Rosicrucian Digest, May 1950

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<ul><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, May 1950</p><p> 1/49</p><p>R O S I C R U C I A N</p><p>MAY, 1950 - 30c per copy</p><p>DIGEST</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, May 1950</p><p> 2/49</p><p> ytuclent applies</p><p>handmade</p><p>L I N E N T H R O U G H O U T</p><p>$1.85 each</p><p>Postage Prepaid</p><p>STUDENTS MEMBERSHIP APRON</p><p>\ m o n o the early Rosierucians and Kssenes. SKR\ r</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, May 1950</p><p> 3/49</p><p>I M P E R T U R B A B L E</p><p>riu* conflicts between political ideologies which rage in bis country trouble but little thisShanghai sage. They art* merely the proverbial tempests in the teapot. He looks across thecenturies-old history of his people and knows that their needs have never been greatly affectedby foreign political tides which have ebbed and flowed over his land. The greatest struggleof his fellow countrymen is with famine! As for ideals and philosophies, within his owntraditions may be found the equal of any that the human mind has conceived.</p><p>(Photo by AMOUC Camera Expedition)</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, May 1950</p><p> 4/49</p><p>LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT . . .</p><p>'C ' V ER Y O N E has a final aim something hewants to accomplish. Failure to achieve it is</p><p>usually due to the method used or l a c k o f o t i c .</p><p>How much nearer the realization of your idealsare you t oday than five years ago? A re you sureyou have put forth your best efforts? W orkin glong hours and foregoing pleasures is not suf</p><p>ficient to assure success. W ha t are you psycho</p><p>logically and emotionally best fitted for? Re </p><p>member, what you like to do is no test of your </p><p>capabilities.Th ere are two ways to live. One is to exist,</p><p>accepting events as they arise; the other is to p la n a future and put yourself, all of yourselfinto it. No intel l igent p lan o f l iv ing can excludethe Unman factors, the qualities and powers ofself imaginat ion , intui t ion , n i l l poner, concen-</p><p>tration, and memoriz ing. If you seek to master life by attention only to the world outside of yourself, you are doomed to further disappointments.</p><p>You are t h e beg inn ing of every enterprise thatconcerns you. But what do you know of your</p><p>self? No mec hanic, draftsm an, or businessmanstarts a campaign or a venture without a thor</p><p>ough understanding of his tools and instruments.Y ou are your greatest instrument dont dissipateyour capabilities. Learn to apply them intelli</p><p>gently and enjoy gratifying results.</p><p>This Book Will Amaze You</p><p>Throughout the world, the Rosicrucians, an age-oldfraternity of learning, have been known as career cre-ators. Thousands of men and women, by means of themasterful Rosicrucian teachings, have established careers</p><p>that brought them great personal satisfaction. The Rosicrucians point out how to use what you already possessas a human heritage the powers of mind. Use thecoupon below to receive a fr ee Sealed Book. It willbegin to tell you more about yourself and what theRosicrucians can do for you.</p><p>Scribe S. P. C.The Rosicrucians (AMORC)San Jose, California</p><p>Please send me the free, sealed book. I am interested in knowing how I may obtain the masterfulRosicrucian teachings.</p><p>Name .....................................................................................</p><p>Addre ss..................................................................................</p><p>THE ROSICRUCIANS, AMORC-San Jose, California, U.S.A.</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, May 1950</p><p> 5/49</p><p>ROSICRUCIAN DIGESTC O V E R S T H E W O R L D</p><p>T HE O F F I C I A L I N T E RN A T I ON A L R O S I C R U C I A N M A G A -</p><p>Z I N E 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 E R</p><p>XXV III M AY , 1950</p><p>Imperturbable (Frontispiece)</p><p>Thought of the Month: The Lost Indus People</p><p>From Inside China</p><p>Living in the Clouds</p><p>Sanctum Musings: Exhortation Part One.</p><p>As Science Sees It</p><p>Is Sleep Learning Possible?</p><p>Goethe and Faust</p><p>Symbolism of the Point</p><p>The Reader's Notebook</p><p>Temple Echoes</p><p>Memorial Shrine</p><p>From Organic Gardening to Better Health Cathedral Contacts: Emotional Direction</p><p>The Lost Culture (Illustration)</p><p>Subscription to the Rosicrucian Digest, Three Dollars per year. Single</p><p>copies thirty cents.</p><p>Entered as Second Class Matte r at the Post Office at San Jose, C ali-</p><p>fornia, under Sec tion I 103 of the U. S. Postal A ct of O ct . 3, 1917.</p><p>Changes of address must reach us by the tenth of the month precedinq</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 I A N O R D ER A M O R CROSICRUCIAN PARK SAN JOSE, CALIFOR NIA</p><p>EDITOR: Frances VejtasaCop yright, 1950, by the Supreme Grand Lodg e of AMOR C. All rights reserved.</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, May 1950</p><p> 6/49</p><p>T H E</p><p>THOUGHT OF THE MONTHTHE LOST INDUS PEOPLE</p><p>.....1 a series of articles by the Imperator about his observationson a journey which took him and his; party around tho world and into remote mysticallands. E d i t o r</p><p>t l a s t , after eighteenhours of hot and dirtytraveling, we completedthe three hundred miles.We were now at Dokri.This consisted of a wooden shed, the friendly one-man station staff and asmall waiting room.</p><p>About a mile away we could see the</p><p>monotonous mud-brick dwellings of thelit Ile village of Dokri. Eight miles fromhere was Mohenjo-Daro, ruins of theoldest civilization in what had beenIndia. After some negotiation, we engaged a Lotiga for the last eight miles.The tonga is a two-wheeled, horse-drawn cart. Actually it has but oneseal which, by crowding, accommodatesbut three personsthis includes thedriver. In the rear of the cart thereis an extension of its floor and thatprovides space for but one more person to sit. with his feet dragging alongin the thic k dust of the unpaved road.</p><p>Only one tonga was available forthe journey. There were three of uswith our considerable heavy cameraequipment, including batteries, motorcases, and the like. We were dressedfor the occasion with rough boots andclothing similar to that we had wornin the Himalaya area. Our personal</p><p>Rosicrucian was negligible. However, whenthe equipment was loaded on the backof the tonga with the addition of theone person, it tilted in that direction</p><p>so greatly that it seemed as though the</p><p>The</p><p>Digest</p><p>M ay</p><p>1950</p><p>small thin horse would be lifted by theshafts into the air. It was with considerable difficulty that we adjusted thewe ight so that it would be distributedequally over the wheels in the centerof the tonga. During our travels, thisweight shifted back and forth creatinga seesaw motion.</p><p>For nearly two hours, we rode in aswirl of hot choking dust which coated</p><p>our clothing. We insisted lhal the driver give Ihe heavily burdened animalfrequent rests. This attitude of compassion seemed both to puzzle andamuse him. At times we were completely walled in on each side by thenetwork of dust-laden foliage of thejungle. The jungle was watered herebv the overflow of the Indus River. Inthis tangle of vegetation were wildboar, crocodiles, numerous poisonousreptiles and insects, fl seemed an appropriate introduction to what wesought just ahead.</p><p>A sudden turn in the road and thereit lay before us-Mohenjo-Daro! Theremains of a great cosmopolitan city offive thousand years ago! Little wasknown of it until the excavation in 1927under the direction of Sir John Marshall. As we looked upon the site, whitewith sand and dust, more than a milefrom the river which had changed itscourse with the centuries, il was difficult to believe that, in a remote period,this ghost city was said to have existedin the Garden of the Sind. From the</p><p>extent of the great city, it must have</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, May 1950</p><p> 7/49</p><p>had a teeming population. Thus foodat the time must have been producedon a large scale. The Indus River,through a network of vanished canals,must have provided a method of</p><p>irrigation.The remains of Mohenjo-Daro maybe divided into two general classes. Thefirst is the stupa area and the secondis known as the DK area. The stupais a large mound situated on a hillockin the center of the city. It is reallya round towerlike structure erected ata much later period by the Buddhists,upon the site of what had been perhapsa citadel of these ancient Indus people.At the bottom of the stupa has beenfound the original mud-brick platform,oblong in shape. It is speculated as</p><p>to whether this was the site of the palace or some other prominent publicbuilding of this well planned and organized city.</p><p>The DK area consists of the townhouses, shops, and streets. Most imposing is the Great Bath. This is a quadrangle, having remains of verandahs oneither side. About the quadrangle aregalleries in which were ancillary rooms,perhaps dressing chambers or ones usedfor ceremonials. There are also theremains of a fenestrated wrall. From its</p><p>windows once peered the people of thislost civilization down upon the largepool which occupied the quadrangleand is still in an excellent state ofpreservation.</p><p>On two sides of the pool are steps, itsfull width, which lead down to it. Wasthis pool used for ritualistic ceremoniesor merely as a public bath? It is suggested that it might have been for hydropathic purposes, a now unknowncurative method by water.</p><p>i n t e l l i g en c e i n R u i n s </p><p>Our imagination was stimulated aswe walked along the straight, well-paved and excellently planned streetsof this mystery city. It was thrillingto realize that these streets were thesame ones that the Indus people trod2300 years before Christ! They were athriving industrious people. As onehome would deteriorate, it would betom down to its foundations and another would be erected upon it. Wewalked into the brick homes which, ifroofs were restored, would be far more</p><p>habitable than the hovels seen in manyof the villages of poverty-stricken Asiatoday. Unlike most ancient cities ofAsia, the homes of Mohenjo-Daro wereas well constructed as were those struc</p><p>tures which are thought to have beenthe public buildings. The sizes of thehomes, which varied considerably, wereindicative of the personal wealth of theoccupants. The fact that modest andelaborate homes were situated togetherindicated a democratic spirit.</p><p>The streets follow a geometrical arrangement which shows definite planning and a high degree of civilization.Most remarkable is the excellent drainage system, perhaps one of the finest ofthe ancient world known to man. Eachhouse had its drainage system, consisting of mud-tile pipe which led to thestreet. In the street is a sewerage system which carried the refuse out of thecity. Circular brick-wells tower highabove some of the homes. At first theseare rather puzzling to the observer.Why were they constructed so muchhigher than the homes? Was it not inconvenient to climb to the top of themto draw water from their depth ofabout twenty-five feet? The reason forthis height is that each time a homewas dismantled in the thousand years</p><p>that this civilization existed, the groundlevel about it, the result of the debris,would rise higher. This would necessitate an extension to the height of thewell to keep it open above the surface.Now that the debris has been cleanedaway, the wells reveal their total heightand extend considerably above the levels of the remaining walls of the homes.The water in these wells is, after nearly 5,000 years, still clear, wholesomeand refreshing, fed by deep springs. Thefew natives who travel into these ruins,feared by many because of superstition,drink the water with no noticeable badeffects.</p><p>This ancient Indus people left sometelltale evidence of their mode of life,though it is regrettable that there is nolanguage which we can comprehend.Specimens of wheat and barley havebeen found. How they cultivated theirfields is not known. Circular grindstones were unknown, so perhaps themore primitive method of the saddlequern and muller was used. Theirfood also consisted of beef, mutton.</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, May 1950</p><p> 8/49</p><p>TheRosicrucian</p><p>DigestM ay</p><p>1950</p><p>pork, and poultry. In the houses havebeen found remnants of bones andshells. These indicate that their farealso included turtles, fish from the local Indus and dried fish from the sea.Undoubtedly they had vegetables,fruits, and milk as well.</p><p>Figurines and statuettes, which havebeen found in abundance in bronzeand terra cotta, suggest the dress of thepeople. Two statuettes show a malefigure with a long shawl thrown upover the left shoulder and under theright one, leaving the arm free. Whether a tunic or loin cloth was worn under this is not known. There are terracotta male figures which are nude except for a headdress. There are alsonude female figures. It is thought that</p><p>these nude figures were probably ex-Votos or representative of deities, as amother-goddess. The religion of thepeople, however, is well hidden behindthe veil of time.</p><p>The jewelry of these Indus peoplewas extensive and varied. It consistedof necklaces, amulets, finger rings formen and women, bangles, bracelets,and nose rings. These were of gold,silver, and ivory, with semipreciousstones. The poorer type were of shell,bone, or terra cotta. There are toyshops</p><p>in which dolls were found and also somerepresentations of what appeared to beboats and carts. There are numeroustoy replicas of domesticated animals.There is no evidence, however, thatthese people had any knowledge ofglass.</p><p>This site, one of the richest sourcesof archaeological treasure in the world,is as yet hardly scratched. With a fewprobings in the sand which had driftedagainst one of the inner walls of ahome, we were able to uncover many</p><p>artifacts. We picked up bits of ceramicbangles, pieces of terra cotta rings, andbeads of necklaces. In the summer suchprobings are dangerous. The place isinfested with cobras.</p><p>We sat in the shade of one of theancient buildings to rest from our exertion. We had climbed, with our bearers who aided us with the equipment, tothe top of various structures, so as tobetter film this lost city. In our mindseye we could visualize these peoplemoving in throngs through these streets,</p><p>some carrying terra cotta jugs filledwith water from the wells, others being laden with fish, flour and vegetables, purchased at the market; stillothers, in a lighter vein, as upon afrolic, would be singing as they wentin the direction of the Great Bathperhaps to bathe in the cool water atthe close of another fiercely hot day.</p><p>A r r e s t e d i m a g i n a t i o n </p><p>Whence came these people? Whydid they establish a great civilizationin the midst of a crude primitive people? What caused the sudden collapseof the culture? Only theories have beenadvanced, some having reasonable support. Historically, nothing is known ofthe beginnings of these people. It isbelieved that they were of a Mesopotamian origin, perhaps of ancientSumer. They long preceded the Aryanswho were the predecessors of the Hindus. One conception advanced is thatthey were migratory communities thatsettled in southern Baluchistan andthen finally came southward to thepresent site. However, they may havebeen a branch of the Sumerians...</p></li></ul>