The SRIA a sovereign, independent Rosicrucian Order, dedicated to the study and dissemination of the Ancient Wisdom Teachings of the Western Esoteric Tradition. Our Order is composed of honorable Rosicrucians who are devoted to the eternal quest for spiritual wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Our organization is also known as the Society of Rosicrucians, Inc. and as the Most Holy Order of the Ruby Rose and Golden Cross (RR et AC), and is part of the world-wide, age-old Rosicrucian movement.
Our Order (often referred to by members as “The Society”) was founded in 1907 by Sylvester C. Gould and George Winslow Plummer, both prominent Freemasons and Rosicrucians. After Gould’s death in 1909, Plummer assumed leadership of the Society and immediately set about the reconstituting the Society, based upon the broadest, non-judgmental principles of the Rosicrucian Art which would be open to “all true seekers.” The SRIA was incorporated on September 8, 1912.
Our organization became truly inclusive in 1916, when the Society began to admit women into its ranks. We admit both men and women on a fully equal basis, and do not insist upon any prior membership of any other organization, be it Masonic or Rosicrucian. We do not restrict our members from joining, or remaining as members of any other Rosicrucian body. Tolerance is our maxim.
The sole object of our Society is the spiritual, moral and intellectual development of its members, and, indirectly, of all mankind. This is accomplished through teachings which correlate Religion, Science and Philosophy, particularly in connection with Mystical Christianity and Hermeticism. It emphasizes the Sage’s exhortation: “Man, Know Thyself.” The Society, while including among its teachings the wisdom of several religions, is not interested in its members’ religion, race, or creed. Tolerance for all religions is stressed. Recognizing the value inherent to every form of religious expression, it seeks, among other things, to show each member the true, inner meaning of whatever has been taught as religion.
Our Order is composed of honourable men and women who are dedicated to the Rosicrucian Path and committed to the search for spiritual wisdom. Every spiritual seeker who desires to tread the Rosicrucian path is welcome to join us in our quest.