Rosicrucian Digest, July 1950

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<ul><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, July 1950</p><p> 1/44</p><p>OSICRUCIANY, 1950 30c per copy DIGEST</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, July 1950</p><p> 2/44</p><p>x \</p><p>Student Supplies</p><p>'The (yilent Paltnel. . .\ D E P E N D A B L E companion rides tlie highways with</p><p>you. In every city. town, or hamlet, lie attracts the</p><p>people you want to meet the ones whose interests are</p><p>the same as your own. N o matter ho w many miles you are</p><p>from home, he will immediately convert strangers into</p><p>friends change indifference into fri endly greetings. I his</p><p>unobtrusive and helpful companion on your highway</p><p>journeys is a f ios icrucian A uto Emblem. Neat, attractive,</p><p>easily attached to your car, it tells the world at large in</p><p>a quiet and dign ified manner: I am a Rosicrucian and</p><p>wo uld like to meet my fell ow members. 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Members of the Rosicrucian Order throughout the world will honor his memory andachievements on August 2, the anniversary of his transition from this life. His great inilia</p><p>linn occurred in the year 19 9. (See page 208.)</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, July 1950</p><p> 4/44</p><p>Thousands Everyw hereAccl aim This </p><p>N E W</p><p>PSYCHOLOGYOF LIFE/</p><p>Accept This SealedBook of Facts</p><p>functionings of mans mind fiave been presenedby the Rosi cruci ans, an age-o ld, world wide</p><p>fraternity (not a religious organization).</p><p>The Rosicrucians offer to you ( if you have</p><p>the courag e to break a way from l imited forms</p><p>of thinking) these same simp ly expressed Irullw</p><p>of lile, wh ic h have led thousands to a joyou&gt;</p><p>method ol bet ter l ivi ng. If you are sincere, use</p><p>I lie coupon be lo w and secure the fascinating</p><p>free book. The Mastery of Life , which tells Itow</p><p>you may recei ve this knowledge.</p><p>Ha v e you unrealized hopes? Ar e ibe better</p><p>things of life always just beyond your</p><p>reach? Tim es have changedbut have you?</p><p>Do you still believe that some were born to</p><p>have even tful liv es-(o have fame, fortune, and</p><p>power -and that others were destined to be</p><p>mere plodders? A re you able to demonstrate a</p><p>change in your affairs, to put your cir cumstances</p><p>in order, and move forward to a better stationin life? If not, it is time that you adopt a ne wpsychology of l ife and learn to M A S T E R</p><p>Y O U R P R O BL E M S .</p><p>It takes no greater mental effort to achieve resultswh en you kn ow how. Successful l iv </p><p>ing is the oldest art in the wor ld. It consists ol</p><p>developing initiative, foresight, and the ability</p><p>to combine experiences into new and workable</p><p>ideas. I he kno wle dge of this art wa s acquired</p><p>in centuries past through the personal sacrifices</p><p>of the ancient sages, who dared to investigate lif es mysteries. Th eir discoveries o f the secret</p><p>The R O S I C R U C I A N S ( A M O R C ) (No t a religious organization)</p><p>USE THIS GIFT COUPON</p><p>SCRIB E: S . P. C.I he Rosicrucians (A M O R C )San Jose, California</p><p>Please send free copy of I he Mastery of Life , whichI shall read as directed.</p><p>Y our Name ................................................................... ............</p><p>Yo ur A ddre ss .......................................................................... ..</p><p>City............................. ........ .........</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, July 1950</p><p> 5/44</p><p>ROSICRUCIAN DIGESTCOVERS THE WORLD </p><p>TH E O F F I C I A L I N T E R N AT I O N AL R O S I C R U C I A N M A G A -</p><p>Z I NE O F 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 ER</p><p>Vol. XXVIII JULY, 1950</p><p>Dr. H. Spencer Lewis (Frontispiece)...............</p><p>Thought of the Month: Vanquished Glory...In Memoriam ............................................................ ...............</p><p>A St ran ge Ex perience </p><p>Shakespeare and the Three Souls</p><p>Cathedra l Contacts : W ha t is Right in the Wo rld ?</p><p>Mystical Symbolism of the Cross: Part Two</p><p>The Readers Noteb oo k ........................................ .........</p><p>The Human Urge</p><p>Does College Education Improve Marriage? </p><p>Reflections on Reincarnation</p><p>Sanctum Musings: The W ill to Live ....................</p><p>As Sc ienc e Sees It .................................................................</p><p>Tem ple Echoes ........................................................................</p><p>Myths and Legends: The Coming of Oannes..</p><p>Bedouin Shepherds (Illustration).__</p><p>___</p><p>Subs cription to the Rosicrucian Digest, Three Dollars per year. Single</p><p>copies thirty cents.</p><p>Entered as Second Class M att er a t the Post Offic e a t San Jose, C ali</p><p>forn ia, u nder Sec tion I 103 of the U. S. Postal A ct o f 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>the organization or its officers unless stated to be official communications.</p><p>Published Monthly by the Supreme Council of</p><p>T HE R O S I C R U C IA N O RD ER A M O R CROSICRUCIAN PARK SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA</p><p>EDITOR: Frances Vejtasa</p><p>Co pyrig ht, 1950, by the Supreme Grand Lodg e of AM OR C. All rights reserved.</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, July 1950</p><p> 6/44</p><p>T H E</p><p>THOUGHT OF THE MONTH</p><p>VANQUISHED GLORY</p><p>By THE IMPERATOR</p><p>.. it</p><p>This is the fifteenth of a series of articles by the Imperator about his observations ona journey which took him and his party around the world and into remote mysticallands. E d i t o r</p><p>h e m u r k y skies cleared,</p><p>causing a rise in ourspirits as we journeyedtoward the ruins of theonce mighty Babylon. Oneach side of the narrowroad was scant pastureland, patches of green re-lieving the otherwise bar-</p><p>ren terrain. Small flocks of sheepnibbled at the grass. Beside them, andstaring at us as we passed, were theshepherds. They were Bedouins, at-tired not unlike their forebears of cen-turies past. Their patient and obedientdogs slowly circled the flock to nip atthe heels of strays and bring them backinto the fold. The dogs were also onthe alert for jackals, a coyotelike animalwhich preys upon stray animals. Seeingour admiring glances at some of thelambs, one of the shepherds picked upa woolly bundle, a black lamb, andcuddled it affectionately. Nearby werelow black goatskin tents. They werebarely high enough for a man to crawlin. The skins were supported by acrude cradle of sticks. These skin tentshave been used by nomadic tribes inthis region since Biblical times.</p><p>Babylon lies some fiftyfive milessouth of Baghdad. One experiences a</p><p>T he sense of deep depression as he draws</p><p>Rmirrucian near the site A11 suggests death anddesolation. One is not only impressed</p><p>Digest with the lack of life or any evidenceJu ly of civilization, but with the thought, as1950 well, of the complete destruction of</p><p>what had been a great attainment of</p><p>man. One becomes all too consciousof the fact that civilization can easilyreturn to the dust from which it arose.The level surface on either side of theroadway was interrupted at intervalsby what appeared to be low longmounds. Some of these were severalcity blocks in length, paralleling eachother or at light angles. Beneath thesewere secrets yet to be disclosed. Theywere the debris of the ages, sealedagainst time, ruins of cities and thelives of men waiting for the spade ofthe archaeologist that they might telltheir fate to modern man.</p><p>Making a sharp turn to the left andclimbing slightly upward, we came tothe end of the winding unpaved road-way. To the casual observer, it wouldseem as though he were approaching agreat excavation that had been madefor the construction of a building.There were mounds of rubble. Climb-ing with our equipment and the helpof Arabs to the edge of the large de-pression, we saw part of what had oncebeen a great seat of learning, religion,and philosophyBabylon! What onenow sees is that which was erected</p><p>principally between the time of theAssyrian conqueror, Sennacherib, andthe later conqueror, Alexander theGreat, 323 B.C. But on this site in farearlier times was the city of Hammu-rabi, who was the greatest king of thefirst dynasty of Babylon. He conceived afamous code of laws and the earliest</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, July 1950</p><p> 7/44</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, July 1950</p><p> 8/44</p><p>ly encircle it. By some means thewater was raised to the different levelsto irrigate palm trees, tropical shrubs,and flowering vines which covered thesloping sides, making the whole an ex-quisite vision. Legend relates thatNebuchadnezzar had married a prin-</p><p>cess of one of the mountain peoples tothe north. Her nostalgia for the beau-ties of the highlands of her homecaused the king to simulate for her amountain in the erection of the Hang-ing Gardens.</p><p>A short distance beyond the IshtarGate was the main temple, BelEtemenanki. The great tower temple wasvisible for miles around the flat Plainsof Shinar. There had been other towertemples of similar design built by theSumerians and by the Assyrians. Inform, it was a ziggurat or stagedtower. It was from this tower thatthere arose the legend of the Tower ofBabel. The tower was about 330 feet highand 330 feet on each side of its squarebase. Since most of the towers hadsimilar dimensions, it is believed thatthere was a sacred significance to itsproportions. Each stage was slightlyless in dimension and, consequently, thetower assumed a tapered form. Thesides were of glazed or fired mudbrick,as were all the important religious andpublic edifices of ancient Babylon. Someof these colored bricks, which have re-sisted time, now repose on exhibition</p><p>in the Rosicrucian Museum at SanJose in our gallery of Babylonian andAssyrian antiquities. When polished,they still have a luster reminiscent ofwhat must have been the splendor ofthis ancient city to which the Biblemakes many references.</p><p>At the front of the tower was a flightof wide steps leading to one half itsheight or about 150 feet. The upperpart of the tower had erected upon it atemple. The center of this temple orcourt was open to the sky. This openarea was a sanctuary.</p><p>Facts and Legends</p><p>Herodotus, ancient Greek historian,gives an account of his visit to Babylon:what he saw as a firsthand observerand what was told to him. He wroteglowingly of his experiences at thattime. In describing this tower temple,he said in part: When one is about</p><p>halfway up, one finds a resting placeand seats where persons are wont tosit sometimes on their way to the sum-mit. On the topmost tower there is aspacious temple and inside the templestands a couch of unusual size, richlyadorned, with a golden table by its</p><p>side . The couch is where the god,Marduk, reposed.It is supposed that the earlier Sume-</p><p>rians, who descended from the moun-tains of the north, brought with themtheir belief in Enlil, god of the air. Intheir own land they erected sanctuariesto this god on mountain peaks, closeto his realm, the atmosphere. In thelowlands, on the Plains of Shinar, theythought the god must also repose in ahabitat far above that of man. Thetower temples, reaching heavenward,then became the sanctuaries for Enlil.The Babylonians copied these temples,</p><p>substituting Marduk for Enlil.Though excavations in Babylon are</p><p>permitted only with government sanc-tion, it is easy to dislodge fragments ofglazed brick and portions of potteryfrom the ruins of the Hanging Gardensand the palace of the infamousBelshazzar.</p><p>All communications in ancient Baby-lon were written on little squares of softclay with a wedgeshaped reed. Thesewere then baked and became hard,forming a durable writing material.Sometimes around these letters was</p><p>placed an envelope of soft clay onwhich was impressed the seal of thesender. Subsequently, when the en-velope dried hard, it did not adhere tothe tablet inside. It could be brokenand the tablet removed from inside andread. Some of these ancient letters orcommunications and their envelopesare also in the Rosicrucian Museum.To read some of these clay tablets is toreview the social relations and busi-ness transactions of these people ofthousands of years past. There arecontracts for the delivery of sheep,grain, and fruit to the temple ware-</p><p>houses. There are contracts for laborand there are inventories of stock. Thereare also the conical type of tabletswhich are the official documents issuedby the priesthood or the king, declaringtheir authority over the people in re-ligious or temporal matters. Now,everywhere was dust and desolation,</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, July 1950</p><p> 9/44</p><p>the consequence of an empire growninternally soft through ease of livingand moral decline.</p><p>When the Persian king, Cvrus, wasadvancing on Babylon with his army,the Babylonians had sufficient time toprepare. Their character had so de-teriorated that they were indifferent tohis approach, relying on the securityof their great walls. Cyrus, reachingthe city, began his siege. He builtlarge trenches about it. The Babyloni-ans, seeing this activity, jeered at him.They knew he could not starve them,since their warehouses had a twentyyear supply of food. It is related that,during the early hours one morning,while King Belshazzar was presidingover a feast in his banquetnall, thePersians diverted the Euphrates into thetrenches which they had constructed.They then crossed over the dry bedof the river and threw open the gates,taking the city.</p><p>To the credit of the Persians, it mustbe said that they maintained this cityas a center of learning until its con-quest by Alexander the Great. Thislatter young conqueror had intended tomake Babylon the capital of his farflung empire. However, he died in thecity after a threeday banquet ofcelebration.</p><p>After Alexander the Great the de-cline of Babylon was rapid. Its presentstate echoes a prophecy of Sennacherib,one of its former conquerors. His proph-ecy appears inscribed on a cliff far tothe north. He relates: That in afterdays the location of that city and thetemple of the gods be seen no more,into the water I cast it and ended itentirely. Although Sennacherib didnot completely submerge Babylon, sub-sequent conquests have left it fallen inupon its own vanity, its bricks return-ing to the dust from which they weremoulded.</p><p>(To be Continued)</p><p>V A V</p><p>GERMAN GRAND LODGE</p><p>The work in Germany has again begun after a long time of interruption. The</p><p>German Grand Lodge of A.M.O.R.C. has been established under the sponsorship ofthe Imperator for the jurisdiction of North, Central, and South America, Australasia,</p><p>and A...</p></li></ul>