The Rosicrucian Order, AMORC has its roots in the sacred legacy received from the mystery schools of ancient Egypt. This legacy is an integral part of archives which, from century to century, have come to enrich the cultural and spiritual heritage of AMORC. To the knowledge perpetuated by the sages of ancient Egypt was added the philosophical concepts expressed by great thinkers of ancient Greece. A few centuries later, the mystical precepts of Rosicrucian alchemists of the Middle Ages were formulated. Thence, the teachings of the Rosy Cross spread centuries later to France, Germany, England and the Netherlands.
Some prominent persons living in more recent times have developed certain precise aspects of the ancient bequest left to them by their illustrious predecessors. To cite only a few names, such personalities as Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Paracelsus (1493-1541), Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Renes Descartes (1596-1650), Isaac Newton (1642-1727), and Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) came to add their learning to Rosicrucian knowledge.
The Rosicrucian Order, AMORC as it is currently known has gone through several cycles of activity and evolution. However, the current cycle of the Order commenced in the United States of America 1915 with Dr. H. Spencer Lewis as the first Imperator. The Order was first located in New York and then moved to San Francisco, California, and Florida before being permanently situated in San Jose, California. H. Spencer Lewis, passed through transition (the Rosicrucian term for ‘death’) in 1939 and was succeeded by his son, Ralph Maxwell Lewis. The current Imperator and President of the Supreme Board of AMORC, Christian Bernard assumed office in 1990.
Thus it is easy to understand that the Rosicrucian does not depend solely on the teachings of some master or guru and that the mystical knowledge to which he has has is not frozen in time
On the contrary, the Rosicrucian system bears upon laws and principles which have been tested and which are the reflection of all that human genius has received in the name of and for the glory of God.