Ralph Maxwell Lewis (February 14, 1904 - January 12, 1987), the son of Harvey Spencer Lewis, was the Imperator of Rosicrucian organisation Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC) from 1939 to 1987. In Fédération Universelle des Ordres et Sociétés Initiatiques, FUDOSI, he was known with the nomen mysticum Sar Validivar. He received his initiation in Martinism during the second convention of FUDOSI in September 1936. He is the author of a number of books regarding mysticism, most of them are available from the AMORC. Ralph Maxwell Lewis was born in New York City to 10:30 hours. His father, Harvey Spencer Lewis-first Imperator of AMORC for North and South America – was born in New Jersey and was of Gallic origin, being descended from Sir Robert Lewis, former American colonizers. His mother was born in Boston, Massachusetts."Everybody is religious to an extent. The person should see that his religion doesn't confine him, that it isn't limited, that it doesn't say that you can't turn to your right and to the left, and that it can't say that your thoughts, your individual thoughts are wrong because it don't conform with the theology. There's where the trouble is. When religion binds your thoughts, binds your inner feelings and expressions, then it's wrong." - Ralph M. Lewis (excerpt from the video below).
Mysticism & Religion - Ralph M. Lewis. Source: YouTube channel Christopher Codrington.