The Lost Keys of Masonry   The Legend of Hiram Abif                       ---By       -                       Manly      H...
Copyright         1923, 1924               By Manly        Hall          All    rights    reserved.   For permission  to c...
Dedicated toThe Ancient Order of Free and      Accepted Masons
PROEM                By Reynold     E. Blight                       33"K.T.    Reality forever eludes us. Infinity     moc...
Man is Parsifal searching for the’ Sacred   Cup     ;Sir Launfal adventuring for the Holy Grail.     Lifeis a divine adven...
abled to work and receive wages as a MasterMason, and travel in foreign lands in search of thatwhich was lost-The    L    ...
as human aspiration.   It is well. Blessed are the eyes that see, and theears that hear, and the heart that understands.
FOREWORD          TO THE SECOND EDITION             .    The kindly attitude with which the first editionof this work was ...
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CONTENTSPROEM -----1-_---_-1------------------------*------.------~                                                      3...
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ILLUSTRATIONS0. G.    MC. A. B.*---------------------------------Frontispiece           H.THE     THREE MURDERERS,..-..-.....
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INTRODUCTION                           I           ASONRY is essentially a religious order.             Most of its legend...
THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRY  wonderful place of balance-where         the materialist  and spiritist meet on the plane of logi...
INTRODUCTIONworld of illusions the task for which each comesinto the world?     We are here to gain balance ina sphere of ...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYing. He has a mind capable of wisdom, a heartcapable of feeling, and a hand strong for the greatwo...
INTRODUCTIONat last he earns the right to tear these bars fromtheir moldering sockets, and pass, illuminated     andinspir...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRY the Law he has murdered out the spirit.             Man bows humbly      to the Unknown,        p...
are those who can profit by the experiences     ofothers, and can add to that which has already beenbuilt, their inspirati...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYare inscribed   the sacred truths     of all peoples   andof all nations, and      to those who un...
INTRODUCTIONhis eyes turned toward the goal at the top. Manycannot see the goal, and only one or two steps are visible bef...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYgerm of spiritual    essence in them, which is, intruth, the son of God, beloved of his Father.   ...
HE average Mason, as well as the modern            student of Masonic ideals, little realizes            or understands   ...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYbuilding of Solomon’s temple, as it is understoodtoday, has little if anvthing to do with the true...
INTRODUCTION and it is the working of these mystic hierarchies in the universe which forms the pattern around which the Ma...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYthe shell of empty words, are not Masons, regard-less of their physical degrees.   In the work we ...
INTRODUCTIONtemple built through millions     of years of first un-conscious and then conscious effort on the part ofevery...
THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRYbuilding as he awakens one after another the work-men within himself and sets them to the carryingo...
INTRODUCTIONcbmes through to man the meaning of the alle-gories and symbols which surround his exotericwork as soon as he ...
THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRYand he must realize that the position he holds inthe exoteric lodge means nothing compared to hispo...
INTRODUCTIONwho enter these mystic rites and pass between thepillars seeking either prestige or commercial     ad-vantage ...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYand their souls on the altar of the living flame andwho are glad to labor in any way in the constr...
THE EMERALD TABLET           OF HERMES            (TABULASMARAGDINA)The Emerald Tablet, the Most Ancient Monument     of t...
THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRY. Only One Thing is the father d-f all things in the  universe.    Its power is perfect after it ha...
THE EMERALD       TABLET    OF HERMES   The sense of this emerald tablet can sufficientlyconvince us that the author was w...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYand Majim,      mean respectively     Fire, Air,    andWater, while their initial    consonants, C...
THE EMERALD       TABLET   OF HERMESerated into the stone of the philosophers, enabledKing Solomon to produce the immense ...
THE LOST IKEYS OF MASONRYeffort to bring to light other forgotten and neg-lected elements of the Masonic rites, and to em-...
Remember now thy creator in the =    days of thyyouth, while the evil days come not, nor the yearsdraw nigh, when thou sha...
TEMPLE     BUILDERS    You are the temple builders of the future.       Withyour hands must be raised the domes and spires...
PROLOGUE   IN THE FIELDS OF CHAOS          HE first flush of awakening life thrilled           and gleamed through the dar...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYbathed this lonely form in a radiance celestial,each sparkling * crvstal of mist gleaming like a d...
IN THE FIELDS     OF CHAOSsleep of creation.     From these shall you build,without the sound of hammers or the voice ofwo...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYness of the night, Hiram Abiff slowly walked outover the clouds and vanished through    the mistwh...
IN THE FIELDS    OF CHAOSThey were three builders h e had blessed and nowin stately file they passed before him, and Hiram...
THE LOSTKEYS OFMASONRYin my heart. Here are the tools, the tracing board,and the vessels I have wrought.      Around me st...
IN THE FIELDS     OF CHAOSstrayers of my temple, must labor in the place oftheir builder until they raise their Master fro...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYsomewhere above in the regions of not-being thegreat Voice spoke, a thundering      Voice that fil...
to them by their Builder’s Father. ‘They wanderedeternally in search of a silent grave: over stick andstone and cloud and ...
MOTIVE    what motive leads the Masonic candidate out ofthe world and up the winding stairway to the light?He alone can tr...
Chapter One           THE CANDIDATE0        i HERE comes a time in the individual           growth of every living thing w...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYhas not even the narrow confines of a prison cell around Him; He cannot pace to and fro to wearint...
THE CANDIDATEby the very builders who should have served himas he labored to perfect the dwelling place of hisGod.   Matte...
I‘HE LOSTKEYS OFMASONRYthat their prison walls might be removed.       Thisshell cannot be discarded: it must be raised in...
THE CANDIDATE each one of us shall raise Him by the grip of the Grand Master, the true grip of a Master Mason. We cannot h...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYhas sealed within itself the Spirit of Life whichmust remain in darkness until the growth of eachi...
THE   CANDIDATEprison through which the light cannot shine andthe Life is forced to pace back and forth in thedim darkness...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYlife and power. This light enables us to seek moreclearly the mystery of creation and to find with...
THE CANDIDATEour being.     It is sometimes reason, sometimes suf-fering, sometimes a great desire to be helpful, thatbrin...
TRANSMUTATION     Masonry is eternal truth, personified, idealized,and yet made simple. Eternal truth alone can serveit. V...
Chapter Two THE ENTERED APPRENTICE          HERE are three grand steps in the un-            foldment  of the human soul b...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYstood and appreciated,  certain requirements  mustbe considered:  not merely those of the physical...
THE ENTERED         APPRENTICEthe Fellow Craft. In other words, the first degreeis really one of preparations; it is a mat...
THE ENTERED APPRENTIXXcarried through the chain, those who are lowerlose connection with it when it has raised itselfabove...
THE ENTERED APPRENTICEis greater than his own; but as the result of hisdoing and the application of energies through ac-ti...
THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRY   We know that the cube block is symbolic of thetomb. It is also well known that the Entered Ap-pr...
THE ENTERED APPRENTICEnot fit into anything are the partially     evolvedpowers and senses with which he labors.      In t...
THE LOSTKEYS OFMASONRYideals he must beautify all with which he comes incontact, so that the works of his hand may be ac-c...
THE ENTERED     APPRENTICEbreathing   power uf the Entered Apprentice    lodge:   1. It is absolutely necessary that an En...
THE LOST KEYS OF      MASONRY   4. He must grow physically      and in the ex-pression of concrete things. His realization...
THE ENTERED        APPRENTICEfeel that they have deceived the Grand Master ofthe universe but when the spiritual          ...
FRIENDSHIP    What nobler thing can any mortal          be than afriend ? What nobler compliment can man bestowthan friend...
Chapter Th ree       -        THE FELLOW CRAFTR          OT only does life manifest through action           on the physic...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYflaming expressions of dynamic energy.        It is thisgreat principle    of emotion which we kno...
THE FELLOW       CRAFTmerciless slave driver which? unmastered .and un-curbed, strikes the compassionate one and sends him...
THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYto  use them constructively     and selflessly.  Whenthe Mason learns that the key to the warrior ...
THE FELLOW     CRAFTand with the expression of the higher emotions theheart point of the compass is liberated from thesqua...
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Here is Manly P. Hall's classic work on history's most secretive brotherhood- reset and collected with two additional celebrated Hall volumes on occult Masonry.

Freemasonry is the subject of perennial fascination-recently the cover story of a national newsmagazine, the premise of the movie National Treasure, and the anticipated basis of a forthcoming novel by Dan Brown. The twentieth century's great scholar of occult and esoteric ideas, Manly P. Hall was a Mason himself and nurtured a lifelong interest in the secret fraternal order, making it the focus of one of his earliest and best-loved books, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry. In this celebrated work, he examines the ethical training required of a Freemason, and the character traits a Mason must "build" within himself. Hall's 1923 volume is now reset and made available exclusively in this new edition, along with the author's two further classics on Masonry:

- Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians (1937), which explores the roots of Freemasonry in the initiatory temple rites of Pharaonic Egypt; and
- Masonic Orders of Fraternity (1950), a fascinating work of short history that chronicles the reemergence of Freemasonry in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It surveys the lives of Masonry's modern architects and the secretive organizations that immediately preceded the brotherhood.

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  1. 1. The Lost Keys of Masonry The Legend of Hiram Abif ---By - Manly Hall Author oj UccuLt Masmw~, The Sacred Magic of the Qabbalalz, Initiates of the l?Zame, The Wups of the Lonely Ones, Etc. Proem by Reynold E. Blight, 33” Illustrated by J. Augustus Knapp, 32” n SECOND EDITION Hall Publishing Company Los Angeles 1924
  2. 2. Copyright 1923, 1924 By Manly Hall All rights reserved. For permission to copy or translate, address the authorC. RAYMOND BROWN PRINTING COMPANY
  3. 3. Dedicated toThe Ancient Order of Free and Accepted Masons
  4. 4. PROEM By Reynold E. Blight 33"K.T. Reality forever eludes us. Infinity mocks our puny efforts to imprison it in definition and dogma.Our most splendid realizations are only adumbra-tions of the Light. In his endeavors, man is buta mollusk seeking to encompass the ocean. Yet man may not cease his struggle to find God.There is a yearning at the soul of him that will notlet him rest, an urge that compels him to attemptthe impossible, to attain the unattainable. He liftsfeeble hands to grasp the stars and despite a mil- /lion years of failure and millenniums of disap-pointment, ’ the soul of man springs heavenwardwith even greater avidity than when the race wasyoung. He pursues, even though the flying ideal eter-nally slips from his embrace. Even though henever clasps the goddess of his dreams, he refusesto believe that she is a phantom. To him she isthe only reality. He reaches upward and will notbe content until the sword of Orion is in hishands, and glorious Arcturus gleams from hisbreast. 3
  5. 5. Man is Parsifal searching for the’ Sacred Cup ;Sir Launfal adventuring for the Holy Grail. Lifeis a divine adventure, a splendid quest. Language fails. Words are mere cyphers, andwho can read the riddle? These words we use,what are they but vain shadows of form and sense?We strive to clothe our highest thought with verbaltrappings that our brother may see and under-stand; and when we would describe a saint hesees a demon; when we would present a wise manhe beholds a fool. “‘Fie upon you,” he cries; ?hOu,too, art a fool.” So wisdom drapes her truth with symbolism,and covers her insight with allegory. Creeds,rituals, poems are parables and symbols. Theignorant take them literally and build for them-selves prison houses of words and with bitterspeech and bitterer taunt denounce those who willnot join them in the dungeon. Before the raptvision of the seer, dogma and ceremony, legendand trope dissolve and fade, and he sees behindthe fact the truth, behind the symbol the Reality. Through the shadow shines ever the PerfectLight. What is a Mason ? He is a man who in his hearthas been duly and truly prepared, has been foundworthy and well qualified, has been admitted tothe fraternity of builders, been invested with cer-tain passwords and signs by which he may be en-
  6. 6. abled to work and receive wages as a MasterMason, and travel in foreign lands in search of thatwhich was lost-The L , Word. Down through the misty vistas of the ages ringsa clarion declaration and although the veryheavens echo to the reverberations, but few hearand fewer understand: “In the beginning was theWord and the Word was with God and the Wordwas God.” Here then is the eternal paradox. The Word islost, yet it is ever with us. The light that illuminesthe distant horizon shines in our hearts. “Thouwould’st not seek me hadst thou not found me.”We travel afar only to find that which we hungerfor at home. And as Victor Hugo says: “The thirst for the In-finite proves infinity.” That we seek lives ih our souls. This, the unspeakable truth, the unutterable per-fection, the author has set before us in these pages,Not a Mason himself, he has read the deeper mean-ing of the ritual. Not having assumed the formal obligations, he calls upon a11 mankind to enterinto the holy of holies. Not initiated into thephysical craft, he declares the secret doctrine thatall may hear. With vivid allegory and profound philosophica disquisition he expounds the sublime teachings ofFree Masonry, older than all religions, as universal
  7. 7. as human aspiration. It is well. Blessed are the eyes that see, and theears that hear, and the heart that understands.
  8. 8. FOREWORD TO THE SECOND EDITION . The kindly attitude with which the first editionof this work was received has prompted the authorta enlarge it and to send it forth again, trustingthat it may assist in clearing up some of the mys-teries which have long shrouded Masonry’s placein the spiritual, ethical, and scientific world. 7
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  10. 10. CONTENTSPROEM -----1-_---_-1------------------------*------.------~ 3FOREWORD TO THE SECOND EDITION-, 7INTRODUCTION 1_-111-_----_--___--_----------------- 13THE EMERALD TABLET OF HERMES----w- 33TEXT )--1--__-111-__--_-_--------------------------------- 39PROLOGUE IN THE FIELDS OF CHAOS______________--- 41CHAPTER ONE THE CANDIDATE__--___--~-~-----~--__-_._____--_ 51CHAPTER TWO THE ENTERED APPRENTICE____._-_-__- 61CHAPTERTHREE 73 THE FELLOW CRAFT--.-.-.-------~-----------~--------CHAPTERFOUR THE MASTER MASON__*_--_------*-c----_______ 83CWAPTERFIVE THE QUALIFICATIONS 0F A TRUE MASON _"-1-11__1---_-"-_-1_--------1----*----------~ -----_______ __93EPILOGUE IN THE TEMPLE OF COSMOS ~~*~1~1~~--~~~~*~~~ 105AMESSAGETOTHEORDER OF DEMOLAY MASONIC ASPIRATIONS _-_----_---------*-**---~-* u-9
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  12. 12. ILLUSTRATIONS0. G. MC. A. B.*---------------------------------Frontispiece H.THE THREE MURDERERS,..-..-...---..---.------.------ 17THE EMERALD TABLET _-_I_-----___.__*________ 33THE CANDIDATE AT THE GATES-____-_____---_ 65THE MASTER MASON--~--~----.. 81 -----_---_-l----__*-_____THE GRIP OF THE LIONS PAW-_----~------.--..-- 97THE DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD-.__---X3
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  14. 14. INTRODUCTION I ASONRY is essentially a religious order. Most of its legends and allegories are of I a sacred nature. Much of Masonry iswoven into the structure of Christianity, Wehave learned to consider our own religion asthe only inspired one, and this probably accounts for a great many of the misun-derstandings existing in the world today con- cerning the place occupied by Masonry in thespiritual ethics of our race. A religion is a di-vinely inspired code of morals. A religious per-son is one inspired to nobler living by this code.He is identified by the cede which is his source ofillumination, Thus we may say that a Christianis one who receives his spiritual ideals of right and wrong from the message of the Christ, while aBuddhist is one who molds his life into the arche-type of moral status given by the great Gautama,or one of the other Buddhas. A11 doctrines whichseek to unfold and preserve that invisibIe spark inman which he has named Spisit, are said to bespiritual. Those which ignore this invisible ele-ment and concentrate entirely upon the visibleare said to be material, Ther)e is in religion a 13
  15. 15. THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRY wonderful place of balance-where the materialist and spiritist meet on the plane of logic and reason. Science and theology are two ends of a single truth, but the world will never receive the full benefit of their investigations until they have made peace with each other, and labor hand in hand for the accomplishment of the great work-the libera- tion of spirit and intelligence from the three-di- mentional graves of ignorance, superstition, and f ear. That ‘which gives man a knowledge of himself can be inspired only by the self-and God is the self in all things. In truth, He is the inspiration and the thing inspired. It has been stated in Scripture that God was the Word and that the Word was made flesh. Man’s task now is to make. flesh reflect the glory of that Word, which is within the soul of himself. It is this task which has created the need of religion -not one faith alone, but many creeds, each searching in its own way: each meeting the needs of individual people: each emphasizing one point above all the others. Twelve Fellow Craftsmen are exploring the four points of the compass. Are not these twelve the twelve great world religions, each seeking in its own way for that which was lost in the ages past, and the quest of which is the birth- right of man ? Is not the quest for Reality in a 14
  16. 16. INTRODUCTIONworld of illusions the task for which each comesinto the world? We are here to gain balance ina sphere of unbalance; to find rest in a restlessthing; to unveil illusion ; and to slay the dragonof our own animal natures. As David, King ofIsrael, gave to the hands of his son Solomon thetask he could not accomplish, so each generationgives to the next the work of building the temple,or rather, rebuilding the dwelling of the Lord,which is on the Mount Moriah. Truth is not lost, yet it must be sought for andfound. Reality is ever-present-dimensionless,yet all-prevailing. Man-creature of attitudes anddesires, and servant of impressions and opinions-cannot, with the wandering unbalance of an un-tutored mind, learn to know that which he him-self does not possess. 1 man attains a quality, Ashe discovers that quality, and recognizes abouthim the thing newborn within himself. Man isborn with eyes, yet it is onlv after long years ofsorrow that he learns to see clearly and in har-mony with the plan. He is born with senses, butit is only after long experience and fruitless striv-ings that he brings these senses to the temple andlays them as offerings upon the altar of the greatFather, who alone does all things well and withunderstanding. Man is, in truth, born in the sinof ignorance, but with a capacity for understand- 15
  17. 17. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYing. He has a mind capable of wisdom, a heartcapable of feeling, and a hand strong for the greatwork in life--truing the rough ashler into the per-fect stone. What more can any creature ask for than anopportunity, a chance to prove the thing he is, thedream that inspires him, the vision that leads him on? We have no right to ask for wisdom. Inwhose name do we beg for understanding? Bywhat authority do we demand happiness? Noneof these things is the birthright of any creature;yet all may have them, if they will cultivate with-in themselves the thing that they desire. There isno need of asking, nor does any Deity bow downto give man these things that he desires. Man isgiven, by nature, a gift, and that gift is the priv-ilege of labor. Through labor he learns all things. Religions are groups of people, gathered to-gether in the labor of learning. The world is aschool. We are here to learn, and being hereproves our need of instruction. Every livingcreature is struggling F to break the stranglingbonds of limitation-that pressing narrownesswhich destroys vision and leaves the life withoutan ideal. Every soul is engaged in a great work-the labor of personal liberation from the ruts ofignorance. The world is a great prison: its barsare the Unknown. And each is a prisoner, until 16
  18. 18. INTRODUCTIONat last he earns the right to tear these bars fromtheir moldering sockets, and pass, illuminated andinspired, into the darkness, which becomes lightedby that presence. All peoples of the world seekthe temple where God dwells, where the spirit ofthe great Truth illuminates the shadows of humanignorance, but they know not which way to turn,nor where this temple is. The mist of dogma sur-rounds them. Ages of thoughtlessness bind themin. Limitation weakens them and inhibits theirfootsteps. They wander in darkness seeking light,ever failing to realize that the light is in the heartof the darkness. TO a few who have found Him, God revealsHimself. These, in turn, reveal Him to man, striv-ing to tell ignorance the message of wisdom. Butseldom does man understand the mystery that hasbeen unveiled. He tries weakly to follow in thesteps of those who have attained, but all too often finds the path more difficult than he even dreamed. So he kneels in prayer before the mountain hecannot climb, and from the top of which gleamsforth the light, which he is not strong enough toreach, nor wise enough to comprehend. He livesthe lrtw as he knows it, aIways fearing in the depth of himself that he has not read aright the flaming letters in the sky, and that in living the letter of 17
  19. 19. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRY the Law he has murdered out the spirit. Man bows humbly to the Unknown, peopling the shadows of’ his own ignorance with saints and saviors 9 ghosts and specters, gods and demons.Ignorance fears all things, and falls, terror-stricken,before the passing wind. Superstition stands asthe monument to ignorance, and before it kneelthose who are realizing their own weakness; whosee in all things the strength they do not possess;who give to sticks and stones the power to bruisethem; who change the beauties of nature into thedwelling places of ghouls and ogres. Wisdomfears no thing, but still bows humbly to its ownsource. While superstition hates all things, wis-dom, with its deeper understanding, loves allthings, for it has seen the beauty, the tenderness,and the sweetness which underlie Life’s mystery. Life is the span of time appointed for accom-plishment. Every fleeting moment is an oppor-tunity, and those who are great are the ones whohave recognized life as the opportunity for allthings. Arts, sciences, and religions are monu-ments standing for what humanity has alreadyaccomplished. They stand as memorials to theunfolding mind of man, and through their avenuesman passes to more efficient and more intelligentmethods of attaining prescribed results. Blessed 18
  20. 20. are those who can profit by the experiences ofothers, and can add to that which has already beenbuilt, their inspiration made real, their dreammade practical. Those who give man the thingshe needs are seldom appreciated in their own age;but are later recognized as the saviors of theh uman race. Masonry is a structure built of experience. Eachstone is a sequential step in the unfolding of in-telligence. The shrines of Masonry are orna-mented by the jewels of a thousand ages; its rit-uals ring with the words of enlightened seers andilluminated sages. A hundred religions havebrought their gifts of wisdom to its altar. Artsand sciences unnumbered have contributed to itssymbolism. It is more than a Ifaith: it is a pathof certainty. It is more than a belief t it is a fact.Masonry is a university, teaching the liberal artsand sciences of the soul to all who will attendto its words. It is a shadow of the great Atlan-tean Mystery School, which stood with all itsspIendor in the ancient city of the Golden Gates,where now the turbulent Atlantic rol!s in un-broken splendor. Its chairs are seats of learning;its pillars uphold an arch of universal education,not only in material things, but also in those quali-ties which are of the spirit. Upon its trestleboards 19
  21. 21. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYare inscribed the sacred truths of all peoples andof all nations, and to those who understand itssacred depths has dawned the great reality.Masonry is, in truth, that long-lost thing which allpeoples have sought in all ages. Masonry is thecommon denominator and the common divisor ofhuman aspiration. Most of the religions of the world are proces-sions: one leads, and many f oI1 ow. In the foot-steps of the demigods, man follows in his searchfor truth and illumination. The Christian followsthe gentle Nazarene up the winding slopes of Cal-vary. The Buddhist follows his great emancipatorthrough his wanderings in the wilderness. TheMohammedan makes his pilgrimage across thedesert sands to the black tent at Mecca. Truthleads, and ignorance follows in his train. Spiritblazes the trail, and matter follows behind. In theworld today ideals live but a moment in theirpurity, before the gathering hosts of darknesssnuff out the gleaming spark. The Mystery School,however, remains unmoved. It does not bring itslight to man: man must bring his light to it.Ideals, coming into the world, become idols with-in a few short hours, but man, entering the gatesof sanctuary, changea the idol back to an ideal. Man is climbing an endless flight of steps, with 20
  22. 22. INTRODUCTIONhis eyes turned toward the goal at the top. Manycannot see the goal, and only one or two steps are visible before them. He has learned, howeSer, onegreat lesson, and that is, that as he builds his owncharacter he is given strength to climb the steps.Hence a Mason is a builder of the temple of char-acter. He is the architect of a sublime mystery-the gleaming, glowing temple of his own soul.He realizes that he best serves God when he joinswith the Great Architect in building more noblestructures in the universe below. All who are at-tempting to attain mastery through constructiveefforts are Masons at heart, regardless of sects orreligious beliefs. A Mason is not necessarily amember of a lodge. He is any person who triesevery day to live the Masonic life, and to serve in-telligently the needs of the Great Architect. TheMasonic brother pledges himself to assist all othertemple-builders in whatever extremity Iife mayunfold, and in so doing he pledges himself to everystick and stone, to beast, God, and man, for theyare all temple-builders, building more nobleshrines wherein to worship the universal God. Th e M asonic Lodge is a mystery school, a placewhere candidates are taken out of the follies andfoibles of the world and are instructed in the mys-teries of life, relationships, and the identity of that 21
  23. 23. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYgerm of spiritual essence in them, which is, intruth, the son of God, beloved of his Father. TheMason views life seriously, realizing that everywasted moment is a lost opportunity, and thatOmnipotence is gained only through earnestnessand endeavor. Above all other relationships herecognizes the universal brotherhood of livingthings. The clasped hands of his Lodge reflecthis attitude toward all the world, for he is thecomrade of all created things. He realizes alsothat his spirit is a glowing, gleaming jewel whichhe must enshrine within a holy temple built bythe labor of his hands, the meditations of hisheart, and the aspiration of his soul. Masonry is a religion which is essentiaIly creed-1ess. It is the truer for it. Its brothers bow totruth regardless of the bearer; they serve light,instead of wrangling over the one who brings it.In this way they prove that they are seeking toknow better the will and the dictates of the In-vincible One. No truer religion exists in all theworld than that all creatures gather together incomradeship and brotherhood, for the purpose of glorifying one God, and of building for Him atemple of constructive attitude and noble char- acter. 22
  24. 24. HE average Mason, as well as the modern student of Masonic ideals, little realizes or understands the cosmic obligationwhich he takes upon himself when he begins his search for the sacred truths of nature as they areconcealed in the ancient and modern rituals. Hemust not lightly consider his vows, and if he wouldnot bring upon himself years and ages of sufferinghe must cease to consider Masonry as merely asocial or fraternal order. He must realize that themystic teachings as perpetuated in the modern rites are sacred, and that powers unseen and unrecog-nized mold the destiny of those who consciouslyan.d of their own free will take upon themselvesthe obligations of the craft. Masonry is not a material thing: it is a scienceof the soul; it is not a creed or doctrine but a uni-versal expression of the Divine Wisdom? Thecoming together of English guilds or even the *This term is used as synonymous with a verysecret and sacred philosophy that has existed forall time, and has been the inspiration of the greatsaints and sages of all ages, i. e., the perfect wis-dom of God, revealing itself through a secret hier-arehy of the illumined minds. 23
  25. 25. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYbuilding of Solomon’s temple, as it is understoodtoday, has little if anvthing to do with the trueorigin of Masonry, for Masonry does not deal withpersonalities. It is neither historical nor archaeo-logical, but is a divine symbolic language perpetu-ating under certain concrete symbols the divinemysteries of the ancients. Only those who see init a cosmic study, a life work, a spiritual inspira-tion to better thinking, better living, and better act-ing, with the spiritual attainment of enlightenmentas the end, and with the daily life of the true Masonas the means, have gained even the slightest insightinto the true mysteries of the ancient and acceptedrite. The age of the Masonic school is not to be cal-culated by hundreds or even thousands of years,for it never had any origin in the worlds of form.The world as we see it is merely an experimentallaboratory in which man is laboring to build andexpress greater and more perfect vehicles. Intothis laboratory pour thousands and. millions ofrays descendin, u from the cosmic hierarchies.” Thesemighty globes and orbs which focus their energiesupon mankind and mold his destiny do so in anorderly manner, each in its own way and place, *The groups of celestial intelligencies governingthe creative processes in cosmos. 24
  26. 26. INTRODUCTION and it is the working of these mystic hierarchies in the universe which forms the pattern around which the Masonic school has been built, for the true lodge of the Mason is the universe. Creedless and religionless he stands, a master of all faiths, and those who take up the study of Masonry with- out realizing the depth, the beauty, and the spir- itual power of the thing they are analyzing cannever gain anything of permanence from theirstudies. The age of the mystery schools can betraced by the true student back to the dawn oftime, hundreds of millions, yes, billions of yearsago, when the temple of the Solar Man was in themaking. That was the first Temple of the King,and there in the dawn of time were given and laiddown the true mysteries of the ancient lodge, andit was the gods of creation and the spirits of thedawn who first tiled the Master’s lodge. The initiated brother realizes that his so-called symbols and rituals are merely blinds built by thewise to perpetuate ideas incomprehensible to the average individual. He also realizes that fewMasons of today know or appreciate the mysticmeaning concealed within these rituals. With re-ligious faith we perpetuate the form, worshipingit instead of the life, but those who have not gath-ered the truth from the crystallized ritual, thosewho have not liberated the spiritual germ from
  27. 27. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYthe shell of empty words, are not Masons, regard-less of their physical degrees. In the work we are taking up it is not the inten-tion to dwell upon the modern concepts of thecraft but to consider Masonry as it really is tothose who know, a great cosmic organism whosetrue brothers and children are tied together not byspoken oaths but by lives so lived that they are cap-able of seeing through the blank wall and openingthe window which is now concealed by the rub-bish of materiality. When this is done and themysteries of the universe unfold before the aspir-ing candidate, then in truth he discovers whatMasonry really is; its material aspects interest himno longer for he has unmasked the mystery schoolwhich he is capable of recognizing only when hehimself has spiritually become a member of it. There is no doubt in the minds of those whohave examined and studied its ancient lore thatMasonry, like the universe itself, which is thegreatest of all schools, deals with the unfoldingof a threefold principle, for all the universe isgoverned by the same three kings who are calledthe builders of the Masonic temple. They are notpersonalities but principles, great intelligent ener-gies and powers which in God, man, and the uni-verse have charge of the molding of cosmic sub-stance into the habitation of the living king, the
  28. 28. INTRODUCTIONtemple built through millions of years of first un-conscious and then conscious effort on the part ofevery individual who is expressing in his daily lifethe creative principles of the three kings. The true brother of the ancient craft realizedthat the completion of the temple he was buildingto the King of the universe was a duty or rathc:ra privilege which he owed to his God, to hisbrother, and to himself. He knew that certain stepsmust be taken and that his temple must be builtaccording to plan, but today it seems that the planis lost, for in the majority ‘of cases Masonry is nolonger operative but is merely a speculative ideaand must remain so until each brother, reading themystery of his symbols and pondering over thebeautiful allegories unfolded in his ritual, realizesthat he himself contains the keys and- the plans so long lost to his craft and that if he would ever learn Masonry he must unlock its doors with thekey filed from the base metals of his own being. True Masonry is esoteric; it is not a thing ofthis world; al1 that we have here is a link, a door-way, through which the student may pass into theunknown. It has nothing to do with things of formsave that it realizes that form is molded by andmanifests the life it contains, and the student isseeking to so mold his life that the form will glor-ify the God within whose temple he is slowly 27
  29. 29. THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRYbuilding as he awakens one after another the work-men within himself and sets them to the carryingout of the plan which has been given him out ofh eaven. So far as it is possible to discover, ancientMasonry and the beautiful cosmic allegories thatit teaches, perpetuated through hundreds of lodgesand ancient mysteries, forms the oldest of the mys-tery schools ; ++and its preservation through the ageshas not depended upon itself as an exoteric bodyof partly evolved individuals but upon a concealedbrotherhood, the esoteric side of Masonry. All ofthe great mystery schools have hierarchies upon the spiritual planes of nature which are expressingthemselves in this world through creeds and organ-isms. The true student is seeking to lift himselffrom the exoteric body upward spiritually untilhe joins the esoteric group which, without a lodgeon the physical plane of nature, is still greater bvfar than all the lodges of which it is the centralfi re. These spiritual instructors of humanity areforced to labor in the concrete world with thingscomprehensible to the concrete mind, and there *This is a term used by the ancients to designatethe esoteric side of their religious ceremonials. Thecandidate passing through these mysteries was initi-ated into the mysteries of Nature and the hiddenside of natural law. 28
  30. 30. INTRODUCTIONcbmes through to man the meaning of the alle-gories and symbols which surround his exotericwork as soon as he prepares himself to receivethem. The true Mason realizes that the work ofthe mystery schools in the world is of an inclusiverather than an exclusive nature, and that the onlylodge which is broad enough to express his idealsis the one whose dome is the heavens, whose pil-lars are the corners of creation, whose checker-board floor is composed of the crossing currentsof human emotion, and whose altar is the humanheart. Creeds cannot bind the true seeker fortruth. The Mason, realizing the unity of all truth,also realizes that the hierarchies laboring with himhave given him in his varying degrees the mystic,spiritual rituals of all the mystery schools in theworld, and if he would fill his place in the plan hemust not enter this sacred study for what he canget out of it but that he may learn how better toput more in. Masonry has concealed within it the mystery ofcreation, the answer to the problem of existence,and the path which the student must walk in orderto join those who are really the Iiving powers be-hind the thrones of modern national and interna-tional affairs. The true student realizes most ofall that the taking of degrees does not make a mana Mason; a Mason is not appointed, he is evolved, - 29
  31. 31. THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRYand he must realize that the position he holds inthe exoteric lodge means nothing compared to hisposition in the spiritual lodge of life. He mustforever cast out of his being the idea that he canbe told or instructed in the sacred mysteries orthat his being a member of an organization im-proves him in any way; he must realize that hisduty is to build and evolve the sacred teaching inhis own being: that nothing but his own purifiedbeing can unlock the door to the sealed librariesof human consciousness, and that his Masonic ritesmust eternally be speculative until he makes themoperative by living the life of the mystic Mason.His karmic responsibilities increase with his oppor-tunities. Those who are surrounded with knowl-edge and opportunity for self-improvement andmake nothing of these opportunities are the lazyworkmen who will be spiritually if not physicallycast out of the temple of the king. The Masonic order is not a social organization,but truly is composed of those who have bandedthemselves together to learn and to apply the prin-ciples of mysticism and the occult rites. They are orshould be philosophers, sages, and soberminded in-dividuals who have dedicated themselves upon theliving altar of the gods and who have vowed by allthat they hold dear that the world shall be better,wiser, and happier because they have lived. Those . 30
  32. 32. INTRODUCTIONwho enter these mystic rites and pass between thepillars seeking either prestige or commercial ad-vantage are blasphemers, and while in this worldwe may count; them as successful they are the cosmicfailures who have barred themselves out from thetrue rite whose keynote is unselfishness and whoseworkers have renounced the things of earth. In ancient times many years of preparation wererequired before the neophyte was permitted toenter the temple of the mysteries. In this waythose who were shallow, the curiosity seekers, thefaint of heart, and those unable to withstand thetemptations of life were not chosen, but automatic-ally withdrew themselves from a price which wasgreater than they would pay, and he who did passbetween the pillars entered the temple realizinghis sublime opportunity, his’ divine obligation, andthe mystic privilege which he had earned for him-self through years of special preparation. Onlythose are truly Masons who enter their temple inreverence, who are seeking not the passing things of life but the treasures which are eternal, whose one desire in life is to know the true mvstery ofthe craft that they may join as honest ‘workmenthose who have gone before as builders of the uni-versal temple. The Masonic ritual is not a cere-mony, but a life to be lived. Those who are reallyMasons are those who have dedicated their lives 31
  33. 33. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYand their souls on the altar of the living flame andwho are glad to labor in any way in the construc-tion of the one universal building df whichthey are the workmen and their God the livingArchitect. When we have Masons like this thecraft will again be operative, the flaming trianglewill shine forth with the greater lustre, the deadbuilder will rise from his tomb, and the lost Wordso long concealed from the profane will blazeforth again with the power that makes all thingsnew. In the pages that follow there has been set downa number of thoughts for the study and considera-tion of temple builders, craftsmen and artisanalike. They are the keys which if read .will leavethe student still in ignorance but if lived willchange the speculative Masonry of today into theoperative Masonry of tomorrow, when each builder,realizing his own place, will see things which henever saw before, not because they were not therebut because he was blind. And there are none soblind as those who will not see. 32
  34. 34. THE EMERALD TABLET OF HERMES (TABULASMARAGDINA)The Emerald Tablet, the Most Ancient Monument of the Chaldeans Concerning the Lapis Philosophoram. , JHE Emerald Tablet of Hermes, illustrated 3legend. on the opposite page, introduces King Hiram, us to the hero of the Masonic The name Hirctm is taken from the Chal-dee Chiranz. The first two large words meanTHE SECRET VORK, The second line in Iargeletters-CHIRA M TELAT fi!ECHASOT-meansChiram, the universal agent, one in essence, butthree in aspect. Translated the body of the tablet .-reads as follows : cc It is true and no lie, certain and to be de-pended. upon, that the superior agrees with the in-ferior, and the inferior with the superior, to effectthat one truly wonderful work. -As all things owetheir existence to the will of the Only One, so allthings owe their origin to Only Orce Thing, themost hidden, by the arrangement of the OnZy God.The father of that OnEy One Thirtg is the Sun; itsmother is the Moc7n; the wind carries it in itswings; but its nurse is a Spiritual Earth. That 33
  35. 35. THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRY. Only One Thing is the father d-f all things in the universe. Its power is perfect after it has been united to a spiritual earth. Separate that spiritual earth from the dense or crude earth by means of a gentle heat, with much attention, In great measure it ascends from earth up into heaven; and descends again, new-born, on the earth, and the superior and the inferior are increased in power. By this thou wilt partake of the honors of the whole earth and darkness shall fly from thee. This is the strength of all powers; with this thou wilt be able to overcome all things and to transmute aZZ that is fine and all that is COWX. In this manner the world was created, but the arrangements that fol- low this road are hidden. For this reason I am called CHIRAM TELAT MECHASOT, one in essence, but three in aspect. In this trinity is hidden the wisdom of the whole world. It is ended now what I have said concerning the effect of the sun. FINIS OF THE TABULA SMARAGDINA” In a rare, unpublished old manuscript dealing with early Masonic and Hermetic mysteries, we find the following information concerning the mysterious universal agent referred to as “Chiram” (Hiram) : 34
  36. 36. THE EMERALD TABLET OF HERMES The sense of this emerald tablet can sufficientlyconvince us that the author was well acquaintedwith the secret operations of nature and with thesecret work of the philosophers (alchemists andHermetic philosophists) . He likewise well knewand believed in the true God. It has been believed since several ages thatCham, one of the sons of Noah, is the author ofthis monument of antiquity. A very ancient author, whose name is not known, who livedseveral centuries before Christ, mentions this tab-let, and says that he had seen it in Egypt, at thecourt; that it was a precious stone, an emerald,whereon these characters were represented in basrelief, not engraved. ’ He states that it was in his time esteemed overtwo thousand years old, and that the matter of thisemerald had once been in a fluid state like meltedglass, and had been cast in a mold, and that tothis flux the artist had given the hardness of a nat*ural and genuine emerald, by art. (Alchemicalart.) The Cananites were called the Phoenicians bythe Greeks, who have told us that they had Hermesfor one of their kings. There is a great relationbetween Chiram and Hermes. CAiram is a word composed out of three words,denoting the universal spirit, the essence whereofthe whole creation does consist, and the object ofChaldean Egyptian and genuine natural philo-sophy, according to its inward principles or prop-erties. The three Hebrew words Chuma, Rauch, 35
  37. 37. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYand Majim, mean respectively Fire, Air, andWater, while their initial consonants, Ch, R, M,give us Chiram, that invisible essence which is thefather of earth, fire, air and water, because, al-though immaterial in its own invisible nature, asthe unmoved and electrical fire, when moved itbecomes light and visible; and when collected andagitated, becomes heat and visible and tangiblefi re; and when it associates with humidity it be-comes material. The word Chiram has been meta-morphosed into Her,mes and also into Herman, andthe translator; of the Bible have made Chiram bychanging Chet into He; both of these Hebrewword signs being very similar. In the old word Hermaphrodite, a word in-vented by the philosophers, we find Hermeschanged to Herm, signifying Chiram, or the uni-versal agent, and Aphrodite, the passive principleof humidity, who is also called Venus, and is saidto have been produced and generated by the sea. We also read that Hiram (Chiram) , or the uni-versal agent, assisted King Solomon to build thetemple; no doubt as Solomon possessed wisdom,he understood what to do with the corporealizeduniversal agent. The Talmud of the Jews saysthat King Solomon built the temple by the assist-ance of Schamir. Now this word signifies the sun,as the large machine which is perpetually collect-ing the Omnipresent, surrounding, electrical fire,or Spiritus Mundi, and sends it constantly to usin the planets, in a visible manner called tight. This electrical flame, corporealized and regen- 36
  38. 38. THE EMERALD TABLET OF HERMESerated into the stone of the philosophers, enabledKing Solomon to produce the immense quantitiesof gold and silver used to build and decorate his These ancient paragraphs from an ancient philosopher may assist the Masonic student of to- day to realize the tremendous and undreamed-of store of knowledge that lies behind the allegory, which he often hears but seldom analyzes. Hiram, the universal agent, might be translated Vita, tho power eternally building and unfolding the bodies of man. The use and abuse of energy is the key to the Masonic legend; in fact, it is the key to all things in nature. And Hiram, as the triple energy, one in source but three in aspect, can almost be,called ether, the unknown hypothetical element, which carries the impulses’ of the gods through the macrocosmic nervous system of the Infinite. Hermes, or Mercury, was the messenger of the gods, and ether carries impulse upon its wings. The solving of the mystery of ether, or, if you prefer to call it such, vibrant space, is the great problem of Masonry. This ether, as a hypothetical medium, brings energy to the three bodies of thought, emo- tion, and action, and in this way Chiram, the one in essence, becomes three in aspect- mental, emo- tional, and vital. The work which follows is an 37
  39. 39. THE LOST IKEYS OF MASONRYeffort to bring to light other forgotten and neg-lected elements of the Masonic rites, and to em-phasize the spirit of Hiram as the universal agent. Masonry is esser$ially mysterious, ritualistic,and ceremonial; but these things represent, in con-crete form, only abstract truth. And earth (orsubstance) smothering energy (or vitality.) is themystery behind the murder of the builder. 38
  40. 40. Remember now thy creator in the = days of thyyouth, while the evil days come not, nor the yearsdraw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasurein them; while the sun, or the moon, or the starsbe not darkened, nor the clouds return after therain ; in the day when the keepers of the houseshall tremble, and the strong men shall bow them-selves, and the grinders cease, because they aref ew; and those that look out of the windows bedarkened, and the door shall be shut in the streets;when the sound of the grinding is low, and heshall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all thedaughters of music shall be brought low. Alsowhen they shall be afraid of that which is high andfear shall be in the way, and the almond-tree shallflourish, and the grasshoppers shall be a burden,and desire shall fail; because man goeth to his longhome, and the mourners go about the streets: orever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowlbe broken at the fountain, or the wheel at the cis-tern. Then shall the dust return to the earth asit was; and the spirit shall return unto God Whogave it.-Ecclesiastes, 12 3l-7. 39
  41. 41. TEMPLE BUILDERS You are the temple builders of the future. Withyour hands must be raised the domes and spires of acoming civilization. Upon the foundation you havelaid, tomorrow shall build a far more noble edifice.Builders of the temple of character wherein shoulddwell an enlightened spirit, truer of the rock ofrelationship, molder of those vessels created to con-tain the oil of life, up, and to the tasks appointed!Never before in the history of men have you hadthe opportunity that now confronts you. The worldwaits-waits for the illuminated one who shall comefrom between the pillars of the portico. Hood-winked and bound humanity seeks entrance to thetemple of wisdom, Fling wide the gate, and let theworthy enter. Fling wide the gate, and let the lightshine forth, for that light is the life of men. Hasten to complete the dwelling of the Lord. The Spirit of God may come and dwell among his people, sancti- fied and ordained according to his law.
  42. 42. PROLOGUE IN THE FIELDS OF CHAOS HE first flush of awakening life thrilled and gleamed through the darkness of cosmic night, turned the darkness ofnegation into the dim twilight of unfolding being,and cast its faint glimmering rays crver a strangeform which stood alone on the cloudy banks ofswiding substances. Robed in shimmery bluevapor of mystery, his head encircled by a goldencrown of flaming light, a mystic stranger stoodthere, his form divine shrouded in the folds ofchaos whose darkness fled before the rays thatpoured like streams of Iiving fire from his gigan-tic, misty form silhouetted in faint relief againstthe shadowed gateways of eternity. From some cosmos greater far than ours thismystic visitor came, answering the call of Divinity.From star to star he strode and from world to uni-verse He was known and yet conceaIed forever byth.e filmy garments of chaotic night. Suddenly theclouds broke and a wondrous light descended fromsaanewhere among the seething waves of force; it 41
  43. 43. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYbathed this lonely form in a radiance celestial,each sparkling * crvstal of mist gleaming like a dia-mond bathed in the living fire of the Divine. Two great forms appeared in the gleaming flameof cosmic light bordered by the dark clouds of not-being and a mighty Voice thrilled through eternity,each sparkling atom dancing, swaying and swirl-ing with the power of The Creator’s Word” whilethe great, blue-robed figure bowed in awe before thefootstool of His Maker and a great hand reacheddown from heaven, its fingers extended in bene-diction. ‘“Of all creation I have chosen you and uponyou mv seal is placed; you are the chosen instru-ment of my hand and I choose you to be thebuilder of my Temple; you shall raise its pillarsand tile its floor; you shall ornament it with metalsand with jewels and you shall be the master of myworkmen; into your hands I place the plans andhere on the tracing board of living substance Iimpress the plan you are to follow, tracing it3every letter and angle in the fiery lines of my mov-ing finger. Hiram Abiff, chosen builder of yourFather’s house, up and to your work; yonder arethe fleecy clouds, the gray mist of dawn, thegleams of heavenly light, and the darkness. of the *The creative fiat, or rate of vibration throughwhich all things are created. 42
  44. 44. IN THE FIELDS OF CHAOSsleep of creation. From these shall you build,without the sound of hammers or the voice ofworkmen, the temple of your God, eternal in theheavens. The swirling, ceaseless motion of nega-tion you shall chain to grind your stones. Amongthese spirits of not-being shall you slack your limeand lay your footings, for I have watched youthrough the years of your youth; I have guided ;outhrough the days of your manhood. I haveweighed you in the balance and you have not beenfound wanting. Therefore, to you give I the gloryof work, and here ordain you as the Builder of myH ouse. Unto you I give the word of the MasterBuilder ; unto you I give the tools of the craft;unto you I give the power that has been vested inme : be faithful unto these things; bring them backwhen you have finished, and I will give you thename known to God alone. So mote it be.” * The great light died out of the heavens, thestreaming fingers of living light vanished throughthe misty, lonely twilight, and again covered not-being with its sable mantle. Hiram again stoodaIone, gazing out into the endless ocean of obliv-ion: nothing but swirling, seething matter as faras eye could see. Then, rising, he straightenedhis shouIders and taking the trestle board in hishands and clasping to his heart the .Word of theMaster which sparkled and gleamed in the dark- 43
  45. 45. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYness of the night, Hiram Abiff slowly walked outover the clouds and vanished through the mistwhich swallowed up even the glowing spark of theMaster’s Word. How may man measure timeless eternity? Agespassed, and the lonely builder labored with hisplan with only love and humility in his heart, hishand molding the darkness which he blessed whilehis eyes were raised above where the Great Lighthad shone down from heaven. In the divine soli-tude he labored, no voice to cheer, no spirit tocondemn; alone in the boundless all with the greatchill of the morning mist upon his brow, but hisheart still warm with the light of the Master’sWord. It seemed a hopeless battle: no single pairof hands could mold that darkness; no singleheart, no matter how true, could be great enoughto send the pulsing cosmic love into the cold mistof oblivion. The darkness settled ever closer abouthim, the misty fingers of negation twined aroundhis being, and still with divine trust the builderlabored; with divine hope he laid his footings, andfrom the boundless clay he made the molds to casthis sacred ornaments. Slowly the building grewand dim forms molded by the Master’s hand tookshape about him. Three great, soulless creatureshad the Master fashioned, great, towering beingswhich appeared in half darkness like grim spectres. 44
  46. 46. IN THE FIELDS OF CHAOSThey were three builders h e had blessed and nowin stately file they passed before him, and Hiramheld out his arms to his creation, saying, YESrothers,I have built you for your works, I have formedyou to labor with me in the building of the Mas-ter’s house; you are the children of my being; Ihave labored with you, now labor with me for theglory of our God.” But the spectres laughed and turned upon theirmaker, and striking him with his own tools givento him by God out of heaven, they left their GrandMaster dying in the midst of his labors, broken andcrushed by the threefold powers of cosmic night.As he lay bleeding at the feet of his handiworkthe martyr builder raised his eyes to the seethingclouds, and his face was sweet with divine love andcosmic understanding ashe prayed unto the Masterwho had sent him forth. “0 Master of Workmen, Great Architect of theuniverse, my labors are not finished. Why mustthev always remain undone? I have not com-pleted the thing for which Thou hast sent me intobeing, for my very creations have turned againstme and the tools Thou gayest me have destrovedme. The children that I formed in love, in &nor-ante have murdered me. Here, Father, is the WordThou gavest me now red with my own blood. 0,Master, I return it to Thee for I have kept it sacred 45
  47. 47. THE LOSTKEYS OFMASONRYin my heart. Here are the tools, the tracing board,and the vessels I have wrought. Around me standthe ruins of my temple which I must leave. UntoThee, 0 God, the divine Knower of all things, Ireturn them all, realizing that in Thy good timelies the fulfillment of all things. Thou, 0 God,knowest our downsitting and our uprising and Thouunderstandeth our thoughts afar off. In Thy name,Father, I have labored and in Thy cause I die, afaithful builder.” The Master fell back, his upturned face sweetin the last repose of death, and the light rays nolonger pouring from him. The gray clouds gath-ered closer as though to form a winding sheetaround the body of their murdered Master, Suddenly the heavens opened again and a greatglow descended as a sparkling ray and, surround-ing the form of Hiram, bathed it in a light celes-tial, and again the Voice spoke from the heavensabove where the Great King sat above the cloudsof creation, ““H e is not dead: he is asleep. Whoshall awaken him ? His labors are not done, andin death he guards the sacred relics more closelythan ever, for the Word and the tracing board areh is -1 have given them to him. But he must re- main asleep until these three who have slain himshall bring him back to life, for every wrong must tb r 1 wbe righted, and the slayers o;t my house, the de- 46
  48. 48. IN THE FIELDS OF CHAOSstrayers of my temple, must labor in the place oftheir builder until they raise their Master from thedead.” The three murderers fell on their knees andraised their hands to heaven as though to ward offthe light which unearthed their crime? “0 God,great is our sin, for we have slain our Grand Mas-ter, Hiram Abiff ! Just is Thy punishment and aswe; have slain him we now dedicate our lives tohis resurrection. The first was our human weak-ness, the second our sacred duty.” “Be it SO,” answered the Voice from Heaven.The great Light vanished and the clouds of dark-ness and mist concealed the body of the murderedMaster. It was swallowed up in the darknesswhich, swirling and swaying, left no mark, nogravestone, on the place where the builder hadI ain. “0 God!” cried the three murderers, “whereshall we find our Master now?” The hand reached down again from the GreatUnseen and a tiny lamp was handed them whoseoil flame burned silently and clearly in the dark-ness, “By this light which I have given ye shaI1 yeseek him whom ye have slain.” The three forms surrounded the light and bowedin prayer and thanksgiving for this solitary gleamwhich was to light the darkness of their way. From 47
  49. 49. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYsomewhere above in the regions of not-being thegreat Voice spoke, a thundering Voice that filledChaos with its sound: “He cometh forth as aflower and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadowand continueth not; as the waters fail from the seaand the flood decayeth and drieth up, so man liethdown and riseth not again. Yet I have compassionupon the children of my creation; I administerunto them in time of trouble and save them withan everlasting salvation. Seek ye where the brokentwig lies and where the dead stick molds away,where the clouds float together and where thestones rest by the hillside, for all these mark thegrave of Hiram who has carried my Will with himto the tomb. This eternal quest is yours until yehave found your Builder, until the cup giveth upits secret, until the grave giveth up its ghosts. Ishall speak to ye no more until ye have found andraised my beloved Son, and have listened to thewords of my Messenger and with Him as yourguide have finished the temple which I shall theninhabit. Amen.” The gray dawn still lay asleep in the arms ofdarkness. Out through the great mystery of not-being all was silence, unknowable. Through themisty dawn, like strange phantoms of a dream,three figures wandered over the great Unknowncarrying in their hands a tiny light, the lamp given 48
  50. 50. to them by their Builder’s Father. ‘They wanderedeternally in search of a silent grave: over stick andstone and cloud and star they wandered, stoppingagain and again to explore the depths of somemystic recess, praying for liberation from theirendless search, yet bound by vows eternal to raisethe Builder they had slain, whose grave was markedby the broken twig, and whose body was laid awayin the white winding sheet of death somewhereover the brow of the eternal hill. 49
  51. 51. MOTIVE what motive leads the Masonic candidate out ofthe world and up the winding stairway to the light?He alone can truly know, for in his heart is hiddenthe motive of his works. Is he seeking the light ofthe East? Is he seeking wisdom eternal? Doeshe bring his life and offer it upon the altar of theMost High ? Of all things, motive is most import-ant, Though we fail again and again, if our motivebe true, we are victorious. Though time after timewe succeed, if our motive be unworthy, we havefailed. Enter the temple in reverence, for it is intruth the dwelling place of a Great Spirit, the Spiritof Masonry. Masonry is an ordainer of kings. Itshand has moved the destinies of worlds, and the per-fect fruitage of its molding is an honest man. Whatnobler thing can be accomplished than the illumi-nation of ignorance ? What greater task is therethan the joyous labor of service? And what noblerman can there be than that Maso*n who serves hisLights, and is himself a light unto his fellowmen ?
  52. 52. Chapter One THE CANDIDATE0 i HERE comes a time in the individual growth of every living thing when it realizes with dawning consciousness thatit is a prisoner. While apparently free to moveand have its being, the struggling life cognizesthrough ever greater vehicles its own limitation.It is at this point that man cries out with evergreater power to be liberated from the bindingties which, though invisible to mortal eyes, stillchain him with bonds far more terrible than thoseof a physical prison. Many have read the story of the prisoner of Shi- loah who as the years rolled by paced back andforth in the narrow confines of his prison cell,while the blue waters rolled ceaselessly above hishead and the only sound that broke the stillness ofhis eternal night was the constant swishing andlapping of the waves. We pity the prisoner in his physical tomb and as we see stone walls surround-ing man we are sad at heart for we know how life loves liberty. But there is one prisoner whose plight is far worse than that of those of earth. We 51
  53. 53. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYhas not even the narrow confines of a prison cell around Him; He cannot pace to and fro to wearinto ruts by His ceaseless striding the cobblestonesof a dungeon floor. That eternal Prisoner is Life,prisoned within the dark stone walls of matterwith not a single ray to brighten the blackness ofHis fate; he fights eternally for life, praying in thedark confines of gloomy walls for light and oppor-tunity. This is the eternal Prisoner who throughthe ceaseless ages of cosmic unfoldment, throughforms unnumbered and species now unknown,strives eternally to liberate Himself and to gainself-conscious expression, the birthright of everycreated thing. He awaits the day when standingupon the rocks that now form His shapeless tomb,He may raise His arms to heaven, bathed in thesunlight of spiritual freedom, free to join thesparkling atoms and dancing light-beings releasedfrom the bonds of prison wall and tomb. I Around Life-that wondrous germ in the heartof every living thing, that sacred Prisoner in Hisgloomy cell, that Master Builder laid away in thegrave of matter- has been built the wondrous le-gend of the* Holy Sepulchre. The mystic philo-sophers of the ages, under allegories unnumbered,have perpetuated this wonderful story, and amongthe Craft Masons it forms the mystic ritual ofHiram, the Master Builder, murdered in his temple 52
  54. 54. THE CANDIDATEby the very builders who should have served himas he labored to perfect the dwelling place of hisGod. Matter is the tomb: it is the dead wall of sub-stances whose lives have not as yet been awakenedinto the pulsating energies of Spirit. It exists inmany degrees and forms, not only in the chemicalelements which form the solids of our universe,but in finer and more subtle substances. These,though expressing through emotion and thought,are still beings of the world of form. These sub-stances form the great cross of matter which op-poses the growth of all things and by opposition .makes all growth possible. It is the great cross ofhydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon uponwhich even the life germ in protoplasm is crucifiedand suspended in agony.’ These substances are in-capable of giving it adequate expression. The Spiritwithin cries out for freedom: freedom to be, to ex-press, to manifest its true place in the Great Planof cosmic unfoldment. It is this great yearning within the heart of manwhich sends him slowly onward toward the gateof the Temple; it is this inner urge for greaterunderstanding and greater light which broughtinto being through the law of necessity the greatcosmic Masonic Lodge dedicated to those liveswhich were seeking union with the Powers of Light 53
  55. 55. I‘HE LOSTKEYS OFMASONRYthat their prison walls might be removed. Thisshell cannot be discarded: it must be raised intounion with the Life; each dead, crystallized atomin the human body must be set vibrating and spin-ning to a higher rate of consciousness. Throughpurification, through knowledge, atid through ser-vice to his fellow-man the candidate sequentiallyunfolds these mystic properties, building betterand more perfect bodies through which his higherlife secures ever greater manifestation. The ex-pression of man through constructive thought,emotion, and action liberates the higher naturefrom bodies which in their crystallized states areincapable of giving him his natural opportunities. In Masonry this crystallized substance of mat-ter is called the grave and the Holy Sepulchre, Itis within this grave that the lost Builder lies andwith Him are the plans of the temple and the Mas-ter’s Word, and it is this Builder, our Grand Mas-ter, that we must seek and, finding, raise from thedead and restore to Him the crown of Spirit solong missing from the temple of our King. Thisnoble Son of Light cries out to us in every ex-pression of matter. Every stick and stone marksHis resting place, and the sprig of acacia promisesthat through the long winter of spiritual darkness,when the sun does not shine for man, this Lightstill is-still waits for the day of liberation when 54
  56. 56. THE CANDIDATE each one of us shall raise Him by the grip of the Grand Master, the true grip of a Master Mason. We cannot hear this Voice that calls eternally, ‘but we feel that inner urge, a great unknown some- thing pulls at our heartstrings, and as the ages roll by, the deep desire to be greater, to live better, and to think God’s thoughts builds within ourselves the qualifications of a candidate ‘who, when trulyasked why he takes the path, would answer if heknew mentally the things he feels, “1 hear a voicethat cries out to me from flora and fauna, fromstones, from clouds, from the very heaven itself.Each fiery atom spinning and twisting in cosmoscries out to me with the voice of my Master. I canhear Hiram Abiff, my Grand Master, calling, cry-ing.out with agony, the agony of life hidden with-in the darkness of its prison walls, seeking for theexpression which I have denied it, striving, labor-ing, to bring closer the day of its liberation, andI have learned to know that I am responsible forthose walls. My daily actions are the things whichas ruffians and traitors are murdering my God.” There are many legends of the Holy Sepulchrewhich has for so many ages been in the hands ofthe infidel and which the Christian worlds soughtto retake in the days of the Crusades. Few Ma-SOIW realize that this Holy Sepulchre, this tomb,is in reality negation, crystallization, matter that 55
  57. 57. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYhas sealed within itself the Spirit of Life whichmust remain in darkness until the growth of eachindividual being gives it walls of glowing gold andchanges its stones into windows. As we developbetter and better vehicles of expression these wallsslowly expand until at last Spirit rises triumphantfrom its tomb and, blessing the very walls thatconfined it, raises them to union with itself. We may first consider the murderers of Hiram.These three ruffians, who, when the Builder seeksto leave his temple, strike him with the tools ofhis own craft until finally they slay him and bringthe temple down in destruction upon their ownheads, symbolize the three expressions of our own Ilower natures which are in truth the murderers ofthe good within ourselves which they pervert assoon as we seek to manifest it. These three maybe called thought, desire, and action. When puri-fied and transmuted they are three glorious ave-nues through which may manifest the great lifepower of the three kings, the glowing builders ofthe cosmic lodge which manifest in this world asspiritual thought, constructive emotion, and usefuldaily labor in the various places and positionswhere we find ourselves while carrying on theMaster’s work. These three form the Flaming Tri-angle which glorifies every living Mason, but whencrystallized and perverted they form a triangular - 56
  58. 58. THE CANDIDATEprison through which the light cannot shine andthe Life is forced to pace back and forth in thedim darkness of despair, until man himself throughhis higher understanding shall *liberate the ener-gies and powers which are indeed the builders andglorifiers of his Father’s House. Now let us consider how these three fiery kingsof the dawn became, through perversion of theirmanifestation by man, the ruffians who murderedHiram, who represents the energizing powers ofcosmos which course through the blood of everyliving being, seeking to beautify and perfect Ihetemple it would build according to the plan laiddown on the tracing board by the Master Architectof the universe. First in the mind is one of thethree kings, or rather we shall say a pole through /which he manifests, for King Solomon is the powerof mind which when perverted becomes a destroyerwho tears down with the very powers which nour-ish and build. The right application of thought,when seeking the answer to the cosmic problem ofdestiny, liberates man’s spirit which soars abovethe concrete through that wonderful power of mind,with its dreams and its ideals. When man’s thoughts rise upward, when hepushes backward the darkness with reason andlogic, then indeed the builder is liberated from hisdungeon and the light pours in, bathing him with 57
  59. 59. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYlife and power. This light enables us to seek moreclearly the mystery of creation and to find withgreater certainty our place in the great plan, foras man unfolds his bodies he gains talents withwhich he can explore the mysteries of nature andsearch for the hidden workings of the Divine.Through these powers the Builder is liberated andhis consciousness goes forth conquering and toconquer. These higher ideals, these spiritual con-cepts, these altruistic, philanthropic, educative ap-plications of thought power glorify the Builder,for they give the power of expression ; and thosewho can express themselves are free. When mancan mold his thoughts, his emotions, and his actionsinto faithful expressions of his highest ideals thenliberty is his, for ignorance is the darkness u/chaos and knowledge is the light of cosmos. In spite of the fact that many of us live appar-ently to gratify the desires of the body and as ser-vants of the lower nature, still there is within eachof us a power which may remain latent for a grea.tlength of time. This power lives eternities per-haps, and yet at some time during our growth therecomes a great desire, a yearning for freedom,when, having discovered that the pleasures ofsense gratification are eternally elusive and unsat-isfying, we make an examination of ourselves andbegin to realize that there are greater reasons for
  60. 60. THE CANDIDATEour being. It is sometimes reason, sometimes suf-fering, sometimes a great desire to be helpful, thatbrings out the first latent powers which show thatane long wandering in the darkness is about to takethe path that leads to Light. Having lived life inall its experiences he has learned to realize that allthe manifestations of being, all the various experi-ences through which he passes, are steps leadingin one direction and that consciously or unconsci-ously all souls are being led to the portico of thetemple where for the first time the-y see and realizethe glory of divinity. It is then that they under-stand the age-old allegory of the martyred Builderand feel his power within themselves crying outfrom the prison of materiality. Nothieg elseseems worth while; and regardless of cost, suffer- Ling, or the taunts of the world, the candidate slow-ly ascends the steps that lead to the temple eternalThe reason that governs cosmos he does not know,the laws which mold his being he does not realize,but he does know that somewhere behind the veilof human ignorance there is an eternal light to-ward which step by step he must labor. With hiseyes fixed on the heavens above and his handsclasped in prayer he passes slowly as a candidate up the steps. In fear and trembling, yet with a divine realization of good, he taps on the door and awaits in silence the answer from within. 59
  61. 61. TRANSMUTATION Masonry is eternal truth, personified, idealized,and yet made simple. Eternal truth alone can serveit. Virtue is its priest, patience its warden, illumi-nation its master. The world cannot know this,however, save when Masons in their daily life provethat it is so. Its truth is divine, and is not to bedesecrated or defamed by the thoughtlessness of itskeepers. Its temple is a holy place, to be enteredin reverence. Material thoughts and material dis- sensions must be left without its gate. They maynot enter. Only the pure of heart, regenerated andtransmuted, may pass the sanctity of its veil. Theschemer has no place in its ranks, nor the materialistin its shrine, for Masons walk on hallowed ground,sanctified by the veneration of ages. Let the tonguebe stilled, let the heart be stilled, let the mind be stilled. In reverence and in the silence, stillness ihall speak: the voice of stillness is the voice of the Creator. Show your light and your power to men,but before God what have you to offer, save in hu-mility ? Your robes, your tinsel, and your jewelsmean naught to Him, until your own body and soul,gleaming with the radiance of perfection, becomethe living ornaments of your Lodge.
  62. 62. Chapter Two THE ENTERED APPRENTICE HERE are three grand steps in the un- foldment of the human soul before it completes the dwelling place of thespirit. These have been called respectiye-ly youth, manhood, and old age; or, as theMason would say, the Entered Apprentice, the Fel-101~ Craft, and the Master Builder. All life passesthrough these three grand stages of human con-sciousness. They can be listed as the man on theoutside looking in, the man going in, and the maninside. The path of human life is gwerned as allthings are by the laws of analogy, and as at birthwe start our pilgrimage through youth, manhood,and old age, so the spiritual consciousness of manin his cosmic path of unfoldment passes from un- s-consciousness to perfect consciousness in the grandLodge of the universe. Before the initiation’ ofEntered Apprentice degree can be properly under- *Initiation is the process spiritually of being in-strueted in the processes of causm of causation,which lie behind every effect of Nature. 61
  63. 63. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYstood and appreciated, certain requirements mustbe considered: not merely those of the physicalworld but also those of the spiritual world. The Mason must realize that his true initiation isa spiritual and not a physical ritual, and that hisinitiation into the living temple of the spiritualhierarchy regulating Masonry may not occur untilyears after he has taken the physical degree, orspiritually he may be a Grand Master before hecomes into the world. There are probably fewexamples in the entire history of Masonry wherethe spiritual ordination of the aspiring seeker tookplace at the same time as the physical initiation,because the true initiation depends upon the build-ing of certain soul qualities-an individual andpersonal matter which is left entirely to the con-scious effort of the mystic Mason and which hemust carry out in silence and alone. The court of the tabernacle of the ancient Jewswas divided into three parts: the outer court, theholy place, and the most Holy of Holies. Thesethree divisi0n.s represent the three grand divisionsof human consciousness. The degree of EnteredApprentice is acquired when the student signifieshis intention to take the rough ashler* which he cutsfrom the quarry and prepare it for the truing of *A stone, or block of granite. 62
  64. 64. THE ENTERED APPRENTICEthe Fellow Craft. In other words, the first degreeis really one of preparations; it is a material stepdealing with material things, for all spiritual lifemust be raised upon a material foundation. Seven is the number of the Entered Apprenticeas it relates to the seven liberal arts and sciences,”and these are the powers with whkh the EnteredApprentice must labor before he is worthy to goonward into the more elevated and advanced de-grees. Those who believe that they can reach thespiritual planes of nature without first passingthrough and conquering, and by conquering, moldmatter into expressions of spiritual power, aremuch mistaken, for the first stage in the growthof a Master Mason is the mastery of the concreteconditions of life and the developing, throughexercise on this plane, ofL nature sense centerswhich will later become channels for the expressionof spiritual truths. All growth is a gradual procedure carried on inan orderly, masterly way as is shown by the open-ing and closing of a lodge. The universe is dividedinto groups and these groups are divided fromeach other by the rates of vibration which passthrough them. As the spiritual consciousness is *The seven liberal arts and sciences are: As-tronomy, music, geometry, arithmetic, logic, rhetoricand grammar. 63
  65. 65. THE ENTERED APPRENTIXXcarried through the chain, those who are lowerlose connection with it when it has raised itselfabove their level, until finally only the GrandMasters are capable of remaining in session, andunknown even to the Master Mason it passes backagain to the spiritual hierarchy from which itcame. Action is the lost key of the Entered Apprentice10d ge. All growth is the result of exercise andthe heightening of vibratory rates. It is throughexercise that the muscles of the human body arestrengthened; it is through the seven liberal artsand sciences that the mind of man receives certainimpulses which in turn start into action centers ofconsciousness within himself. These centers ofconsciousness will later through still greater de-velopment give fuller expression to these innerpowers, but the Entered Apprentice l has as his firstduty the awakening of these powers, and, like theyouth of whbm he is a symbol, his ideals and mindand labors must be tied closely to concrete things.For him both points of the compass are under thesquare ; for him the reasons which manifestthrough the heart and mind, the two polarities ofexpression, are darkened and concealed beneaththe square which measures the block of bodies.He knows not the reason why, his work is to do andto follow the directions of those whose knowledge
  66. 66. THE ENTERED APPRENTICEis greater than his own; but as the result of hisdoing and the application of energies through ac-tion and reaction, he slowly builds and evolves thepowers of discrimination and the strength of char-acter which mark the Fellow Craft degree. Of course the rough ashler symbolizes the body.It also represents cosmic root substance which istaken out of the quarry of the universe by the firstexpressions of intelligence and molded by theminto ever finer and more perfect lines until finallyit becomes the perfect stone for the Builder’stemple. How can emotion manifest save through form?How can mind manifest until the intricately evolved ’brain cells of matter have raised their organicquality to form the groundwork upon which otherthings may be based.3 AU students of human na-ture realize that every expression of man dependsupon organic quality, that in every living thingthis differs, and that the fineness of this matter isthe sure indication of growth-mental, physical, orspiritual. True to the doctrines of his craft, the EnteredApprentice must beautify his temple. He mustbuild within himself by his actions, by the powerof his hand and the tools of his craft, certain quali-ties which make possible his initiation into thehigher degrees of the spiritual lodge. 65
  67. 67. THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRY We know that the cube block is symbolic of thetomb. It is also well known that the Entered Ap-prentice is not capable of rolling away the stoneor of transmuting it into a greater or higher thing;but it is his privilege to glorify that stone, to puri-fy it, and to begin the great work of preparing itfor the temple of his King. Few realize that the universe is made up of in-dividuals in various stages of development, thatconsequently responsibility is individual, and thateverything which man wishes to gain he must him-self build and maintain. If he is to use his finerbodies for the thing for which they were intended,he must treat them right, that they may be goodand faithful servants in the great work that he is Upreparing himself to do. The quarries represent the great powers of nat-ural resource; they are symbolic of the practicallyendless field of human opportunity: they symbolizethe cosmic substances from which man must gatherthe stones of his temple. At this stage in his growthhe is privileged to gather the stones which hewishes to true during his path through the lodge,for at this point he symbolizes the youth who ischoosing the work of his life. He represents thehuman ego who in the dawn of time gathered manyblocks and cubes and broken stones from the GreatQuarry. These rough and broken stones that will 66
  68. 68. THE ENTERED APPRENTICEnot fit into anything are the partially evolvedpowers and senses with which he labors. In thefirst state he must gather these things and thosewho have not gathered them can never true them.During the involutionary period of human con-sciousness, the Entered Apprentice in the GreatLodge was man, who labored with these roughblocks, seeking the tools and the power with whichto true them. As he evolves down through the ageshe gains the tools and cosmically passes on to thedegree of Fellow Craft where he trues his ashlerin harmony with the plans upon the Master’s trac-ing board, This rough, uncut ashler has three di-mensions which represent the three ruffians whoat this stage are destroyers of the fourth dimen-sional life concealed within the ugly, ill-shapedatone. I The lost key of the Entered Apprentice is ser-vice. Why, he may not ask; when, he does notk now. His work is to do, to act, to express him-self in some way, constructively if possible, butdestructively rather than not at all. Withoutaction he loses his great work; without tools, whichsymbolize the body, he cannot act in an organizedmanner; mnsequentl.y it is necessary to master thearts and sciences which place in his hands intelli-gent tools for the expression of energy. Beautyis the keynote to his ideaI. With his concrete 67
  69. 69. THE LOSTKEYS OFMASONRYideals he must beautify all with which he comes incontact, so that the works of his hand may be ac-ceptable in the eyes of the Great Architect of theU niverse. His daily life, in his home, in his business,among his fellow creatures, and his realization ofthe fundamental unity of each with all, form thebase upon which the aspiring candidate may raisea greater superstructure. In truth he must live thelife, the result of which is the purification of his be-ing, so that the finer and more attenuated forces ofthe higher degrees may express themselves throughthe fine adjustments of the receiving pole withinhimself. When he reaches this stage in his growthhe is spiritually worthy to consider advancementinto a higher degree. This advancement is not theresult of election or balloting but an automaticprocess in which, having raised his consciousnessby his life, he attunes himself to the next stepabove his present position. All initiations are theresult of adjustments of the evolving life with thephysical, emotional, and mental planes of consciousness through which it passes. We may now consider the spiritual requirementsof one who feels that he would mystically correlatehimself with the great spiritual fraternity which,concealed behind the exoteric rite, forms the living, 68
  70. 70. THE ENTERED APPRENTICEbreathing power uf the Entered Apprentice lodge: 1. It is absolutely necessary that an EnteredApprentice should have studied sufficiently thelaws of anatomy to have at least a general idea ofthe physical body, for the entire degree is basedupon the mystery of form. The human body is thehighest manifestation of it which he is capable ofanalyzing; consequently he must devote himself tothe study of his own being and its wondrous mys-teries and cotiplications. 2. The Entered Apprentice must realize thathis body is the living temple of the living God andtreat it accordingly, for when he abuses or mis-treats it he breaks the sacred obligations which hemust assume before he can ever hope to under-stand the true mysteries / of the Craft. The break-ing of his pact with the higher lives evolving with-in himself brings with it a tremendous naturalpenalty. 3, He must study the problems of the main-tenance of bodies through food, clothing, breath-ing, and other necessities, as all of these are im-portant steps in the Entered Apprentice lodge.Those who eat improperly, dress improperly, anduse only about one-third of their lung capacitycan never have the physical eficiency necessary forthe fullest expression of their higher being. 69
  71. 71. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRY 4. He must grow physically and in the ex-pression of concrete things. His realization of theposition of man to man must be learned well atthis time, and he must seek to unfold all unselfishqualities which are necessary for the harmoniousworking of the Mason and his fellowmen on thephysical plane of nature. 5. He must seek to round out all inequalities.He can best do this by balancing his mental andphysical organisms through the application andstudy of the seven liberal arts and sciences. Until he is relative master of these principles onthe highest plane within his own being, he cannothope spiritually to attract to himself, through thepowers of his own expression, the life-giving rayof the Fellow Craft. When he reaches this point,however, he is spiritually ready to hope for mem-bership in a more sublime degree. The Mason must realize that he is what his inner-most motives are, and those who allow materialconsideration, social position, financial or businesspossibility, or selfish, materialistic ideals, to leadthem into the Masonic Brotherhood must realizethat they have automatically separated themselvesfrom the Craft. They can never do any harm toMasonry by getting in because they cannot get in.Sitting comfortably in a seat in the lodge they may 70
  72. 72. THE ENTERED APPRENTICEfeel that they have deceived the Grand Master ofthe universe but when the spiritual lodge meetsto carry on the true work of Masonry they are non-entitled and absent. Watch fobs, stick pins, and other material insignia do not make Masons;neither does the ritual ordain them. They areevc7Zvedthrough the self-conscious effort to live upto the highest and greatest within themselves; their lives are the insignia of their rank, greater farthan any visible, tangible credential. Bearing this thought in mind, it is possible forthe unselfish, aspiring soul to become spirituallyand liberally vouched for by the centers of con-sciousness as an Entered Apprentice. It means he has taken the first grand step on the path of per- sonal liberation. He is now symbolized as thechild with the smiling face, for with the simplicity of a child he is placing himself under the protec-tion of his great spiritual Father, willing and glad to obevc each of His demands. Having reachedthis point and having done the best which it waspossible for him to do, he is in position to hopethat the powers that be, moving in their myster-ious manner, may find him worthy to take thesecond great step in spiritual liberation.
  73. 73. FRIENDSHIP What nobler thing can any mortal be than afriend ? What nobler compliment can man bestowthan friendship ? The bonds and ties of the life weknow break easily, but through eternity one bondremains -the bond of fellowship-the fellowship ofatoms, of star dust in its endless flight, of suns andworlds, of gods and men. The clasped hands ofcomradship of those who have come to recognizethe fellowship of spirit unite in a bond eternal,Who is more desolate than the friendless one? Whois more honored than one whose virtues have givenhim a friend? To have a friend is good, but to be afriend is better. The noblest title ever given man,the highest title bestowed by the gods, the noblestappellation, was given when the great Jove gazeddown upon Prometheus and said, “Behold, a friendof man.” Who serves man serves God. This is thesymbol of the fellowship of your Craft, for the planof God is upheld by the clasped hands of friends.The bonds of relationship must pass, but the friendremains. Serve God by being a friend-a friend ofthe soul of man, serving his needs, lighting hissteps, making smooth his way. Let the world of itsown accord say of the Mason, “Behold the friendof all.” Let the world say of the Lodge, “This isindeed a fraternity of brothers, comrades in spiritand in truth.”
  74. 74. Chapter Th ree - THE FELLOW CRAFTR OT only does life manifest through action on the physical plane, but, coming down from above, it manifests through emo-tion and the expressions of human sentiment. Itis this type of energy which is taken up by the stu-dent when he starts his labors in the Fellow Craft.From youth with its smiling face he passes on tothe greater responsibilities of manhood. On the second step of the temple stands a soldierdressed in shining armor btit ,his sword is sheathedand a book is in his hand. He is symbolic ofstrength, of the energy of Mars, and of the won-derful step in spiritual unfoldment which we knowas Fellow Craft. Through each one of us therecourses the fiery rays of human emotion, a greatseething, boiling cauldron of power behind eachaction and expression of human energy. Likespirited horses chafing at the bit, like hounds eagerfor the chase, the emotional powers in man can-not be held in check, but breaking away the wallsof restraint, they pour through his being in fiery, 73
  75. 75. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYflaming expressions of dynamic energy. It is thisgreat principle of emotion which we know as thesecond murderer of Hiram. It is through the per-version of human emotions that there comes intothe world many of its countless sorrows, whichthrough reaction, manifest in man’s mental andphysical bodies. It is strange how the divine powers may becomeperverted until each expression and urge becomesa ruffian and a murderer. The divine compassionof the gods manifests in this world of form verydifferently than in the realms of light. Divinecompassion is energized by the same influxes asmortal passions and the lusts of earth. The spir-itual light rays of cosmos, the fire princes of thedawn, seeth and surge through unregenerated manas the impulses which he perverts into murder andhate. The great, ceaseless power of chaos, theseething pin-wheel spirals of never-ceasing motion,whose wild cadences are the music of the spheres,are energized by the same great power which manuses to destroy the highest and the best. The great,mystic power that sends the planets in gigantic or-bits around the solar bodies, the energy which keepseach electron vibrating, spinning, and whirling, thegreat energy which is building the temple of Godas it drives the nail and saws the plank, is now a 74
  76. 76. THE FELLOW CRAFTmerciless slave driver which? unmastered .and un-curbed, strikes the compassionate one and sends himreeling backward into the darkness of his prison.Man does not listen to that little voice which speaksto him in ever-loving, ever-sorrowful note. Thisvoice speaks of the peace accompanying . the con-structive application of energy which he must chainif he would master the powers of creation. Howlong will it take King Hiram of Tyre, the warrioron the second step, symbolic of the Fellow Craftof the Cosmic Lodge, to teach mankind the lessonsof self mastery ? The teacher can do it only as hedaily depicts the miseries which are the resuIt ofunmastered appetites. The strength of man wasnot made to be used destructively, but was giver]him that he might build a temple worthy to be thedwelling place of the Great Architect of the unitiverse. God is glorifying himself through the in-dividualized portions of himself, and is slowlyteaching these individualized portions to under-stand and glorify the entire. The day has come when Fellow Craftsmen mustknow and apply their knowledge that the lost keyto their grade is the mastery of emotion, whichplaces the energy of the universe at their disposal.The only way that man can ever expect to be en-trusted with great powers is by proving his ability 75
  77. 77. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYto use them constructively and selflessly. Whenthe Mason learns that the key to the warrior onthe block is the proper application of the dynamoof living power, he has learned the mystery of hisCraft. The seething, surging energies of Luciferare in his hands and before he may step onwardand upward he must prove his ability to properlyapply energy. He must follow in the footsteps ofhis forefather, Tubal Cain, who with the mightystrength of the war god hammered his sword intoa plowshare. Incessant watchfulness over thought,action, and desire is indispensable to those whowish to make progress in the unfolding of theirown being, and the Fellow Craft’s degree is thedegree of transmutation. He must use the handthat slays to lift the suffering, while the lips givento cursing must be taught to pray. The heart thathates must learn the mystery of compassion, as theresult of a deeper and more perfect understandingof man’s relation to his brother. The firm, kindhand of spirit must curb the flaming powers ofemotion with the iron grip of mastery. In therealization and application of these principles liesthe key of the Fellow Craft. In this degree one point of the compass is takenout from under the square. The two points of thecompass, of course, symbolize the heart and mind, ‘76
  78. 78. THE FELLOW CRAFTand with the expression of the higher emotions theheart point of the compass is liberated from thesquare, which is an instrument used to measure theblock of matter and therefore symbolizes form. A large percentage of the people of the worldat the present time are passing through, spiritualIy,the degree of the Fellow Craft, with its five senses.”The sense perceptions come under the control* ofthe emotional energies, therefore the deveIopmentof the senses is necessary to the constructive ex-pression of the Fellow Craft power. Man mustrealize that all the powers which his millions ofyears of need have earned for him have come inorder that through them he may liberate morefully the prisoner within his own being. As theFelIow Craft’s degree is the middle of the three,the spiritual duty of each tiember is to reach thepoint of poise or balance, which is always securedbetween extremes. The mastery of expression isalso to be found in this degree. The key wordsof the FelIow Craft may be briefIy defined as com-passion, poise, and ~~~~mu~a~ion. In the FelIow Craft degree is concealed thedynamo of human life. The Fellow Craft is theworker with eIementa1 fire, which it is his duty to *The five senses are: Hearing, seeing, feeling,smelling and tasting, 77

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