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IN MEMORIAM[From The Rosicrucian Digest July 1962]
Education requires a basis of intelligence to be effective. Specialized training is not alone sufficient to meet the situations of our complex mode of living. It is intelligence that provides the depth of reasoning and the imagination to evaluate properly the knowledge which education provides. Profound insight and judgment make it possible for the individual often to think beyond the limitation that a formal education more often establishes. Intelligence and intuition frequently temper empirical knowledge and provide the justice and understanding of human nature. In other words, education must be the tool that a developed mentality uses. It can never be a substitute for the lack of the latter.
Dr. H. Spencer Lewis, first Imperator of the second cycle of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, exhibited these exceptional qualities of mind. He seemed to be able to anticipate new channels of knowledge and investigation. His mind was able to reach out beyond the formalities of specialized training, and he was able and ready to grasp and adjust to new situations. He was thus not at a loss to cope with the problems of Rosicrucian members who came to him even though such may have been outside the scope of his particular personal experience. His personality marked him as a true humanitarian and philosopher. His ability to anticipate and see merging causes and the events that would follow gave his mind a prophetic quality.
These qualities of mind are very evident in the writings of Dr. Lewis, in his books, discourses, and lectures. He lived in the present, in the physical, but those who knew him were aware that his mind dwelt in the future, in the germinating of new ideas, eventually to be brought into reality.
Dr. H. Spencer Lewis experienced the great initiation, passing through transition, at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, August 2, 1939. His earthly remains are interred in the Akhnaton Shrine in Rosicrucian Park, in accordance with his wishes. On the anniversary of his transition each year, a brief, informal ceremony is conducted in his memory in the Akhnaton Shrine at Rosicrucian Park. All offices are closed for the day, and activities of Rosicrucian Park, with the exception of this ceremony, cease. This ceremony will again be observed on Thursday, August 2 at 4:15 p.m., Pacific Daylight Saving Time.
Rosicrucians in the vicinity are invited to attend. Rosicrucians elsewhere are asked to observe a minute of silent tribute to the memory of Dr. Lewis, if they possibly can at an hour in their locality corresponding to this Pacific Time.
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