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  • R O S I C R U C I A N

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    1953 D E C E M B E R

    30c per copy

    Attraction and RepulsionFrom the viewpoint of human behavior.

    V A V

    Must We Suffer to Grow ?Analysis of an old mystic principle.

    V A V

    Cosmic Rays and LifeA discourse of everyday interest.

    V A V

    'peatccnitty: Mysticism Science The Arts

    V A V

    Ttext TftoatJi: Music and You

    V A V

    DIGEST

    @ oven:Meditation

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    Rose-Scented CandlesN A I D to meditation . . . the scent of roses coni-

    -L~1 bined with the soothing vibrations of c a n d le l ig h t ! For sanctum use . . . lor rest and attunement . . . for psychic experiments . . . or merely as a pleasant table adornment. I liese candles give forth the inspiring, sweet fragrance ol a rose garden.

    I he symbology of the rose is well known lo all philosophers and mystics. It is the universal hieroglyph that has linked the E a st and W e s t . . . the symbol of the Path to D iv ine Attainm ent . . . an emblem enshrined in the hearts of men and women everywhere.

    I ry these candles for contacts w i th the C athed ral of the Soul . . . lor closer, deeper attunement. I he Rosi- crucian S u p p ly Bureau w a s able to contract lor their manufacture in huge quantities. T h is makes it possible to effect a low price to members and friends. Ideal for Christmas {lifts! E a c h attractive box contains four 12-inch candles.

    Per box of 4 candles, postpaid ..................$1.50Two boxes (8 candles) for........................ $2.40

    Rosicrucian Su p p ly BureauSA N JOSE, CALIFORNIA

    ( E A C H M O N T H T H I S P A G E I S D E V O T E D T O T H E E X H I B I T I O N O F S T U D E N T S U P P L I E S . )

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    I h e r e is a titillating fascination in the giving of a

    gift. The anticipation of words of surprise by the

    r e c e iv e r s the feeling that a natural obligation to

    share lifes blessings has been fulfilled'the kin gly

    state of being an administrator of life s goods;

    these thoughts perhaps crowd in upon the con

    sciousness of the sender. More than that, though,

    giving is a symbol of sharing. W hether it be our

    wealth, thoughts, abilities, or our home -' the

    sharing of these means happiness. It is most fitting

    at this time of year, w hen Peace among men is

    so much the concern of all people, that the

    act of giving also receives due attention,

    for therein lies the w ay to world peace.

    M ay this spirit be extended through

    out the year, and take with it our

    best w ishes for a

    jilerrp Christmas

    THE JOY OF GIVING

  • SAC R ED C O N C LA V E

    One of the numerous bathing ghats (steps) at Benares, India, sacred cit3r of the Hindus on the banks of the Ganges. Hindu pilgrims come from afar to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges and to partake of its alleged medicinal properties. They are also immersed in the waters as a rite of lustration or purification, which is not unlike the modem Christian baptism although antedating it by centuries.

    (Photo by AMOTiC)

  • R O SICR U CIAN DIGESTC O V ER S THE W O R L D

    T H E O F F I C I A L I NTE RNAT I ONAL ROS I CRUCI AN M A G A Z I N E OF T HE W O R L D - W I D E R O S I C R U C I A N O R D E R

    Vol. XXXI D ECEM BER , 1953

    Sacred Conclave (Frontispiece)Thought of the Month: Attraction and Repulsion.Are W e a Good Investment?Strange Phenomena: The Guiding Light Sitting Bull The Medicine Man Life Beyond Earth: Part TwoHealth of Teen-Agers.................................Cosmic Rays and Life .........Fact or Fancy: Divine Right of KingsImportance of Intuition....................................................Cathedral Contacts: The Turn of the Year.. .........Always, the SearchMust W e Suffer to G row ? ...........The Essence of Time......... ........Temple Echoes ............The Right to G iveRabbits Play Part in Rose-Croix Research (Illustration)

    Subscription to the Rosicrucian Digest, $3.00 (1/1/5 sterling) per year. Single copies 30 cenls (2/2 sterling).

    Entered as Second Class M atter at the Post O ffice at San Jose, C a lifornia, under Section 1103 of the U. S. Postal A ct of O ct. 3, 1917.

    Changes of address must reach us by the first of the month preceding date of issue.

    S.atem enis made in th's publication are not the official expression of ization or its officers unless staled to be official communications.

    Published Monthly by the Supreme Council ofTH E R O S IC R U C IA N O RD ER A M O R C

    ROSICRUCIAN PARK SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIAED ITOR: Frances Vejtasa

    Copyright, 1953, by the Supreme Grand Lodge of AMORC, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • TheKosicrucianDigestDecember1953

    o s t persons have some understanding of the law of attraction and repulsion as it relates to the phenomenon of magnetism. How this law may be mystically applied to human behavior is often confusing to them. Per

    haps the best way to approach this subject is to cite common experiences upon which the explanations may be based.

    Have you not met persons who objectively, in their appearancethe way they were attired, their mannerisms, and featureswere quite acceptable, and yet you experienced an immediate dislike for them? The absolute objec- tivist, even the academic scientist, may explain this common experience as arising solely out of subtle suggestion which one may not have realized. He will relate that you eschew the presence of a person because of something in his behavior, the scent of a perfume, some slight gesture or accent of speech, which has aroused within your subjective mind a la lent dislike identified with some earlier experience now forgotten. In all probability, some dislikes are the results of such factors of suggestion. In those instances where the dislikes could be subsequently traced to associations of previous experience it was found that the dislike was not so intense upon the first meeting. The experiences to which we have reference are those having to do with dislikes that are realized at their fullest intensity upon the first contact and can never be identified with any particulars of the person.

    It has been reported to usand perhaps you have experienced itthat the

    feeling of repugnance was even had when approaching the back of an individual. There are also cases of such repugnance being experienced by merely entering a room from which an individual has just exited. Acting on the assumption that such might have been caused by some liiigering scent, which, as a subtle suggestion, aroused the feeling of repugnance, experiments were conducted with that view in mind. The same perfume, if the subject was a woman, was used by another subject. who then confronted the person without similar sensations being aroused. Also, there were attempts at duplicating the odors of clothing such as the scents of leather dressing and textile dyesmaterials which had been worn by the person who had just left the room. Rut these were without success, for there was no response to them. It was apparent that there was something far more intangible which was causing the peculiar sensation of repugnance.

    Do thoughts, habits, or subjective inclinations which are of a nature to be offensive to normal persons, actually radiate some quality even when they are not objectively manifested? Does a malicious character generate a subtle force that can be felt, though no overt act or word accompanies it? As much as some may deny it, our thoughts do have an effusion from our persons. The qualities of that particular emanation from the human body, which we call the aura, are quite apparently affected by the real personality of the individual. No matter how one may try to cloak his intentions and his feelings, the emotions and thoughts do affect the spinal nervous system and,

  • what is more important, affect the sym pathetic nervous system. This latter system is responsive to those higher frequencies which, because of their unlimited nature, we call infinite. Like an electromagnetic field, the radiations from the aura heterodyne, that is, disturb the relationship of certain other similar fields with which they may be brought into contact. Or, such fields may be brought into resonance, that is, harmony, with each other.

    Like polarities of magnetized substances, as we know, will repel each other; those of unlike nature will be attracted to each other. The magnetic field as a kind of stress is invisible. It is only known to us by means of its manifestationits action upon other things or conditions. It is also only under the most unique circumstances that an aura can be seen. Then, actually, we are not seeing the aura. Certain psychological as well as physical conditions are produced as tne result of the aura, and that is what we see. When we see an aura, it is the secondary effects which have become visible.

    It may be asked, why do persons auras which are charged differently, because of entirely opposite personalities, not attract each other? Likewise, why is it that persons whose interests and ideals are similar find pleasure in the company of each other? This, most certainly, is counter to the law of attraction and repulsion, as we know it in the phenomena of magnetism.

    Sym pathetic R esponsesWe should not really say that auras

    are attracted or repulsed, but rather that they are in harmony or not in harmony with each other. Let us use the analogy of two tuning forks which have been struck simultaneously with a small mallet. If they are so constructed that they will vibrate at the same frequency or pitch, then they will be in resonance, or harmony, with each other; in fact, they will vibrate in unison. If one