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Questions AnsweredBy THE IMPERATOR
[H. Spencer Lewis]
[From The Mystic Triangle September 1927]
(Important questions may be sent to the Editor of the Triangle and each month a few of them will be submitted to the Imperator for his personal answer. If questions refer to any point in the lecture, please give number of lecture and page. Questions which anticipate points in future lectures will not be answered.)
Q.--I have received a letter from a friend of mine in
A.--This report is typical of what may be received when one asks a stranger to investigate a matter with which they are not familiar. It is true that the new branch in
Q.--I have just read about the new Rosicrucian Manual. I want one by all means and I find that nearly all the members in our Lodge desire one. There are two questions I would like to ask about it. First, is it an absolute necessity to such an extent that one cannot proceed with the work without it? Secondly, is it true that the AMORC was not the first to issue such a manual?
A.--The new Manual is not an absolute necessity to the study of the regular lessons, but it includes matter and helps not in the lectures and which are not a part of our regular work but found to be helpful to all, through the thousands of inquiries sent to us. This Manual, costing just a few cents over two dollars, will save the average member ten or fifteen dollars in books, for we have found that sooner or later the average member is tempted to buy some books in order to secure light on various subjects which become of interest to him while studying. Many of these subjects are covered in the Manual. In answer to your second question will say that AMORC put out a Manual in 1918, which was the first to be issued in this country. It was very small and was practically limited to the officers of our Order. It was soon exhausted and the present one is our second edition, greatly enlarged. There have been some attempts to put so-called Rosicrucian Manuals on the market, but AMORC has issued but two, and these are genuine.
Q.--Have the Rosicrucians ever taken a definite stand in regard to the correctness of the Christian doctrines?
A.--Certainly not. It is not within our province, either as a college of the philosophies and sciences, or as a non-sectarian fraternity, to take any stand in regard to any religious doctrines. The AMORC is not a religious school or a school of religion. That it includes the theological principles in its teachings does not make it a theological seminary. Just what bearing the Christian doctrines can have upon the subjects we teach we cannot see. We have as many devout Christians in our membership--even as officers--as we have persons of all the other religious denominations combined. We have a very high regard for the Christian church and the Christian doctrines.
Q.--What do you think of the claim made by some former Christian Science leaders that Mary Baker Eddy will return to life?
A.--Since we are convinced of the truthfulness of the fundamental doctrines of reincarnation--which are not contrary to any of the religious doctrines of the various churches--we are convinced that Mrs. Eddy will return to earth again and live again in a body. Whether she will continue the great work she started, or take up a newer and higher line of humanitarian activity, we cannot tell--nor can any of the other humans now living on this plane. At any rate, her future coming is nothing for the self-appointed apostles of the future to build upon for their own aggrandizement.
Q.--My little girl does not like to say the prayer, "Now I lay me down to sleep," and takes special objection to the words, "if I should die," because she has heard us say that there is no death. Can you give us another short prayer for children to say at night?
A.--Yes, there is a typical Rosicrucian prayer for children to say at night, as follows:
"Now I close my eyes in Peace
With this thought my troubles cease!
As I rest in sleep Profound,
With my heart to God close-bound,
I will know no sin or pain
And hope for morning's life again.
Bless thy children here on earth,
And fill them all with joyous mirth.
Bless our parents, too, dear God,
While they guard and sweetly nod.
All the world is good and right,
Guided by Thy Loving Sight.--Amen."
Q.--Lecture No. 6 of my Grade has proven to be a valuable lecture indeed. By way of recapitulation we have brought before us the salient features of the work thus far in the Third Grade. I note in paragraph four, of page one, another reference to the doctrine of reincarnation. I feel, somehow, that this doctrine is a very satisfying one indeed. I enjoyed the articles on Reincarnation in the Mystic Triangle. It is a doctrine that, as I learn more about it, I would like to introduce from my pulpit. I have discussed it with a number of our clergy and the consensus of opinion is that it is lacking in Biblical support. I would like to know if, in your opinion, the authors of Matthew 17:10-13 and Mark 9:11-13 inclusive had such a doctrine in mind and if it was taught by the Master Jesus.
A.--The doctrine of reincarnation is today the oldest and most universal of all religious doctrines and is held by more persons and found in more religions than any one other doctrine. In fact, while only 34% of the people of the world are Christians, and less than 60% of the people of the world adhere to any strict religious principles, fully 75% of the people of the world adhere to the doctrine of reincarnation, either as an ethical principle (in which form it existed for many centuries) or as a fundamental of all religious doctrines. As for Biblical support, there is one question asked by Jesus of His Disciples: "Whom do they say I am?" The question and the answers given cannot possibly refer to anything other than the popular belief that every great Son of God or Messenger must have lived before and, as some other personality, once before appeared to man and did God's work. Jesus wanted to know with whom, in the popular mind, He was associated; which one of the previous Messengers of God the people believed Him to be. There can be no other interpretation to His question, and it plainly indicates His knowledge of the principles of reincarnation, His knowledge of the people's belief, and the importance of the matter. That more references do not appear in the King James version of the Bible becomes understandable as one studies the many passages which have been deleted. The doctrine of reincarnation would have been an "inconvenience" in the early days of the church, but would now prove to be its greatest aid. Many clergymen have adopted some of the reincarnation principles in their sermons and the writer has spoken on the subject on a Sunday night in one of the largest Episcopal churches in
Q.--I would like to know more about the Great Pyramid; who built it, why and when, and the secrets it contains. I have a very intellectual friend, a Pastor of the
A.--If the Pastor said he knew, we have no reason to question his statement, for it is possible to know of past incarnations, as thousands of our members do know. Many have journeyed abroad to find verification and have gone to the old cities, towns and hamlets where they had once lived, and even to the tombstones of those with whom they had been familiar in the past. So your Pastor may have been an Egyptian scholar at some time in the past and, as such, assisted others in exploring the great stone at the top wherein was contained a chest of records. We cannot, however, at this time give you all the facts you ask for in connection with the Great Pyramid, for that would require several whole issues of this magazine. Our lectures contain some facts and some day we will publish some articles about the Pyramid. You seem to be a little surprised that a Baptist minister should be interested in the doctrines of reincarnation. It is a fact that more orthodox clergymen accept reincarnation today than is known--and many of them freely touch upon it--when their congregations do not object. As soon as a clergyman finds that his congregation is not biased about the matter he is generally very happy to be able to speak what he knows. Do not blame the clergyman for holding back many truths; it is not due to ignorance or bias on their part, but to the intolerant and biased attitude of those sitting on the first rows and singing God's praises the loudest.
Q.--When can we expect to see published in the Triangle the address made by the Master K. H. at the International Rosicrucian Congress in
A.--We have hesitated to print this address because we find that some other occult organization has been copying and using matter regarding this Convention, taking extracts from the Triangle and attempting to give the impression of some connection with the Convention. The address is too important to be mutilated by deletions and additions so as to make it fit some other purposes. For these reasons we have withheld it for a while.
Q.--What percentage does heredity count in the life of a human being?
A.--We are prone to think of heredity as pertaining to the physical part of man solely. We inherit certain tendencies through blood, it is true, but we also inherit certain other tendencies through the soul consciousness or psychic consciousness. If we unite these two forms of heredity, I would say that heredity affects us largely in youth--perhaps to the extent of 75%--and environment and education 25%. Later in life, unless trained to give heed to the dictates and urges of the soul and psychic consciousness, the very reverse is true.
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