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R. Swinburne Clymer

High Bishop

Gnostic Church of America

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Fraternitas Rosae Crucis

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During Dr. Clymer's lifetime he did much to stay out of the limelight.
As a man who was active in countless humanitarian activities, Dr. Clymer was never in the forefront as a result of his own choice. Instead, his efforts have been exerted sub-silencio "from behind the lines" as an undisclosed principal, so to speak. In this regard, Dr. Clymer believed implicitly in the Law: "Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. Long experience, and the dishonoring of great men in his time, taught him that disclosed accomplishments of an important nature frequently bring with them sorrow as well as honor. Those conferring the honor may, if displeased by some other action of the honored, do all within their power to then bring dishonor upon the one honored even though there is no guilt on the part of the honored. Having experienced this frequently during his lifetime, Dr. Clymer coined the maxim: "One honor, three heartaches." Furthermore, Dr. Clymer never believed in or advocated the importance of "personalities" in so far as individual progress and advancement, Spiritual or otherwise, is concerned. Contrariwise, he was a staunch disciple of the absoluteness of the Law that man must work out his own salvation through his own conscious effort and development on all planes-that man must walk the "straight and narrow" path alone. While FAITH is essential, it is FAITH in God; FAITH in the absoluteness and exact Justice of the Divine Law; FAITH in the innate (inherent though dormant) possibilities of the individual self, that is ALONE important. He held that mere faith in, or blind allegiance to, a "personality" is all too frequently misleading. If the Great Work, the August Fraternity, and its Neophytes and Members are to continue to progress, come what may, it can only be through FAITH, DESIRE, WILL, EFFORT, and STRICT OBEDIENCE, NOT TO MAN, BUT TO THE LAW. To build one's life on a personality is to emphasize the MAN in preference to the LAW with the consequence that should the MAN fail, all faith and confidence is frequently lost. Dr. Clymer's admonition was always to abjure personalities and to build upon the Law. This serves as a further example of his strict adherence to, and compliance with, the Law that governs all activities-the Law which he has personified in every phase of his purposeful life-a life which, we believe, ranks with, if not excels, the greatness of Paracelsus. One of the most common questions asked by both student and nonstudent alike is, "Were Dr. Clymer and Manisis one and the same person?"The answer to this question seemingly was known to Dr. Clymer alone and he never said a word regarding it. Most certainly the chronological dates of Dr. Clymer's birth and the supposed time frame of the birth of Manisis coincide. Also the teachings of Manisis seem to come forth only from the writings of Dr. Clymer. What we do know for certain is that if he was not Manisis himself, he was most certainly the number-one disciple and advocate of message for humanity and the New Dispensation he has initiated. A Short Sketch of R. Swinburne Clymer (The following are extracts from a Monograph issued on the Anniversary of Dr. Clymer's fifty years as Supreme Grand Master of The Fraternitas Rosæ Crucis in 1955. Before he left this temporal realm, Dr. Clymer had served as Supreme Grand Master for over sixty-one years, a record of dedication not likely to equaled or excelled for a very long time.) At the outset, it should be noted that the following is by no means intended to be a comprehensive, detailed biographical report of Dr. Clymer. Such coverage is far beyond the scope of this message. Moreover, to the recipient of this semiprivate communication, Dr. Clymer is not a stranger and needs no introduction or "build up. Rather the purpose is to highlight some of the principles which have been exemplified by Dr. Clymer-the Man, the Physician, the Philosopher, the Teacher, the Master; to emphasize the fact that Dr. Clymer has devoted his entire life to the many activities of the August Fraternity, including all of his worldly possessions; to point up the fact that as the result of Dr. Clymer's unceasing and devoted efforts of the past fifty years, the August Fraternity has, nationally and internationally, been placed upon a united, firm, solid foundation a position not heretofore equaled. Lastly, to realize and emphasize that as the last and most difficult phase of Dr. Clymer's work approaches, it is his fervent hope, desire, and aim to provide ways and means for the uninterrupted continuation and further progress of the August Fraternity even after his passing (temporary absence) and, especially, during the impending perilous transitional stage of passing from the old dispensation to the New Age-all in accordance with the Biblical injunction that we "set our house in order". After passage of legislation in Pennsylvania regulating the practice of Osteopathy, Dr. Clymer was the first to register as an Osteopath in the Counties of Bucks and Lehigh. Upon graduating from the College of Medicine and Surgery in Chicago in 1902, Dr. Clymer had no visible means of starting in medical practice. However, shortly before, a graduate of that school, then living in New York City, had opened a Sanitarium for the treatment of disease by natural methods, including Osteopathy, and had secured a State Charter for that purpose and for the teaching of such natural methods of Osteopathy. By recommendation of Drs. Bland, Dr. Clymer was invited to go to New York following his graduation to become Superintendent at the Sanitarium. This position he accepted, and thereby further carried on the study of Osteopathy. Dr. Clymer remained in such capacity until he was ready to embark upon his own private practice of medicine. Although Dr. Clymer had registered as a physician in three states, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Arkansas; he decided to return to his native Pennsylvania where he also registered as a physician. At that point Dr. Clymer commenced upon a two-fold activity. He registered as a physician so that he might practice medicine to earn a living for his family; and, at the same time, he started his work for the August Fraternity, in accordance with his vow, by putting to press for private distribution his text: The Rosicrucians; Their Teachings. This was in 1904. From then on, his activities in Esoteric affairs increased. In 1906 his regular edition of The Rosicrucians: Their Teachings and Philosophy of Fire were published. These books found ready acceptance, have passed through many editions, and today are standard texts of our Order. The ensuing prolific and incomparable writings of Dr. Clymer are a matter of record. It is estimated that during the past fifty years the adherents to the philosophy who have been taught by Dr. Clymer personally and by means of his various texts number more than 3,000,000, many of whom hold positions in high places. This number is now rapidly increasing, and is due, in part, to his undeviating Americanism and his faith that the true American spirit will stand firm against all destructive and debasing ideologies and will finally prevail. Dr. Clymer's Many Journeys In furtherance of the Great Work, Dr. Clymer has traveled extensively abroad. He has journeyed throughout Central and South America on several occasions and frequently through Europe where he was highly honored. In addition, since 1929 he has made yearly trips encircling the United States, holding meetings with fellow workers and students in all of the larger cities. These tours are continued yearly. He has met and consulted with all of those engaged in the Work dear to his heart. As a result, all of the authentic Esoteric and Arcane organizations throughout the world are now under his jurisdiction as Director General of the Universal Confederation of Initiates. (This authority is now passed forward to each authentic succeeding Supreme Grand Master). He has met with many of the great in all parts of the world, but has never made use of this for publicity or personal vanity-nor does he ever intend to do so. Dr. Clymer is the oldest practitioner of dietetics in America today. He was the first to publish in his book Dietetics (1909) the fact that food contains a Vital principle, now known as Vitamins, and Organic Mineral elements essential to body functioning; and that by proper diet many diseases may be prevented and others cured. For this he was dubbed a "fake" and a "charlatan. However, time has vindicated him completely. Dr. Clymer is likewise the oldest practicing Endocrinologist in America, still specializing in the treatment of weaknesses, illness, and physical and mental abnormalities by means of various glandular substances and by the proper direction of Vital, Spiritual, Physical-Spiritual Atomic forces inherent, but generally dormant, in man. In this, also, he was earlier dubbed a charlatan and worse. Again, time has fully supported him. Since then, prominent men and women from nearly every country in the world have come to consult him. An As Yet Unaccepted Mighty Fact The work dearest to Dr. Clymer's heart, started by him nearly fifty years ago and otherwise known as Stirpiculture, has been named by him as PRENATAL INFLUENCE. In brief, he believes and has taught that the mother-to-be has it in her power to give birth to physically healthy, mentally normal children-SUPERMEN, and that if mothers-to-be would follow simple instructions, their sons and daughters will in fact be perfect physical, mental, Spiritual offspring. After fifty years of study, travel, and experience, Dr. Clymer is convinced more firmly than ever that racial or blood purity is an absolute essential to the attainment of the highest degree of development not only for the individual, but also for the country alike. He bases this on Biblical inculcations (Genesis 24:1-9; Genesis 28:1-2; Deuteronomy 7:3; Joshua 23:12; Ezra 9:1-15.) and the teachings of history. He felt that the man who loses his race pride begins to deteriorate. This applies to all races as well as individuals. All the great nations of the past have fallen into decadence due to this disobedience of the Natural and Divine Law. America and the New Order of the Ages Dr. Clymer believes that America is the Biblical promised land, that the founders who wrote the Constitution were Divinely guided, and that this now is the beginning of the New Order of the Ages. However, this New Order is possible only if the Divine Law is obeyed and the ideals of our founding fathers carried out without distortion or deviation. If this is not done, then America, like other countries, will fall into decadence and mankind will be eliminated by the reaction of infringement upon Divine Law. Dr. Clymer is adamant in his belief in the teachings of Revelations that this is the last age of the present man; and that if America is not made the New Order of the Ages by Americans, in the spirit of America, chaos will result. Dr. Clymer is also intensely Nationalistic- a trait inherited from his ancestors (Dr. Clymer is a direct descendent of George Clymer, a signer of the Declaration of Independence) and further imbued by the spirit of the members of the first American Council. This brings to an end the extracts from 1955 booklet on Dr. R. Swinburne Clymer. His Many Books The list of books written by Dr. Clymer in his sixty-one years is too long to comment on here. You have but to look at the book lists included on this site to appreciate the great contribution his man made to the field and health and Spiritual literature. During his years as Supreme Grand Master he averaged to write and publish at one book each year.


Confederation of Initiates

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The Book of Rosicruciae, (3 Vol.), by R.S. Clymer, Philosophical Publishing Co.
The Second Fama & Constitution, by R. S. Clymer, Philosophical Publishing Co. Click here to read the Articles of Association of the Confederation of Initiates, 1939. ___ (1) R. Swinburne Clymer, M.D., Supreme Grand Master, representing the American Orders and Fraternities, was Consecrated as High Bishop of the Gnostic Church of America, by Fra.


Confederation of Initiates

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The Book of Rosicruciae, (3 Vol.), by R.S. Clymer, Philosophical Publishing Co.
The Second Fama & Constitution, by R. S. Clymer, Philosophical Publishing Co. Click here to read the Articles of Association of the Confederation of Initiates, 1939. ___ (1) R. Swinburne Clymer, M.D., Supreme Grand Master, representing the American Orders and Fraternities, was Consecrated as High Bishop of the Gnostic Church of America, by Fra.


A Pilgrimage to Beverly Hall

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During the year 1905, R. Swinburne Clymer, M.D., was appointed Grand Master of the August Fraternity of Rosicucians for the United States.
Later, when he was selected to have control over the Fraternity in North, South America and the Isles of the sea, he received the title of Supreme Grand Master. Later, when WWII decimated most of the European Orders, Dr. Clymer became Supreme Grand Master not only for North and South America, but for all of Europe as well. As the Grand Masters of these Fraternities passed on, they delegated their authority to Dr. R. Swinburne Clymer and his succeeding Supreme Grand Masters; thus, over a period of years, all Occult Fraternities were merged into a single organization and under a single Supreme Grand Master and so it remains to this day. As Supreme Grand Master of all the Authentic Occult Fraternities in America, it is only natural that Dr. Clymer should plan for the future of these Fraternities. One of the first requisites would be a home which would be permanent and not dependent upon the address of the Grand Master or Supreme Grand Master, whoever he may be (as it had so been in the past). Dr. Clymer visualized such a home—a home that would serve both as a meeting place and an international headquarters. While Dr. Clymer originally bought the land and paid for it, he recently transferred the ownership of the grounds and buildings to the August Fraternity as a permanent world-wide headquarters for the Authentic Occult Fraternities. Dr. R. Swinburne Clymer, M.D., was the real spark plug that ignited the imagination of others and pictured the possibilities of this group of buildings. R. SWINBURNE CLYMER The Rosicrucian Fraternity(1) Dr. Clymer (College of Medicine and Surgery, Chicago, M. D.) was born in 1878. He is listed in Who is Who in America and is recognized as the oldest living and most outstanding authority on the Occult. He has written more than fifty books on this and other subjects. These and many others printed by the Beverly Hall Philosophical Publishing Company are in the free libraries. “Dr. Clymer does not believe in destroying what man has built and he carried out this tenet in the construction of his lovely and substantial home overlooking the Gardens. He has incorporated it in a log house which proved to be an almost insurmountable obstacle to his carpenters. “The white columned library of Greek architecture is also constructed around an old schoolhouse (which he, Dr. Clymer, attended as a boy) resulting in walls two to three feet thick. The building contains thousands of books in glass cases, all hand-bound in leather with special preservatives used on the pages. These books have been cherished and handed down through the centuries and contain most of the written wisdom of the ages. “Emerson Clymer (Secretary-Treasurer of the Corporation and Foundation), son of Dr. Clymer, informed the writer that when the gardens were planted, special attention was given to the numerous walks so that the general public might come to stroll about and enjoy the flowers. (4) The Supreme Grand Master, representing the American Orders and Fraternities, was R. Swinburne Clymer, Consecrated as High Bishop of the Gnostic Church of America, by Fra. Chevillon as Rector of European Gnostic Church. Refer to Vol. Three, Book of Rosicruce, Page 191.


A Pilgrimage to Beverly Hall

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During the year 1905, R. Swinburne Clymer, M.D., was appointed Grand Master of the August Fraternity of Rosicucians for the United States.Later, when he was selected to have control over the Fraternity in North, South America and the Isles of the sea, he received the title of Supreme Grand Master.Later, when WWII decimated most of the European Orders, Dr. Clymer became Supreme Grand Master not only for North and South America, but for all of Europe as well.As the Grand Masters of these Fraternities passed on, they delegated their authority to Dr. R. Swinburne Clymer and his succeeding Supreme Grand Masters; thus, over a period of years, all Occult Fraternities were merged into a single organization and under a single Supreme Grand Master and so it remains to this day.As Supreme Grand Master of all the Authentic Occult Fraternities in America, it is only natural that Dr. Clymer should plan for the future of these Fraternities.One of the first requisites would be a home which would be permanent and not dependent upon the address of the Grand Master or Supreme Grand Master, whoever he may be (as it had so been in the past).Dr. Clymer visualized such a home,a home that would serve both as a meeting place and an international headquarters.While Dr. Clymer originally bought the land and paid for it, he recently transferred the ownership of the grounds and buildings to the August Fraternity as a permanent world-wide headquarters for the Authentic Occult Fraternities.Dr. R. Swinburne Clymer, M.D., was the real spark plug that ignited the imagination of others and pictured the possibilities of this group of buildings.R. SWINBURNE CLYMERDr. Clymer (College of Medicine and Surgery, Chicago, M. D.) was born in 1878.He is listed in Who is Who in America and is recognized as the oldest living and most outstanding authority on the Occult.He has written more than fifty books on this and other subjects.These and many others printed by the Beverly Hall Philosophical Publishing Company are in the free libraries."Dr. Clymer does not believe in destroying what man has built and he carried out this tenet in the construction of his lovely and substantial home overlooking the Gardens.He has incorporated it in a log house which proved to be an almost insurmountable obstacle to his carpenters."The white columned library of Greek architecture is also constructed around an old schoolhouse (which he, Dr. Clymer, attended as a boy) resulting in walls two to three feet thick.The building contains thousands of books in glass cases, all hand-bound in leather with special preservatives used on the pages.These books have been cherished and handed down through the centuries and contain most of the written wisdom of the ages."Emerson Clymer (Secretary-Treasurer of the Corporation and Foundation), son of Dr. Clymer, informed the writer that when the gardens were planted, special attention was given to the numerous walks so that the general public might come to stroll about and enjoy the flowers.(4) The Supreme Grand Master, representing the American Orders and Fraternities, was R. Swinburne Clymer, Consecrated as High Bishop of the Gnostic Church of America, by Fra.Chevillon as Rector of European Gnostic Church.Refer to Vol.Three, Book of Rosicruce, Page 191.


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