Rosicrucian Digest, November 1955

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<ul><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, November 1955</p><p> 1/44</p><p> O S I C R U C I A N</p><p>1955OVEMBER30c per copy DIGEST</p><p>Marriage of W itnd W isdom</p><p>d drama in modern</p><p>guise.</p><p>V A V</p><p>o Animalshink?rsthand observationshumanlike qualities.</p><p>V A V</p><p>onflict of</p><p>nterestse basis of strife.</p><p>V A V</p><p>e &amp; tc v iu ta :</p><p>MysticismScienceThe Arts</p><p>V A V</p><p>TlcxtHuman</p><p>volution</p><p>V A V</p><p>ncient Culture</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, November 1955</p><p> 2/44</p><p>PRID E THAT GOES WITH BELONGING . </p><p>M ens Style W om ens Style</p><p>( I l lu s t ra t ion twice aclu t t l s i ze)</p><p>I R fo lc c iu c itu t</p><p>H A V E Y O U e v er f el t a lo n e in a c ro w d ? D o</p><p>y o u r e a l i z e t h a t t h e r e i s a s il e n t w a y t o a v o i d b e -</p><p>i n g a s tr a n g e r a m o n g o th ers?</p><p>H e r e is a p ra c ti c a l w a y t o m e e t t h o s e w h o f i t</p><p>t h e m o o d o f y o u r l if e . T h i s p r a c t i c a l a n d s p e c i al</p><p>m e a n s o f i d e n t i f i c a t i o n , p r e p a r e d e s p e c i a l l y f o r</p><p>y o u, is th e R O S I C R U C I A N E M B L E M .</p><p>I t i s a u n i v e r s a l s i g n f o r R o s i c r u c i a n s e v e r y -</p><p>w h e r e . T h i s e m b l e m i s d i s t i n c t iv e a s wel l a s c o n -</p><p>s e r v a t i v e m a d e o f 1 0 k g o l d a n d i n l a i d w i t h fin e</p><p>c o l ore d c na m e l . T h i s sma l l d i gn i f i e d ins i gn i a is</p><p>a p p r o p r i a te l y d e s ig n e d w i t h a tr ia n g l e s u r m o u n t e d</p><p>b y a n E g y p tia n c ro ss w ith a ro se in s c r ib e d in it s</p><p>c e n t e r .</p><p>Mens Style</p><p>with screw back</p><p>$2.25(14/8 sterling)</p><p>Womens Style</p><p>with safety-catch pin</p><p>$2.60(16/10 sterling)</p><p>Prices include federal</p><p>tax and postage.</p><p>Se n d y o u r o r d e r a n d </p><p>r em i t t a n c e t o </p><p>R O S I C R U C I A NS U P P L Y B U R E A U</p><p>San Jose, California</p><p>U .S . A .</p><p>(Facfi m on il. l[. is page is clevotecJ lo the ex hib ition ol st ud en t su pp lies.)</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, November 1955</p><p> 3/44</p><p>SONS OF THE DESERT</p><p>These Bedouins, whose lives are mostly nomadic, pause for a rest in one of the little villages on the bleakdesert near Bagdad. To a great ex tent, as in centuries past, the peace of the world rests in the hands of these</p><p>Arab peoples. A conflagration in the Nea r East can result i n a religious w ar th at could involve the politicaland economic interests of the major powers of the world.</p><p>(Photo by AMORC)</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, November 1955</p><p> 4/44</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, November 1955</p><p> 5/44</p><p>ROSICRUCIAN DIGESTC O V E R S T H E W O R L D</p><p>I N T E R N A T I O N A L R O S I C R U C I A N </p><p>W O R L D - W I D E R O S I C R U C I A N</p><p>NOVEMBER, 1955Vol. XXXIII</p><p>Song of the Desert (Frontispiece)......... ................Thought of the Month: Metaphysics and Mysticism</p><p>Time of Harvest....................</p><p>Do Animals Think?</p><p>Questions .......................... ............................................</p><p>When the Shadows C o m e ........... ...........</p><p>Temple Echoes ............</p><p>Marriage of W it and Wisdom</p><p>The Human Side of Sir Isaac Newton</p><p>Conflict of Interests.....................................................</p><p>Cathed ral Contacts: Living Convictions</p><p>The Three O's ............</p><p>Architecture of Dreams ............................................</p><p>Well of Iniquity (Illustration)........ . ..............</p><p>Subscription to the Rosicrucian Digest, $3.00 (1/1/5 sterling) per year.</p><p>Single copies 30 cents (2/2 sterling).</p><p>Entered as Second-Class Matter at the Post Office of San Jose, Cali</p><p>fornia, under Section I 103 of the U. S. Postal Act o f Oct . 3, 1917.</p><p>Changes of address must reach us by the first 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>THE RO S ICRUC IAN O RDER AM O RC</p><p>ROS ICRUCIAN PARK SAN JOSE, CA LIFORN IA</p><p>EDITOR: Frances VejtasaCopyright, 1955, by the Supreme Grand Lodge of AM OR C, Inc. All rights reserved.</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, November 1955</p><p> 6/44</p><p>T h e</p><p>R o s ic ru c ia u</p><p>D ig es t</p><p>N o v e m b e r</p><p>1955</p><p>THE</p><p>THOUGHT OF THE MONTH</p><p>METAPHYSICS AND MYSTICISM</p><p>By THE IMPERATOR</p><p>P A R T T W O</p><p>h e worlds greates t l ivingrel igions incorporate and,</p><p>in m a n y r es p ec ts , d e -pen d on m y stic is m . T h e</p><p>term i s, however , com-m on l y s ubm er ged as i sth e p r a c t i c e b e n e a t hdogma which i s thoughtmore essent ial to the sur</p><p>sects par t icular rel igioussys tem. Th is is done, most of ten, be-cause mys t ic i sm can l ead the sp i r i tua ldevotee as t r ay f rom dogmat i sm and theform al church . Th e m ys t ic w i l l s ee thevalue of organized rel igion and wil l bethe las t to oppose i t. H ow ever , he w il lmos t of ten th ink of i t as unnecessarye i ther to the un fo ldm ent of h is sp i r i tua l</p><p>consciousness or his union with the Godtha t he conceives . H is a t t itude m ay bethat the formali t ies of theology are ad i s t rac t ion to h is more in t im ate r e la -t ion wi th the d iv ine . There a re thosew ho pu r s ue m ys t i c i s m and ye t f a i t h -ful ly par t icipate in some rel igious sect</p><p>because, b en ea th the la I te r s fo rm ali ti e sand t r ad i t ions , they have d i scovered thegolden thread of i t s p r i s t ine mys t ic i sm .I t i s to th i s tha t they consecra te them-selves.</p><p>The mys t ic i s no t one who th inks ofh imsel f as be ing omnisc ien t or havinghad con f e r r ed upon h i m s om e un i quespi r i tua l m ant le . Ra ther , he is of thebeli e f th a t he s ta nd s as a n i n d i v i d u a l in his divine or Cosmic connect ion. Hebeli eves th a t h is w o rsh ip of G od n eednot be through the medium of par t i c -u lar ind iv idual s or ins t i tu t ions . He con-ceives the spir i tual consciousness of hisbein g , ca ll ed soul, as being a direct</p><p>em anat ion of God. To preserve th isconnec ti on he t h inks no i n t e r m ed i a r yis necessary?. T hu s m an , a cco rd i ng tothe myst ic, has within himself a direct</p><p>nexus , a bond, w i th God. Th ere a re anu m be r of def in i t ions of mys t ic i smwh ich convey th i s concept . Perh aps theone we offer here embraces the essent ialp rin c ip le of all of them : M ysti c is mis m an s imm edia te aw areness of h isrelat ion to God. I t is a direct and in -t imate consciousness of the Divine</p><p>p resence .</p><p>T he t w o i m por t an t e l em en t s o f t h i sdef ini t ion are the words i m m e d i a t e a n d in t imate . T he form er i s to be con-s t rued as meaning tha t the r ea l i za t ionof God i s no t had through the ins t ru-</p><p>m en t o f a doctr ine or esoler ic s y m -boli sm . I t is n o t ju s t a co n te m p la ti onby w h ic h one f in a lly a rriv e s a t a con -clus ion or judgment of some exper ience.God, rather , becomes a point of knowl-edge, jus t as he is perceived, withoutthe necess i ty of l a te r ana lys i s upon theexp er ience had. Fo r analo gy. I lookout the w indow and see a t ree . M yi m m e d i a t e percept ion, the idea ar is ingout of my visual sensat ion, is tree. Iam no t lef t to the need of comparisonwi th any prev ious exper ience beforear r iv ing a t the not ion of my percep-</p><p>t ion. T he m yst ics know ledge of God,then, is as t ine as any other pos i t ivea n d i m m e d i a t e knowledge.</p><p>The l a t t e r word or the i n t i m a t e con-sciousness of God which const i tutes themys t ica l exper ience r e la tes to the sp i r -i tual self of m an. God is real ized byI he m y stic not in term s o f the qu alitiesof the senses; he doesnt know God as</p><p>vival of the</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, November 1955</p><p> 7/44</p><p>f o r m , a s n a me , a s a n y k in d o f a d e -t e r m in a t i v e b e in g . T h e e x p e r i e n c e i so n e o f s e l f r e a c h in g o u t a n d r e a l i z in gi t s u n io n w i th i t s o wn s o u r c e , t h e d i -v in e , a n d i t i s t h a t wh ic h i s i n t ima te .</p><p>God i s no t conce ived as a r i s ing ou t o fsensa t ion , o r fee l ing , pa ra l le l to im pres -s ions one m igh t have o f the w or ld .W hen one i s consc ious tha t h is se l f hasf reed i t se l f o f phys ica l l imi ta t ions andhas a oneness , tha t i s , an absorp t ionin to t h e i n f in i t e , h e t h e n h a s m y s t i c a l lye x p e r ie n c e d Go d. I n o th e r wo r d s , w h e none has cas t o ff the res t r ic t ions o f tim ea n d space and i s no long er loca lized andsenses an a f f in i ty wi th a l l , he i s the ni n t i m a t e l y expe r ienc ing God . Such isn o t a n i d e a l b u t a n a c tu a l e x p e r i e n c ewhich i s te s t i f ied to by some of the</p><p>grea tes t minds and mora l i s t s o f a l l ages .T h a t e v e n s c i e n c e r e c o g n iz e s t h a t s u c ha n e x p e r i e n c e li es w i th in t h e r e a lm o fhu m an consc iousness, is expressed int h e w o r d s o f E d w a r d B u r n e t t T y l o r ,e m in e n t e th n o log i st : T h e r e a r e t im e swh e n p o we r s a n d imp r e s s io n s o u t o fth e c o u r s e o f t h e m in d s n o r m a l a c t io na n d wo r d s t h a t s e e m s p o k e n b y a v o i c ef r o m wi th o u t , me s s a g e s o f my s t e r io u sknowledge , o f counse l o r warn ing , seemto ind ica te the in te rven t ion , a s i t were ,of a second, superior soul .</p><p>W h a t i s th e m y s t ic s t r iv i n g f o r? T h eu l t ima te e n d o f t h e m y s t i c a l s t a te o fconsciousness is a u n i o n w i t h G o d , t h e</p><p>m o m e n ta r y a b s o r p t i o n o f S e lf in to t h eAb s o lu te . T h e m y s t i c , h o w e v e r , i s n o tnecessa r i ly an ascet ic . As a consequenceof the aff la tus of his soul , he does notd e n y th e wo r ld . H i s m y s t i c a l e x p e r i -ence i s a s ta te o f i l l u min a t io n . I t i s thegrea t ligh t of consc iousness. T h is re -d u c e d t o p r a c t i c a l t e r m s m e a n s u n d e r -s tand ing . T he my s t ic i s fo r t i f ied thenwi th a c la r i ty o f mind , se l f conf idence ,a n d a r e g e n e r a t e d p o we r o f h i s wh o le</p><p>se l f to cope be t te r wi th the p rob lemso f t h e wo r ld . T h e my s t i c a l e x p e r ie n c ep ro v id es n o t e sca pe b u t con so la ti on ,</p><p>c o mf o r t, a n d r e n e w e d v ig o r i n t h e s t r u g -g le wi th the a f fa i r s o f l ife .</p><p>T h e c o n t e st w i th l if e m a y a s s u m e anega t ive aspec t . Ins tea d o f con t inu ing</p><p>to su rm ou nt obs tacles by d i rec t confl ic tw i th th e m , o n e m a y a s s u me , a s a r e s u l to f h i s i l l u min a t io n , wh a t we wi l l t e r m</p><p>h e r e a negat ive a t t i tude . O n e m a y c om eto rea l ize the wor th lessness o f some-th in g u p o n wh ic h , p r e v io u s t o t h e my s -</p><p>t i c a l e x p e r i e n c e , h e wa s c o n c e n t r a t i n ga l l h i s pow ers w i th fu t i l i ty . Th ere fore ,t h e m y s t i c a l l y e n l ig h t e n e d o n e c a n , a n df r e q u e n t ly d o e s , i n t h e p r a c t i c a l a p -p li c a tio n of h is u n d e rs ta n d in g , re o r ie n t</p><p>h ims e l f ; h e t h e n f o l l o ws a n e w c o u r s ein l i fe . St . A ug ustin e gives express ionto th is neg a t ive mys t ic i sm: G od is besta d o r e d i n s i l en c e ; b e s t k n o wn b y n e s -c ience ; bes t desc r ibed by nega t ives .</p><p>Reaching the Godhead</p><p>T o r e l a t e t h e my s t i c a l d o c t r i n e s o fa f e w r e n o wn e d my s t i c s w i l l f u r th e rd i s t i n g u i s h t h e n a tu r e o f my s t i c i s mf r o m me ta p h y s i c s , wh ic h i s t h e o b j e c -t ive o f th is d iscourse. Pe rh aps theteach ings tha t le f t the g rea tes t in f luence</p><p>u p o n l a t e r my s t ic a l d o c t r in e s w e r e t h os eof D ionys ius , the A reopag i te . H ow ever ,h i s wo r k s a r e s y n c r e t i c , b o r r o we d f r o mear l ie r teach ings o f the Eas t . One o fthe in f luences o f h is teach ings was ther e s u l t o f t h e mi s t a k e n i d e a t h a t D io n y -s iu s wa s t h e o n e wh o c o n v e r t e d P a u lto C hr is t ian i ty . A n ea r l ie r re l ig ioussect , during a council session at Con-s t a n t i n o p l e a b o u t 5 3 3 A .D . , t o s u b s t a n -t ia te some of i t s own c la ims , quo tedth e t e a c h in g s o f o n e D io n y s iu s wh o ,they asse r ted , was the B ishop o f Athensa n d h a d wo n P a u l t o t h e c a u s e o f</p><p>C h r i s ti a n i t y . T h e t i t le o f Ar e o p a g i t ewa s d e r iv e d f r o m th e s u p p o s i t i o n t h a tt h i s D io n y s iu s h a d p r e a c h e d t o P a u l o nth e s i t e o f t h e Ar e o p a g u s , a n a n c i e n tGr e e k c o u r t o n a h i l l a d jo in in g A th e n s .T h i s imp r e s s iv e p r o p a g a n d a a b o u t D i -o n y s iu s u n d o u b te d ly c a u s e d h i s wo r k sto be d i l ig e n t ly s tu d i e d . T h e y we r ee n l ig h t e n in g a n d i n c o r p o r a t e d i n to t h et e a c h in g s o f m a n y l a t e r s e cts .</p><p>M o d e m r e s e ar c h h as s h ow n t h a tt h e s e t e a c h in g s a c tu a l l y we r e wr i t t e na f t e r th e t im e o f P a u l . T h e y r e f e r , f o r</p><p>e x a mp le , t o C le me n t , t h e p h i lo so p h e r ,p re su m a b ly C le m e n t of A le x a n d r ia ;th is cou ld have been as la te as 233 A.D . ,l o n g a f t e r P a u l s e r a . F u r th e r , D io n y -s iu s r e f e r s to h i s my s t i c ma s t e r a n dg u i d e a s H i e ro t h e u s . T h i s n a m e m a ybe a c lu e to th e re a l a u th o rs h ip of th ewo r k s . I t is k n o w n th a t H ie r o th e u s wa sth e a s s u me d n a me o f a f a mo u s E a s t e r nmy s t i c , S t e p h a n B a r S u d a i l i , wh o wa sa s c r ib e a n d mo n k o f t h e f i f t h c e n tu r y .C o n s e q u e n t ly , i t i s a s s u me d th a t t h ewr i t i n g s p r e s e n t e d b y D io n y s iu s s a w</p></li><li><p>8/12/2019 Rosicrucian Digest, November 1955</p><p> 8/44</p><p>TheRosicrucianDigestNovember1 9 5 5</p><p>l i g h t s o me t ime b e twe e n 4 7 5 a n d 5 2 5A . D .</p><p>Dio n y s iu s c o n t e n d s t h a t t h e g o d h e a dis a un i ty . I t is...</p></li></ul>