Rosicrucian Digest, November 1941

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    The size of eachplaque, in any of theexcellent finishes, is

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    Qn (Jubilation (Jn tone . . .FROM TH E M Y S T I C CITY OF TEL-EL-AMARN

    nrh a t which itself is immobile may yel move other things. Alimestone plaque erected over 3000 years ago moved to great e

    heights thousands of men and wom en who read its simple wordsin the mystic city of I el-el-Am arna. established by Ph aroah Amenand dedicated to the everlasting God. that this inscription lirst aIt soon transformed mens religious thought, and gave new expretheir spiritual yea rnings . 1 he principal portion of this plaque wagain brought to light in recent years by archaeologists of the Exploration Societyit was then presented to the Rosicrucian O

    now reposes as a prominent exhibit in the Rosicrucian Museum.strange fascination for all who see ifas if in some inexplicable mradiates the love and devotion of those who once looked upon itcenturies. It is graven with a double cartouche (seal) ol Aten (symbol of the one great Go d), and bears the inscription : Rejo icinhorizonwho gives life for ever and everLord of heaven. Lord oSo that even- Rosicrucian may have this beautiful, ancient symprayer in his or her sanctum, we offer a highly artistic metal plproduced from the origin al. I he plaqu e is embossed by a die mafrom the stone itself, and is perfect in every d etail. 1 he plaque isas burnished bronze. It wil l insp ire you as you meditate upon the that the original had upon the students and neophytes of themystery schools. A s a reproduction ol a rare Egyp tian antique , it be prized by everyone who sees it. Ord er your plaqu e today. Bemetal shortage this stock could never be replaced at same price.

    ROS IC RUC IA N SU PPL Y BUREA U

    SAN JO SE, CALIFO RNIA, U. S. A.

    THE INSTITUTION BEHIND THIS ANNOUNCEM

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    R OSIC R U C IA N C ER EMON Y PER FOR MED A T PY R A MIDS

    For the first time in history an elaborate Rosicrucian equinoctial ceremony commemorating the Building ofthe Great Pyramid of Egy pt was conducted on the Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacan, Mexico. On September 21nearly sixty Rosicrucian members of the Quetzalcoatl Lodge in impressive ritualistic robes, accompanied bymany other members, conducted the beautiful traditional ritual with the assistance of the Imperator ofAM ORC . Above. Frater Ruiz, Master of the Quetzalcoatl Lodge of Mexico City, and Colombe SofiaHidalgo are shown on the stairway of the ancient Aztec Pyramid.

    (Courtesy of the Rosicrucian Digest.)

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    ROSICRUCIAN DIGESTCOVERS THE WORLD

    R N A T I O N A L R O S I C R U C I A N M A G A-

    R L D - W ID E R O S I C R U C I A N O R D E R

    NOVEMBER, 1941

    Rosicrucian Ceremony Performed

    At Pyramids (Frontispiece)

    Thought of the Month: Sacred Cities of the Andes

    A Message for Our Time

    Evolving Through Music

    The Value of Hostility

    Research at Rose-Crofx University

    The Great Search 378

    The Coming Ag e 379

    Cathedral Contacts: Knowledge and Experience 382

    Pre-Natal Culture Today 385

    Man's Primitive Instincts ........... ..... ............... 390

    Sanctum Musings: Divine Justice 393Mixtures of Sorrow and Jo y 395

    Solemn Rites In Majestic Setting (Illustration) 397

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    THE ROS ICRUCIAN ORDER AM OR C

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    The following is the first episode of a narration by the Imperator concerning his recjourney by air. train, and pack, into the interior of the Andes to study and film the ancicapital, temples, and cultural remains of the once lost Incan Empire.Editor.

    T heRosicrucian

    Digest

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    1941

    HE roar had ceas-ed. The tremorshad diminished toan almost imper-ceptible degree.The giant, twinmo to re d p l anehad once againsuccessful ly ac-complished a rou-tine takeoff. Thesteady pleasingdrone of the pro-pellers told that

    their pitch had been changed from thatrequired for the tremendous initial liftto the lesser exertion of cruising. Th edeparture was over. W e relaxed andlooked about. Small, wellshaded lightswhich some passengers had not ex-tinguished, created a crepuscular at-mosphere making indistinct the faces ofour fellow travelers. W e peered up-ward through the small window of oursection. W e had now become one withthe starlit heavens of the very earlymorning. Glancing down, there sprawledbeneath us the great metropolis of LosAngeles. Its principal streets and boule-vards, even at that hour, were outlined

    by what appeared at our height likelittle illuminated pearls. In fancy, itseemed as though some genie had be-gun to arrange them geometrically, andthen in confusion or abandon had justscattered them.

    This was not a new experience forme. I had flown many times before.Our destination, however, what we

    hoped to accomplish, the hazards we might encounter, the sheer mof it, heightened our excitemecould feel my face flush, as I leimagination dwell upon the possibOur goal was the heart of the oldEmpire in the vast Andean regiPeru, a journey to the sites of cof an enigmatic people in a settigrandeur, which 1 was then incof realizing. For approximatelymiles we would fly southward toquipa, Peru, and then begin our sjourney inland.

    Aboard the plane with Mrs. Lewis and myself were especially

    metal cases of 150 pounds or mmotion picture and still camera ment, films, and accessories. Wused the maximum baggage weiglowance for these, and were forcsacrifice our personal luggage. where enroute we would need toourselves with clothing suitable frugged country we would encand in which we would spend sweeks.

    Our mission was not one whiSupreme Grand Lodge or we dividuals had originally conceiv

    really was the fulfillment of aRosicrucian tradition. It was theciple that the Rosicrucian Ordepetuate as a heritage, through ficers and members, the culture ancients, their arts, crafts, and inideals. In fact, the Rosicrucian ings of AMORC today are a synof the gleanings of the sages

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    past, and the investigations and re-searches of the progressive minds ofthe present. One must be familiar withthe past, or he can never be quite cer-tain that what he undertakes or plansfor the future will not be just a recurranee of what others have done wellbefore him, under a different name orsystem. To many persons it seems thata profound consideration of the livesand achievements of peoples who livedfrom twenty to forty centuries agocould not possibly produce any usefulinformation or knowledge which we ofthe 20th Century need or could use ef-fectively in our living. Th eir conclusionis formed upon the reasoning that ourpresentday civilization, with its indus-tries, arts, sciences, literature, and cul-ture generally, by comparison, reveals

    how far we have come from antiquitythe progress we have made. In answerto such persons, we say, as Rosicrucians, it must be realized that progressis not alone indicated in change or inexisting differences, but in the directiontaken; even refinement of a process doesnot signify progress. Lopping off hu-man heads with a broad bronze swordin China, as a method of execution, wasimproved upon in France by the inven-tion of the guillotine, yet the functionof execution still exists; the refinementof its method hardly indicates progressin civilization.

    For further consideration, what weremen seeking during the time of Ham-murabi, Solon, and Julius Caesar? Howmuch closer have we come to their goaltoday? Have we all through the cen-turies been travelling in the same direc-tion as they, making true progress, per-haps even inspired to excel them, orhave we been going through just aseries of mock refinements which havenot led us far during the past ten ormore centuries? And, for analogy, dur-ing the Fourth and Fifth Centuries of

    the Roman Empire, the period of de-cline, history relates a considerablechange affecting the economic life ofthe peoples. Continual conquest by theRomans had brought into the capitalgreat numbers of prisoners who hadbecome slaves. They were put uponlarge estates owned by the nobles andwealthy. Th ey were able to produce atvery low cost farm products which

    flooded into the cities. The small freeRoman farmer, with his few acres ofland, depending upon his own labors,could not compete with this mass farmproduction and slave labor. He aban-doned his few acres, which were ab-sorbed into the larger estates of thewealthy, and he, with thousands of hiskind, came to Rome to seek a livelihood.They became disinclined to work atvery menial and laborious duties, suchas the slaves did, for that would haveput a stigma upon them. Consequentlythe Roman state, through everincreas-ing taxation, started various projects athigh wages to keep them occupied, suchas the building of amphitheatres, ex-tensive roads, aqueducts, etc.some ofthe things needed, most of them not.

    Political parties at Rome vied witheach other to keep these masses of thepeople appeased by pretentious enter-tainments and doles of free grain andeven clothes. This class of people ob-viously became pampered and subse-quently more and more arrogant in theirdemands upon the government. At thetime, however, none of them gave anyevidence that they saw in what was oc-curring any menace to their civilization.In fact, they were confident that theRoman Empire would go on indefinite-ly. The point I wish to bring out hereis, to them times were only differentand

    changing, and they made the great er-ror of conceiving difference and changeonly as aspects of progress. As welook around us today, we can drawparallels between that period of the an-cient Roman Empire and our presentworld. All too often those who are notstudents of the past erroneously acceptan actual decline as a new order.

    It is readily and proudly concededthat in a strictly material sense, man'sworld has advanced. Th e environment,under his control, has correspondinglydeveloped with his objectivism. His

    greater power of reason is reflected inhis ability to meet and conquer whatwere once insurmountable physical bar-riers. Th e elaboration of old and addi-tion of new sciences have made it pos-sible for him to pyramid his worldly ac-complishments of the past. Th e aque-duct of Rome falls into insignificance,for example, beside the colossal reser-voir lakes and dams of today. Our ir

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    T h e

    R o s i c r u c i a n

    D i gest

    N o v em ber

    1941

    rigation systems make those of theEgyptians, Greeks, and Romans ele-mentary by comparison. At no time inhistory, not even during the gloriousAge of Pericles, had art, in one expres-sion or another, the common apprecia-tion it now enjoys. Further, at no time

    was there such a great percentage of apopulace participating in art as a hobbyor otherwise. Time has heightened theability of man to coordinate his innatesense of beauty with what he objective-ly conceives to harmonize with it. Helooks upon or sees a thing and instinc-tively he finds a gratifying response toit. Further, he has come to material-ize his ideals of beauty more, to forcethem to have an external independentreality.

    W hat o f the psychic nature of man?Have we substantially progressed be-

    yond the motivating inner forces had,for example, by the ancient Greeks?Can we conscientiously say we havemystically, or spiritually (if you preferthat term) transcended the Egyptian ofthe Memphite Period nearly 6000 yearsago? It is not a question of whether wehave more complex or highly elaboraterites, ceremonies, philosophies, and re-ligions today. Further, it is not a ques-tion of what greater perspicuity ourreligions and philosophies have in com-parison to those of antiquity. Rather,it resolves down to whether weman-

    kind as a whole have been able toabandon today any fundamental urgeor sentiment upon which was foundedthe early religious, mystical, and phi-losophical concepts or whether wehave developed even one or more im-manent sentiments as causes for newspiritual perceptions. All religions to-day, systems of mysticism, and otherthan physical philosophies, no matterhow diversified their tenets, are rootedin the same unutterable sentimentswhich have always been within thebreasts of men. Fifty centuries ago

    man had an undeniable realization ofself. Today he has the same. Fiftycenturies ago man also conceived whatamounted to a doctrine of immortalitythat that which is not the body is notcorruptible and in some manner mustsurvive socalled death, and today mil-lions still believe likewise. And thenalso men were faced by conscience , andwithin their minds could see paths

    plainly designated as to the rigwrong course of human actionconscience still remains today. Thout the centuries men have clunciously to the belief prompted inthat some Being, Intelligence, God, or Force governs and dire

    Our Twentieth Century has sshorn that intuitive impulse of itdeclarations. W e have greatly inualized our conceptions of these sentiments. W e have tried to alize and make them conform toer experience, but they persisttheir intangible substance have ed unchanged by time, or our obje

    Because of a realization of tsome time back, I had formopinion that the homogeneity owell developed and complex rof the primitive peoples was not

    them having a common origin athought. Many writers, some ians, archeologists, and anthrophave speculated upon the remsimilarity of the rites and ceremoancient or primitive peoples livmotely from each other. Th e coical explanations of those early pwhere they originated, and hworld began are startlingly alikalso their veneration of some cardinal virtues. These writers, speculations, presume that suchknowledge was transmitted by

    from one people to another, there was a migration of a peopone continent to another, and thcomers introduced their old conthe inhabitants of the new lanfew instances possibly such pcontacts were established, accfor a merging of religious customthe other hand, there are primitiples having extremely highly dereligious customs, strikingly simthose had by another people imote section of the world, anhave not even had a legend or

    suggesting that their knowledgthrough such races of peoples, they even knew of them.

    If...