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The Deeper Symbolism Of Masonry

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Published by Kessinger Publishing, LLC .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Freemasonry,
  • Spirituality - General,
  • Body, Mind & Spirit-Spirituality - General,
  • Social Science / Freemasonry,
  • Social Science,
  • New Age / Body, Mind & Spirit,
  • Sociology

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages48
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL9792723M
    ISBN 101425303870
    ISBN 109781425303877

    They find, of course, a certain religious element in it, but as they are told that religious discussion, which means, of course, sectarian religious discussion, is forbidden in the Lodge, they infer that Masonry is not a religious institution, and that its teachings are intended to be merely secondary and supplemental to any religious tenets they may happen to hold. Remember that when you first wore it it was a piece of pure white lambskin; an emblem of that purity and innocence which we always associate with the lamb and with the newborn child. This is equivalent to the rite of Confirmation in the Christian Churches. It glimmers forth at every turn and corner of the remote roads and pathways of Eastern philosophies.

    He who desires to rise to the heights of his own being must first crush and crucify his own lower nature and inclinations; he must perforce tread what elsewhere is described as the way of the Cross; and that Cross is indicated by the conjunction of those working tools which when united form a cross ; and that "way" is involved in the scrupulous performance of all that we know those working tools signify. The "Master of the Lodge" is a symbolical phrase denoting the will-power of man, which should enable him to be master of his own life, and control his actions, even as the stroke of the Master's gavel controls the Lodge and calls to order the Brethren under his direction. The secrets of his mental nature and the principles of intellectual life became at this stage gradually unfolded to his view. He everywhere finds himself encompassed with symbols recognized as such or not recognized; the Universe is but one vast symbol of God; nay, if thou wilt have its, what is man himself but a symbol of God; is not all that he does symbolical; a revelation to sense of the mystic God-given force that is in him; a Gospel of Freedom, which he, the Messiah of nature, preaches, as he can, by word and act? While there are many versions of the sefer-ha-Zohar, that which I suggest is the Pritzger Edition [XV]currently available in 6 volumes 12 are scheduled.

    This philosophy is not only consistent with the doctrine of every religious system taught outside the ranks of the Order, but it is also explains and elucidates the fundamental doctrines common to every religious system in the world, whether past or present. There is surely, too, no need for us to join a secret society to be taught that the volume of the Sacred Law is a fountain of truth and instruction; or to go through the great and elaborate ceremony of the third degree merely to learn that we have each to die. Before that attainnent can be reached there remains for him "that last and greatest trial by which means alone" he can ent er into the great consolations and make acquaintance w ith the supreme realities of existence. These texts span a broad range of subjects which include Alchemy, Astrology, The Tarot, Kabala, Numerology, and other such topics. As important as the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences may be in developing a rational mindset, they do not necessarily provide the optimum foundation for successful esoteric study; for this, supplemental education is required.


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The Deeper Symbolism Of Masonry book

These symbols impress their moral teachings forcibly on our minds, and act as constant reminders to practise them in thought and deed. Hence in the E. Let us not forget that in addition to the traditional form of our preparation, which took place in "a convenient room adjoining the Lodge," we have each testified that we were "first prepared to be made a Freemason" in our own hearts.

John, St. Indeed, beneath all the perturbation of this present crisis there is the undertone of lo nging for spiritual deliverance, and thus the cry goes up for "a new heaven and a new earth", in which righteousness shall dwell.

We meet in our Lodges regularly; we perform our ceremonial work and repeat our catechetical instruction-lectures night after night with a less or greater degree of intelligence and verbal perfection, and there our work ends, as though the ability to perform this work creditably were the be-all and the end-all of Masonic work.

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We are here, Masonry teaches, as it were in captivity, by the waters of Babylon and in a strange land; and our doctrine truly tells us that the richest harmonies of this life are as nothing in comparison with the songs of Zion; and that, even when we are installed into the highest eminences this world or the Craft may offer, it were better that our right hand should forget its cunning and that we should fling the illusory treasures of this transitory world behind our backs, than in all our doings fail to remember the Jerusalem that lies beyond.

It denotes "the progress we have made in the science," or in other words it indicates that the higher nature of the man, symbolized by the trinity of spirit, has descended into and is now permeating his lower nature.

Please continue reading at www. I cannot too strongly impress upon you, Brethren, the fact that, throughout our rituals and our lectures, the references made to the Lodge are not to the building in which we meet.

It is garnished with a light blue border and rosettes, indicating that a higher than the natural light now permeates his being and radiates from his person, and that the wilderness p. The initiate placed in the N.

The Craft whose work we are taught to honour with the name of a "science," a "royal art," has surely some larger end in view than merely inculcating the practice of social virtues common to all the world and by no means the monopoly of Freemasons. On the other hand, much must be credited to its subtlety, here and there, in the best sense of the term.

Wilmhurst wrote [XII] : "Our teaching is purposefully veiled in allegory and symbol and its deeper import does not appear upon the surface of the ritual itself. It was intended to furnish forth an epitome or synopsis, in dramatic form, of the spiritual regeneration of man; and to throw out p.

To state things briefly; Freemasonry offers us, in dramatic form and by means of a dramatic ceremonial, a philosophy of the spiritual life of man and a chart or diagram of the process of regeneration. This is partly in correspondence with human life itself and the world we live in, which are themselves but allegories and symbols of another life and the veils of another world; and partly intentional also, so that only those who have reverent and understanding minds may penetrate into the more hidden meaning of the doctrine of the Craft.

As the record of human evolution unquestionably demonstrates, each high conception of the natural mind comes, sooner or later, to be undercut and surpassed by a loftier one offered by the Divine law.

Briefly to sum up the import of the teaching of the three Craft Degrees, it is clear, that from grade to grade the Candidate is being led from an old to an entirely now quality of life.

There is afterwards that further state, in which the soul of man returns into the normal physical estate, bringing the knowledge of another world, the quest ended for the time being at least.

Thereby he is repeating symbolically the incident of his actual birth into this world, which he entered as a blind and helpless babe, and through which in his early years, not knowing whither he was going, after many stumbling and irregular steps, after many deviations from the true path and after many tribulations and adversities incident to human life, he may at length ascend, purified and chastened by experience, to larger life in the eternal East.

It is by means of this eloquent symbolism that we are intended to discern that our body of mortality is the real "badge of innocense" and the common "bond of friendship", with which the Great Architect has been pleased to invest us all; this, the human body, is the badge which is "more ancient and more honourable than any other Order in existence"; and although it is but a body of humiliation compared with that body of incorruption, which w e learn from th e V.

What then was the purpose the framers of our Masonic system had in view when they compiled it? The "Sun" symbolises our spiritual consciousness the higher aspirations and emotions of the soulwhile the "Moon" betokens our reasoning and intellectual faculties, which in the same manner as the moon reflects the light of the sun in physical nature, should reflect the light coming from the higher spiritual faculty and transmit it into our daily conduct.

Perhaps it is by the necessity of things that it has recourse always to the lesser meaning, for it is this which is more readily understood. This book is a must read for anyone wanting to know what is hidden in the language of Freemasonry.

But before answering that question, let me put you in possession of certain facts that will enable you the better to appreciate the answer when I formulate it. The majority discover, of course, a certain religious element in it, but as they are warned that religious discussion, which means, be it noted, sectarian religious discussion, is forbidden in the Lodge, they infer that Freemasonry is not a religious institution, and that its teachings are intended to be only secondary and supplemental to any religious tenets they may happen to hold.Nov 01,  · Long out of print, Arthur Edward Waite's "Some Deeper Aspects of Masonic Symbolism" is a must read for those Freemasons interested in a better understanding of the Masonic degrees that make up the Craft Lodge of Masonry.4/5.

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