R. Swinburne Clymer, M.D.
History - Clymer, R. Swinburne
During Dr. Clymer's
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
has met and consulted with all of those engaged in the Work dear to his
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).
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.
is the oldest practitioner of dietetics in America today.
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 gene