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Not Under the Rosy Cross
Presenting documentary p ro o f that , H. Spencer Lewis— Imperator o f , jjk A .M .O .R .C .,aspuriousR .C . O rd er— fabricated and 'Ig*. copied secret lessons 'w k from published books

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T H E ROSICRUCIAN F O U N D A T IO N
Q U A K E R T O W N , P E N N S Y L V A N IA

A N EXPOSE
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T H E IMPERATOR OF A.M.O.RC.
H is Pilfering Charlatanism a nd H is Connections with

ALEISTER CROWLEY
Notorious Black Magician
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O R D O TEM PLI O R IEN TIS Despised Black Cult

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PREFACE
T his brochure presents and makes available to all students of the occult sciences and mysticism; members of secret schools, so­ cieties and fraternities; churchmen and the churches; serious seek­ ers of the Rosy Cross, and especially to all members of A . M. O. R. C., a picture in miniature of the astounding career of a most successful deceiver, a vile impostor, a clever charlatan and a crafty sorcerer, who, having formed in 1915 an organization under the stolen name of a holy order, under the false pretense that it was an authentic Rose Cross O rd e r— an order of W hite M agic and of the W hite Brotherhood— while he was at the time of such organi­ zation, at all times since, and is now a member and affiliated with the O. T . O. ( Ordo Tem pli Orientis), a notorious Black Cult of the Black Brotherhood; who, since 1921, has been acting under the authority of a charter issued by the 0 . T. O., by or under the direc­ tion of Aleister Crowley, its founder and Secret C h ie f, a notorious and despised Black Magician, and who has, evidently, long in­ tended and now, as it is clearly indicated, is attem pting by a process slow but sure to convert his organization— the A. M . O. R. C.— into a Cult of Black Magic, under the dominion of Crowley— Baphom et— TIIE A n t i - C h r i s t — whom he acknowledges to be his Secret Chief. It deals with H . Spencer Lewis, the Im perator of A. M . O. R. C., and contains facsim ile reproductions of the documentary proof of his pilfering charlatanism— the use of published books to make the secret lessons of A. M . O. R. C.; of Aleister Crowley, the notorious Black Magician— Baphomet— the Anti-Christ, the establishment by Crowley o f the 0 . T. 0 . as a part of his A . . *. A . . *. and its objects, nature and activities; o f L ew is’ O. T. 0 . charter, the written con­ fession o f his connections with the 0 . T. ()., his acknowledgment of its Secret Chief as his superior, and of his indicated intentions and bold attem pt to eventually convert the A. M . O. R. C. into a Black Cult of the notorious O. T . O. As the Supreme G rand M a ste r of the authentic Rosicrucian F r a ­ ternity and Brotherhood in America, we have known that M r. Lewis possessed no Rosicrucian authority; that he had no right to

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use a Rosicrucian name for his organization; that he is not a Rosi­ crucian; that he came not by way of the Rosy Cross; that he has none of the inner teachings and profound secret work of the au­ thentic Order, and that he did not and could not im pait such teach­ ings and secret work to his members. As the protector of Rosicrucian traditions and its sacred honor, we have protested against the use of its holy name by an impostor; we have chal­ lenged M r. Lewis’ right to use Rosicrucian names, titles and appel­ lations in connection with his spurious and questionable activities, and in a recent contest with him in the Commonwealth of Penn­ sylvania it was legally determined that the authentic O rd e r of the Rose Cross, which we have privilege and honor to represent, is entitled to the exclusive legal right to use all Rosicrucian names, titles and appellations.* As the spokesman at the D oor of the Temple of the Rosy Cross, doing what we believed to be our sacred duty, acting for and on behalf of the Rosy Cross and all other schools of White Magic and orders of the W hite Brotherhood, speaking solely in the interest of and for the protection of all sin­ cere and earnest seekers of the Path— of the IVay to the higher Spiritual Kingdom and especially those seeking the W ay to and of the Rosy Cross, we have, from time to time, in magazine articles, pamphlets and brochures, advised all those interested as to the spurious nature of A. M. O. R. C., advised its members that their Imperator was not giving them the true teachings of the authentic Order and have warned all seekers of the Rosy Cross and those who desired to associate themselves with an order, society or brotherhood of White Magic against the deceptive wiles, the in­ sidious trickery and the dangerous practices of M r. Lewis. However, it was not until recently that we were in a position to prove to others by documentary evidence and otherwise, absolutely and to a certainty, that which we knew to be true concerning M r. Lewis and his activities. We knew M r. Lewis and understood his ways; we expected him to affoid us an opportunity to put him to a test. T h e opportunity came as anticipated. On December 12, 1933, he challenged us to public debate. \ \ e accepted our opportunity and invited him to join us in a complete and sweeping investigation before a compe­
* See m onograph, Randolph Foundation the Authentic Body, H as E xclu siv e Riahts
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tent and impartial tribunal composed of high M asons. H e de­ clined.* Since he refused to join us in a secret and dignified inves­ tigation, we are forced to publish this brochure as our only alterna­ tive in advising interested parties of the true nature of M r. Lewis’ activities and to warn and to put all on notice of his dangerous practices. W e regret the necessity of making this public expose and the publication of even a small p a rt of the evidence that reveals the true character of the activities of the Im perator of A. M . O. R. C. and his Black Magic connections. Those who read this brochure will quickly see and fully understand the reason why M r. Lewis would not— could not— submit to a complete and searching in­ vestigation. In spite of any and all appearances to the contrary, we have no malicious feeling against M r. Lewis; we hold no grudge and en­ tertain no personal animosity against him. W e sincerely regret that the necessities of the case have required the means pursued and the remedies used. W e have experienced no personal delight in the use of the harsh terms and odious adjectives necessary to accurately describe his activities, to properly advise all interested parties and to adequately warn all innocent seekers of the W ay to the Rosy Cross or of the Path to the H ig h e r Spiritual Kingdom against his deceptive double-dealing trickery and dangerous practices. As the result of our past acquisitions, information given and actions taken to expose and make known his insidious methods and practices for the benefit of his innocent victims and the protection of the uninformed against his bewitching sophistry and fraud, he charged in a suit in California, to which we were N O T a party, in­ stituted by him in the na m e 'o f A. M . O. R, C. against two of his form er members that they had maliciously conspired with us and others, to wrongfully injure A. M . O. R. C. and its Imperator. W e deny and denounce the imputation of conspiracy on our part. T h e charge of conspiracy carries with it the willful and malicious intent to wrongfully injure another. W e have entertained no such intent. W e have entered into no such conspiracy. T h e inform a­ tion we have supplied to others about M r. Lewis’ activities is true, and all co-operation and joint action with others to expose his illegal
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and fraudulent activities and wicked practices have been fully j u s ­ tified, entirely proper and legitimate in every way. H is recent booklet issued under the title of “ G u i l t y ” making certain f a l s e charges and imputations against us will have befitting attention in due and proper time. Let us make our position clear, that none may misunderstand. We have in the past, we will continue in the future, to co-operate with and to assist any person or persons, any organization or o r­ ganizations or any member or members thereof to expose and to put to an end the pernicious activities and alarming practices of M r. Lewis by any proper methods and by any and all legitimate means. If anything that we have said or done appears to be a reflection upon or in condemnation of the members of A. M. O. R. C., we desire to disclaim any such intention or purpose and to make due apology. W e do not impute the iniquities and misdeeds of the Im­ perator to the members of A. M . O. R. C. They are victims of his iniquities. They have not knowingly or purposely participated in his wrongdoing. T hat which we have said and done has been in­ tended for the benefit and protection of said members— and not in condemnation of them. This brochure is of special interest to and should be of great value and lasting benefit to all paying members of A. M . O. R. C. We trust they will avail themselves of the use of this information for the benefit of themselves and all mankind. It is and should be of intense interest to all students of the occult mysticism, to all Masons, fraternal societies and W hite Magic o r­ ganizations. It is our hope that the information contained in this brochure will be fraternally used as it is Fraternally given. R.
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ADDENDUM
E d i t o r i a l N o t e : M r. A. Leon Batchelor, form er G rand T re a s ­ urer of A M O R C , has made an extensive Expose of the Lewis methods, his management of A M O R C and his alleged misuse and misappropriation of its funds and property. T h e Expose is in the form of a letter written to M r. Lewis, challenging him to sub­ mit to a complete investigation, in which he charges M r. Lewis with much wrongdoing and several serious offenses against the laws of the land. O f course, M r. Lewis could not submit to such an investigation, and M r. Batchelor gave out his letter for publication. M r. Batchelor resides in M r. Lewis’ home town. His address is Post Office Box 785, San Jose, California. T h e letter is lengthy and the charges are many and serious. W e have made a brief resume of this letter, with a few observations, which we have ap­ pended hereto, immediately following the text of this Brochure and Expose. The reader wi 1 note that the ex-Grand T re asu re r of 1 A M O R C substantiates and corroborates practically all we have said about the practices and methods of the Im perator of AMORC.

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T H E TEACHINGS AND TR A IN IN G 01' A. M. O. R. C. ARE NOT ROSICRUCIAN
We have maintained at all times since M r. Lewis launched and organized A. M . 0 . R. C. in 1915 and gave it a Rosicrucian appellation, that it is spurious and does not possess, and cannot give to its members, the genuine Rosicrucian teachings and training. We have not been alone in our position. M any others, not members of or in any way connected with the authentic Rose Cross O rder in America, have also and likewise charged and maintained that A. M . O. R. C. is not a genuine Rosicrucian institution and that it does not teach Rosicrucian philosophy or give to its mem­ bers the real Rosicrucian training. When we charged, insisted and often reiterated that M r. Lewis is not a Rosicrucian; that he never had at any time any right or authority to organize or conduct any kind of a Rosicrucian O rder or institution; that he fabricated A. M . O. R. C.; th at he took or stole a Rosicrucian name for it; that it is a spurious and not a genu­ ine Rose Cross Order; that his methods are deceptive, his claims false, his practices destructive and in no sense Rosicrucian, but con­ trary to and in conflict with every true precept of genuine and noble Rosicrucianism, and that he has deceived, defrauded and misled thousands of true, sincere, though uninformed, seekers of the Rosy Cross by leading them into A. M. O. R. C. under the belief that they were joining the authentic Rose Cross O rder and that he could and would make them Rosicrucians— of course, M r . Lewis knew that all these charges were true. H ow did he meet those charges? H e is the most cunning charlatan, most brazen pretender and great­ est bluffer of this age. H e immediately assumed the attitude of injured innocence, severely scolded us and boldly issued a challenge for a public debate. W e knew he was bluffing. W e offered to join him in a complete and searching investigation into the truth of our charges, the authenticity of the Randolph Foundation o f the Rose Cross Order in America, and the genuineness of our secret teach­ ings and inner Rosicrucian training. Did he accept? H e did not__ he could not face a real test— a genuine investigation so he

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clucked as artfully as he could and ran at the first mention of a real investigation. W e have dealt with M r. Lewis’ artful and insincere challenge to a public debate, and our offer of a full investigation in a recent booklet, which may be read with interest in connection herewith.* W hen some of his own members found, upon investigation, that they had been completely misled, grossly deceived and defrauded, they charged that M r. Lewis had invented, form ulated or simply manufactured all of the teachings of A. M . O. R. C.; that he had copied them, or a large portion of them, from published books, and that none of his lessons and teachings were the genuine secret les­ sons or teachings of the Rosicrucians. M r . Lewis also knew those charges to he true. W h a t did he do? H e employed his favorite trick— his first line of defense. Lie issued a challenge to those ob­ streperous members and shamed or bluffed them out of making a real and thorough investigation. T h e challenge above referred to was printed in the C rom aat, “ a monthly monograph privately published for members of A. M . O. R. C.,” about the year 1918, written by P ro fundi s X I I ° b nperator, being the “ Im p e rato r’s personal message and annual address to all members,” in which M r. Lewis explains the paramount problems of the order, which evidently were many, since the m ajor part of his personal message was devoted to answering charges made against himself and criticism leveled by the members against the order. The rest of his message is devoted to self-laudation, and bolstering and building himself up, as a shrewd lawyer bolsters and builds up a weak and poor witness whose character is questionable and whose testimony is unworthy of belief. W e here reproduce page 1 1 and part of page 1 2 of said C rom aat, setting forth the m em bers’ charges and M r. Lewis' answering challenge (being fac­ simile Reproductions Nos. 1 and 1 A ), as follows: T H E SOURCE O F OUR T E A C H IN G S
P e rh a p s th e m ost im p o rta n t, because in te re stin g , th o u g h m ost absurd, o f all ch arg es m ade ag ain st th e O rd e r, o r ra th e r th e Im p e ra to r, w as th a t he had, personally, alone o r w ith th e help o f o th ers, in ­ v ented, fo rm u la te d o r sim ply m a n u fa c tu re d all th e teachings in o u r O rd e r fro m pages and p a ra g ra p h s
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taken from books to be fo u n d in lib rarie s in the U n ite d States. T h o se w ho m ade th e ch arg e w e n t so fa r as to m en tio n the nam es of such books as w ere used by the Im p e ra to r in his p ilfe rin g c h a rla ta n ism . T h e titles of th e six or seven books m en tio n ed are not recalled ju s t now , th ough a few of th em w ere D e d ’s E lectric P hilosophy o f L if e , C ro w le y ’s E q u i­ nox, L ib ra ry o f M e sm e rism , by D r. D o d s ; C ellu la r C osm ogony, by K o re sh ; N e w L ig h t fr o m th e G reat E a st, by P arsons, etc. T w o years ago the charge w as m ade by an E n g ­ lishm an posing in this co u n try as a m an of high and enviable M aso n ic repute th a t all o u r teac h in g s w ere taken from one ( ! ) book called T h e R iv e r s o f L ife . A b su rd as this proves to be to any one w ho reads th a t book, still the difficulty in g e ttin g a copy of it for ex am ination should have induced o u r genial cen­ sors and critics to add th a t book to th e above list.

T H E I M P E R A T O R ’S C H A L L E N G E
H a s used recent books. O n e w ill note th a t the books m en tio n ed are eith er old or rare books, such as are not to be fo u n d in every lib rary , if, indeed, they can be fo u n d in any lib rary in sm all cities. T h is m akes it m ost difficult for those w ho hear the state m e n t to exam ine the books and m ake com parisons w ith o u r T e m p le lec­ tu res or teachings. T h e Im p e ra to r has n o t ex­ am ined all the books listed, b u t he has m ade this reply to the charge and n o w p uts it upo n record in black and w h ite : if anyone can prove th a t one o r m ore of o u r lectures co n tain in g o u r fu n d a m e n ta l teachings, o r th a t all or p a rt of o u r principles, te rm i­ nology, law s, ritu als and d em o n stratio n s w ere taken fro m one o r m ore p rinted, ty p e w ritte n , engraved or h a n d w ritte n books o r m an u scrip ts p rin te d and p u b ­ lished or m ade public before o u r O r d e r p rin ted its first m agazine and lite ra tu re , the Im p e ra to r w ill im m ediately concede the charge as tru e , in c rim in at­ ing him self as a plag iarist and false p re te n d e r and perm it, w ith o u t opposition o r fu rth e r action, his im ­ peachm ent and rem oval as Im p e ra to r, officer or m em ber of th e O rd e r. A legal a g reem en t betw een the Im p e ra to r and any body of m en a n d w om en as

W ill q u it if charges can be proved.

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an in v estig a tin g com m ittee, o r w ith any in d iv id u a l as an in v estig ato r, w ill be m ad e, s e ttin g fo rth this sam e prom ise and ch allen g e, if such is sincerely d e ­ sired p rio r to any com plete an d ex h au stiv e in v esti­ gatio n ; and every facility a n d assistance w ill be freely ren d ered by th e S u p rem e G ra n d L odge, its C o u n cil, O fficers an d Im p e ra to r. If I have failed to m en tio n an y book in the fo re ­ going list w hich should be in c lu d ed because it has been used by those m a k in g th e ch arg e, 1 w ill g lad ly an n o u n ce th e titles o f such books in the n ext issue of th e C ro m a a t.

AN E X C E P T IO N T O T H E C H A L L E N G E
T h e re is alw ays an exception. O n e exception I m u st m ake in re g a rd to th e cliallen g e: I t is th is: no p u b lica tio n is to be inclu d ed w h ich co n tain s a veiled b u t v ery com plete o u tlin e of o u r R ^ C teachings w ritte n an d published u n d e r a p en-nam e of m y ozvn, th o ro u g h ly au th e n tic a te d , b u t little know n, and d uly an d p ro p e rly co p y rig h ted in its e n tire ty by me m an y y ears ago. T h is w as done in o rd e r to protect o u r teach in g s and secure a copy­ rig h t 011 them before th e O r d e r sta rte d w ith o u t re­ v ealin g th em to those w h o sh o u ld n o t have th em . T h e re fo re , such a p u b licatio n w ritte n by me, copy­ rig h te d by me, ca n n o t be used as evidence. T h is w ill p ro b ab ly su rp rise one o r tw o w h o have been p la n n in g to b rin g this old a n d ra re p u b licatio n to lig h t, n o t k n o w in g th a t the a u th o r ’s nam e is my ow n an d th e co pyright also m y o w n . B u t, again— fo re ­ k n ow ledge has sin g u la r a d v a n ta g e s n o t realized by the u n th in k in g , p reju d iced m in d s. A s to w ho , in reg ard to person and perso n ality , p re p a re d , w ro te o r fo rm u la te d th e o rig in al d r a f t of th e law s, the principles, th e sym bols, ritu als, phrases, w o rd s, signs, etc., I ca n n o t te ll, fo r I do no t k n o w , an d , in tru e R osaecrucian sp irit, do n o t care. I feel q u ite sure, how ever, th a t n o t one o r a h u n d re d m inds p repared these th in g s, b u t m any scores of g re a t m in d s in vario u s ages.

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a zea lo u s A m erican p atriot, and S iste r A ., born in D en m ark , a tra in ed nurse and on e w ho has for m any y e a r s d evoted h er tim e an d u n u su a l se rv ices to p a tr io tic A m erican h u m an itarian ism . T h e fa ls ity o f such a ch a rg e is ap p aren t the m om en t o n e m eets th is b od y of tw e n ty - m i ed u ca ted , refined, cu ltured m en and w om en . T h a t th e C ou n cilors p a id no a tte n tio n to the ch a rg es m a d e a g a in st th e O rder, th e Im p erator and th e m se lv e s is due to th e fa c t th a t th e ir in tim a te k n o w led g e o f th e fa c ts an d th e tru th s, m ad e th e m u n a f ­ fected b y th e p e tty , m ean, u n tr u th fu l sta te m e n ts m ad e b y th o s e w h o so u g h t first, to d isru p t ou r O rg a n iza tio n , and se c o n d ly , in th e r e s u lt­ in g ch a o tic con d ition to p o se as sa v io r s o f the O rd er, re fo r m e r s o f n grea t ev il and slip in to p ow er an d o ffice, and c o n tr o l th e o r g a n iz a ­ tio n . T h e m iserab le fa ilu re o f su ch a p lan w ill e x p la in th e c o n d i­ tio n s an d a ctio n s on th e p art o f th r e e or fou r m em b ers o r e x -m e m ­ bers w h o se p lan s and m oves w e a n tic ip a te and a w a it d u r in g th e n ex t six m on th s with a b so lu te ly no fea r; again , b ein g fo r e w a r n e d w ill not p rev en t, but w ill n eu tra lize. T I IE SO U R C E OF OUR T E A C H IN G S

P erh a p s the m ost im p ortan t, b eca u se in te restin g , th o u g h m ost absurd o f a ll ch arges m ad e a g a in st th e O rder, or rath er the Im p era to r, w as th a t he had, p erson ally, a lon e or w ith th e help o f oth e rs, in v en te d , fo rm u la ted or sim p ly m a n u fa ctu red all th e te a c h in g s in o u r O rd er from p a g e s and p aragrap h s ta k e n from b ook s to be fo u n d in lib ra ries in the U n ite d S ta tes. T h ose w ho m ade th e ch a rg e w en t so fa r as to m en tio n th e nam es o f such b ook s as w ere u sed by th e Im p e r a to r in his p ilfe r in g ch arlatan ism . T h e title s o f th e six or se v e n b o o k s m en tio n ed arc n ot recalled .just n ow , thou gh a few o f th e m w ere “D e d ’s E le c tr ic P h ilosop h y o f L ife ” , C r o w le y ’s “ E q u in o x ” , “ L ib ra ry o f M e sm e r ism ” , by D r. D od s, “ C ellu lar C o s m o g o n y ” b y K oresh , “N ew L ig h t from the G reat E ast" b y P arson s, etc. T w o y ea rs ago th e ch a rg e w a s m ade by an E n g lish m a n p o sin g in this c o u n tr y as a man o f high an d en v ia b le M ason ic re p u te , th a t all our te a c h in g s w ere ta k e n from o n e ( ! ) book, c a lle d “T h e R iv e r s o f L ife ” . A b su rd as this p ro v es to be to an y one w h o read s t h a t b ook , still, th e d iffic u lty in g e ttin g a co p y o f it for e x a m in a tio n sh o u ld h a v e in d u ced ou r g en ial cen so rs an d c r itic s to add th a t b o o k to th e ab o v e list. T H E IM P E R A T O R ’S C H A L L E N G E O ne w ill n o te th a t th e b ook s m en tio n ed arc e ith e r o ld or rare books, su ch as are not to be fo u n d in ev ery lib ra ry , if, in d eed , th e y can be fo u n d in any lib rary in sm a ll c itie s; (h is m ak es it m o st d if ­ ficult fo r th ose who h ear the s ta te m e n t to ex a m in e th e b o o k s an d m ake co m p a riso n s w ith ou r T e m p le lectu res or te a ch in g s. The Im p era to r h as not exam in ed all th e b ook s listed , b u t lie h as m ad e th is reply to th e ch a rg e, and now p u ts it u p on rccord in b lack a n d w h ite ; if a n y o n e can prove th a t one or m ore o f ou r le c tu r e s c o n ta in in g o u r fu n d a m en ta l tea ch in g s, or th a t all or p art o f ou r p rin cip les, term in o lo g y ,' law s, ritu als and d e m o n str a tio n s w ere ta k e n fro m on e or m ore p rin te d , ty p e w ritten , e n g ra v ed or h a n d w ritten b o o k s or m a n u scrip ts p rin ted and p u b lish ed or m ade p u b lic b e fo r e ou r O rder p rin te d its first m a g a zin e and lite ra tu re, th e Im p e r a to r w ill im m ed ia tely co n ced e th e ch a rg e as tru e, in crim in a tin g h im s e lf as a p la g ia r ist and false p reten d er and p erm it, w ith o u t o p p o sitio n or fu rth er a ctio n , his im p each m en t an d rem oval as Im p era to r, officer

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or m em b er o f th e O rd er. A le g a l a g reem en t b e tw e e n th e Iinperaloi* a n d an y b od y o f m en and w o m en as an in v e s tig a tin g c o m m itte e , or w ith a n y in d iv id u a l as an in v e s tig a to r , w ill b e m a d e , s e t t in g forth th is sa m e p rom ise an d c h a lle n g e , if such is s in c e r e ly d e sir e d p rior to a n y c o m p le te an d e x h a u s tiv e in v e stig a tio n ; an d e v e r y f a c ilit y and a ss ista n c e w ill be fr e e ly ren d ered b y the S u p r e m e G ra n d L o d g e , its C o u n cil, O fficers an d Im p era to r. I f I h a v e fa ile d to m en tio n a n y book in th e fo r e g o in g list w hich sh o u ld b e in clu d ed b e c a u se it h a s been u sed b y th o s e m a k in g the c h a r g e , I w ill g la d ly a n n o u n c e th e t itle s o f su ch b o o k s in th e n ext issu e o f th e C rom aat. AN E X C E P T IO N TO THE CHALLENGE

O n e e x c e p tio n I m u st m ak e in regard to th e c h a lle n g e : I t is th is: n o p u b lic a tio n is to be in c lu d e d w h ich c o n ta in s a v e ile d , b u t v ery c o m p le te , o u tlin e o f o u r K*|*C te a c h in g s w r itte n a n d p u b lis h e d un d er a p e n -n a m e o f m y o w n , t h o r o u g h ly a u th e n tic a te d , b u t litt le k n ow n , an d d u ly and p ro p erly c o p y r ig h te d in its e n tir e ty b y m e m a n y y ea rs ago. T h is w as d o n e in o rd er to p r o te c t o u r te a c h in g s an d secu re a c o p y r ig h t on th e m b e fo r e th e O rd er sta r te d w ith o u t r e v e a lin g them to th o s e w h o sh o u ld n o t h a v e th e m . T h e r e fo r e , su ch a p u b lic a tio n w r itte n b y m e, c o y r ig h tc d b y m e, c a n n o t be u sed a s e v id e n c e . T h is w ill p ro b a b ly su rp rise o n e or tw o w h o h ave b een p la n in g to b rin g th is o ld a n d rare p u b lic a tio n to lig h t, n o t k n o w in g t h a t th e a u th o r’s n a m e is m y ow n an d th e c o p y r ig h t a lso m y ow n . B u t, a g a in ,— fo r e k n o w le d g e h as sin g u la r a d v a n ta g e s n o t re a liz e d b y th e u n th in k ­ in g , p r e ju d ic e d m ind s. A s to w h o, in reg a rd to p erso n and p e r s o n a lity , p re p a r e d , w rote or fo r m u la te d th e o r ig in a l d r a ft o f th e la w s, th e p r in c ip le s, th e sy m ­ b o ls, ritu a ls, p h rases, w o rd s, sig n s, etc., I c a n n o t t e ll, fo r I do n ot k n o w , an d , in tr u e R o s a e c r u c ia n sp irit, d o n o t ca r e . I fe e l q u ite su re , h o w ev er, that n ot o n e or a h u n d red m in d s p re p a r e d th e se th in g s, b u t m an y sc o res o f g rea t m in d s in v a r io u s a g es.

A CRAFTY CH A LLEN G E Just a Big Bluff A careful reading of the foregoing will reveal that this, like all of M r. Lewis’ challenges, is carefully, skillfully, deftly and dex­ terously worded, so as to leave him a sure avenue of escape in event of its acceptance. How ever, as above indicated, it was not made to be accepted; that was not the idea or intention of M r. Lewis. H a d it been accepted he would have wiggled out of it in some way, some­ how— th at you can accept as a fact. It was not, in fact, a chal­ lenge at all; that was a misnomer. It was really a barrage of words to scare and disarm critics— a boast and plea to silence

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clamorous tongues and to pacify and satisfy disgruntled o r doubt­ ing members. It was a bold and successful bluff— a crafty trick that worked, since, apparently, no member accepted his challenge. Hence, he went merrily on his way deceiving others, gaining and losing members, making other false claims and expanding and varying his misrepresentations and his artlul methods of deception. W H O M AY A C C E P T C H A L L E N G E Perhaps we cannot accept this challenge If we did, he would reply that the challenge was not made to us, or to the public, but that it was a “private” communication made solely and only to members of A. M. 0 . R. C., but we can and we do herein produce the proof— the positive and irrefutable proof that the charges un­ der consideration are true— absolutely true, which will enable the sincere members of A. M. O. R. C. to accept the foregoing chal­ lenge of the Imperator to test his sincerity and to prove beyond all doubt that the lectures and lessons of A. M . O. R. C. are not the inner secret teachings of the Rose Cross Order; that they are not from Rosicrucian sources, but that they were invented, form ulated and simply manufactured by Mr. Lewis and that he, in his pilfering, plagiarizing charlatanism COPIED all or a major portion o f them from published books, some old and rare, but most of them modern and available. M E M B E R S O F A. M. O. R. C. C A N A C C E P T W e W ill Furnish the P roof
W e c a n a n d w e d o , with the materia] and proof presented herein, establish the truth of the charges under consideration be­ yond all controversy and place the sincere members of A. M . O. R. C., who realize that there is something rotten in their organiza­ tion, who feel that there should be a housecleaning from within, in a position to accept the Imperator’s— M r. Lewis’— challenge and to demand of him that he immediately concede the charges as true, in a iminate himself as a PL A G IA R IST A N D F A L S E P R E T E N D E R and permit without opposition or further action his impeachment and removal as Imperator" according to his own offer hereinbefore reproduced.

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A. M . O . R. C. a n d t h e t r u e c h a r a c t e r o f H . S p e n c e r L e w i s , w h o f o r m e d , f a b r i c a t e d a n d l a u n c h e d it in 1 9 1 5 u n d e r a f a l s e a n d d e ­ ceptive Ro si cru ci an a p p e ll a ti o n , by d e m o n s t r a t i n g a n d p r o v i n g h e r e i n , b e y o n d t he p e r a d v e n t u r e o f all d o u b t , t h a t M r . L e w i s is n o t a Rosicrucian; t h a t h e h a s n o R o s i c r u c i a n a u t h o r i t y ; t h a t his a u ­ t h o r i t y , if any, comes fro m the O. T. 0 . — Ordo Templi Orientis ( O r d e r o f the T e m p l e o f the Orient, o r O rie n ta l T e m p l a r s ) f o u n d e d b y A l e i s t e r C r o w l e y , “the M o s t Illustrious, M o st Illu­ minated and M o s t P u i s s a n t B a p h o m e t X ° R e x Summits Sanctissimus 33°, 90°, 96°f or , in o t h e r w o r d s , f r o m O . T . O . , f o u n d e d by Crowley — t h e M o s t I l l u s t r i o u s M a s t e r o f B l a c k M a g i c a n d a M o s t A d e p t Black M a g ic i a n , a n d t h a t his teachings, lessons a n d lectures a r e n o t R o s i c r u c i a n a t all, o r f r o m a u t h e n t i c R o s i c r u c i a n s o ur ce s, but t h a t they w ere invented, m a n u fa ctu re d , fab rica te d o r pilfered, p la g iariz ed and copied f ro m published books.

M ay we dispose of the latter question first and then deal with the source of M r. Lewis’ authority? A M O N G T H E R O S IC R U C IA N S By D r . F r a n z H a r t m a n n w A S t u d e n t o f O ccultism In the year 1887, Dr. F ranz H artm ann, the theosophist, pub­ lished a pure fiction, entitled A n Adventure A m o n g the Rosicrucians. This book, a most interesting and intriguing piece of fiction, passed through several printings and at least three editions, and is available today at all book stores carrying occult books at a small price. *» T h e entire contents of this book, with one notable and a minor exception, to be pointed out, was copied by M r. Lewis, word for word, in Lessons Nos. 44 to 60, both inclusive, of the eleventh grade of his A. M . 0 . R. C. Teachings. Since A. M. O. R. C. is represented to be and most of its mem­ bers believe it to be a Rose Cross Order, it is reasonable to sup­ pose th at after a member or student has been enrolled for many years, paid dues through the first ten degrees and has been tena­ cious enough to attain the eleventh degree, next to the highest and last degree or grade, that such student is entitled to be taught the higher truths and instructed in the final inner and most secret work of Rosicrucian philosophy, principles and training— B U T i t is n o t

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so— far from it! On the other hand, these students and members in the eleventh grade or degree of A. M. O. R. C. teachings aie being fed in rapid succession a mixture of the teachings of / lit osophy, Mysticism and Cosmic Consciousness— however good these may be— copied from published books, under the guise and label of Rosicrucianism. A R O S IC R U C IA N U N IV E R S IT Y IN S W I T Z E R L A N D Dr. Franz Hartmann and the Great Paracelsus We are greatly intrigued— no doubt you will be also— by a state­ ment of M r. Lewis which serves as an introduction to his Lessons 44 to 60, both inclusive, of the eleventh grode of A. M . O. R. C. teachings, copied almost in to to from Dr. H a rtm a n n ’s Am ong the Rosicrucians, which we reproduce from his said Lesson No. 44 (being facsimile Reproduction No. 2 ) , as follows: F A C -S IM IL E R E P R O D U C T I O N No. 2
As s t a t e d i n my l a s t l e c t u r e o r t a l k , we a r e now a t a p o i n t w h e r e I w ant t o i n t r o d u c e t o y o u t h e w ords of a n o t h e r p e r s o n a n d t h i s t i m e i t w i l l be t h e w o rds o f a v e r y e m i n e n t R o s i c r u c i a n who was r e a l l y a g r e a t / m y stic. I r e f e r t o l i r . F r a n z H a r tm a n n . L i t t l e i s known a b o u t h i s I p r i v a t e l i f e e x c e p t t h a t he was a p h y s i c i a n anHi ' r T ^ Y 1n T f bec am e i l l u m i n a t e d an d n o t o n l y f o l l o w e d v e r y c iT seT y " t h e R o s i c r u c i a n s t u d i e s u n t i l he m a s t e r e d much o f them, b u t he d e l v e d d e e p lv i n t o a l l ed y o f t h e O r i e n t a l p h i l o s o p h i e s an d s c i e n c e s , a n d was a t r u l y l e a r n e d /7 m an . I t was he who w en t t o . E a s l e , S w i t z e r l a n d , t o s t u d y a t t h e o l d R osicru cian u n iv e rs ity . I t "was t n e r e P a r a c e l s u s h a d b e e n a s t u d e n t • • and l a t e r a p r o f e s s o r , and l a t e r a g r e a t m aste r, and w h ile in B asle, Dr. H a r t m a n n h a d t h e o p p o r t u n i t y o f b e i n g t h e p e r s o n a l p h y s i c a n t o * l/.me. B l a v a t s k y , who was h i d d e n away i n t h i s w o n d e r f u l , a l l u r i n g , b e a u t i » f u l c i t y h i g h up i n t h e A l p s a n d a l o n g t h e b a n k s o f t h e R h i n e R i v e r , f • The many t i m e s t h a t I h a v e b e e n i n t h i s c i t y a n d h a v e b e e n i n t h e same h o t e l a n d same o l d h o u s e i n w h ich Mme. B l a v a t s k y s t a y e d f o r a t i m e , a n d w h e r e s h e a n d Dr. H a r tm a n n h a d s o many c o n s u l t a t i o n s o v e r t h e m a n u s c r i p t s s h e was p r e p a r i n g t o g i v e t o t h e w o r l d , I h a v e f e l t t h e v i b r a t io n s of t h i s m y s t i c c i t y a n d e v e n a l l o f t h o s e who were w i t h u s on a t r i p one t i m e t o t h i s c i t y a g r e e d t h a t t h e r e was no more f a s c i n a t ­ i n g p l a c e we e v e r v i s i t e d t h a n t h i s o l d - f a s h i o n e d t o w n , w h i c h i s now b e c o m i n g a v e r y a c t i v e c e n t e r o f many i n t e r n a t i o n a l a f f a i r s .

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Many e m i n e n t R o s i c r u c i a n s i n t h e p a s t h a d made t h i s to w n t h e i r h i d e away p l a c e w h i l e p r e p a r i n g m a n u s c r i p t s an d c o n s u l t i n g t h e m a r v e l o u s li b r a r y a t the u n iv e r s ity . I t was h e r e , t o o , t h a t t h e g r e a t m a s t e r s f i r s t carr.e t o Lime. B l a v a t s k y a n d h e l p e d h e r i n e s t a b l i s h i n g h e r p l a n s f o r t h e f o u n d a t i o n o f t h e T h e o s o p h i c a l S o c i e t y a n d Dr. H a r t m a n n no d o u b t h e l p e d i n t h i s a l s o , b e c a u s e he a l w a y s h e l d a v e r y warm p l a c e f o r Ume. B l a v a t s k y ' s w ork. I n t ro d u c t o r y statements m ad e by H . Spencer Lewis in Lesson 44, of the E le venth G r a d e , A. M . O. R. C. C o m p a r e the above with Reproductions N os. 3 and 4. Note c a r e f u l ly t h a t D r. H a r t m a n n himself states th at in 1887, w hen the first edition of his book A m o n g the Rosicrucians w as issued, not even an atte?npt had been made to establish such an institution as M r . L ew is would have us believe h a d long existed.

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CLEV ER PR E V A R IC A T IO N Let the reader please note M r. Lewis’ statement and claim that Dr. F ra n z H a rtm a n n was a Rosicrucian; th a t there was and still is a Rosicrucian University at Basle, Switzerland; th at Paracelsus had been a student and later a professor in th at university and that there is a marvelous library at that university, which many eminent Rosicrucians have consulted in preparing manuscripts— not a single one of which is true— all of them are false. P erhaps M r. Lewis knew them to be false, if not, he could have known th at they are not true, and should have known before he undertook to instruct advanced students in Rosicrucian teachings, W h a t are the facts so easily ascertained? DR . H A R T M A N N N O T A R O S I C R U C I A N Dr. F ra n z H artm ann was not a Rosicrucian. H e never made such a claim. H e was a Theosophist, heart and soul, and never made any other claim. N o scholar or knowing person would rep­ resent D r. H artm ann to be a Rosicrucian. It is true that he wrote the book A m ong the Rosicrucians herein referred to, and translated and made a reprint in English of old and valuable German manu­ scripts under the title of The Secret Symbols o f the Rosicrucians. These titles and the use of the word “ Rosicrucian” therein may lead the careless, the presumptuous and the gullible to the errone­ ous conclusion that he was a Rosicrucian, but they will not mislead the student who looks deeper than the surface. T h e book A n A dventure A m o n g the Rosicrucians is a fiction, pure and simple, so admitted to be by its author, and is so under­ stood and classified by all scholars and by all real students of occult literature. It was written, not by a Rosicrucian Initiate, but by a well-known and prominent Theosophist and is only a picture of his imagination— an admitted dream of his soul. T o show that Dr. H a rtm a n n did not claim to be the author of The Secret Symbols o f the Rosicrucians^ and that it was only a tTanslation and reprint in English of German manuscripts, we re- I f t i produce the advertisement o f said book that appears in the 1890, I I * * • I second edition, of A m o n g the Rosicrucians (being facsim ile R e ­ production N o . 3 ), *a5 fUtkVwS!

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OF THE SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES,

PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.
COPIED AND TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN BY

FRANZ HARTMANN, M.D.
The plates of the Secret Symbols, 27 in number, h ave been colored by hand, exactly duplicating the originals which D r . H a r t m a n n secured during his researches among ancient Mss. and occult works in Germany.
“ T h e p u b lic a tio n is tim e ly , a n d c a n n o t fail to a ttr a c t a n d e n te r ta in m a n y p e rs o n s w h o se ek th e s y m b o ls o f e te rn a l v e ritie s in th e s e m y s te rio u s p a th * . W h e th e r o r n o t th e R o s ic ru c ia n s e v e r e x is te d a s an a c tu a l s e c r e t c o n f r a te r ­ n ity is a n o p en q u e s tio n w ith th e p u b lic ; a n d th o se w h o a r e b e st e n title d to s p e a k w ith a u th o r ity a r e sig n ific a n tly s ile n t in this p a rtic u la r. B u t n o c o m ­ p e te n t o c c u ltist o r m y stic h a s a n y d o u b ts , o r w ill e v e r fu lly d iv u lg e t h e e s o ­ te r ic fa c ts in th e case. T h e v o lu m e is h a n d so m e ly g o tte n u p , s h o w in g b o th ta s te a n d e n te rp ris e o n th e p a r t o f th e p u b l is h e r s y i n d I ) r . H a k t m a n n h a s a lr e a d y w o n e n v ia b le s p u rs in th e l ite ra tu re o f o c c u ltism w h ic h h e is , fro m h is c o n n e ctio n w ith th e I n d ia n B ra n c h o f th e T h e o s o p h jc a l S o c ie ty , w e ll fitte d to a d o rn .’’ — P r o f . E l l i o t C o u e s , F .T .S .

DR. H A R T M A N N A T H E O S O P H I S T Attention is directed to the statement of Prof. Elliot Cowes, bellow of the fheosophical Society, quoted in the above reproduced advertisement, wherein it is authoritatively stated that Dr. H a r t ­ mann was a member of the Indian Branch of the Theosophical Society. It must, therefore, be concluded that Dr. H artm ann, as we have stated and here repeat, was a Theosophist. It should not and cannot be concluded that, because he was an occult investigator who wrote fiction under a Rosicrucian title and translated and reprinted manuscripts dealing with Rosicrucian symbols, such action on his part made him a Rosicrucian. W e repeat, without fear of suc­ cessful contradiction, that Dr. Hartm ann was not a Rosicrucian and that he did not attempt to give— did not claim to give any of ^ e inner or secret teachings of the Rosicrucians in his book which All. I,e\\is copied in his lessons and gives to his eleventh grade members as the higher secret work and profound inner teachings

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of the Rosicrucians. T hus have members of A. M . O. R. C. been deceived, beguiled and betrayed by the cleverest, yet the most damnable, chicanery. A R O SIC R U C IA N U N IV E R S IT Y A t Basle, Switzerland M r. Lewis has created, in his imagination, several ancient Rose Cross Colleges and Universities, none of which ever existed in fact. H e had one of them— we believe it was a Rose Cross University or College in France— confer upon him the academic degree of D octor of Philosophy. So, even so he glibly talks about the old Rosicrucian University at Basle, Switzerland, with its marvelous library, where the great Paracelsus and Dr. H a rtm a n n were trained and where many emi­ nent Rosicrucians hid away while preparing manuscripts. T he same place where the great masters first came to M m e. Blavatsky and helped her in making the plans and establishing the Theosophical Society. All of this is absolutely false— an intriguing deception— an unadulterated sophistication. Yet this is a fair sample of the “stuff” which he has regularly and constantly dished out and fed to his members since he first organized his order (A. M . O. R. C.) and plagiarized a Rosicrucian name for it in the year 1915. Every real Rosicrucian knows that a Rosicrucian University never existed at Basle in the beautiful Alps, or elsewhere in Switzer­ land at any time. How ever, to prove to those not informed on the subject, who for some reason or other erroneously believe that D r. H a rtm a n n was actually describing such a university in his book A m o n g the Rosicrucians, instead of a fictitious monastery— a dream, not a reality— we reproduce Dr. H a r tm a n n ’s own state­ ment, published as an appendix to his book, appearing in the sec­ ond edition, 1890, and all subsequent editions (being facsim ile Reproduction N o . 4 ) .

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Q O M E time after the first edition of the fore­ going pages appeared, an attempt was made in republican Switzerland to carry into effect these ideas. In the midst of the mountains, among the most sublime and picturesque scenery, upon a secluded hill near the shore of the most beau­ tiful Italian lake, extensive grounds were pur­ chased, and it was proposed to build a house whose object it was to serve as a refuge for those who wanted to cultivate spirituality pure and simple, without any admixture of priestcraft and superstition. It has not yet been finally decided whether this undertaking will be a suc­ cess or a failure ; but the latter is more than probable, as the method of thinking in old dilapi­ dated and dying Europe is too narrowminded to permit of grasping such an exalted id ea ; which
T h is A ppendix appeared in the secon d and third, the 1890 and 1893, editions of H artm ann’s book A m on g the Rosicrucians. Compare these frank statem ents with the utterly m islead in g introductory remarks ( Reproduction N o. 2 ), w hich form part of Lesson 44,E leventh G rade, of the A. M. O. R. C. lessons. In 1893, w hen thethird edition w as published, not even an attempt had been m ade to establish such an institution.

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This statement, made by the author of A m o n g the Rosicrucians in the second and subsequent editions, is clear enough for all to understand. Dr. H a r tm a n n — the Theosophist, extensive traveler in the old world, occult scholar, author and interpretative investi­ gator— was very frank in telling his readers th at such a university did not exist. H e made it very clear that the M onastery or the institution about which he h ad written in his book A n Adventure A m o n g the Rosicrucians was only an idea— one of his hopes— one of his dreams. H e tells his readers of an attem pt th at was made to carry out his ideas after the first edition was published and ex­ pressed the serious doubt of its success in Europe and declared that youthful, free and clear-seeing America alone held forth such a hope. It will be noted and observed that even at the date of the last edition (1 8 9 3 ), in which the foregoing statement of the author appears, not even a house had been constructed. As a m atter of fact, Dr. H a r tm a n n ’s idea— his dream— was never carried out. T h e re never has been and there is not now such a Rosicrucian U ni­ versity in Switzerland. T h a t is simply one of M r. Lewis’ clever and crafty misrepresentations built around Dr. H a r tm a n n ’s fiction. “T H E T H E O S O P H I C A L M O N A S T E R Y ” As a m atter of fact, D r . H a rtm a n n did not describe a university — not even one of fiction— wherein he or anyone else attended as students. In the second chapter the fictitious institution is referred to as “ The Theosophical M o n a s t e r y and the headline of that chapter on all odd numbered pages from 25 to 77, both inclusive, is: T h e T h e o s o p h i c a l M o n a s t e r y . W hen M r . Lewis copied C hapter II into his lesson, he deleted and omitted the word “ T h e o ­ s o p h i c a l ” and simply headlined his lesson T h e M o n a s t e r y s o as to leave the false impression that D r . H a rtm a n n was describing a Rosicrucian M onastery. Such simple trickery to which some charlatans resort! ( See facsim ile Reproductions Nos. 7 and 8.) P A R A C E L S U S A N D M A R V E L O U S L IB R A R Y Paracelsus, a great occultist, master, adept and perhaps the in­ spiration for the Rosicrucian Brotherhood— so fa r as M r. Lewis knows— was born in 1490 and departed this life in 1541, some 73 years before the August Fraternity became known as the B rother­

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hood of the Rosy Cross or by any other Rosicrucian appellation. This being true, just how could Paracelsus attend a Rosicrucian University before the Fraternity of the Rosicrucians existed a university which did not exist when Dr. H artm ann wrote his A d ­ venture Am ong the Rosicrucians in 1887 or th ere after? And just how could “many eminent Rosicrucians in the past ’ consult the marvelous library at the University that never existed ? N o­ body knows but M r. Lewis— and H E d o e s n o t k n o w — he just said so! A mis-statement of important facts is not im portant— at least does not matter very much to this arch-pretender and pilfering charlatan who built his spurious Rosae Crucis O rder on a founda­ tion of falsehood with a superstructure of ingenious, crafty decep­ tion and cunning misrepresentation. T H E A D E P T P L A G IA R IZ E R ALSO A N E X P E R T EXPUNGER AND DELETER Do you feel that the foregoing language is too severe and that the serious charges are not justified in fact? If so, then may we show you a clever bit of expunging and deleting by M r. Lewis and explain— make exceedingly clear to you— his reason for deleting and omitting the use of one paragraph, while otherwise using, ex­ cept as noted, the entire contents of Dr. H a rtm a n n ’s A dventure Am ong the Rosicruciansl As before stated, M r. Lewis copied the entire contents of the above-mentioned book into his Lessons Nos. 44 to 60, both inclu­ sive, of the eleventh degree, with noted exceptions, the notable ex­ ception being the omission in his lessons of Dr. H a r tm a n n ’s men­ tion of Johann Valentin Andrea, to whom he gave credit for found­ ing the Order. T he part omitted— the only major part of the entire book so omitted from his lessons— appears on pages 39 and 40 of A m ong the Rosicrucians (second edition, 1890), and is as follows: T H E O M IT T E D PARAGRAPH
1 lie Im p e ra to r again, read in g my th o u g h t, coriccted my m istake. I he name 'R o sicru cian O r d e r ,’o r the ‘O rd e r of the G olden and Rosy C ro ss,’ he s a id ,’is a com paratively m odern invention and w as first used by Jo hann t a len tin Andrcee, w ho in v en ted th e story

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of the k n ig h t, C h ristia n R o sen creu z, fo r the sam e p urpose as C e rv an te s in v en ted his D o n Q u ich o te de la M a n c h a ; nam ely, fo r the p u rp o se of rid icu lin g th e w o u ld -b e adepts, refo rm e rs an d gold m akers of his age, w h en he w ro te his c ele b rated F am a F ra tern ita tis. B efore his p a m p h let ap p eared , the nam e R o sicru cian did not m ean a person b elo n g in g to some c e rta in o rg a n iz e d society by th a t n am e, b u t it w as a g eneric n am e, applied to all o ccu ltists, adepts, a l­ chem ists, or, in fact, to anybody w h o w as o r p re ­ ten d ed to be in possession of som e o ccu lt k now ledge and w h o w as, th erefo re, supposed to be acq u ain ted w ith th e secret signification of th e R ose and th e Cross sym bols w hich have been ad o p ted by the C h ris tia n ch u rch , w hich w ere, h o w ev er, n o t invented by her, b u t w hich w ere used by a ll occu ltists th o u ­ sands of years before C h ris tia n ity w as k n o w n . T h e se sym bols do n o t belong exclusively to th e C h ris tia n ch u rch , n o r c an they be m onopolized by her. T h e y are as free as the a ir fo r anyone w ho can g rasp th e ir m eaning, and u n fo rtu n a te ly very few o f y o u r C h ristia n s k n o w th a t m e a n in g ; they only w o rsh ip the e x te rn a l fo rm s and k n o w n o th in g ab o u t th e liv ing p rin cip le w h ich those form s rep ­ re se n t.”

T H E REASON FOR T H E O M ISSIO N W hy did M r. Lewis omit from his lessons the m atter above quoted when he copied and used (except as noted) all of the rest and remainder of Dr. H a r tm a n n ’s book? Because, in the omitted m atter, Dr. H a rtm a n n attributed the authorship of the celebrated Fama F r at e m it atis, which announced the formation and existence of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood or Order, to Johann Valentin A n d r e a and thereby accredited him with being the founder of the Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis, or the Order of the Rosy Cross, which is a fact known to be true by all real Rosicrucians and accepted as true by all correctly informed investigators and writers on the subject.
It w a s o m itte d b e c a u s e i t c o n t r a d i c t e d a n d d is p ro v e d M r . L e w is ’ c la im t h a t S ir F r a n c i s B a c o n w a s t h e f o u n d e r o f th e R o sic ru c ia n O rd e r.

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DR. H A R T M A N N A C C E P T E D AS A R O S IC R U C IA N A U T H O R I T Y BY M R. L E W I S M r. Lewis apparently accepted Dr. H artm ann as an authority on all Rosicrucian matters and affairs, except on the important question as to who founded the Rosicrucian Order, and inasmuch as Dr. H a r tm a n n ’s correct ideas and accurate information on the subject did not agree with M r. Lewis’s false claims and the gieat amount of false propaganda which he has released upon the same subject, he simply deleted it— C O N V E N IE N T L Y O M IT T E D IT and proceeded, except as noted, to copy all the rest of the book, and having done so— without a twinge of conscience— he informs his members th at:
In its en tire ty . Italics ours. “ W e have now finished the w o n d e r fu l m anuscript th a t I w an ted you to have in its e n tire ty .” (L esson N o . 60, page 2, E lev en th G ra d e .)

“ I N ITS E N T I R E T Y ” H aving deleted and omitted a notable portion of Dr. H a r t ­ mann’s text and, in doing so, having concealed an all-important fact, he led his members to believe that he had given to them in its en­ tirety a wonderful manuscript. Why did he not tell his members the truth— just the simple truth? Why did he not tell his eleventh grade members— whose confidence he surely had and abused— otherwise they would not have stayed with him through all these years and paid him $2.00 per month while passing from the first grade through the tenth grade— we ask: why did he not tell his eleventh grade members that Dr. Franz Hartm ann, an eminent and learned occult writer, an honored member of the Theosophical So­ ciety of India, had written a beautiful and interesting f i c t i o n about the Rosicrucians, but containing principally Theosophical teachings, under the title of A n Adventure Among the Rosicrucians, which they could buy in almost any book store for about $2.00 per copy, instead of copying all of Dr. H a rtm a n n ’s book, with the one nota­ ble exception, and another minor change, into his lessons and charg­ ing his members $2.00 (dues) per month for sixteen (16) mimeo­ graphed lessons containing the same matter? Let us see. At the rate of four lessons per month at $2.00 per month, Dr. H a rtm a n n ’s book made into sixteen lessons will bring $8.00; at the rate of two lessons per month, will bring $16.00, and

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at the rate of one lesson per month, will bring $32.00. Thus we see— now we know— zvhy M r. Lewis did not tell his members the truth. It did not— and it will not— pay. A uthors of occult and popular fiction can learn a lesson in sales­ manship from M r. Lewis, and members of A. M . O. R. C. will learn to their astonishment, chagrin and misfortune. T H IS M A N U SC R IPT Several Versions And then, after having pilfered and misused D r. H a r tm a n n ’s text, except as noted, and in a manner recognized Dr. H a rtm ann as the author, he showed his deep appreciation, his profound grati­ tude and expressed his thanks— acknowledged his debt to Dr. H a r tm a n n — by questioning and throwing doubt upon his author­ ship in these words: “ I have learned lately that there are several versions of this manuscript, probably translations by several different mys­ tics, and that these versions vary only slightly in an occasional w ord.” (Lesson No. 60, page 2, Eleventh G rade.) T h a t statement and every implication, insinuation and innuendo that it carries with it is as false as Satan. Dr. H a rtm a n n was the a uthor— the originator of the fictitious work which M r. Lewis pilfered, misused, misrepresented and sold and is selling to his mem­ bers at so much per lesson. T h a t was Dr. H a r tm a n n ’s own “ dream child”— the product of his own mind— an expression in words and written language of the fondest hopes of his soul. It was not a translation “by several different mystics” of an old or prior existing manuscript. W hen a person steals the work of a man, sells it to others under rank misrepresentations for a price and then undertakes to dis­ credit the author whose work he stole and sold— w hat shall we say of such practices— of such a person? T h e re are not words or combinations of words sufficient in in­ tensity of meaning to fully express the utter contempt of honest, upright men for such a person and the use of such tactics and m eth­ ods ! W e do not know w hat to liken it to. W e have never seen the like. In the face of such contemptible actions and despicable m eth­ ods, the wanton acts of all other pilfering, plagiarizing charlatans pale into insignificance.

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“ R O S IC R U C IA N S O C IE T Y ” M r. Lewis presented the text of Dr. H a rtm a n n ’s book A m ong the Rosicrucians as being descriptive of the actual Rosicrucian O l ­ der, Brotherhood anti Fraternity and as being inner and seci et teachings of the Order. To be sure, this is erroneous, a complete misrepresentation which carries with it false implications, leading to confusion and misunderstanding. The imaginary institution around which the author built his fic­ tion, into which he interwove the story that constitutes the theme of the book, was described by the author as “ This Rosicrucian Society.” T o make this matter clear and understandable, we turn to pages 29 and 30 of Dr. H artm ann’s book and also refer members of A. M. O. R. C. to Lesson 46, page 2, Eleventh Grade, where the exact words of Dr. H artm ann’s book are copied into said lesson, v i z :
“ Y es,” answ ered the stra n g e r, as if he h ad been reading my thoughts, “ you have fa lle n in to th e hands of the A depts, of w h o m you have th o u g h t so much and whose acquaintance you o fte n desired to make, and 1 w ill introduce you in to o u r tem p le a n d m ake you acquainted w ith som e o f o u r B ro th e rs of the G olden a n d R osy C ross." I scanned his face, and now it seem ed to me as if this m an w ere not a stra n g e r. T h e r e w as som e­ th in g so fam iliar about him as if 1 h ad k n o w n him fo r years, and yet 1 could n o t find a place fo r him in my m em ory. In vain I to rtu re d m y b ra in to find o u t w hen o r w here I had m et this m an , o r at least some o th er one resem bling him in ap p earance. B u t again the Im p era to r of this R osicrucian So ciety, fo r such he proved to be, answ ered my unspoken th o u g h t by saying, “ Y ou are rig h t; w e are n o t stra n g e rs, fo r I have o ften been in y o u r presence an d stood by yo u r side, alth o u g h you did n o t see m e .”

T h is refers to a m ythical tem ple, not to the O rd e r of the Rosy Cross.

I m per at or. R osicrucian Society, not O rd e r, B ro th e r­ hood or F ra te rn ity .

1 he author of An Adventure Am ong the Rosicrucians was not undertaking to describe the Rosicrucian Order proper as we under­ stand it today, oi in the sense to which it is commonly referred at this time, oi at the time when the book in question was written. Refeience is made to the paragraph of the author’s text beginning on page 39, ending on page 40, shown in facsim ile Reproductions

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Nos. 5 and 5 A , which we have also heretofore quoted in full, being the same paragraph eliminated by M r. Lewis when he compiled eleventh grade lessons and cunningly omitted said paragraph there­ from. In the omitted paragraph referred to, Dr. H a rtm a n n made it clear th at he was not writing about or undertaking to describe the R o s i c r u c i a n O r d e r , or the Order o f the Golden and Rosx Cross, which he declared to be a comparatively modern invention of Andreas and took the pains to explain that prior to the founding of w hat is today known as the Rosicrucian O rder, the name “ Rosi­ crucian’' did not mean a person belonging to a certain organization by th at name, but it was a generic name, applied to all occultists, adepts, alchemists or others possessing occult knowledge, or who understood the secret signification of the Rose and the Cross. Thus it becomes doubly clear that Dr. H artm an n was dealing with the term “ Rosicrucian” in its generic sense and not to its particular ap­ plication to the O rder of the Rosy Cross. Perhaps it was also because of this very clear exposition by the a uthor of the difference in the meaning of the term generally and its special application as the name of a particular order, which also clearly shows the au th o r’s purpose, that caused M r. Lewis to omit from his lessons the particular paragraph referred to. IM P E R A T O R It will be noted from the foregoing quotation that the word “ Im p e rato r'' appears. As a m atter of fact, this term is used by the author as one of his chief characters, through whose mouth he causes to be spoken the principal part of his story, thereby giving to the reader the lesson he essays to teach and the doctrine which he expounds in his book. T h e title “Im perator” occurs with fre­ quency throughout the entire book, which raises the question: W a s it from this source that M r. Lewis learned of the title “ Im perator” and was this his inspiration for conferring that title upon himself when he fabricated A. M . O. R. C. and launched it in 1915 under a Rosicrucian appellation, or did he actually learn about “ Imperato rs ” from Crowley, m aster Black Magician? L a te r we shall see. W e do not desire that anything we say herein shall be construed as an adverse criticism of the Theosophical Society or the Theo­ sophical teachings so ably presented by D r. H a rtm a n n in his A d ­ ventures Am ong the Rosicrucians. T he point is th at M r. Lewis

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has deceptively presented such teachings to his members, not as Theosophical teachings, which they are, but as being higher Rosi­ crucian teachings. R E P R O D U C T IO N S T o aid the reader and investigator to follow us and to make his own investigation and comparisons, we reproduce pages 39 (fac­ simile Reproduction No. 5) and 40 (facsimile Reproduction N o. 5 A ) of Dr. H artm ann’s book, to be compared with M r. Lewis’ Les­ son No. 47, page 2, Eleventh Grade (facsimile Reproduction N o. 6 ). These reproductions show the omitted or deleted paragraph heretofore quoted and discussed; page 25 of the book (facsim ile Reproduction No. 7), to be compared with Lewis’ Lesson No. 46, page 1, Eleventh Grade (facsimile Reproduction N o. 8 ) , in which M r. Lewis eliminates the word “Theosophical” and page 107 of the book (facsimile Reproduction No. 9), to be compared with Lewis’ Lesson No. 54, page 1, Eleventh Grade (facsimile Reproduction IVo. 1 0 ), in which all of the contents of page 107 of the book is lifted and copied verbatim. These reproductions which follow will be of real interest to members of A. M. 0 . R. C. and to all inter­ ested readers and investigators.

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ground and pyramids at a distance; it was of a more gloomy character than the former, probably on account of the desert places by which it seemed to be surrounded. The next picture represented a similar building, situated in a tropical and moun­ tainous country, and the Adept told me it was one located somewhere in the Cordilleras of South America. Another one showed a Mohammedan temple, with minarets and the half-moon upon their tops. I expressed my surprise to see all the various religious systems in the world represented in these Rosicrucian orders; for I had always believed that the Rosicrucians were an eminently Christian order. The Imperator, again reading my thought, cor­ rected my mistake. “ The name ‘ Rosicrucian Or­ der,’ or the 4Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross,’ ” he said, 4 is a comparatively modern invention, and 4 was first used by Joliann Valentin Andrece, who invented the story of the knight Christian Rosenereuz, for the same purpose as Cervantes invented his Don Quiehote de la Mancha; namely, for the purpose of ridiculing the would-be Adepts, reform­ ers and gold-makers of his age, when he wrote his celebrated ‘ Fama Fraternitatis.’ Before his
H ere w e reproduce page 39 of D r. H artm ann’s A jn on g the R osicrucians. B egin n in g with the first line of the second paragraph of this page and en d in g at the first p a ra ­ graph o f page 40 (R ep rod u ction 5 A ) , all the m aterial o f an entire paragraph w as elim in ated from the lessons by M r. L ew is. All else w as included alm ost verba tim .
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FAC-SIM ILE R E P R O D U C T I O N N o . 5A
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pamphlet appeared, the name Rosicrucian did not mean a person belonging to some certain organized society by that name, but it was a generic name, applied to all Occultists, Adepts, Alchemists, or in fact to anybody who was or pretended to be in possession of some occult knowledge, and who was therefore supposed to be acquainted With the secret signification of the Rose and the Cross; symbols which have been adopted by the Christian church, which were, however, not invented by her, but which were used by all Occultists thousands of years before Christianity was known. These symbols do not belong exclusively to the Chris­ tian church, nor can they be monopolized by her. They are as free as the air for any one who can grasp their meaning, and unfortunately very few of your Christians know that meaning; they only worship the external forms, and know nothing about the living principle which those forms rep­ resent.” “ Then,” I said, “ a spiritually enlightened man may become a member of your order, even if he did not believe in any of the so-called Christian dogmas ? ” To this the Imperator answered: “ No man can
Reproduction of page 40 of the Dr. Hartm ann book A m o n g the R osicrucians, which I. spencer Lewis used almost in its entirety for h'is lessons, w ith the o n e notable excep 'on Ie conveniently omitted practically all of the above page. (S e e R eproduction

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form o f a n I n d i a n , d r e s s e d in s h i n i n g w hite r o b e s , w ith a t u r b a n of p a l e y e l l o w s i l k up o n h i s h e a d , s t e p p e d o u t o f t h a t d o o r . I immedi­ a t e l y r e c o g n i z e d him t o be one o f t h e T i b e t a n A d e p t s whom I h a d se er, i n my w a k i n g d r e a m s ; He, t o o , se em ed t o r e c o g n i z e me, a n d s m i l i n g l y n o d d e d h i s h e a d , w h i l e I bov.-ed r e v e r e n t i a l l y b e f o r e him . A fin e-lo o k ­ i n g h o r s e was b r o u g h t f o r w a r d b y some a t t e n d a n t , w h ich he m o u n te d a n d r o d e away.I was s p e e c h l e s s f ro m a s t o n i s h m e n t , b u t t h e I m p e r a t o r s m i l e d a n d drew r.-.e a w a y , q u o t i n g a p a s s a g e o f S h a k e s p e a r e , v / i t h a l i t t l e m o d i f i c a t i o n ; f o r he s a i d , :,T h ere a r e many t h i n g s i n Heaven a n d S a r t h w h i c h a r e n o t u n d e r s t o o d by y o u r p h i l o s o p h e r s . 1" 1 We p a s s e d on t o a n o t h e r p i c t u r e , ■r e p r e s e n t i n g E g y p t i a n s c e n e r y , w i t h a c o n v e n t i n t h e f o r e g r o u n d a n d p y r a m i d s a t a d i s t a n c e ; i t was o f a more g l o o m y c h a r a c t e r t h a n t h e f o r m e r , p r o b a b l y on a c c o u n t o f t h e d e s e r t p l a c e s by w h i c h i t seem ed t o be s u r r o u n d e d . The n e x t p i c t u r e r e p r e s e n t e d a s i m i l a r b u i l d i n g , s i t u a t e d in a t r o p i c a l and m ountainous c o u n t r y , a n d t h e A d e p t t o l d me i t was one l o c a t e d som ewhere i n t h e C o r d i l l e r a s o f S o u t h .America. A n o t h e r one showed, a Mohammedan t e m p l e , w i t h m i n a r e t s and t h e h a l f - m o o n u po n t h e i r t o p s . I e x p r e s s e d my s u r ­ p r i s e t o see a l l th e v a r i o u s r e l i g i o u s system s in t h e w o r ld r e ­ p r e s e n t e d i n t h e s e R o s i c r u c i a n o r d e r s ; f o r I had a l v a y s b e l i e v e d t h a t t h e R o s i c r u c i a n s wer e a n e m i n e n t l y C h r i s t i a n o r d e r . II Then, 1 I s a i d , "a s p i r i t u a l l y e n l i g h t e n e d man may., becom e a member o f 1 y o u r o r d e r , e v e n i f he d i d n o t b e l i e v e i n . a n y o f t h e s o - c a l l e d C h r i s t i a n dogmas?" C om pare the above w ith Reproductions N os. 5 and 5A, pages 39 and 40, of H art­ It w ill be noted that betw een the paragraph ending with “ C hristian order,” page 39, and the paragraph at bottom of page 40, beginning w i t h “T h e n ,” M r. Lewis elim inated a long paragraph d ealin g w ith the real founder o f t h e R osicrucian Fraternity. T y pic a l L e w ist o n ia n t r ic k e r y . H is motto is: “ I cut
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out the truth w h en it contradicts you r Im perator. Y our Im p era tor can do no w r o n g ; he is the A . M . 0 . R. C .; his w o r d is la w . Long liv e the Im p era tor, M o st P er fe c t M a ster P r o fu n d is !”

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T FOLLOWED my weird companion, ancl soon we regained the path running along the bed of the creek, which flowed tranquilly over a bottom covered with white pebbles, and the shallowness of the water seemed to indicate that we were not far from its source. As we approached the mys­ terious mountain the stone walls appeared to rise perpendicularly before us, and there was no place visible where any other being but a bird could have ascended; but as we came still nearer, I noticed a rent or break in the side of the wall, opening like a cave or a tunnel. This tunnel we entered, and I saw that it penetrated the giant wall and led into another valley beyond. A few steps brought us to the other end of the tunnel, and an exclamation of joy and surprise escaped my lips as I beheld the beautiful sight which was presented before my eyes. Before me was a valley surrounded by mountains
Reproduction of page 25 from A m on g the Rosicrucians , by D r. F ran z H artm ann. Com pare this with Reproduction No. 8, which is page 1, Lesson N o. 46, E leventh (ira d e, A . M . O. R. C. lessons. In com paring, note that D r. H artm ann heads his Chapter II T h e T h e o s o p h i c a l M o n a s t e r y and that Mr. L ew is heads his Chapter II 1 h e M o n a s t e r y . W hy did he omit the descriptive word T h e o s o p h i c a l ? Oh, the w ord “T h eosop h ical” might m islead the members of A. M. O. R. C. It m ight lead them to b elieve that Dr. Hartm ann w as describing a T heosophical institution instead o f a “Rosicrucian U niversity.”

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C hapter I I The M o n a s t e r y I f o l l o w e d my w e i r d c o m p a n i o n , a n d soon we r e g a i n e d t h e p a t h r u n n i n g a l o n g t h e b e d o f t h e c r e e k , which f l o w e d t r a n q u i l l y o v e r a b o t t o m c o v e r e d w i t h w h i t e p e b b l e s , a n d t h e s h a l l o w n e s s o f t h e w a t e r seemed t o i n d i c a t e t h a t we were n o t f a r f r o m i t s s o u r c e '. As we a p p r o a c h e d th e m y s te r io u s m ountain th e s to n e w a l l s a p p e a re d t o r i s e p e r p e n d i c u l a r ­ l y b e f o r e u s , a n d t h e r e m s no p l a c e v i s i b l e where a n y o t h e r b e i n g b u t a b i r d c o u l d have a s c e n d e d ; b u t a s we came s t i l l n e a r e r , I n o t i c e d a r e n t or b re a k i n th e 6ide of t h e w a ll, opening l i k e a cav e or a tun­ nel. T h i s t u n n e l we e n t e r e d , a n d I saw t h a t i t p e n e t r a t e d t h e g i a n t w a l l a n d l e d i n t o a n o t h e r v a l l e y b e y o n d . A few s t e p s b r o u g h t u s t o th e o t h e r end of the t u n n e l , and an e x c la m a tio n o f jo y and s u r p r i s e e s c a p e d my l i p s a s I b e h e l d t h e b e a u t i f u l s i g h t w h ic h was p r e s e n t e d b e f o r e my e y e s . B e f o r e me was a v a l l e y s u r r o u n d e d b y m o u n t a i n s o f e v i d e n t l y i n a c c e s ­ s i b l e h e i g h t , a n d i n t h i s v a l l e y n a t u r e a n d a r t seem ed t o h a v e com­ b i n e d t o endow i t w i t h a n a l m o s t s u p e r t e r r e s t r i a l b e a u t y . L ik e a v a s t o c e a n b a y i t op e n e d b e f o r e my s i g h t , c l o s i n g a t t h e d i s t a n c e w i t h a k in d of n a tu r a l am p h ith eatre. I t was c o v e r e d w i t h s h o r t g r a s s a p d p l a n t e d w i t h m a p l e - t r e e s , a n d on a l l s i d e s t h e r e were f o r e s t s a n d g r o v e s , s m a l l l a k e s a n d l o v e l y c r e e k s . , I m m e d i a t e l y i n f r o n t o f me, b u t s t i l l a t a c o n s i d e r a b l e d i s t a n c e , ro s e th e v a u l t o f a sublim e m ountain peak high i n t o th e b lu e e t h e r of sp a ce, p r e s e n t i n g a c a v i t y w ith overh an g in g r o c k s , lo o k in g l i k e th e h o llo w space u n d e r a g i g a n t i c wave, h a v i n g b e e n p e t r i f i e d by some magic s p e l l . The s i d e s o f t h e m o u n t a i n s a n k i n e n e r g e t i c a l l y draw n l i n e s t o w a r d s a l o w e r d e c l i v i t y , and t h e n a g a i n ro s e a b r u p t l y t o a n im posing h e i g h t . I n t h e p r e s e n c e o f so much s u b l i m i t y I became d u m f o u n d e r e d . My com­ p a n i o n se em ed t o com p r e h e n d my f e e l i n g ; f o r h e , t o o , s t o o d s t i l l a n d l a u g h e d , a s i f he were p l e a s e d t o s e e how f u l l o f a d m i r a t i o n I was. The s t i l l n e s s which s u r r o u n d e d u s w o uld h av e b e e n c o m p l e t e i f i t h ad n o t b e e n f o r the n o is e o f a c a t a r a c t a t a d i s t a n c e t o th e l e f t , f a l l ­ ing over a ste e p p r e c ip ic e and ap p earin g lik e a s t r i n g of f l u i d s i l v e r b ack ed by the dark g ra y ro ck . The m on oto no u s r u s h o f t h a t f a l l i n c o n t r a d i s t i n c t i o n t o t h e s u r r o u n d i n g s t i l l n e s s seem ed t o me l i k e t h e r u s h o f t h e r i v e r o f ti m e i n t h e r e a l m o f e t e r n i t y ; a n o t h e r w o r l d t h a n t h e one t o which I h a d b e e n a c c u s t o m e d se em ed t o h a v e d e s c e n d e d upo n me; t h e a i r seem ed more p u r e , t h e l i g h t more e t h e r e a l , t h e g r a s s more g reen t h a n on t h e o t h e r s i d e o f t h e t u n n e l ; h e r e seem ed t o be t h e v a l ­ l e y o f p e a c e , t h e p a r a d i s e of h a p p in e s s and c o n t e n t . JU ST T H E M O NASTERY It w ill he seen that M r. Lew is has copied Dr. H artm an n ’s text verba tim into his lesson. H ow ever, he elim inated T h e o s o p h i c a l from his title. T heosophism is not R osicrucianism . T h e Im perator does perm it others to d eceive his m em bers; he does it h im self. T h a t is his sole p rerogative. So som etimes the Im perator, who can do no w rong, doeth just a little w ron g to d eceive m any— just to exercise his sole p rerogative and to keep in practice.

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loved poetry ; I loved to look at the clouds sail­ ing in the sky, and' to see in them objects of beauty; I communicated in spirit with the heroes of the past. But the development of my physi­ cal form could not keep step with the unfoldment of the mind. Cold, starvation, and want hastened its dissolution. After having reached my eighteenth year, I left my wasted, consump­ tive form, and was kindly received by the Brothers.” Her plain and modest tale filled my heart with pity. “ And was there no one,” I said, “ among your country people intelligent enough to per­ ceive your genius and to give you support?” “ They erected a costly monument to my mem­ ory,” she answered, “ after my body had suc­ cumbed. A part of the money expended for it would have procured me the necessities to prolong my life. Those who knew me while living admired my poetry and my talents, but they were poor, like myself. But let that pass. The conditions under which men live are the effects of previously acquired Karma. My poverty and suffering were my gain. I have cause to be well satisfied with my lot.”
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F A C -S IM IL E R E P R O D U C T I O N N o. 10
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B e l o v e d Members, G r e e t i n g s ! We now c o n t i n u e t h e s t o r y o f "An A d v e n t u r e Among t h e R o s i c r u c i a n s " by Dr. F r a n z Hartm ann, b e g i n n i n g a t a p o i n t where we d i s c o n t i n u e d l a s t week:

C h a p te r I I I The R e f e c t o r y . I h a d f o r a l o n g t i m e o b s e r v e d t h e f e a t u r e s o f t h i s o t h e r L a d y -A d e p t; a n d i t se em ed t o me a s i f I h a d s e e n h e r so m ewhere , p e r h a p s i n my dream s. Yes, I remember t h a t when I was a mere c h i l d I o n ce h a d a v i s i o n , w h i l e i n a s t a t e b e t w e e n s l e e p i n g an d w a k i n g , when i t seemed t o me a s i f a n a n g e l o r a s u p e r t e r r e s t r i a l b e i n g , c l a d i n w h i t e a n d h o l d i n g a W hite L i l y i n h e r h a n d , were f l o a t i n g i n t h e a i r o v e r my h e a d , e x t e n d i n g t h e l i l y t o w a r d s me. How o f t e n h a d I p r a y e d i n my h e a r t t o s e e t h a t b e a u t i f u l f o r m a g a i n ; a n d now, i f I d i d n o t m i s t a k e , t h i s l a d y was t h e fo rm I h a d s e e n i n my dream. She was o f e x c e e d i n g g r e a t b e a u t y ; h e r l o n g , b l a c k , w a v i n g h a i r f o rm e d a s t r o n g c o n t r a s t t o h e r p l a i n , w h ite , and f lo w in g r o b e , c o v e r in g h e r f o rm w i t h g r a c e f u l f o l d s . Her t e i n t was p a l e a n d d e l i c a t e , h e r p r o ­ f i l e was p u r e G reek; h e r d a r k e y e s se em ed t o p e n e t r a t e t o t h e i n n e r ­ m ost c e n t r e o f my s o u l , a n d t o k i n d l e t h e r e a f i r e o f p u r e l o v e a n d a d m i r a t io n w ith o u t any a d m ix tu re of th e anim al e le m e n t. "My l i f e , " s a i d H e l e n , 1 was one o f l i t t l e i m p o r t a n c e . 1 I was b o r n a t S t . P e t e r s b u r g , a n d my f a t h e r was a n o f f i c e r i n t h e i m p e r i a l army. He d i e d w h i l e I was v e r y y o un g, a n d l e f t h i s f a m i l y i n g r e a t p o v e r t y . B e s i d e s t h e company o f my m o t h e r , my r e l a t i v e s , a n d a t e a c h e r , t h e r e was n o t h i n g t o a t t r a c t me t o e a r t h . My mind u n f o l d e d a n d r e v e l l e d i n s u p e r t e r r e . s t r i a l i o v s ^ i l lo v e d t o look a t th e c l o u d s s a i l i n g i n the slcy", a n d H b s e e i n them o b j e c t s ' o f b e a u t y ; I c o m m u n i c a t e d i n s p i r i t w ith th e h ero es of th e p a s t . B u t t h e d e v e l o p m e n t o f m y .. .p h y sica l f o rm c o u l d n o t k e e p s t e p w i t h t h e u n f o l d m e n t of t h e mind. C old, s t a r v a t i o n , a n d -want h a s t e n e d i t s d i s s o l u t i o n . A f t e r h a v i n g r e a c h e d ray e i g h t e e n t h y e a r , I l e f t my w a s t e d , c o n s u m p t i v e fo rm , a n d was k i n d l y r e c e i v e d by the B r o t h e r s ." Her p l a i n a n d m o dest t a l e f i l l e d my h e a r t w i t h p i t y . "And was t h e r e 10 o n e , " I s a i d , "among y o u r c o u n t r y p e o p l e i n t e l l i g e n t e n o u g h t o p e r 3 e i v e y o u r g e n i u s a n d t o g i v e you s u p p o r t ? " "T hey e r e c t e d a c o s t l y monument t o my memory," she a n s w e r e d , " a f t e r my bo dy h a d succumbed, a p a r t o f t h e money e x p e n d e d f o r i t would h ave p r o c u r e d me t h e n e c e s s i t i e s t o p r o l o n g my l i f e . T hose who knew me w h i l e l i v i n g a d m i r e d my p o e t r y a n d my t a l e n t s , b u t t h e y were p o o r l i k e m y se lf. But l e t t h a t p a s s . The c o n d i t i o n s u n d e r w h ic h men l i v e a r e t h e e f f e c t s o f p r e v i o u s l y a c q u i r e d Katma. My p o v e r t y a n d s u f f e r ­ i n g were my g a i n . I h av e c a u s e t o b e w e l l s a t i s f i e d w i t h my l o t . " First p age o f Lesson 54, E leventh G rad e, A . M. O. R. C. Com pare with R epro­ duction N o. 9, taken verbatim from p ages 105, 106 and 107, A m o n g the Rosicrucians, by F ranz H artm ann. T h e above reproduction covers p ractically tw o and on e-half p ages of the H artm ann book. T h e fo reg o in g reproductions illu strate the m anner in w hich L ew is m ade the secret teachings of A. M. O. R. C. out of w ell-know n pub­ lished books.

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T H E CLOUD U PO N T H E SA N C TU A R Y Letters by V o n E ckartshausen A G reat M y s t ic Another extensive use of published material made by M r . Lewis was the copying into his Eleventh Grade Lessons, compiled tor A. M. O. R. C., of six letters, written by Karl von Eckartshausen, a great mystic. The letters were translated by Isabelle de Steiger and published in a book under the title of The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary, with an extensive and well-considered introduction by A rthur Edward Waite. This book enjoyed an extensive sale and is available to all who care to purchase it. As usual, M r . Lewis not only used, but he also misused and distorted, the contents of this book. H e falsely declared the author of these letters to be a “ Ro­ sicrucian M aster” and wrongfully claimed his mystic doctrines to be Rosicrucian teachings. M Y ST IC IS M IS N O T R O S IC R U C IA N IS M We would not deny that von Eckartshausen was a true mystic. Indeed, he was a great one. However, he was not a Rosicrucian. H is basic idea was a purely mystical one. H e had in mind the b e ­ c o m i n g o f o n e n e s s w i t h G od as differentiated from that o f the Rosicrucian basic idea, which is for man to become individualized and thus to personify God in his own person and individuality as indicated by the saying of the Great M aster: “ Y e a r e T H E T E M ­ P L E S OF T H E L IV IN G G o d .” Therefore, instead of seeking oneness with God, the Rosicrucian’s endeavor is to become like G o d — a god— an individualized being like unto his M aker. T h e difference is a vast one and, irrespective of the sublimity of von Eckartshausen’s teachings, it is a fraud upon any student to lead him to believe that by following the said mystical teachings he may or will bccome a Rosicrucian. A N U N U S U A L D IS T O R T IO N O F F A C T S Before copying von Eckartshausen’s letters from the published book, / lie Cloud JJpon the Sanctuaryt using and misusing all of them in his lessons and as an introduction to their use, in the 89th Lesson, page 3, of the Eleventh Grade, M r. Lewis tells his mem­ bers t h a t :

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N o t a R osicru cian M a s te r. A g re a t m ystic, n o t a M a s te r. N am e n o t to be fo u n d in R osicrucian lite ra tu re . M y s tic a l? Y es.

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“ N o w w e are at a p o in t w h e re som e of the ra re st of th e w ritin g s and th o u g h ts o f th e m ost hig h ly recognized R osicrucian M a s te rs of th e past are go ­ ing to aid us in our ascent up th e m o u n ta in and in o u r h ighest stages of d ev elo p m en t an d purpose. A m o n g these g re a t m en o r g re a t M a s te rs w as one w hom 1 w a n t to in tro d u ce to you n o w . H is n am e w as von E c k a rtsh au sen . I f you w ill delve very deeply in to genuine m y stical R o sicru cian lite ra tu re , you are su re to find his n am e a m o n g th e g re a t M a s ­ ters, n o t of the earliest p eriod, b u t of the m id d le p eriod. M a n y em inent w rite rs o f th e m ystical li t­ e ra tu re have referred to him o r q u o ted him, and yet his com plete w ritin g s are e x tre m ely difficult to find an y w h ere, alth o u g h m an y y ears ago M r . A r ­ th u r W a ite issued a sm all ed itio n of a tra n sla tio n of th is m a n ’s w ritin g s m ade by Isab el de S teiger. T h is tra n sla tio n is pro b ab ly one of th e best of any th a t w as ever p riva tely m ade, an d I am going to quo te fro m i t ; ‘von E c k a rtsh a u se n w ro te a very g re a t d eal. M u c h of his w ritin g s w e re sim ple ex­ p la n atio n s of th e law s an d p rin cip les contained in th e R o sicru cian studies. Some few of his m a n u ­ scrip ts w e re inten d ed fo r re a d in g by those w ho had n o t yet sta rte d on th e p a th , b u t w h o w ere h ighly evolved in tellec tu a lly as stu d e n ts of co m p arativ e re­ ligions an d philosophy . . .’ ”

M IS E R A B L E M I S R E P R E S E N T A T I O N Book N o t Private T he book The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary was not “privately made ” It was never considered secret or private. It was first published in a magazine and afterw ard republished and sold in book form. Members of A. M . O. R. C. familiar with the lessons will know that M r. Lewis has had much to say about “mysterious, ancient manuscripts,” written in weird language, strange hiero­ glyphics and baffling signs, which he had to translate and decode to secure the lessons and secret work of A. M . O. R. C. W hen M r. Lewis intends to steal the works and misuse the writings of others, he always anticipates his acts by letting loose a barrage of misrep­ resentations and camouflaged falsehoods to form a protective smoke screen to hide his unholy practices. It is a favorite trick of his with

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which— as well as other similar methods equally as disreputable and despicable— he has misled and deceived thousands. T o prove that Mr. Lewis’ statement that the de Steiger transla­ tion was “privately made” is absolutely false, we need only to quote from the Introduction to said book written by W aite, viz:
R eligious doctrines, not R osicrucian teachings. “ T o all w ho look w ith in the body of religious doctrin e fo r the tru e principle of life w h ich energizes the w hole organism , this little book carries w ith it a message of great m eaning. T h e p resent tra n sla tio n has offered it fo r the first tim e to E n g ­ lish readers, and it enters now upon a f u r th e r phase of existence. I t a p p e a r e d o r ig in a l l y in t h e p a g e s o f “ T h e U n k n o w n W o r l d ,” a m a g a zin e devoted to the fu lle r u n d erstan d in g of C h ristia n rnystical religion, and it was a fte rw a rd s republished in separate form , of w hich th ere w ere tw o issues.” ( I n ­ tro d u c tio n , page viii.)

Italics ours. C h ristia n m ystical rcligion, n o t R osicrucianism .

V O N E C K A R T S H A U S E N WAS N O T A R O S IC R U C IA N — H E W AS A M Y S T IC M r. W aite looked after the publication and wrote the Introduc­ tion to this book, from which M r. Lewis obtained all of his infor­ mation. M r. Lewis knew the facts as given to him by W aite, so carefully detailed and so fully set forth in the introduction. Did M r. Lewis give these plain facts to his members? No, indeed. H e willfully and woefully garbled and misrepresented the facts to his members and also misrepresented and betrayed von Eckartshausen as he did Dr. Hartm ann. M r. W aite was a great research worker into mysticism, as well as Rosicrucian literature, being himself somewhat of a mystic. If von Eckartshausen had been a Rosicrucian, it is certain that W aite should know, and he does not classify him as a Rosicrucian, but as a 'mystic. We have made a careful search, and we cannot find any writer, recognized as an authority or otherwise, who lists or classi­ fies von Eckartshausen as a Rosicrucian. On the other hand, we find that all authorities list him as a mystic. We quote M r. WT aite fu rth er:
M y stic, not a R osicrucian. P erhaps the most in terestin g th in g th a t I can say at the beginning concerning E ck a rtsh a u se n is th a t he w as related to th a t gro u p of m ystics of w hich

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L a v a te r w as so im p o rtan t a figure, th e B aro n K irchb erg er an accom plished a n d e n g ag in g recorder, and L ouis C la u d e de S a in t-M a rtin a c o rresp o n d en t in F ra n c e an d an acknow ledged so u rce of le a rn in g .” (In tro d u c tio n , page ix .)

The mystical teachings of Eckartshausen can be given in a single paragraph, according to W aite, as follows:
“ W e m u st take the key w h ich E ck a rtsh a u sen h im ­ self offers, nam ely, th a t th e re is w ith in all of us a d o rm a n t facu lty, the a w ak e n in g o f w h ich gives e n ­ tran ce, as it develops, in to a n ew w o rld of conscious­ ness, an d this is one of the in itia l stag es of th a t sta te w h ich he, in com m on w ith all o th e r m ystics, term s union w ith the D ivin e . In th a t u n io n , outside all fo rm al sects, all o rth o d o x bonds of fellow ship and veils an d w ebs o f sym bolism , w e sh a ll form , o r do form a c tu a lly , a g reat c o n g re g atio n — the first fru its of im m o r ta lity ; and in v irtu e o f th e so lid arity of h u m an ity , and in v irtu e of th e g re a t d o ctrin e of the co m m u n icatio n of all th in g s holy w ith all th a t seeks fo r holiness, th e above and th e b elo w , this co n g reg a­ tion is, in very tr u th —-for I th in k th a t so m uch w e can realize even in the n o rm al u n d e rs ta n d in g — the sp irit of th e visible C h u rc h of fa ith , asp iratio n and stru g g le , th e C h u rc h T r iu m p h a n t o v e rd w e llin g the C h u rc h M ilita n t, and th e ch a n n e l th ro u g h w hich th e graces a n d benedictions of th e H o ly and G lo ri­ ous Z io n are adm in istered to th e Z io n w hich is on e a rth .”— ( In tro d u c tio n , page x v .)

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D I D T H I S G R E A T M Y S T IC B E L O N G T O A N Y SEC R ET O R G A N IZ A T IO N ? It is not even certain that Eckartshausen actually belonged to any secret organization. A fte r all his investigation, M r. W aite was uncertain. Note what he says :
“ I th in k th a t the testim o n y b o rn e by E c k a rts­ hausen m ay be regarded u n d e r one of th ree aspects, b u t th a t tw o of them m u st be set aside in the en d . T h e r e is th e possibility— b u t here I have indicated already rny personal do u b t o f this v ie w — th a t he had been u n ite d w ith one of those secret fra te rn itie s of

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w hich th ere w ere so m any a t his p e rio d ; an d as some am ong such in stitu tio n s w ere of a c e rta in an tiq u ity , th ere is no insuperable difficulty in su p posing ( a ) th a t the p a rtic u la r association could have been an old one a fte r its ow n kind, o r ( b ) th a t it p u t fo r­ w ard a claim corresponding to th a t w h ich w o u ld be m ade by a Secret C h u rc h .” — ( In tr o d u c tio n , page x v ii.)

VON E C K A R T S H A U S E N W AS N O T A R O S I C R U C I A N C O U N C IL L O R Another W illful Misrepresentation It appears in W aite’s introduction to the letters of von Eckarts­ hausen that he had the title “Aulic Councillor” (aulic, pertaining to a court or meaning courtly). M r. Lewis seized upon this fact as an excuse to misrepresent to his members that this great mystic, who never belonged to the Rosicrucian Fraternity, was a member of a Rosicrucian Council, Council of Editors. It was a wanton and deliberate deception without excuse or justification. On page 4 of Lesson 89, Eleventh Grade A. M . O. R. C. Lessons, we find M r. Lewis, in his further discourse of misrepresentation concerning von Eckartshausen, telling his members that:
“ H e lived d u rin g the la tte r p a rt of th e eig h teen th ce n tu ry and passed through tra n sitio n on M a y 13, 1813. H e w as fo rtu n ate ly one of th e g ro u p of h igher stu d en ts w hich became w h a t w e m ig h t call a fo u n d atio n board of Rosicrucian ed ito rs, w h ich w as officially called a C ouncil o f th e R osicrucians or a B oard o f C ouncillors. A n d it is stra n g e to note that the title C ouncillor w as given to von E c k ­ artshausen fo r this reason a n d fo r oth er reasons.”

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T o demonstrate beyond all question that the statement by M r. Lewis, to which we added our italics, is false— absolutely and will­ fully false, we again quote from M r. W aite’s said Introduction and reproduce the page of the Introduction (being facsim ile R e ­ production N o. 11), from which we quote. M r. W aite accounts for the way in which he received the title of Aulic Councillor— and remember that he was not a Rosicrucian Councillor or a member of the Fraternity. M r. W aite says:
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ceivetl a t the college of M u n ic h , a n d he proceeded a fte rw a rd s to In g o lsta d t fo r th e stu d y of philosophy and law , w hich he p u rsu ed w ith m ark ed success. T h e univ ersity course a t an end, his fa th e r procured him th e title o f A u lic C o u n c illo r; an d in 1780 he w as appointed censor o f th e lib ra ry at M u n ic h .”— (In tr o d u c tio n , page x ii.) See fa c s im ile R e p ro d u c ­ tion N o . 11.

Is there no end to M r. Lewis’ misrepresentations and false­ hoods? Indeed, there seems to be none and no limit to his endless variety of deception. Perhaps the members of A. M . O. R. C. who have been so willfully deceived and defrauded will put a stop to it. T H E T E A C H IN G S O F A M Y S T IC M a d e into A. M . O. R . C. Lessons and Cunningly Given as Rosicrucian Teachings Thus, with a cunning introduction of falsehood and deceit, M r. Lewis absorbed all of the letters of von Eckartshausen, the Chris­ tian mystic, and made them into alleged and dubious Rosicrucian lessons with the utterly false representation that they were “the rarest o f writings . . . of the most highly recognized Rosicrucian M asters o f the past to aid members of A. M . O. R. C. in their ascent up the mountain in the highest stages of development. Lesson 90, Eleventh Grade, page 1, starts with page 1 of The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary, and ends on page 10 of the same, but in some places the transcription is wholly misleading, distorted and changed, clearly with a prem editated and designing purpose. Thus we quote first from page 7 of the book: “W e must, therefore, have a sensorium fitted for such com­ munication, an organized and spiritual sensorium, a spiritual and interior faculty able to receive this light; but it is closed— as I have said— to most men by the incrustation of the senses. “ Such an interior organ is the intuitive sense of the tra n ­ scendental world, and until this intuitive sense is effective in us, we can have no certainty of more lofty truths. This o r­ ganism has been naturally inactive since the Fall, which rele­ gated man to the world of physical sense. T h e gross m atter which envelops the interior sensorium is a film which veils the internal eye and prevents the exterior eye from seeing into

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spiritual realms. JT*his same m atter muffles oui intei nal heat­ ing, so that we are deaf to the sounds of the metaphysical worlds; it so paralyzes our spiritual speech th a t we can scarcely stammer words of sacred import, wot ds whu h we pronounced formerly, and by virtue of which we held au­ thority over the elements and external nature. This is made to read in Lesson No. 90, page 4, Eleventh G rade: “Thus one ought to have a sensorium fitted for this com­ munication, an organized spiritual sensorium, a spiritual and interior faculty able to receive this light; but it is closed to most men by their senses. This interior organ is the intuitive sense of the transcendental world, and until this intuitive sense is effective in us, we can have no certainty of more lofty truths. “This organism is naturally inactive since the Fall, which degraded man to the world of physical sense alone. T h e gross m atter which envelops this interior sensorium is a film which veils the internal eye and, therefore, prevents the exterior eye from seeing into spiritual realms. This same m atte r muffles our internal hearing, so that we are deaf to the sounds of the metaphysical world; it so paralyzes our spiritual speech that we can scarcely stammer words of sacred import, zvords we fully pronounced once, and by virtue of which we held au­ thority over the elements and the external world.” VON E C K A R T S H A U S E N ’S D O C T R IN E S N O T R O SIC R U C IA N P H I L O S O P H Y W e repeat, for emphasis, that von Eckartshausen’s doctrines, beautiful and profound as they may be, are not in any sense Rosi­ crucian philosophy. He was a great mystic— one of the greatest of that century which gave birth to so many spiritually minded men but he was not a member, an Initiate of the Rosy Cross O r­ der, and did not teach Rosicrucian philosophy or doctrines. T o the end that there may be no remaining doubt on this sub­ ject, we quote from pages 70, 71 and 74 of The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary, where we find the proof that von Eckartshausen had in mind a Spiritual Church as differentiated from the formal orthodox church or any and all secret orders or fraternities, because he tells us, after speaking of the Saviour Jesus Christ, t h a t :
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E lect and of the In n e r C h u rc h . “ T h e R oyal and P rie stly Science is th a t of R e ­ g en eratio n , or the science of th e reunion o f fa llen m an zvith G od. It is called R o y a l Science, because it leads m an to pow er an d the d o m inion over n a ­ tu re . I t is called S acerd o tal, because it sanctifies and b rin g s all to p erfection, sp read in g grace an d benefits everyw here. “ T h is science owes its im m ed iate origin to the verbal revelation of G o d ; it w as alw ays the Science of the In n e r C h u rch of P ro p h e ts an d of S ain ts; an d it recognized no o th er H ig h P rie s t b u t Jesus C h rist, the L o rd . “ B u t th e reb u ild in g of th e w o rld ’s edifice in g en ­ eral w as not th e only aim of red em p tio n . M a n w as the p rin cip al object in th e sh ed d in g of C h ris t’s b lo o d ; to p rocure for him , even in this m aterial sphere, th e highest possible p erfectio n by the am eli­ o ratio n of his being, Jesus C h ris t su b m itted to in ­ finite suffering. “ H e is th e S aviour of the w o rld and of m an. T h e o b ject o r cause of H is in c a rn a tio n w as to res­ cue us fro m sin, misery an d d e ath . "Jesu s C h rist has d elivered us fr o m all evil by H is flesh, w h ich H e sacrificed, a n d by H is blood, w h ich H e shed fo r us.”

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esting to compare them carefully and to note that M r. Lewis cop­ ied all of the Eckartshausen letters into the A. M . O. R. C. “ higher teachings,” except when it suited his purpose and served his end to change and mutilate them. If you care to make the comparisons, you will find th a t— Lesson 91, A. M. 0 . R. C., Eleventh Grade, starts with page 10 and ends on page 20 of the book. In this section m aterial changes have been made, apparently to suit a special purpose. Lesson 92, A. M. O. R. C., Eleventh Grade, starts with page 20 and ends on page 29 of the book. Lesson 93, A. M . 0 . R. C., Eleventh Grade, starts with page 30 and ends on page 40 of the book. The changes made are so many and varied that we suggest the true seeker and investigator obtain a copy of the book and compare notes. Lesson 94, A. M. O. R. C., Eleventh Grade, starts with page 41 and ends on page 50 of the book. Lesson 95, A. M. O. R. C., Eleventh Grade, starts with page 50 and ends on page 60 of the book. Lesson 96, A. M. O. R. C., Eleventh Grade, starts with page 61 and ends on page 68 of the book. Lesson 97, A. M. O. R. C., Eleventh Grade, starts witli page 68 and ends on page 76 of the book. Lesson 98, A. M . O. R. C., Eleventh Grade, starts with page 77 of The Cloud L pon the Sanctuary and ends the series of lessons taken directly from von Eckartshausen’s letters or teachings.

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college of Munich, and he proceeded afterwards to Ingolstadt for the study of philosophy and law,' which he pursued with marked success. The univer­ sity course at an end, his father procured him the title of Aulic__Councillor_; and in 1780 he was appointed censor of the library at Munich. This, in spite of the rectitude and goodness which characterised him, made him many enemies, but the favour of the Elector Karl Theodore sustained him against all combinations. In 1784 he was nominated Keeper of the Archives of the Electoral House, an appointment conferred, it is said, through a desire of the Elector to retain him near his person. Eckartshausen published in all some sixty-nine works, embracing many classes of literature—the drama, politics, religion, history, art-criticism, general science, and, in particular, several contributions of varied merit to mystic and occult science. As indi­ cated already, the majority of these are now forgotten, though some of his plays seem to have been success­ ful in their day. The Prejudice o f Birth in particular —his first printed drama—is described as abounding in felicitous situations and human interest. He attempted even a comedy, and this also received considerable approbation. One only of his books, under the title of God is Purest Love, commanded great and enduring popularity. Sixty editions are said to have been issued in Germany, and it' was translated into most languages of Europe, as well as into Church Latin. It is a small collection of Catholic prayers and meditations on the love of God, the fear of God, the elevation of man’s sentiments towards his Creator, the knowledge of the eternal, &c. There
A N A U L IC CO UNCILLO R M r. W a ite tells us in his introduction to T he Cloud U pon the S anctuary that von E ckartshausen w a s an A u lic C ouncillor and how his appointm ent w as obtained. It bears no relation to R osicrucian Councils. Compare the m arked statem ents with M r. L e w is’ statem ent on page 4, Lesson 89, E leventh G rade, w hich w e h ave quoted. M r. L ew is m akes a R osicrucian C ouncillor out of an A u lic C ouncillor. M iserable m is­ representation !

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LETTER I is no age more remarkable to the quiet observer than our own. Everywhere there is a fermentation in the mind, as in the heart of m a n ; everywhere there is a battle between light and darkness, between exploded thought and living ideas, between powerless wills and living active force ; in fine, everywhere there is war between animal man and growing spiritual man. It is said that we live in the age of light, but it would be truer to say that we are living in that of twilight; here and there a luminous ray pierces the mist of darkness, but does not light to full clearness either our reason or our heart. Men are not of one mind, scientists dispute, and where there is discord, truth is not yet apprehended. The most important objects for humanity are still undetermined. No one is agreed either
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B e l o v e d Members, G r e e t i n g s ! T oday I w i l l s t a r t r e a d i n g t o yo u an d co m m en tin g u p o n t h e i n t e r e s t i n g " l e t t e r s " w r i t t e n by Von E c k a r t s h a u s e n a s m e n t i o n e d i n my p r e v i o u s t a l k w ith you. Read t h e s e l e t t e r s c a r e f u l l y , t h e n s i t a n d m e d i t a t e u p o n them b u t k e e p up t h e l a s t e x p e r i m e n t s we h a d ; k e e p u p t h e e x e r ­ c i s e s g i v e n i n t h e l a s t two o r t h r e e l e c t u r e s i f i t i s p o s s i b l e an d c o n v e n i e n t f o r yo u t o do so . L e tte r 1 T h e r e i s no age more r e m a r k a b l e t o t h e q u i e t o b s e r v e r t h a n o u r own. E v e r y w h e r e t h e r e i s a f e r m e n t a t i o n i n t h e m ind s o f men; e v e r y w h e r e t h e r e i s a b a t t l e betw een l i g h t and d a rk n e ss , b etw een e x p lo d e d th o u g h t a n d l i v i n g i d e a s , b e t w e e n p o w e r l e s s w i l l s and l i v i n g a c t i v e f o r c e ; i n s h o r t e v e r y w h e r e i s t h e r e war b e t w e e n a n i m a l man a n d g r o w i n g s p i r i t u a l man. I t i s s a i d t h a t we l i v e i n a n a g e o f l i g h t , b u t i t w ould be t r u e r t o s a y t h a t we a r e l i v i n g i n a n ag e o f t w i l i g h t ; h e r e a n d t h e r e a l u m i n o u s ray p i e r c e s through th e m i s t s of d a rk n e ss , b u t does n o t l i g h t to f u l l c l e a r n e s s e i t h e r our r e a s o n o r o u r h e a r t s . Men a r e n o t o f one min d; s c i e n t i s t s d i s p u t e , a n d w h ere t h e r e i s d i s c o r d , t r u t h i s n o t y e t a p ­ prehended. The m o st i m p o r t a n t o b j e c t s f o r h u m a n i t y a r e s t i l l u n d e t e r m i n e d . No one i s a g r e e d e i t h e r on t h e p r i n c i p l e or r a t i o n a l i t y o r on t h e p r i n ­ c i p l e o f m o r a l i t y , o r on t h e c a u s e o f t h e w i l l . T h is p ro v e s t h a t t h o u g h we a r e s w e l l i n g i n a n a g e o f l i g h t , we do n o t w e l l u n d e r s t a n d what e m a n a t e s from o u r h e a r t s — a n d what fro m o u r h e a d s . P r o b a b l y we s h o u l d h a v e t h i s i n f o r m a t i o n much s o o n e r i f we d i d n o t i m a g i n e t h a t we h a v e t h e l i g h t o f k n o w l e d g e a l r e a d y i n our h a n d s , o r i f we would c a s t a l o o k on o u r w e a k n e s s , a n d r e c o g n i s e t h a t we r e q u i r e a more b r i l l i a n t illu m in a tio n . We l i v e i n t h e tim e o f i d o l a t r y o f t h e i n t e l ­ l e c t , we p l a c e a common t o r c h l i g h t u p o n t h e a l t a r a n d we l o u d l y p r o ­ c l a i m t h e a u r o r a , t h a t now d a y l i g h t i 3 r e a l l y a b o u t t o a p p e a r , an d t h a t t h e w o r l d i s e m e r g i n g more a n d more o u t o f o b s c u r i t y i n t o t h e f u l l day of p e r f e c t io n , th rou g h th e a r t s , s c ie n c e s , c u l t u r e d t a s t e , and e v en from a p u r e r u n d e r s t a n d i n g of r e l i g i o n . P o o r m a n k i n d ! To what s t a n d p o i n t h a v e you r a i s e d t h e h a p p i n e s s o f man? Has t h e r e e v e r b e e n a n ag e w h ic h h a s c o u n t e d so many v i c t i m s of hum anity a s th e p r e s e n t? Has t h e r e e v e r b e e n a n ag e i n w h i c h im­ m o r a l i t y a n d e g o t i s m h a v e b e e n g r e a t e r o r more d o m i n a n t t h a n i n t h i s one? The t r e e i s known by i t s f r u i t s . Mad men.' W ith y o u r i m a g i n a r y n a t u r a l r e a s p n , f ro m whence h a v e you t h e l i g h t by w h ic h y ou a r e so w illin g to e n lig h te n o th ers? Are n o t a l l y o u r i d e a s b o r r o w e d fro m y o u r s e n s e s w h ich do n o t g i v e you t h e r e a l i t y b u t m e r e l y i t s p h e n o ­ mena? I s i t n o t t r u e t h a t i n ti m e a n d sp a c e a l l k n o w le d g e i s b u t r e ­ la tiv e? I s i t n o t t r u e t h a t a l l w hich we c a l l r e a l i t y i s b u t r e l a t i v e , fo r ab so lu te tru th is not t o be f o u n d i n t h e oh'eftomenal w o r l d . Thus your n a t u r a l re a so n does not p o s s e s s i t s tru e e s se n c e , b u t only the a p p e a r a n c e o f t r u t h a n d l i g h t ; a n d t h e more t h i s a p p e a r a n c e i n c r e a s e s a n d / s p r e a d s , t h e more t h e e s s e n c e o f l i g h t I n w a r d l y f a d e s , a n d t h e man A. M. O. R. C. S E C R E T T E A C H IN G S Com pare w ith Reproduction No. 12. T h e above reproduction com prised about three p ages of the letters of von E ckartshausen, taken verbatim from the published book T h e
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L E T T E R IV As infinity in numbers loses itself in the unit which is their basis, and as the innumerable rays of a circle are united in a single centre, so it is also with the Mysteries; their hieroglyphics and infinitude of emblems have the object of exemplifying but one single truth. He who knows this has found the key to understand everything, and all at once. There is but one God, but one truth, and one way which leads to this grand Truth. There is but one means of finding it. He who has discovered this way possesses every­ thing therein; all .wisdom in one book alone, all strength in one force, every beauty in a single object, all riches in one treasure only, every happiness in one perfect felicity. And the sum of all these perfections is Jesus Christ, Who was crucified and.Who rose again. Now, this great fact, expressed thus, is, it is true, only an object of faith, but it can become also one of experimental knowledge, as soon as we are instructed how Jesus Christ can be or become all this. This great mystery was always an object of instruc­ tion in the Secret School o f the invisible and interior
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B e l o v e d Members, G r e e t i n g s ! V/e w i l l now c o n t i n u e t h e l e t t e r s o f Von E c k a r t s h a u s e n , p o i n t where ve d i s c o n t i n u e d l a s t week. beg in n in g a t a

LETTER IV As i n f i n i t y i n numoerr. l o s e s i t s e l f i n t h e u n i t , a n d a s t h e inn um er­ a b l e r a y s o f a c i r c l e a r e u n i t e d i n one s i n g l e c e n t r e o n l y , i t i s l i k e w i s e w i t h t h e M y s t e r i e s ; t h e i r h i e r o g l y p h i c s a n d i n f i n i t e number o f em blem s have t h e o b j e c t o f e x e m p l i f y i n g b u t one s i n g l e t r u t h . He who knows t h i s h a s f o u n d t h e key t o u n d e r s t a n d e v e r y t h i n g a l l a t o nce. T h e r e i s b u t one God, b u t one t r u t h , a n d one way w h i c h l e a d s t o t h i s g ran d T ruth. T h ere i s b u t one m ean s o f f i n d i n g i t . He who h a s f o u n d t h i s way p o s s e s s e s e v e r y t h i n g i n i t s p o s s e s s i o n : a l l wisdom i n one book a l o n e , a l l s t r e n g t h i n one f o r c e , e v e r y b e a u t y i n o ne s i n g l e o b j e c t , a l l r i c h e s i n one t r e a s u r e o n l y , e v e r y h a p p i n e s s i n one p e r f e c t f e l i c i t y . And t h e sum o f a l l t h e s e p e r f e c t i o n s i s J e s u s C h r i s t , who was c r u c i f i e d a n d who l i v e d a g a i n . Now, t h i s g r e a t t r u t h , e x p re ss e d th u s, i s , i t i s t r u e , only an o b j e c t of f a i t h , but i t c a n become a l s o one of- e x p e r i m e n t a l k n o w l e d g e , a s s o o n a s we a r e i n s t r u c t e d how J e s u s C h r i s t c a n be o r become a l l t h i s T h i s g r e a t ' t a y s t e r y was a l w a y s a n o b j e c t o f i n s t r u c t i o n i n t h e S e c r e t S c h o o l o f t h e i n v i s i b l e a n 6. i n t e r i o r C h u r c h ; t h i s g r e a t kn o w led g e was u n d e r s t o o d i n the e a r l i e s t d a y s o f C h r i s t i a n i t y u n d e r t h e name o f D i s c i p l i n a A r c a n a From t h i s s e c r e t s c h o o l a r e d e r i v e d a l l t h e r i t e s a n d c e r e m o n i e s e x t a n t i n t h e C u t e r C h u rch . E ut t h e s p i r i t o f t h e s e g r a n d a n d s i m p l e v e r i t i e s was w i t h d r a w n i n t o t h e ' I n t e r i o r , a n d i n our day i t i s e n t i r e l y l o s t a s t o t h e e x t e r i o r . I t h a s b een p r o p h e s i e d lo n g ago, d e a r b r o t h e r s , t h a t a l l which i s h id d e n s h a l l b e 'r e v e a l e d in th e s e l a t t e r days; b u t i t h a s a l s o been p r e d i c t e d t h a t many f a l s e p r o p h e t s w i l l a r i s e , an d t h e f a i t h f u l a r e w a r n e d n o t - t o b e l i e v e e v e r y s p i r i t , b u t t o p r o v e them i f t h e y r e a l l y come f r o m God, I J o h n i v . 5. The a p o s t l e h i m s e l f e x p l a i n s how t h i s tr u th is asc e rta in e d . He s a y s , " H e r e b y know ye t h e S p i r i t o f God, e v e r y s p i r i t which c o n f e s s e t h t h a t J e s u s C h r i s t i s come i n t h e f l e s h i s o f God, a n d e v e r y s p i r i t w h ic h c o n f e s s e t h n o t i s n o t o f Go d." T h a t i s t o s a y , t h e s p i r i t who s e p a r a t e s i n Kim t h e D i v i n e a n d human i s n o t f r o m God. W c o n f e s s t h a t J e . s u 3 C h r i s t i s come i n t h e f l e s h a n d h e n c e t h e s p i r i t e o f t r u t h s p e a k s by u s . But t h e m y s t e r y t h a t J e s u s C h r i s t i s come i n t h e f l e s h i s o f w id e e x t e n t a n d g r e a t d e p t h , a n d i n i t i s c o n t a i n e d t h e k n o w l e d g e of t h e d i v i n e - h u m a n , a n d i t i s t h i s k n o w l e d g e t h a t we a re choosing to -d ay a s o b je c t f o r our i n s t r u c t i o n . As we a r e n o t s p e a k i n g t o n e o p h y t e s i n m a t t e r s o f f a i t h , i t w i l l be much e a s i e r f o r you, d e a r b r o t h e r s , t o r e c e i v e t h e s u b l i m e t r u t h s we T h e above reproduction com prises about three pages of the published book contain ng the letters of von Eckartshausen.

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C O S M IC C O N S C IO U S N E S S By Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke We present for the further consideration of interested students, investigators and members of A. M . O. R. C. another instance where M r. Lewis with his usual method (hereinbefore dealt with) has made liberal use of the material of a comparatively recently published book to compile his secret higher Rosicrucian lessons and teachings. We do not appear as a critic of Dr. Bucke or of his views or the ideas that he lias presented to the world in Cosmic Consciousness. Let us assume that Dr. Bucke’s Cosmic Consciousness is a book that is of interest to all students of the occult; it is a book easily pro­ curable at a moderate price. Such being the case, if M r. Lewis desired that his higher grade— his Eleventh Grade— students should study the material presented by Dr. Bucke on the subject of cosmic consciousness, why did he not advise them to purchase a copy of Dr. Bucke’s book, instead of lifting the material from the published book and presenting it to them under the false represen­ tation, expressed or implied, 01* with the crafty implication that the “ extracts" from the writings of R. M. Bucke “ were hi^h, secret Ro­ sicrucian teachings” ? The answer is, as usual, th a t it is more profitable to M r. Lewis to copy the material into his lessons and to sell it to his members. P A U L T Y N E R A N D H IS A T T A I N M E N T O F CO SM IC C O N SC IO U S N ESS Dr. Bucke s description of the experience of Paul T y n e r in attain­ ing cosmic consciousness in Chapter X XXIV, beginning at page 291 of Cosmic Consciousness, is of real interest to all students. It will be of unusual interest, and perhaps it will be startling information to members of A. M. O. R. C . who are seeking the W a y to the R os y C r o s s to be advised— to know that Paul T y n e r was one of the Councillors and co-workers with Freeman B. Dow d in T h e Frm f i . e o r t h e R osy C r o s s , Dowd being the second G rand Mastei of the Randolph Foundation of the Authentic Rosicrucian Brotherhood and Rose Cross O rder in America. JESU S T H E C H R I S T Inasmuch as Jesus, who attained Christhood, was the Greatest 52

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M a ste r o f W h ite M agic, it is strange, indeed, th a t M r. Lewis should use Bucke’s commentaries on Jesus in his lessons, in view of his ( M r . Lewis’) association and connection with the most notori­ ous Black Magician of this age, whom he recognizes and refers to as his S e c r e t C h i e f . (See L ew is’ letter o f February 16, 1934— facsim ile Reproduction N o . 32.) L E T A. M . O. R. C. M E M B E R S C O M P A R E W e regret that we do not have more space to devote to this book and to treat it and the lessons taken from it by M r. Lewis as we have the books Am ong the Rosicrucians and The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary. All A. M . O. R. C. members should, for their own sat­ isfaction, procure a copy of Cosmic Consciousness by Bucke and compare it, beginning at page 81, with their Eleventh Grade les­ sons, Lesson No. 102. F o r the convenience of those who do not have the book or the lessons, we reproduce herein, page 81, of Bucke’s Cosmic Consciousness, and page 1 of Lesson 102 of the Eleventh Grade, as fabricated by M r. Lewis, for comparison, see facsimile Reproductions N os. 16 and 17.

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Balzac says [ 5 : 143] that Jesus was a Specialist— that is, that he had Cosmic Consciousness. As Balzac was himself undoubtedly illu m in ed , he would be high, if not absolute, authority upon the point. Paul, as soon as his own eyes were opened, recognized Jesus as belonging to a s u p e rio r sp ir­ itual order— that is, as having the Cosmic Sense. But let us not take any one’s word, but try and see for ourselves what reasons there are for in clu d in g this man in the list of those having Cosmic Consciousness.
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Jesus was born B. C. 4 [80], and would be, according to this au th o rity , thirty-four or thirty-five years old when he began to teach, so would have been at least thirty-three at the time of illumination— supposing him a case. Other writers make him older. Sutherland [143a : 140] says: “ T he death of Jesus occurred in the year 35.” This would make him th irty -n in e at his death, thirty-six or thirty-eight when he began to teach (the form er, if he taught three years, as John says; the latter, if he taught only o n e year, as the synoptics tell us), and, say, thirty-five or thirty-six at illum ination.:|: A ll goes to show that at about the age specified a marked change took
* T h e Review o f Reviews fo r J a n u a r y , 1897, s u m s u p th e e v id e n c e b e a r in g o n t h e p o in t as f o llo w s : " O n e o f t h e m o st e m in e n t o f liv in g a u th o ritie s o n th e life o f C h rist, D r. C u n n in g h a m G e ik ie , w rite s in th e Homiletic Review o n th e v a rio u s a tte m p ts to fix th e e x a ct d a te o f th e b i r t h o f t h e M e s­ s ia h . • ' I t is c le a r t h a t t h e rec e iv ed c h ro n o lo g y o f th e A b b o t D y o n isiu s th e D w a rf, w h ic h d a te s fro m th e first h a lf o f t h e six th c e n tu r y , m u st h a v e b e g u n s e v e r a l y e a rs too la te in fix in g t h e b i r t h o f C h r is t a s h a v in g t a k e n p l a c e in th e 754th y e a r o f R o m e , s in c e it is k n o w n th a t H e r o d d ie d in 7 5 0 , a n d J e su s m u s t h a v e b e e n b o rn w h ile H e ro d w as still reig n in g . in t h e c a lc u la tio n s o f t h e A b b o t D y o n isiu s. D r. G e ik ie p o in ts o u t o th e r f u n d a m e n ta l e rro rs

" D y o n i s iu s h a d b a s e d his c a lc u la tio n s o n th e m e n tio n b y St. L u k e t h a t J o h n t h e B a p tis t, w h o w a s a little o ld e r t h a n J e su s , b e g a n h is p u b lic w o rk in th e fifteen th y e a r o f T ib e riu s , a n d t h a t J e s u s w a s * a b o u t th ir ty y e a rs o ld ’ w hen h e b e g a n to te a c h (L u k e iii : 1 -2 3 ). T h i s fifte e n th y e a r o f T ib e riu s w o u ld b e p e r h a p s 782 o r 783, a n d th ir ty d e d u c te d fro m th is w o u ld g iv e 752 o r 7 5 3 . to t h e l a t t e r o f w h ic h D io n y s iu s a d d e d a y e a r, o n th e su p p o sitio n t h a t L u k e 's e x p re ssio n , ‘ a b o u t t h ir ty y e a r s , ' r e ­ q u ir e d h im to a d d a y e a r. B u t th e v a g u e • a b o u t ’ w a s a w e a k g ro u n d o n w h ic h to g o , a n d , b e s id e s , T h e te x ts I h a v e q u o te d fro m St. L u k e c a n n o t, th e r e fo r e , b e u s e d to t h e re ig n o f T ib e riu s m a y b e re c k o n e d fro m h is a sso c ia tio n in th e g o v e rn m e n t w ith A u g u s tu s , a n d th u s fro m 765 in s te a d o f fro m y6y.

R eproduction of page 81 of Bucke’s Cosm ic Consciousness. In u sin g this m aterial for his lessons, M r. L ew is elim inated all the im portant notes, as will be seen by com­ parin g the ab ove with Reproduction No. 17, with A. M. 0 . R. C. Secret Lesson 102 o f the E leventh G rade. W onderfully, deceptively secret!

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B e l o v e d Members, G r e e t i n g s 1 We w i l l now p r o c e e d v/ith t h e e x t r a c t s fro m t h e w r i t i n g s o f Mr. R.M. Bu ck e. * • * * * • » » * « * * * Je s u s the C h rist B a l z a c s a y s t h a t J e s u s was a S p e c i a l i s t — t h a t i s , t h a t he had Cosmic C o n s c i o u s n e s s . As B a l z a c v:as h i m s e l f u n d o u b t e d l y i l l u m i n e d , he would b e h i g h , i f n o t a b s o l u t e , a u t h o r i t y upon t h e p o i n t . P a u l , a s soon a s h i s own e y e s were opened,- r e c o g n i z e d J e s u s a s b e l o n g i n g t o a s u p e r i o r s p i r i t u a l o r d e r — t h a t i s , a s h a v i n g t h e Cosmic S e n s e . B ut l e t u s n o t t a k e any o n e ' s word, b u t t r y an d s e e f o r o u r s e l v e s what r e a s o n s t h e r e a r e f o r i n c l u d i n g t h i s man i n t h e l i s t o f t h o s e h a v i n g Cosmic C o n s c i o u s ­ ness. J e s u s was b o r n B.C. 4, a n d w o uld b e , a c c o r d i n g t o t h i s a u t h o r i t y , t h i r t y - f o u r o r t h i r t y - f i v e y e a r s ol'd when he b eg an t o t e a c h , so would h ave b e e n a t l e a s t t h i r t y - t h r e e a.t t h e time o f i l l u m i n a t i o n — s u p p o s i n g him a c a s e . O th e r , w r i t e r s make him o l d e r . S uth erlan d sa y s: "The d e a t h o f J e s u s o c c u rre d in the y ear 3 5 ." T h is would make him t h i r t y - n i n e a t h i s d e a t i v > t h i r t y - s i x o r t h i r t y - e i g h t when he b eg an t o teach ( t h e f o r m e r , if- h e t a u g h t t h r e e y e a r s , a s J o h n s a y s ; t h e l a t t e r , i f he t a u g h t o n ly one y e a r , a s t h e sy n o p ticfc t e l l u s , ) and, s a y , t h i r t y - f i v e o r t h i r t y s ix a t illu m in a tio n . A l l go e3 t o show t h a t a t a b o u t t h e age s p e c i f i e d a m ark ed c h a n g e to o k p l a c e i n him; t h a t w h e r e a s up t o a c e r t a i n ag e he was v e r y much a s o t h e r s , he a l l a t once a s c e n d e d t o (i s p i r i t u a l l e v e l q u i t e o v e r t h e h e a d s o f o r d i n a r y men. Those who know him a t home, a s .a bod y an d a y o u n g man, c o u l d n o t u n d e r s t a n d h i s s u p e r i o r i t y , " i s n o t t h i s the c a r p e n t e r ' s son"? t h e y o.sk. Or a s e l s e w h e r e r e p o r t e d : "Is not th is t h e c a r p e n t e r t h e so n o f Mary?. . . . . and t h e y were o f f e n d e d a t him". T h i s ' m a r k e d s p i r i t u a l a s c e n t o c c u r r i n g su d d e n l y a t t h i s a g e i s i n i t ­ s e l f a l m o s t d i a g n o s t i c of t h e oncoming of t h e cosm ic s e n s e . The e a r l i e s t w r i t t e n a n d p r o b a b l y m o st a u t h e n t i c a c c o u n t o f t h e i l l u ­ m ination qf Je su s runs as fo llo w s: "And s t r a i g h t w a y co m in g up o u t o f t h e w a t e r , he saw t h e h e a v e n s r e n t a s u n d e r , a n d t h e S p i r i t a s a dove d e s c e n d i n g upon him: a nd a v o i c e came ou t o f t h e h e a v e n s s a y i n g THOU ART MY BELOVED SON, IN THEE I A WELL PLEASED. And s t r a i g h t w a y t h e M S p i r i t d r i v e t h him f o r t h i n t o t h e w i l d e r n e s s " . T h ere i s a t r a d i t i o n t h a t th e i l l u m i n a t i o n of J e s u s took p la c e th e 6 th or 1 0 th of Ja n u a ry . The f a c t t h a t J e s u s went t o J o h n t o be b a p t i z e d shows t h a t h i s mind d i r e c t e d to r e l i g i o n and makes i t p r o b a b l e t h a t he h ad ( b e f o r e i l l u m i n a t i o n ) t h e e a r n e s t t e n p e r a .. i e n t ou t o f w hich , when a t a l l , the Cosmic S ense s p r i n g s . I t i s n o t n e c e s s a ry to suppose t h a t illu m in a ­ t i o n t o o k p l a c e i m m e d i a t e l y upon t h e b a p t i s m o r t h a t t h e r e was any s p e c i a l c o n n e c t i o n b etw een t h e s e two t h i n g s . The i m p u l s e t h a t dr ove J e s u s to s o litu d e a f t e r h is illu m in a tio n i s u su a l, i f not u n iv e rsa l. P a u l f e l t i t and o beyed i t ; so d i d Whitman.
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S T IL L A N O T H E R IN S T A N C E O f M o r e P u b lis h e d M a te r ia l U sed by M r . L e w i s in C o m p i l ­ ing A . M . 0 . R . C. Secret T e a c h in g s Thus far we have given consideration to three notable instances wherein M r. Lewis has used material from p u b lis h e d a n d easily p roc u ra ble books for ONE OR MORE OF HIS LEC T UR E S, using such material v e r b a tim or with misleading interpolation. W e now call attention to another instance— a fla grant instance w h e r e in he m a d e use o f a b o o k and its teachings which he h i m s e l f s t r o n g l y con­
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We refer to his First Grade Lectures, being Lecture No. 6 , page 7, and ending on page 8 of A. M . O. R. C. official lectures, where we find M r. Lewis telling his members:
“ I t is necessary fo r us to sound these few w o rd s of w a rn in g rig h t now . In o th e r w o rd s, a fte r hav­ ing said all th a t w e have said a b o u t books a n d how the teachings of the O rd e r have been p reserv ed from the curious and insincere, it is necessary fo r us to advise you th a t the purchase of books claim in g to give you R osicrucian teachings is sim p ly a w a ste o f tim e and an endorsem ent a n d en co u ra g em en t of a fra u d being practiced upon sincere seekers. For instance, th ere is one book th a t has been offered on the m ark et fo r the last tw o o r th re e y ears th a t p re ­ tends to co n tain R osicrucian teachings a n d w ritin g s. The a u th o r’s nam e is given in L a tin fo rm as th ough it w as a veiled nam e. T h e book sells fo r ap p ro x i­ m ately $ 2 .0 0 and in some stores fo r $ 3 . 0 0 o r $ 4 .0 0 . 1 he a u th o r of the book is a w e ll-k n o w n w r ite r of N e w 1 h o u g h t stories and, so fa r as an y records w e can find are concerned, he has never been in itiated into any R osicrucian lodge o r b ra n c h of th e w o rk , and if he had been he w o u ld never have d a red to com m ercialize the secret teachings! O n e read in g of this book w ill convince any R o sicru cian stu d e n t th a t he know s n o th in g m ore of R o sicru cian ism th a n he could learn from some of the p o p u la r references to the O rd e r. 1 he book does no t co n tain the R osi­ er ucian teachings, or the ritu als, o r even correct sy m ­ bols, yet thousands are buying it in th e hope of finding it a q uicker m ethod of m a ste rin g th e teach-

Italics ours. N o te c a refu lly and rem em ber.

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Ita lic s ours. N o te th is statem en t c a re fu lly . See la te r use m ade of these teachin g s and directly from th e condem ned a u th o r an d book.

A ir. L ew is failed to heed his o w n advice.

Italic s ours. See ad v ertise m e n t on last cover of all L ew is m ag azin es o fferin g n u m ero u s books fo r sale. H e is n o w in th e book­ sellin g business, reg ard less of the im position an d bad faith .

ings th a n th ro u g h ta k in g th e p ro p e r course of in ­ stru ctio n s. T h is same a u th o r has pu b lish ed a book on the Y o g i P hilosophy an d gives his nam e th ere, as the a u th o r, in the fo rm of a H in d u o r In d ia n nam e. T housands of persons have re fe rre d to th a t In d ia n nam e as though it is the re a l nam e of a real Y ogi of In d ia . T h e book does n o t contain the real Y o g i teachings, only ta lk s a ro u n d th e su b ject, and is not as com plete as are som e o f th e articles you w ill find in encyclopedias p e rta in in g to Y o g i p h i­ losophy. T h e real Y o g i philosophy is not adaptable to o u r O ccid en ta l w ays o f liv in g a n d our custom s a n d habits, and for th a t reason has n ev er been of as m uch benefit to the w este rn w o rld as to the eastern w o rld . T o adopt the Y o g i system o f liv in g and its principles m eans ta kin g a step b a c k w a rd in c iv iliza ­ tion fo r O ccid en ta l persons. Y e t th o u sa n d s are being deceived into buying this book th ro u g h the belief th a t th ey are g ettin g a n official Y o g i p ublication. T h e sam e th in g can be said re g a rd in g books th a t tell you how to aw aken y o u r psychic consciousness, how to develop y our so lar plexus, how to concen­ tr a te an d secure e v ery th in g you w a n t from the g re a t cosm ic a b u n d a n t supply. B e w a re o f all these books. R ead them if you insist, b u t read in a lib rary , so you w ill not be w a stin g y o u r m oney b u ying them an d th en c astin g them aside as w o rth le ss. R em em ­ b er th a t w e have no o th er reason in advising you against these books than y o u r o w n in terest. W e are not in the bookselling business a n d do not have special books o f our ow n th a t w e w a n t to sell you in p reference to any others. JV e c o u ld u n d o u b ted ly establish a very profitable branch i f w e w ere to re co m m en d and sell to o u r stu d e n ts the h u n d red s of books th a t have been w ritte n on o ccu lt and m ystical subjects, w hich we could buy a t w holesale and eas­ ily sell a t re g u lar prices. B u t w e w o u ld consider this an im position on in tellig en ce o f our m em bers a n d vio la tio n o f the fa ith a n d g o o d w ill th a t w e w ish to establish and m a in ta in b etw een o u r m em ­ bers an d ourselves as essential p a rts of this g re a t B ro th e rh o o d .”

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C H I C A N E R Y IN T H E B E G I N N I N G AS IN T H E E N D Cunning Deception Permeates A. M . 0 . F- C. Lessons fro m the First to the H ighest Grades W hy did M r. Lewis warn his members in the first grade, in the very beginning, against buying and reading The H in d u -Y o g i Sci­ ence o f Breath, by Yogi Ram acharaka (William W a lk e r Atkinson, the well-known writer of “ New Thought Stories” ) ? T h e reason is apparent. H e had plagiarized and used the teachings and text of this book, or at least a part of it, as we shall show by his ad­ mission under oath, and he did not want his members to know about it. Do you remember what we said about M r. Lewis’ usual and favorite practice of throwing a “ smoke screen” about himself to protect his thefts of material from published books for his (A. M . O. R. C.) S e c r e t T e a c h i n g s ? Will you also kindly note the Im perator’s (Lewis’) warning against purchasing and reading books claiming to give Rosicrucian knowledge? N o te particularly his statement that it is simply a waste of time, that it is an endorsement and the encouragement of a “fraud being practiced upon sincere seekers Well! W ell! Now, what do you think of th at? W hen this man was advising and warning A. M. O. R. C. members s o l e l y and ONLY for their own interest, do you not think that it would have been a fine thing— a most timely and appropriate thing— for him, in his great, magnanimous spirit, in the deep and sincere interest he felt for his members, to warn them against their own IM PER A TO R and his pilfering, plagiarizing charlatanism and against the FRAUD he has practiced and is practicing upon sincere seekers, including all his members? And now let us compare— set M r. Lewis’ advice and warning to his members along beside his own practices on acts in using the complete contents of at least two books for his higher grade les­ sons, namely: Am ong the Rosicrucians and The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary, the partial contents of a third, viz, Cosmic Conscious­ ness, and a p a rt of a fourth book, to wit: The H indu-Yogi Science of Breath, as we shall presently see. H aving made the comparison, what do you think of the I m p e r a ­ t o r of A. M . O. R. C. and his pilfering, plagiarizing charlatanism and HIS “ f r a u d BEING PRACTICED u p o n s i n c e r e s e e k e r s ” ?

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USES T H E BOOK H E SO S T R O N G L Y C O N D E M N E D The H indu-Yogi Science of Breath Adm ils It Under Oath In the case of the Ancient and Mystical O rder Rosae Crucis vs. E. E. T hom as brought by M r. Lewis in the Superior Court, Los Angeles County, California, M r. Lewis testified on the fifth day of January, 1931. On his cross-examination by M r. Kempley, counsel for the defendant Thom as, he (Lewis) was forced to admit, among other things, th at he (Lewis) had used a portion of the book, The Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath, in one of his A. M . O. R. C. lectures on “Arcane Philosophy.” In support of this statement, we quote the relevant portion of M r. Lewis’ testimony on cross-examination from the reporter’s official transcript, as follows: M R. L E W IS T E S T IF IE S
Q u e stio n ( M r . K e m p le y ): I sh o w you this in ­ stru m e n t, w hich is headed “ A . M . O . R. C .,” u n ­ d e r th a t “ tra d e m a rk ” and “ official le c tu re ,” and ask you if th a t in stru m en t is o?ie o f th e lectures on A rca n e P hilosophy? A n sw e r ( M r . L e w is ) : I t seem s to be, alth o u g h it is b ound to g eth er d ifferen tly th a n w e u sually bind o u r lectures. Q u e s tio n : H o w do you m e a n ; th is staple th a t is in it? A n sw e r: Y es, w e usually have tw o . Q u e stio n : T h a t is tru e . T h a t w as stap led in o u r office. A side from th a t, you w o u ld say th a t w as one o f y o u r lectures on A rca n e P h ilo so p h y f A n s w e r: Y es. M r . K em p ley : I offer th is in evidence and ask it to be m ark ed as D e fe n d a n t’s E x h ib it A . T h e C o u r t: I t w ill be received an d m ark ed as D e fe n d a n t’s E x h ib it A . (L e c tu re on A rcan e P hilo so p h y N o. 3 received in evidence an d m arked D e fe n d a n t’s E x h ib it A .) Q u e stio n ( M r . K e m p le y ): I sh o w you a book, D o c to r L ew is, en titled T h e H in d u - Y o g i Science o f B rea th , and ask you if you are fa m ilia r w ith th a t w o rk . A n s w e r: O h , I am su re w e have a copy of it in

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A n adm ission of plagiarism .

M r . H ayco ck w as the counsel fo r A. M . O . R . C . and M r . L eu 'is. H e stren u o u sly objected to this d am ag in g evidence.

o u r e d ito rial lib rary . Q u e stio n : D o you know w h e th e r o r n o t it is a fact th a t a larg e p a rt of th a t L e c tu re N o . 3 on A r ­ cane P hilosophy w as lifte d verb a tim fr o m th is par­ tic u la r b o o k ? A n sw e r: N o t a large part o f it, b u t a po rtio n . Q u e stio n : A re any q u o tatio n m ark s used o r any c re d it given to the a u th o r of this H in d u - Y o g i Sci­ ence o f B re a th ? M r . H ay c o c k : O bjected to. T h e C o u r t: O b jectio n o v erru led . A n sw e r: N o , there are no q u o ta tio n s used, but in th e in tro d u ctio n to the w o rk it w as sta te d v a ri­ ous w o rk s w o u ld be consulted and re fe rre d to. Q u e stio n : In the in tro d u ctio n to th a t p a rtic u la r le tte r ? A n sw e r: N o , b u t in th e le tte rs th a t go to the stu d en ts, tellin g them they are going to receive some su p p lem en tary lectures in the form of A rc a n e P h i­ losophy, and so on. Q u e stio n : T h e re is n o th in g in these le tte rs or lectu res to designate w h a t p a rtic u la r p a r t of th e lit­ e ra tu re is th e composition of some o th e r w rite r and w h a t is y our com position? M r . H ay c o c k : O b jecte d to. T h e C o u r t : O bjection o v erru led . Q u estio n ( M r . K em pley) : N e ith e r you n o r any­ one directly connected w ith y o u r o rg a n iz a tio n is the a u th o r or pu b lish er of th a t book, D o c to r L ew is? M r . H a y co ck : O b jecte d to. T h e C o u r t: A n sw er th e q uestion. O b je c tio n o v erru led . A n sw er ( M r . L e w is ): N o , nobody in o u r o r­ g an iz a tio n w as connected w ith th e p u b lish in g of th a t book. M r . K em p ley : By “ th a t book,” in the preceding question, I re fe r to the book T h e H in d u - Y o g i Sci­ ence o f B re a th , w hich w as refe rre d to in a previous question. I w ill ask th a t th a t book be received in evidence, solely fo r the purpose of sh o w in g th a t a larg e p a rt of th a t lecture w as tak en fro m this book. M r . H ay c o ck : O b jected to. T h e C o u r t: T h e objection to the offer is over­ ru led , and it is received in evidence as D e fe n d a n t’s

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B. ( 1 he book en titled T h e H in d u - Y o g i Science of B rea th received in evidence an d m a rk e d D efen d ­ a n t’s E x h ib it B .)

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i his is the identical book which M r. Lewis, in his First Grade Lecture, No. 6 , so strongly condemned and one of the books against which he advised and warned his members from buying and read­ ing. M oreover, it deals with the Yogi system, which is not suited, according to M r. Lewis, for Occidental students. In spite of his condemnation of the author, the book and the system, he delib­ erately and without credit makes use of at least a portion of the contents in instructing his members. W h a t do you think of such practices? W h a t must be thought and w hat should be said of such insidious chicanery? Surely, no language is sufficiently strong or quite expressive enough to con­ demn it as it should he condemned. The adjectives scandalous, shocking, outrageous, shameful, disgraceful, degrading, dishonor­ able, disreputable, despicable and all other derogatory and oppro­ brious descriptive terms fall short of the mark. N evertheless, such practices and doings cannol be too severely condemned. M R . L E W I S F O R C E D T O D IS M IS S S U I T In the lawsuit above mentioned in which M r. Lewis made the damaging admission, also above mentioned, he was pressed on cross-examination to make other and still more damaging admis­ sions— so much so that he did not complete his testimony. And, to avoid the necessity of making such admissions, he dismissed the suit of A. M . O. R. C. against T hom as; that is, he took a non-suit, which is another bit of evidence and another indication that M r. Lewis cannot stand a real test. C H A R G ES A G A IN ST IM P E R A T O R P R O V E N H i s Pilfering, Plagiarizing Charlatanism Dem onstrated W e have shown— demonstrated beyond all doubt, even to a cer­ tainty— that M r. Lewis pilfered, plagiarized, used and misused the entire contents of two books and the partial contents of two other books in his lessons in the first and eleventh grades; that all of the books so used were printed and published before he fabricated his spurious Rosicrucian O rder in 1915 and before he " printed its first magazine and l i t e r a t u r e th at the teachings so pilfered, plagi-

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i n g s , a n d t h a t t h e d e c e p t i o n , t r i c k e r y a n d d u p l i c i t y e m p l o y e d i n so p i l f e r i n g , p l a g i a r i z i n g , u s i n g a n d m i s u s i n g t h e c o n t e n t s a n d teach­ i n g s o f s a i d f o u r p r i n t e d a n d p u b l i s h e d b o o k s is q u i t e u n w o r t h y of a m a n — c e r t a i n l y u n w o r t h y o f a n “ I m p e r a t o r " o f a R o s e Cross O r d e r , even if it were a Rosicrucian Organization. However, A. M . 0 . R . C. is n o t a R o s e C r o s s O r d e r , a n d M r . L e w i s is n o t a R o s i c r u c i a n M a s t e r or I m p e r a t o r .” The truth o f this statement will also be demonstrated to your entire satisfaction, be­ yond all doubt, as we proceed. We have used only a small portion of the evidence in our pos­ session. T h e limit of this publication prohibits the use and exhibi­ tion of any more evidence and proof on this issue. H ow ever, we have the evidence and can prove that M r. Lewis invented, formu­ lated and manufactured a n d /o r copied all the teachings of A. M. O. R. C. from pages and paragraphs taken from books to be found in libraries in the United States.

“T H E I M P E R A T O R ’S C H A L L E N G E It will be remembered that M r. Lewis issued a challenge (set forth in full in facsimile Reproduction N o. I) in these words th at:
Italics ours. “ I f anyone can prove th a t one or m ore o f our lectures c o n tain in g o u r fu n d a m e n ta l teac h ing s, or th a t all or p a rt of o u r principles, term in o lo g y , law s, ritu als and dem onstrations w e re ta ken fr o m one or m ore p rin ted , ty p ew ritten , engraved o r h a n d w ritte n books or m anuscripts p rin ted a n d p u b lish ed or made public before o u r O rd e r p rin ted its first m agazine and litera tu re, t h e I m p e r a t o r w i l l i m m e d i a t e l y
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M E M B E R S O F A . M. O. R. C. M A Y A C C E P T CHALLENGE M r. Lewis refused our invitation to join us in a complete in­ vestigation of our charges against him by and before a competent and impartial tribunal or committee, to be composed of high M a ­

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sons (see our booklet: The Challenge and A n sw e r). Therefore, it is useless and would avail nothing for us to accept M r. Lewis’ challenge herein set forth. ITowever, we have shown to members of A. M . O. R. C. the exact and true nature of the dubious teach­ ings th a t are being given to them as Rosicrucian philosophy and teachings. W e have placed before them a p a rt— only a small por­ tion— of the proof that they have been deceived and are being defrauded. W e have placed them in a position to accept the I m ­ p e r a t o r ' C H A L L E N G E and to demand that he concede the charges as true and permit, without opposition or further action, his im­ peachment and removal as Imperator. M A K E YO UR O W N IN V E S T IG A T IO N W e have given you the cue; we have showed you how to investi­ gate for yourself and to your own satisfaction. If members of A. M . O. R. C. will compare their lessons with various published books and carefully investigate Rosicrucian history and philosophy, they will find and convince themselves that the charges made against M r. Lewis are true; that their lessons contain no secret m atter and no inner secret Rosicrucian teachings or training. However, your investigation should not end here. It should be pursued further and along with us as we deal with the second phase of this booklet, namely, the source of M r . Lewis’ alleged authority and his unques­ tionable connection with B l a c k M a g i c a n d t h e m o s t n o t o r i o u s
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M A G IC — W H I T E A N D BLA CK The Difference M a d e Clear Before we proceed with this part of our subject, it will be well to have a clear understanding of the difference between W hite and Black Magic. All mystics and occultists operate under the same law and use the same forces. However, there are two opposite aspects of the law. T h e law may be used for G ood, or it may be used for Evil. Therefore, it is in the use and intended use of the law th a t we have the true and exact distinction between W hite M agic and Black Magic. W hite Magicians operate under and teach the higher spiritual aspects of the law, always use it for good, never use it for selfish purposes or for evil ends. Black Magicians operate under and teach the lower aspects of the law and use it for

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selfish purposes, for evil ends and practice the foul, degrading black arts that lead to destruction. T o state the distinction very briefly, the White Magician is good, while the Black Magician is bad. M ost Black Magicians practice the deceptive a rts and pre­ tend to be W hite and Good, as they secretly practice the black arts of evil and destruction. However, this was not the case with Aleister Crowley, the most notorious of all Black Magicians.

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.................................. In 1926 M rs. M arian Dockerill, of New York City, who had been a member of Crowley’s cult, the O. T . O., wrote a series of articles making a corrrptSfe expose of Crowley and his O. T . O. M rs. Dockerill’s sister, Lea Hirsig, a teacher of a children’s school in the Bronx, New York City, became Crowley’s “ H igh Priestess, his goddess, his scarlet woman.” W e quote M rs. Dockerill’s own description of the branding of her sister: “ W hen Crowley told her that she was to be his H igh Priest­ ess, his goddess, she did not demur. Kneeling in a chalked circle on the floor, she let him brand the symbol of the cult on her [chest] with the point of a red-hot dagger. H e the ‘Beast of the Apocalypse’ and she, his bride, the ‘Scarlet W om an of Babylon’.” (N etv York Journal, M a rc h 13, 1926.) M rs. Dockerill’s expose was copyrighted by the International Feature Service, Inc., and was published in the H e a r s t papers in M arch and April, 1926. T h a t you may have a better idea of Crow­ ley and his O. T . O., we give you the words of M rs. D ockerill:
“ A le iste r C ro w ley is th e stra n g e E n g lish m a n w ho began his c a re e r as a poet, m o u n ta in clim ber and ex p lo rer, b u t w ho la te r had a m ystic ‘re v e la tio n ,’ p roclaim ed him self th e 'A n ti- C h r is t’ th e ‘Beast of the A p o ca lyp se’ and the head of th e O . T . O . c u lt, w hich has secret branches in every p a rt of th e w o rld . . . . C ro w le y is a disciple of p ag an ism , of the G reat G o d P a n , of Sata n , the D e v il, a p rac tic e r of B lack M a g ic .”— ( N e w Y o r k Jo u rn a l, M a r c h 13, 1926.)

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A T IM E L Y R E V E L A T IO N Is Crowley the Sponsor fo r M r. Lewis? It is of profound interest to students of the occult, and no doubt it will be a shocking revelation to most members of A. M . O. R. C. to learn of the close association of their “Im perator" with the no­ torious Aleister Crowley— self-proclaimed Anti-Christ, Beast of the Apocalypse, self-styled Baphomet, confessed Black Magician, founder of A . . ' . A . a n d originator of 0 . T. ()., the O rder of Oriental Templars ( Or do Templi Orientis), in which organiza­ tion (O. T . O.) he ( M r. Lewis) claims and admits membership and from which he also claims and admits holding a Charter of Authority. In this connection see his “ I m p o r t a n t R o s i c r u c i a n D o c u m e n t N o . 4 , ” being facsim ile Reproduction N o . 20. T H E R E A L SPO N SO R R E V E A L E D A sponsor for himself and A. M . O. R. C. has been very impor­ tant to M r. Lewis. At any rate, it seems so, because he has written and published much about his sponsors, although he has not, until recently, made it very clear just who his sponsor has been or who he is. Perhaps he did not desire it known, which may be the rea­ son he has made so many contradictory statements intended to con­ found and to lead to confusion. However, there need be no fur­ ther confusion. W e shall produce herein the links of proof that chain M r. Lewis to Crowley, his Black M aster— his S e c r e t C h i e f — his real sponsor— and will reveal the exact, the true, source of his authority. H IS I N I T I A T I O N IN 1909 In the beginning of his spurious Rosicrucian activities in 1915 and for some time thereafter, M r. Lewis claimed and frequently published his claim that in 1909 he went abroad and was received into or initiated in some kind of a Rosicrucian O rder and th at he had received authority to establish his work in America in 1915. His claims concerning the source of his authority, as in the m atter of his sponsor, have been vague, contradictory and confusing. H e has made claims of authority from Egypt, France, Germany, Switzerland and other sources.

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H I S 1909 I N I T I A T I O N W AS I N L O N D O N N o t in Toulouse, France, as H e Claimed It now appears that prior to and during 1909 M r. Lewis and M r. A lbert H . Postel were employed by a publishing concern or associated in the publication of a Mystery M agazine in New York City. M r. Lewis was the artist and M r. Postel the astrologer. An investigation by the United States postal authorities made it advisable, if not necessary, for them to leave the country in the year 1909. M r. Postel tells us that he left for Paris, while H arvey S. L,ewis, as he was then known, paid a visit to London, where he received his initiation in 1909, about which he has written so much and so confusingly. REMEMBER T H E 1909 I N I T I A T I O N

The initiation of M r. Lewis in London in 1909 is to be remem­ bered and kept in mind. I t is the first link in the chain of evidence that chains him to his real sponsor, the S E C R E T C h i e f of O. T . O., referred to and acknowledged by him in his letter of February 16, 1934, a part of which we herein reproduce, which the reader will please carefully note, being facsim ile Reproduction N o . 32. For it was only a short time prior to the year 1909 that Aleister Crow­ ley, who had been admitted as a member of the English Rosicrucian Organization, broke his sacred obligations, turned Black and o r­ ganized the A. . •. A. . •. and subsequently other associated, affili­ ated and subordinate orders, such as O. T . O.— Ordo Templi Orientis— in which M r. Lewis holds membership (no question about it; he admits i t ) — which order— O. T . O.— also issued to him a C har­ ter of Authority in July, 1921, said charter being his “ I m p o r t a n t R o s i c r u c i a n D o c u m e n t N o . 4,” which we reproduce herein, be­ ing facsim ile Reproduction N o . 20. C R O W L E Y — T H E N A T U R E O F H IS O R G A N IZ A T IO N S A N D H IS A C T IV IT IE S W h a te v e r his sins and however sinister his practices, Crowley did not include among them the despicable practice of crafty decep­ tion. H e boldly and openly declared himself to be Anti-Christ, operated under the title of B a p i i o m e t (the evil one) and attempted to deceive no one as to his own character, the nature of his organi­ zations and their activities.

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In London, in the year 1909, he began the publication of T h e the official organ of his A. . • . A . . ' . , his subsequently organized O. T. O. and his other numerous subordinate and affili­ ated organizations. In T i i e E q u i n o x he boldly— brazenly— in­ formed the world and advised all capable of understanding of the exact nature of O. T. O. and its activities.
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T H E BLACK A R T O F D E C E P T I O N When Crowley accepted M r. Lewis into his organizations, he may have taught him the misuse of Divine Powers for selfish ends; he may have instructed him in the misuse or— most likely— the pretended use of occult forces to make money, at which M r. Lewis has become proficient. However, Crowley did not teach or en­ courage him in the use of the Black Arts of unlimited, cunning de­ ception, general plagiarizing of lessons and names or the operation of his A. M . O. R. C. under false colors. No, indeed, Crowley, his Secret Chief, sailed under the Black Flag openly and above­ board. C R O W L E Y A N D H IS A C T I V I T I E S Briefly Narrated Crowley was soon run out of England. H e then came to the United States, staying in New York City until the police served a notice to “ move on.” Fie next pursued his activities in Detroit, Michigan, until he was forced to leave the country. From the United States he went to Italy. On account of his Black Arts, his scandalous and debasing practices and the shameful, vile and injurious doctrines that he is teaching, he has been forced to fly from one country to another, a hated and loathed outcast— “ a man without a country — until he has become, and of necessity must remain, the Secret Chief of O. T. O., to which M r. Lewis referred in his letter of February 16, 1934. ( Facsimile Reproduction N o. 32.) C R O W L E Y A N N O U N C E S T H E O R G A N IZ A T IO N O F O. T . O .— O R D E R O F O R I E N T A L T E M P L A R S In the September number, 1911, of T h e E q u i n o x , his official organ, Crowley makes the announcement of the organization of the (). F. O. Oidei of Oriental Templars. T h e announcement,

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beginning at page vii of said magazine, is as follows: O R D E R O F O R IE N T A L T E M P L A R S M ysteria M ystic a M a x im a
N o te C ro w le y ’s efforts to d ra w from all o th e r groups. “ D u rin g th e last tw en ty -fiv e years, co n sta n tly in ­ creasin g n u m b ers of ea rn e st people an d seekers a fte r tr u th have been tu rn in g th e ir a tte n tio n to the study of th e h id d en law s of N a tu re . “ T h e g ro w th of in terest in these m a tte rs has been sim ply m arv elo u s. N u m b e rless societies, associa­ tions, o rd ers, groups, etc., have been fou n d ed in all p a rts of th e civilized w o rld , all an d each fo llo w in g some lin e o f occult study. “ W h ile a ll these n ew ly o rg a n iz e d associations do some good in p rep arin g th e m inds o f th o u g h tfu l peo­ ple fo r th e ir ev en tu ally becom ing g e n u in e disciples of th e O n e T r u t h , yet th ere is b u t o n e an cie n t o rg a n i­ zatio n of m ystics w hich show s to th e stu d e n t a royal road to discover the one tr u th . T h is o rg a n iz a tio n has p e rm itte d the fo rm atio n of th e body know n as the ‘A n c i e n t O r d e r o f O r i e n t a l T e m p l a r s . ’ I t is a m o d ern school of m agi. L ik e the ancient schools of m agi, it derived its k n o w led g e from E g y p t and C h ald e a . T h is k n o w led g e is n ev er revealed to th e p ro fan e, fo r it gives im m ense p o w e r for eith er good o r evil to its possessors. . . .” ( See fa c s im ile R ep ro d u c tio n N o . 1 8 .)

L ew is has m ade like a tte m p ts.

O. T . O. ( O r do 'T em p li O rie n tis) N o te claim as to E g y p t. L ew is m akes sim ila r claim s.

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It will be remembered that Aleister Crowley became active shortly before 1909 and established the A. . - . A . . - , in London; that in the year 1911 he established the O . T . O . — O r d e r o f O r i ­ ental T e m p l a r s ( Or do Templi Orientis) as a part of the A. . - . A. . - . and its Black M agic activities. T o give a better pic­ ture and understanding of O . T . O . , we quote from Crowley’s statement concerning it, published in T h e E q u i n o x , the present official organ of the A. .*. A. .*. and O . T . O . , page 200, of the September issue, 1911, as follows:
“T h e nam es of w om en m em bers are never d i­ vulged. “ I t is not law fu l here to disclose the nam e of any

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L ew is has attem p ted to do so also. O rdo T e m p li O rientis. N ote carefu lly the nam e. N ote claim s to in tern atio n alism . L ew is m akes the sam e claim . H erm eticae L ucis. N o te these w ords. L ew is teaches Y oga also.

liv in g chief. “ I t w as K a rl K elln er w ho revived th e ex oteric o rg an izatio n of the O . T . O . an d in itia te d th e plan now happily com plete of b rin g in g a ll o c c u lt bodies again u n d er one governm ent. “ T h e le tte rs O . T . O . rep resen t th e w o rd s O rdo T e m p li O rien tis ( O rd e r of th e T e m p le of th e O r i­ ent, or O rie n ta l T e m p la rs ), b u t th ey also have a secret m ean in g fo r initiates. “ 3. T h e O rd e r is in te rn a tio n a l an d has existing branches in every civilized c o u n try o f th e w o rld . T h e aims of th e O . T . O . c a n o nly be u n d e rsto o d fu lly by its highest in itia tes; but it m ay be said o penly th a t it teaches herm etic science or o ccu lt k n o w led g e , the pure and holy m agic of light, th e secrets of m ystic a ttain m en t, Y oga of all form s, G n a n a Y o g a , R a ja Y oga, B hakta Y oga and H a th a Y oga, a n d all o th er branches of th e secret w isdom of the an cie n ts. “ In its bosom repose the g re a t m y ste rie s; its brain has resolved all the problem s of philosophy a n d life. “ I t possesses the secret of th e S tone o f th e W ise, of the E lix ir of Im m o rta lity an d of th e U n iv ersal M edicine. “ M o reo v er, it possesses a secret cap ab le of re aliz­ ing the w o rld -o ld dream of the B ro th e rh o o d of M a n .

L ew is also m akes use of the term s C ollegium ad S p iritu m S a n c tu m . See R eprod u ctio n N o . 21.

“ I t also possesses in every im p o rta n t c e n te r of population a hidden retre a t ( C o lleg iu m ad S p iritu m S a n c tu m ), w here m em bers m ay conceal them selves in o rd e r to pursue the g re at w o rk w ith o u t hin ­ d ra n c e .” (S e e fa c s im ile R e p ro d u c tio n N o . 1 9 .)

We are not at all concerned with the claims made. However, we do desire to direct attention to the names and titles used and to the thought expressed, that the O. T . 0 . — O rder of Oriental Templars (Ordo Templi Orientis)— teaches Hermetic science . . . and the magic of L i g h t ; that is, it is a Fraternity of Hermetic Light b rat emitatis Lucis Hermeticae— so that the reader may keep in mind that it was O r d o T e m p l i O r i e n t i s -F rat e m it atis Lucis Hermeticae that granted to M r. Lewis a charter in 1921, which he wrongfully and deceitfully calls a Rosicrucian document when he refers to it as his “ I m p o r t a n t R o s i c r u c i a n D o c u m e n t N o . 4 .” (See facsim ile Reproduction N o. 20.)

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B A P H O M E T — T H E E V IL O N E B l a c k M a g ic ia n W e continue our quotation from page 201 of the same magazine, as follow s:
C o lle g iu m ad S p irit urn S a n c tu m . “ T h e se houses are secret fo rtresses of T r u th , L ig h t, P o w e r and Love, an d th e ir position is only disclosed u n d e r an o ath o f secrecy to those e n titled to m ake use of them . “ T h e y are also tem ples of tru e w o rsh ip , specially co n secrated by N a tu re to b rin g o u t of a m an all th a t is best in him . “ 5. T h e a u th o rity of th e O . T . O . is concen­ tra te d in the O . H . O . ( O u te r H e a d of the O r d e r ) , or F r a te r S uperior. T h e nam e of th e person occu­ pying th is office is never disclosed exccpt to his im ­ m ed iate representatives. “ 6 . T h e a u th o rity of th e O . H . O . in a ll E n g lish speaking co u n tries is d eleg ated by c h a rte r to th e M o s t H o ly , M o s t Illu strio u s, M o s t Illu m in a te d an d M o s t P uissant B a p h o m e t X ° R ex Sum m us S anctissim us 3 3 °, 9 0 ° , 9 6 ° , P a st G ra n d M a s te r of th e U n ite d States of A m erica, G ra n d M a s te r of Ire la n d , Io n a and A ll the B rita in s, G ra n d M a s te r of th e K n ig h ts of the H o ly G h o st, Sovereign G ra n d C o m m a n d e r of the O rd e r of th e T e m p le , M o s t W is e Sovereign of the O r d e r o f th e R osy Cross, G ra n d Z erub b ab el of th e O r d e r of th e H o ly R oyal A rch of E noch, etc., N a tio n a l G ra n d M a s te r G e n ­ eral ad v ita m of the O . T . O .” ( See fa c s im ile R e ­ p ro d u ctio n N o . 19 A . )

T h e sam e secret chief. T h e O . H . O . as a u th o riz e d b y -----------• Ita lic s ours. N o te degrees and title of a B lack M a g ic ia n — B aphom et. O rd e r of th e T em p le.

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These are the claims— this is the proclamation of the man who frankly admits and openly proclaims himself to be a Black Magician, who calls himself The Beast— T h e S e c r e t C h i e f o f O. T . O.— who publishes his pictures and signs them with his title of “ B A P H O M E T X°, O. T . O .” ( See fa csim ile Reproduction N o . 31.) T FIE N U M E R O U S T IT L E S The Striking Likeness Attention is directed to the unusual number of titles assumed and

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carried by Aleister Crowley— white and black alike and indiscrimi­ nately. Members of A. M . O. R. C. and those fam iliar with M r. Lewis’ boasting claims will recall that he also has assumed and used many unusual titles, claimed many special honors and has by far surpassed his Secret Chief in claiming limitless authority, in using glamorous and noteworthy titles and assuming unusual and “special” honors. Yet the similarity of methods and practices of the Secret Chief and his devout follower (M r. Lewis) are “ as alike as two peas”— strikingly so— a perfect demonstration of the adage : “A s the teacher, so the pupil.” T H E C O N N E C T IO N A B SO LU TELY E S T A B L IS H E D B e tw e e n C r o w le y , the B a p h o m e t, and L e w i s , the I m p e r a t o r As we proceed with the presentation of the evidence, the irrefuta­ ble proof, the conviction will grow more and more irresistible that II. Spencer Lewis and Aleister Crowley are inseparably connected; that Lewis is a follower and an intimate associate of Crowley and that he (Lewis) intends and hopes to ultimately put in full opera­ tion and carry out, with A. M. O. R. C. as his vehicle, the grue­ some plans, the vicious, deadly designs of Crowley, his Black M a s ­ ter and Secret Chief. MR. L E W IS HAS F U R N IS H E D T H E P R O O F *
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I M P O R T A N T D O C U M E N T N o. 4 M isnam ed Rosicrucian Some time during the summer— in July, we believe, of 1921— there was issued to H . Spencer Lewis, so he claims, a charter or document by the O . T . O . — O r d o T e m p l i ORiENTis-Fraternitatis Lucis Hermeticae (see fac-simile Reproduction N o . 2 0 ) — to which we invite the closest examination and investigation. It bears the title O r d o T e m p l i O r i e n t i s , with the sub-title Fraternitatis Lucis Hermeticae. In the body of the document it certifies that H . Spencer Lewis is a 33°, 90°, 95° of the Ancient and Primitive Rites of Memphis and M izraim * and the 7° of O . T . O . — T H E I D E N T I C A L O R D E R F O U N D E D BY A L E I S T E R C R O W L E Y in 1911. We ask that this charter or document be carefully compared with Crow­ ley’s announcement of the formation of O . T . O . — Order of Ori­ ental Templars, fac-simile Reproductions Nos. 18, 19 and 19A. If this is done, then there can be no question— no doubt whatever — th a t M r. Lewis’ Im portant Document N o . 4 was issued by O . T . O . by its Secret Chief or done at his direction. It is equally clear and certain that this charter or document did not come from any authentic Rosicrucian or M asonic source. If it did not come from O. T . O. and was not issued by authority of Crowley, then it is spurious— just another well-executed counterfeit. I M P O R T A N T D O C U M E N T No. 4 Issued 1921; N o t Published Until 1933 It appears from the face of the document, also from the state­ ment of M r. Lewis which we shall quote, that the “ Im portant Ro­ sicrucian Document No. 4" was issued in July, 1921. However, a fa csim ile of it was not published until November, 1933. W hy did M r. Lewis withhold such publication for twelve years? Was it because the document contradicts his glowing description of it pub­ lished in 1921? Perhaps.

* W ith seat in A ustria. T h e French and usually accepted legitim ate body of the A ncient and P rim itive Kife of M em phis and M izraim d isclaim s all know ledge of such a docum ent being issued to M r. Lew is. A leister C row ley adm its his allegian ce to this A ustrian Rite o f M em phis and M izraim .

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T IIE IM PO R T A N T D O CU M EN T Described by M r . Lezuis In T i i e T r i a n g l e , N o . 6, on p a g e 1, his then official organ, dated September 29, 1921, under the title: R e g a r d i n g O u r A f f i l i a t i o n s , M r. Lewis misdescribes said “important document, as follows:
“ O n e o th e r item m ay in terest o u r m em bers. A larg e and in te re stin g docum ent w as received d u rin g the m o n th of A u g u st [1 9 2 1 ] from a S overeign Sanc­ tu m of F reem aso n ry abroad c o n fe rrin g upon o u r Im p e ra to r [ H . Spencer L ew is] th e h ig h est M aso n ic degrees, such as honorary 3 3 ° and th e 90 an d 9 5 J of the A n cien t and P rim itiv e R ites of M e m p h is and M iz ra im (u n d e r a c h a rte r of a u th o rity issued by J o h n Y a rk e r 3 3 °, the em in en t M a so n ic au th o rity an d h istorian and sovereign G ra n d M a s te r G e n eral of E n g la n d ), w hereby o u r Im p e ra to r is given the M aso n ic title of P rin ce of M em p h is ( E g y p t) , m em ­ ber of the Sovereign T rib u n a l and D e fe n d e r o f the O r d e r ; and Sovereign P a tria rc h a l C o n se rv a to r of th e rites, Sublim e P rince of th e M a g i. T h e h o n o r­ ary 33° carries w ith it th e title of K n ig h t G ra n d In sp ecto r G eneral. T h e d o cu m en t f u r th e r m akes the Im p e ra to r an honorary m em ber of th e Sovereign S a n ctu ary o f S w itzerlan d , A u stria a n d G erm a n y . T h e se M aso n ic honors are co n fe rre d u n d e r a c h a r­ te r of a u th o rity of G ra n d O rie n t of A n c ie n t G a u l and the S uprem e S an ctu ary of G re a t B rita in . Also the O rdo T e m p li O rien tis (O rie n ta l O r d e r of the T e m p le , F ra te rn ity of the H e rm e tic L ig h t) has con­ ferred its high degrees upon o u r Im p e ra to r w ith the title of 71lo s t Illu strio u s S ir K n ig h t a n d F ra ter R . C ., ap p o in tin g o u r Suprem e L o d g e in th is coun­ try as G age o f A m ity for O rdo T e m p li O rie n tis of E u ro p e .”

N o t M aso n ic.

D enied by th e Suprem e G ra n d M a s te r of th e rite in F ran ce. N ote the titles.

N o t M aso n ic honors.

O. T . O. C ro w ley o rg a n iz a tio n . F ra te rn ity H e rm e tic L ig h t. C ro w le y ’s O rdo T e m p li O rientis.

A N A D M IS S IO N BY M R . L E W IS A D a m a g in g A d m is s io n W e are not here and now concerned so much about the misrepre­ sentations and deceptions in the above description of said charter or document, executed in typical Lewistonian style, as we are con-

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cerned with M r. Lewis’ a d m i s s i o n that the Ordo Templi Orientis, Fraternity o f the Hermetic L ig h t (Hermeticae Lucis or Fraternitatis Lucis Hermeticae) has conferred its high degrees upon him. IT IS AN ADMISSION T H A T IIE ( L E W I S ) IS A MEMBER OF O. T. O.,
FOUNDED BY CROWLEY, IIIS P R E S E N T SECRET C l I I E F .

A N O T H E R IN T E R E S T IN G D E S C R IP T IO N O f the “Im portant Document N o . 4 ” By M r . Lewis M r. Lewis has given us another of his typical descriptions of the " Im portant Rosicrucian Docum ent N o. 4,” printed underneath the fac-simile publication of said document in T h e R o s i c r u c i a n D i g e s t , November, 1933, his now official organ. See facsimile Reproduction N o. 20 of the Important Rosicrucian Document N o. 4. T h e interesting description is as follows:
“ T h e above photograph of a la rg e d o cu m en t en­ g rav ed a t L u cern e, S w itz e rla n d , on heavy p a rch ­ m e n t p ap er by the Suprem e M a g u s a n d F r a te r Su­ p erio r of th e ancient R osicrucian O r d e r fo r S w it­ z e rla n d a n d G erm an y and d ated in th e an cien t R osi­ cru cian Sovereign S an ctu ary a t B a sle, S w itze rla n d , in th e n am e of the ancient o rd e r of m ystery tem ­ ples of th e O rie n t and in th e n am e of th e A ncien t an d P rim itiv e O rie n ta l and M y s te ry R ites of M e m ­ phis an d M iz ra im , E g y p t. T h e S overeign S an ctu ­ ary of S w itz e rla n d and G erm a n y , a c o n tin u a lly op­ e ra tin g R osicrucian cen te r of E u ro p e , co n fers upon H . Spencer L ew is, Im p e ra to r of th e R osicrucian O rd e r of A m erica, the 3 3 °, 9 0 ° an d 9 5 ° of the E g y p tian M y s te ry R ites of M e m p h is an d M iz ra im and th e 7 th o r last decree ^of th e C h iv a lric O rd e r of O rie n ta l T e m p la rs, and appoints him as an h o n o r­ a ry m em ber of the Sovereign S an ctu aries of S w itz e rla n d , G e rm an y and A u s tria and the S u ­ prem e C o u n cil of A. M . O . R . C . in C a lifo rn ia as a ‘G age of A m ity .’ I t is d ated B asle, J u ly , 1 921, an d co n ta in s m an y R osicrucian seals and emblems, some of w h ich are not c le a r o r d is tin c t in the above p h o to g rap h . T h is charter is th e only one o f its k in d ever issued fo r N o r th A m e ric a a n d inclu d es certain p ow ers, a u th o rities and p rivileg es w h ic h have not

N o t R o sicru cian . Italics o u rs. N o te : B asle, S w itz e rla n d . R ecall the u n iv e rsity th e re ? M a so n ic body can n o t g ra n t a R osicru cian a u th o rity .

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y e t been exercised by the Im p e r a to r o f A . M . O . R . C . in N o r th A m erica .” ( See fa c-sim ile repro­ d uction o f th e above. N o . 2 0 A .)

S T IL L A N O T H E R D A M A G IN G A D M IS S IO N B y M r . L ew is H ere we have another and the further certain and positive ad­ mission by M r. Lewis that he is a member of O. T . O., contained in his statement that the “Chivalric” Order o f Oriental Templars conferred upon him its 7th or last degree and appointed him an honorary member of the Sovereign Sanctuaries of Switzerland, Germany and Austria, from which it also appears— or at least it is strongly and plainly hinted— that M r. Lewis is a rath e r impor­ tant person in the High Councils and Sovereign Sanctuaries of the Crowley organizations of Black Magic. This is also indicated by the fact that Crowley, the Secret Chief, claims to have the 33rd, 90th and 96th degrees (see fac-simile Reproduction N o . 19A , Paragraph 6 ), whereas the 33rd, the 90th and the 95th degrees, all except the 96th degree, have been granted to M r. Lewis. T H E O N L Y C H A R T E R O F ITS K IN D E V E R IS S U E D FOR N O R T H A M E R I C A Aside from the absolutely false statement and implication that the document is a Rosicrucian charter and issued from authentic Rosicrucian sources, the usual Lewistonian camouflaging, and his admission of membership in 0 . T. 0 ., M r. Lewis makes other in­ teresting statements to which we direct particular attention. H e tells us that “This charter is the only one of its kind ever issued fo r N o r th America.” This is probably true. It will be remembered that Crowley exercised personal jurisdiction in N o rth America until he was run out of the country. It is also likely— indeed, most probable— that he continued to supervise matters in N o rth America until he had a competent member to succeed him and take charge ( f or h im ) of O. T . O.’s affairs in the “Valley” of N o rth America. This, no doubt, is the reason Crowley, the Secret Chief, withheld the issuance of this charter to M r. Lewis until July, 1921. Now, since M r. Lewis was not successful in securing his w a rra n t of au­ thority, which he says was promised to him at the time of his initia­ tion in 1909, until 1921— about six years after 1915, when he fab­ ricated and launched A. M . O. R. C., a spurious Rosicrucian organi-

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zation. Such being the case, was it not the plan— the scheme of M r. Lewis and his Secret Chief— that he (Lewis) should build up an organization under the holy name of T h e Rosy Cross and then convert it into an O. T . O. organization, sailing under the Black Flag, when and as an O. T . O. charter could be granted to Lewis, and when and as the conversion could or can be m ade? We may, and often do, ascertain the secret designs of men from their acts. L et us follow this thought further to find the answer to this question. P O W E R S , A U T H O R I T I E S A N D P R IV IL E G E S N O T Y E T E X E R C IS E D BY T H E I M P E R A T O R M r. Lewis also states that this charter “includes certain powers, authority and privileges which have not yet been exercised by the Im perator o f A . M . O. R . C. in America.” T he privilege to deceive his members— to false pretenses— to lead them to believe t h a t they had joined and were members of the Rosicrucian Brother­ h o o d — an order of W h ite M a g ic ? This he has done. T he “ privi­ l e g e ” he refers to is the privilege of leading them into the O. T. O. — Or do Templi Orientis, an order of Black Magic.
W h a t PR IV ILEG ES? t a k e their money under W ha t au th ority? H e h a s claim ed to h a v e a n d to exercise a u ­ t h e n t i c R o s i c r u c i a n a n d M a s o n i c a u t h o r i t y , b u t t h e c l a i m s a r e false a n d spurious. T h e o n l y R o s i c r u c i a n a u t h o r i t y w h i c h h e n o w e x e r ­ c i s e s o r c a n e x e r c i s e u n d e r t h i s c h a r t e r is t h e

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a u th o rity o f A leister C rowley, a fo rm er m em b er o f the R ose Cross O r d e r , w h o d e n o u n c e d h i s v o w s , v i o l a t e d h i s o b l i g a t i o n s a n d turned

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T h e M a s o n i c a u t h o r i t y h e is n o w e x e r c i s i n g o r c a n e x e r c i s e u n d e r t h i s c h a r t e r is t h e a u t h o r i t y o f t h e u n r e c o g n i z e d ( i n A m e r ­ r i t e s o f M e m p h i s a n d M i z r a i m , h a v i n g it s s e a t in A u s t r i a , w h i l e t h e o n l y l e g i t i m a t e a n d a u t h e n t i c a u t h o r i t y h e is n o w e x e r ­ c i s i n g o r m a y e x e r c i s e u n d e r t h i s c h a r t e r g r a n t e d b y O. I . O. is t h e

Magician. serious ques­ tion— namely: Does H . Spencer Lewis really possess occult pow­ ers? I f he does, then let all members of A. M . O. R. C. take notice and bezvare, because it is a fact, which admits of no gainsaying, that he is operating under a w arrant of authority from O. I \ O.— the most notorious of all Black organizations—-and intends, when and

a u t h o r i t y o f A l e i s t e r C r o w l e y , the notorious Black W h a t POW ERS? This raises another question— a

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as he can, to make A. M . O. R. C. an integral p a rt of this disreputa­ ble organization. Then the Im perator will be in a position to ex­ ercise— wiH be free to exercise— those “certain powers, authority and privileges.” T H E A U T H E N T IC ROSE CROSS IS A R E L I G I O U S O R D E R The authentic Rosicrucian Brotherhood— Temple o f the Rosy Cross— is a religious order, not sectarian, yet truly religious in fullest and deepest meaning of the word. Its chief purpose, the Great W o r k , is to develop and improve the Soul. It teaches the highest spiritual aspect of the law. It deals only with pure W h ile Magic. A. M. O. R. C. WAS F O R M E R L Y R E P R E S E N T E D T O BE A R E L IG IO U S O R G A N I Z A T IO N Until and prior to 1933, when M r. Lewis decided to make the formal announcement of and to publish a fac-simile of his charter and w arrant of authority from O. T . O.— O rder of Oriental T em ­ plars— the world’s most notorious Anti-Christ organization, he represented A. M. 0 . R. C. to be a religious order. N o t only did he represent A. M. O. R. C. to be a religious institution, he went much farther. H e represented himself to be the B i s h o p of the Pristine Church of the Rose Cross, and as late asOctober, 1928, ordained a priest of said Church in these words:
“ G re e tin g s: I he Im p e ra to r. T h e Bishop. P ristin e C h u rc h . The P riest. “ K n o w all m en th a t I, H . S p en cer L ew is, Im ­ p e ra to r of th e A n cien t M y stic a l O r d e r R osae C ru cis of N o rth A m erica, and Bishop o f th e P ristin e C h u rc h of th e Rose Cross in c o rp o ra te d in th e S tate of C alifo rn ia , do hereby m ake, a p p o in t, co n stitu te and o rd ain E . E . Thom as a P rie st o f th e P ristin e C h u rch of th e Rose Cross, w ith pow’e r an d fu ll a u ­ th o rity to p e rfo rm such ecclesiastical cerem onies and o th e r offices p e rta in in g to a d u ly qu alified P rie st of T h e C h u rc h . the P ristin e C h u rc h of the Rose C ro ss.” sim ile R ep ro d u ctio n N o . 2 1 .) ( See fa c ­

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A . M . O. R. C. N O T N O W A R E L I G I O U S O R G A N IZ A T IO N Since M r. Lewis decided in 1933 to make known fully his con­ nection with and w arrant of authority from O. T . O., he has been gradually changing his propaganda, representations and advertis­ ing m atter as to the religion s status and character of A. M . O. R. C. H e now boldly declares, without any camouflage or deceit, t h a t A. M . O. R. C. is NOT a religious o r g a n iz a tio n . In a late issue (M ay, 1935) of the S c i e n t i f i c A m e r i c a n we find the following cold-blooded “ scientific” advertisement, which we quote v e r b a t i m , as follow s:
“T h e M y s t e r io u s W
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M in d force, not soul pow ers.

Italics o u rs. H appin ess and achievem ent. A n appeal to selfishness.

“ T h o se stran g e feelings of in tu itio n and prem o­ n itio n are th e u rg e of y o u r in n e r self. W ith in you th e re is a w o rld of u n lim ited p o w er. T h is dynam ic, stra n g e , m e n ta l force is secreted in th e recesses of y o u r m in d . Its astonishing h elp fu ln ess you sense by an occasional hunch or in sp iratio n . L e a rn to pro p erly d ire c t and co n tro l it an d you can do the r ig h t t h in g at the r i g h t t i m e an d m aster y our life. “ T h i s f r e e s e a l e d b o o k , T h e R osicrucians, an age-old B ro th erh o o d ( n o t a re lig io n ) have show n th o u san d s of m en and w om en h o w to b rin g happi­ ness and achievem ent in to th e ir lives by th e use of these little -u n d ersto o d p ow ers of self. T h e y invite you to w rite to d ay fo r th e sealed g ift book th a t tells h o w you m ay obtain these s ta rtlin g teachings fo r stu d y an d use in yo u r d aily affairs. “ A d d re ss: Scribe D . A . Z ., “ R o s i c r u c i a n B r o t h e r h o o d — A . M . O . R . C ., San Jose, C alifo rn ia.
“ R em em b er — T h e R o s ic r u c ia n
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is to accomplish soul consciousness, soul illumination, which leads to immortality. This advertisement promulgates the cold scien­ tific doctrines of mind force— the development of the mind. It is an appeal to the selfish instincts; it advocates the development of those lower powers of self which lead to destruction. It has all the earmarks of Black Magic. IS T H E I M P E R A T O R C O N V E R T I N G T H E A. M . O. R. C. I N T O T H E O. T . O .? Is M r. Lewis, like his Black Master, his Secret C h ie f, also
A ntiC h r i s t ? Is he by his recent persistent propaganda, that A . M . O. R. C . i s N O T A R E L IG IO U S O R G A N IZ A T IO N , preparing its members

and the public for the conversion of A . M . O. R. C . into an antireligious, an A n t i - C h r i s t , organization? Is it his intention and his purpose to slowly, yet surely, convert his organization into an O'. T . O. organization and make it an integral p a rt of Crowley’s vicious domain of Black M agic? Is the conversion now in process — is it taking place now? T h e evidence— all the facts and circum­ stances of the case— lead to the conclusion that Lewis is now at­ tempting to convert A . M . O. R. C. into a non-religious— A n t i C h r i s t — Black Magic organization. Finally, does M r. Lewis aspire to become the Secret Chief of the O. T . O. organization of the world, succeeding his illustrious master of Black Magic, Aleister Crowrley ?

" C O L L E G IU M A D S P I R I T U M S A N C T U M ”
In Crowley’s announcement of the formation of O. T . O., Order of Oriental Templars, in the last paragraph, on page 200, of the September issue, 1911, of T h e E q u i n o x {see fac-simile Reproduc­ tion N o . 19) , in speaking of the O. T . O., he says: “ It also pos­ sesses in every important center of population a h i d d e n R E T R E A T ( Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum ), where members may conceal themselves in order to pursue the great work without hindrance.” An idea of the great work that is pursued in the hidden retreats of O. r . O. may be gathered from what is stated herein. Those who would have more of the gruesome, heart-sickening and hideous de­ tails may get them from Crowley, as published in his official organ, T i i e E q u i n o x , and the Crowley O. T . O. exposes by M rs. M iriam Dockerill and others.

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M r. Lewis makes the “ hidden retreat” of O. T . O., Crowley’s “Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum,” a part of the G r a n d C o l l e g e o f R i t e s o f A. M. O. R. C . See the letterhead and seal of the G r a n d C o l l e g e o f R i t e s o f A. M . O. R. C. shown in facsim ile Reproduction N o. 21. T he seal contains the word “ I n t e r n a t i o n i s .” Does this not indicate that it is a part of Crowley’s inter­ national organization? In the center of the seal is an eagle with outspread wings, with 33 above its head— a well-known symbol of Scottish Rite Masonry. On the breast of the eagle is an inverted triangle, just as the inverted or descending triangle is made upon the unveiled bosom of the priestess in the black, unholy rites of O. T . O. T H E IN V E R T E D T R IA N G L E W h e r e D i d L e w i s G et I t ? Since the beginning of his operations in 1915 under a plagiarized Rosicrucian name, M r. Lewis has used the inverted or descending triangle as a sign and symbol of A. M . O. R. C. and his work. H e has made the inverted triangle conspicuous by its constant use on his letterheads, on all A. M . O. R. C. literature and in all his pub­ lications. T H E IN V E R T E D T R IA N G L E A Symbol o f Black M agic We have heretofore repeatedly charged that M r. Lewis was using a symbol of Black Magic. H e has vigorously defended his use of the inverted triangle. W e have not heretofore made a full explanation of the mystery of the inverted triangle or indicated the source from which he secured the right to use it or why he uses it. W e will now unveil the mystery and indicate the source from whence he gets it. T h e reader may determine why he uses it. In Volume III, No. 1, page 225, of T h e E q u i n o x , Aleister Crowley prints a pa rt of the Ritual of O. T . O.— Order of Oriental Tem plars— from which we reproduce the pertinent part of T H E C E R E M O N Y O F T H E O P E N I N G OF T H E V E IL , relating to the inverted or descending triangle, as follows:

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ECCLESIAE GNOSTICAE C A T H O LIC A E spot; I upraise thee; I lead thee to the E ast; I set thee upon the summit of the Earth. H e thrones the P r i e s t e s s up on the altar. The D e a c o n and the children follow , they in rank, be­ hind him. The P r i e s t e s s takes the Book of the L a w , resumes her seat , and holds it open on her breast with her two hands, making a descending triangle with thumbs and forefingers.
T o produce the inverted or descending triangle, the reader may make the sign as above directed. Aleister Crowley established a Temple of the O. T . O. in De­ troit, Michigan. After operating there for some time, there was an expose, which created such an open scandal that he was forced to flee from this country— let us hope, never to return. It was shown that the rites of O. T. O. were those of Black M agic; that during the ceremony of the o p e n i n g o f T H E VEIL the priestess was nude, and that not only was the sign of Black M agic— the inverted triangle— made upon her maidenly bosom by her hands, the unholy sacraments of Black Magic were also given from her naked body. These were the actual ceremonies, a part of the ritual of O. T. O., O rder of Oriental Templars, established by Aleister Crowley, printed under Liber X V , O. T . O., and issued by order of B a p h o m e t , under the seal of Crowley in Volume I II , No. 1, T h e
E qu inox.

IS T H E R E A N Y R E M A I N I N G D O U B T ? There is an abundance of additional evidence th a t can be pro­ duced upon this subject if space permitted, or if we cared to pursue the subject further. However, is there any remaining doubt that Lewis has made, or intends to make, the “ H i d d e n R e t r e a t o f O. T . O .,” Crowley’s “Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum ” a part of the G r a n d C o l l e g e o f R i t e s o f A. M . O. R . C . ; th a t the inverted triangle is a sign or symbol of Black Magic, or that M r. Lewis re­ ceived the authority to use the inverted triangle, the symbol of

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Black Magic, from Crowley, his Secret Chief? T H E C R O W L E Y CROSS In this connection, we recall that Aleister Crowley had been a member of an authentic English Rosicrucian organization, in which he was probably instructed in the Mystery of the Cross; that he denounced his vows, broke his solemn obligations and turned Black, and that thereafter, a short time prior to 1 9 0 9 , he fabricated and launched the A. . A. . in London. As and for the grand symbol of his A. .* .A . its ramifications, subordinate orders and their Black M agic activities, he adopted a specially designed cross— not the Rosy Cross that is and long has been the symbol of the Rosicru­ cian Brotherhood, but the Crowley Cross. Crowley made publica­ tion of his specially designed cross in M arch, 1 9 1 0 , facing page 2 1 0 , Volume I , No. 3 , of T h e E q u i n o x , which we reproduce herein, being facsim ile Reproduction N o. 23. W ill the reader kindly make special note of C r o w l e y ’s C r o s s — the grand symbol of his various Black M agic activities? It is of special interest. We shall presently show that M r. Lewis uses this same Crowley Cross in his work and recently made an unsuccessful attempt to register it as an emblem of A. M . O. R. C . in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. T H E M Y S T E R Y O F T H E CROSS The cross, a very ancient symbol, involves within its mysteries, among others, the right use of divine forces for the generation and regeneration of bodies; for the transmutation of gross m atter into the fine, and for the illumination of the soul, that leadeth to im­ mortality— which is W hite Magic. It also involves within its mys­ teries the wrongful use or misuse of the same divine forces for the degeneration and destruction of bodies; for the transmutation of gross m atte r into still grosser matter, and for the development of certain vicious powers that leadeth to the destruction of the soul— which is Black Magic. T herefore, the cross in its ascending aspect may be and is used as a sign and symbol of W hite M agic and in its descending aspect may be and is used as a sign and symbol of Black Magic. The special design of the Crowley Cross, the sign and symbol of his black arts, is most interesting. It is noted th at among the nu-

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merous symbols that Crowley has placed upon his specially designed cross are several inverted or descending triangles, clcaily mciicating its descending aspect, making it the sign of his black aits a hI a symbol of the Black Magic activities of his A. . *. A. . •. and O. I\ O. and other associated and affiliated orders. M R . L E W IS A N D C R O W L E Y ’S CROSS On the 14th day of April, 1934, H . Spencer Lewis, as p r e s i d e n t , and R. M . Lewis, as secretary, executed an application on b e h a l f o f the Supreme Grand Lodge of the Ancient and Mystical O r d e r Rosae Crucis, under the oath of R. M. Lewis, for the r e g i s t r a t i o n in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of the C r o w l e y C r o s s a s an emblem of A. M. O. R. C. , which application was fi l e d a f e w days subsequent hereto in the office of the Secretary o f t h e C o m ­ monwealth at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Attached to said application was a copy— a fa csim ile — of the Crowley Cross. (Compare the Crowley Cross in Reproduction No. 23 with the one attached to the A. M O. R. C. application, Reproduction No. 24.) After reciting the Act authorizing the registration of e m b l e m s and other insignia of lodges, orders, fraternal societies, e t c . , t h e application continues as follows:
N o t re p u g n a n t to law s of U . S. and P en n sy lv an ia? “ . . . the undersigned lodge, th e p rin cip les and activities of w hich are not re p u g n a n t to th e C o n sti­ tu tio n and law s of the U n ite d S tates o r th is C o m ­ m onw ealth , desiring to reg ister an em blem in the office of the Secretary of th e C o m m o n w e a lth , fo r th e purpose provided fo r in said A c t, does hereby c e rtify : “ 1. T h e nam e of the L odge so re g iste rin g is th e Suprem e G ra n d Lodge of th e A n c ie n t an d M y s ti­ cal O rd e r R osae C rucis. 2. Its address, location o r place of business is 223 D a n D rive, M t. L ebanon S ta tio n , P itts b u rg h , P ennsylvania. 3. 1 lie em blem to be reg istered , tw o fac-sim iles o r duplicates of w hich accom pany th is application, consist of a rose and a cross design an d consists of a large cross contain ing designs w ith a sm all rosy cross in the cen ter of the la rg e r cross w ith various

T h e application w as rejected.

A n a tte m p t to register the C ro w ley C ross— a sign of B lack M agic as an em blem of A. M . O . R . C .

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designs encircled about it. I n each a rm of th e cross is a tria n g le design w ith v ario u s o th e r designs an d le tte rin g of ancient h isto rical o rig in .” ( See fa c ­ sim ile R ep ro d u c tio n N o . 2 4 .)

In the affidavit attached to and made in connection with the above application for the registration of the Crowley Cross of Black M agic inPennsylvania as an emblem of A. M . O. R. C., R. M . Lewis, secretary, states under o a t h :
“ . . . th a t the lodge [S u p re m e G ra n d L odge of A . M . O . R . C .] so filing such em blem [th e C ro w ­ ley C ro ss] has th e rig h t to w e a r, ex h ib it, display or use the sam e [th e sam e C ro w le y sym bol of Black M a g ic ] fo r its benefit an d on b eh alf of all associa­ tions, degrees, branches, su b o rd in a te lodges an d au x iliaries of said lodges an d au x iliarie s of said lodge a n d the indiv id u al m em bers an d those h ere­ a fte r to become m em bers th e re o f th ro u g h o u t this C o m m o n w e a lth ; and th a t no o th e r association, lodge, o rd e r, society, o rg a n iz a tio n , union, fo u n d a­ tion, fed eratio n , degree, b ran c h , su b o rd in ate lodge o r a u x ilia ry thereof, n o r th e in d iv id u a l m em bers th ereo f has no rig h t to w e ar, exh ib it, display or use th e sam e in the identical fo rm o r in any such n ear resem blance th ereo f as m ay be calc u late d to de­ ceive. ( See fac-sim ile R e p ro d u c tio n N o . 2 4 /1 .)

C laim s fo r A . M . O . R . C . the exclusive rig h t to use the C ro w le y C ross and his em blem of B lack M a g ic .

M R . L E W IS N O W U S IN G C R O W L E Y ’S CROSS A N D S Y M B O L O F BLACK M A G IC N ot only does M r. Lewis claim the right to the exclusive use of the Crowley symbol of Black M agic— he has been using it. Re­ cently there was mail from Cairo, Egypt, to his fourth degree mem­ bers, “A Treasure Chest M essage,” purporting to be from the G rand M a ste r of the Rose-Croix Order of Egypt, advising them that they had been selected to become honorary members of the “ A m enhotep Lodge in E g y p t ” and were entitled to receive certain special lessons containing a special study of the Kahala, the condi­ tion being that the members should detach and sign a “ W a rra n t for Special Study” contained in the booklet, agree to make a con­ tribution to A. M. O. R. C. and mail it to rhe secretary general, A. M . O. R. C., San Jose, California— not to E g y p t— whereupon the special lessons would be mailed from San Jose. Although the

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Treasure Chest Message purports to be from Egypt, the presump­ tion persists that it was prepared in its entirety by M r . Lewis in San Jose, California. M r. Lewis is a talented artist and handwrit­ ing expert. It is said that he can execute a signature to the degree of perfection. However, be that as it may be, A. M . O. R. C. received the benefit of the propaganda of the “T re asu re Chest M es­ sage” and the contributions for the lessons, hence M r . Lewis be­ comes directly and closely connected with the “T re a s u re Chest Message,” either as author of it or sponsor for it. Contained within and occupying an entire page of the “T re a su re Chest M es­ sage” is the Crowley Cross— his specially designed symbol of Black Magic. W e reproduce the Crowley Cross from the “ Treasure Chest Message,” being facsim ile Reproduction N o . 25. C O M P A R E T H E SY M B O LS We invite you to compare the Crowley Cross— the grand sign of his black arts and the symbol of the Black M agic activities of his organizations as published by him in T i i e E q u i n o x in 1910 ( Reproduction No. 2 3 ) — with the symbol which M r. Lewis at­ tempted to register and claims the right to the exclusive use hereof ( Reproduction No. 24) and the same symbol used in the “ T re a s ­ ure Chest Message” {Reproduction No. 2 5 ) . T h u s we produce another link of the many links in the chain of evidence that proves the inseparable connection between M r. Lewis and Crowley, his Black M aster and S e c r e t C h i e f . C E R T IF IC A T E OF A F F IL IA T E D M E M B E R S H IP W IT H A M E N H O T E P LODGE, LUXOR From the back cover of M r. Lewis’ “T reasure Chest M essage” we reproduce the certificate of affiliated membership granted to his fourth degree members, being facsimile Reproduction N o . 26. This certificate is of interest and important for several reasons. Mrst, it will be observed that M r. Lewis plagiarizes and uses the name Rose-Croix, the title of the eighteenth degree of Scottish Rite Masonry, which is further accumulative evidence of his extensive and unlimited pilfering charlatanism. T H E SE A L O F B A P H O M E T Next we will notice the first seal that precedes the first signature.

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It is the seal o f Baphomet. T o get a clear idea of the seal of Baphomet, turn to our reproduction of the picture of Aleister Crowloy (facsim ile Reproduction N o . 31) . On the upper left-hand side of the picture you will find Crowley’s signature o f Baphomet preceded by his seal of Black Magic or the seal of Baphomet. GRAN D M ASTER G EN ER A L AD V IT A M O F O. T . 0 .
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y o u will n o t i c e t h a t a m o n g t h e ti t l e s w h i c h C r o w ­ ley claim s f o r h im se lf a n d t h e O . H . O. ( O u t e r H e a d o f th e O r ­

d e r) a r e : M ost H o l y , M ost I l l u s t r io u s , M ost I l l u m in a t e d
a n d M o s t P u i s s a n t B A p i i o m e t X° R e x S u m m u s S a n c t i s s i m u s 33°, 90°, 96° a n d N a t i o n a l G r a n d M a s t e r G e n e r a l A d Vitam o f th e O . T. O . N o w , if you t u r n to the certificate o f affiliated m e m ­ b e r s h i p (Reproduction N o . 2 6) , y o u w i l l s e e t h a t t h e f i r s t s i g n a t u r e

f o l l o w i n g t h e s e a l o f B a p h o m e t is t h e s i g n a t u r e o f a G r a n d M a s t e r ,

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o f 33°, 90°, R ex Summus Sanctissimus, o r t h e s i g n a t u r e o f a n i m p o r t a n t d i g n i t a r y o f C r o w l e y ’s B l a c k C u l t o f t h e O . T. O . , w h ic h will t e n d to s t r e n g t h e n y o u r g r o w i n g c o n v i c t i o n , if y o u a r e

n o t a l r e a d y f u l l y c o n v i n c e d , t h a t L e w i s is c l o s e l y a n d m o s t i n t i ­ m a t e l y c o n n e c t e d w i t h C r o w l e y , h i s Secret Chief.

T H E O F F I C I A L S E A L O F T H E O. T . O. A title page of T h e E q u i n o x , official organ of the A. A. and the O. T . O., is herein reproduced (facsim ile Reproduction No. 2 7 ) . T h e first seal shown near the top of the page is the seal or insignia of the A. . ’.A ..* . The second seal show'n near the center of the page is the seal or insignia of the O. T . O. It is to this seal that we would direct your particular attention and ask you to keep it in mind as we proceed. BOOK O R L IB E R 777 In connection with the immediate subject to be discussed, we re­ produce from T h e E q u i n o x as advertisement of B o o k 777, by Crowley, A. A. publication in Class B . , being facsim ile R e ­ production N o. 28. Book or Liber 111 has a special secret and oc­ cult significance in Crowley’s Black Cults. Will you please keep this in mind as we proceed?

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T H E L E W IS C A T H E D R A L O F T H E S O U L In practically all issues of The Rosicrucian D igest, M r. Lewis prints an announcement covering his Cathedral of the Soui, as follows:
N o t m em bers of R osicrucian F ra te rn ity . “T h e ‘C a th e d ra l of the S o u l’ is a C osm ic m eeting place fo r all m inds of th e m ost ad v an ced and highly developed sp iritu al m em bers a n d w o rk e rs of the R osicrucian F ra te rn ity . I t is a fo cal p o in t of cosmic rad iatio n s and th o u g h t w aves fro m w hich rad iate v ib ratio n s of health, peace, happiness and in n er aw akening. V arious periods of th e day are set aside w hen m any thousands of m in d s are a ttu n e d w ith the C a th e d ra l of the S oul, an d o th e rs a ttu n in g w ith the C a th e d ra l at this tim e w ill receive the benefit of the v ibrations. T h o se w h o a re n o t m cm bers of the o rg an izatio n m ay sh are in th e u n u su al benefit as w ell as those w ho are m em b ers. T h e book called L ib e r 111 describes th e p erio d s fo r various contacts w ith the C a th e d ra l. C opies w ill be sent to persons w h o are no t m em bers by a d d ressin g th e ir request for this book to th e F r i a r S. P . C ., care of A . M . O . R . C . T e m p le . . .”

W o e u n to those w ho place them selves in these v ibratio n s. Book 777 issued in 1909 by C ro w ley , the Black M a g ic ia n .

M E M B E R S O F T H E R O S IC R U C IA N F R A T E R N I T Y A N D T H E L E W IS C A T H E D R A L O F T H E S O U L M r. Lewis does a grave injustice to members of the Rosicrucian Fraternity when he declares that his Cathedral of the Soul is a cosmic meeting place for all minds of the most advanced and highly developed spiritual members of the Rosicrucian F raternity. M em ­ bers of the August Rosicrucian Fraternity will have nothing to do with— have never had anything to do with— the Lewis Cathedral of the Soul. T he reason, so apparent, will presently appear. T H E L E W IS C A T H E D R A L O F T H E S O U L Under the Vibrations 777 and the Seal of the Black Cult of 0 . T. 0 . Next we reproduce the cover of the Lewis booklet dealing with his often-announced and much-advertised Cathedral .of the Soul, being facsim ile Reproduction N o . 29, from which it appears that this Cathedral of the Soul is under and in accordance with the doc­ trines of Crowley s Book 777, and conducted with the approval and

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under the sign, seal and insignia of the B l a c k C u l t of the O. T . O. T hus does it become most apparent that real Rosicrucians can have — will have— nothing to do with the Lewis C athedral of the Soul bearing the earmarks of Crowley and the seal and insignia of the black arts of the O. T . O. T H E L E W I S C H A R T E R BEARS T I I E BLACK S E A L O F T H E O. T . O. If you will turn to the charter, “ Important Document No. 4 ,” ( Reproduction No. 20) , the w arrant of authority under which M r. Lewis is carrying on and conducting the affairs of A. M . O. R. C., you will see that the third seal from the left is the same identical seal shown on the title page of T h e E q u i n o x ( Reproduction N o . 2 7 ) as the official seal and insignia of the O. T . O. ( Ordo Templi Orientis), whose whole doctrines, dangerous teachings and vicious practices have been summarized by Crowley in these words: “ Do W I I A T T H O U W IL T S H A L L b e T H E W H O L E L A W .” ( See Repro­ duction N o . 27) . Thus it does become crystal clear th at M r. Lewis has or is attempting to put A. M . O. R. C. and the Cathedral of the Soul under the Black Domain of Aleister Crowley, whom he ac­ knowledges to be his Secret Chi ef , as we shall presently show. A C O U P L E O F PIC TU R ES The Im perator and His Secret Chief M ost charlatans and Black Magicians are vain, because they deal with the lower aspects of the law, which is Vanity, they delight in advertising their powers or pretended powers, also their wares and merchandise; they love the limelight and, most of all, they simply gloat upon their published pictures with malignant satisfaction.
So t h e I m p e r a t o r , L e w i s , h a d his p i c t u r e t a k e n in t h e f ull r e g a l i a o f his office a n d p u b l i s h e d it in his official o r g a n , T h e A m e r i c a n R o s a e C r u c i s , F e b r u a r y issue, 1 9 1 6 , o p p o s i t e p a g e 1 6 , w h i c h w e h a v e r e p r o d u c e d h e r e i n , facsim ile Reproduction N o . 30. So, al so, his S e c r e t C h i e f , A l e i s t e r C r o w l e y , o f t h e O. T . O., h a d his p i c t u r e m a d e in full r e g a l i a o f his “ h i g h a n d e n n o b l i n g ” office— t h e M o st Puissant Baphomet— t h a t is, t h e M ost P o w e r f u l , t h e M ost M i g h t y B a p h o m e t — a n d p u b l i s h e d it in his official o r g a n , T h e E q u i n o x , V o l u m e I I I , N o . 1, o p p o s i t e p a g e 1 9 7 , w h i c h w e h a v e a l s o r e p r o ­ d u c e d h e r e i n , facsim ile Reproduction N o. 31. W i ll you take a look at these pictures with us?

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Reproduced from A m e r i c a n R osa e Crucis, February, 1916, opposite page 16. Mere we have the I m p e r a t o r of A. M . O. R. C., “M o s t P erfect M a s t e r P rofu ndis,” f a c e t o f a c e with his S ecret C h i e f of O. T . O., Crowley, M o s t P u is sa n t D a p h o m e t — the A n t i C h r i s t . Note the seal of Baphomet and the inverted triangle on his regalia and com­ pare with C ro w ley ’s picture (opposite R ep ro d u ctio n No. 31 ).

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Reproduced from T h e E q u i n o x , Vol. I l l , No. 1, opposite page 1 9 7 . 15is B l a c k Satanic M a jesty in person— Crowley, the Secret Chief of the O. T . O., under his s ig ­ nature and sign of Baphomet, the A n t i - C h r i s t . Note the sign or seal of Baphomet and compare with the similar sign and seal on Lew is’ picture (opposite R eprod uction No. 30 ).

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T H E STORY T H E S E P I C T U R E S T E L L In the upper left quarter of Crowley’s picture ( Reproduction N o . 3 1 ) you will see his special title, the one by which he d e s i r e s foremost to be known, viz : B a p h o m e t X°, O. I . O., endorsed u p o n his picture by himself in his handwriting. Immediately p r e c e d i n g his favorite title is his seal. It is the seal of Baphomet, t h e e v i l one— the Black Magician. It will also be seen and noted that the collar of his regalia makes or forms upon his chest an inverted or descending triangle, as is made upon the bosom of the priestess in the ceremonies of the opening of the veil heretofore referred to. Now, let us look at the picture of M r. Lewis, the Imperator, the Grand M ast er General of A. M. O. R. C. (Reproduction N o . 3 0 ). On his apron or regalia, lower left-hand corner, you see the sign, the seal of B aphom et, not exactly like the seal used by his Chief, yet so similar, so strikingly similar, that there is no mistaking, no gain­ saying, the fact that it is intended to be, indeed, that it is, the seal o f Baphomet. T o be sure, the seal used by the Imperator could not be the same, exactly the same as the seal used by his Chief, even in the realms of Black Magic. The inferior may not use the title or exercise all the rights and prerogatives of his superior, his Chief. However, it may be said for Mr. Lewis that if there is anyone in this wide world who has the brazen, unmitigated gall and bold, presumptuous effrontery to assume to have all the titles, privileges or rights and to exercise all of the prerogatives of his Chief, it is the Imperator of A. M. O. R. C. Indeed, as we have shown herein, he will and he has pilfered and plagiarized the works of many;* stolen and used the names and title of the Authentic Rosicrucian Brotherhood, and without the slightest justification or right has laid claim to all Rosicrucian wisdom and authority. Truly, there is nothing so high or divine upon which he will not attempt to lay his profane hands and nothing so low, so despicable, to which he will not stoop.

T H E SEAL OF BA PH O M ET
T h e In s ig n ia o f C r o w le y , the C h ie f, a n d of L e w is , the F ir s t D e p u t y C h i e f T he Crowley seal or sign of Baphomet is made or composed of
* See m onogr aph: Randolph F oundation, the A uthentic B ody, H as E x clu siv e Right
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multiple crosses and double crosses. It is an exact and an ex­ pressive symbol of the evil one, the Anti-Christ of the occult. Dark are the ways and many the byways of Baphomet and his Black Magic followers in their use and misuse of Divine power in its de­ scending and inverted aspect, as is so aptly told in the early Jewish and Christian scriptures in the symbolical and mystical account of the Fall of Lucifer. T H E C H IE F A N D HIS FIRST D E P U T Y C H IE F The sign or insignia used by C r o w l e y , the C hief, is composed or made up of eleven (11) crosses. The similar sign or insignia used by L e w i s is composed or made up of nine ( 9 ) crosses, which raises the important and the pertinent question: Is Lewis the First Deputy to Crowley? Is he first in the order of succession to his Secret C hief, and do the respective seals or insignia of Crowley and Lewis so indicate? Verily, they do. I hat is the story told and the truth revealed by their respective seals or insignia. T o illustrate the point and to make the revelation clear, we have made enlarged diagrams of the respective seals or insignia of Crowley and Lewis, as shown on their respective pictures (Reproductions Nos. 31 and 3 0 ), as follows:

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C hief of the Black Cult of the O. T . O. The large diagram on the right is a correct representation of the Lewis seal, the indicating sign of his close connection with B aphom et, the insignia of the hirst Deputy Chief of the Black Cult of the O. T O. The First Deputy may lawfully use and does properly use an insignia very similar, strikingly similar, to the insignia of his Chief, to indicate and show that he is of the same order as his Chief, and also to indicate and show that he is first in line of succession. Yet he may not lawfully use the insignia of his Chief. When Lewis succeeds Crowley, his Chief, all that remains necessary for him to do with reference to his present insignia to make it the insignia of the Chief is to con­ nect the two crosses above the long central horizontal line by a short horizontal line and also and likewise to connect the two crosses below said long central horizontal line and— lo and behold — the Lewis insignia of the First Deputy Chief becomes the in­ signia of the Chief! T r y i t . Draw the two short horizontal lines as indicated and described above and note the result. T h e Lewis insignia becomes the Crowley insignia— the sign and symbol of Baphom et, the A n t i - C h r i s t . Can you read the meaning of the seal and insignia as told in the story of the pictures? Is the truth revealed to you? HIS JO U R N E Y T O T H E EAST In the Year A . I). 1909 In his then official organ, The American Rosae Crucis, February issue, 1916 (the same issue in which he published his aforesaid picture), on page 16, Mr. Lewis tells us that:
. . in 1909 o u r M a s te r [m eaning; h im self] jo u rn ey ed to F ra n c e a n d E n g la n d to com p lete his p rep a ratio n fo r the R o s-^ -c ru c ia n w o rk — w hich al­ ways seem ed to be his goal— and he w as given sev­ eral honors an d titles by th e F ren ch R . C . O rd e r and one [I m p e ra to r? ] by th e E n g lish O rd e r.” [W h ic h O rd e r— O . T . O . o r A .*. A ?]

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gave him one title.

A meager, yet significant, admission.

T H E T IT L E OF IMPERATOR Where did Mr. Lewis get the title of Imperator? Did he as­ sume it or was it conferred upon him— and, if so, by wrhom? Was it conferred upon him by Crowley? Was that the one title con­ ferred by the English Order ? Perhaps. The title of Imperator is a title used in A. A. .*., of which the O. T. O. is a part. There are Imperators in Crowley’s realm of Black Magic. In the March issue, 1909, of T h e E q u i n o x , Vol. I, No. 1, facing page 17, it is declared and published that A. . ’. A . . * , publications in Class B are issued by order of several dignitaries or officers, among them: “ O. V. S . 6° = 5° I M P E R A T O R . ” We reproduce the declaration and announcement above referred to, a fac-simile, as follows:

A . *. A . *. Publication in Class B. Issued by order: D.D.S. 70 = 40 Premonstrator O.S.V. 6° = 5° Imperator N,S.F. 50 = 6° Cancellarius
T H E BLACK BOOK T h e S e l f - M a d e C h a rte r In his first Authentic (? ) H istory of A . M . 0 . R . C. (he wrote and published three authentic ( ?) histories of the R. C. Order; none of them alike, all equally unauthentic), M r. Lewis tells us, in the American Rosae Crucis, July issue, 1916, page 11, that:
Ita lic s ours. M a d e his ow n C h a rte r and B lack B ook. . . D u rin g 1913, I w as d evoted to th e p re p ara ­ tion of th e necessary 'first papers/ by th e large, il­ lu m in ate d c h a rte r to be signed by th e select C o u n ­ cillors, an d th e first ‘Black Book,’ w h ich 1 had to design, le tte r and bind m yself, n o t bein g p erm itted to have an y m a tte r pass fro m m y h an d s before the O rd e r w as established.”

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made one. It was under and by virtue of the pretended and spuri­ ous authority of his manufactured, self-executed charter that he fabricated A. M. 0 . R. C. in 1915 and launched it under a stolen Rosicrucian title with plagiarized lessons and teachings. It now appears— conclusively, we believe— that Mr. Lewis had and pos­ sessed no authority from any organization 01* from any source whatever, to organize or operate A. M. O. R. C. until he received his O. T. O. charter (his “ Important Document No. 4 " ) in 1921, issued by Aleister Crowley— his Black Secret Chief— or by and under his direction and authority. Therefore, it also appears that A. M. O. R. C. was a clandestine O. T. O. organization from 1915 to 1921, until its Imperator received his O. T. O. charter as afore­ said. All of this may be a shocking revelation to the present and more recent members of A. M. O. R. C. These facts were well known to the first and earlier members, many of whom denounced the whole A. M. O. R. C. scheme as being spurious and vicious; all of whom promptly severed their connections. This is substan­ tiated, as you will recall, by the charges of certain early members that their lessons were plagiarized, copied from certain books, among them Crowley’s T h e E q u i n o x , as appears from “ The Im ­ perator s C h a l l e n g e reproduced herein ( Reproduction N o . 1).

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Mr. Lewis had to make his own “ Black B ook”— had to “ design, letter and bind” his own symbol of Black Magic. It was, indeed, very inconsiderate of Crowley, his Secret Chief, not to furnish him with a Black Book, properly designed and lettered. But Black Magicians are that way. Still, after all, there may have been a valid reason, a sufficient justification for Crowley not giving him a Black Book. You see, Crowley did not give him a charter until 1921. Perhaps he was not entitled to have a Crowley Black Book in 1913. Well, anyway, he made one for himself, just as he made his charter, his lessons and the Rosicrucian name for his organiza­ tion, and just as he made A. M. O. R. C. a Rosicrucian O rd e r with­ out right, justification or authority. Whether he had any authority from Crowley prior to 1921 to oiganize and operate A. M. O. R. C. may be more or less doubtful. It all depends on the view you take of the evidence. However, it is certain that Mr. Lewis contacted Crowley in London in 1909; that he was admitted into his (Crowley’s) Black Cult, and that he

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learned all about Imperators and Black Books from him, all of which corroborates the story of the pictures of the intimate connec­ tions between the Im perator and Baphomet, his Secret Chief. REM A IN IN G DOUBT If there still remains a lingering doubt of M r. Lewis’ close con­ nection and intimate relations with Aleister Crowley and the O. T. O., prepare to have it completely and finally expelled as we introduce, by leave of M r. Lewis’ confession, his Secret Chief of the O. T . O'

H IS SECRET C H IE F OF T H E O. T. O. G RA TEFU LLY AN D DULY A CK NOW LEDG ED
B y M r . L e w is In the early part of 1934, M r. M. Carl renewed his accusation of Mr. Lewis’ wrongful use of the seal, or a close imitation of the seal of the Collegium Pansophicum. There was considerable cor­ respondence on this subject. On February 11, 1934, M r. M. Carl wrote M r. Lewis as follows:
“ I have before me y o u r le tte r of J u n e 15, 1933, in w hich you w rite p a rtly as fo llo w s: “ ‘H ow rever, your le tte r to me gives me the proper an sw ers to the questions, an d I assure you th a t u n ­ less some new o r d ifferen t cam p aig n is started against A . M . O . R . C .. w e sh a ll say n o th in g f u r ­ th e r in o u r m agazines a b o u t P an so p h ia, fo r all of o u r. m em bers have been advised sufficiently, and it is not o u r desire to keep up an a ttitu d e of criticism one w ay o r th e oth er re g a rd in g any of the o th e r o rg a n iz a tio n s.’ “ I have before me also ‘A T r e a s u r e C h est M e s ­ sage,’ consisting of eig h t p rin te d pages, w hich has to do w ith A . M . O . R . C . and w h ich on the second page exhibits an im itatio n of th e seal o f the C o l­ legium Pansophicum . “ W ill you explain by w h ich a u th o rity you are u sing a fac-sim ile of the seal of th e C o lleg iu m P a n ­ sophicum , so close as to m islead, an d if you have no a u th o rity , how do you reconcile y o u r present act w ith th e sta tem en t m ade in th e above a b stract from y o u r le tte r ?

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“I aw ait y o u r answ er in th e course of th e m a il.” Th e seal in question and under discussion in this correspondence is the first seal from the right, shown upon M r. Lewis’ O. I . O. charter— his “ Important Document No. 4 ” ( Reproduction N o. 2 0 ) . On February 16, 1934, Mr. Lewis replied to the above-quoted letter. From Mr. Lewis’ long letter of explanation, we quote two essential paragraphs relevant to the subject we are here discussing. Note closely that on page 2 of his letter Mr. Lewis s ay s:
“ . . . H o w ev er, I do w a n t to call y o u r a tte n tio n to th e fact th a t in 1921, w hen th e S u prem e H ie ro p h a n t of th e H e rm e tic F ra te rn ity an d R o sicru cian O rd e r, as w ell as T H E S E C R E T C H I E F O F T H E O . T . 0 . and the O rie n ta l P anso p h iu s G R A N T E D A C H A R T E R T O M E A N D T O A . M . O. R . C ., and w hich c h a rte r has been p h o to g ra p h e d and reproduced, acknow ledged and en d o rsed in a n u m ­ ber of in te rn a tio n a l conventions o f R o sicru cian s and o th e r esoteric o rd ers in E u ro p e , th a t d o cu m en t signed and sealed in Basle, S w itz e rla n d , co n tain ed in its b o rd er am ong the m any o th e r official seals the v ery seal w hich you now claim is s tric tly th e ex clu ­ sive p ro perty of y o u r o rg an izatio n . A n d in th e con­ stitu tio n al rules and regulations sen t to me and in the correspondence sent to me a lo n g w ith th a t c h a r­ ter, and in a p rin ted m agazine issued by th e Su­ prem e H ie ro p h a n t in G erm an y , A u s tria , an d o th e r co u n tries in th e year 1921, th e term P an so p h ia is re fe rred to as a division of th e R o sicru cian studies and w o rk and no t as a separate school o r a sep arate o rg a n iz a tio n .” (S ee fa c s im ile R e p ro d u c tio n N o . 3 2 .)

C ap ital italics ours.

T h e Secret C h ief of the O . T . O . g ra n te d c h a rte r to M r . L ew is and A . M . O . R. C.

H IS CH A RTER AND SOURCE OF A U T H O R IT Y FROM O. T. O.
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as for hisO. T. O. authority. We follow M r. Lewis with intense and profound interest to page 3 of the same letter, where he tells us:
L ew is d u ly acknow ledges and co n su lts th e “ Secret C h ief of O . T . O .” “ . . . I shall send a copy of y o u r le tte r and a copy of th is reply to the present S e c r e t C h i e f o r H i e r o ­ p h a n t o f t h e O . T . 0 . an d th e H e r m e tic B ro th e r­ hood an d R osicrucian F ra te r n ity in E u ro p e and ask th a t I be given some in fo rm a tio n re g a rd in g the his­ to ry of th e seal in question, and p erh ap s some day I m ay be able to enlighten you u pon its origin and its g enuine a u th o rity .” ( See fa c s im ile R ep ro d u ctio n N o. 3 2 ).

T H E SECRET C H IE F OR H IE R O P H A N T OF T H E O. T. O. AND T H E H E R M E T IC B R O TH ERH O O D AND RO SICRU CIA N F R A T E R N IT Y
Astounding, presumptuous and arrogant as it is for Aleister Crowley, the notorious Black Magician, to claim authority from or to assert authority over organizations of W h ite M a g ic, such as the H erm etic Brotherhood a nd /o r the Rosicrucian Fraternity, it is nevertheless very interesting and most important to us— for M r. Lewis to make known — T O A D M I T , that Aleister Crowley is the Secret Chief or Hierophant of the particular alleged and spurious Hermetic body, and is the Secret Chief or Hierophant of the par­ ticular, alleged and spurious Rosicrucian body from which he (Lewis) and his organization (A. M. O. R. C.) received their al­ leged and spurious Hermetic a nd/o r Rosicrucian authority. T H E ENIGM A OF “IM PER A TO R ” LEW IS’ ALLEGED R O S I C R U C I A N A U T H O R I T Y IS S O LV ED . T H E T R U E SOURCE AND N A T U R E OF HIS A C T U A L A U T H O R I T Y IS K N O W N Since the year 1915, when Mr. Lewis first became active with his fabricated and spurious Rosicrucian organization, for which organization he then and there fabricated and plagiarized a Rosi­ crucian name, viz: The Ancient and M ystical Order Rosae Crucis — A. M. O. R. C.— with the willful intent to deceive and to mislead the public and sincere seekers of the Rosy Cross into the false be­ lief that A. M. O. R. C. was a genuine and authentic Rosicrucian organization; he has, in fact, actually and literally deceived, misled and defrauded thousands of well-meaning and sincere seekers of

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the Upward Path and the Rosy Cross. HAS MADE MANY CONFLICTING CLAIMS AS T O H I S A U T H O R I T Y Since that time and during the intervening years, M r . Lewis has from time to time made many different and widely varying incon­ sistent and conflicting claims as to the nature and the source of his alleged, pretended and spurious Rosicrucian authority and, like­ wise, as to the nature and the source of his teachings of the A. M. O. R. C. lessons. W E HAVE T H E PROOF OF T H E ABOVE STATEMENT We have collected and could set forth in deadly parallels and juxtaposition the numerous different and conflicting published state­ ments of Mr. Lewis, as above mentioned, to the astonishment and for the amusement of those who do not fully and truly know the real Imperator of A. M. O. R. C, if space would permit. However, it would be useless, as well as a waste of space, time and effort to do so, in view of the proof herein presented, fully and completely corroborated and affirmed by M r. Lewis’ declaration and confes­ sion as to the actual origin, the true nature and the real source of authority. N O W T IIE W H O LE T R U T H BECOMES K N O W N N one N eed Re Deceived By the documentary evidence herein presented, fully corrobo­ rated and positively affirmed by the written declaration, confession and admission of Mr. Lewis contained and set forth in his letter to M. Carl (facsim ile Reproduction N o. 32 ), it is absolutely proven — established to a certainty and demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt— that Mr. Lewis, the Imperator of A. M . O. R. C., never had and does not now possess any authentic Rosicrucian au­ thority; that the only alleged, pretended, false, illegitimate and socalled Rosicrucian authority which he has or ever has had was granted to and conferred upon him by Aleister Crowley, the no­ toriously Black Secret Chief, fabricator and founder of the equally notorious Black Cult of the O. T. O., who, himself in his own right, had and could confer no real or genuine Rosicrucian authority, and

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that the only authority which M r. Lewis has or ever has had, au­ thorizing his A . M. O. R. C . activities, is the authority of the cor­ rupt, immoral, pernicious and vicious O . T . O . — O r d o T e m p l i O r i e n t i s — conferred upon him hy his Secret C h ie f, A l e i s t e r CROWL EY, the most notorious and the most despised Black M a ­ gician of this age. Therefore, it follows, as the night follows the day, that A . M. O . R. C . is not a Rose Cross Order. Indeed, it is not Rosicrucian in any sense or in any of the varied degrees of the true significance of that sublime and august Nam e. L I M I T E D SPACE P R E V E N T S P R E S E N T A T I O N OF ALL T H E PROOF We regret that the limited space of this brochure does not per­ mit us here and now to make full and complete proof of all the facts, to demonstrate to an absolute certainty that M r. Lewis has pilfered, plagiarized, filched, taken, lifted and copied much of the so-called secret teachings of A. M. O. R. C.— many of his lessons and lectures from published books; they are not secret at all; that he has made, manufactured and fabricated other teachings, lessons, lectures and rituals of A. M. O. R. C.— they are a synthetic com­ pound of many things from many sources, containing a few wise things, most of them otherwise— and that none of the lessons, lec­ tures, rituals or teachings of A. M. O. R. C. are, in any sense or in any way, Rosicrucian secret teachings. In truth and in fact they are not from Rosicrucian sources. However, sufficient has been shown of the pilfering charlatanism of the Imperator of A. M. O. R. C. to put all prudent persons on notice; to advise all sincere seekers of the Rosy Cross or Secret Schools of WT hite Magic to beware, and to cause all members of A. M. O. R. C. to investigate— fully in­ vestigate— that they may not be further deceived 01* longer misled by the cunning duplicity, the subtle guile, the insidious sophistry, the crafty artifice, the quibbling mockery, the double-dealing treachery and the fraudulent imposition of their Imperator. I T M U S T BE C O N C L U D E D T H A T A. M. O. R. C. TEA CH IN GS ARE NO T ROSICRUCIAN TEACHINGS If perchance you are an overzealous follower of M r. Lewis and idolize your Imperator; if you are under the magic spell of the

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black art of his deception and cannot throw it off; if you are so blinded by prejudice that you cannot and will not see the truth wT hen presented; if you still believe, in spite of the proof herein presented, showing that your Imperator copied many of your lessons and much of your secret teachings from published books not Rosicrucian at all; if you still believe that your teachings are the authentic Rosi­ crucian teachings and that your Imperator has made you a Rosicru­ cian, then you are beyond the pale of salvation, and there is no help for you. However, even though you are a member of A. M. O. R. C., if you are reasonable, notwithstanding any doubt you may have as to the sufficiency of the proof we have presented to show that the A. M. O. R. C. lessons were copied and pilfered from books, you must conclude as a matter of reason, as a matter of simple logic and common sense, that the teachings and lessons given by M r. Lewis are not— cannot be— genuine teachings of the Rosicrucians, the teachings of holy White Magic. Because Mr. Lewis is a follower of Crowley, the Black Magician, a member o f the 0 . T. ()., and holds a charter issued out of 0 . T. 0., under and by authority of B a p h o m e t , his Secret Chief. Now, since Black Magicians do not and will not teach White Magic, it must be concluded that the teach­ ings of the Imperator of A. M. O. R. C. are not and cannot be the White Magic teachings— the holy doctrines of the Rosy Cross. W E SU BM IT T H E RECORDS In the sacred names of all esoteric Societies, Orders and Fr ate r­ nities of the White Brotherhood that teach the higher aspect of the law; on behalf of the exoteric Church and all allied institutions that point to the Cross on Calvary and fight with might and main the perfidious doctrines of the Anti-Christ; on behalf of all who believe in moral rectitude, common decency and Christian ethics, and for the protection of society and the general welfare of mankind, we submit the record, that all may be advised and act accordingly. M E M B E R S O F A. M. O. R. C., Y O UR R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y IS G R E A T . W I L L Y O U RISE T O T H E N E C E S S I T I E S OF T H E O C CA SI O N? Members of A. M. O. R. C., even though you have been im­ posed upon, deceived and defrauded; although you have done so

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innocently and unwittingly, yet nevertheless you

e n c o u r a g e d a n d a i d e d y o u r I m p e r a t o r in h i s p i l f e r i n g , p l a g i a r i z i n g c h a r l a t a n i s m , y o u h a v e s i l e n t l y a c q u i e s c e d in h i s c o n d u c t i n g t h e af f ai rs o f y o u r o r d e r since 1 9 2 1 u n d e r t h e a u t h o r i t y o f a c h a r t e r f r o m t h e O. T. O., i s s u e d b y o r u n d e r t h e d i r e c t i o n o f B A P HO M E T , t h e A n t i - C h r i s t . Y ou a r e n o w i n f o r m e d b y your Im perator , b y h i s b o l d d e c l a r a t i o n a n d 'written confession , c o n t a i n e d in h i s l e t t e r to M . C a r l h erein m a d e public a n d available to you, a d v is in g you t h a t t h e Secret Chief o f y o u r Imperator is n o n e o t h e r t h a n A l e i s t e r C r o w l e y , f o u n d e r o f t h e i l l - f a m e d O. T . O., t h e n o t o r i o u s Black Magician — B a p h o m e t — t h e A n t i - C i i r i s t . Y o u h a v e b e e n a d ­ v i s e d b y y o u r I m p e r a t o r in t h o u s a n d s o f a d v e r t i s e m e n t s , b r o a d c a s t t h r o u g h o u t t h e l a n d , t h a t y o u r s is n o l o n g e r a C h r i s t i a n o r d e r o r a r e l i g i o u s o r g a n i z a t i o n ; t h a t A . M . O . R. C . is anti-religious — th e r e fo re , A n t i - C h r is t . T h e intention, the p urpose, the objective o f y o u r I m p e r a t o r to c o n v e r t y o u r o r d e r in to an A n t i - C h r is t o r ­ ganization, to openly, boldly place it u n d e r the Black Flag of

O. T. O.

under the jurisdiction of Ba p h o m e t , the A n t i -C h r is t , a n d within the unholy and detestable realm s o f B lack M agic, m ust be a p p a r e n t to you b e y o n d t h e t w i l i g h t o f all c o n j e c t u r e .

M e m b e r s o f A. M. O. R. C., will you stand idly by and permit this to be done? O r will you, in your indignation, rise in your might, drive the money-changers from your temple and, for the good of society, for the benefit of your fellow-men, for the salva­ tion of your souls— in the name of common decency, will you not deal the death blow to this insidious, this vicious scheme and plan of your Imperator? Will you not make it impossible for Black Magic to exist in this Christian land? Will you not make Amer­ ica safe for White Magic? Th e record is before you— the verdict is yours— so, also, the responsibility.

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THE M > I T E R I O U I W O R L D w ithin you
Those strange feelings of intuition and premonition are the urges of your inner self. Within you there is a world of unlimited power. This dynamic, strange, mental force is secreted in the recesses of your mind. Its astonishing helpfulness you sense by an oc­ casional hunch or inspiration. Learn to properly direct and control it and you can do the RIGHT TH IN G at the RIG H T TIME, and master your life.
The R o sicru c ia n i, an a g e -o ld b ro th e rh o o d (not a religion), h a v e shown th o u ­ san d s o f m en an d w om en how to b rin g h ap p in e ss a n d a c h ie v e m e n t into their lives b y th e u se o f th e se little-u n d erstood p o w e rs o f se lf. T hey invite y o u ^ to w rit* t o d a y fo r th e s e a le d g ift b ook th a t tells how you m ay ob tain th e se startlin g te a c h in g s fo r stu d y and use in yo u r d a ily a ffa ir s. A d d re s s : S c r i b e D .A .Z .

THIS FREE SEALED BOOK

ROSICRUCIAN BROTHERHOOD
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R em em b er— The R osicrucian O r d e r is N O T a Religious O rg an izatio n

T h is advertisement is reproduced from the S C IE N T IF IC A m f , r i c a n (M a y , 1935). This same advertisement is being and recently has been published in hundreds of papers and m agazines. In this manner he has broadcast his propagan da throughout the width and breadth of the land that his A. M. O. R. C.— his spurious Rosicrucian Order ( not the real Rosicrucian O r d e r ) — is not a religious organization— not a Christian order— that it :'s Anti-Christ. T h is is preparatory propaganda for the conversion of A. M. 0 . R. C. into a Black Cult of the O. T. O.

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O R D E R OF O R IE N T A L TEM PLA R S
M YSTERIA MYSTICA MAXIMA
PREAM BLE

D u r i n g the last twenty-five years, constantly increasing numbers of earnest people and seekers after truth have been turning their attention to the study of the hidden laws of Nature. The growth of interest in these matters has been simply marvellous. Numberless societies, associations, orders, groups, etc., etc., have been founded in all parts of the civilized world, all and each following some line of occult study. While all these newly organized associations do some good in preparing the minds of thoughtful people for their eventually becoming genuine disciples of the One Truth, yet there is* but ONE ancient organization of Mystics which shows to the student a Royal Road to discover the One Truth. This organization has permitted the formation of the body known as the “ AN CIEN T ORDER OF ORIENTAL TEM PL A R S.” It is a modern School of Magi. Like the ancient Schools of Magi it derived its knowledge from Egypt and Chaldea. This knowledge is never revealed to vii
Reproduction of a full page from T h e E q u i n o x , issued in 1911. T h e E q u i n o x w as started in 1909 by Aleister Crowley as the official organ of his various activities. T h e A n c i e n t O r d e r o f O r i e n t a l T e m p i . a r s was organized by Cro wley at that time, 1911. Th is order is also known as the Ordo T e m p l i Orienlis, or by the abbreviation 0 . T . O. C o m p a r e w i t h the Lew is “I m p o r t a n t D o c u m e n t No. 4-.” ( R e p ro d u c tio n N o . 20. S ee also 2 0 A . )

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T H E EQUINOX The names of women members are never divulged. It is not lawful here to disclose the name of any living chief. It was Karl Kellner who revived the exoteric organiza­ tion of the O.T.O. and initiated the plan now happily com­ plete of bringing all occult bodies again under one gov­ ernance. The letters O.T.O. represent the words Ordo Templi Orientis (Order of the Temple of the Orient, or Oriental Templars), but they have also a secret meaning for initiates. 3. The Order is international, and has existing branches in every civilized country of the world. 4. The aims of the O.T.O. can only be understood fully by its highest initiates; but it may be said openly that it teaches Hermetic Science or Occult Knowledge, the Pure and Holy Magick of Light, the Secrets of M ystic attain­ ment, Yoga of all forms, Gnana Yoga, Raja Y oga, Bhakta Yoga and Hatha Yoga, and all other branches of the secret Wisdom of the Ancients. In its bosom repose the Great Mysteries; its brain has re­ solved all the problems of philosophy and of life. It possesses the secret of the Stone of the W ise, of the Elixir of Immortality, and of the Universal Medicine. Moreover, it possesses a Secret capable of realizing the world-old dream of the Brotherhood of Man. It also possesses in every important centre of population a hidden Retreat ( Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum ) where members may conceal themselves in order to pursue the Great Work without hindrance.
P a ge 2 0 0 o f T h e E q u i n o x . Note that in this Constitution o f the A n c i e n t O r d e r O r i ­ en tal T e m p l a r s the various different names are given, such as O. T . O. and Ordo T e m p l i Orie ntis. Compare this with Le wis’ “ Important Document N o . 4.” ( R e p r o ­ d u c tio n No . 20.) Note also reference to the retreat: C o llegiu m a d S p i r i t u m S a nctum , and compare with L ew is’ letterhead ( R ep ro d u ctio n No. 2 1 ).

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M A N IFESTO OF T H E O.T.O. These houses are secret fortresses of Truth, Light, Power and Love, and their position is only disclosed under an oath of secrecy to those entitled to make use of them. They are also temples of true worship, specially conse­ crated by Nature to bring out of a man all that is best in him. 5. The authority of the O.T.O. is concentrated in the O.H.O. (Outer Head of the Order), or F rater Superior. The name of the person occupying this office is never dis­ closed except to his immediate representatives. 6. The Authority of the O.H.O. in all English-speaking countries is delegated by charter to the Most Holy, Most Illustrious, Most Illuminated, and Most Puissant Baphomet X° Rex Summus Sanctissimus 330, 90°, 96°, Past Grand M aster of the United States of America, Grand Master of Ireland, Iona, and All the Britains, Grand M aster of the K nights of the Holy Ghost, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Order of the Temple, Most Wise Sovereign of the Order of the Rosy Cross, Grand Zerubbabel of the Order of the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch, etc. etc. etc., National Grand M aster General ad vitam of the O.T.O.
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T h i s is the charter which Mr. Lewis says the Secret Chief of him and to A. M. O. R. C. (See his letter, R eproduction N o. C ro w ley ’s O. T . O. announcements ( R eprod uctions Nos. 19 and member the seals, especially the third seal from left, the O. T . O. description of this document ( R ep rod uction N o. 20A ) . O. 1'. O. granted to
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IMPORTANT ROSICRUCIAN DOCUMENTS, No. 4
T h e a b o v e is a p h o to g rap h of a larg e d o cu m e n t e n g rav ed at L ucerne, S w itz erla n d , o n h e a v y parchm ent p a p e r a n d issued b y th e S uprem e M a g u s an d F ru te r S u p e rio r of the an cien t R o sic ru cia n O r d e r for S w itz er­ land a n d G e rm a n y an d date d in the an c ien t R osicrucian S overeign S a n c tu a ry a t B asle, S w itz e rla n d , in the nam e of th e an c ien t o rd e r o f m y s te ry tem ples of th e O rien t and in the n am e of the A n c ie n t a n d P rim itive O rie n ta l an d M y s te ry R ites of M em phis an d M izraim , E g y p t. T h e S o v e re ig n S a n c tu a ry of S w itz erla n d a n d G e rm a n y , a co n tin u ally o p eratin g R o sic ru cia n ce n ter of E urope, c o n fe rs u pon H . S p e n c e r L ew is, Im ­ p e r a to r o f the R o sic ru cia n O r d e r of A m eric a, th e 3 J . 90. an d 95 d eg rees of the E g y p tia n M y s te ry Rite.s of M em p h is an d M izraim an d th e 7th o r la s t d e g r e e of th e C hivalric O r d e r of O rie n ta l T e m p la rs , and ap p o in ts him a s an h o n o ra ry m em ber of the S o v e re ig n S an ctu a ries of S w itz erla n d , G e rm a n y , an d A ustria a n d th e S u p rem e C ouncil of A M O R C in C a lifo rn ia a s a " g ag e of a m ity .” It is d a te d B asle, July, 1921. an d c o n ta in s m an y R osicrucian seals a n d em blem s, son.e of w hich are no t c le a r o r d is tin c t in th e above p h o to g ra p h . TTiis c h a rte r is the on ly o n e of its kind e v e r issued fo r N o rth A m eric a a n d includes certain p o w e rs, a u th o rities, a n d privileges w hich h a v e n o t y e t been exercised b y the Im p e ra to r of A M O R C in N o rth A m eric a

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Being Mr. Lew is’ description of his Crowley charter from O. T . O. appearing be­ neath the f a c s i m i l e of the charter or document which he published in November D i g e s t , 1933 ( Repro duction N o . 2 0 ) . T h i s is his second description of this document. T h e first, which we have quoted, appeared in T h e T r i a n g l e , No. 6, page 1, Septem­ ber 29, 1921. Af ter g ivin g different descriptions and some m isleading descriptions of this document, he now tells us that it is A c h a r t e r that the Secret Chief of the O. T . O. granted to him and A. M. O. R. C. in 1921 (see his letter, R ep ro d u c tio n No. 32 ). T hus, by his ad m issio n and confession, does he connect himself and A. M. O. R . C. with Crowley, notorious Black M agician , and his O. T . O., a despised Black Cult of the Black Brotherhood (see also R epro d uction s Nos. 19 a n d I 9 A ) .

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^Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum, F. R. C.

Grand College of Rites
Supreme Council
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ORDINIS RO SAEAVREAE CRVCIS
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G r e e tin g s : Know a l l men t h a t I , H. Spen cer L e w is, Im perator o f th e A n cien t M y stic a l Order Rosae C r u c is o f North A m erica, and B ish op o f the P r i s t i n e Church o f th e Rose C ross in c o r p o r a te d i n the S ta t e o f C a l i ­ f o r n i a , do h ereb y make, a p p o in t, c o n s t i t u t e and o r ­ d a in E. E. Thomas a p r i e s t o f th e P r i s t i n e Church o f th e Rose C ross, w ith power and f u l l a u t h o r it y t o p e r ­ form su ch e c c l e s i a s t i c a l cerem on ies and o th e r o f f i c e s p e r ta in in g to a d u ly q u a l i f i e d p r i e s t o f th e P r i s t i n e Church o f th e Rose C r o ss. x x W i t n e s s e d by my hand t h i s day o f our Lord, ~ Jf tiie sanctum o f th e P r i s £ in e Church o f t h e ftofrfe C r o ss, San J o s e , C a l i f o r n ia .

T h i s reproduction contains much meat— too much. Under C ro w ley ’s h id d e n retreat (see R e p r o d u c t i o n N o . 19), C o llegium a d S p i r i t u m S a n ctu m , the Imperator of A . M. O. R. C., w o rk in g under an O. T . O. charter and as a Bishop who recognizes Crowley, the notorious B a p h o m e t, the A n t i - C h r i s t , as his Secret Chief, ordains a Priest of the Pristine Church of the C r o w l e y B la ck Cross— miscalled Rose Cross (see R ep ro du ction No. 2 2 ) .

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T h e C r o w i , e y B l a c k C r o s s , reproduced from T h e E q u i n o x of March, 1910. It is the G r a n d S y m b o l o f all his B la ck M a g i c activities. Mr. Lewis attempted to file this same Crowley Black Cross in Pennsylvania as the emblem or insignia of A. M. O. R. C. (see R eproductions Nos . 24 a n d 24-A ) . He also uses it in connection with his A. M. O. R. C . activities (see R ep ro d u ctio n No. 25) .

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o w ith th e req u irem en ts o f an Act o f th e e Commonwealth o f P e n n s y lv a n ia e n t i t l e d * "An

r e g i s t r a t i o n and p r o t e c t i o n o f th e nam es» n s , d e c o r a t io n s , charms* em blem s, r o s e t t e s a s s o c i a t i o n s , lo d g e s , o rd ers, fr a te r n a l

s o c i e t i e s or f r a t e r n a l and b e n e f i c i a l s o c i e t i e s r i c a l , m ilit a r y or v e te r a n s o r g a n i z a t i o n s , n , f e d e r a t io n or any o th e r s o c i e t y , o r g a n iz a ­ t i o n or a s s o c i a t i o n , d e g r e e , branch, su b o r d in a te lo d g e or a u x i l ia r y t h e r e o f to p r o h ib it th e w e a rin g , e x h i b i t i o n , d i s p l a y or u s e o f th e same by any person not e n t i t l e d t o w ear, e x h i b i t , d i s p l a y or u s e the same and f i x in g a p e n a lty fo r th e v i o l a t i o n o f t h i s A ct" , approved th e 5th day o f May, A. D. 1 9 2 7 , th e u n d e rsig n ed lo d g e , th e p r i n c ip le s and a c t i v i t i e s o f w hich a r e n ot repugnant t o th e C o n s t i t u t i o n and low s o f th e U n ited S t a t e s o f t h i s Commonwealth, d e s i r i n g to r e g i s t e r an emblem in th e O f fic e o f th e S e o r e ta r y o f th e Conm onwealth, f o r th « purposes p rovid ed f o r i n s a id A ct, d o e s h e r e b y c e r t i f y : 1* The name o f th e lo d g e so r e g i s t e r i n g i s The Supreme

Or and Lodge o f th e A noient and M y stica l Order R osae C r u c is . 2. I t s a d d r e ss , lo c a t i o n or p la c e o f b u s i n e s s i s 2 2 3

Dan D r iv e , Mt. Lebanon S t a t i o n , P it t s b u f g , P e n n s y lv a n ia . 3. The emblem t o be r e g i s t e r e d , two f a c s i m i l e s or

d u p lic a t e s o f which accompany t h i s a p p l ic a t io n , c o n s i s t s o f a r o s e and a c r o s s d e s ig n and c o n s i s t s o f a la r g e c r o s s c o n ta in in g d e s ig n s w ith a sm all r o sy c r o s s in th e c e n te r o f th e l a r g e r c r o s s w ith v a r io u s d e s ig n s e n c ir c le d about i t . In eaoh arm o f th e c r o s s i s a

t r i a n g l e d e s ig n w ith v a r io u s oth er d e s ig n s and l e t t e r i n g o f a n c ie n t h i s t o r i c a l o r lg a .
A n attem p t to legally register C r o w ley ’s Black C ross as the em blem of A. M. 0. (A pplication concluded in Reproduction No. 24-A.)

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th e r e o f th rou gh ou t t h i s Commonwealth, and th a t no o th e r a s s o c i a t i o n , l o d g e , o r d e r , s o c i e t y , o r g a n iz a t io n , u n io n , fo u n d a tio n , f e d e r a t i o n , d e g r e e , b r a n c h , su b o r d in a te lo d g e or a u x ilia r y th e r e o f n or the i n d iv id u a l members th e r e o f has a r ig h t t o w ear, e r t i i b i t , d is p la y or or i n any su ch n ear

u s e th e same e i t h e r in th e i d e n t i c a l form r esem b la n ce th e r e t o as may be c a l

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FI. Spencer Lewis, president, signs the application, and Ralph M. Lewis, secretary, s w ea rs that the Crowley Black Cross is an emblem of A. M. O. R. C. and tlu t it has the right to use it.

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Reproduction of the insignia from the inside cover of the T r e a s u r e C h e s t M e s s a g e used by M r . Lewis in his campaign for special students and special contributions among the fourth degree members of A. M. O. R. C. It is the Cro wley Black C r o s s , a grand insignia of the Black Cult of the 0 . T . O. and all of C rowley’s Black M ag ic activities.

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33°-95°, s h o w i n g d i r e c t c o n n e c t i o n w i t h C r o w l e y ’s B l a c k M a g i c a c t i v i t i e s .

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I itle |~a°ce of T h e E q u i n o x . Note the insig nia o r seal of O . T . O . in c e n te r of pag e, the t h i rd seal on Im p o rt a n t D ocum ent (R ep r o d uction No. 20) an d the sa m e insignia use d b y L e w i s fo r A. M . O . R. C . - C a t h e d r a l o f t h e S o u l ( R e p r o d u c t i o n N o . 29) .

cou n try and o th e r c o u n tr ie s . I do n o t know how c lo s e l y the s e a l to which you r e f e r resem bles th e one you claim b elo n g s to th e C ollegium Pansophicum, f o r I have —— n o t tak en th e p ain s t o hunt up any o f your rec o rd s, correspondence, o r documents to make any comparison between t h i s s e a l and th e one you c la im b elon gs to your o r g a n iz a tio n and which may appear on some o f your l i t e r a t u r e . However, I do want to c a l l your a tte n tio n to th e f a c t th a t in 1921 when th e Supreme H ierophant o f th e Hermetic F r a te r n ity and R o sic r u c ia n Order as w e ll as th e s e c r e t c h ie f o f th e O.T.O. and th e O rie n ta l Ppneophlus granted a c h a r ter to me and to A1£0RC, and which c h a r ter has been photographed and reproduced, acknowledged, and in d orsed in a number o f in te r n a tio n a l con ven tion s o f R osicru c ia n s and oth er e s o t e r ic orders in Europe, th a t document, sig n e d and s e a le d i n . B a s l e , - S w itz e rla n d , contained In i t s border among th e many o th e r o f f i c i a l s e a l s , th e very se a l which you now claim i s s t r i c t l y th e e x c lu s iv e property o f your o r g a n iz a tio n . And in th e c o n s t it u t io n a l r u le s and r e g u la tio n s se n t to me and In th e cor­ respondence se n t to me along w ith th a t ch a r ter , and in a p r in te d magazine is s u e d by th e Supreme Hierophant In Germany, A u str ia , and o th e r c o u n tr ie s In th e y e a r 1921, the term Pansophla I s r e fe r r e d to a s a d iv is io n o f the R osicru cian s tu d ie s and work and n ot as a se p a r a te sc h o o l or a sep a ra te o r g a n iz a tio n . I s h a ll send a copy o f your l e t t e r and a copy o f t h i s r e p ly to th e p r e se n t S ecret C h ief or H ierophant o f th e O.T.O. and Hermftt.1 c Brotherhood and R osicru cian F ra te r n ity In EUrope" and ask th a t I be g iv en some Inform ation regard in g th e h isto r y o f th e s e a l in q u estio n and perhaps some day I may be a b le to e n lig h ten you upon i t s o r ig in ana i t s genuine a u th o r ity . I tr u s t you r e a l i z e th a t your in tim a tio n th a t th e R o sicru cia n Brotherhood has “copied* the se a l o f your o r g a n iz a tio n I s an error o f Judgment on your p art and th a t our o r g a n iza tio n i s n ot attem p tin g t o m islead anyone in any way in regard to th e se m a tter s, e s p e c ia lly s in c e no r e fe re n c e Is made t o Pansophia as a sch o o l or system o f study in any l it e r a t u r e Issu ed by us or any p art o f th e R osicrucian o r g a n iz a tio n throughout th e world In recen t y e a r s . I f we have made any erro r in connection w ith Pansophla a t a l l , the e r r o r was made in p la c in g our f a i t h in th e c la im s made by Mr. Tranker fo r h is newly formed Pansophla Society, and in our e n th u s ia s tic e x p r essio n o f g o o d -w ill In o f f e r in g to a s s i s t him in g e t t in g h is or­ g a n iz a tio n sta r te d in Germany. I t was u n fortu n ate in d eed th a t we p u b lish ed any statem en t regarding h is o r g a n iza tio n and pu t o u r se lv e s on record as having Indorsed h is o r ig in a l p la n s, which, by th e way, have not been c a r r ie d out bu t have been turned and m o d ified to our d isad van tage.

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The Confession of the Imperator o f A . M . O . R. C.
Reproduction of parts of pages 2 and 3 of Lewis’ letter to M. Carl. Ilere is Le wis confession that he is operating A. M. O. R. C. under a C h a r t e r f r o m T H t- Q- ^ and that C r o w l e y is his S e c r e t C h i e f — the last link in the chain ot tne ansoiute anci positive proof of our charges.

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C R O W L E Y ’S BO O K 777 W e reproduce the advertisement of C ro w ley ’s Hook 777 from T h e E q u i n o x , Vol. ?, page ? — ?— issue. Book or Liber 777 deals with the dangerous vibrations of Black Magic. Mr. Lewis has placed the A. M. O. R. C . - C a t h e d r a l o f t h e S o u l under the dangerous vibrations of Liber 777— C row ley’s symbol of the in sid iou s vibrations of Black M agic and its precarious arts and damnable practices. See cover page of the Lewis C a t h e d r a l o f t h e S o u l ( R eprod uction N o. 2 9 ).

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Le wis is operating the A. M. O. R. C . - C a t h e d r a l o f t h e S o u l under the seal and insignia of the Black Cult of the O. T . O. and the insidious C row ley vibrations of Liber 777. Note the 0 . T . O. insignia and seal. (See R e p ro d u c tio n s N o s . 20-27 a n d 28. Compare carefully. Convince yourself.)

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ROSICRUCIA N FO U N D A T IO N
The Foundation was instituted several years ago as a special re­ search and investigating body of the August Fraternity. Its func­ tion is to make careful research into the history of the Brotherhood, to collect and make a compendium of all Rosicrucian authorities and to compile and index all Rose Cross literature, authentic and unauthentic, for ready reference and instant use. Among its other functions and uses, it performs the important work of making full investigation into the claims of all persons and organizations using Rosicrucian names and appellations and claiming or asserting Rosi­ crucian authority. The collection of the documentary evidence produced in this brochure and the research in connection therewith was the work of The Rosicrucian Foundation. U S E O F N A M E IS L E G A L L Y R E S E R V E D TO T H E A U TH EN TIC FRATERNITY The name has been fully protected and its exclusive use reserved to the authentic Rosicrucian Fraternity by registration according to law in the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Penn­ sylvania, January 16, 1935; in the office of the Secretary of the State of New Jersey, October 29, 1934, and in the office of the Secretary of the State of California, March 20, 1935. Its insignia were registered in the United States Patent Office on August 28, 1934.

T H E C O N FED ER A TIO N OR F R A T E R N IT Y OF IN IT IA T E S
The exclusive use of the title, The Confederation or Fraternity o f Initiates, has been reserved and its exclusive use protected by L. S. copyrights issued in July, 1929. Copies of the certificates of copyright are reproduced, evidencing the truth of this statement (our Reproductions Nos. 33 and 3 4 ) . This prevents and legally

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prohibits the use in the United States of translation into foreign languages. 7 he French title (Th e Confederation or Fraternity of Initiates, translated into the French language), to wit: L a Federation Universelle des Orderes, Societes et Fraternities des I n itiates— the name of the international organization or body— has been and is fully protected by American and international copyrights. The French name of the international body and the English name of the American body or branch has also been protected by registration according to law in the States of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California. AN A T T E M P T T O U N L A W F U L L Y US E T H E N A M E • O F SAID I N T E R N A T I O N A L BODY In his official organ, the Rosicrucian Digest, November, 1934, beginning on page 375, Mr. Lewis gives an account of the organiza­ tion of an international body of “ Initiates’' on August 14, 1934, and describes its first conclave and the organization of the Confed­ eration at that time.

PU BLIC N O T IC E IS G IV EN
M r. Lewis and his foreign associates have wrongfully and il­ legally attempted to use the name of our international body, La Federation TJniverselle des Orderes, Societes et Fraternities des In itiates, or a name deceptively similar, as the name of their newly formed (if formed) international body or federation. Public no­ tice is hereby given to M r. Lewis, his Secret Chief, Crowley, and their associates and henchmen, that they have no right to use said name or title in connection with their Black Magic activities.

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E d i t o r ’s N o t e : When this Brochure was ready for the press, there came to our notice an Expose of Mr. Lewis, his methods and how he has managed the financial affairs of A M O R C by A. L e o n B a t c i i e l o r , the recent Grand Treasurer, which has been published and extensively circulated in the Pacific coast states. Mr. Batchelor asserts that Mr. Lewis demanded and forced his resignation as Grand Treasurer because he refused to commit perjury, at Lewis’ request, in his behalf and upon his demand in a certain action or suit in equity now pending in the United States District Court at San Francisco, wherein certain members of A M O R C are suing Lewis et al. for an accounting of and for the alleged misappropriation of certain A M O R C funds alleged to have been appropriated to his own use and the private use of his family.

AMORC A LEW IS FAMILY AFFAIR Mr. Batchelor, who should know by reason of his services as Grand Treasurer, having been on the inside of the Grand Lodge and entirely familiar with all the facts, declares that A M O R C is run and directed exclusively by the Lewis family as a private fam­ ily enterprise; that nothing has been left to the members, except the privilege of paying their dues; that the so-called Supreme Council of A M O R C consists of H. Spencer Lewis, his wife Martha, his son Ralph and his son’s wife, Gladys Lewis; that Lewis, the Imperator, has made it an offense for members to criticize him, and when a large number of members complained and asked for an investigation of the affairs of the order, he used the funds of the order to hire thugs and strong-armed men to threaten, intimidate and coerce them. W e are, also, aware that Lewis has been and is using the funds of A M O R C to hire character assassins to conduct scandalous “whispering campaigns” against all who oppose or ex­ pose him. H e has employed those insidious methods and other equally disreputable and roguish tactics against us. However, he has not cast his spell of fear upon us and shall not deter us in our determined course to expose his scandalous methods and to protect

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the innocent and uninformed against the siren calls of his bewitch­ ing deceit and ensnaring artifice. SU PREM E IN T R IG U E AND PLOTS O F SUPREM E OFFICERS OF AM ORC M r. Batchelor informs the world that, for two years, the Su­ preme Headquarters of A M O R C at San Jose, California, have been a hotbed of intrigue, plotting, dissensions, intimidations and even personal physical violence; that although Lewis’ letters and his A M O R C literature abound with “Peace P rofound," yet, as a matter of fact, all that is left of “Peace P rofound” is on paper; that he and his son Ralph are constantly at war and at times do not speak to each other for days or weeks, the chief bone of contention being which of them— the Imperator, the father, or the Grand Secretary, the son— has the most effective or subtle plan to lleece the members and to hoodwink the public. AMORC NO T A FR A T E R N A L O R D ER— BEING C O M M E R C I A L , M U S T PAY I N C O M E T A X E S Mr. Batchelor furnishes the interesting and important informa­ tion that members of A M O R C have never been given a statement as to income and expenditures. Only meager generalities have been given, which, he says, were designedly misleading and in some in­ stances deliberately false; that Lewis and his family have stolen the order ( A M O R C ) lock, stock and barrel; that they have sys­ tematically looted the treasury for their own benefits, sometimes through questionable transactions and jugglery of the records and sometimes without that ceremony; that after each convention Lewis has repeatedly made and published the false statement to members that a committee of the members had inspected and audited the books of accounts; whereas, as a matter of fact, the books have never been audited, according to the statement of the former Grand Treasurer, except on two occasions: one made in the above-men­ tioned action in the Federal Court at San Francisco, the other by the United States Internal Revenue Department, as the result of which A M O R C lost its status as a tax-exempt fraternal order and is now required to pay federal income taxes and is liable for large amounts of unpaid delinquent income taxes and heavy penalties.

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IN T E R N A T IO N A L CONVENTIONS A R U S E IN T E R N A T IO N A L COUNCIL A M Y T H T he Imperator of A M O R C has wasted much printers’ ink in publishing accounts of his attendance at so-called Rosicrucian Inter­ national Conventions, supposed to have been held in Europe. These conventions and his much-heralded and often-referred-to “International R. C. Council ” of which he claims to be a member and A M O R C a part thereof, has been the subject of much false propaganda. We have long known and heretofore have published the facts, to wit: that Lewis’ so-called International Conventions were never held and that his “International R. C. Council” was a myth— a fiction pure and simple. We now have conclusive cor­ roborative proof of these facts from a former Grand Officer— the Grand Treasurer of A M O R C — who declares that Lewis and his family for several years have taken trips to Europe with the funds of A M O R C , falsely telling the members they had attended Rosi­ crucian Conventions; that there have been no such conventions and that there is no such thing as “International Council We suggest that perhaps he used the funds of A M O R C to go to confer with Crowley, the Black Magician and his Secret Chief, as well as to give himself and family splendid trips and vacations at the expense of the members. A M O R C D Y I N G FO R LACK O F S P I R I T U A L N O URISHM ENT H e says that while Lewis loudly proclaims that A M O R C is the largest occult organization, yet he has never informed the members of the number of its members; that were it not for his expenditure of about $50,000 a year of A M O R C funds in undignified, unRosicrucian advertising and flamboyant ballyhoo, A M O R C , under Lewis’ domination and methods, would have died long ago for lack of spiritual nourishment. Lie laments that it is a sad reflection on A M O R C that about four hundred members drop out each month; that about an equal number each month are caught in the meshes of Lewis’ untruthful and unethical advertising, soon to drop by the wayside, and their places to be taken by new victims. A SAMPLE OF LEW ISTO NIAN TRICKERY M r . Batchelor relates that a fair sample of Lewis’ chronic tend­

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ency to cheap trickery and plausible falsehood is found in his pub­ lished accounts of the “ sealed masonry” columns in the Temple Room. T o impress the members and the public with the “magnifi­ cence” of the Temple, he has stated boldly and falsely that the col­ umns are of solid masonry and the tops are covered with “ 22-karat gold,” whereas that was the trade name of the paint used, which was mixed with banana oil, and there is no solid masonry in the building. IM P O R T A N T D O CU M ENTS N O T ROSICRUCIAN Reference is made in said Expose to the publication by Lewis in his official organ, T i i e D i g e s t , of a series of fac-similes of docu­ ments which he has entitled “ Important Rosicrucian Documents," one being reproduced herein (see our fac-simile Reproduction N o. 2 0 ) . M r. Batchelor says that not one of them is a document emanating from Rosicrucians, nor can any of them, by any stretch of the imagination, be termed Rosicrucian documents; that Lewis’ published accounts of their meaning is worthless and that the very contents of said documents betray his trickery. A M O R C H A S L A R G E I N C O M E — IS A P A Y I N G E N T E R P R I S E FO R L E W I S F A M I L Y T he ex-Grand Treasurer reveals that Lewis spent a large sum of A M O R C funds to build what he advertised to be a Museum, which is of no possible utility to the order, and has no relation to the work of the order, merely as another means and opportunity for advertising ballyhoo; that he falsely represents it to contain “rare and ancient relics,” which are the subject of jest and the contempt of curators of museums. He claims that Lewis has constantly im­ portuned the members for this and that purpose, called for contri­ butions for various purposes, but the money was not applied to bers that A M O R C has real and personal property valued at about a half million dollars, nearly $400,000 in cash in bank and an an­ nual income of about $350,000. B U I L T T H E I R H O M E S A N D PA ID T H E I R H O U S E ­ H O L D EXPENSES W IT H AMORC FU ND S M r. Batchelor charges that Lewis and his son Ralph built their

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homes with funds of the order and repeatedly drew checks on the bank account of the order to pay their household bills; that Ralph Lewis does not have a bank account, and his personal automobile was paid for with funds of the order; that when these items drawn on the order’s account accumulated on the books, Lewis and his son voted themselves increases in salary, making them retroactive to cover, in some measure, those peculations. T h a t to secure addi­ tional funds for their use, they advised members to buy certain books by which they personally profited. T h a t they secure new members by exaggerated advertising, against the rules of the order, took the money and issued membership to anyone who sent in the $5 initiation fee and reduced the level of the order to that of a commercial correspondence school with much ballyhoo and false­ hood. And that Lewis has not only robbed the members of their material substance, but that he has cruelly exploited their hopes, aspirations, love and devotion to an ideal. E X - G R A N D T R E A S U R E R CAN P R O V E C H A R G E S In summing up, the recent former Grand Treasurer of A M O R C states that he is prepared to prove that Lewis, the Imperator of A M O R C , and his son Ralph, the Grand Secretary of A M O R C , are guilty of falsehood, fraud, misappropriation of funds and prop­ erty of the order, obtaining money under false pretenses, systematic misleading and deception of members, utter absence of Rosicru­ cian standards or of any standards of honesty at headquarters, con­ verting the order into low commercialism and plain racketeering. H e further says that due entirely to the Lewis methods of con­ ducting the affairs of A M O R C , it is held in contempt and looked upon as a fra u d , and that in San Jose, California, where the activi­ ties of the order are centered and Lewis is well known, he is looked upon with suspicion, considered a clever grafter, a pious racketeer and a M o n u m e n t a l H u m b u g . T H E P R O O F O F T H E L E W I S BLACK M A G IC ACTIVITIES ACCUMULATES T h e inverted use of Divine force and power is B l a c k M a g i c per se. T h e evidence of the use of Divine power— occult powers— for personal ends, for selfish personal advantage, to make money, to r e v e l i n l u x u r y — is p roof of B l a c k M a g i c . The evidence

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of the pretended use of Divine powers— the false claim and decep­ tive pretensions of occult powers and authority not possessed; the evidence of the use o f deception, empiric trickery, roguish du­ plicity, insidious sophistry, double-dealing chicanery and O U T R I G H T F R A U D to create an organization and to secure its membership is p r o o f of the scandalous, disgraceful and infamous use of the B l a c k A r t s and the further evidence of the misuse, misappropriation and fraudulent absorption of said tainted funds for personal use and private gain. The employment of said tainted funds against the members from whom they were secured by such questionable and despicable methods for the purpose of injuring or destroying the members to whom said funds rightfully belong is p r o o f of the most scandalous, the most disgraceful and the m o s t infamous use of the Black Arts. Indeed and in truth, it is B l a c k M a g i c per se in its most hideous and horrible aspects, in its most repulsive and loath­ some phases, in its most vicious and malefic utilization and in its foulest form. C O N V I C T E D B U T R E T A I N S I IIS P O W E R Thus it is that H. Spencer Lewis, the Imperator, the “ Most Per­ fect Master Profundis,” is convicted of Black Magic connections and the disreputable, ghastly and malefic use of the Black Arts by his own actions, on his own confessions and with the corroborative proof which his former close associate and ex-Grand Treasurer brings from the center of his rotten activities, from the innermost part, the sanctum sanctorum of hi^jGrand Lodge, where, by the use of his Black Arts, he enthroned hJfcself “I m p e r a t o r " and by the utility of his perfidious practices contiJ?^es to be the “ M o s t P e r ­ f e c t M a s t e r P r o f u n d i s ” of A M O R L The ex-Grand Treasurer says that one OTjthe members, Mr. Ber­ nard Justice, a retired army officer, pleaded with Lewis to change his methods, to clean house and not to wreck the ord er; that Lewis declared that if necessary he would spend every dollar of A M O R C and sell the ring off his finger before he would give in. M r. Batche­ lor adds that since then Lewis has been and is now spending large sums of the members’ money and using pages of T h e D i g e s t and F o r u m to mislead them by false statements, with not a hint of the true conditions, which are very serious indeed. W h a t will Mr. Batchelor, his associates and other members of A M O R C , who have been wronged and maltreated, do about it?

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