Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949

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<ul><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 1/44</p><p>JANUARY, 1949 - 30c per copy</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 2/44</p><p>ATTRACTIVE SEALS</p><p>(In Colors)</p><p>J These Rosierucian Seals are</p><p>about the size of a twenty-five-</p><p>cent piece. They are beautifully</p><p>printed in red and embossed</p><p>in gold. Each Seal is gummedand therefore easily attached to</p><p>packages or letters. The symboland name of the Order are artis</p><p>tically presented. The seals are</p><p>economically priced at</p><p>Only 60^</p><p>For Package of 100</p><p>And By This Sign</p><p>Shall They Be KnownTH IN K in terms of pictures. Ou r ideas are not composed of</p><p> mere ang les, straight lines, or cubes , but are the comp lete mental</p><p>forms of things we have heard, seen, tasted, felt, or smelled. A thingneed not always be seen in its entirety to suggest its complett nature to us. O ne sn ow flake can co nvey the idea of a storm, a flag can signifythe nature it represents, and the appearance of one uniformed police</p><p>officer deno tes the forces of law and order. O ne little sign or symbol,simple, even inconspicuous, can by association bring to the fore ofhuman consciousness a vast and detailed mental picture of that which it represents. A hand som e, yet small Sea l olten can arouse more</p><p>curiosity by the imaginative picture it creates in the mind than a long letter or persuasive argument.</p><p>Provoke thought about, and interest in, the Rosicrucian Order bv alfixing to your gift packages, and envelopes containing your Greeting Cards, one or more of the attractive Rosicrucian Seals. Ne at andcolorful, they draw the eye and focus the attention on the name andsymbol of the Order, and they may result in a direct inquiry about A M O R C . Enh ance the appearance of all your mail with these seals,</p><p>and at the same time lurther the name and purpose of AM O R C. W rite for a package tod ay. Sen d your order and remittance to:</p><p>ROSICRUCIAN SUPPLY BUREAUSAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, U. S. A.</p><p>W' - *' - '# W WBak * 1</p><p>T HE I N S T I T U T I O N B E H I N D T H I S A NNOU NCEMENT</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 3/44</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 4/44</p><p>The Canyon of Life</p><p>WHAT LIES BEYOND?Have you ever stood in solitude upon the brink</p><p>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.</p><p>Do you realize that each hour of you r life youstand up on the brink of such a chasm the chasm of</p><p>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?</p><p>SCRIBE S. P. C.THE ROSICRUCIANS, AMORCSAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, U. S. A.</p><p>Please send me the Free, Sealed Book. I aminterested in knowing how I may obtain themasterful Rosicrucian teachings.</p><p>N am e ....................................................................................</p><p>Add re ss .. ............................................................. .................</p><p>FREE BOOK</p><p>Life is wh at you make it. Are you con tent totramp with the multitude, moved by blind hope,head bowed by petty fears, years slipping by, topass in to ob liv ion ha vi ng liv ed , but ha ving neverknown the joys of living?</p><p>W ould you prefer to be one of life's directors,mastering each play of the game, avoiding its corners, marching into the king row of personal power,security and attainment? If you seek to direct the</p><p>affairs of your life intelligently, we offer you an age-old method, preserved by the Rosicrucians (not areligious organization) and used by thousands inrealizing their ideals. Use the courtesy coupon atthe left, and receive the Free, Sealed Book of interesting particulars.</p><p>TheRosicrucians( A M O R C )</p><p>SAN JOSE CALIFORNIA</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 5/44</p><p>ROSICRUCIAN DIGESTCOVERS THE WORLD</p><p>THE O F F I C I A L I N T E R NA T I O NA L R O S I C R U C I A N M A G A -</p><p>Z I N E OF T HE W O R L D W I D E R O S I C R U C I A N O R D E R</p><p>JA N U A RY , 1949</p><p>Fortitude (Frontispiece)........................................</p><p>Thought of the Month: Do W e Survive Death?From the Archives of the Past..............................</p><p>Is Rosicrucianism Compatible with Science?</p><p>Cathedral Contacts: Time and Unity...............</p><p>On Conscience and Morals: Lesson One.........Annoying Behaviors.............................................</p><p>Sanctum Musings: Your Emotions.....................</p><p>As Science Sees It...............................................</p><p>The Reader's Notebook........................................</p><p>Temple Echoes......................................................W hy Affirmations Fail to Bring Results</p><p>The Mystical Meaning of Amen</p><p>Attitudes and Aptitudes.....................................</p><p>Temple Progress (Illustration)................................</p><p>Subscription to the Rosicrucian Digest, Three Dollars per year. Single</p><p>copies thirty cents.</p><p>Entered as Second C lass Ma tter at the Post Office at San Jose . C al i-</p><p>fornia. under Se ction 1103 of the U. S. Postal Ac t of Oc t. 3, 1917.</p><p>Changes of address must reach us by the tenth of the month preceding</p><p>date of issue.</p><p>Statements made in this publication are not the official expression of</p><p>*he organization or its officers unless stated to be official communications</p><p>Published Monthly by the Supreme Council of</p><p>THE ROS ICRUCIAN ORDER AMO RC </p><p>ROSICRUCIAN PARK SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA</p><p>EDITOR: Frances Vejtasa</p><p>Copyright, 1949, by the Supreme Grand Lodge of AM OR C. All rights reserved.</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 6/44</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 7/44</p><p>ersonally experienced. We do not see,ear, or feel them, but we accept them</p><p>upon the authority of someone. There isthe example of any renowned astronomer. From experience we may have</p><p>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</p><p>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</p><p>by inference.</p><p>Reamon Veram Faith</p><p>Perhaps you ask, W hat importantdistinction have you actually made be</p><p>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.</p><p>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</p><p>perienced. Consequently, when we reason we combine the particulars of ourexperiences and draw from them certain conclusions. These conclusions or</p><p>propositions may be new; we maynever have experienced them, but theyare founded upon things with which weare familiar.</p><p>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</p><p>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</p><p>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.</p><p>Let us begin by not presuming toknow what death is. Let us first askourselves, What are the common char</p><p>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</p><p>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.</p><p>Now, if all those things which we sayare the properties of life entered the</p><p>body as a single, un ited agency or condition at birth, our investigations wouldbe simple, for death, then, would meanthat they also would be simultaneouslyreleased to survive. However, each of</p><p>us knows from observation that manyof these functions of life came as a laterdevelopment and were not present at</p><p>birth . For example: That sta te of self-consciousness that permits you to realize your separate existence was not appar en t at the time of your infancy. Isit then a development also?</p><p>Life Force</p><p>No one has ever seen this mysteriousagency, this life force which animatesthingsmakes them alive. We know it</p><p>[ 4 4 5 ]</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 8/44</p><p>TheRosicrucianDigestJanuary1949</p><p>only by its manifestations, the things itdoes. Furtherm ore, these man ifestations, these various functions in life,vary according to whether the livingthing is a simple cell, a plant, an animal, or man. We need only to study the</p><p>plan t on ou r w indow sill to observe th atit nourishes itself, can assimilate moisture and mineral elements, and cangrow. We know very well tha t dogs,cats, and other animals have the facultyof sensation, can feel pain and pleasure,and that they also have the attribute oflocomotion; that is, they can moveabout freely. And we have already seenthe special powers which man has.Therefore, it is obvious that the morecomplex, the more highly developedthe organism, the body of the livingtiling, the more elaborate are the manifestations of life which it has. Thougheach of these different levels of livingthingsplants, animals, and menre</p><p>veals different manifestations of life,one factor is common to all of them,and that is the urge for growth anddevelopment.</p><p>This innate urge to mature, to reacha final stage of development, is dis</p><p>played so uniform ly, and carried ou t sothoroughly in each succeeding kind ofliving tiling, tha t it gives life an orderlynature . In fact, the laws of life are soorderly, so dependable, that we cannothelp thinking of them as being intelli-</p><p>f;ent. It seems as thoug h the force ofife were causative, as though it werethe conscious direction of a great mind</p><p>seeking to accomplish an end. So wespeak, therefore, of the intelligence oflife.Consequently this mysterious agency of life force is not in itself any oneof those special factors which we attribute to man alone, such as the self-consciousness that makes him aware ofhis own being. But this life force canand does become these attributes whenin man.</p><p>Each of you knows, for example, tha tthe wind is separately none of the notesof the musical scale. Yet it can be all ofthem if pu t through the proper musical</p><p>instruments. From these self-evidenttruths we must conclude that the consciousness of selfthe ego, the part thatyou call sel farises with in you andthat it is the result of this mysteriousforce of life being combined with such</p><p>a highly developed organism as yourbody.</p><p>Let us use the analogy of the musicalinstrument known as the harp to makeclear this interesting point. We shallpresum e th at the body, your body, isthe harp, a stringed instrument. Themysterious force of life we shall call themusician. W hen the musician playsupon the h arp w hat occurs? Is it notharm ony, music? When the life forceenters your body, eventually, from thatcombination, as we have seen, comesanother harmonythat subtle power ofself-expression, self, theyou.With time,when the harp , old and worn, graduallydisintegrates, so that the musician finally has to cease playing upon it, whatoccurs? Th e harmony is gone. However, does not the musician still remain,does not the composition still exist within his mind? He is still capable of producing it but for the time he is without</p><p>an instrument, therefore the composit i o n r emain s u n ex p ressed ju s t athought, a potential power.</p><p>W h en y our body, therefore, becauseof age or illness, finally is no longerable to retain the force of life and itleaves, its harmony, the self-consciousness, theyouis gone also. The harmonyof the musical instrument cannot lingeron after the in strum ent is gone. Tha t isclearly self-evident, but the harmonyhas its immortality, its eternal existence, in the musical composition whichmade it possible, and it can thereforerecur time after time whenever capable</p><p>instruments for its expression are provided. So, too, the harm on y tha t is youis immo rtal. It is not tha t personal consciousness that you lmow as JohnBrown or M ary Smith, with blue eyes orfreckles or tall or short, that will survive, but that part of the intelligence ofthe universal life force which gives youself-expression in the body you now</p><p>possess. This intelligence of life haswithin it the capability of manifestingmillions of future personalities, andthere survive within it the personalitiesof the millions who have gone before.They do not have an immortal existence as names or as individuals, but asan arrangement, an inherent plan ofthe Divine Intelligence, and in that is</p><p>proof of survival after death.</p><p>Because of the Imperators absence overseas, wehave reprinted this article by him, from the Rosi cru cian D ig es t of December, 1938.</p><p>[ 446 ]</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 9/44</p><p>[ 447 ]</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 10/44</p><p>TheRosicrucianDigestJanuary1949</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, January 1949</p><p> 11/44</p><p>hydrogen, the unit of atomic weight, touranium with an atomic weight of 238.</p><p>Faradays experiments indicated thatthere might also be a separate atom ofelectricity . In due time this electronwas found. It had the unit electrical</p><p>charge of a negative Ion and a weightof only 1 /1847th hydrogen atom. Its...</p></li></ul>