna Chapter, 519 N. Santa Fe. Ernest G.
7;30 p. m.
Bourjaily, Master, 523 N. Campbell St.; Mrs.
Dayton:
Rosa M. Licona, Sec Sessions 1st and Srd Sun.,
Elbert Hubbard Chapter, 56 East 4th St. Mary
2 p. m.
C. High, Master; Mary Turner, S e c , 436 Holt
Houston:
St. Sessions 2nd and 4th Thurs., 8 p. m.
Houston Chapter, 1320 Rusk Ave. Robert E.
Toledo:
Martin, Master; Alyce M. L a Rue, S e c , 3105
Michael Faraday Chapter, Roi Davis Bldg., 3rd
Chenevert. Sessions every Fri., 7:30 p. m.
Fl., 905 Jefferson Ave. Dorothy Van Doren,
UTAH
Master; Hazel Schramm, S e c , 1514 Freeman St.
Sessions every Thurs., 8;30 p . m . Salt Lake City:
OKLAHOMA Salt Lake City Chapter, 211 Hopper Bldg., 23
Oklahoma City: E. 1st South. Clarence R. Parry, Master; Clara
Amenhotep Chapter, R m . 318, Y W C A Bldg. J. Parker, S e c , 243 S. 7th Ea.st. Ses.sions every
Ferdinand W . Arnold, Master; Mrs. W a l t e r Thurs., 8:15 p. m.
Arnold, S e c , 1509 N. W . 42nd St. Sessions 2nd WASHINGTON
and 4th Sun., 7:30 p. m. Seattle:*
OREGON Michael Maier Lodge, Wlntonia Hotel, 1431
Portland :• Minor. Maurice V . Boldrin, Master, Tel. De. 5324;
Portland Rose Lodge, 2712 S. E. Salmon. Floyd Ethel Jefferson, S e c , Tel. Ra. 5059. Sessions
K . Riley, Master; W a l t e r G. Allen, S e c Sessions every Fri., 8 p. m. Library open Tues., Thurs.,
every W e d . , 8 p. m. and Sun., 7 p. m. 1-4 p . m . ; Mon., W e d . , 7-9 p . m . ; Sat., 1-3 p . m .
PENNSYLVANIA WISCONSIN
Philadelphia:* Milwaukee:
Benjamin Franklin Lodge, 1303 Girard Ave. Karnak Chapter, Republican Hotel. 907 N. 3rd St.
Dr. S. Milton Zimmerman, Master; Fred A. George W . W o o d , Master, 3934 N. 2nd St.; Bessie
Thomas, S e c , 2706 W . Allegheny Ave. Sessions F. Smith, Sec. Sessions every Mon., 8:15 p. m.

Principal Canadian Branches and Foreign Jurisdictions


The addresses of other foreign Grand Lodges, or the names and addresses of their representatives, will
be given upon request.
AUSTRALIA ENGLAND
Sydney, N . S . W . : The A M O R C Grand Lodge of Great Britain.
Sydney Chapter, I.O.O.F. Bldg.. 100 Clarence St. Raymund Andrea, Gr. Master, 34 Bay.swater
F. R. Goodman, Master, 2 "Girvan" 129 Kurraba Ave., W e s t b u r y Park, Bristol 6.
Rd., Neutral Bay; Victor Bell, S e c , 60 Dennisoii London:
St.. Bondi Junction. Sessions l.st, 3rd and 5th London Chapter. Richard Lake, Master, 38 Cran-
Saturday afternoons. brook Rise, Ilford, Essex; Lawrence Ewels, Sec,
Melbourne, Victoria: 86 Datchet R d . , Catford, London, S. E. 6.
Melbourne Chapter, 25 Russell St. Kathleen FRANCE
Dodds, Master; Fred Whiteway, S e c . 37 Black
St., Middle Brighton S. 5. Mile. Jeanne Guesdon, S e c , 56 Rue Gambetta,
BRAZIL Villeneuve Sainte Georges (Seine & Oise).
Sao Paulo: HOLLAND
Sao Paulo Chapter, Rua Tabatinguera 165. Svlvio Amsterdam:*
E. Polati, Master; George Craig Smith, S e c , De Rozekruisers Orde, Groot-Loge der Nederlan-
Caixa Postal 4633. Sessions 2nd and 4th Sat.,
8:30 p. m. den. J. Coops, Gr. Master, Hunze-straat 141.
CANADA ITALY
Montreal, P. Q . : Rome:
Mount Royal Chapter, The Lodge Room, Victoria Italian Grand Lodge of A M O R C . Orlando Tim-
Hall, Westmount. Mrs. A. Englehard. Master; panaro Perrotta, S e c , Via G. Baglivi, ,5-D. 1,
Jean Pierre Trickey, S e c , 444 Sherbrooke St., E. Quartiere Italia.
Sessions 1st and 3rd Thurs., 8 p. m. MEXICO
Toronto. Ontario: Mexico, D . F . : *
Toronto Chapter, 12 Queen St., East. Oron C. Quetzalcoatl Lodge, Calle de Colombia 24. Sr.
Dakin, Master; Edith Hearn, S e c , 300 Keele Ruperto Betancourt, Master; Sr. Benito de
St. Sessions every 2nd and 4th Thurs., 8:15 p.m. Koster, S e c , Eureka No. 15, Col. Industrial.
Vancouver. B . C . : * INDONESIA
Vancouver Lodge, 878 Hornbv St. Dorothy L . Bandoeng, Java:*
Bolsover, Master, Tatlow 2003: Lettie C. Fleet, Mrs. M. C. Zeydel, Gr. Master-General, I. Mul-
S e c , 1142 Harwood St., MA-3208. Sessions every
Mon. through Fri. Lodge open 7:30 p. m. tatuli Blvd.
Victoria, B . C . : * N E W ZEALAND
Victoria Lodge, 725 Courtney St. Miss E. M. Auckland:
Burrows. Master; Dorothy G. Johnston, Sec, Auckland Chapter, Victoria Arcade, Room 317.
821 Burdett Ave. Mrs. E. M. W o o d , Master, 2nd Fl., Giffords
Windsor, Ont.: Bldg., Vulcan Lane, C 1; John O. Ander.sen, S e c
W i n d s o r Chapter, 808 Marion Ave. Mrs. Stella Sessions every Mon., 8 p. m.
Kucy, Master; George H . Brook, S e c , 2089 P U E R T O B I C O
Argyle Ct. Sessions every W e d . , 8:15 p. m. San Juan:
Winnipeg. Mali.; San Juan Chapter, 1655 Progreso St., Stop 23,
Charles Dana Dean Chapter, I.O.O.F. Temple. Santurce. J. L . Casanova, Master; Jesus Rod­
293 Kennedy St. A. G. Wirdnam, Master; S. riguez, Sec Sessions every Sat., 8 p. ni.
Ethelyn Wallace, S e c . 851 Westminster Ave. SWEDEN
Sessions 1st and 3rd Thurs., 7:45 p. m. Malmo: *
DENMARK AND NORWAY Grand Lodge "Rosenkorsel." Albin Roimer, Gr.
Copenhagen:* Master, Box 30, Skalderviken, Sweden.
The A M O R C Grand Lodge of Denmark and Nor­ SWITZERLAND
way. Arthur Sundstrup, Gr. Master, Vester Vold- Lausanne:*
gade 104; K a j Falck-Rasmussen, Gr. S e c , A. F. A M O R C Grand Lodge, 21 Ave., Dapples. Pierre
Beyersvej 15 A, Copenhagen F., Denmark. Genillard, Gr. S e c , 2 Chemin des Allinges.
EGYPT VENEZUELA
Cairo: Caracas:
Amenhotep Grand Lodge. Salim C. Saad, Grand Alden Chapter, Veldzquez a Miseria, 19. Sra. F.
Master, 1 Kasr-El-Nil St. Briceno de Perez, Master; Sra. Carmen S. Sala-
zar. S e c , Calle Cuarta 2, Bellavista. Sessions
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