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th e nearly naked being who crouched in its feeble warmth, the glow of the sun’s rays was like a gentle caress. He was a primitive human. Eventually, he was to be known as the Cro-Magnon man. The sun was high, but the air, even at midday, was biting cold as breezes swept down from the shimmering, blue-white glaciers. These irresistible masses of ice had slowly encroached upon this human’s forest home, for he lived during the remote late Paleolithic period- -nearly 50,000 years ago In his stolen glimpses upward were intermingled expres sions of awe and wonderment. W hat a magnificent some thing it was! Each day with its mysterious appearance in the azure vault above his head, the horrors of darkness were dis pelled; by it, too, were vanished those glowing eyes which, during each long night, struck ten or into his heart as they encircled him. Also, this golden orb, which moved in majesty high above, gave him vision. There before him it unveiled the world, and afforded the chance to choose from it what he would. It was with strange stirrings within that he crudely incised in stone its form as a symbol of beneficent power
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on the 17th day of June, * in the year 1694, that the anchor of the good ship, Santa Maria, was dropped into the waters of the New W orld. So that the ancient traditions of light and truth which they had preserved, might be as free as their conscience, a small band of Rosicrucians had departed from Europe four months before. The first act of the party after landing, according to the account of their leader and Grand Master, Johannes Kelpius, was to thank the Divine upon their bended knees for having carried them “ as on eagle’s wings such an immense distance through all the gates of Hell.” Not many years later, along the banks of the Wissahickon, in what is now known as Ephrata, Pennslyvania, they established their first tem ple, dormitories, laboratory, and mill. The ruins of these quaint edifices are still to be seen. Their cultural advancements influenced the early establishment of the American nation.
enlightenment and knowledge of life have turned to the A.M.O.R.C. to feast upon its teachings. The see of the Order became Rosicrucian Park, San Jose, California. T o it each year more and more persons trek to enjoy its environ ment of peace. Other thousands of Rosicrucians, in nearly every land in the world, turn their thoughts and direct their consciousness to this sanctuary, the Su preme Temple of the Rosicrucian Order. 1'hey an nihilate time and space to concentrate their conscious ness at this focal point which symbolizes their highest ideals.
The Soul of the Order
he Supreme Temple was given an efficacy by the concen trated love and thoughts of those who, mentally and Cosmically, dwelt therein each hour of the day and night. It became a vibrant symbol of the soul of the Rosicrucian Order, for the soul of the Order is the united expression of the individual souls of its membership. Each, who communes with the Supreme Temple, deposits therein a thought, and all likewise are re juvenated in spirit by the experience.
The Second Cycle
On Thursday, M ay 13, 1915, began the second cycle of the Rosicrucian Order, A.M.O.R.C., in the Western World. "1'his time it was under the direction of the late Imperator. Dr. H. Spencer Lewis. Again, it was a period of sacrifice, the beginning of a spiritual and cultural work in a flaming world at war. Again, also, it was a small band of members and workers who helped prepare the first temple of the Order, in which there might be established a Shekinah, a temple of divine truth. The site of one of these first temples was m New York City, where the modern teachings began dissemination.
P le a f o r G r o w t li A New Sup reme Temple
n o w the physical edifice has become too small. W ith the passing of years, those who come to the conventions or who attend the weekly convocations, while on a journey elsewhere, overtax its capacity. The Order is expanding in all its ramifications, but, if the Supreme Tem ple, which is the spiritual home of each Rosicrucian no matter how distant, remains inadequate for its needs, there is a lack of balance which must be adjusted.
T o you Rosicrucians we, therefore, appeal, that a new Supreme Temple be made possible to meet the needs of tomorrow and that it be commensurate with the greater re sponsibility and service of the Rosicrucian Order, A.M.O.R.C.
Y our Help Is Needed
To be Built by Hands and Hearts
M any who reside nearby will objectively take part, that is, will assist as of old in the preparation and deco ration of this new temple, this place consecrated to truth and to be dedicated to each Rosicrucian. You who can not, because of time or distance, be present to aid by hand its construction, may do so by heart— by the generosity of self. Only if you give freely now, in accordance with your desire to bring about an enlarged Supreme Temple, this sanctuary of the Order, can it actually come into existence. Let your material gift represent your objec tive assistance.
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not wish to draw entirely upon, our reserve funds f o r ™ the construction of the Temple. Of necessity, such funds must also be used partially for the rehabilitation of the Order in foreign lands, where temples of the Order and their activi ties have been demolished by the agents of darkness. If each member generously gives, gives all that he or she can to this worthy purpose, then the Order will not need to jeopardize its obligations to the future to which it is committed. As this is being written, draftsmen are completing the plans for this mystically beautiful temple, this symbol of the Order. It will be erected as soon after the war as possible. Kindly give what you can now, so that needed preparations can be made at once. If you wish to give more than your present contribution, you m ay carry forward the balance over a period of six months. A ll contributions will be de posited in a Special Supreme Temple Trust Fund, to be used, exclusively, for this purpose. TEM PLE HONOR SCROLL
Each donor will have his name, his actual signature, as evidence of his motive and deed, placed in the archives of the temple on an honor scroll. He will receive a certificate of acknowledgement of his gift. He will also receive a little certificate which he will personally sign and return. This latter, upon the occasion of the dedication of the Supreme Temple, w ill be placed in a niche in the temple wall, where there will be preserved the names of those who have made the temple possible. This niche will then be hermetically sealed and a large bronze plate affixed, attesting to its contents. Thus, something representing the donor’s objective self will remain in perpetuity in the Supreme Temple of the Order. (A ll contributions to AMORC are deductible from your Federal Income Tax.)
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Sanctum of tfje 3mperator
Thursday To My Fellow Rosicrucians and Friends: Respected Member: I have a story to relate to you. It is a story as old as man's first realiza tion of self. It is a tale of man's up ward climb, and the gradual development of the highest conceptions which the human mind has ever embraced. This account includes all lands and all peoples. Further, it intimately touches the ideals and aspirations of every Rosicrucian. Within the pages of the accompanying booklet, you will find this story briefly and simply told. I earnestly plead that you carefully read it— and I hope that you will then be moved by self to respond to it. With all good wishes for Peace Profound, I am, in the bonds of the Order, Sincerely and fraternally,
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