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In , Thomas Vaughan translated the work into English. An Italian edition was published as an appendix of the 77th Advertisement part , under the title Generale Riforma dell' Universo Universal Reformation of Mankind , from a German translation of Bocallini's Ragguagli di Parnasso Advertisements from Parnassus. The Fama was soon published in separate form. The Fama tells the story of the "Father C. It is thought in occultism that Rosenkreuz's pilgrimage seems to refer to transmutation steps of the Great Work.

After his arrival to Germany , Father C. The Brothers of the Fraternity were sent in mission throughout the world, having as their first priority to use their esoteric knowledge to cure the sick free of charge " gratis " , not wearing any special clothing, and met once each year in the mysterious "House of the Holy Spirit". The Legend shows an agreement with six articles that they drew up prior to their separation, bounding themselves one to another to keep:.

Although Father C. The Legend presented in the Manifestos has been interpreted through centuries as texts full of symbolism. Rosicrucians clearly adopted through the Manifestos the Pythagorean tradition of envisioning objects and ideas in terms of their numeric aspects, and, on the other hand, they directly state in the Confessio Fraternitatis : "We speak unto you by parables, but would willingly bring you to the right, simple, easy and ingenuous exposition, understanding, declaration, and knowledge of all secrets.

The sentence "C. There is the possibility that it may refer to the rebirth process, a central tenet teaching of groups having, or claiming to have, a Rosicrucian philosophy.

This would imply that "Father C. This appears to confirm what several later sources wrote about the Rosicrucian movement:. The enigmatic "Fra. In his book The True Story of the Rosicrucians historian Tobias Churton brings into life new documents that prove the Fama was written by a group of Lutheran scholars at Tubingen in which Andrea took an active part.

Rosenkreuz started his pilgrimage at the age of sixteen. This led him to Arabia , Egypt and Morocco , where he came into contact with sages of the East who revealed to him the "universal harmonic science". After learning Arabic philosophy in Jerusalem , he was led to Damcar.

This place remains a mystery — it did not become Damascus , but is somewhere not too far from Jerusalem. Then he stopped briefly in Egypt. Soon afterwards, he embarked to Fes , a center of philosophical and occult studies, such as the alchemy of Abu-Abdallah, Gabir ben Hayan and Imam Jafar al Sadiq , the astrology and magic of Ali-ash-Shabramallishi, and the esoteric science of Abdarrahman ben Abdallah al Iskari.

However, Dantinne states that Rosenkreuz may have found his secrets amongst the Brethren of Purity , a society of philosophers that had formed in Basra Iraq in the 10th century. Their doctrine had its source in the study of the ancient Greek philosophers , but it became more neo-Pythagorean. They adopted the Pythagorean tradition of envisioning objects and ideas in terms of their numeric aspects. Their theurgy and esoteric knowledge is expounded in an epistolary style in the Encyclopedia of the Brethren of Purity.

The Brethren of Purity and the Sufis were united in many points of doctrine. They both were mystical orders deriving from Quranic theology but supplanting dogma with a faith in the Divine Reality. There were many similarities between the Rosicrucian way as expressed in the manifestos and the way of life of the Brethren of Purity. Neither group wore special clothing, both practiced abstinence, they healed the sick, and they offered their teachings free of charge. Similarities also were evident in the doctrinal elements of their theurgy and the story of creation in terms of emanationism.

However, if one studies the Fama which was written by Lutherans, the main idea of Islamic connection is easily disproved.

What was intended with the Fama was a novel in which the idea of reformation of Sciences and Arts in which a Hermetic tradition of European origin is well established. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Advertisement , had died in Categories : works 17th-century documents Rosicrucianism. Hidden categories: Commons category link is locally defined.

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Fama Fraternitatis

Not only Postel but other thinkers in different countries had designed schemes for a universal monarchy. De Mas It was in this climate, then, that in , there appeared an anonymous tract written in German: Allgemeine und general Reformation der gantzen weiten Welt. Though this was only discovered later, the first part was largely a re-elaboration of a satire written by Traiano Boccalini and published in , called Ragguagli di Parnaso. The second part, however, took the form of a manifesto, entitled Fama fraternitatis R. In this, the mysterious confraternity of the Rosicrucians openly declared its existence, supplying details concerning its own history as well as that of its mythical founder, Christian Rosencreutz.


THE translation of this manifesto which follows the Fama in the edition accredited by the great name of Eugenius Philalethes is prolix and careless: being made not from the Latin original but from the later German version. As a relic of English Rosicrucian literature I have wished to preserve it, and having subjected it to a searching revision throughout, it now represents the original with sufficient fidelity for all practical purposes. Wesselius, a , Quarto. Verily, it requires no small pains to induce any one to believe what doth not yet appear, but when it shall be revealed in the full blaze of day, I suppose we should be ashamed of such questionings.

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