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In Memoriam

[From The Rosicrucian Digest July 1945]
SIX years have passed since the transition and Higher Initiation of Dr. H. Spencer Lewis, late Imperator of AMORC. In remembering the man, one cannot disassociate his many talents and accomplishments from his personality. One of his greatest contributions to the advancement of knowledge was his extensive research in the cyclical activity of various kinds of phenomena. He proved the relationship of many human events and happenings to the cycles and periods of the activities of nature. His book, Self-Mastery and Fate with the Cycles of Life, was but one of the many treatises he wrote on the subject. It is best known because it was publicized. At the time of its issuance, it was at variance with the consensus of opinion on the subject. Now there are numerous expositions on the topic which have found their way into staid scientific journals.
The very influence of Dr. H. Spencer Lewis' life upon the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, in the Western World has been cyclical. It was in 1915 that the first official conclave of the Supreme Grand Lodge of AMORC was held in New York City. Several years prior to that, Dr. Lewis had been initiated into the Rose-Croix Order of France. There he had been given a mandate to establish the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, in the Western World for its second cycle of activity. It was, therefore, during the chaos and tragic events of World War I that he had to bring about the rebirth of the Rosicrucian Order, and nurture it as well. His dynamic personality, his mystical insight, and his administrative genius made themselves felt and the Order became a lusty infant in the Western World.
Twenty-five years later, in 1940, one year after his transition, the world again found itself in similar chaos. Again, however, in like manner, have the elements of his personality and foresight recurred to sustain and to further the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC. In the first personal cycle, in 1915, he established many policies for the government of the Order and for the attainment of its ideals, which in the intervening years had never been resorted to. They had been policies which had anticipated an organization and its needs far in excess of what AMORC was in 1915. The whole future structure of AMORC, insofar as its physical medium is concerned, was to rest upon his vision in 1915.
In 1940 and the turbulent years which have followed, it was these policies interwoven in the ideals and in the operation of the AMORC, which integrated it, guided it, and strengthened it. Consequently, those six years which have elapsed since his transition--the second personal cycle of his influence--have been as effective as when he was physically upon this plane.
The greatness of man is not found alone in his immediate deeds performed during his lifetime, but in the goodness of his life being projected into the future. No one need concern himself about his immortality, if his thoughts and acts are such that they will beneficially influence the lives of those of future generations. Such a man increases in stature with the passing of time, and becomes greater in immortality than in mortality.
Dr. H. Spencer Lewis' transition occurred on Wednesday, August 2, 1939, at 3:00 P. M. Pacific Time. It has been our custom to hold a period of meditation on each anniversary of his transition, with members everywhere participating. Again this year, the offices of the Grand Lodge will be closed, in honor of his memory. The officers of the Supreme and Grand Lodges will be gathered in the Amenhotep Shrine in Rosicrucian Park, where Dr. Lewis' earthly remains are interred, at the exact hour of 4:00 P. M. Pacific War Time (War Time being an hour later). Each member, everywhere, is requested to determine his corresponding local time and participate for three minutes in united meditation and silent tribute to the memory of Dr. Lewis. Mark this date on your calendar.

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