Have you ever herd of publication done by Harvey Spencer Lewis entitled "Light of Egypt", published in 1927, page 8, in which he published an unprecedented revelation regarding the source of his Rosicrucian teaching. He says: "(…) when the earliest European explorers were wending their way to the Pacific Coast, hunting for the 'land of gold' (...) the Rosicrucian Fraternity sent seven of its highest initiates to the West on a secret mission. They accompanied one of the early Spanish exploration expeditions and carried with them many caskets of rarer devices, papers, jewels and a sealed sarcophagus. These things finally found a resting and hiding place on a small peninsular jutting into the Pacific, which is a mountainous part of the ancient continent of Lemuria (...). In this quiet and peaceful place on the Pacific shore, a crude temple was built of adobe, adjoining a cave described on the maps they possessed. In the cave the sarcophagus, jewels and documents were placed, and the entrance closed to form a tomb and a vault (...) It was to this cave and the ruined temple that Dr. Lewis journeyed in 1918, performed the rituals and rites, followed the formulas, and brought to light the well-preserved 'body' of C.R.C. again (...) Dr. Lewis quietly returned to New York and prepared the translation of the documents he brought back with him (sic), and in other ways arranged for the celebration of the Revelation at the Great Convention, which was held at New York in the summer of 1918."
That event is so IMPORTANT for the history of the Rosicrucian Tradition that I really surprised that I never heard of it before. Can anyone add anything to that to clarify? May be the Supreme Grand Lodge of AMORC? Why that so important event doesn't appear in any other AMORC publication? Or mentioned in our studies?
Relevant Qustions to Ask
1. Who are the "Rosicrucian Fraternity" that HSL was talking about? The Gold und Rosencreutz Order from Germany, the same originator of the Golden Dawn teachings?
2. Are the "the sarcophagus, jewels and documents" in possetion of AMORC's Archives/Museum? Is there any evidence of that?
3. And about "the translation of the documents he brought back"? What was the original language that those documents were written? How HSL "translate" them?
4. As the AMORC teachings differs so much from the original Rosicrucian Tradition that comes from the Gold und Rosencreutz Order of Germany, so I am wandering of which "RC+C vault" was "opened"? What is the actual R+C tradition that AMORC was based? Seems that is not the same that gave origin to the Golden Dawn system, which emphasises Alchemy (Hermetic), Magic (Theurgy) and Astrology (Divination). As the AMORC's lower grades (from Neophyte to the 8T) stress the psychic development techniques and the higher grades (from the 9T to 13T) continues the trend adding brief references to subjects related to the Golden Dawn system (like Alchemy briefings, basic divination techniques using crystal ball and water, some reference to the influence of cardinal points, the moon and planets to some psychic exercises, some references to influence of the physical Elements (Water, Fire, Earth and Air) for the exercises as well. But nothing towards Practical Magic as taught by GD. May be the only common goal is the Cosmic Atunement with the Higher Self, which as kept by HS - but done through psychic development not by High Magic. Both seeks the contact with the Hierarchy of Masters, Secret Chiefs, or with the Invisible Rose Cross Order (different denomination for the same organization). That is exactly the subject of my Master thesis for the University of Metaphysics International of Sedona this year.
Frater T.A.S. FRC
I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well.