By James Achanyi-Fontem, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the key actions taken during the official visit of Fr. Sven Johansson, the Worthy Grand Master of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, in Cameroon was the installation of the Temple Degree Initiation (TDI) Team for the English language community. This event took place at the Plotinus Lodge in Bonaberi-Douala after a brief visit to Hermes Chapter in Buea, South West region of Cameroon to appreciate the work of the Rosicrucian members in that part of the country on the 22nd August, 2013. The Grand Master was accompanied by the Grand Administrator for English Speaking West Africa.
During the TDI team installation ceremony, the AMORC Grand Councillor for the Cameroon English Community, Fr. Julius Nso Nso, delivered a message on the theme, “Purification”. He started by presenting the sincere thanks and gratitude of the Plotinus Lodge Members for the extension of the programme of the Cameroon AMORC Convention to include visits to Buea and Douala to appreciate the noble course to serve humanity. Naturally, the Grand Master would have concentrated his attention only on the convention in Yaoundé, but visits to Buea and Douala were squeezed into the agenda of the official visit to Cameroon.
Talking about purification, he dwelled on the definition and history of purification mystical purification, its purpose and teaching of different processes of purification using different tools like water, fire, earth, music symbols just to name a few. He quoted the purification of water as an example of natural activity, while encouraging members to purify their environment for healthy living. The purpose of purification is to attune the human body to the natural laws.
For the achievement of any mystical action, purification is necessary because it attunes us with God. This helps us face our inner selves to understand the realities of life. The history of purification dates as far back as ancient times and its interpretation has changed with time including the period of the Atlantis generation. Since then, purification has been a continuous process by humanity. In the Rosicrucian teaching, fire is a symbol of purity and this leads to a pure way of life, pure resolution, pure efforts to achieve goals, pure speech, pure observation and you can name the others.
It should be noted that man is a dual being with a physical and spiritual entity which is the soul. Each part of the human being has its special method of purification with water, fire, air and earth. Good eating, good thinking and good breathe enhance better results from the use of the above ingredients nature has given us. The drinking of magnetized water symbolically purifies our body.
The installation ritual ceremony was attended by a powerful delegation from the Nigeria AMORC jurisdiction. In the concluding remarks by Sven Johansson, the 20-man strong team was cautioned to continue to serve humanity generously with purity, honesty and sincerity in line with the regulations of the Rosicrucian Order. Plotinus is a Greek philosopher of about the secondary A.D. and father of the Neoplatonic School, that expounded a doctrine of emanation. The doctrine was centred on the divine power and light emanated downward like rays from the sun. For more information, click on www.amorc.org
James Achanyi-Fontem, is a Senior Health Journalist and Communication Consultant. He worked as a health journalist and broadcaster for 30 years with Radio Cameroon and later Cameroon Radio Television, CRTV before retiring in 2005 to engage fully with Cameroon Link (Human Assistance Programme). Cameroon Link is a registered charity, not-for-profit organisation involved in the promotion of community health, humanitarian assistance, promotion of women and child rights through involvement of communities in Cameroon for mother and child health care. Cameroon Link is a partner to Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Farm Radio International (FRI), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN Africa), World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). As the intermediary of Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Cameroon Link is engaged to implement a Cameroon Rural Radio story design Programming through an investigative research, which aims to discover through interviewing beneficiaries of health programmes on their interests, documenting and disseminating new ideas about how radio stations produce and air Healthy Communities Radio Programs in Cameroon.