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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. ...

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. 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. Copyright 1923, 1924 By Manly Hall All rights reserved. For permission to copy or translate, address the authorC. RAYMOND BROWN PRINTING COMPANY
  • 3. Dedicated toThe Ancient Order of Free and Accepted Masons
  • 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. 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. 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. as human aspiration. It is well. Blessed are the eyes that see, and theears that hear, and the heart that understands.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
  • 79. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRY transmute into spiritual light. The heart is the center of his activity and it is while in this degree that the human side of the nature with its con- structive emotions should be brought out and em- phasized, but all of these expressions of the human heart must become transmuted into the emotionless compassion of the gods, who in spite of the suf-rfering of the moment gaze down upon mankind and see that it is good. When the candidate feels that he has reached apoint where he is master of these things, and isable to manifest every energizing current and fire-flame in a constructive, balanced manner, and hasspiritually lifted the heart sentiments of the mysticout of the cube of matter, he may then expect thatthe degree of Master Mason is not far off, and hemay look forward eagerly to the time of his spir-itual ordination into the higher degree. He shouldnow study himself and realize that he cannot re-ceive pro’motion into the spiritual lodge until hisheart is attuned to a superior, spiritual influx fromthe causal planes of consciousness. The following requirements are necessary beforethe student can spiritually say that he is a memberof the ancient and accepted rite of the FellowCraft: 1. The mastery of temper and emotional out- 78
  • 80. THE FELLOW CRAFTbreaks of all kinds, poise under trying conditions,kindness in the face of unkindness, and simplicitywith its accompanying power: these points showthat the seeker is worthy of being taught by a Fel-low Craftsman. 2. The mastery of the animal energies, thecurbing of passion and desire, and the control ofthe lower nature mark the faithful attempts on thepart of the student to be worthy of the FellowCraft. 3. The understanding and mastery of thecreative forces, the consecrating of them to the un-folding of the spiritual nature, and a proper un-derstanding of their physical application, are neces-sary steps at this stage of the student’s growth. 4. The transmutation of, personal affection intoimpersonal compassion shows that the FellowCraftsman truly understands his duties and is liv-ing in a way which is worthy of his order. Per-sonalities cannot bind the true second degree mem-ber, for having raised one point of the compass henow realizes that all personal manifestations aregoverned by impersonal principles. 5. At this point the candidate consecrates thefive senses to the study of human problems with theunfolding of sense centers as the motive, for herealizes that the five senses are keys, the proper 79
  • 81. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYapplication of which will give him material forspiritual transmutation if he will apply to themthe common divisor of analogy. The Entered Apprentice mav be termed a ma-terialistic degree. The Felloi Craft is religiousand mystical, while the Master Mason is occult orphilosophical. Each of these is a degree in the un-foldment of a connected life and intelligence,which reveals in ever greater expression the grad-ual liberation of the Master from the triangularcell of threefold negation which marks the earlystage of individualization. 80
  • 82. The Master Mason 81
  • 83. THOUGHTLESSNESS The most noble tool of the Mason is his mind, butits value is measured by the use made of it. Thought-ful in all things, the aspiring candidate to divinewisdom attains reality in sincere desire, in medita-tion, and in silence. Let the keynote of the Craft,and of the Ritual, be written in blazing letters:THINK ON ME. What is the meaning of this mys-tic maze of symbols, rites and rituals ? Think! ’What does life mean, with the crisscrossings ofhuman relationship, the endless pageantry of quali-ties masquerading in a carnival of fools ? Think!What is the plan behind it all, and who the planner?Where dwells the Great Architect, and what is thetracing board upon which he designs? Think!What is the human soul, and why the endless yearn-ing to ends unknown, along pathways where eachmust wander unaccompanied ? Why mind, whysoul, why spirit, and in truth, why anything?Think! Is there an answer? If so, where will thetruth be found ? Think, Brothers of the Craft,think-deeply, for if truth exists, you have it, and iftruth be within the reach of living creature, whatother goal is worth the struggle? 82
  • 84. Chapter Four THE MASTER MASON N the upper step of spiritual unfoldment0 stands the Master Mason, who spiritually represents the graduate from the schoolof esoteric learning. Among the ancient symbolshe is represented as an old man leaning upon astaff, his long white beard upon his chest, and hisdeep piercing eyes sheltered by the brows of aphilosopher. He is in truth old, not in years, butin the wisdom and understanding which are theonly true measurement of age. Through years andlives of labor he has found the staff of life andtruth upon which he leans. He no longer dependsupon the words of others but upon the still voicethat speaks from the heart of his own being. Thereis no more glorious position that a man may holdthan that of a Master Builder, who has risen bylaboring through the degrees of human conscious-ness. Time is the differentiation of eternity con-structed by man to measure the passage of humanevents; on the spiritual planes of nature it is thespace or distance between stages of spiritualgrowth and is not measured by material things. 83
  • 85. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYMany a child comes into this world a Grand Mas-ter of the Masonic School, while many a reveredand honored brother passes silently to rest withouthaving gained admittance to its gate. The MasterMason is one whose life is full, pressed down andbrimming over with experience which he has gainedin his slow pilgrimage up the winding stairs. The Master Mason represents the power of thehuman mind, the connecting link which bindsheaven and earth together in an endless chain.His spiritual light is greater because he has evolveda higher vehicle for its expression. Even aboveconstructive action and emotion soars the power ofthought which swiftly flies on wings to the sourceof Light. The mind is the highest form of hishuman expression and he passes into the greatdarkness of the inner room illuminated only bythe fruits of reason. The glorious privileges ofa Master Mason are in keeping with his greaterknowledge and wisdom. From the student he hasblossomed forth as the teacher; from the kingdomof those who follow he has joined that little group awho must always lead the way. For him theHeavens have opened and the Great Light hasshone down, bathing him in its radiance. TheProdigal Son, so long a wanderer in the regions of darkness; has returned again to his Father’s 84
  • 86. THE MASTER MASON h ouse. The voice speaks from the Heavens, its power thrilling the Master until his own being seems filled with its divinity, saying, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” The ancients taught that the sun was not a source of light, life, or power, but a medium through which life and light were reflected into physical sub- stance. The Master Mason is in truth a Sun, a great reflector of light, who radiates through his organism, purified by ages of preparation, the glorious power which is the light of the Lodge. He, in truth, has become the spokesman of the Most High, He stands between the glowing fire light and the world. Through him passes Hydra, the great snake, and from its mouth there pours to man the light of God.I His symbol is the rising sun, for in him the globe of day has indeed risen in all its splendor from the darkness of the night, illuminating the immortal East with the first promise of approaching day. With a sigh the Master lays aside his tools. For’ him the temple is nearing completion, the last stones are being placed, and he slakes his lime with a vague regret as he sees dome and minaret rise through the power of his handiwork. The true Master does not long for rest, and as he sees the days of his labor close, a sadness weighs upon his 85
  • 87. THE LOSTKEYS OF MASONRYheart. Slowly the brothers of his Craft leave him,each going his respective way; and, climbing stepby step, the Master stands alone on the cap of thetemple. One stone must yet be placed but this hecannot find. Somewhere it lies concealed. Hekneels in prayer asking that the powers that be aidhim in his search. The light of the sun shinesupon him and bathes him in a splendor celestial.Suddenly a voice speaks from the Heavens, say-ing, “Th e t em pl e is finished and in my faithfulMaster is found the missing stone.” Both points of the compass are now lifted fromunder the square. The Divine is liberated from itscube; heart and mind alike are liberated from thesymbol of mortality, and as emotion and thoughtthey unite for the glorification of the greatest andthe highest. Then the Sun and Moon are unitedand the Hermetic Degree is consummated. The Master Mason is presented with opportuni-ties far beyond the reach of ordinary man, but he must not fail to realize that every opportunity brings with it a cosmic responsibility. It is worsefar to know and not to do than never to have knownat all. He realizes that the choice of avoiding re-sponsibility is no longer his and that for him allproblems must be met and solved. The only joyin the heart of the Master is the joy of seeing the 86
  • 88. THE MASTER MASONfruits of his handiwork. It can be truly said of the1Vaster that through suffering he has learned to beglad, ihrough weeping he has learned to smile, andthrough dying he has learned to live. The puri-fication and prsbationship of his previous Degreeshave so spiritualized his being that he is in truth aglorious example of God’s Plan for his children.The greatest sermon he can preach, the greatestlesson he can teach, is that of standing forth a liv-ing proof of the Eternal Plan. The Master Masonis not ordained: he is a natural product of c&seand effect, and none but those who live the causecan produce the effect. The Master Mason, if hebe truly a Master, is in communication with- the?unseen powers that move the destinies of life. As the Eldest Brother of the Lodge he is the spokes-man for the Spiritual Hierarchies of his Craft. He no longer follows the direction of others, but onhis own tracing board he lays out the pIans which his brothers are to follow. He reaIizes this, and so lives that every line and plan which he gives out is inspired by the Divine within himself. His glorious opportunity to be a factor in the growth of others comes before all else. At the seat of mercy he kneels, a faithful servant of the Highest within himself and worthy to be given control over the lives of others by having first controlled him-8 self * 87
  • 89. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRY Much is said concerning the loss of the Master’sWord and how the parties go out to seek it butbring back only substitutes. The true Masterknows that those who go out can never find thesecret trust. He alone can find it by going within.The true Master Builder has never lost the Wordbut has cherished it in the spiritual locket of hisown being. From those who have the eyes to seenothing is concealed; to those who have the rightto know, all things are open books, The true Wordof the three Grand Masters has never been con-cealed from those who have the right to know itnor has it ever been revealed to those who have notprepared a worthy shrine to contain it, The Ma+ter knows: he is a Shrine Builder. Within the set-ting of his own bodies the Philosopher’s Stone isplaced, for in truth it is the heart of the Phenix,that strange bird which rises with renewed youthfrom the ashes of its burned body. When the Mas-ter’s heart is as pure and white as the diamondthat he wears he will then become a living stone,the crown jewel in the diadem of his Craft. The Word is found when the Master himself isordained by the living hand of God, cleansed byliving water, baptized by living fire, a Priest Kingafter the Order of Melchizedek who is above the1aw. 88
  • 90. THE MASTER MASON The great work of the Master Mason can becalled the art of balance. To him is given thework of balancing the triangle, that it may blazeforth with the glory of the Divine Degree. Thetriple energies of thought, desire, and action mustbe united in a harmonious blending of expression.He holds in his hands the triple keys; he wears thetriple crown of the Ancient Magus for he is intruth the King of Heaven, Earth, and Hell. Salt,Sulphur, and Mercury are the elements of his workand with the philosophical Mercury he seeks toblend all powers to the glorifying of one end. There is behind the Degree of Master Masonanother, not known to earth. Far above himstretch other steps concealed by the Blue Veilwhich divides the seen from the unseen. The trueBrother knows this, therefore he works with an endin view far above the concept of mortal mind. Heseeks to be worthy to pass behind that veil and tojoin that band who, unhonored and unsung, carrythe responsibilities of human growth. His eyesare fixed forever on the Seven Stars which shinedown from somewhere above the upper rung ofthe ladder. With hope, faith, and charity he climbsthe steps, and whispering the Master’s Word to theKeeper of the Gates, passes on behind the veil. Itis then, and then only, that a4true Mason is born. 89
  • 91. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYIt is only behind this veil that the mystic studentcomes into his own. These things which we seearound us are but forms: promises of a thing un-named: symbols of a truth unknown. It is in thespiritual temple built without the voice of work-men or the sound of hammers that the true initia-tion is given, and there, robed in the simple lamb- skin of a purified body, the student becomes a Master Mason, chosen out of the world as ready to be an active worker in the name of the Great Archi- tect. It is there alone, unseen by mortal eyes, that the Great Degrees are given and there the soul radiating the light of Spirit becomes a living star in the Blue Canopy of the Masonic Lodge. 90
  • 92. The Qual$ications of a True Mason
  • 93. THE PRESENCE OF THE MASTER The Mason believes in the great Architect, theliving keystone of creation’s plan, the Master of allLodges, without whose spirit there is no work. Lethim never forget that the Master is near. Day andnight let him feel the presence of the Supreme or Shadowing One. The All-Seeing Eye is upon him.Day and night this great Orb measures his depth,seeing into the innermost soul of his souls, judginghis life, reading his thought, measuring his aspira-tion, and rewarding his sincerity. To this all-seeingOne he is accountable; to none other must he ac-count. This Spirit passes with him out of the Lodgeand measures the Mason in the world. This Spiritis with him when he buys and sells. It is with himin his home. By the light of day and by the dark-ness of night It judges him, It hears each thought-less word. .It is the silent witness to every trans-action of life, the silent partner of every man. Bythe jury of his acts, each man is judged. Let everyMason know that his obligations include not onlythose within the narrow Lodge, bordered by wallsof stone and brick, but those in the Great Lodge,walled only by the dome of heaven. The Valley ofJehoshaphat waits for him who is false to anycreature, as surely as it waited for the breakers ofthe Cosmic oath. 92
  • 94. Chapter Five THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A TRUE MASON 1. All true Masons have come into the realiza-tion that there is but one Lodge and that is the Uni-verse. There is but one Brotherhood and this iscomposed of everything that moves or exists in anyof the planes of Nature. He realizes that theTemple of Solomon is really the Temple of theSolar Man, So1 Om On, the King of the Universemanifesting through his three primordial builders.He realizes that his vow of Brotherhood and Fra-ternity is universal, and that plant, animal, mineral,and man are all included in the true Masonic Craft.His duty as an eider brother to all the kingdoms ofNature beneath him is we11 understood by the trueCraftsman, who would rather die than fail in this,his great obligation. He has dedicated his lifeupon the Altar of his God and is willing and glanto serve the lesser through the powers he has gainedfrom the greater. The Mystic Mason, in build-ing the eyes that see behind the apparent ritual,recognizes the oneness of life manifesting throughthe diversity of form. 93
  • 95. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRY 2. A true disciple of Ancient Masonry hasgiven up forever the worship of personalities. Herealizes with his greater insight that all forms andtheir position in material affairs are of no import-ance to him compared to the life which is evolvingwithin. Those who allow appearances or worldlyexpressions to deter them from their self-appointedtasks are failures in Masonry, for Masonry is anabstract science of spiritual unfoldment. Materialprosperity is not the measure of soul growth. Thetrue Mason realizes that behind these diverse formsthere is one connected Life Principle, the Spark of God in all living things. It is this Life which heconsiders when measuring the worth of a brother,It is to this Life that he appeals for a recognitionof Spiritual Unity. He realizes that it is the dis-covery of this Spark of Unity which makes him aconscious member of the Cosmic Lodge. Most ofall he must learn to understand that this DivineSpark shines out as brightly from the body of afoe as it does from the dearest friend. The true Mason has learned to be divinely impersonal inthought, action, and desire. . 3. The true Mason is not creed-bound. Herealizes with the divine illumination of his lodgethat as a Mason his religion must be universal:Christ, Buddha, or Mohammed, the name means 94
  • 96. THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A TRUE MASONlittle, for he recognizes only the light and not theb earer. He worships at every shrine, bows beforeevery altar, whether in temple, mosque, ‘or cathe-dral, realizing with his truer understanding theoneness of all Spiritual’ Truth. All true Masonsknow that the only heathen are those who, havinggreat ideals, do not live up to them. They knowthat all religions are one story told in many waysfor peoples whose ideals differ but whose greatpurpose is in harmony with Masonic ideals. North,east, south and west stretch the diversities of humanthought, and while the ideals of man apparentlydiffer, when all is said and the crystallization ofform with its false concepts is swept away, onegreat truth remains: all existing things are TempleBuilders, laboring for a single end. No trueMason can be narrow, fdr his Lodge is the divineexpression of all broadness. There is no place forlittle minds in a great work. 4, The Mason must develop the powers of ob-servation. He must seek eternally in al1 expres-sions of Nature for the things which he has lostbecause he failed to work for them. He must be-come a student of human nature and see in thosearound him the unfolding and varying expressionsof one connected Spiritual Intelligence. The greatspiritual ritual of his lodge is played out before 95
  • 97. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYhim in every action of his brother man. The entireMasonic initiation is an open secret, for anyonecan see it played out on the street corners of citiesor in the untracked wilderness of Nature. TheMason has sworn that every day he will extractfrom life its message for him and build it into theTemple of his God. He seeks to learn the thingswhich will make him of greater use in the DivinePlan, a better instrument in the hands of the GreatArchitect, who is laboring eternally to unfold life /through the medium of living things. The Masonrealizes, moreover, that his vows, taken of his ownfree will and accord, give him the divine oppor-tunity of being a living tool in the hands of a Mas-ter Workman. 5. The true Master Mason enters his lodge withone thought uppermost in his mind: “How can I,as an individual, be of greater use in the universalplan? What can I do to be worthy to comprehendthe mvsteries which are unfolded here? How can1 build the eyes to see the things which are con-cealed from those who lack spiritual under-standing?” The true Mason is supremely unselfishin every expression and application of thepowers that have been entrusted to him. Notrue Brother seeks anything for himself,but unselfishly labors for the good of all. No
  • 98. THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A TRUE MASONperson who enters a spiritual obligation. for whathe can get out of it is worthy of applying for theposition even of water-carrier. The true Light cancame only to those who, asking nothing, gladlygive all to It. 6. The true brother of the Craft, while steadilystriving to improve himself, mentally, physically,and spiritually through the days of his life, neversets his own desires as the guiding star for hisworks. He has a duty and that duty is to fit intothe Plans of Another. He must be ready at anyhour of the day or night to drop his own ideaIs atthe call of the Builder. The work must be doneand he has dedicated his life to the service of thosewho know not the bonds of time or space. Hemust be ready at any momept and his life shouldbe turned into preparing himself for that callwhich may come when he least expects it, TheMaster Mason knows that those who are of great-est use in the Plan are the ones who have gainedthe most from the pr.actical experiences of life, Itis not what goes on within the tiled Lodge which isthe basis of his greatness, but it is the way that hemeets the problems of his daily life, A true Ma-sonic student is known by his brotherly actions andhis common sense. 7. All Masons know that a broken vow brings 97
  • 99. TH+E LOST KEYS OF MASONRYwith it a terrible penalty. Let them also realizethat failing to live mentally, spiritually, and mor-ally up to the highest standard which they are cap-able of conceiving constitutes the greatest of all Ibroken oaths. When a Mason swears, that he willdevote his life to the building of his Father’shouse <and then defiles his living temple throughthe perversion of mental power, emotional force,and active energy, he is breaking a vow whichbrings with it not hours but ages of misery. If heis worthy to be a Mason he must be great enoughto restrain the lower side of his own nature whichis daily murdering his Grand Master. He realizesthat a misdirected life is a broken vow and that‘daily service, purification, and the constructive ap-plication of energy is a living invocation whichbuilds within himself and draws to him the power of the Creator. His life is the only prayer ac-ceptable in the eyes of the Most High, An impurelife is a broken trust; a destructive action is a liv-ing curse ; a narrow mind is a strangle-cord aroundthe throat of God. 8. All true Masons know that their work is notsecret. They also realize that it must remain un-known to all who do not live the true Masonic life.If the secrets of Masonry were shouted from thehousktops they would be absolutely safe. Certain 98
  • 100. THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A TRUE MASONspiritual qualities are necessary before Masonicsecrets can be understood by the Brothers them-selves. It is only those who have been weighed inthe balance and found true, upright, and square whohave prepared themselves by their own growth toappreciate the inner meanings of their Craft. . Tothe rest of their Brethren within or without theLodge their sacred rituals must remain, as Shake- ,:-speare might have said, “Words, words, words.”Within the Mason’s own being is concealed thePower, which, blazing forth from his purified be-ing, constiutes the Builder’s Word. His life is thepassword which admits him to the true MasonicLodge. His spiritua1 urge is the sprig of acaciawhich ihrough the darkness of ignorance stillp’raves that the spiritual fire is alight. Withinhimself he must build those qualities which willmake possible his true understanding of the Craft.He can show the world onIy forms .which meannothing ; the life within is forever concealed untilthe eye of Spirit reveals it. 9, The Master Mason realizes that charity isane of the greatest traits which the Elder Brothershave unfolded, which means nat only properlyregulated charity of the purse but charity inthought and a&on. He realizes that all the work-I31txen not on the same step but wherever they a& 99
  • 101. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYmay be they are doing the best they can accordingto their light. Each is laboring with the tooIs thathe has, and he, as a Master MaYSon, does not spendhis time in criticizing but in helping them to im-prove their tools. Instead of blaming poor toolslet us always blame ourselves for having them. TheMaster Mason does not find fault, he does notcriticize nor does he complain, but with maIice to-ward none and charity to all he seeks to be worthyof his Father’s trust. In silence he labors, withcompassion he suffers, and if the builders strikehim as he seeks to work with them, his last wordwill be a prayer for them. The greater the Mason,the more advanced in his Craft, the more fatherlyhe grows, the walls of his Lodge broadening outuntil all living things are shelte’red and guardedwithin the blue folds of his cape. From laboringwith the few he seeks to assist all, realizing withhis broader understanding the weaknesses of othersbut the strength of right. 10. A Mason is not proud of his position. Heis not puffed up by his honor, but with a sinkingheart is eternally ashamed of his own place, realiz-ing that it is far below the standard of his Craft.The farther on he goes the more he realizes that he:is standing on slippery places and if he allows him*self for one moment to lose his simplicity and 100
  • 102. THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A TRUE MASONhumility, a fa11 is inevitable. A true Mason neverfeels himself worthy of his Craft. A student maystand on the top. of Fool’s Mountain self-satisfied inhis position, but the true brother is aIways notablefor his simplicity. 11 A Mason cannot be ordained or elected by ballot e He is evolved through ages of self purifi-cation and spiritual transmutation. There arethousands of Masons today who are Brethren inname only, fer their methods of living preventthem from receiving the slightest idea of what trueMasonry teaches or means, The Masonic Lifeforms the first key of the Temple and without thiskey nane of the doors can be opened. When thisfact is better realized and lived, Masonry willawake, and speak the Word so long withheld. ThespecuIative Craft wilI then become operative, andthe Ancient Wisdom so long concealed wil1 risefrom the ruins of its temple as the greatest Spir-itual Truth yet revealed to man, the Ancient andAccepted Masonic Rite. 12. The true Master Mason realizes the valueof seeking for truth wherever he can find it. Itmakes no difference to him if it be in the enemy’scamp, if it be truth, he will go there gladly tosecure it. The M asonic Lodge is universal, there-fare all true Masons wil1 seek through the extremi-
  • 103. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYties of creation for their Light. 3 The true brotherof the Craft knows and applies one greatprinciple. He must search for the high thingsin lowly places. and he will always find thelow things in high places. Any Mason _ whofeels holier than his brother man has built a wallaround himself through which no light can pass,for the one who in truth is the greatest is the serv-’ant of all. Many brothers make a great mistake inbuilding a wall around their secrets, for they suc-ceed only in shutting out their own light. Theirdivine opportunity is at hand. The time has comewhen the world needs the ancient Wisdom as neverbfe ore. Let the Mason stand forth and by living’the doctrines which he preaches show to his brotherman the glory of his work. He holds the keys totruth; let him unlock the door, and with his lifeand not his words preach the doctrine which h ehas so long professed. The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood ofMan were united in the com.pletion of the EternalTemple, the Great Work, for which all things cameinto being and thrsugh which all shall glorify ’their Creator. 102
  • 104. EPILOGUE
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  • 106. EPILOGUEIN THE TEMPLE OF COSMOS to THE PRIEST OF RA it HAT words are there in modern language describe the great temple of Ammon Ra? Now it stands on the sand of Egypta pile of broken ruins, but in the days gone byrose a forest of plumed pillars holding up roofsof solid sandstone, carved into ‘friezes of lotusblossoms and papyri plants by hands long still,colored lifelike by pigments the secrets of whichwere lost with the civilization that discovered them, A checkerboard floor of black and white blocksstretched out until it was lost among the wildernessof pillars, and from the massive walls the faces ofgods unnamed looked down in passive grandeurupon the silent files of priests that kept alight thealtar fires, whose feeble glow alone lighted themassive chambers through the darkness of Egypt-ian night. It was a weird, impressive scene, andthe flickering lights sent strange, ghastly formsscurrying aman g the piles of granite which rose,like mighty altars from the darkness below to belost again in the shadows above. 105
  • 107. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRY Suddenly a figure appeared from among theshadows, carrying in his hand a small oil lampwhich cut the darkness like a little star and broughtinto strange relief the figure of him who bore it.He appeared to be old, for his long beard andbraided hair were quite gray, but his large blackeyes shone with a fire seldom seen even in youth.He was robed from head to foot in blue and gold,and around his forehead was coiled a snake ofprecious metal, set with jewelled eyes that gaveout flashes of light when the flame struck them.Never had the light of Ra’s chamber shone on agrander head or a more powerful form than thatof the high priest of the temple. He was the mouth-piece of the gods and the sacred wisdom of ancientEgypt was written in ‘fiery letters on his soul. Ashe crossed the great room, in one hand the sceptreof the priestcraft and in the other the tiny lamp, hewas more like a spirit visitor from beyond themountains of death than a physical being, for hisjewelled sandals made no sound and the sheen fromhis robes formed a halo of light around his statelyf orm. Down through the silent passageways, lined withtheir massive pillars, passed the phantom form-down steps lined with kneeling sphinxes andthrough avenues of crouching lions the priest IO6
  • 108. THE PRIEST OF RA lighted his way until at last he reached a vaultedchamber on the marble floor of which strange de-signs were traced in a language long for&tten.Each. angle of the many-sided and dimly-lightedroom was formed by a seated figure carved instone, so massive that its head and- shoulders werelost in shadows no eye could pierce. In the centre of this mystic chamber stood agreat chest. It was of some black stone carved withserpents and strange winged dragons. The lid wasa solid slab, weighing hundreds of pounds, ‘with-out: a handle of any kind and apparentl-y there wasno way of opening it without the use of Herculeanpowers. The high priest leaned over and with the lamphe carried, lighted the fire upon ati altar that stoodnear, sending shadows of that weird room scurry-ing into the distant corners. As the flame rose itwas reflected from the great stone faces above, allof which seemed to stare at the black coffer in thecenter of the room with strange, sightless eyes. The priest raised h is serpent-wound staff andfacing the chest of sambre marble called out in avoice that echoed and re-echoed from every cornerof the ancient temple: “Aradamas, come forth! ” Then a strange thing happened. The heavyc slab 107
  • 109. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYthat formed the cover of the great ark slowly raisedas though unseen hands were lifting it, and therearose from the dark opening a slim, white-cladfigure with his forearms crossed on his breast. Itwas that of a man of perhaps thirty years, his long,black hair hanging on his white-robed shoulders instrange contrast to the seamless garment that hewore. His face, devoid of emotion, was as hand-some and immovable as the great face of AmmonRa that gazed down upon the scene. Silently Ara-damas stepped from the ancient tomb and ad-vanced slowly toward the high priest. When hewas about ten paces from the representative of thegods on earth, he stopped, unfolded his arms, andextended them across his chest in salutation. Inone hand he carried a cross with a ring as the upperarm and this he held out to the priest. Aradamasstood in silence as the high priest, raising hissceptre to one of the great stone figures, began aninvocation to the Sun-God of the universe. Thisfinished, he addressed the youthful figure: “Aradamas, you seek to know the mystery ofcreation, you ask that the divine illumination of theThrice-Greatest and the wisdom that for ages hasbeen the one gift the gods would shower uponmankind, be entrusted to you. Of the thingyou ask you little understand, but those who know 108
  • 110. THE PRIEST OF RAhave said that he who proves worthy may receivethe truth. Therefore, stand you here today toprove your divine birthright to the teaching thatyou ask.” The priest pronounced these words slowly andsolemnly and then pointed with his sceptre to agreat dim archway surmounted by a winged globeof gleaming gold. “Before thee, up those steps and through thosepassageways, lies the path that leads to the eye ofjudgment and the feet of Ammon Ra, Go, and ifthy heart be pure, as pure as the garment thatthou wearest, and if thy motive be unselfish, thyfeet shall not stumble and thy being shall be filled with light. But remember that Typhon and hishosts of death lurk in every shadow and that death is the result of failure. ‘92 Aradamas turned and again placed his arms overhis breast in the sign of the cross. As he walkedslowly through the somber arch, the shadows of thegreat unknown closed over him who had dedicatedhis life to the search for the eternal. The priestwatched him until he was lost to sight among themassive pillars beyond the silent span that dividedthe living from the dead, and then slowly fell onhis knees before the gigantic statue of Ra. Raisinghis eyes to the shadows that through the long night 109
  • 111. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYconcealed the face of the Sun-God, he prayed thatthe youth might pass from the darkness of thetemple pillars to the light he sought. It seemed that for a second a glow played aroundthe face of the enormous statue and a strange hushof peace filled the ancient temple. The high priestfelt this, for arising, he relighted his little lampand walked slowly away. His little star of lightshone fainter and fainter in the distance, and fin-ally was lost to view among the papyrus bloomsof the temple pillars. All that remained was thedying flames on the altar, which, burning low, sentstrange flickering glows over the great stone cofferand the twelve judges of Egyptian dead. In the meantime Aradamas, his hands stillcrossed on his breast, walked slowly onward andupward until the last ray from the burning altarfire was lost to view among the shadows far be-hind. Through years of purification he had pre-pared himself for the great ordeal, and with aharmonious, purified body and a balanced mind,he wound in and out in a mysterious way amongthe pillars that loomed about him. As he walkedalong there seemed to radiate from his being afaint golden glow which brought ’ dimly into viewthe pillars as he passed them. He seemed a ghost-ly form amidst a grove of ancient trees.
  • 112. THE PRIEST OF RA Suddenly the pillars widened out and formedanother vaulted room, dimly lit by a reddish haze.As Aradamas proceeded, there appeared aroundhim swirling wisps of this scarlet light. First theyappeared as swiftly moving clouds, but slowly theytook form, and strange misty figures in flowingdraperies hovered in the air and held out longswaying arms to stay his progress. Sheaths ofruddy mist twined about him and whispered softwords into his ears, while weird music’, like thevoice of storms and the cries of night birds, re-sounded through the lofty halls. Still Aradamas 1 l /*walked on in perfect calm and mastery, hfs hne:spiritual face lined with its raven locks in strangecontrast to the luring, sinuous forms that gatheredaround and tried to stay his progress. Thoughstrange forms beckoned from ghostly archways andsoft voices pleaded, he passed steadily on his way,with but otie thought in his mind: “Lux Fiat.” I (Let there be light.) The ghastly music grew louder and louder untilat last it ended in a mighty roar. The very wallsahook; the dancing forms swayed like flickeringcandle shadows, and, pleading and beckoning, van-ished among the carved pillars of the temple. As the temple walls swayed and twisted, Ara-damas paused; then in slow measured step he con- 111
  • 113. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYtinued his way on through the darkness, seekingeternally for some ray of light and finding al-ways darkness deeper than before; Suddenly be-fore him loomed another doorway, on each side ofwhich was an obelisk of carved marble, one blackand the other white. Through the doorway gloweda dim light, concealed from his eyes by a thin veilof blue silk. Aradamas climbed a series of steps and slowlyadvanced to the doorway. As he did so there arosefrom the ground before him a swirl of lurid mists,In the faint light that it cast from itself, it twistedlike some oily gas and filled the entire chamberwith a sickening haze. Then out of this mist agigantic form issued- half human, half reptile:from its bloodshot eyes issued ruddy glows ofdemon fire while great clawed hands reached outto enfold and crush the slender figure who confronted it. Aradamas wavered for a single instantas the horrible apparition reached forth and itssize seemed to double in the iridescent fog. Thenthe white robed neophyte again slowly advanced,his arms still crossed on his breast. He raisedhis fine face, illuminated with a divine light, andadvanced slowly toward the hideous specter. Hereached the menacing form and for an instant itloomed over him a towering demon. Suddenly Ara- , 112
  • 114. THE PRIEST OF RAdamas raised the cross he carried and held it up be-fare the monster. As he did so the Crux Ansatagleamed with a wondrous golden light, which, strik-ing the oily, lizard-like creature, seemed to dissolveit and turn every particle into golden sparks. Asthe last of the demon Guardians vanished underthe rays of the cross, a bolt of lightning flashedthrough the ancient hallways, and striking the veilthat hung between the obelisks, tore it straight downthe center and disclosed the room beyond as being a great, vaulted chamber with a circular dome,dimly lighted by invisible lamps. Aradamas, bearing his now flaming cross, en-tered the room and as though by instinct gazedupward to the lofty dome. There, floating in space,many feet above his head, was a great closed eye, /surrounded by fleecy clouds and rainbow colors.Aradamas gazed long at the wonderful sight, forhe knew that it was the Eye Hmus, the All-SeeingEye of the gods. As he stood there he prayed that the will of thegods might be made known unto him and that insome way he might be found worthy to open thatGIosed eye in the living temple of the living God. Suddenly as he stood there gazing upward, theeyelid flickered. Sl~wIy the great orb openedand the entire chamber was filled with a 113
  • 115. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYdazzling, blinding glare that seemed to burn thevery stones with blazing fire and blinding light.Aradamas staggered. It seemed as if every atomof his being was torn and scorched by the strengthof .that glow. He instinctively closed his eyes andnow he feared to open them, for in that terrificblaze of splendor it seemed that only blindnesswould follow his action. Little by little a strangefeeling of peace and calm descended upon him andat last he dared to open his eyes. He found thatthe glare was gone, but that the entire chamber wasalight with a soft, wondrous glow from the mightyEye in the ceiling. He saw that the white robe hehad worn had given place to one of living fire whichblazed from every atom of his being as thoughfrom thousands of lesser eyes reflecting from thedivine orb above. As his eyes became accustomed .to the glow he saw that he was no longer alone:that he was surrounded by twelve white-robedfigures who, bowing before him, held up strangeinsignias wrought from living gold. 4 ‘As Aradamas looked, all these figures pointed,and as he followed the direction of their hands, hesaw a staircase of living light that led far up intothe dome and passed the Eye in the ceiling. In one voice all of the twelve said: ‘Yonderlies the way of liberation.” 114
  • 116. THE PRIEST OF RA Without a moment’s hestitation, Aradamas ad-vanced to the staircase, and with feet that seemedto barely touch the steps, he climbed upward andonward into the dawn of a great unknown. Atlast, after climbing many steps, he reached a door-way that was opened as he neared it and a greatbreath of morning air fanned his cheek and agolden glow of sunshine played among the waves ofhis dark hair. He stood on the top of a mighty pryra-mid, before him a blazing altar, and in the distance,far Over the great expanse of horizon, the rollingsands of the Egyptian desert reflected the first raysof the morning sun, while the globe of day, amass of golden fire, rose again out of the eternalEast. As Aradatias stood there, a voice thatseemed Lo descend from the very heavens chanteda strange song, and a hand, &aching out as it werefrom the globe of day itself, placed a snake ofwrought gold on the brow of the new initiate. “Behold Khepera! the rising sun, for as hebrings the mighty globe of day out of the dark-ness of night, between his claws, so for thee theSun of Spirit has risen from the darkness of nightand in the name of the living God, we hail theePriest af Ra? A. U. M. 115
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  • 118. To The Order of De Malay 117
  • 119. MASONS, AWAKE! Your creed and your Craft demand the best thatis in you. They demand the sanctifying of yourlife, the regeneration of your body, the purificationof your soul, and the ordination of your spirit.Yours is the glorious opportunity; yours is thedivine responsibility. Accept your task and followin the footsteps of the Master Masons of the past,who with the flaming spirit of the Craft haveilluminated the world. You have a great privilege-the privilege of illuminated labor. You may knowthe ends to which you work, while others muststruggle in darkness. Your labors are not to beconfined to the Tiled Lodge alone, for a Mason mustradiate the qualities of his Craft. Its light mustshine into his home and in his business, glorifyinghis association with his fellowmen. In the Lodgeand out of the Lodge, the Mason must represent thehighest fruitage of sincere endeavor, 118
  • 120. 6 , MASONIC ASPIRATIONS (“‘The Robeof Blue and Gold IDDEN in the depths of the unknown, three silerlt beings weave the endless thread of’ human fate. They are called the Sistersand are known in mythology as the Norms or Fateswho incessantly twist between their fingers a tinycord, which one day is to be woven into a livinggarment-the coronation robe of the priest king. Among the mystics and philosophers of theworld this garment is known under many names. ITo some it is the simple yellow robe of Buddha-.hood. By the ancient Jews it was symbolized asthe robe of the high priests, the garment of Gloryunto the Lord. To the Masonic brethern, it is therobe of Blue and Gold-the Star of Bethlehem-the Wedding Garment of the Spirit. Three fates weave the threads of this living gar-ment, and man himself is the creator of his fates.The Triple Thread of thought, action, and desirebinds him when he enters into the sacred placeor seeks admittance into the Tiled Lodge, but later 119
  • 121. THE LOSTKEYS OFMASONRYthis same cord is woven into a splendid garmentthe purified folds of which shroud the sacredspark of his being. We all like to be well dressed, and robes of vel-vet and ermine seem to us symbols of rank andglory; but too many ermine capes have covered empty hearts: too many crowns have rested on thebrows of tyrants. . These symbols are earth-ly things and in the world of matter are too oftenmisplaced. The true coronation robe, the gar-ment molded after the pattern of heavenly things,the robe of glory of the Master Mason, is not ofthe earth, for it tells of his spiritual growth, ofhis deeper understanding and his consecrated life.The garments of the high priest of the tabernaclewere but symbols of his own body, which, purifiedand transfigured, glorified the life within. Thelittle silver bells that tinkle with never-endingmusic from the fringe of his vestments told withtheir silver note of a life harmonious, while thebreastplate which rested amid the folds of theephod reflected the gleams of heavenly truth fromits many-sided gem. There is one garment without a seam which weare told was often worn bv the Masonic brothers inthe days of the Essenes,’ when the monastery ofthe lowly Nazarenes rose in gloomy grandeur from 120
  • 122. A MESSAGE TO THE DE MOLAYthe steep sides of Mt. Tabor, to be reflected in thesilent waters of the Dead Sea. This one-piece gar-ment woven without a seam is the spiral thread ofhuman life, which, when purified by right motiveand right living, becomes a tiny line of goldenlight, eternally weaving the purified garment ofregenerated ,bodies. Like the white of the lamb-skin apron, it stands for the simple, the pure, andthe harmless. These are the requirements of aMaster Mason, who must give up forever the pompand vanity of this world, and seek to weave withhis own soul that simple one-piece robe whichmarks the Master, consecrated and consummated. With the eyes of the mind we can still see thelowly Nazarene in his spotless robe of white-agarment ns k,ing could buy. This robe is wovenby the daily actions of our lives, each expressionweaving into the endless pattern a thread, black orwhite, according to our action and the motiveswhich prompted them. As the Master Masonlabors in accordance with his vows, he alowlyweaves this spotless robe out of the transmuted ef-forts of his energies. It is this white robe whichmust be worn under the vestments of state, and its Isimple spotless surface sanctifies him for the robesof glory, which can be worn only over the stain*less, seamless garment of his purified Me. 121
  • 123. THE LOST KEYS OF’ M,ASONRY When this moment comes and the candidate hascompleted his task, when he comes purified andregenerated to seek wisdom at the altar of wisdom,he is truly baptised of the fire, and its flame bYlazesup within himself. From him pour forth streamsof light, and a great aura of multi-colored firesurrounds him with its radiance. The sacredflame of the gods has found its resting place inhim, and through him renews its covenant withman. He is then truly a Freemason, a child oflight. This wonderful garment, of which all earth-ly robes are but symbols, is built of the highestqualities of human nature, the noblest of ideals,and the greatest of aspirations. Its coming ismade possible only through the purification ofbody and unselfish service to others, in the nameof the Creator. When the Mason has built all these powers intohimself, there radiates from him a wonderful bodyof living fire, like that which surrounded the Mas-ter, Jesus, at the moment of transfiguration. Thisis the Robe of Glory. This is the garment of Blueand Gold, which, shining forth as a five-pointedstar of light, heralds the birth of the Christ within.Man is then indeed a scn of God, pouring out fromthe depthless fountains of his own being the lightrays which are the life of man, 122
  • 124. A MESSAGE TO THE DE MOLAY This spiritual ray, striking hearts that have longbeen cold, raises them from the dead. It is theliving Iight which illuminates those still buried inthe darkness of materiality. It is the power whichraises by the grip of the lion’s paw. It is the GreatLight which seeks forever the spark of itself with-in all living things, and finding the solitary gleams,it reawakens dead ideals and smothered aspira-tions with the power of the Master’s eternal word.Then the Master Mason becomes indeed the Sun inLeo, and reaching downward into the darkness ofcrystallization, raises the murdered Builder fromthe dead by the grip of the Master Mason. As the sun awakens the seedlings in the ground,EO this Son of Man glowing with the light divinepours out from his own purified being the mysticspears of redeeming light which awaken the seedsaf hope and truth and nobIer living in others. Dis-couragement and suffering too often bring downthe temple and bury beneath its debris the truereason for being and the higher motives of life. This same robe enfolding all things warms themand preserves them with its light and life, as theglorious robe of the sun-the symbol of all life-bathes and warms creation with its glow. Man isa god in the making, and on the potter’s whb?el heis being molded, as in the mystic myths of Egypt. 123 1c
  • 125. THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRYWhen, his light shines out to lift and preserve allthings, he accepts the triple crown of godhood, andjoins that throng of Master Masons who in theirgarments of glory, the robes of Blue and Gold, areseeking to illuminate the darkness of night withthe triple light of the Masonic Lodge. Ceaselessly the Norms spin the thread of humanfate. Age in and age out, upon the loom of des-tiny are woven the living garments of God: someare rich in glorious colors and wondrous fabrics,while others are broken and frayed before theyleave the loom. All, however, are woven by thoseThree Sisters, thought, action, and desire, whichin the hands of the ignorant build walls of mudand bricks of slime between themselves and truth;while in the hands of the pure of heart, theseradiant threads are woven into raiments celestialand garments divine. Do what we will, we cannot stop those nimblefingers which twist the threads, but we may take thethread and use it as we will. We should give thesethree eteinal weavers only the noble and the true:then the work of their hands will be perfect. Thethread they twist may be red with the blood ofothers, it may be dark with the uncertainties oflife, but if we will to be and are true, we may re-store its whiteness and weave from it the seam
  • 126. A MESSAGE TO THE DE MOLAYless garment of a perfect life. This is man’s ac-ceptable gift upon the altar of the Most High, hissupreme sacrifice to the Creator.
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