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    JANUARY, 1949 - 30c per copy

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    The Canyon of Life

    WHAT LIES BEYOND?Have you ever stood in solitude upon the brink

    of a yawning chasm, a deep canyon in the dead ofnight? You can easily imagine your reactions tosuch an environ men t the increased acuteness ofyour hearing, the unconscious strain to hear theslightest sound, the attempt to peer through the veilof darkness to see what lies beyond, what mysteriesawait revelation.

    Do you realize that each hour of you r life youstand up on the brink of such a chasm the chasm of

    eternity? The span of your life is suspended betweenthe vast mystery preceding your birth and the greatone still to come. Are you satisfied to endure yearsof conscious life in ignorance of the purpose of lifeitself, or the end toward which life is moving?

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    ROSICRUCIAN DIGESTCOVERS THE WORLD

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    JA N U A RY , 1949

    Fortitude (Frontispiece)........................................

    Thought of the Month: Do W e Survive Death?From the Archives of the Past..............................

    Is Rosicrucianism Compatible with Science?

    Cathedral Contacts: Time and Unity...............

    On Conscience and Morals: Lesson One.........Annoying Behaviors.............................................

    Sanctum Musings: Your Emotions.....................

    As Science Sees It...............................................

    The Reader's Notebook........................................

    Temple Echoes......................................................W hy Affirmations Fail to Bring Results

    The Mystical Meaning of Amen

    Attitudes and Aptitudes.....................................

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    ersonally experienced. We do not see,ear, or feel them, but we accept them

    upon the authority of someone. There isthe example of any renowned astronomer. From experience we may have

    learned that he has reliable knowledgeof astronomical phenomena. Therefore,when he declares that on a certain daythe suns spots will cause a disturbancein the atmosphere, we have faithin his

    predictions. To put it simply, we inferthe truths of his statements from ourknowledge of his authority. So we cansay that the truths of faith are derived

    by inference.

    Reamon Veram Faith

    Perhaps you ask, W hat importantdistinction have you actually made be

    tween knowledge and faith? Jus t this:The things of knowledge are the thingsof existence; that is, they are the thingswhich we have perceived to have asmuch existence as ourselves. The thingsof faith, on the other hand, are thethings of probability. We have not personally experienced them, and we relyupon the assurances of someone orsomething else that they are fact.Knowledge, then, is very gratifying because it makes us self-reliant. Obviously we will not intentionally deceiveourselves.

    Has this analysis robbed faith of allof its value? W hen we accept things onfaith, are we accepting them blindlywithout any means of determining theirreliability? Nature has given us theyardstick of reasoning by which tomeasure the accuracy of the things offaith. The things of faith, as we haveseen, are not concluded from fact, butfrom assumed fact. Reason, on theother hand, works with the known. Itstarts with the things which have existence, and which we have actually ex

    perienced. Consequently, when we reason we combine the particulars of ourexperiences and draw from them certain conclusions. These conclusions or

    propositions may be new; we maynever have experienced them, but theyare founded upon things with which weare familiar.

    Let us now suppose that you find yourreason and your faith conflicting, andthat as you reason about a thing it doesnot agree with your faith in it. Youthen must decide whichthe conclu

    sions of your reason or your faithclosest approach the truth . The question immediately before us now is:W hat is truth? This is not as difficult toanswer as you may imagine. Certainly

    we can see that truth is that aboutwhich we ente rtain no doubt, and whichfor the time is irrefutable by ourselvesor anyone else. You might ask, Whathas all this to do with the question ofwhether we survive death? Jus t this:we have been searching for a guide tothe answers we seek. Not having actualknowledge of existence after death, andnot desiring to rely solely on faith, weshall let the truths of reason lead us.

    Let us begin by not presuming toknow what death is. Let us first askourselves, What are the common char

    acteristics of life? The re is the powerof a living thing to reproduce itself, togrow, and to have sensation, and in thehigher forms the ability to move aboutor have locomotion. But when we consider ourselves we find that we have inaddition to the faculty of being awareof the world around usthe trees, thesky, and other thingsan inner consciousness that makes us realize thatwe are we, and not someone else, andthat we are separate beings from allother things. Then , of course, there arethe attribute s of reason and will. Since

    all of these things then are life, theirapparent disappearance must be death.The fact that the body may remain forsome time means nothing after thesefunctions, which are life, have disappeared.

    Now, if all those things which we sayare