Rosicrucian Writings Online
IN MEMORIAM[From The Rosicrucian Digest July 1940]
As this is written, a few days over ten months have elapsed since the transition and Higher Initiation of our late Imperator, Dr. H. Spencer Lewis, which occurred on Wednesday, August 2nd, last. When most of you read this it will be one or possibly two weeks until the first anniversary of his great experience.
In every city of the world, there are buildings, institutions, and parks as physical reminders of the achievement of some great departed personality. The passerby, upon seeing them halts, and by his recollection pays a silent, if but momentary, respect. It is a far greater tribute to him that throughout the world Dr. Lewis' influence resides hourly in the consciousness of thousands of men and women. They need no material substance or form by which to recollect his deeds. His precepts and policies remain, even his attitude of mind toward the finer things of life, deep within their beings where he implanted them with his oral and written words. To thousands, his life has become their lives, and his ideals theirs to cherish as a heritage. There is no greater proof of this than their magnanimous and loyal continuous support of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, and its activities; and their failure to deviate from the path he pioneered, and for which he gave his life. His life was the Ancient, Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, and so long as it adheres, in this jurisdiction, to those altruistic and noble principles he laid down for it in this new world, each of its activities in which the fratres and sorores participated will be imbued with his undiminishing personality.
It was Dr. H. Spencer Lewis' wish that his earthly remains after cremation be interred in the moist soil beneath an equilateral triangle, which years before he scratched in the flagging in the center of the Rosicrucian Egyptian Shrine in
To commemorate him, the Supreme and Grand Lodge offices and various departments and buildings will all remained closed for the entire day of August 2, 1940. Each officer of the Supreme and Grand Lodges will be asked to spend some time during the day in meditation in the Shrine (see frontispiece). It is hoped that our fratres and sorores who read this will likewise select on that day some period for meditation upon his life.
--RALPH M. LEWIS, Imperator.
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