Rosicrucian Digest, February 1959

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<ul><li><p>8/11/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, February 1959</p><p> 1/44</p><p>1959</p><p>FEBRUARY</p><p>35$ pe r copy</p><p>ft</p><p>The Human Race</p><p>in Crisis</p><p>W hat images have wefashioned ?</p><p>V A V</p><p>Giving God</p><p>a Chance</p><p>K n o w y o u r i n n e rdivini ty.</p><p>V A V</p><p>Communicat ion</p><p>with OtherWorlds</p><p>Are we insensi t iveto contacts?</p><p>7 A V</p><p> Mysticism</p><p> Science</p><p>The ArtsV A V</p><p>T f e x t 0J9C</p></li><li><p>8/11/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, February 1959</p><p> 2/44</p><p>Growth of Your Library!HAVE YOU wondered if there were available a neat book-style binder for thecopies of your Rosicrucian Digesta binder that would avoid the usual excessive</p><p>binding costs?We now offer just such a binder! It will hold one complete years issues. There</p><p>is no costly sewing nor gluing to pay for. 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The occasion was attended by several Supreme and Grand Lodge officers ofthe Order.{Photo by AMORC)</p></li><li><p>8/11/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, February 1959</p><p> 4/44</p></li><li><p>8/11/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, February 1959</p><p> 5/44</p><p>ROSICRUCIAN DIGESTCOVERS THE WORLD</p><p>TH E O F FI C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F TH E W O R LD - W I D E RO S I C R U C I A N O R D ER</p><p>XXXVII FEBRUARY, 1959 _______No. 2</p><p>Aztec Dancers (Frontispiece) ... 41</p><p>Thought of the Month: Communication with Other Worlds 44</p><p>The Human Race in Crisis ....... ............. . 48</p><p>The Fruition of Growth 52</p><p>Cathedral Contacts: Pause for Fulfillment ......... ........................ 56</p><p>White and What It Signifies........................ ........................................ 58Technique for Message Reception ............................................. . 60</p><p>Achieve the Simple Viewpoint 63</p><p>Giving God a Chance ............... .......... 64</p><p>Temple Echoes ......................... 68</p><p>1959 Rosicrucian InternationalConvention ............ 70</p><p>Rosicrucian New Year 72</p><p>When to Consult a Lawyer 74</p><p>Three Steps Important to Living 75</p><p>World-Wide Directory . 76</p><p>Subsc ription to the Rosicrucian Digest, $3.00 (1 / 2/ - sterling ) per year. Sing le cop ies</p><p>35 cents (2/ 6 sterling ).</p><p>Entered as Sec ond -C lass Ma tter at the Post Office o f San J ose, C a lifornia, unde r Sec tion</p><p>1103 of the U. S. Postal Ac t of Oct. 3, 1917.</p><p>Changes of address must reach us by the first of the month prec eding da te of issue.</p><p>Stateme nts made in this publica tion are not the officia l expression o f the organization or</p><p>its officers unless stated to be offic ial communications.</p><p>Published Monthly by the Supreme Council of</p><p>Rosicrucian Park THE ROSICRUCIAN ORDERAMORC San Jose, Ca lifornia</p><p>EDITOR: Frances Vejtasa</p><p>The Purpose of the Rosicrucian OrderThe Rosicrucian Order, existing in all civilized lands, is a nonsectarian fraternal body of men</p><p>and women devoted to the investigation, study, and practical application of natural and spiri tuallaws. The purpo se of the organ ization is to enable all to live in harmo ny w ith the creative, con-structive Cosmic forces for the attainme nt of health, happiness, and peace. The O rder is inter-nationally known as "AMORC' (an abbreviation), and the A.M.O.R.C. in America and all otherlands con stitutes the only form of Rosicruc ian activities united in one body. The A.M.O.R.C. doesnot sell its teaching s. It gives them freely to affiliated membe rs togeth er with many oth er benefits.For complete information about the benefits and advantages of Rosicrucian association, write alette r to the addres s below, and ask for the free book. The Mas tery of Life. Addre ss ScribeS. P. C., Rosicrucian O rder, AMORC, San Jose , California, U. S. A. (Cable Add ress: "AMORCO )</p><p>Copyright, 1959, by the Supreme Grand Lodge of AMORC, Inc. A ll rights reserved.</p></li><li><p>8/11/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, February 1959</p><p> 6/44</p><p>TheRosicrucianDigestFebruary1959</p><p>THE</p><p>THOUGHT OF THE MONTH</p><p>Communication With O ther Worlds</p><p>o d a y the average intelligent and imaginative person is of the opinion that</p><p>life exists elsewhere thanon earth. He has no convincing proof of this, buthe deduces this idea fromnumerous events and revelations by science which</p><p>ie accepts as factual. Each day he ismade more conscious of the fin ite nature of earth. He has always been, sincehis school days, casually aware thatearth is a globede in a sea of celestialmatterthat it is just one of the planetsof our solar system. However, the demands of his economic, political, andsocial life, as well as his religious doctrines, have accentuated to him the importance of earth.</p><p>The distant planets, remote stars andgalaxiesin fact, the entire science ofastronomyto the average man wras arealm of fantasy. So far as personalexperience is concerned, the theoriesand discoveries of astronomy stood inthe same relationship to most personsas do the myths of ancient Greece. Themythologies were fantastic and incompatible with the realities of the every</p><p>day worldbut then he was told thatthey were but imaginative and he accepted them as such. The postulationsof science, the tremendous distancescited for the celestial bodies, related interms of light traveling 186,000 miles</p><p>per second and requiring years to reachearththese, too, were fantastic. Thesethings were equally outside the boundsof the average mans personal reality.There was little or nothing in the courseof most mens daily life that gave sup</p><p>[ 4 4 ]</p><p>port to the declarations of astronomersregarding worlds beyond.</p><p>These pronouncements of science in</p><p>the main were, however, accepted bythe populace on faith. The acceptancecorresponded to the reliance which manfor centuries has put in the uniqueknowledge expounded by the shaman,medicine man, sorcerer, and priest. Mencould not substantiate the claims butneither could they refute them. Sincemost of the declarations have had littleintimate effect upon their lives, mengave them a modicum of thought.</p><p>Now, for most men, astronomy andits related or co-ordinated sciences havebecome objectified.Things are being accomplished which the man in the streetcan perceive and of which he gainscomprehension without having an astute knowledge of higher mathematicsand the intricacies of physics. Themoon, planets, the solar system as awhole and the space beyond are acquiring a familiarity, notwithstanding theirremoteness. The activity of projectinginto space man-made satellites androckets and the visible tests to prepareman for space journeys are becomingrelated to the world of everyday events.</p><p>For most men there still clings to thesecircumstances a kind of foreign atmosphere, like strange happenings inAfghanistan or Tibet. But space projects are now accepted as a phase ofhuman life, one that will play a prominent part in mans future affairs in away of which he is not quite certain.</p><p>The more extensive the disclosuresby science of the vastness not alone ofour own solar system but of the greateruniverse, the more constricted becomes</p></li><li><p>8/11/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, February 1959</p><p> 7/44</p><p>the earth. It seems highly improbable,even to the intelligent religionist, that avirtual speck of dust such as earthwhen compared with the millions ofsuns and other universes lying in thereaches of spaceshould be exclusivelyselected to harbor intelligent beings. It</p><p>becomes fantastic and unbelievable tothink that the infinite number of bodiesin the cosmic aside from earth, shouldbe devoid of the factors upon which lifedepends. In fact, the modern intelligent religious devotee considers it aconstraining doctrine to believe that asupreme being, as a creator, would useas a theatre for the extension of hisown consciousness just earth alone. Itseems more plausible, even though it bea pantheistic idea, that the supreme intelligence is all-pervadingand manifestsitself in self-conscious beings whereverconditions develop favorable organisms.</p><p>The creation of the earth is recent ascompared to remote galaxies with theirsuns and satellites which are racingaway from us with nearly the speedof light. It is further highly improbable,considering the eons of time these bodies existed in space before earth, thatnone other should have developed thoseelements or conditions which wouldbring forth life and develop a high degree of intelligence. It is now far lessfantastic to assume that intelligent be</p><p>ings in addition to those on earth existin the great universe.Here then arises the question of iso</p><p>lation. Why have not such beings manifested or disclosed their existence tomankind in general? If intelligent entities have existed for untold eons oftime, their intelligence, it is presumed,by the evolutionary process exceeds theapperceptive and cognitive powers ofman. I n e distances that lie betweenearth and other solar systems, even inour own galaxy, the Milky Way, areappalling. But if man has made the ad</p><p>vances he has within the last century,superior intelligences in existence for afar greater period than man shouldhave been able to surmount in somemanner the obstacles of distance. HenriBergson, the noted French philosopher,asserted that mobilityis a characteristicof the higher forms of consciousness.The more intelligent the being, themore mobile it becomes. On this premise, observing, thinking beings, regard</p><p>less of the form of their organism,would have eventually become awareof other worlds and sought to contactthemand probably earth as well.</p><p>As we know living organisms onearth, they cannot acquire a high degree of intelligence without being ableto perceive their environment. It is alsopresumed that with highly developedfaculties of cognition and apperception,there is always, as well, imagination.Consequently, a race of beings whowould be so located in space that theirinstrumentation disclosed the planetearth, would be, it is presumed, motivated by an innate curiosity to investigate it. Beings capable of such wouldalso have the technique by which todetermine that the atmosphere of earthcould sustain life.</p><p>The science of biology discloses thatthere is little if any differentiation between simple plant and animal cells.Superior organic development could,where life exists elsewhere, have pursued a course of super plants. In otherwords, there could be thinking, reasoning self-conscious plants instead ofanimals. Plants with a cerebral organism or brain are not outside the realmof possibility. On earth there are innumerable plants which exhibit in theirfunctions degrees of consciousness thatare comparable to a low order of intelli</p><p>gence. Such plantlike beings in spacemight find it extremely difficult, however, to be highly mobile. Figurativelyand literally, they might be rooted tothe substance of their world.</p><p>Perception is another challengingquestion. Would other beings have avisual perception the same as humans?There are various theories as to theorigin of the eye. It is speculated thatit developed from light sensitive cellswhich evolved into an organ. In fact,we have knowledge of organisms whichhave such primitive eyes, that is, myri</p><p>ads of cells which respond to the stimulus of light. But having eyes there isno certainty as to the visual imagesthat other world beings might see. Infact, they might have a faculty of perception, a sense receptor, that givesthem another and entirely differentdimension of reality from ours. It mightbe one of which we have no comprehension and could not possibly realize.</p><p>It seems rational to presume that if</p><p>[ 4 5 }</p></li><li><p>8/11/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, February 1959</p><p> 8/44</p><p>TheRosicrucianDigestFebruary1959</p><p>beings are intelligent they must havesense receptors winch provide qualitiesor sensations that give rise to mentalimages, to ideas or thoughts. Such sensations and qualities are the materialsof which our thought is built. But whatkind of thoughts and qualities would</p><p>reality have for such space beings?Would they have such notions as timeand space? Would they have a conceptof three-dimensional matter and geometric forms? The abstract polemicarises, which is both philosophical and</p><p>psychological, Can there be thoughtprocesses having entirely different characteristics from those of the humanmind? It is almost impossible for usto conceive of a being thinking and yetnot having ideas which are related toour senses of sight, touch, feeling, hear</p><p>ing, and so on. Our thoughts are a fabricof the qualities of our senses. Even aso-called pristine or original thoughtembodies the terms of the qualities ofour objective experiences or it wouldhave no comprehensible image to ourminds.</p><p>Presuming that the consciousness ofhighly intelligent beings in some remote world was receptive to differentsense qualities than ours, its imagerywould likewise be different. The worldof ideation, of thought, of such beings</p><p>would be entirely unlike anything wecan conceive. It would not be merelylike a people thinking in terms of adifferent language. In such an instancethere is merely an adapting of differentwords and sounds to the same senseimpressions as other peoples have. Inother words, a rose is a rose by anyother name. But suppose a people perceived things which we, as humans,could not perceive and who had mentalimages from their experiences whichwould have no correspondence to anyreality conveyed by our senses. Where</p><p>in could there be any meeting of theminds?</p><p>Mental telepathy is now vindicatedas not being a superstition of the DarkAges. It is no longer thought to bean absurd occult speculation. Parapsychology has not as yet reduced mentaltelepatny to a specific hypothesis whichwill thoroughly explain its functions.Systems of metaphysics, however, havelong laid down explanatory principlesfor the phenomena of the mind. But</p><p>[4 6</p><p>]</p><p>they have not been able to reduce to aprocedure the phenomena so that eventhe materialist can demonstrate themunder any conditions. Metaphysicalsystems expounding mental telepathyhave asserted that a particular state orlevel of consciousness must first be at</p><p>tained by the individual before he canaccomplish thought transference. Science scoffed at this, saying that, ifthought transference were possible, itcould be reduced to empirical conditionsapplicable by any person. However,now parapsy...</p></li></ul>