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    (EAC H MONTH THIS PAGE IS DEVOTED TO THE EXHIBITION OF STUDENT SUPPL IES .)

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    ri?A6TMNCEofthe?0lfThe ancients attributed directly to divine source everything wh

    to the human senses seemed perfectthe perfume of flowers, the sw

    smelling early morning air, the tang of the sea, the mysterious scent

    strange herbs. These pleasing odors were associated with the div

    being of the gods. Even the soul was thought to have a fragrance of

    own far superior to anything else which man could ever smell. In

    sacred temples, herbalists would mix secret potions and compound r

    incenses which were thought to approach the divine fragrance of the so

    It was believed that an inhalation of the scented fumes would lift

    soul to greater heights. It is known that rare incenses will aid in pducing harrriony of the senses, and for this reason, the Rosicrucians h

    had especially preparedan incense that is soothing and most helpful meditation purposes.

    Rosicrucian incense is of India Moss Rose scent. It is longburn

    half a brickette is sufficient for the average sanctum period.

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    DR. H. SPENCER LEWIS

    August the 2nd is the anniversary of the transition of the late Rosicrucian Imperator, Dr. H.Spencer Lewis, which occurred in 1939. He founded the second cycle of the Rosicrucian Order(AMORC) in America which has since spread its influence throughout the world. On Satur-day August 2, the brief, annual ceremony in respect to his memory will be held at RosicrucianPark. For details, see page 249.

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    ^PRTHF c p rTHE ROSICRUCIANS, AMORCSAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, U. S. A.

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    ROSICRUCIAN DIGESTCOVERS THE WORLD

    T H E O F F I C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F T H E 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

    XXXVI JULY, 1958 No. 7

    Dr. H. Spencer Lewis (Frontispiece)................... 241

    Thought of the Month: Your Philosophy is Showing.. ................. 244

    Color and You........... 246

    In Memoriam 249

    Islam, the All-Inclusive........................................................................ ............ . 250

    There Is No Infant Mind ..................................... .............................................. 252

    About Weeds 255

    Cathedral Contacts : Overtaking Time.......................................... 257

    Superstitions, Old and New ......... .... 259

    The Higher Standard of Living ..... .......... ............... .............................. 262

    Seven Steps to Wisdom .......... ........ .................... 264

    W hat Concentration W IL L Do...................... 267

    Temple Echoes .............. ................................... .... ............. ......... 270

    Something about Craftsmanship........... .... 272

    World-Wide Directory ....... 276

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    EDITOR: Frances Vejtasa

    The Purpose of the Rosicrucian OrderThe Rosicrucian Order, existing in all civilized lands, is a nonsectarian fraternal body of men

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    laws. The purpo se of the organiza tion is to enable all to live in harm ony w ith the creative, con-structive Cosmic forces for the attain m en t of health, happiness, and peace. The Ord er is inter-nationally known as "AMORC (an abbreviation), and the A.M.O.R.C. in America and all otherlands cons titutes the only form of Rosicrucian a ctivities united in one body. The A.M.O.R.C. doesnot sell its teachings. It gives them freely to affiliated memb ers togeth er with many o ther benefits.For complete information about the benefi ts and advantages of Rosicrucian associat ion, write alette r to the address below, and ask for the free book, The Ma stery of Life. Add ress ScribeS. P. C.. Ros icrucia n O rder , AMORC, San Jose , Californ ia, U. S. A. (Cable Ad dre ss: A.MOUCO )

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    THOUGHT OF THE MONTHYOUR PHILOSOPHY IS SHOWING

    i f f is to live! Exact theutmost from every con-scious minute. In sub-stance these thoughts, if

    not the exact phrase, arebecoming very commontoday. Many young peo-pleand those of middleage as wellare disin-

    clined to show a speculative interest inany idealistic purpose of life. To the

    3uery, Why is man here and what isle ultimate aim of human existence?

    they slung their shoulders in an atti-tude of disinterest. Any attempt to en-gage them in a discussion on subjectsof a formal philosophy or metaphysicalnature will elicit from such persons the

    frank reply that philosophy does notinterest them.The more unreserved individual, who

    expresses his dislike for philosophy, willreply that he wants to enjoy life, thathe wants to find pleasure wherever hecan and, therefore, does not wish toacquire any philosophical views. Heimplies or says directly that philosophyis not for him. lie makes philosophy arestrictive system of study. To him itconsists of certain limited subjects only.It is obviously presumed that if onedoes not indidge in such particular

    teachings, he is then freed from, or atleast outside of, the influence of phi-losophy.

    The whole presumption on die partof such individuals today is that pld

    The losophy is only a formalized subject.Rosicrucian They dunk of it as consisting of the

    organized dioughts, die particular con-cepts, of certain thinkers only. Conse-quently, if the specific ideas of thosethinkers do not appeal, if they seem

    Digest

    July

    1958

    uninteresting or inapplicable to one'sway of life, such individuals then thinkof themselves as being disinclined to-ward pliilosophy.

    To reject the particular ideas of afield of thought does not. however, ex-clude one from the farreaching effectsof that field of inquiry upon his life.There are millions of persons, for anal-ogy. who do not even know the differ-ence between the art terms of abstractand representative. They are unfamil-iar with die divisions of art and theleading opposing schools. Formal art,its classifications and techniques, mayhave little or no interest for them. Theymay never have attended an art lectureor visited an ar t gallery. Yet such per-

    sons cannot escape die aesthetic in-fluences of art upon their lives.Visual beauty, the symmetry of line

    and nuances of color do bring a re-sponse within the individual. Womenwho profess no interest in art do select

    particular colors for die ir draperies.The man of die house prefers a certainstyle of design for his automobile. Hecan readily tell you why he desires thisshaped fender or contour of body rathe rdian another.

    All such characteristics or preferencesare aesdiedc. They stem from an in-

    herent sense o