The SRIA is the American organization formed by properly qualified initiates to propagate the Ancient Wisdom Teachings in the western world. We are a sovereign, independent Rosicrucian Order, dedicated to the teachings of Rosicrucianism. 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 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.
The Societas Rosicruciana in America 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.
The work of the Society is conducted along two general lines of approach: Associate Membership, which is based on correspondence lessons, and Collegiate Membership, with is open by invitation only to advanced members. Our Society's syllabus of lessons includes: Rosicrucian Series, Hermetic Series, Alchemical Series and Spiritual Fundamentals.
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.