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To the Members of the Esoterio Hlerarchy, Greetingsl We shall now proceed to take the fourth step in this process of reviewing the irapressions and pictures of a past incarnation. During this ooraing week you will use the same method as you used for the first and second steps, that is, sit down and concntrate and review with your mind turned inwardly. This time, however, you are to select as your key to unlock the storehouse of memory the key that we might cali tlie travel key. In the years that would have covered a previous incarnation, there was much travel on the part of persons who lived in any part of the world. Travel was necessary because of the need for living materials, clothing, general commerce and trade, education and news. Today we can sit right in our homes and hear all of the news of the world by radio and see the pictures of the world in a local neighborhood theater; and by readlng newspapers and magazines we can keep abreast of everything and even have a college education brought to our homes by correspondence. In purchasing tne necessities of life, even clothing, shoes, automobiles and what-not, we need only cali on the telephone and have some things brought right to our doors, or go for a short walk to the center of the town or city to the largest department stores and find everything we want, and have it delivered to us. In ancient times and in the middle ages, and not so many years ago, it was necessary in most of the cities of the world to travel to adjoining cities and communities, or more distant ones, for many of the greater necessities of life, for education and cultural contact. All the early historical records show that roadways were well built between cities and towns, and that these were well traversed. It was in this way that civilization spread and education grew, and contact between peoples and nations, cities and towns, was greatly extended. Because of the means of travel, any long journey or any journey of several hours was quite an event in everyone1s life. We talk today of the "horse and buggy days", but there were days not so many hundreds of years ago when even horses and buggies were a luxury. Where there were horses, it represented a family of considerable means, and these horses usually pulled wagons that were used in commerce or agriculture and not exclusively for pleasure riding. The average travel to town or to an adjoining community was either by walking or on horseback or in a wagn, or by caravans, and even by pony or burro. In Europe today, much of the travel is done in the same manner as it was hundreds ofyears ago. Therefore, when persons attempted to go to a city fifty or one hundred miles or further away, it represented a journey of several days, a stopping overnight at some unfamiliar hotel or lnn, and the taking along of clothing and baggage for the overnight stops, and so forth, and often the taking along of food. Journeys of this kind became quite an event, and individuis prepared for them for several days in advance not ike today, when we jump into an automobile and take a rlde of one hundred miles without even

changing our clothing or taking along any food, or expectlng to be gone more than half a day, or between sunriee and sunset. Therefore, in the memory of every individual who lived several hundred years ago or more, there are pictures and deep impressions of jaunts or journeys to adjoining cities or distant cities with all of the thrills of sleeping in strange beds or eating at strange tables, or eating under a tree in picnic form, or meeting various obstacles, caring for horses, changing of money, contact with different languages or dialects, the hearing of news, the seeing of strange slghts and so forth. All of these important things made deep impressions upon the minds of the individuis. There was scarcely such a Journey of a day or more that did not consist of one or two bitter disappointments, one or two surprising incidents, one or two unanticlpated activities, and one or two outstanding pleasures. There were accidents, flres, thefts and other things that would make impressions also. Very often the persons on such trips would visit a larger city for the purpose of buying or selling, and would be deeply impressed by taller buildings, or larger buildings, or differently dressed people and different customs. In other words, such a Journey in those days would make the same out standing impressions on the mind as a journey to Italy, France or some other foreign country or foreign city would make on the minds of American people today. Therefore, if you will use the key of travel and try to bring out of your memory storehouse scenes of persons and places, buildings inside and out and incidents connected with jaunts or Journeys or long travels, you will add to your notebook of incidents. Do not try to think of yourself as young or od in connection with any of these travels, but just try to see what you can bring out of the storehouse in the way of impressions, either pictures or memorized experiences mentally photographed in your mind. Each day that you try this you should have different recollections come to you, and each one of these different recollections should be carefully tabulated in your notebook along with your comment as to whether the iinpresslon seemed to be at nighttime, middle of the day, or evening, and whether anyone was with you or you were alone, what types of buildings and places you seemed to see, and what kinds of costumes people seemed to be wearing and what language they spoke; also what you were doing, whether buying, selling, or just visiting for pleasure. Now this key should afford you a great eal of pleasure and interest in each of your daily concentration periods, and I do hope you are practicing the concentration more than just once a day. Next week we will take up one more step. There are only a few more steps to take. Each one will prove intensely interesting if the preceding ones have been practiced sincerely and regularly. Fraternally,
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To the Members of the Esoteric Hierarchy, Greetingsi Today I want to have another one of those confidential talks with each of you, and I want you to feel that I am giving you some important facts and that I am talking straight to you as I would if you were sitting in my sanctum and I were giving you personal instruction. First of all, I want to anticpate something that may be right in your mind at this very moment, because quite a few of the members of this degree i \ T ho have visited me during the past few months have expressed the same idea, and I plainly realize that it is an idea that may be in the minds of a , great many of the members of this Twelfth Degree. So let us assume that you are sitting right opposite me and that you have asked the following question: "Dr. Lewis, if it is true that I am on the verge of becoming a real master of the Rosicrucian principies and I have had so much preparation and training to make me a master, how is it that I do not have all of the things in life that I have wanted, and I have not been able to demnstrate in my own personal life all of the things I would like to demnstrate? How can I be a mastor and yet not demnstrate all of these wonderful things in my own life?" I remember I asked that question of myself many times when I was going through the system of development and training and particularly when the great masters in Europe informed me that I was now ready and prepared to take charge of the entire mastership of the Order in America. I could not have been more surprised if someone had told me I had been elected president of the United States, or in some way made king of England. The first shock of it all carne to me as I realized that I had not demonstrated in my own personal life all of the things I thought I should demnstrate before I attempted to assist others. But it was quickly pointed out to me that I had the wrong viewpoint of the whole matter, and I want to show you this morning that the same error may be in your viewpoint and in your reasoning. In the first place, I was shown what I now realize very thoroughly. It is a fact that all through the history of civilization of man the great leaders of truth and spiritual development and of mystical philosophy, the great "lights among men" and the great avatars, did not possess or did not demnstrate or show or reveal in their own personal lives the power or the wisdom or the knowledge they possessed. Let us take one outstanding example, simply because there are so many references and so many ways to verify it. Let us take the life of the great Master, Jess. With all of the great wisdom and power He pos sessed, we never have a picture of Him as living in any place of luxury or of dressing in wonderful clothes, or having a sumptuous bed in which to lie and sleep at night, or of having a caravan of camels or horses to take Him around the country, or of having great banquets or any of the things we think a great and powerful and successful person should have. He even once told His Disciples that whereas all the animals of the field had a place to sleep and a place where they could lay their heads, the "Son of Man" had no place to lay His head and sleep.

Every reference to His appearance, every picture, imaginary or based upon recorded facts, reveis Jess as dressing in the most simple, the most coarse, the most commonplace, and the most unpretentious of gowns, robes or covers. His sanaals were of the cneapest common kind. He had no jewelry, no special uniform, no elabrate walking stick, and His principal means of travel was either by boat or on one of the common little donkeys that we still see traveling around in Palestine, and upon which the tourist people travel. Those of us xvho have visited the places in Palestine where Jess lived at times have been greatly impressed with the fact that the buildings were the most ordinary kind of structures, and that even in the heighth of its glory in ancient times, those little stone buildings must have been very crude, very commonplace and, undoubtedly, very uncomfortable. And we know that He made many references to the fact that at times He became tired, discouraged, and suffered from want of comfort and sleep and even of food. He did not have a lot of servants to wait on Him, and He did n o t attempt at any time to use any of His powers or knowledge to manifest to Himself or to demnstrate to Himself or attract to Himself many of the things that His followers had, and which He might have had. And we know that at the cise of His life he had not even prepared for Himself a tomb for His burial, or had He made any preparation for His future or the future of His lifeless body. At the time of His crucifixin, His body was clothed only in the most common and coarse kind of linens, and He suffered pain and agony, and even suffered long before He was placed upon the Cross. That is why so many of the doubters in His day laughed at His statements about His supremacy or His divine appointment or His divine knowledge. Compare this whole picture with what we see of some of the self-appointed avatars and masters who make themselves so popular these days in their public travels and advertising campaigns. They invariably stop at the finest notis, and wear the most gorgeous kind of clothing, and have a lot of servants, usually including two or three women who 'are called their secretarles or hostesses or something, and who kowtow to them. They generally have large shining automobiles and plenty of jewelry, and enjoy delicious meis and banquets, and when they travel on trains or steamboats they insist upon having the most elabrate rooms. In every other way they try to impress the public with their greatness by their extravagant expenditure of money, by their possessions and diamonds, by their aggrandizing of their persons and their surroundings. Hundreds of our own members in the Order who have traveled with me to Egypt or to Europe, or who have seen me travel across the country in connection with our w o r k , know that invariably I have chosen very moderate, and sometimes the most economical, means of travel, and that even on the large ocean steamships I have selected for myself and my wife the most economical portion of the boat, and have not chosen to make any grand display or to use any powers or principies I have learned, to give myself, or to attract to myself, any large degree of aggrandizement or display. And I have found this true of everyone who has learned the great mystical lessons of life. I trust in the Cosmic

to see that I am supplied with the actual necessities so that I can carry on the work I am doing* In all the years I have been connected with the AMORCX have not attempted to build up any personal fortune or any personal bank account, or collect any personal Jewelry or a large wardrobe of clothing, or anything of that kind* When I have gone to various cities to visit our lodges or chapters, or when I have gone on personal private vacations with my wife and my children, those few members who have succeeded in contacting me during my stay in several cities or in any cities have found that we have been living at moderately prlced hotels with a complete absence of pretentiousness and displaya But I did not start in to make comparisons between myself and others. The point I wanted to bring to your attention was the fact that all through history the greatest of the masters and avatars have not at tempted to use their knowledge and their powers and abilities for themselves, Of course, you will agree with me that that is the right attitude for them to take, But a second point I want to bring to your attention is the fact that not one of these great masters throughout ancicnt times, or in the Middle Ages, or throughout Europe or the rest of the world in the past century, has ever Judgcd his own development, his own abilities and his own powers by the demonstrations that have come into his own personal U f e . If most of these, or any of these, great rnasters had Judged their powers and abilities by their own stations in life, or their own positions, they would have all considered themselves as being unprepared and unqualifiod. If any of these masters had said, "I will not begin to help others, and I will not assume a position of leadership or mastership until I have everything I need or until the Cosmic has demonstrated in my own life all the things I should have," I am afraid that most of the great masters would have never started in on their life work, It is not the Cosmic's way to use the great knowledge and powers to demnstrate these things to the master himself in order to encourage him to try to help others, Now this do es not mean that in order that a person may be very successful and highly developed as a master he must U v e in poverty and in want and do without everything he would like to have. There used to be an idea in America and perhaps in other countries too that a successful minlster of any country church or any city church should be a man who had very little clothing and very little food, and that he should visit from house to house to get a good meal, and that he should depend upon what his followers or parishioners threw over the back fence for him to use as fuel or food. It used to be believed that if a minlster of a ohurch had three square meis a day or three fair meis a day, and more than one suit of clothing, and more than a very humble cot to sleep on, he was inslncere in his reli gin and was a pretender and void of spiritual power or spiritual knowl edge* It used to be a disgraceful thing, because it forced th clergyman to go about his work in a half-nourished, half-healthy way, and with worries on his mind constantly as to whether he, or even his children would have a meal to eat the next day or any coal to warm the house in which they lived. But most of all, it forced the minlster

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to accept charity from his followers, and that charity used to be given to him with the most sarcastic remarks or the most ungrateful attitude. Fortunately today the average minister is not put in such a position, but nevertheless it is true that the greatest of the preachers of to day and the greatest of the ministers and leaders of religin are not wealthy men or men with magnificent homes or wonderful clothing or who enjoy great banquete or magnificent automobiles and things of that kind. So if you have thought sometimes that you were not making progress or reaching toward the point of mastership because you did not have all of the luxuries as well as the necessities of life, try to get that idea out of your mind now. It is true that as you go along in life and help others and serve others, and help others to develop and become masters, you will gradually attract and receive from the Cosmic more of the blessings of life. But you cannot try to build up your own personal necessities and your own personal life and success and happiness to a great degree as the first steP in your mastership. Humility is one of the greatest assets and powers that a master can possess. Humbleness of self and position in worldly things constitutes one of the surest signs of mastership. Again I say this does not mean that you should be without food or clothing, that you should live in a humble little hut, or that you should walk the streets and wear yourself out and not have a ride in an automobile or a carriage or a car. But I do mean that you should not measure or gauge your own development your own power and success in your development by the worldly things you now possess. You will find later on that you are able to do for others such things as you never believed you could do for yourself, and really you will be able to do for others such things as you have not been able to do for yourself. Every one of the great masters soon learns that he is able to heal and treat other persons more quickly than he is able to heal and treat himself. There are two reasons for this: In the first place, the Cosmic works through him to a greater and stronger degree when he is trying to help someone else than when he is trying to help himself; and secondly, the average great master of the past and present time, and the well developed mystic who is trying to do great work for others, often neglects himself in regard to rest., recreation, and protection against ill health. Speaking of myself again, I know that I am constantly violating many of the laws of the Cosmic and of nature. I work too long and too many hours a day, and especially at night. I use my mental energy and psychic energy too greatly throughout every day and night for the sake of others, and make myself exhausted and worn out to a greater degree than I can recuperate in any twenty-four hours. Because of my intense anxiety to accomplish things and do things for others, I eat wrongly at times. There are times every year when physicians and others around me demand that I must take periods of rest, and that I must give up my work for a while and try to recuperate. I know that if others around me were doing the exhausting things that I do from one end of the week to the other, I would condemn them for their actions. Yet I have faith that in the end the Cosmic will help me to take care of myself, even though I am giving the Cosmic a bigger job than I should.

The path of a master in the procese of development is not an easy one, and is not a healthy, comfortable one. It is filled with sacrifices of time and of pleasure and of comfort. But it is also filled with the greatest joy in life, namely, the joy of helping others and seeing them succeed, and of understanding the mysteries of life. Everyone who knows me and has known me for twenty years or more knows that twenty years ago or twenty-five years ago I was capable of earning more money and of having a more comfortable life than I am capable of having now, and many who were in the Order with me, and many of my friends in New York and other cities, know that if I had continued in my business career instead of giving it up and taking charge of this work of the Order, I would have had a large income and a comfortable living. I had connections with the art world, with the moving pieture world, and with the advertising world that were not equalled by many men of thirty years of age. And it was at a time when everything in those fields was starting with a big boom, and when I could have easily secured a continuous position of affluence by getting in on the "ground floor." But today I would not exchange my present position with any one of the great and successful men in either the moving pieture industry or the advertising or art business. I am happier, and have more understanding of life, and more contentment than they ever have had or ever will have. My outlook on life, my understanding of the mysteries and problema of U f e , is one great satisfaction. Every now and then one of the great big men of business whom I used to know twenty or more years ago, and who has constantly risen in power and position, and who is looked upon as wealthy and powerful today, consults me in regard to some of the problems he has to face, and every often they have to cali upon me or one of our officers here for help in regard to health or business or other problems. And I have the satisfaction of knowing that with all of their wealthy positions, and all of their worldly power, they still are not able to meet the problems of life as we are able to meet them. While these great business men have received honors in the business world and have their ames listed as wealthy men, and get appointed to positions of influence, I sit quietly back and find glory and satisfaction in the fact that I have received appointments and honors in educational institutions, and among learned people, instead of in politics or business. As I sit in my sanctum right now and look at the walls and see on those walls the framed certificates from the Smithsonian Institute and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and of the Andhra University of India, and of the American Flag Association in Washington, and look at other books and see documents of recognition and honorary degrees from universities in Europe and from Knighthoods and from learned organizations, and as I look at the pile of mail on my desk and see the letters from great leaders of scientific knowledge and scientific achievement thanking me for what I have done and praising the Order for its work, I feel more honored and more happy than as if I had room filled with certificates of political appointments and magnificent bank statements showing that I possessed millions of dollars in various banks.

And so it will be with you. Each hour of the day and of the year, and with each passing year, you will become more satisfied and more happy with the knowledge you possess and the understanding you possess, and with the abilities which you can use to help others. After all, real mastership aoes not consist of the mastership over worldly things, but the mastership over self. The great upheaval that took place in America in the fall of 1929 should have taught many valuable lessons to millions of human beings. During the spring of 1929, while a hundred of us were travelling in Sgypt and Palestine making scientific and mystical researches, there were hundreds or thousands of men in the United States alone who measured their master ship and their success by their bank books and their business positions. I know that when that tour of ours started for Egypt in January of 1929 there were hundreds of thousands of business men and newspaper editors and magazine writers and bankers and even scientists who laughed at our party of one hundred or more going on a moderately priced ship with moderately priced conveniences to spend several months in and around Africa, Egypt, Palestine and parts of Europe. They laughed at the idea that we were failing to go to the amusement centers of Europe, and that we were not planning to stay in Paris and attend all of the night clubs and musical affairs, and that we were not going to go yachting in the Mediterranean. They thought we were either crazy or insane or absolutely foolish to pass up all of the beautiful parts of Europe in the springtime and to go camping out on the Sahara Desert, with all of its inconveniences, merely for the sake of mystical study and investigation. These critics in the business and financial and political world pointed to the fact that they owned trunk loads o stocks and had staggering bank accounts and magnificent offices and private yachts and big automobiles, and had an elabrate staff of servants to wait upon them, and that they could hire special railroad trains to take them across the country if they wished to travel. There was not one of them who would have exchanged positions with me or with our other members, and yet a few months later in the fall, these same critics and masters in the political, social and financial world were reduced practically to poverty. They saw all of their idols crumble before them, but they found we were back here in America happy and contented. I found that not one of those persons who had been with us on that tour in the early part of 1929 actually lost any consider able amount through the depression, or was reduced to poverty or forced to suicide or to disgrace or anything else because of the position he or she previously occupied. In fact, throughout 1929, 1930, and up to the present time, those members have gone along happily in their lives with the same even program of daily activities, with a developing understanding and a growing degree of contentment and peace that these other prominent characters never had and never will have. So whatever may be your worldly lot in life at the present time, do not gauge your future success or happiness, or your future mastership by what you have at the present time or what you have been able to demnstrate in your own personal life. Perhaps you have not been able to demnstrate any miracles in your own private affairs, but that is no indication that you are not developing a mastership that will be an outstanding power in the lives of many others and in your own life later on.

I want you to think these things over this coming week, and I want you to take a few minutes daily in ooncentrating on yourself with the thought of personal mastership. Concntrate on the thought when you get up in the morning and first awaken, and at night just before you go to sleep, that the spiritual and psychic self within you is growing larger and larger, stronger and stronger. Spend at least ten minutes each morning and evening alone and in silence, attuning your self with the Cosmic by thinking of yourself as being part of the great Cosmic power, and that the Cosmic power is developing within you and making you more masterful. At the same time, have the thought and conviction that this great Cosmic power developing in you will not manifest itself in clothing or jewelry or a larger horne or more business or a better.social position or anything of that kind. Per sonal poiver and spiritual power are entirely independent of all worldly goods, and yet they enable you to have a control and mastership over worldly problems. Next week I am going to point out to you how you can take advantage of certain days and periods of the week and month to increase that personal power and mastership within you so that you will prepare yourself to a greater degree during the next few months for the psychic mastership that awaits you. Hay Peace Profound abide with each of you. Fraternally, YOUR CLA33 MASTER

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"Co nsecrated to truth and dedicated to every Rosicrucian"

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To the Members of the Esoteric Hierarchy, GreetingsJ This week we bring to you another of the monographs submitted by a member of the Esoteric Hierarchy the special class of members with which you are associated. This monograph constitutes the observations of a Frater who, at the time of the writing of this introduction, is one of our Grand Councillors. Fraternally, YOUR CLASS MASTER

Often Have I pondered over li f e s many revelations which have come to me since uniting with the Order of the Rose and Cross; the many laws and principies thus revealed, the many experiences which I have had, and the many lessons learned by observing events and happenings in the lives of others, have all added greatly to the treasures of mind. This world and its events are but one phase only of our immortal existence; the tragedies of life are our lessons along the way, and all that happen or come to us are for our greatest good. Truth today has many deserving seekers, while to others, the mere mention of the higher things of life serves only to awaken their cheap scorn and derision. Those for whom the higher things of life hold no appeal, experience no lasting happiness, neither do they escape their share of sorrow; their ways of life are trivial and unsatisfactory; their so-called pleasant vices lead to painful and unforeseen difficulties, while their shallow amusements pall on their overwearied senses; through false ideas they create their own delusions of life, and despite their experiences and opportunities to profit thereby, they usually attribute their failures and misfortunes in life to what they deem to be the inevitable workings of "fate"; if fate is the indicated ame for such phenomena, man alone is responsible for its creation. If we fail to make use of the infinite faculty with which we are endowed it is quite our own fault, for there is no power, human or divine, which requires man to remain in ignorance, or are we given any duty on earth which we have not the strength to perform. As we think we act and so we are; and as "Corning events cast their shadows before," so within the shadows of our thoughts lies our self-created future; through our minds and by our thoughts we pise

above the masses and evolve toward the finer things of life or we drift along with those who have no real purpose in life except their own personal gratification, for within our minds alone lie the unshaped elements of the future. The unhappiness in our world today is due to the misdirected "will" of man, and his fighting against the things which come to him to give him experience in life, and which are necessary for his advancement. To what purpose is the struggle man is forever making against eternal decrees, when in the end all must bend to the Will of God? Why should man resist the workings of Cosmic laws and decrees, and in so doing bring upon himself unhappiness and sorrow? Slowly unfolds the Rose; for only as we master Cosmic laws may we dispel the clouds of earthly illusion and rid our lives of sorrow. It is not for man to question the justice of why we are here, for God has decreed thatour evolvement shall take place, and he who spends much time in bemoaning his "fate" in life is an unnatural creature and displeasing to his Maker. All is unceasing, progressive change; such is the Law of Evolution; from the Past we have evolved the Present, and from the Present we shall evolve all which is yet to Come. Humanlty evolves slowly; for endless ages has the sharp lash of Karmlc retribution fallen in countless ways upon the transgressors of Cosmic law for man mus: fulflll the law, or be swept away; man's ignorance of the law exceeds only his fear, and the world today cares not to hear that all the misery and woe which afflicts mankind, are simply their own Karmic debts seeking liquidation. We hear much about the sorrow and suffering of the world today, but the sorrow and suffering are wrought by man alone; man invites his own miseries, God does not send them; he injures himself, for God will not injure him; all the sorrow and despalr in our world today is of our own making, for God leaves the will of man unfettered; He neither constrains or compels; man, through will, may commit such acts as he sees fit, but he can in no way command the result; we, by experience, must learn "right and "wrong," and having learned, must choose for in the Cosmic scheme of life eacn Soul must make its own eternal future. As we sow or choose so shall we reap; such is the Law of Compensation.

Our life is an endless battle between urge and decisin; the Cosmic urges from within vie with the worldly temptations from without; but though man is motivated by urge, he is free to decide, and he therefore decrees his own fate; thus our sins are essentially against ourselves, for it is we who must suffer and pay*

If we give up the struggle in despair, then in mercy are we lifted from the "path" to av/ait another day; but Know Well, that we must later take up the task again, until all is done or paid. Life holds no nfate" for any man; for fate implles but one blind course, of some still blinder power. or is there "oblivion" it is not ours to forget; and though "memory" may haunt and drive to despair, I have seen brave hearts that ache, with a smile on their lips that concealed the pain from all exoept the one. But there is a "destiny" for all; each man or woman must make his or her destiny, both here and hereafter; our lives are woven and interwoven with the destiny of others, and believe thou not that sitting alone in proud seclusion and apart from men will aolve your problems of life. From birth to transition man weaves his web around himself as a spider weaves its web; and when the last strand is woven he stands wrapped in the network of a self-created destiny. Since ages long past the world*s greatest mystics have tried to impress these facts upon the minds of men; the world still has these mystical teachings, the Bible, and Christ; but in its apparent present ways of living has learned little or nothing from the three; men and women today will scarce endure,hear, or read that which urges the mystical facts of life upon their consciousness, lest they be scandalized by an encounter with truth. Why all the endless cycles of human creation, with countless civilizations in ever recurring proc-essional order, if not for the evolution of the 'infinite1 1 lives of men? Nothing is without a meaning; nothing ever has been, or ever will be, without a purpose; but until humanity learns that their lives are "infinite" and that each have a part to play in the eternal "drama" called Life, just so long must creation seem a cruel farce and "death" the end of it all. That so-called "death" is not the end, we know; for that which man calis "death" is by Cosmic Law impossible; our future is neither a void or bereft of hope; for when the veil of mere appearances has been lifted we need no longer accept that which Seems for that which Is. Man fears the Unknown; for when that which he calis "death" stands face to face and all he has thought, or planned, or dreamed, seems fadlng away; there comes that "dread" of "something after death" for that undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns puzzles the mind.

Why fear death when there is none? We live Not in Time but Eternity, for a thousand ages in the sight of God are but an evening gone; nothing ever died or ever will die, for all is "transition." When time decrees transition we relinquish our body of clay, and our once proud dust returns to the elements from which we sprang; but that immortal being within us whose destiny it is to make eternal progress throughout the endless phases of human life, returns to the plae from whence it carne; at the change called "death" it contines the "path," from earth to elysian shores; it is the Soul1s return to that immortal beauty of its eternal summer home; then, comes our Higher Initiation into the eternal mysteries of Life, as we bend the knee before the celestial Shekinah of God; but when the Souls sojourn amongst Elysian Fields has ended, man must be born again and once more as a "living soul" shall walk the earth as of od. So manifests the Law of Reincarnation; and with the understanding of this law comes the removal of all fear of so-called "death." But many believe it not; humanity drifts to and fro upon the face of the earth ever seeking comfort in its various forms of religin, and most often finding none; they prate about God and Life and at the change called "death," pass from the earth knowing little of elther. We hear the cry that Life is unjust; but how can man cali life unjust, he being the sol director of his own? Life gives us earth and heaven, time and eternity to reach our goal of happiness; it gives us our dreams and aspirations whom none can take away for none can slay a hope but he in whose heart it was born. You and I each had a personal reason for uniting with the Rosicrucian Order; what were some of those reasons? One may say that he desired to be benefited in a material way; others might say that they desired to achieve success in a certain field of endeavor; still others might say that they desired more perfect health, relief from sickness or disease; while still others might say that they desired to attain to greater heights spiritually; these and myriad others are reasons why we accepted the invitation to unite with the Rosicrucian Order. However, it is my belief that if you will carefully analyze the vari ous reasons set forth, you will reach the conclusin that humanity as a whole the world over are seekers; and furthermore, that the object of their search may be summed up in one word and that word is Happi ness . The one who desires to be benefited in a material way, does so because he believes that by eliminating certain material difficulties it will bring happiness. The same reason applies to those who seek success they see beyond success happiness.

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Likewise, those who desire more perfect health, relief rom sickness or disease; they see happiness through the ellmination of their undesirable condition; while those who desire to attain to greater heights spiritually, aspire to that supreme happiness which comes to the highly evolved soul, and is the goal of our dreams and aspirations. Even the criminal, in his ignorance, thinks that by the illegal gain of power, or the possession of another's wealth his ease, comfort, and happiness are assured; in his ignorance he reckons not with the Law of Karma. Why so elusive, is this object of all humanity's search? Could it not have been, that after all these many years of seeking in vain, we might have returned to our own mental doorsteps and found thereon the Holy Grail of Happiness? Our present environment in which we now find ourselves is the exact one which we ourselves have created, whether wilfully or through ignorance, and we cannot blame the Cosmic if the scene is not an alluring one. If, in thought, we limit ourselves, so are we limited in manifestation.

If we have falled to help others who are needy, and who desired our assistance, so will the help of the Cosmic be withheld from us. If we are in ill health, we have violated some of nature's laws, or through the thinking of negative thoughts have changed our vibratory rate from a balanced state to one of inharmony. The Reality of Life is Happiness; ourselves create, is Sorrow. the Delusion of Life, which we

Sorrow is the result of misguidance of the will, for that particular atom which man calis ''self" is the neurotic folly of our world today determined not to understand; the Cosmic silently obeys G o d 1s ordinance, but man, on the contrary, questions, arges, denies, and rebels, ever persistlng in the belief that his own ideas of right and wrong are superior to those of eternal decrees exlstent since the dawn of creation. Our Master, above all things on earth despised the hypocrite; like he who says with his mouth and believes not in his heart; who prays God to save his soul and in all his ways of life shows an utter unbelief in its very existence; and from what would he save his soul being, as it is, a deathless part of God Himself? In the days of our Master's comlng, few men would listen, and few will listen now; words of Divine Truth today, as ever, are drowned in the laughter of fools and the mockery of the profane.

Hate not Love, is the one false note in our world today; a hate that prefers falsehood to truth, malice to kindness, selfishness to generosity; rran despising man, envying another the slightest advantage creed cursing creed, each calling on God to fulfill the curse; nation fighting nation, in the mutual massacres of a world gone mad. Man worships the Self not the God; and He who scattered seeds of kindness, knows that the seeds fell neither on sterile rock, or by the way, but on prolific soil made rich by human gore. To the Order of the Rose and Cross our hope lies in its Future, we bow in reverence to its Past; through fields of glory its glittering symbol has shed its rays of mystic illumination down through the centuries of a long gone past, to our present time; its sacred teachings, their beautiful thoughts and treasured secrets, are as scintillating jewels of Gosmic revelation. How long the "One Rose from Keaven" must await its earthly bloom, God alone can tell; time and eternity alone can unravel our tanges of life, though the way is, and forever shall be, clear and plain; but whatever in life our mission may be, whether our "path" be level or of steep ascent; whether strewn with flowers or the thorns of fate the Rose and Cross shall lead us, to visions and communion with God.

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To the Members of the Esoteric Hierarchy, Greetingsl This week we have the views of another Soror in regard to our work. This Soror and her husband have been members with us for many years, living in the New England section of the United States. Her husband has been the Master of a Chapter of our members, and.both have had opportunities to assist in Chapter work and assist many, many members. They have been through floods in the New England States, have watched their worldly possessions wlped out, and seen the sufferlngs and anguish of many others who have lost their worldly possessions in the floods. This Soror has had an opportunity to apply our principies not only in her own daily affairs but in the lives of many others as well. We, in the Rosicrucian Order, know what she has been able to accomplish for herself and her husband and many others, and I am sure that you who are in the highest Degrees of our work will be greatly helped by what she tolla you in the account of her various experiences. May Peace Profound abido with each of you. Fraternally, YOUR CLASS MASTER

"As I review the past six or more years it does not seem real, that so many perplexing conditions have been overcome. Depression carne with its hardships to rich and poor and an ever-increasing cry for sympathy in actions and words; but after my own loss of a large h o m e , a condition was created and we carried on with a fortitude and assurance gained by our weekly lectures and application of their contents. We must assume complete faith and thon get busy to make our plans come through for rehabilitating a new home and surroundings. Vith the knowledge gained from my lectures I have livea a life of service to humanity in sickness, the flood panics of 1936 and 1938 with hurricane to hamper. If one has nct experienced these conditions it is a blessing in one way, but it is a wonderful experience to be able to command confidence and receive strength to give to these despondent human beings, as well as animals, assurance that all will be taken care of in good time. Upon a number of occasions my intuition has averted accidents and we all know that in meeting so many strangers, intuition is a great help. These attributes attract conditions and people to one, and in Service to mankind are very gratifying. New experiences unfold, even to the plae in the sky at night with its red and green lights, coming from somewhere and going somewhere, and the ordinarily unheard sounds of the night. It is very hard after a lifetime of study to speak of experiences had by such studying; for every day, or even hourly, some new experience comes up, small or large, and in my humble way, I cannot give full valuation to these conditions.

The study gives mental poise and a contentment of life by being calm and unhurried in these hectio days of everyone trying to get away from themselves and stifling the consciousness. Our health is better, for the nerves are quiet, and when the mind is peaoeful and in harmony with the Cosmic the physical self is better. With the window open to the winters coid wind and a large bowl of water in the room my nights rcst and experiences are complete and the morning1s of devotions and exercise upon arising and also upon rctiring givcs the best of spiritual upliftment for fulfilling the days activities. Worrying and frctting over what has come and what will come seems to be the chief complaint of human beings and the liarde st to overo orne. The things we have done consclously or unconsciously can't be changed, but we can profit by these experiences and remedy this condition. Whatever your troubles have been for the day, when upon rctiring place your confidence and being in tho hands of God, or the Supremo Being, and go to sleep and a most refreshing rest will be had and the next day will come with renewed confidence and strength to do the best with your knowledge and faith. Recently I have been reading of the gala attendance at a preview of a motion pieture in Hollywood and of the wonderful celebrities, and gowns worn by the same, and I am wondering how many of us preview our past experiences and appreciate the valu of doing this. One does not need to have elabrate gowns or jewels to do this. As I sit in our humble home, with the wind and snow outside but warmth and quiet inside and the companionship of a nearly blind husband, all seems as it should be after nineteen years of study of Rosicrucianism and thirty-seven of marriage experiences. Upon the stage or screen of the past comes realization of having gained confidence in one's ability to judge and completing plans, and peace of mind. It'is well that we do not know what is to be in the tomorrow but when it, or what seems to be unsurmountable, does come we receive the ability to surmount these conditions, or if it is to be that we cannot do this, the strength is given to us to endure and help others endure these condi tions. After years of weekly leetures upon all subjeets pertaining to all things in life one attains the quietude and stability which gives one the distinction of helpfulness and cheerfulness upon all occasions. We have obtained the knowledge of proper breathing and sleeping which in turn gives better health and right living. In our hurried lives few think of just slttlnp;, but an evening of just this will give more proof of nature's laws and principies. No need of the spoken word for complete companionship, as the wonderful painting of the aged mother and father sitting in front of the fireplace on an old-fashioned sof shows. In the background are pietures of her vivid experiences, and his on his side of the picture, and complete harmony is shown in their faces as their years are nearing completion. During our busy daily lives intuition is a great asset. It is called many ames but it is the same small voice which we should listen to and heed at once. With the steady increase of knowledge we can attain

an attitude which receives confidence of humans as well as animals and birds. In being near or with the sick the assurance of well-being and strength-giving is helpful and quieting. A long time ago a stranger stopped in my city on her way to New York and telephoned from the depot that she had stopped over one train to see me and where could we meet in the city as I lived out in the suburbs. As the place was public she was rather at loss, as I also was, as to how we would know each other, as we had forgotten to mention any way of Identification, but upon my arrival we know each other. For me it had bcen a subject of interest but she, a new student, said, when I asked her how she knew I was I, fI could feel it as you were Just opposite m e . 1 We often do wrong but upon omission of the wrong we can readjust this law and so gain in experience; but one must have the hard knocks to appreciate the good things in life, In cases of extreme moasures, in case of accidents, sickness, catastrophes, we are given confidence if we sincerely ask it will be given or shown to us, or strength and fortitude will be available to give others who have not had the privilege of these lectures, the assurance until conditions are controlled. My most extreme need of all I have learned was my experience of the 1936 and 1938 floods and hurricane. My homo was on the edge, or in the wedge shapo which the hurricane formed, for three rods each side was strewn with trees, sheds full of tobacco, wires, poles, etc. down. The water of both floods carne into our home 5 and 2 ft. on the first floor, so we took our animals, cats and dogs, and went to higher land where hundreds were together in all modes of living. Every moment was used in helping others to think not of the past but to readjust their lives and plan for the futuro. What had gone could not be brought back, but plarming and keeping them busy helping one help another proved that suggestion is all that is necessary to equalize human emotions. A smile even if you feel like crying carries the day and reaps results. The habi$ of peaceful sleeping is very easily acquired if your mind is given the assurance of oneness with the Cosmic. Plain food and exercise in the open will give good health and divine being. Give thanks for all things given to you, and give of all you have attained. This will be your heritage for the coming years of satisfaction and the reward of: Well done my good and faithful servant."

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BelovecL Members, Greetingsl Of course, it is too early for me to know much about the resu't ts that you or others may have obtained through last week's experiment, because I find from even those living cose to me that the first few day produced only a sensation of calmness with a slight sensation of invig oration., I know that as the week ends there will be a very definite tonic. feeling and a sense of increased vitality, but even this is not the fullest eXpression of the exercise for the real effects will come .during the week following in each case and there will be an accumulative effect from the various exercises to be given each week. There is one point in connection with these color exercises that I overlooked mentioning last week but it is not too late to speak of it now, and that is that the color of yellow should be used the least of all. If you have selected yellow as the first color for your exercise then do not use it again for many months and if vou have not yet used yellow and wish to use it this coming week, keep in mind that while all the other colors or shades of color which you may select mey be used alternately and each one as frequently as the other, the color yellow that is the brilliant, bright, pur yellow--should not be used except after eight or ten weeks. in other words, all the other colors should be used for eight or ten weeks before the color of yellow is repeated in any of these or 'future exercises. If you select a shade of color that ls'a light green with much yellow in it, then it may be t^sea as frequently as other colors, or if you select an orange with a targe amount of yellow in it you may use it frequently. So long as the yellow is modified with some other color it may be used frequently but pur yellow in its unmodified form as a primary color should not be used more often than every eight or ten weeks. I repeat this because it is important. It is important because yellow is the only color that does not add to the vitality. It does not deplete or take away from the vitality in any sense but it has no effect upon the vitality and very little effect upon the psychic development. It does have some minor effects upon some of the glands and that is why we do not eliminate it altogether. Now auring the coming week you may try a second color if you wish or stick.to the first color you have used, repeating this same color for the coming week (unless it was the color of yellow, in which case select a new color). I know that I suggested in my talk to you last week that you could change the color every few days if you wished but I really think it would be better to stiok to one color for an entire week for the coming few weeks until your system has been pretsy. well toned and tunea with these colors, then you may change them more rapidly than once a week. I promised you some little explanation regarding these exercises and I find that the explanations will involve a great many fundamental principies and a great many new and interesting princioles and so the best I can do is to touch upon an important one each week.

Each one of us as a vibrating unit of matter in this universal cell of existence has a natural color valu which is our individual color, just as each one of us has a definite musical note and a definite polarity of vibration. Every unit of matter throughout the universe, whether it is a unit of the mineral mercury or a unit of the mineral known as gold or silver, copper, tin, iron, salt or what-not, has its distinctive color. It is true that all of the mineral elements, and, in fact, all of the elements of nature in the universe, give off various color-s which constitute their individual spectrums, but nevertheless, there is one part of the spectrum of color which is most definite for each element and this is known as the distinct color, or shade of color, of that -olece of matter. This is not a mystical idea but one which science has verified, and the fact that every element of matter does have a distinct and outstanding line of color in the general spectrum has enabled science to lcate or discover many minerals that were missing from the periodic table of earthly elements. Every plant has its distinct color which results from the vibrations of the plant. It is a difficult thing for an individual human being to discover which is his color except from experience. All of us sooner or later learn of the color, or precise shade of color, which is not only most attractive to us but which is most pleasing, satisfying and helpful to us. Every woman has discovered that a certain shade of some de finite color is best for her clothing because it makes her fee'l more vital, soothes her nerves, gives her added contentment and in many other mystical ways enables her to sense that this particular shade of color is most appropriate for her. Of course, she has to seek for some other modifications or even opposites to this color because she cannot wear one color continually in clothing. Also all women, and a great many men, have found that there is one color, or shade of color, that is quite displeasing. It is commonly known that brown is quite displeasing to people of the white race whereas it is a pleasing color for the average persons of the so-callud colored or black race. This is not due to any similarity between the complexin and the color for there are other dark skinned races, or what we might almost cali brown skinned races, that do not enjoy wearing brown. But the colored persons of the Southern states of America who were born in such states and who are descendants of the African races are quite attuned to the color of brown whereas this same color in almost any of its dark shades is disturbing to the average white person. There are many psychological reasons for this into which we will not enter at the present time. The same is true of musical notes for each individual and of certain other universal conditions and elements of vibrations. Now the object of the present color exercises is not merely to assist you in discovering what is your most pleasing and satisfying color, for I think that there are many more simple ways to discover this. These exercises are for the purpose of building up the vibratory functioning of many parts of the body which can ony function properly when they are attuned with the various rates of vibrations that affect our bodles generally. The whole physlcal body of man is in rhythm and

vibration. Unless every cell in the body is vibrating properly and in harmony with others there will be illness, and unless the entire body as one cell is vibrating harmoniously with the universal vibrations there will be illness. Each of the colors of the spectrum, excepting yellow, has a vitalizing effect upon the entire body. Yellow has an effect upon only a few glands of minor iraportance but, nevnrthe ess, necessary to the general scheme.. So for the following week either continu the same color that you used last week for the same exercise, repeating it identically as you used it during the past week, or, if you have felt very definite effects from that color you may change to another color for the coming week. But I would strongly urge that you pick one of the colors you used last week and stay with it and repeat it in your exercises this week so that we may start this work with a good aevelopment of the effects at the very beginning. In other words, follow the same exer cise as outlined on the several pages of lecture 120 sent to you last week.

Fraternally, YOUR CLASS MASTER

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Continulg our study of the esoteric principie of Grace it is fitting that we should examine this principie from every angle. We discover in our studies that the most primitive of religious rites included this idea of developing the Grace of God. In order to understand this principie from the viewpoint of the ancient mystics we must lay aside any consideration of the fact that there was a great divergence of opinion as to whom and what was God. Let me suggest that even though we at the present time think that we know the real God and are worshipping the real God through having a proper conception of Him, the time may come in the distant future when people will have an even better conception of God, and will smile at the conception we have now. They may even think that our present conception of God was quite heathenish or paganish. All that we can do is to think of God and conceive of Him in the Light of our understanding. This is all that the ancient pagans did. Their idea of the God of the universe and the God of all beings may have been very crude, and surrounded with wrong ideas, and misconceptons; however, to them the idea of God included the great essentials. To them God was the most supreme being in the world. He was omnipotent in every conceivable sense. They even went so far as to think of Him as being larger in stature, larger in mentalitv^ larger in volume of voice, and possessing all the powers of the uni verse. He was God of the Winds, God of the Sun, God of the Water, God of the Air, and in fact, God of everything, for he supplanted all of the score or more gods that had been previously assigned to all of the elements and conditions of the universe. To them God was also omnipresent; He was in everything and therefore to "bo found everywhere. The slightest whispering sound produced by the wlnd contained the presence of God, according to their idea. The ripples on the suri ace of the water contained His presence. Every holy altar in home or temple, every holy casket, every holy fountain, every holy shrine, contained the presence of God. I often think as I read some of their ancient writings that they had an even greater appreciation of the presence of God than we have today. In many of our present-day churches the prayers offered to God petition Him to come down in the congregation and be present in the edifice--as though God had not been present since the previous Sunday or Wednesday evening, Many other prayers ask God to visit a cer tain locality, or come into touch with a certain place, as though He were not already there. To the ancients such an idea would have seem ed peculiar. They not only looked upon God as being constantly and continously present in every holy temple, shrine, and s&cred place, but as being present wherever living things, living creatures, were to be found. He was therefore always present night and day in every home where there were living persons who recognized Him or who paid adoration to Him. Certainly He was continuously present in the great temples, and never had to be asked or petitioned t o b e present on a special occasion. The Jewish religin took this idea out of the Orient and built for itself in every synagogue a holy altar which represented the eternal and contlnuous presence of God in the place. Therefore, a worshipper night go into such synagogues at any time of the day or

night whether there was a service being conducted or not, and be sure of find^ng the presence of God at the altar. Going to this point, therefore, or standing near it would bring one closer to sorae form of attunement with God* So we see that ever though the pagans and ancient peoples had strange ideas about the personal looks of God and believed many peculiar things about Him such as that He was extremely jeelous and filled with wrath at times, and easily angered by the siaful acts of persons, and would smite people with pestilence and famine, or cause earthquakes, floods, or fires in order to make people obey His will, still the God they conceived of was as perfect as was their Light* We can also understand, therefore, how they attributea to the nature of this God of theirs a benevolent and kindly side. With all his anger, jealousy, wrath, and occasionally peeved attitude, they believed He also had a great amount of love, an encompaesing kindness, and a most friendly feeling for those who obeyed Him, It was the desire, there fore, of the most religious and most devout to win the friendship of God, and win the love of God by living properly* obeying His laws, and fearing Him. In order to win His friendship and His love, and thus be sure of being blessed with favors from God, it was necessary to find Grace with God. Once more we may smil? with toleration and kind consideration of the peculiar methods tha'u some of them adopted to find this Grace, or win this Grace of flod, but after all they did not do many things that were greatly different from what the churches advise us to do today, Thousands of these ancient mystics believed that by abandoning all of their worldly standing, worldly heritage, and worldly possessions they would more quickly find this Grace. Taking the life of Buddha as an example, we find that he was $ot the only one born of royal blood and princely standing who abandoned his palace, his titles,his elegant clothing, and worldly things and, put on a covering of one piece of cloth, merely partially to wrap hla naked body, and went forth into the world under an asaumed ame as a poor man and livefl on the morsels of food that were voluntarily dropped in his begging bowl while he preached some religious doctrine. Some of the greatest rulers known in history sacrificed at least one half, it not all, of their worldly power at times to find Grace with God. Others believed that by living apart from worldly people a/id worldly temptations, and going into caves, grottos or ruined bulldings on the nountaintops, or in uninhabited valleys, they would develop greater spirituality and thus attain Grace. In this belief we find the origin of the practice of becoming an anchorite. Others believed that- by separating themselves from the world and going to live in a gre^tt building with others who felt llke they did, and devoting most of i:heir time to study and meditation on spiritual subjeets, and devoting a part of their time to doing humanitarian work for others, they would find this Grace, This was the origin of the monkish organizaticins, and of the tuilding of monasteries. Others believed that by persecuting their physical boaies, neglecting them, and thus making the world and all of its temptations less interesting to them the, 7 would increase the spiritual side of their natures,- and obtain Grace," This was the origin of the oriental systems of self-punishment whic we find still axisting in India and some other countries.. Some of the most uneducated and

illiterate of the pagans believed that by burning sacrifices to God they would obtain Grace, and we find this custom was partly a&opted by the Jewish people, and is still existent as a religious rite in many countries. Others thought that by building huge temples with spires, or domes pointing to the heavens in which long and glorious prayers to God could be offered, and in which they could go for hours at a time for spiritual separation from the world, it would help to bring Grace, and this was the orlgin of the many unique buildings that were built y with such magnificent heights and wonderful spires. The ides held by these ancients were many, and too numerous to even think of putting into one book or one encyclopedia. There was the opposite side of the picture as well. There were those who believed that God was conflned to some special forms and places. They believed that God existed in certain stones or metis, and these were carried by persons or hung on cords around their necks, and this was the beginning of the belief in amulets, and lucky charms. There were others who believed that the spirit of God rested in certain animals, and these animals were carefully protected and faithfully watched, not as God but as representatives of God, and v/e find this idea still in usage in some oriental countries where certain animals are greatly respected. Then, of course, carne the sex idea based upon the people1s ignorancc of sex and sex matters. They believed that slnce life in all of its visible methods of reproduction seemed to be associated with the sex organs, God's power resided solely in these organs, and the result was a development of a system of sex worship that did not have any element of the perversions and monstrous ideas associated with sex worship today; but nevertheless, with all of its purity and absolutely holy respect, the sex worship idea was erroneous and led to many misconceptions about God and life generally. The outstanding fact is that through all of these so-called dark ages in ancient times, and in the middle ages as well, man sought to find Grace with God by winning the favor of God, and it is to be noted that the one fundamental idea in all of their methods for finding Grace was the principie of attuning oneself with God through proper living and through obeying God1s laws. Now, up to the time that Moses carne forth to his people with a tablet of stone upon which certain comments were definitely written, the people of the world had no definitely prescribed and definitely worded laws as being the laws of God. They based all of their understanding of God1s laws upon occurrences in U f e which they observed. A child does not have to study a medical book to know that cutting his finger with a knife produces pain, injury, a loss of blood, and some inconvenience in the use of the finger. In the same way as a child observed the law of protecting the finger to save pain, so these ancient peoples observed that by not doing certain things they were happier and in better health, and found a certain peace and spiritual power that they would not have otherwise. Consequently they worked out a code that seemed to them to represent the fundamental laws of God. Now these laws we are going to study and analyze in connection with earning, deserving, and attaining the Grace of God. In addition to the other helpful exercises you should meditate upon and try to analyze what you think are the fundamental laws of God, which will bring the approval of God into our U v e s , and bring us Grace. Fraternally, YOUR CLASS MASTER

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