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    Late Imperator of AMORC, and dignitary of many renowned esoteric and philosophicalorders. 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

    linn occurred in the year 19 9. (See page 208.)

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    ROSICRUCIAN DIGESTCOVERS THE WORLD

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    Thought of the Month: Vanquished Glory...In Memoriam ............................................................ ...............

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    T H E

    THOUGHT OF THE MONTH

    VANQUISHED GLORY

    By THE IMPERATOR

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    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

    h e m u r k y skies cleared,

    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-

    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.

    Babylon lies some fiftyfive milessouth of Baghdad. One experiences a

    T he sense of deep depression as he draws

    Rmirrucian near the site A11 suggests death anddesolation. One is not only impressed

    Digest with the lack of life or any evidenceJu ly of civilization, but with the thought, as1950 well, of the complete destruction of

    what had been a great attainment of

    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.

    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

    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

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    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-

    cess of one of the mountain peoples tothe