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The Channel. An international quarterly of occultism, spiritual philosophy o f life, and the science o f superphysicalfacts. Vol 1, N o 3, April-June 1916, and Vol 1, N o 4, July-September 1916 (Hollywood, Los Angeles, C a lif.: The Channel Publishing Society, 1916).

JMsitorp of tfje A rtie r &osiae C ructsf ILeboiss

fep encet

(By agreement with the Supreme Council in France and Egypt, Mr. H. Spencer Lewis Grand has M aster founded General a new and Rosaecrucian Im perator. Society He has in in America addition and established has been appointed The Ameri­ its

can lished. Rosae Crucis, a magazine in which the above history is also being serially pub­

could spread it everywhere like a great in light

country.” to Mr. dispel Lewis the writes darkness— me “ Would the

prehensive We know complication th at are such interested a made history it possible in has not and been I know published th at the before readers Mr. of The Lewis’ Channel, com­

Rosaecrucianism, will be grateful for the op­

portunity student as

We extend to him and his associates our hearty good wishes for the realization of

their

darkness— that

th at

I

evil

exists

[about the

Order]

this

many of whom to

Mr. possess Lewis. such

extensive

data,

collected

by

so serious and

devoted

a

ideals.—Ed.)

It is no violation of secrecy to give the outer, objective of details Rosae of Crucis, the history but the of genuine the Ancient conservatism and Mystical of the Order East­ publicity ern of any Councils public as we until or in America semi-public now has believe acted institution. as necessary a barrier for against the growth such of After Rosae twelve Crucis years’ and study a very of the careful doctrines examination and principles of all find matters a single pertaining prohibition to the against history the of the general Order, publication one does not of the Order’s history except in such minor details as are closely associated with the working or manifestation of some of the R. C. doctrines. While these exceptions are they few, although have undoubtedly of vast importance caused that to subconscious the higher students, attitude in on all the the mention face part of of of their all either R. individual C. the Brothers antiquity sacred and Sisters or oaths, progression to that refrain it is of safer, from the Order. There is also the element of mysticism which explains the attitude of even the most advanced Brothers and Sisters. Order Realizing has as never most been of given them do to the that public the real and history has for centu­ of the ries defied the exhaustive and indefatigable researches of

* The Channel has no official connection with any sect, society or creed, but period­

ically it will publish articles on varous religious, philosophic and scientific movements,

contributed by authoritive representatives.

disseminate tru th , it is glad to act in this inform ative capacity.— Ed.

As it is the purpose of The Channel to

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scientists, pride in having historians been and able archivists to mystify alike, the profoundly they feel a certain inquis­ itive biased minds. raisonne Even of the the history grossly of the erroneous Order given and occasional in various encyclopaedias, this feeling of pride reference and books, victory. and histories, only adds to But such secrecy is not only uncalled for, but is positively frankness; natural detrimental antipathy Americans to the toward Order are in that lovers America. which of the may We truth be are characterized and a people have of a as of the “mystically origin and mythical,” existence and of the such R. is C. the Order general in impression the minds of thinking the Nor many cloak is it mind. thousands of necessary mystery One to-day. to to will enshroud make find the that the Order the history true itself of history appeal the Order of to the the in Order arouses, even commands, such deep respect for its that noble this birth, alone grand is growth a greater and wonderful attraction increase to the of thinking power, American Inexactness than and the indefiniteness element of mystery. are the principal faults to present be found status with of all the the Order. published The accounts few instances of the origin of willful and and inconsistent deception shown by some writers on the subject for no mind may can be ignored explain in these any things consideration nor account of the for m atter, them aside from the writers’own personal bias which we are always led work. to believe has had no influence upon the honesty of the research, within Still, the there even reach are when of many an such analytical very mind definite mind is and uninitiated bent exact upon facts historical into easily the secrets of the Order. The claim has always been made that the A. M. 0 . R. C. is the oldest fraternal or secret order known to man. This claim makes the Order antedate Freemasonry and the latter has always claimed great antiquity. Here again the casual, aye, the deep investigator is confronted with a mass of details purporting to be the history of Freemasonry, but gradually classifying themselves into two groups which one may label “inexact” and “indefinite.” Right here is where some of the mystery becomes clarified.

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Rosaecrucians claim, and can prove, that the Order of Free and to and those for Accepted this who reason Masons have its origin passed is an offspring is through so veiled of and the the indefinite A. Scottish M. (). except R. Rites. C., Because of its frankness, publicity and public propaganda, Freemasonry has grown into a powerful organization, over­ shadowing in the public’s mind, all other secret or fraternal

orders.

Freemasonry On the point is of very its connection silent. I t with traces the its A. M. antiquity O. R. C., to

ed if ‘‘Solomon’s not history actual is Temple” existence, very esoteric and are refers cloaked and mystical to with characters doubt. although whose Its its publish­ history, actual testimonial history, as known to the to truth all advanced of the noble Rosaecrucians, principles of is Brother­ a living Freemasonry hood great So closely which exponents underlie are has of the acknowledged the Freemasonry. two one Orders are active its allied debt workers that to the many in the A. of M. other. the O.

R. C., by adding a Rosaecrucian Degree to the Ancient and

ous established Accepted parts of Scottish “Societies the United Rite, Rosicruciana” States making to which it in the none England 18. but It an and has advanc­ vari­ also ed Mason may apply for admission. R. doctrines tion In 18, by these certain word are Rosaecrucian of used elements mouth, (in the since of Societies, crude the none Rosaecrucian form but as the resulting in the legitimate initiations A. from and Lodges tradi­ A. and S.

of ency and the Societies on A. the M. part O. is R. to of C. practise these have Brother the and correct emulate Masons work) the in and such noble the degrees tend­ rules

and Naturally doctrines all of genuine the A. Rosaecrucian M. O. R. C. Lodges practise many of the elements of the work of Freemasonry, because the latter adapted its work from that of the A. M. O. R. C. The first degree in all Rosaecrucian Lodges is very similar masonry. indeed to Many the third of the (or latter’s M aster symbols Mason’s) and degree terms are of taken Free­ from Rosaecrucianism (as explained elsewhere) and in general the two Orders are aiming to accomplish the same great and noble purpose, except th at the R. C. work is

operative while Freemasonry

is .speculative.

T his m ap

in sents E gypt the

(m ade

from

draw ings

found on

the the

the

walls in

R osaecrucian

and

T em ples

and

the

P yram id

to

C heops

them

by

in

the

is allotted

to

unaw are

of

repre­ N R orth osaecrucians A m erica

ancient

E gypt)

this

1300 countries B. C.

of T he the

Eagle, w orld w w ith ith

arrow signs, s

sym bols

of S ag ittariu s

p lanetary (w hich

ch aracters allotted

rules

the

co n tin en t) those

w

ith

the

P yram id

and

o th er

sym bols, adopted

so

m any

years

later

at

W ash in gton

by

R

o saecrucian

d esig n a tio n .— American

Rosae Crucu.

 

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of secrets, Notwithstanding secrecy all as real religiously Rosaecrucians their as knowledge they respect do of their many the own. Masons’ of the Masonic oaths Therefore let no word that has been written or will be crucianism written in has this any connection feeling convey other than the kindness idea that and Rosae- real R. C. love toward its capricious and arbitrary offspring, and it has demonstrated in many ways its debt of gratitude and filial love toward the Rosaecrucian Order. Certain criticisms and comments seem inevitable, however, in order to among hope justify of Masons the fully writer our than that claim to these urge of greater a will few have antiquity of their no greater unofficial and it reaction is and the overzealous writers to limit their journeys into Masonic retrospection to the known paths of historical accuracy. there Aside are from a number the Masonic of other Rosaecrucian bodies which Societies glory in America in the crucian reflected societies, light of under Rosaecrucianism. various names These of Centers neo-Rosae- and principles, Brotherhoods, philosophies have naught or to work do with of the the genuine A. M. doctrines, O. R. C. Rosaecrucianism. and Dictators their or members Teachers As or are a students sure uninitiated guide as well to into the as the seelcer their Truths Masters, of of light real these part of various this work. bodies will be dealt with at length in another Mystical The real Order name of Rosae of the Crucis genuine (or body Rose is Cross, The Rosy Ancient Croix). and the complete None terms but name a Rosaecrucian genuine, as given legitimate Order, above; Lodge Rosaecrucian and it of is the only Order Lodge fair to can or state the use that ever none publicly of the used unauthorized these restricted bodies referred terms or to the above genuine have symbols.

i

f )t

O rig in

of tfje

© rb e r

The Order had its conception and birth in Egypt. I n giving the facts of the origin the writer realizes that to an exceptional demanded by degree the reader will exactness and in consequence and authoritativeness pardon m u be s t

be granted for reiteration. Time and space will not be used in describing conditions in Egypt as they existed at the time of the conception of so

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wonderful to read either an organization a brief or extended as this. history The reader of Egypt, is requested which will One prove will highly find however illuminating that the on Egyptians this subject. had reached a high state of civilization and advanced learning at the beginning Renaissance of of the France. 18th dynasty M any were comparable the means only adopted with the to

preserve the knowledge attained that it might be correctly of on given the the to first pyramids, future desires generations. obilisks to make and permanent temple The hieroglyphic walls the give knowledge us markings evidence and learning B ut the of more the Egyptians. profound secrets of nature, science and art ceptible were not to to preservation be entrusted through to the writing masses nor upon were papyri. they sus­ For tended this reason by the classes select were minds, formed at which by the the most doctrines learned, and a t­ principles of science were taught. were These held classes in the most or schools, isolated as grottos history at times, refers and to them, again in Egyptian were the held quiet gods. in the of some private In some of chambers the cases Temples classes of the of erected a reigning very to select the Pharaoh. nature many The members of such assemblies became more and more select, the teachings more profound and the discussions so dialectic that there arose a most autocratic and secret society Thus of the the first truly Pharaoh great minds who conducted of the day. the class in his private B. the C. great to chambers 1557 school B. C. as was well Because Ahmose as ruling he I, was the who capable people reigned of upon conducting from a more 1580

civilized school no and doubt), advanced he is referred principle to as (due the to “deliverer his training of Egypt” in the by some historians. He was succeeded as Pharaoh by Amenhotep I, who reigned ten years and became a teacher in the secret school for three years. On January 12th (approximately) 1538 B. C. Thutmose I was crowned succeeding Amenhotep I. He owed his posi­ tion to his wife, Ahmosi, who was the first woman to be­ come a member of the class on equal terms with the men. The discussion regarding her admittance (still preserved

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in ment the and Rosaecrucian reveals the Archives) origin of some forms of an the interesting doctrines of docu­ the equality of the sexes. Thutmose I was succeeded by Hatshepsut, his daughter, who ruled as a “king” independently and as co-regent with

her half-brother Thutmose III, a son of Thutmose I by his marriage to Isis.

It was Thutmose III who organized the present physical

form of the Rosaecrucian Order and outlined many of its

rules and

mose He I became in 1500 ruler B. C. upon He the ruled deposition until 1447 of his B. father, C., and T h ut­ his

reign is unimportant to us except for his establishment of

the Order.

regulations.

He appears to have been quite original in his application

external of the doctrines form of of religion, Rosaecrucianism, possibly because but held of to political the existing con­ ditions. Egypt was not free from the danger of the “grasp­

ing hand” of adjoining nations and the life of this ruler was

constantly operation

considerably and the co­

upon permitting the populace to indulge in all its fanciful an beliefs—the immediate idolatrous change in religions the fundamentals especially. of For their this religion— reason

such as was made by Thutmose’s descendant, Amenhotep IV visable in 1355 or even with such necesaary. reactionary results—did not seem ad­

A gradual #development in the existing beliefs could be

of tormented his

by

outbreaks forces depended of war;

military

schools more easily of philosophy, and permanently the students accomplised at which by would establishing put into practice the high standards decided upon.

advanced As in all thinkers, ages there true were philosophers, then those sages who might and be scholars. called Many of these were students of the Rosaecrucian doc­ trines as taught by Thutmose’s predecessors and they evidently had great faith in the final success of the principles; for when Thutmose proposed that the “class” which had been meeting in his chambers become a closed and secret order “there was no dissenting voice and articles of limita­ tions were established ere the assembly dispersed in the of

This grand “Council Meeting,” for such it is considered

early

hours

dawn.”

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in week all of official March records, 28th to occurred April 4th during of 1489 what B. would C. according be the to our present calendar. It is generally conceded to have been on Thursday, April 1st, but this may be associated Thursday ings, with Maunday and has M aunday become Thursday, the Thursday usual a later day establishment. has for become Rosaecrucian the However, occasion meet­ for special Temple Services throughout all A. M. O. R. C. Lodges Twelve of the Brothers world. and Sisters were present at this first the “Supreme wife of Council Thutmose R. III, C. of known the World” in the Order the Sisters as “M being ene,” the descendant wife of of one one of the of the Brothers, rulers of and a another preceding who dynasty. was a Therefore, there were 9 Brothers and 3 Sisters at this Coun­ cil, No a name combination was decided of numbers upon for very the significant. Order, the records of showing secrecy. that The the predominating Order was to thought have no was publicity, the maintenance required presence no propaganda in the other Order than was personal desired, advice and as to the those one whose word, translated into order (a secret, fraternal body), was suf­ ficient name for all purposes, we do not find any other term. This as adopted accounts later. for In the so widespread many of the diversion documents of the issued name by the Supreme Magis to the Grand Lodges throughout the writer world, the has name noticed of the this Order especially is seldom in mentioned. such documents The

established Grand Lodge and

as are given to a newly

to which 1326 are B. C. translations In these the of the element, documents the idea, prepared of secrecy prior is so indirectly strong and and sometimes predominant erroneously that the (or Ordep perhaps is referred diplomat­ to

ically) as It, the School, the Brotherhood,

and the

Council,

Furthermore Announcement: many of these documents begin with the

power

decreed, do declare this Manifesto,” or with the saluta­

tion: “I.

the 12th degree). Very often these official manifestos are signed: “With Peace Profound” and sometimes “F, Pro- fundis” or “F, 12.”

These words not only show that the twelfth or last degree

“I, Brother of the Illuminati,

with

F. Illuminati of the 12.”

(I, Frater Illum inati of

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was the last Order within the Order, known as the Illum i­ nati, even to this day, but they also explain why some references are made to these documents as “Instructions of the Illuminati” which may easily be misinterpreted or care­ lessly sees them interpreted referred as to “Instructions in works published to the Illum abroad inati” in as one the

17th centuries A. D., where the Order of

Rosae Crucis is designated solely by the term “Illum inati.”

15th, 16th, and

[To be concluded]

Cfjatlotte be

f

t i l

e n ce

JSorbe

jBurijetW

L L day with anxious heart and wondering ear I listened to the city, heard the ground Echo with human thunder, and the sound Go reeling down the street and disappear; The headlong hours in wild career shouted And sang until the world was drowned With babel-voices, each one more profound, A ll day it surges but nothing could I hear.

That night the country never seemed so still, The trees and grasses spoke without a word

To stars that brushed them with their silver wings', The earth was sleeping in the arms of night, A

cast

my Together with the moon I climbed the hill of The speech and music of immortal things.

And

in

the

very

was

heart

upon

silence

heard

film

of dreams

soul,

And spirits floated down the flowing air In garments woven from the moon's pale mist And soothed me past the stillness of the night, And past the gruesome stillness of the grave, And out into the stiller realms of space, And spoke of all the sad, mad dance of life, And showed me all the unreal of the real,

The

real

of

unreal

speechlessness

that

speaks.

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I

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.

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M W .

p isto n * of tfje A rtie r l\osae Cructsf

1 >. Spencer Uetorisi

[continued ] If one considers for a moment the prejudice—even

the prohibition—against such secret Orders as the A. M.

O. attempts R. C. represented, at subterfuge. one N will ot appreciate only did the certain very religious evident

organizations condemn all secret orders as “works of the devil,” but those orders or bodies which claimed to have

rare knowledge of the sciences were severely criticised by

the various open scientific bodies of the day. As soon as

learning became very general and competition arose be­ condemned tween schools even and though students, many the secret of the orders most unfair were widely critics

of some were oath-bound members of others.

the Order However, had without very definite definite principles, name, Thutmose rules, and saw modes that of

procedure, all of which have come down to us to-day with­

out material change.

Brothers (At close and of Sisters his reign in the in 1447 Order, B .C and ., there the meetings, were thirty-nine which

had become regular and systematic, were held in one of the

halls of the Temple at Karnak, outside of which Thutmose

III erected two obelisks bearing a record of his achieve­ ments.

with Thutmose his own cartouche signed most and it of became the decrees the Seal of of the the Council Order

“in testimony to the great work of our teacher (Master)

customary to be forever with a these mark rulers of honor when and any loyalty.” event of national As was

his importance cartouche occurred, on one side, Thutmose plus a mark issued which a Scarab has a bearing special meaning to all Rosaecrucians. This original scarab,

(Inquiries have been received as to whether this history is accurate and

M r. Lewis is the Head, is, as he claims,

the into as to only a keep controversy genuine its readers Rosaecrucian upon informed these questions. movement upon the various in I t America. publishes philosophic this The and and Channel similar occult cannot movements articles enter so of authoritative; opinions. the day. Mere It but makes publication the writers every endeavor in alone The must Channel to have be held does its responsible contributions not mean th for at sincere, their it favors statem accurate, any ents and and one

whether the Order Rosae Crucis, of which

reputable movement as against any other. On the contrary, is is absolutely It

non-partisan

sect,

society, or creed,” but is in hearty sym pathy with each in its ideals any of truth,

progress,

and

non-sectarian.

has “ no

official

connection

with

and

service.—Ed.)

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which was used for hundreds of years in Egypt by various

A. M. O. R. C. Councils to impress the Seal of the Order

in wax to all official documents, was given to the Grand Lodge of America along with other jewels and papers of an official of Egypt nature now and in is this considered country. one The of the Order rarest here antiquities is to be

congratulated one oldest, of which if not has the on never most having been sacred, in used its of by all possession others Rosaecrucian than perhaps the Supreme jewels, the Masters in Egypt; for it means virtually the passing of the

M aster’s Spirit from Egypt to America as was planned by

the founders centuries ago. ments This of seal the Order appears in on America the stationary along with and the official American docu­ Central C. In Seal. this Park, connection one of it the may two be erected explained in Egypt that the by obelisk T hut-

mose III and intended to stand some day in the “country where the Eagle spreads its wings,” bears the Cartouche or instructive Seal of the Rosaecrucian Order as well signs. as many other authentic and Before his transition, Thutmose III made his son (by Hatshepsut) co-regent. Thus Amenhotep II took up his father’s In the month work in of the March,—the Order about seventeenth, the end of September, to be exact,— 1448.

in

R.

been than 1447 B. king 89 C., years for Thutmose nearly of age. 54 passed years His to and mummy the being Great was but Beyond, found one week having in less the Cachette at Deir el Bahri, and history acclaims him “the greatest pharaoh in the New Empire if not in all Egyptian

history.”

turn from Amenhotep was 1420 succeeded to 1411 II ruled B. by C. from his Amenhotep son, 1448 Thutmose to 1420 III, B. son IV, C. of who and the ruled he pre­ in ceding, occupied the throne from 1411 to 1375 B. C. and was the Upon last the of transition the truly of powerful Amenhotep pharaohs III, or the emperors. empire fell

to his son Amenhotep IV, with whose history all Rosae­ crucians are greatly concerned. He was the last Great

M aster in the family of the founders and the one to whom

we so universally owe the really in all wonderful Lodge work philosophies thoughout and the writings world. used

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November humble Amenhotep birth, 24th, but IV 1378 was both B. born C. he and in His the mother, his royal father Tiy, palace paid or Tia, a t the Thebes, was most of sincere her “Queen respects Tia” to upon her and all monuments. were ever proud of designating crowned He was and only immediately eleven years began old in a 1367 career B. C. unequalled when he was by any pharaoh His father, of Egypt.* having been the M aster of the Order for a number icated it of to years, the Order. built the He great also Temple added to of Luxor the Temple and ded­ of Karnak and in many ways left “monuments of testimony and praise.”

Brothers The and Order sixty-two numbered Sisters two at hundred this time; and and eighty-three at the time of the

crowning of young Amenhotep IV, the M aster of the Order 1365 Decree B. was occurred C. one Amenhotep’s Thehopset, in the Temple installation who of remained Luxor, as April Master-by-Council- in the 9th, office 1365, until at sunset, in the presence of his bride and her parents. ~ Amenhotep being the only descendant, it was deemed advisable, mitted But though in order that Amenhotep he that marry an heir had as to early a the number as throne the of customs would children, be then assured. unfor­ per­ tunately to the Order they as were well daughters, as to the throne. and this proved disastrous The life of this great man is too easily found in various histories of Egypt, especially Braisted’s, to warrant space be in treated this work, a t least but his briefly accomplishments for the Order must where Bom the in chief a country endeavors whose were peoples those were of building given to temples idolatry, to

the gods existing of all kinds, religion it is (or easy religions) to appreciate after he his had attitude been thorough­ toward ly instructed in the Rosaecrucian philosophy. His mind and understanding were unusually keen, for in his fifteenth

•It is claimed in official records th at Amenhotep was a prodigy as a result of of a bringing special into course the of world pre-natal a holy, influence inspired, adopted learned by man. his mother In this for respect the very his purpose looked- precedent a for leader birth would as for the the be coming beliefs sent by of of a God. later great nations Also leader has of and this God's peoples incident chosen th at furnished people in times furnishes a of feeling great another in crises all Roiaecrucians decade and in each th at a nation great where Rosaecrucian such a leader leader is will required. be born into the Order in each

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psalms, year he and composed chants many used in of the the Order most to-day, beautiful as prayers, well as

contributed But to him to the came philosophy the inspiration and sciences. of overthrowing the of whose worship one God, physical of idols a supreme manifestation and substituting deity, whose was the Spirit the religion Sun,—the was in and heaven symbol worship and of

life. This was in accordance with the Rosaecrucian to doctrines the worship and it of changed the god symbolized the worship by of the the sun. Sun as This a was god worship the beginning of a spiritual of monotheism deity in which Egypt “existed and the everywhere, origin of the in

everything, but was nothing of the earth”(i. e., had no physical

existence images). on earth in the form of inanimate or non-spiritual Arthur E. P.

inspired ment of Antiquities, by Amenhotep Weigall, Upper IV, Egypt, says: Chief Inspector “Like in writing a flash of of the the of blinding D religion epart­ light in the nighttime, the Aton (the sun-symbol of the deity) world darkness, of stands the and future out disappears for religions a moment once of more,—the amidst the West. the first black One signal might Egyptian to the be­ self lieve to that Egypt.” Almighty God had for a moment revealed him­

long. Truly, Compared the religion with the of years Amenhotep of darkness, did not it endure was but for a flash, hotep for passed it died beyond as a public the veil and in general 1350 religion B. C. when Amen­

First and He all he references too removed left many to as Amon far monuments as as possible a god. to the all So “pillars glory thorough of to the Amon” was Order. his his work the father god that Amon, at he Karnak did even not to hesitate and removing Luxor to by mutilate the effacing name the of all his work reference father done and by to mother where they were connected with such idolatry. This naturally provoked the populace, especially since Amenhotep God.” substituted beautiful monuments to the “living In the fifth year of his reign, when only sixteen years of age, a sweeping reform was initiated throughout Egypt by his decree, which prohibited any other form of worship except that already mentioned. In one of his decrees he

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wrote: “This is my oath of will T ruth which it is my desire to

not say : ‘I t is false’ eternal­

He then changed his own name so that it would not be meaning is inconsistent satisfied;” “Pious with this to his Aton” he reform. altered or “Glory Amenhotep to Akhnaton to Aton.” meant or Ikhenaton “Ammon

ly forever.”

pronounce, and of which I

Herm-opolis He built on a new a virgin capitol site at at El the Amarna edge of in the the desert plain and of abandoned Thebes because it was the magnificent City of

Order for Ammon. his in Council “the At El form of Amarna the of a Order. cross” he also and Here built a large a was large number the temple beginning of for houses the of the lived monastic two hundred life, for and within ninety-six the boundaries Brothers of of El the Amarna Order, each having taken an oath never to pass “beyond the shadow These of Brothers the Temple.” wore special costumes which included

a “cord a t the loins” and a covering for the head, while

the priest in the temple wore a surplice of linen and had his head shaved in a round spot on the top. especially It is from that of this St. institution Francis, derive that all their monastic methods, orders, even their costumes. was being During made these into years a concrete at El Amarna organization the A. and M. the O. Broth­ R. C. ers at this community outlined the initiations and forms of service as used to-day in every lodge of the Order. in as the symbols Akhnaton form of of a (Amenhotep the cross, Order but he and IV) added further not only the adopted cross built and his the the temple Crux rose Ansata, all teachers in a (Masters) special coloring, in the lodges. as the symbol In fact, to the be last worn year by of his life was spent in evolving a wonderful system of symbols ing while of some the used Rosaecrucian of to these this have day sciences, to become express arts, known every and to phase philosophies, the and uninitiated mean­ and through the researches of Egyptologists, many remain secret to the Order, and all are understandable only to the initiated. As a ruler of Egypt our M aster failed utterly to check

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he the left desire the for way war, open and for by invasion his attacks through on the lack popular of co-opera- religion our tion M on aster the part foresaw of his the subjects. result and, As sad the crisis at his approached, neglect of political m atters in his enthusiasm for the spiritual, he month weakened normal,—-and of July, his he health,—which 1350 was finally B. C. forced Instead seems to take to of have using to his been his bed mighty in below the knowledge dictated writings to regain that his his health, constant it wish appears was from to be his spirit­ last ualized, that he might be raised up to that plane from -—practically the which physicians God’s symbol starving in the shone himself,—refused Order, down and upon prayed him. the services constantly. He fasted, of Then, on July 24, late in the afternoon, while he lay with his right hand upstretched to God pleading to be taken into

Order smile for the a Nous, moment of watching illumination he and was there, then seen upon to to by drop his be his countenance.” actually back Brothers in “sweet raised and Sisters from repose his with of bed the a so much Thus and passed left so to much the beyond for our our Order. Great M aster who did He may have neglected Egypt politically, but she will years phies, always left so remember greatly its art and changed her architecture, young and pharaoh improved. its sciences whose His twenty-eight and reign philoso­ was like unto the Renaissance of France, and even the hiero­ principles the glyphics title and of of “Amenhotep, Truth. art show At a vast the King, time improvement Living of his crowning in based T ruth” upon he which took the he was passed the Rosaecrucian onward to the phrase other of life fidelity In Truth. as it is to-day, and Amenhotep ture, Perhaps is that IV paid the found by most James outside summary Breasted, of the of Professor Rosaecrucian all testimonies of Egyptol­ litera­ to in

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