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  • 1. INTERNATIONAL MASONIC REVIEW PUBLISHED BY BONISTEEL MASONIC LIBRARY TheBONISTEELML.ORG Rising Point Volume 24. Issue 3• Special Issue! • FALL 2011 Tales of The Knights Templar US $9.95 10 Fall 2011
  • 2. WELCOME TO FALL 2011 For those of you who are new to this publication, we hope you enjoy what you see and come back. Suggestions and opinions are welcome. Contents Volume 24. Issue 3 - fall 2011 FEATURE ARTICLES MAILING ADDRESS THE RISING POINT Bonisteel Masonic Library 3 HISTORY Of THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR 2520 Arrowwood Trl Ann Arbor, MI 48105 6 THE TEMPLAR GRAND MASTER 9 Web site: www.bonisteelml.org KNIGHT KADOSH Bro. Mitchell Ozog , 32º Editor in Chief. mozog@bonisteelml.org 14 ARE THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR Of THE PRESENT DAY Bro. Karl Grube, Ph.D., 32º Managing Editor kgrube@bonisteelml.org 17 THE THREE GREAT LIGHTS Bro. Robert Blackburn 32º Book Review Editor LAYOUT & DESIGN 19 1857 - BUILDERS Of TEMPLAR MASONRY COVER CREDITS Bro. Mitchell Ozog 1 TEMPLARISM: ITS DUTY AND ITS SPHERE © Unknown 3 A MASONS CABLE TOW BONISTEEL MASONIC LIBRARY FUND RAISER 4 BOOK REVIEW The Bonisteel Masonic Library of Ann Arbor & Detroit has established a goal of raising $5,000 for 2012 operations. Your contribution will assure 8 MEDIEVAL KNIGHTHOOD LIVES IN INDIANA’S LEVANT PRECEPTORY the continuance of our award winning quarterly publication Rising Point and the yearly costs of online publication. Simple scroll down to Pay Pal on the Index 30 THE SPIRIT Of MASONRY page at Bonisteel Masonic Library website donate by using a credit card. www.bonisteelml.org And More..............................THE RISING POINT is the official publication of Bonisteel Masonic Library and is published four times per year. Masonic Bodies are welcome to reprint from this publication provided thatthe article is reprinted in full, the name of the author and the source of the article are indicated, and a copy of the publication containing the reprint is sent to the editor. Submissions to thispublication and all Correspondence concerning this publication should come through the Editor Mitchell Ozog. The Editor reserves the right to edit all materials received.Fair Use Notice:The Bonisteel Masonic Library web site and publication THE RISING POINT may at times contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by thecopyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justiceissues, etc.. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. If you wish to use copyrighted material from thissite or the publication Rising Point for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, thematerial on The Bonisteel Masonic Library web site and publication Rising Point is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included informationfor research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml United States Code: Title 17, Section 107 http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/unframed/17/107.html Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or byany other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not aninfringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include - (1) the purposeand character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantialityof the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublishedshall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors. Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 
  • 3. History of the Knights Templar Non nobis Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam (Not to us Lord, not to us, but to Your Name give the glory)The history of the Knights Templar incorporates about two day, highly trained, well-equipped and highly motivated;centuries during the Middle Ages, from the Order’s founding one of the tenets of their religious order was that theyin the early 12th century, to when it was disbanded in were forbidden from retreating in battle,the early 14th century. unless outnumbered three to one, and even then only by order of their commander,The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the or if the Templar flag went down. Not allTemple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes Knights Templar were warriors. The mission ofcommilitones Christi Templique most of the members was one of support – toSolomonici), commonly known as acquire resources which could be used to fundthe Knights Templar, the Order of the and equip the small percentage of members whoTemple (French: Ordre du Temple or Templiers) were fighting on the front lines. Because of thisor simply as Templars, were among the most infrastructure, the warriors were well-trained andfamous of the Western Christian military orders. very well armed. Even their horses wereThe organization existed for nearly two centuries trained to fight in combat, fully armored.during the Middle Ages. The combination of soldier and monk was also a powerful one, as to the Templar knights,Officially endorsed by the Catholic Church martyrdom in battle was one of the most glorious waysaround 1129, the Order became a favored charity to die.throughout Christendom, and grew rapidlyin membership and power. Templar Their success attracted the concern of many otherknights, in their distinctive white orders, with the two most powerful rivals being themantles with a red cross, were among the Knights Hospitaller and the Teutonic Knights. Variousmost skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Non- nobles also had concerns about the Templars as well, bothcombatant members of the Order managed a large economic for financial reasons, and nervousness about an independentinfrastructure throughout Christendom, innovating financial army that was able to move freely through all borders.techniques that were an early form of banking, and buildingfortifications across Europe and the Holy Land. At the time of their arrest, the Order of the Temple, Knights Templars had amassed great wealth, though not as muchThe Templars’ existence was tied closely to the Crusades; as the Hospitallers. When they were in the Holy Land andwhen the Holy Land was lost, support for the Order faded. upon their return, they were exempt from all taxes and hadRumors about the Templars’ secret initiation ceremony many privileges. They loaned enormous amounts of moneycreated mistrust, and King Philip IV of France, deeply in to the Kings of both England and France as well as manydebt to the Order, took advantage of the situation. In 1307, great nobles. For the explanation of Philip IV of France’smany of the Order’s members in France were arrested, persecution of the Templars we need hardly look further thantortured into giving false confessions, and then burned at to financial considerations. “The wealth of the Order wasthe stake. Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V more than sufficient to excite the lust of royal freebooters,disbanded the Order in 1312. Portugal was the only European and its power and privileges quite enough to arouse distrustcountry where Templars were not persecuted and arrested in the mind of a less suspicious despot than Philip le Bel. He(due to the King’s will). The abrupt disappearance of a major was already deeply in debt to them.”part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculationand legends. Pope Boniface’s successor, Benedict XI, lifted the excommunication of Philip IV but refused to absolve deThe Knights Templar were the elite fighting force of their Nogaret, excommunicating him and all the other Italian Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 3
  • 4. kidnap co-conspirators At dawn on Friday, October 13, 1307, scores of French on June 7, 1304. Templars were simultaneously arrested by agents of King Benedict died just Philip, later to be tortured in locations such as the tower eight months later at Chinon, into admitting heresy in the Order. Over 100 in Perugia, perhaps charges were issued against them, the majority of them from poisoning by identical charges that had been earlier issued against the an agent of Nogaret. inconvenient Pope Boniface VIII: accusations of denying There followed a year Christ, spitting and urinating on the cross, and devil of dispute among the worship. The main interrogation of the Templars was French and Italian under the control of the Inquisitors, a group of experienced cardinals as to the interrogators and clergy who circulated around Europe next Pope, before at the beck and call of any European noble. The rules of deciding on the non- interrogation said that no blood could be drawn, but this Jacques de Molay, in a nineteenth- Italian Bertrand de did nothing to stop the torture. One account told of a century color lithograph by Goth (Clement V), a Templar who had fire applied to the soles of his feet, such Chevauchet childhood friend of that the bones fell out of the skin. Other Templars werePhilip, in June 1305. Clement withdrew the Papal Bulls suspended upside-down or placed in thumbscrews. Of theof Boniface VIII which had conflicted with Philip IV’s 138 Templars (many of them old men) questioned in Parisplans, created nine more French cardinals, and, after a over the next few years, 105 of them “confessed” to denyingfailed attempt to unite the Templars and the Hospitallers, Christ during the secret Templar initiations. 103 confessedagreed to Philip IV’s demands for an investigation of the to an “obscene kiss” being part of the ceremonies, andTemplars. Pope Clement also moved the papacy from the 123 said they spat on the cross. Throughout the trial thereItalian Anagni to the more palatable (and controllable) was never any physical evidence of wrongdoing, and noFrench Avignon, initiating the period called the Avignon independent witnesses; the only “proof” was obtainedPapacy. through confessions induced by torture.The Templars reached out to the Pope for assistance, and Pope Clement did write letters to King Philip questioning the arrests, but took no further action. In 1312, after the Council of Vienne, and under extreme pressure from King Philip IV, Pope Clement V issued an edict officially dissolving the Order. Many kings and nobles who had been supporting the Knights up until that time, finally acquiesced and dissolved the orders in their fiefs in accordance with the Papal command. Most were not so brutal as the French. In England, many Knights were arrested and tried, but not found guilty. Much of the Templar property outside of France was transferred by the Pope to the Knights Hospitaller, and many surviving Templars were also accepted into the Hospitallers. In the Iberian Peninsula, where the king of Aragon was against giving the heritage of the Templars to Hospitallers (as commanded by Clement V), the Order of Montesa took Templar assets. In the end, the only three accused of heresy Two Templars burned at the stake, from a French 15th century manuscript directly by the papal commission were Jacques Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 4
  • 5. de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and his countries where the Templar suppression was not enforced.two immediate subordinates; they were to renounce their Although the theory may not be dismissed, it is usuallyheresy publicly, when de Molay regained his courage deprecated on grounds of lack of evidence by both masonicand proclaimed the order’s and his innocence along with authorities and historiansGeoffrey de Charney. The two were arrested by Frenchauthorities as relapsed heretics and burned at the stake in In September 2001, Barbara Frale discovered a copy of the1314. Their ashes were then ground up and dumped into the Chinon Parchment dated 17–20 August 1308 in the VaticanSeine, so as to leave no relics behind. Secret Archives, a document that indicated that Pope Clement V absolved the leaders of the Order in 1308. FraleIn England the Crown was also deeply in debt to the published her findings in the Journal of Medieval History inTemplars, and probably on that basis, the Templars were 2004. In 2007, The Vatican published the Chinon Parchmentalso persecuted in England, their lands forfeited and as part of a limited edition of 799 copies of Processustaken by others, (the last private owner being the favorite Contra Templarios.[31] Another Chinon parchment dated 20of Edward II, Hugh le Despenser). Many of Templars August 1308 addressed to Philip IV of France, well-knownin England were killed; some fled to Scotland and other to historians, stated that absolution had been granted to allplaces. In France, Philip IV, who was also coincidentally those Templars that had confessed to heresy “and restoredin terrible financial debt to the Templars was perhaps the them to the Sacraments and to the unity of the Church”more aggressive persecutor. So widely was the injustice ofPhilip’s rage against the Templars perceived that the “Curse References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of _the_of the Templars” became legend: Reputedly uttered by the Knights_TemplarGrand Master Jacques de Molay upon the stake whence heburned, he adjured: “Within one year, God will summonboth Clement and Philip to His Judgment for these actions.”The fact that both rulers died within a year, as predicted,only heightened the scandal surrounding the suppression ofthe Order. The source of this legend does not date from thetime of the execution of Jacques de Molay.Today, the Knights Templar is the name of a branch ofFreemasonry.The Knights Templar is an international philanthropicchivalric order affiliated with Freemasonry. Unlike the initialdegrees conferred in a Masonic Lodge, which only require abelief in a Supreme Being regardless of religious affiliation, The Templar Seal showing two knights (perhaps Hugues dethe Knights Templar is one of several additional Masonic Payens and Godfrey de Saint-Omer) on one horse. There areOrders in which membership is open only to Freemasons many interpretations of the symbolism of this seal.who profess a belief in the Christian religion. The full titleof this Order is The United Religious, Military and Masonic Contemporary legend held that the symbol represented theOrders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, initial poverty of the order; that they could afford only a singleRhodes and Malta. The word “United” in this title indicates horse for every two men. Still, the Rule of the Order from thethat more than one historical tradition and more than one outset permitted three horses and no more for each knight, asactual Order are jointly controlled within this system. The well as no Templars sharing the same horse.individual Orders ‘united’ within this system are principallythe Knights of the Temple (Knights Templar), the Knights Several masters adopted this seal from the beginning of theof Malta, the Knights of St Paul, and only within the York order until at least 1298. It is known to have been in use sinceRite, the Knights of the Red Cross. The Order derives its 1167. The Rule forbids two riders on the same beast.name from the historical Knights Templar. One theory ofthe origins of Freemasonry claims direct descent from thehistorical Knights Templar through its final fourteenth-century members who took refuge in Scotland, or other Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 
  • 6. THe TeMplAr GrAnd MAsTer JAcques de MolAy Molay was followed by Guy in his assertion of the innocence of the order; the other two remained silent. The commissioners were confounded, and stopped. The intelligence was conveyed to the king, who, instantly calling his council together, without any spiritual person being present, condemned the two knights to the flames. A pile was erected on that point of the islet in the Seine where afterwards was erected the statue of Henry IV., and the following day Molay and his companion were brought forth and placed upon it. They still persisted in their assertion of the innocence of the order. The flames were first applied to their feet, then to their more vital parts. The fetid smell of their burning flesh infected the surrounding air, and added to their torments; yet still they persevered in their declarations. At length death terminated their misery. The spectators shed tears at the view of their constancy, and during the night their ashes were gathered up to be preserved as relics. It is mentioned as a tradition, by some historians, that Molay, ere he expired, summoned Clement to appear within forty days before the Supreme Judge, and Philip to the same18th March, 1314. An immense concourse of people stood tribunal within the space of a year. The pontiff actually didaround. The four noble prisoners were conducted from their die of a cholic on the night of the 19th of the following month,dungeons, and led up on the stage. The cardinal of Alba read and, the church in which his body was laid taking fire, theout their former confessions, and pronounced the sentence of corpse was half consumed. The king, before the year hadperpetual imprisonment. He was then proceeding to expose elapsed, died of a fall from his horse. Most probably it wasthe guilt of the order, when the Master interrupted him, and these events which gave rise to the tradition, which testifiesthus spoke, taking all the spectators to witness:-- the general belief of the innocence of the Templars. It was also remarked that all the active persecutors of the order“It is just that, in so terrible a day, and in the last moments perished by premature or violent deaths.of my life, I should discover all the iniquity of falsehood,and make the truth to triumph. I declare, then, in the face of It remains to discuss the two following points:--Did theheaven and earth, and acknowledge, though to my eternal religio-military order of the Knights Templars hold a secretshame, that I have committed the greatest of crimes; but it has doctrine subversive of religion and morality? Has the orderbeen the acknowledging of those which have been so foully been continued down to our own days?charged on the order. I attest, and truth obliges me to attest,that it is innocent. I made the contrary declaration only to We have seen what the evidence against the Templars was,suspend the excessive pains of torture, and to mollify those and it is very plain that such evidence would not be admittedwho made me endure them. I know the punishments which in any modern court of justice. It was either hearsay, or givenhave been inflicted on all the knights who had the courage by persons utterly unworthy of credit, or wrung from theto revoke a similar confession; but the dreadful spectacle accused by agony and torture. The articles themselves arewhich is presented to me is not able to make me confirm one absurd and contradictory. Are we to believe that the samelie by another. The life offered me on such infamous terms. men had adopted the pure deism of the Mahommedans, andI abandon without regret.” were guilty of a species of idolatry * almost too gross for the Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 6
  • 7. See they would perhaps have come down to us as unsullied as the knights of St. John *; but they sided with Pope Boniface against Philip the Fair, and a subservient pontiff sacrificed to his own avarice and personal ambition the most devoted adherents of the court of Rome †. We make little doubt that any one who coolly and candidly considers the preceding account of the manner in which the order was suppressed will readily concede that the guilt of its members was anything but proved. It behoves their modern impugners to furnish some stronger proofs than any they have as yet brought forward. The chief adversary of the Templars at the present day is a writer whose veracity and love of justice are beyond suspicion, and who has earned for himself enduring fame by his labours in the field of oriental literature, but in whose mind, as his most partial friends must allow, learning and imagination are apt to overbalance judgment and philosophy ‡. He has been replied to by Raynouard, Münter, and other able advocates of the King Philip IV of France (1268–1314) knights.lowest superstition? But when did this corruption commenceamong the Templars? Were those whom St. Bernard praised We now come to the question of the continuance of the orderas models of Christian zeal and piety, and whom the whole to the present day. That it has in some sort been transmittedChristian world admired and revered, engaged in a secret to our times is a matter of no doubt; for, as we have justconspiracy against religion and government? Yes, boldly seen, the king of Portugal formed the Order of Christ outreplies Hammer, the two humble and pious knights who of the Templars in his dominions. But our readers are nofounded the order were the pupils and secret allies of the doubt aware that the freemasons assert a connexion withMahommedan Ismaelites. This was going too far for Wilike, the Templars, and that there is a society calling themselvesand he thinks that the guilt of introducing the secret doctrine Templars, whose chief seat is at Paris, and whose brancheslies on the chaplains; for he could discern that the doctrines extend into England and other countries. The account whichof gnosticism, which the Templars are supposed to have they give of themselves is as follows:--held, were beyond the comprehension of illiterate knights,who, though they could fight and pray, were but ill qualified James de Molay, in the year 1314, in anticipation of his speedyto enter into the mazes of mystic metaphysics. According, martyrdom,, appointed Johannes Marcus Lormenius to betherefore, to one party, the whole order was corrupt from top his successor in his dignity. This appointment was made byto bottom; according to another, the secrets were confined a regular well-authenticated charter, bearing the signaturesto a few, and, contrary to all analogy, the heads of the order of the various chiefs of the order, and it is still preservedwere frequently in ignorance of them. Neither offer any thing at Paris, together with the statutes, archives, banners, &c.,like evidence in support of their assumption. of the soldiery of the Temple. There has been an unbrokenThe real guilt of the Templars was their wealth and their succession of grand-masters down to the present times,pride *: the last alienated the people from them, the former among whom are to be found some of the most illustriousexcited the cupidity of the king of France. Far be it from names in France. Bertrand du Guesclin was grand-masterus to maintain that the morals of the Templars were purer for a number of years; the dignity was sustained by severalthan those of the other religious orders. With such ample of the Montmorencies; and during the last century the headsmeans as they possessed of indulging all their appetites and of the society were princes of the different branches of thepassions, it would be contrary to all experience to suppose house of Bourbon. Bernard Raymond Fabré Palaprat is itsthat they always restrained them, and we will even concede head at present, at least was so a few years ago *.that some of their members were obnoxious to charges ofdeism, impiety, breaches of their religious vows, and gross This is no doubt a very plausible circumstantial account;licentiousness. We only deny that such were the rules of the but, on applying the Ithuriel spear of criticism to it, variousorder. Had they not been so devoted as they were to the Holy ugly shapes resembling falsehood start up. Thus Molay, Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 7
  • 8. we are told, appointed his successor in 1314. He was put to has led them to claim a descent from that order; and it isdeath on the 18th March of that year, and the order had been possible that, if the same fate had fallen on the knights of St.abolished nearly a year before. Why then did he delay so John, the claim had never been set up. We are very far fromlong, and why was he become so apprehensive of martyrdom denying that at the time of the suppression of the order of theat that time, especially when, as is well known, there was Temple there was a secret doctrine in existence, and that thethen no intention of putting him to death? Again, where overthrow of the papal power, with its idolatry, superstition,were the chiefs of the society at that time? How many of and impiety, was the object aimed at by those who held it,them were living? and how could they manage to assemble and that freemasonry may possibly be that doctrine underin the dungeon of Molay and execute a formal instrument! another name *. But we are perfectly convinced that no proofMoreover, was it not repugnant to the rules and customs of of any weight has been given of the Templars’ participationthe Templars for a Master to appoint his successor? These in that doctrine, and that all probability is on the other side.are a few of the objections which we think may be justly We regard them, in fine, whatever their sins may have been,made; and, on the whole, we feel strongly disposed to reject as martyrs--martyrs to the cupidity, blood-thirstiness, andthe whole story. ambition of the king of France.As to the freemasons, we incline to think that it was the Sources: Secret Societies of the Middle Ages, by Thomasaccidental circumstance of the name of the Templars which Keightley, [1837], at sacred-texts.com FAMOUS FREEMASON: Bro. JOSEPh JACOB FOSS he became the first American pilot of World Marines and won his wings in March 1941, War II to equal Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker’s nine months before the United States entered (Freemason) record in World War I. Captain the war. Foss was brought home in the spring of 1943 to receive the Medal of Honor from President In November 1959, the club owners forming Franklin D. Roosevelt (Freemason) and to the American Football League selected go on a national tour to sell war bonds, spur Mr. Foss as commissioner, hoping that his military recruiting and inspire workers in war contacts in Washington could help them plants. Thrilling an America still reeling from in an anticipated struggle with the long- Pearl Harbor, Captain Foss was pictured in his established National Football League. Even dress uniform on the cover of Life on June 7, though his football experience had been 1943, described as ‘’America’s No. 1 Ace.’’ limited to benchwarming as a guard for the University of South Dakota, he accepted. Joseph Jacob Foss was born on April 17, 1915, Under Mr. Foss, the A.F.L., out of necessity, on a farm near Sioux Falls, S.D. He died at divided broadcast revenues evenly among the the age of 87 on January 1, 2003. When he was teams. One move he made for the league was 12, he visited a tiny airport near his home to signing a five-year $10.6 million television see Charles A. Lindbergh (Freemason), who contract with ABC in 1960 that included his was taking his Spirit of St. Louis on a national pioneering idea. As commissioner, Mr. Foss tour after flying to Paris. The boy envisioned indulged his lifelong passion for hunting and soaring through the skies himself one day. fishing as host of ‘’The American Sportsman’’ Four years later, he went up in a plane for the on ABC. He was criticized by some A.F.L. first time, a $1.50 sightseeing ride in a Ford club owners who said he spent too much time Tri-Motor. After watching a Marine aerial filming his outdoors shows and flying as a team perform acrobatics in open-cockpit brigadier general in the Air National Guard.Joe Foss, was a Medal of Honor winner as biplanes, he was convinced that the aviator’s Mr. Foss, who advocated an association witha Marine fighter pilot in World War II who life was for him. But a month before Joe’s the N.F.L. under a single commissioner whilewas a two-term governor of South Dakota, 18th birthday, his father was electrocuted by a hoping to keep the leagues’ identities separate,commissioner of the upstart American downed power line in a lightning storm. The resigned as A.F.L. commissioner on April 17,Football League and head of the National Rifle teenager had to help his mother and his brother, 1966. Less than two months later, the leagueAssociation. A cigar-chomping curly haired Cliff, work the farm while the dust storms of announced plans to merge with the N.F.L. insix-foot captain who looked like his friend the Depression piled sand knee high. Working 1970.John Wayne (Freemason), Mr. Foss inspired at odd jobs, he managed to afford occasionalthe nation as a wartime ace. Flying a Wildcat flying lessons and, at 25, graduated from the Brother Joseph Jacob Foss was a member ofthat was slower than the vaunted Japanese University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s Minnehaha Lodge #5, South Dakota.Zeros, he shot down 26 fighters and bombers in business administration. Seeing a chancein the battle for Guadalcanal from October to fly at government expense, he joined the1942 to January 1943. With his 26th ‘’kill,’’ Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 8
  • 9. KnIGHT KAdosHWE often profit more by ourenemies than by our friends. It will be easy, as we read,“We support ourselves to separate the false fromonly on that which resists,” the true, the audaciousand owe our success to conjectures from the simpleopposition. The best friends facts.of Masonry in Americawere the Anti-Masons of “A power that ruled1826, and at the same time without antagonism andthey were its worst enemies. without concurrence, andMen are but the automata of consequently withoutProvidence, and it uses the control, proved fatal todemagogue, the fanatic, and the Sacerdotal Royalties;the knave, a common trinity while the Republics, on thein Republics, as its tools and other hand, had perishedinstruments to effect that of by the conflict of libertieswhich they do not dream, and franchises, which, inand which they imagine the absence of all dutythemselves commissioned to hierarchically sanctioned andprevent. enforced, had soon become mere tyrannies, rivals oneThe Anti-Masons, traitors of the other. To find a stableand perjurors some, and some mere political knaves, medium between these two abysses, the idea of the Christianpurified Masonry by persecution, and so proved to be its Hierophants was to create a society devoted to abnegation bybenefactors; for that which is persecuted, grows. To them its solemn vows, protected by severe regulations; which shouldpresent popularity is due, the cheapening of its Degrees, the be recruited by initiation, and which, sole depositary of theinvasion of its Lodges, that are no longer Sanctuaries, by the great religious and social secrets, should make Kings andmultitude; its pomp and pageantry and overdone display. Pontiffs, without exposing it to the corruptions of Power. In that was the secret of that kingdom of Jesus Christ, which,An hundred years ago it had become known that the ‫ו‏‬ without being of this world, would govern all its grandeurs.?Q?D?S‫ה‬‎ were the Templars under a veil, and therefore theDegree was pro-scribed, and, ceasing to be worked, became “This idea presided at the foundation of the great religiousa mere brief and formal ceremony, under another name. Now, orders, so often at war with the secular authorities,from the tomb in which after his murders he rotted, Clement ecclesiastical or civil. Its realization was also the dream ofthe Fifth howls against the successors of his victims, in the the dissident sects of Gnostics or Illuminati who pretendedAllocution of Pio Nono against the Free-Masons. The ghosts to connect their faith with the primitive tradition of theof the dead Templars haunt the Vatican and disturb the Christianity of Saint John. It at length became a menace forslumbers of the paralyzed Papacy, which, dreading the dead, the Church and Society, when a rich and dissolute Order,shrieks out its excommunications and impotent anathemas initiated in the mysterious doctrines of the Kabalah, seemedagainst the living. It is a declaration of war, and was needed disposed to turn against legitimate authority the conservativeto arouse apathy and inertness to action. principle of Hierarchy, and threatened the entire world with an immense revolution.An enemy of the Templars shall tell us the secret of this Papalhostility against an Order that has existed for centuries in “The Templars, whose history is so imperfectly known, weredespite of its anathemas, and has its Sanctuaries and Asyla those terrible conspirators. In 1118, nine Knights Crusaderseven in Rome. in the East, among whom were Geoffroi de Saint-Omer Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 9
  • 10. and Hugues de Payens, consecrated themselves to religion, and deeds of Jesus Christ; words which, they thought, wouldand took an oath between the hands of the Patriarch of be only a ridiculous exaggeration, if he were not speaking ofConstantinople, a See always secretly or openly hostile to an allegory and a legend, that might be varied and prolongedthat of Rome from the time of Photius. The avowed object of to infinity.the Templars was to protect the Christians who came to visitthe Holy Places: their secret object was the re-building of the “The Johannites ascribed to Saint John the foundation ofTemple of Solomon on the model prophesied by Ezekiel. their Secret Church, and the Grand Pontiffs of the Sect assumed the title of Christos, Anointed, or Consecrated, and“This re-building, formally predicted by the Judaïzing claimed to have succeeded one another from Saint John by anMystics of the earlier ages, had become the secret dream of uninterrupted succession of pontifical powers. He who, at thethe Patriarchs of the Orient. The Temple of Solomon, re-built period of the foundation of the Order of the Temple, claimedand consecrated to the Catholic worship would become, in these imaginary prerogatives, was named THEOCLET; heeffect, the Metropolis of the Universe; the East would prevail knew HUGUES DE PAYENS, he initiated him into theover the West, and the Patriarchs of Constantinople would Mysteries and hopes of his pretended church, he seducedpossess themselves of the Papal power. him by the notions of Sovereign Priesthood and Supreme royalty, and finally designated him as his successor.“The Templars, or Poor Fellow-Soldiery of the Holy Houseof the Temple intended to be re-built, took as their models, “Thus the Order of Knights of the Temple was at its veryin the Bible, the Warrior-Masons of Zorobabel, who worked, origin devoted to the cause of opposition to the tiara of Romeholding the sword in one hand and the trowel in the other. and the crowns of Kings, and the Apostolate of KabalisticTherefore it was that the Sword and the Trowel were the Gnosticism was vested in its chiefs. For Saint John himselfinsignia of the Templars, who subsequently, as will be seen, was the Father of the Gnostics, and the current translationconcealed themselves under the name of Brethren Masons. of his polemic against the heretical of his Sect and the[This name, Frères Masons in the French, adopted by way pagans who denied that Christ was the Word, is throughoutof secret reference to the Builders of the Second Temple, a misrepresentation, or misunderstanding at least, of thewas corrupted in English into Free-Masons, as Pythagore de whole Spirit of that Evangel.Crotone was into Peter Gower of Groton in England. Khairu_m or Khu_r-u_m, (a name mis-rendered into Hiram) from an “The tendencies and tenets of the Order were envelopedartificer in brass and other metals, became the Chief Builder in profound mystery, and it externally professed the mostof the Haikal Kadosh, the Holy House, of the Temple, the perfect orthodoxy. The Chiefs alone knew the aim of theἹερος Δομος; and the words Bonai and Banaim yet appear Order: the Subalterns followed them without distrust.in the Masonic Degrees, meaning Builder and Builders.] “To acquire influence and wealth, then to intrigue, and“The trowel of the Templars is quadruple, and the triangular at need to fight, to establish the Johannite or Gnostic andplates of it are arranged in the form of a cross, making the Kabalistic dogma, were the object and means proposed toKabalistic pantacle known by the name of the Cross of the the initiated Brethren. The Papacy and the rival monarchies,East. The Knight of the East, and the Knight of the East and they said to them, are sold and bought in these days, becomeWest, have in their titles secret allusions to the Templars of corrupt, and to-morrow, perhaps, will destroy each other. Allwhom they were at first the successors. that will become the heritage of the Temple: the World will soon come to us for its Sovereigns and Pontiffs. We shall“The secret thought of Hugues de Payens, in founding constitute the equilibrium of the Universe, and be rulershis Order, was not exactly to serve the ambition of the over the Masters of the World.Patriarchs of Constantinople. There existed at that period inthe East a Sect of Johannite Christians, who claimed to be “The Templars, like all other Secret Orders and Associations,the only true Initiates into the real mysteries of the religion had two doctrines, one concealed and reserved for theof the Saviour. They pretended to know the real history of Masters, which was Johannism; the other public, which wasYESUS the ANOINTED, and, adopting in part the Jewish the Roman Catholic. Thus they deceived the adversariestraditions and the tales of the Talmud, they held that the whom they sought to supplant. Hence Free-Masonry, vulgarlyfacts recounted in the Evangels are but allegories, the key imagined to have begun with the Dionysian Architects or theof which Saint John gives, in saying that the world might be German Stone-workers, adopted Saint John the Evangelistfilled with the books that could be written upon the words as one of its patrons, associating with him, in order not to Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 10
  • 11. arouse the suspicions of Rome, Saint John the Baptist, and the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to thethus covertly proclaiming itself the child of the Kabalah and Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations.Essenism together.” It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their[For the Johannism of the Adepts was the Kabalah of the true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes ofearlier Gnostics, degenerating afterward into those heretical Masonry. The whole body of the Royal and Sacerdotal Artforms which Gnosticism developed, so that even Manes had was hidden so carefully, centuries since, in the High Degrees,his followers among them. Many adopted his doctrines of as that it is even yet impossible to solve many of the enigmasthe two Principles, the recollection of which is perpetuated which they contain. It is well enough for the mass of thoseby the handle of the dagger and the tesserated pavement or called Masons, to imagine that all is contained in the Bluefloor of the Lodge, stupidly called “the Indented Tessel,” and Degrees; and whoso attempts to undeceive them will laborrepresented by great hanging tassels, when it really means in vain, and without any true reward violate his obligationsa tesserated floor (from the Latin tessera) of white and as an Adept. Masonry is the veritable Sphinx, buried to theblack lozenges, with a necessarily denticulated or indented head in the sands heaped round it by the ages.]border or edging. And wherever, in the higher Degrees, thetwo colors white and black, are in juxtaposition, the two “The seeds of decay were sown in the Order of the TemplePrinciples of Zoroaster and Manes are alluded to. With at its origin. Hypocrisy is a mortal disease. It had conceivedothers the doctrine became a mystic Pantheism, descended a great work which it was incapable of executing, becausefrom that of the Brahmins, and even pushed to an idolatry of it knew neither humility nor personal abnegation, becauseNature and hatred of every revealed dogma. Rome was then invincible, and because the later Chiefs of the Order did not comprehend its mission. Moreover, the[To all this the absurd reading of the established Church, Templars were in general uneducated, and capable only oftaking literally the figurative, allegorical, and mythical wielding the sword, with no qualifications for governing,language of a collection of Oriental books of different and at need enchaining, that queen of the world calledages, directly and inevitably led. The same result long after Opinion.” [The doctrines of the Chiefs would, if expoundedfollowed the folly of regarding the Hebrew books as if they to the masses, have seemed to them the babblings of folly.had been written by the unimaginative, hard, practical The symbols of the wise are the idols of the vulgar, or elseintellect of the England of James the First and the bigoted as meaningless as the hieroglyphics of Egypt to the nomadicstolidity of Scottish Presbyterianism.] Arabs. There must always be a common-place interpretation for the mass of Initiates, of the symbols that are eloquent to“The better to succeed and win partisans, the Templars the Adepts.]sympathized with regrets for dethroned creeds andencouraged the hopes of new worships, promising to all “Hughes de Payens himself had not that keen and far-sightedliberty of conscience and a new orthodoxy that should be intellect nor that grandeur of purpose which afterwardthe synthesis of all the persecuted creeds.” distinguished the military founder of another soldiery that became formidable to kings. The Templars were unintelligent[It is absurd to suppose that men of intellect adored a and therefore unsuccessful Jesuits.monstrous idol called Baphomet, or recognized Mahomet asan inspired prophet. Their symbolism, invented ages before, “Their watchword was, to become wealthy, in order to buyto conceal what it was dangerous to avow, was of course the world. They became so, and in 1312 they possessed inmisunderstood by those who were not adepts, and to their Europe alone more than nine thousand seignories. Richesenemies seemed to be pantheistic. The calf of gold, made were the shoal on which they were wrecked. They becameby Aaron for the Israelites, was but one of the oxen under insolent, and unwisely showed their contempt for the religiousthe laver of bronze, and the Karobim on the Propitiatory, and social institutions which they aimed to overthrow. Theirmisunderstood. The symbols of the wise always become the ambition was fatal to them. Their projects were divined andidols of the ignorant multitude. What the Chiefs of the Order prevented. [Rome, more intolerant of heresy than of vice andreally believed and taught, is indicated to the Adepts by the crime, came to fear the Order, and fear is always cruel. 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  • 12. Continued from page 11Templars, taken as it were in an immense net, were arrested, a name to which they have not the shadow of a title.]disarmed, and cast into prison. Never was a Coup d’Etat “The Successors of the Ancient Adepts Rose-Croix,accomplished with a more formidable concert of action. The abandoning by degrees the austere and hierarchial Sciencewhole world was struck with stupor, and eagerly waited for of their Ancestors in initiation, became a Mystic Sect,the strange revelations of a process that was to echo through united with many of the Templars, the dogmas of the twoso many ages. intermingling, and believed themselves to be the sole depositaries of the secrets of the Gospel of St. John, seeing“It was impossible to unfold to the people the conspiracy in its recitals an allegorical series of rites proper to completeof the Templars against the Thrones and the Tiara. It was the initiation.impossible to expose to them the doctrines of the Chiefs ofthe Order. [This would have been to initiate the multitude “The Initiates, in fact, thought in the eighteenth centuryinto the secrets of the Masters, and to have uplifted the veil that their time had arrived, some to found a new Hierarchy,of Isis. Recourse was therefore had to the charge of magic, others to overturn all authority, and to press down all theand denouncers and false witnesses were easily found. When summits of the Social Order under the level of Equality.”the temporal and spiritual tyrannies unite to crush a victimthey never want for serviceable instruments.] The Templars The mystical meanings of the Rose as a Symbol are to bewere gravely accused of spitting upon Christ and denying looked for in the Kabalistic Commentaries on the Canticles.God at their receptions, of gross obscenities, conversationswith female devils, and the worship of a monstrous idol. The Rose was for the Initiates the living and blooming symbol of the revelation of the harmonies of being. It was“The end of the drama is well known, and how Jacques de the emblem of beauty, life, love, and pleasure. Flamel, or theMolai and his fellows perished in the flames. But before Book of the Jew Abraham, made it the hieroglyphical signhis execution, the Chief of the doomed Order organized of the accomplishment of the great Work. Such is the key ofand instituted what afterward came to be called the Occult, the Roman de la Rose. The Conquest of the Rose was theHermetic, or Scottish Masonry. In the gloom of his prison, problem propounded to Science by Initiation, while Religionthe Grand Master created four Metropolitan Lodges, at was laboring to prepare and establish the universal triumph,Naples for the East, at Edinburg for the West, at Stockholm exclusive and definitive, of the Cross.for the North, and at Paris for the South.” [The initials of hisname, JἹ BἹ MἹ found in the same order in the first three To unite the Rose to the Cross, was the problem proposed byDegrees, are but one of the many internal and cogent proofs the High Initiation; and in fact the Occult philosophy beingthat such was the origin of modern Free-Masonry. The the Universal Synthesis, ought to explain all the phenomenalegend of Osiris was revived and adopted, to symbolize the of Being. Religion, considered solely as a physiological fact,destruction of the Order, and the resurrection of Khu_ru_m, is the revelation and satisfaction of a necessity of souls. Itsslain in the body of the Temple, of KHU_RU_M ABAI, the existence is a scientific fact; to deny it, would be to denyMaster, as the martyr of fidelity to obligation, of Truth and humanity itself.Conscience, prophesied the restoration to life of the buriedassociation.] The Rose-Croix Adepts respected the dominant, hierarchical, and revealed religion. Consequently they could no more be“The Pope and the King soon after perished in a strange the enemies of the Papacy than of legitimate Monarchy; andand sudden manner. Squin de Florian, the chief denouncer if they conspired against the Popes and Kings, it was becauseof the Order, died assassinated. In breaking the sword of the they considered them personally as apostates from duty andTemplars, they made of it a poniard; and their proscribed supreme favorers of anarchy.trowels thence-forward built only tombs.” What, in fact, is a despot, spiritual or temporal, but a crowned[The Order disappeared at once. Its estates and wealth anarchist?were confiscated, and it seemed to have ceased to exist.Nevertheless it lived, under other names and governed One of the magnificent pantacles that express the esotericby unknown Chiefs, revealing itself only to those who, in and unutterable part of Science, is a Rose of Light, in thepassing through a series of Degrees, had proven themselves centre of which a human form extends its arms in the formworthy to be entrusted with the dangerous Secret. The of a cross.modern Orders that style themselves Templars have assumed Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 1
  • 13. Continued from page 12Commentaries and studies have been multiplied upon the Cagliostro was the Agent of the Templars, and thereforeDivine Comedy, the work of DANTE, and yet no one, so wrote to the Free-Masons of London that the time had comefar as we know, has pointed out its especial character. The to begin the work of re-building the Temple of the Eternal. Hework of the great Ghibellin is a declaration of war against had introduced into Masonry a new Rite called the Egyptian,the Papacy, by bold revelations of the Mysteries. The Epic and endeavored to resuscitate the mysterious worship of Isis.of Dante is Johannite and Gnostic, an audacious application, The three letters LἹ PἹ DἹ on his seal, were the initialslike that of the Apocalypse, of the figures and numbers of the of the words “Lilia pedibus destrue;” tread under foot theKabalah to the Christian dogmas, and a secret negation of Lilies [of France], and a Masonic medal of the sixteenth orevery thing absolute in these dogmas. His journey through seventeenth century has upon it a sword cutting off the stalkthe supernatural worlds is accomplished like the initiation of a lily, and the words “talem dabit ultio messem,” suchinto the Mysteries of Eleusis and Thebes. He escapes from harvest revenge will give.that gulf of Hell over the gate of which the sentence of despairwas written, by reversing the positions of his head and feet, A Lodge inaugurated under the auspices of Rousseau, thethat is to say, by accepting the direct opposite of the Catholic fanatic of Geneva, became the centre of the revolutionarydogma; and then he reascends to the light, by using the Devil movement in France, and a Prince of the blood-royal wenthimself as a monstrous ladder. Faust ascends to Heaven, by thither to swear the destruction of the successors of Philippestepping on the head of the vanquished Mephistopheles. Hell le Bel on the tomb of Jacques de Molai. The registers of theis impassable for those only who know not how to turn back Order of Templars attest that the Regent, the Duc d’Orleans,from it. We free ourselves from its bondage by audacity. was Grand Master of that formidable Secret Society, and that his successors were the Duc de Maine, the Prince ofHis Hell is but a negative Purgatory. His Heaven is composed Bourbon-Condé, and the Duc de Cossé-Brissac.of a series of Kabalistic circles, divided by a cross, like thePantacle of Ezekiel. In the centre of this cross blooms a rose, The Templars compromitted the King; they saved him fromand we see the symbol of the Adepts of the Rose-Croix for the rage of the People, to exasperate that rage and bringthe first time publicly expounded and almost categorically on the catastrophe prepared for centuries; it was a scaffoldexplained. that the vengeance of the Templars demanded. The secret movers of the French Revolution had sworn to overturn theFor the first time, because Guillaume de Lorris, who died Throne and the Altar upon the Tomb of Jacques de Molai.in 1260, five years before the birth of Alighieri, had not When Louis XVI. was executed, half the work was done;completed his Roman de la Rose, which was continued by and thenceforward the Army of the Temple was to direct allChopinel, a half century afterward. One is astonished to its efforts against the Pope.discover that the Roman de la Rose and the Divina Commediaare two opposite forms of one and the same work, initiation Jacques de Molai and his companions were perhaps martyrs,into independence of spirit, a satire on all contemporary but their avengers dishonored their memory. Royalty wasinstitutions, and the allegorical formula of the great Secrets regenerated on the scaffold of Louis XVI., the Churchof the Society of the Roses-Croix. triumphed in the captivity of Pius VI., carried a prisoner to Valence, and dying of fatigue and sorrow, but the successorsThe important manifestations of Occultism coincide with the of the Ancient Knights of the Temple perished, overwhelmedperiod of the fall of the Templars; since Jean de Meung or in their fatal victory.Chopinel, contemporary of the old age of Dante, flourished Morals and Dogma, by Albert Pike, [1871], at www.sacred-texts.comduring the best years of his life at the Court of Philippe leBel. The Roman de la Rose is the Epic of old France. It isa profound book, under the form of levity, a revelation aslearned as that of Apuleius, of the Mysteries of Occultism.The Rose of Flamel, that of Jean de Meung, and that ofDante, grew on the same stem.Swedenborg’s system was nothing else than the Kabalah,minus the principle of the Hierarchy. It is the Temple, withoutthe keystone and the foundation. Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 13
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  • 18. commandery of Knights T emplar in Michigan Photos by Mitchell Ozog Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org18
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  • 21. Templarism: Its Duty and Its Sphere By Sir Albert Pike Seven centuries Patmos, the apocalyptic isle, was a part; the Templars had and a half have learned doctrines not acceptable to the Roman bishops, passed away and it is probable that some of them had accepted those of since, in 1118 Manes, and were liable to the pains and penalties denounced eight French against heretics. noblemen, u n i t i n g To the monarchs of Christendom, all of whom were at that themselves day little more than the deans of the nobility, maintaining into a society, a constant struggle against the ambition of their vassals, became the insecure in their places of power, and without standing Master and armies, the soldiery of the Temple had become a terror by Brethren of the their numbers, their immense possessions, and their unity of Temple. They organization. For the Order dreamed of an Oriental empire, first displayed and sought to obtain, by negotiation, an eastern seaport. It the red cross was a standing army of proud, fiery, indomitable warriors, upon the distributed over all Europe, and obedient to the single will field in 1148; of the Grand Master. The thrones and the altars combined were almost against it, and it fell and disappeared in a day. Its pride,annihilated in storming Ascalon in 1153; their principles ambition, and luxuries, swelled the provocations that causedwere confirmed by the Bull Omne Datum Optimum, in its ruin. During the centuries that followed, while it was1139 and they fought the great battle of Tiberias in 1187, in merged in other orders, and wore the mask of Freemasonry,which year the Holy City of Jerusalem surrendered to the it was, as is usual, chastened and purified by adversity. TheInfidels. Other crusades were preached, and the soldiery advances made by science, the revival of letters, the reopeningof the Temple fought in the Holy Land until the end of the of the treasures of the ancient Grecian and Oriental wisdom,thirteenth century, by the side, in succession, of Richard gave it a deeper and a sounder philosophical doctrine, andLion-heart of England, and Philip Augustus of France; of a wiser and truer religious creed; and its hereditary desireSaint Louis and Edward Prince of Wales, at Damietta, Gaza, for vengeance on the despotisms to which its ruin was due,and Acre; and wherever a blow was to be struck for the Cross symbolized by the mitre and the crown, led it eagerly toagainst the Crescent. adopt the idea that governments are made for the people, and not the people for governments, upon its first announcementOn the 13th of October, 1307, all the Templars in France were to the world.arrested, and on the 18th of March, 1314, the Grand Masterwas burned. Princes had been members of the Order, and If our Order should again become prosperous and powerful,its ambassadors had taken precedence of Christian kings. let it avoid the shoals upon which it once suffered shipwreck.It had become too powerful by numbers, and wealth, and Let it become neither haughty, nor vainglorious, norconnections, and it sought to be more powerful still by its luxurious, nor useless. The principles which it adoptedinfluence upon opinions. In the East, the home of Gnosticism, in adversity, let it adhere to in its better fortunes. Let theand where the doctrines of Saint John the Apostle were still enlargement of the Order, and the increase of its memberssupreme; in that Asia Minor of the seven churches, to which and its Commanderies, be the enlargement of its powersPaul, the new apostle, contested the claims of Peter to the and the confirmation of its desires to benefit mankind,pontificate of the Gentile church; in that Orient, of which strengthen its hands against all unrighteous usurpation Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 1
  • 22. Continued from page 21of power by kings, or pontiffs, or popular chiefs, military everywhere you will find evils enough to combat, and it willor civil, and encourage us to hope for the final triumph of be well for you if you do not become their ally.liberty, equality, and fraternity, in the sense in which theseare understood by the true Freemasonry. The days have retired but a little way into the past when men were divided into but two classes – the oppressor andLet us also remember, in striving to benefit our race, that oppressed. Then thought was imprisoned; to breathe it wasthe multitude is in every country instinctive rather than peril, if not death; and it died in the brain where it was born,reflective, and can be attached to ideas only by means of or was only whispered in the solitude. The obligations offorms, and surrenders its prejudices and changes its habits Blue Masonry are retained, that they may incessantly remindwith difficulty. Popular assemblies are not swayed by reason, us of those wretched days. Now, thought is free as the wind,and legislative majorities are little controlled by any sense of and the lightning flashes it across the oceans and around thejustice. Upon an attempt to combat superstitions, it always continents. Nations are enfranchised by it, and the goldenseems to the people that religion itself is assailed. Socrates glories of truth begin to illumine the world. A new powerwas accused of Atheism before the tribunals; and Jesus was has arisen among men, known as public opinion, with a newdenounced to the authorities as a blasphemer. Wherefore, weapon – the press. Before it, even the kings recede, andthose that undertake reforms will be wise, if, like Saint yield to it, and obey its bulb and allocutions, or it shakesGregory, one of the greatest among the Popes, they do not down their thrones into the dust.permit usages to be suppressed. “Purify the temples,” hewrote to his missionaries, “but do not destroy them; for We should be but cravens, therefore, if we did not persevere.so long as the nation shall see its ancient places of prayer Whatever the evils of to-day in the country in which westanding, it will repair thither by habit, and you will, with live, they are not invincible; for they are neither necessarythe more ease, persuade it to the worship of the true God.” and inevitable, nor in their nature immortal. Neither are weSociety has not no right to consider itself enlightened while it powerless in the struggle against them, and we are no trueregards the abuses of a system as its excellencies, and makes knights if we yield to discouragement:idols of its own prejudices, and looks with horror on attemptsto obtain rational reforms as revolutionary projects; nor, “The smallest effort is not lost;while it continues to be ignorant that the criminal instincts Each wavelet on the ocean tossedare the most frightful of all the mental maladies, and does Aids in the ebb-tide or the flow;not comprehend that the disease should be cured, and not put Each rain-drop helpsto death, has it any right to consider itself Christian. some flower to blow, Each struggle lessens human woe.”Keep these truths always in view in the warfare which youare incessantly to wage against tyrannies. For there are not Reprint from Book – Gems from the Quarry and Sparksonly tyrannies of thrones and pontificates, but of the people, from the Gavel. Detroit, Michigan 1893and parties, and opinion, and of the law. Close around you Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 
  • 23. The following article was written by Brother Shawn Carrick Montgomery Lodge #258 and Red Wing Lodge #8 and delivered in Lodge2011 year. He is a fine writer and is now a member of the Grand Lodge Writers Guild. A Masons cable Tow As Masons we cheerfully agree to abide by our obligations and promises that we took at the altar in each degree. The cable tow is an integral symbol that is part of each degrees impact on the Mason’s conscience. We learn about the cable tow in the first degree and it is reinforced in each additional degree a Brother will experience. An important question about this singular item is how the cable tow has been defined by different sources, depending on their interpretation of the degree. www.MasonicDictionary.com indicates that the cable tow “represents the candidates bond to his guide”. The Masonic Dictionary maintained by masonicworld.com indicates that the length of the cable tow is symbolically measured to be three miles in the early years to go to the relief of a brother in need but “in present time it is usually considered about forty miles.” These definitions are just words that an individual has made based on their personal beliefs and experiences. In the early years, 1700’s up to mid 1900’s, most members of a lodge would live in close proximityto their Masonic Temple which would be consistent with a three mile cable tow. The lodge was an integral part of the localcommunity and being able to attend Lodge Communications was essential to Masons. In the present time, members are notsolely from a specific town for the lodge they belong to, but rather they can many times be from surrounding communities,driving considerable distances to attend the different functions. They have chosen to be involved with a specific Lodge fora personal reason or a specific Lodge is involved in an activity that is of interest and importance to the Mason. To betterunderstand the length of a cable tow, we must understand the give and take a cable tow experiences and what the cable towrepresents.A cable tow consists of two separate ends connected together by a cord. One end of the cable tow is representing theindividual Mason while the other end is representing the Fraternity or Lodge. When examining the cable tow it is impossibleto tell where one end starts and the other end begins. It is this fluid change that occurs while examining the cable tow fromone end to another that sets Masonry apart from any other fraternal organization. The cable tow reminds each Mason ofhis obligations and promises to the lodge while at the same time representing the Lodge and the Fraternity’s (Membersof the Lodge) obligations to a Brother. How Masons fulfill their obligations differ based on their individual beliefs andinterpretations.What act or acts fulfills a Mason’s obligations can vary greatly and may be as simple as a having a conversation with abrother or it could bemore important and impacting such as providing emotional and even financial support of a Brotherwho is in need of assistance, or to the family of a brother who is called by the Grand Architect of the Universe to that housenot made with hands…the celestial Lodge above.It is important to remember that the length of a Mason’s cable tow is ultimately set by the individual Mason and cannot betruly judged by any other individual. When three miles may be the proper length of a cable tow for one Mason, anotherMason’s cable tow may be hundreds or even thousands of miles in length. Each length is determined by the individual’smoral principles, beliefs and their particular individual circumstances. Ultimately, a Mason will pass judgment on himselfbased on the aid they have provided to others, but more especially a Brother Mason. A quote I like that I believe is fittingwhen looking at your cable tow is:“When looking at the reflection in the mirror, do you like what you see based on what you have done and what you havenot done?”Masonry is a progressive science that helps to take good men and make them better, but it is not the lodge alone that willhelp to make them better. Each Mason must work toward the goal of making himself better. By remembering our obligationsand having a cable tow that is of appropriate length for providing aid and relief, Masons, with the help of the Lodge, willsucceed in becoming better men to their families and to their communities. Published with permission of the author. Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 3
  • 24. INTERNATIONAL MASONIC REVIEW PUBLIShED BY BONISTEEL MASONIC LIBRARY www.bonisteelml.org Robert L.D. Cooper, The Red Triangle: A History of Anti- Masonry (Lewis Masonic 2011, $ 29.95 USD) Fall 2011 The Red TRiangle: a hisToRy of The PeRsecuTion of fReemasonsRev. Jonathon Baker was recently Scotland, killing 16 children and aappointed by the Archbishop of teacher and wounding a further 14Canterbury as Bishop of Ebbsfleet. children and 3 teachers. As the eventBaker had been a 20 year member was being reported, unfoundedof Apollo University Lodge at speculation arose that the gunmanOxford, where he joined while being was a Mason, leading to a frenzy ofa student. However, what might anti-Masonry in the media and callshave been a cause for celebration, for government investigation ofDr. Williams’ previous position the Masons. Cooper, who focuseshaving been hostile to promoting primarily on Scottish material,Masons within the Anglican clergy, ties these attacks to a tradition oftook a decidedly different turn unfounded and malicious attackswhen members of the Church of against the Fraternity stretchingEngland’s General Synod objected, back to the late 17th century.leading to Bro. Baker’s resignation Cooper demonstrates that there hasform the Fraternity. Such action been a recurrent pattern in anti-is particularly deplorable has the Masonry’s attacks, seeking to callEuropean Union’s Civil Rights court it a ‘religion,’ and thus subject ithas found that: a) Freemasonry is to clerical condemnation or as aNOT a religion; b) it is NOT a ‘secret society’ with nefarious, self-malicious “secret society”; c) discrimination against promoting motives and, in the case of the Protocols ofMasons as Masons is a violation of human rights. Zion forgery and Nazi persecution, elements of anti-Sadly, Freemasons have been all too well aware of anti- Semitism. Indeed, Cooper notes that the failure toMasonry and its relentless campaign of misinformation acknowledge that Freemasons were the targets of Naziand even violence against the Fraternity. Robert persecution as Freemasons is indicative of the inherentCooper’s new book, The Red Triangle (which takes bias and discrimination academia and the generalits name from the patch Masonic prisoners in German public has had against the Fraternity. The connectionsconcentration camps were forced to wear), documents between Nazism and anti-Semitism, of course, arethis history in sometimes painful and infuriating detail. well known and documented; but Freemasonry wasRoger Cooper is the Curator of the Grand Lodge of Nazism first target:Scotland’s library and museum. He begins the book “That Nazis made a distinction betweenrecounting a recent instance of ‘masonophobia’ which Jews as a racial enemy of the Germantouched him, and the Grand Lodge of Scotland, people and Freemasons as ideologicaldirectly. In 1996, a gunman opened fire at a school in Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org4
  • 25. INTERNATIONAL MASONIC REVIEW PUBLIShED BY BONISTEEL MASONIC LIBRARY (political) enemies is extremely Germany’s borders, Masonic lodges were forced to important… Gregor Schwartz- close, Masonic leaders were seized, and its property Bostunitsch (1883 - ?) was Eichmann’s confiscated. Yet this sad chapter of the Nazi terror has first superior. He was a White Russian been generally neglected or omitted from histories of and anti-Semite and a self-proclaimed the Holocaust. expert on Freemasonry, Jews, and Cooper devotes much of The Red Triangle to Bolshevism. He was in charge of identifying and deconstructing masonophobic articles the largest department within the SD and attacks in the Scottish press. Indeed, he notes that [Sicherheitsdienst (‘Security Service’)] one of his intended purposes in writing this book is which included the museum, library to document such material so that it will not be lost and an archive (including the card index or forgotten. Frankly, it makes painful and infuriating on which Eichmann was assisting in reading. In light of Bro. Baker’s resignation, however, compiling). The card index of German it is particularly timely. Grand lodges and Masons Freemasons eventually totaled 200,000 been increasingly open to public view; nevertheless, entries. willful ignorance and bigotry remain a persistent Schwartz-Bostunitch perceived, the problem and concern. It is sad that Bro. Baker chose Masonic effect to be of paramount to drop his membership in the Fraternity rather than importance in the work of PUBLIsHED BY BONIsTEEL MAsONIc LIBRARYposition as an opportunity to further public INTERNATIONAL MAsONIc REVIEW the SD. use his new After working on the card index understanding of Freemasonry. Instead, detractors system, Eichmann was transferred are already pointing to his resignation as ‘proof’ that to the museum where he catalogued Freemasonry is “inconsistent” with Christianity and Masonic artefacts. He also prepared thus suspicious in character. It is unlikely any amount a Masonophobic exhibition in order of information and openness will satisfy those who to educate members of the SS as to want to hate and fear Freemasonry. But for those who the seriousness of the threat posed by still have open minds, The Red Triangle is an important Freemasonry… Eichmann’s office was contribution toward setting the record straight. within the museum which was named the ‘St. John’s Room’ the significance of which will not escape Freemasons.” Robert L.D. Cooper, The Red Triangle: A History ofAs the Nazis solidified their power and spread beyond Anti-Masonry (Lewis Masonic 2011, $ 29.95 USD) The BONISTEELML.ORG Rising Point Volume 23. Issue 2 • • SPRING/SUMMER 2011 What exactly is “More Light” in Masonry? By Robert Blackburn From the Parthenon to US $9.95 the Capitol 10 By Leo Operti SPRING 2011 Made In Michigan The purpose of this publication is to disseminate the writings of Freemasons and to provide contemporary information on Freemasonry. www.bonisteelml.org Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 
  • 26. INTERNATIONAL MASONIC REVIEW PUBLIShED BY BONISTEEL MASONIC LIBRARY Fall Cliff 2011 Porter, The Secret Psychology of Freemasonry: Alchemy, Gnosis, and the Science of the Craft (Star Publishing LLC, Denver 2011, $ 17.82 USD) The secReT Psychology of fReemasonRy: alchemy, gnosis, and The science of The cRafT The recent upsurge in interest and American Masonic membership has been a delight for those who have weathered the leaner years. Such young men – well read in the Craft - are looking not only for a place to socialize, but share their thoughts and be spiritually and intellectually refreshed. Bolstered by Masons who have for sometime been agitating for ‘reform’ among our ranks, this is a heady time for American Freemasonry and, GAOTU willing, we will come out the other side stronger and with a new and stronger sense of purpose within our respective lodges. Accompanying this burst of new Masonic energy has been a flood of popular literature, of greatly varying quality, about the Craft. Indeed, there are some brothers that have made cottage industries out of this activity, branding themselves along with their publications. Such writings, however, are a double-edged sword for the Fraternity. Oscar Wilde once quipped that, “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” A certain level of publicity is always good. But when Masons take it upon themselves to write about the Craft with less than academic rigor, it undermines the reputation and credibility of the Order. Bro. Porter’s Secret Psychology of Freemasonry is the product of an enthusiast. Porter is, by profession, a criminal detective and speaker on personal and interpersonal psychology and relationships. His work is perhaps best described as his own, personal musings on the interrelationship between alchemy, Gnosticism, and psychology with the Craft. Porter’s thesis is one, however, that all who have learned our work will acknowledge as true, but with an additional twist: “…there is a secret and extraordinary meaning in the degrees of Masonry. They contain a secret system by which a man may come to know himself deeply and honestly. They contain a secret system by which we may apply this understanding of ourselves and others. They contain a secret system that identifies the tools of a perfect communication upon which the Perfect Ashlar is built. They contain the tools that grant the power of persuasion and detecting deception. Once a Brother knows the truth about himself, he can discover the falsehood in others. To know truth of a situation is power indeed. Porter then takes the reader through his personal gloss on the Mystery traditions, alchemy, psychological typology (dominant personality traits), ultimately applying it to the lessons communicated in the Fellowcraft degree.” Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org6
  • 27. The Secret Psychology holds no real secrets. Porter’s psychological typology and application is not originaland has been varyingly presented for decades. I first came across something similar years ago in CorrineWare’s Discover your Spiritual Type: A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth (1995). The onlydifference here is his adaption of a quadrant typology to the Craft. Nor is Porter the first to examine thepsychological aspects of Craft Masonry and its initiation practice. W. Kirk MacNulty, whom Porter citesamong his limited references, has published several important books and articles on this same topic includingFreemasonry: A Journey through Ritual and Symbol (1991), Way of the Craftsman: Search for the SpiritualEssence of Craft Freemasonry (2002), and Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, and Significance (2006). Infact, no serious inquiry on this subject should be undertaken without first consulting these works.Like the front porch scotch and cigar sessions Porter recalls in his dedication, the Secret Psychology has morethe flavor of a conversation, or workshop presentation, than a scholarly study. Porter’s practical applicationof his typology for successful interpersonal and inter-lodge relationships would appear to be new ground.Whether it has any real relationship to the Fellowcraft degree or our Masonic lessons, as Porter argues, willbe up to the reader to decide.About Bro. Cliff PorterHe was a founding member and current Master of Enlightenment Lodge 198. He works as the seniorhomicide investigator for a Sheriff’s Office and has gained national attention in the field of Interview andInterrogation and Subconscious Communications. He is also a devote student of the mystical tradition.You find here, in his book, The Secret Psychology of Masonry, an interwoven investigation and advancedpractical application of a mystical teaching that gave birth to analytical psychology.Official Site of the book: http://www.thefreemason.co/2011/06/secret-psychology-of-freemasonry.html The purpose of this publication is to disseminate the writings of Freemasons and to provide contemporary information on Freemasonry. Bonisteel Masonic library wants your feedback! The Bonisteel staff is interested in discovering how you feel about your experience with reading our e-magazine - The rising point. your willingness to share your impressions honestly will help us make adjustments that improve our future publications. please all future communication send to: mozog@bonisteelml.org Mitchell ozog, 32º editor-in-chief, Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 7
  • 28. Medieval Knighthood l ives In Indiana’s levant preceptory “Grandpa, are we knights? by Sir Knight Christopher L. Hodapp, KCT “Do you want to be?” —National TreasureBlame it on Sir Walter Scott, who helped to usher in the lack of connection to the medieval order of warrior monksRomantic period in the 1800s with his novel Ivanhoe. Or who had inspired the creation of the Masonic Templars in theMasonically, go back to Chevalier Michael Ramsay for his first place. They had envisioned studying, or at least hearingoration in 1736 that claimed Freemasonry was brought from about, the crusading orders of knighthood, even if onlythe Holy Land by medieval knights. But no matter who’s to occasionally. Dull business meetings held no attraction, andblame, nothing seems to charge the imagination in boys or guilt-ridden entreaties for joining the drill team cementedmen like chainmaille, broadswords and steel helmets. the sense for many that commandery was a place to avoid.That was the conclusion of a group of Indiana Knights Thus, Levant Preceptory was born. The goal was to createTemplar at Raper a medieval periodCommandery No. degree team for1 in Indianapolis conferring thein 2007. The Order of theCommandery Temple, as well as awas named promotional publicafter Reverend face for IndianaWilliam Raper, an Templary. AfterOhio Methodist discussing theminister, and concept with theis among the Grand Commandermost decorated of Indiana at thatcom manderies time, SK Andrewin the country Jackson, along withfor its celebrated the Grand Masterdrill team. But of the Grandas with Templary Encampment,everywhere in the dispensation wasU.S., times have given so the groupchanged for Raper could perform the Levant Preceptory conferred the Order of the Temple at the Indiana Masonic HomeNo. 1. in May 2009. Photo by Sir Knight Randy Ellington. Order of the Temple in costume.U n f o r t u n a t e l y,by the turn of the newest century, many young members The decision was specifically made not to seek a charterentering Raper Commandery expressed fading interest in as a new commandery, but to simply remain informallythe paramilitary customs of marching in drill teams and organized under Raper’s existing charter. If it had sought arehearsing twelve-man openings. When new members charter as its own commandery, the little group would havewho were not participating were questioned informally, been required to purchase regulation uniforms, hold businessthere was an overriding melancholia in their explanations meetings, rehearse openings and stand regular inspection—of why commandery had not excited their interest. When the very things many non-participating members had fledthey thought of knights, they had images of chainmaille, from in the first place. And the group had no desire to weakenbroadswords and steel helmets. Nearly all mentioned the any existing commanderies by siphoning off members into Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 8
  • 29. Continued from page 28a brand new and otherwise unneeded one. not much more than the cost of a regulation chapeau these days. It is common for Knights who are unable to arrangeAs an informal club, Levant has no separate officers, their schedule for every event to share their equipmentbylaws, dues, regulations or requirements. Knights are among new men entering the group. It is truly a cooperativesimply expected to provide their own medieval uniforms effort. To date, Knights from nine Indiana commanderiesand equipment, and to know their assigned cast parts in the have taken part in its ritual work.standard ritual of the Order of the Temple. Levant has attracted attention all around Indiana, and hasWhile Levant technically operates under Raper No. 1’s performed in Illinois, with a trip planned to Detroit in 2011.charter, the group has encouraged participation from Sir In addition to conferring the Order of the Temple, SK JamesKnights from all over Indiana. This was key, as the concept Dillman created a public ceremony suitable for non-Masons,was an unusual one that raised some objections across the in which the Knights dramatize the night before the arrest ofstate, at first. The goal was never to draw dedicated drill team the Order in France in 1307. At its first public presentationmembers or active officers away from other commanderies. for a statewide gathering of DeMolay members and parentsLevant was always designed, rather, to provide a very on the 700th anniversary of the arrests on October 13, 2007,different and unique experience for its participants and for the enthusiastic audience spent two hours afterwards askingcandidates on whom the group conferred the Order, as well questions, trying on the equipment, and bursting withas to attract Knights who were staying away from other excitement over seeing Templar Knights assembled as theyTemplar activities. Part of that design was the decision to had always imagined them.perform the Order of the Temple no more than twice a year,in an effort to keep it a unique event. Levant Preceptory Knights have appeared at community events, marched in parades, and are planning an outreach forLevant’s Armorer, SK Robert Coleman, has a background Indiana Templary at Renaissance fairs. The mission is not toin medieval period reenactment and Renaissance fairs, and represent modern Masonic Knights Templar as a variationprovided a wealth of knowledge for outfitting a troupe of on the Society for Creative Anachronism, but to spread theknights on a budget. Broadswords (either sharp-edged word that Christian chivalry and knighthood still exists inor blunted), Norman-styled steel helmets, chainmaille a modern world, as an active part within the fraternity ofhauberks, gauntlets and coifs, and other equipment was Freemasonry.cobbled together from a wide variety of Internet sources,with a rapidly changing landscape of Ebay dealers who In addition, the group has appeared in Templars Last Stand,come and go. a documentary produced for Canadian TV by Arcadia Entertainment in Nova Scotia, which will air later in 2011 inWhite tunics made of heavy canvas duck material were hand- the U.S. on the National Geographic Channel.sewn by Robert’s wife Rebecca, custom fit for the heightand girth of each Knight. Tunics are lined with black to The members of Levant Preceptory have no illusion thatabsorb the oils and dirt from the maille, so as to not stain the what they are doing is a magic bullet solution that will bringwhite material. Older or less spry Knights prefer aluminum a stampede of excited new Knights back to meetings. Whatmaille over the steel version, which can weigh considerably works in one commandery may not work in another. Butmore—a real consideration when kneeling, or marching on their model is part of a growing desire to seek innovativea hot day in an un-air conditioned tent whole wearing up to ways to stir men’s blood and bring them back to the doors70 pounds of steel. of our commanderies by tapping into the romance of our historic heritage. And it seems to be working.SK Dale Adams created a set of easily transportable medieval-styled camp chairs and a sturdy altar and triangular table foruse in non-traditional locations outside of an indoor asylum Sir Knight Christopher L. Hodapp, KCT, isor lodge room. SK Coleman provided a medieval tent for a member of Raper Commandery No. 1 inconferrals outside, and one such event was appropriately Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author ofaccompanied afterwards by a hog roast feast. The Templar Code For Dummies, and the editor of the Journal of the Masonic Society.The greatest surprise to most participants is that equipment He can be contacted at hodapp@aol.comcan be had to fully outfit a medieval knight for as little as $300, Published with permission of the author. Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 9
  • 30. THe spIrIT oF MAsonry By Bro. Joseph Fort Newton - 1914 Who can claim to be good? The crest and crowning of all good, Not that men are ignorant; Life’s final star, is Brotherhood; Who can boast that he is wise? For it will bring again to Earth But that men are strangers! Her long-lost Poesy and Mirth; Masonry is Friendship - friendship, first, with the great Will send new light on every face, Companion, of whom our own hearts tell us, who is always A kingly power upon the race. nearer to us than we are to our-selves, and whose inspiration And till it comes we men are slaves, and help is the greatest fact of human experience. To be in And travel downward to the dust of graves. harmony with His purposes, to be open to His suggestions, Come, clear the way, then, clear the way: to be conscious of fellowship with Him - this is Masonry on Blind creeds and kings have had their day. its Godward side. Then, turning man-ward, friendship sums Break the dead branches from the path: it all up. To be friends with all men, however they may differ Our hope is in the aftermath-- from us in creed, colour, or condition; to fill every human Our hope is in heroic men, relation with the spirit of friendship; is there anything more Star-led to build the world again. or better than this that the wisest and best of men can hope To this event the ages ran: to do? Make way for Brotherhood-make way for Man. I Such is the spirit of Masonry; such is its ideal, and if to EDWIN MARKHAM, Poems realize it all at once is denied us, surely it means much to see it, love it, and labour to make it come true.OUTSIDE of the home and the house of God there is nothing Nor is this Spirit of Friendship a mere sentiment held by ain this world more beautiful than the Spirit of Masonry. sympathetic, and therefore unstable, fraternity, which wouldGentle, gracious, and wise, its mission is to form mankind dissolve the concrete features of humanity into a vagueinto a great redemptive Brotherhood; a league of noble and blur of misty emotion. No; it has its roots in a profoundfree men enlisted in the radiant enterprise of working out philosophy which sees that the universe is friendly, and thatin time the love and will of the Eternal. Who is sufficient to men must learn to be friends if they would live as befits thedescribe a spirit so benign? With what words may one ever world in which they live, as well as their own origin andhope to capture and detain that which belongs of right to the destiny. For, since God is the life of all that was, is, and isgenius of poetry and song, by whose magic those elusive and to be; and since we are all born into the world by one highimpalpable realities find embodiment and voice? wisdom and one vast love, we are brothers to the last manWith picture, parable, and stately drama, Masonry appeals of us, forever! For better for worse, for richer for poorer, into lovers of beauty, bringing poetry and symbol to the aid sickness and in health, and even after death us do part, allof philosophy, and art to the service of character. Broad and men are held together by ties of spiritual kinship, sons of onetolerant in its teaching, it appeals to men of intellect, equally eternal Friend. Upon this fact human fraternity rests, and itby the depth of its faith and its plea for liberty of thought- is the basis of the plea of Masonry, not only for freedom, but-helping them to think things through to a more satisfying for friendship among men.and hopeful vision of the meaning of life and the mystery Thus friendship, so far from being a mush of concessions,of the world. But its profoundest appeal, more eloquent than is in fact the constructive genius of the universe. Love isall others, is to the deep heart of man, out of which are the ever the Builder, and those who have done most to establishissues of life and destiny. When all is said, it is as a man the City of God on earth have been the men who loved theirthinketh in his heart whether life be worth while or not, and fellow men. Once let this spirit prevail, and the wranglingwhether he is a help or a curse to his race. sects will be lost in a great league of those who love in theHere lies the tragedy of our race: service of those who suffer. No man will then revile the faith Not that men are poor; in which his neighbour finds help for today and hope for the All men know something of poverty. morrow; pity will smite him mute, and love will teach him Not that men are wicked; that God is found in many ways, by those who seek him with Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 30
  • 31. Continued from page 30honest hearts. Once let this spirit rule in the realm of trade, sympathy and service, which, by the terms of our definition,and the law of the jungle will cease, and men will strive to it seeks to exhibit even now on a small scale. At its altar menbuild a social order in which all men may have opportunity meet as man to man, without vanity and without pretence,“to live, and to live well,” as Aristotle defined the purpose without fear and without reproach, as tourists crossing theof society. Here is the basis of that magical stability aimed at Alps tie themselves together, so that if one slip all may holdby the earliest artists when they him up. No tongue can tell the meaning of such a ministry,sought to build for eternity, by imitating on earth the House no pen can trace its influence in melting the hardness of theof God. world into pity and gladness. II The Spirit of Masonry! He who would describe that spirit must be a poet, a musician, and a seer - a master of melodies,Our human history, saturated with blood and blistered with echoes, and long, far-sounding cadences. Now, as always,tears, is the story of man making friends with man. Society it toils to make man better, to refine his thought and purifyhas evolved from a feud into a friendship by the slow growth his sympathy, to broaden his outlook, to lift his altitude,of love and the welding of man, first to his kin, and then to his to establish in amplitude and resoluteness his life in all itskind. The first men who walked in the red dawn of time lived relations. All its great history, its vast accumulations ofevery man for himself, his heart a sanctuary of suspicions, tradition, its simple faith and its solemn rites, its freedomevery man feeling that every other man was his foe, and and its friendship are dedicated to a high moral ideal, seekingtherefore his prey. So there were war, strife, and bloodshed. to tame the tiger in man, and bring his wild passions intoSlowly there came to the savage a gleam of the truth that obedience to the will of God. It has no other mission than toit is better to help than to hurt, and he organized clans and exalt and ennoble humanity, to bring light out of darkness,tribes. But tribes were divided by rivers and mountains, and beauty out of angularity; to make every hard-won inheritancethe men on one side of the river felt that the men on the other more secure, every sanctuary more sacred, every hope moreside were their enemies. Again there were war, pillage, and radiant!sorrow. Great empires arose and met in the shock of conflict, The Spirit of Masonry! Ay, when that spirit has its wayleaving trails of skeletons across the earth. Then came the upon earth, as at last it surely will, society will be a vastgreat roads, reaching out with their stony clutch and bringing communion of kindness and justice, business a system ofthe ends of the earth together. Men met, mingled, passed human service, law a rule of beneficence; the home willand repassed, and learned that human nature is much the be more holy, the laughter of childhood more joyous, andsame everywhere, with hopes and fears in common. Still the temple of prayer mortised and tenoned in simple faith.there were many things to divide and estrange men from Evil, injustice, bigotry, greed, and every vile and slimy thingeach other, and the earth was full of bitterness. Not satisfied that defiles and defames humanity will skulk into the dark,with natural barriers, men erected high walls of sect and unable to bear the light of a juster, wiser, more mercifulcaste, to exclude their fellows, and the men of one sect were order. Industry will be upright, education prophetic, andsure that the men of all other sects were wrong--and doomed religion not a shadow, but a Real Presence, when man hasto be lost. Thus, when real mountains no longer separated become acquainted with man and has learned to worshipman from man, mountains were made out of molehills-- God by serving his fellows. When Masonry is victoriousmountains of immemorial misunderstanding not yet moved every tyranny will fall, every bastile crumble, and man willinto the sea! be not only unfettered in mind and hand, but free of heart to walk erect in the light and liberty of the truth.Barriers of race, of creed, of caste, of habit, of training andinterest separate men today, as if some malign genius were Toward a great friendship, long foreseen by Masonic faith,bent on keeping man from his fellows, begetting suspicion, the world is slowly moving, amid difficulties and delays,uncharitableness, and hate. Still there are war, waste, and woe! reactions and reconstructions. Though long deferred, of thatYet all the while men have been unfriendly, and, therefore, day, which will surely arrive, when nations will be reverentunjust and cruel, only because they are unacquainted. Amidst in the use of freedom, just in the exercise of power, humanefeud, faction, and folly, Masonry, the oldest and most widely in the practice of wisdom; when no man will ride over thespread order, toils in behalf of friendship, uniting men upon rights of his fellows; when no woman will be made forlorn,the only basis upon which they can ever meet with dignity. no little child wretched by bigotry or greed, Masonry hasEach lodge is an oasis of equality and goodwill in a desert ever been a prophet. Nor will she ever be content until all theof strife, working to weld mankind into a great league of threads of human fellowship are woven into one mystic cord Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 31
  • 32. Continued from page 31of friendship, encircling the earth and holding the race in aware of that divinity within him, wherefrom his whole lifeunity of spirit and the bonds of peace, as in the will of God takes its beauty and meaning, and inspires him to followit is one in the origin and end. Having outlived empires and and obey it. Once a man learns this deep secret, life is new,philosophies, having seen generations appear and vanish, it and the old world is a valley all dewy to the dawn with awill yet live to see the travail of its soul, and be satisfied- lark-song over it. There never was a truer saying than thatWhen the war-drum throbs no longer, the religion of a man is the chief fact concerning him. ByAnd the battle flags are furled; religion is meant not the creed to which a man will subscribe,In the parliament of man, or otherwise give his assent; not that necessarily; often notThe federation of the world. that at all—since we see men of all degrees of worth and worthlessness signing all kinds of creeds. No; the religion III of a man is that which he practically believes, lays to heart, acts upon, and thereby knows concerning this mysteriousManifestly, since love is the law of life, if men are to be won universe and his duty and destiny in it. That is in all casesfrom hate to love, if those who doubt and deny are to be the primary thing in him, and creatively determines all thewooed to faith, if the race is ever to be led and lifted into a life rest; that is his religion. It is, then, of vital importance whatof service, it must he by the fine art of Friendship. Inasmuch faith, what vision, what conception of life a man lays toas this is the purpose of Masonry, its mission determines heart, and acts upon.the method not less than the spirit of its labour. Earnestlyit endeavours to bring men--first the individual man, and At bottom, a man is what his thinking is, thoughts being thethen, so far as possible, those who are united with him--to artists who give color to our days. Optimists and pessimistslove one another, while holding aloft, in picture and dream, live in the same world, walk under the same sky, andthat temple of character which is the noblest labour of life toobserve the same facts. Sceptics and believers look up atbuild in the midst of the years, and which will outlast time the same great stars--the stars that shone in Eden and willand death. Thus it seeks to reach the lonely inner life of man flash again in Paradise. Clearly the difference between themwhere the real battles are fought, and where the issues of is a difference not of fact, but of faith--of insight, outlook,destiny are decided, now with shouts of victory, now with and point of view--a difference of inner attitude and habitsobs of defeat. What a ministry to a young man who enters of thought with regard to the worth and use of life. By theits temple in the morning of life, when the dew of heaven is same token, any influence which reaches and alters thatupon his days and the birds are singing in his heart! inner habit and bias of mind, and changes it from doubt to faith, from fear to courage, from despair to sun-burst hope,From the wise lore of the East Max Müller translated a has wrought the most benign ministry which a mortal mayparable which tells how the gods, having stolen from man enjoy. Every man has a train of thought on which he rideshis divinity, met in council to discuss where they should when he is alone; andhide it. One suggested that it be carried to the other side the worth of his life to himself and others, as well as itsof the earth and buried; but it was pointed out that man is happiness, depend upon the direction in which that traina great wanderer, and that he might find the lost treasure is going, the baggage it carries, and the country throughon the other side of the earth. Another proposed that it be which it travels. If, then, Masonry can put that inner train ofdropped into the depths of the sea; but the same fear was thought on the right track, freight it with precious treasure,expressed--that man, in his insatiable curiosity, might dive and start it on the way to the City of God, what other ordeep enough to find it even there. Finally, after a space of higher ministry can it render to a man? And that is whatsilence, the oldest and wisest of the gods said: “Hide it in it does for any man who will listen to it, love it, and lay itsman himself, as that is the last place he will ever think to truth to heart.look for it!” And it was so agreed, all seeing at once thesubtle and wise strategy. Man did wander over the earth, High, fine, ineffably rich and beautiful are the faith andfor ages, seeking in all places high and low, far and near, vision which Masonry gives to those who foregather at itsbefore he thought to look within himself for the divinity he altar, bringing to them in picture, parable, and symbol thesought. At last, slowly, dimly, he began to realize that what lofty and pure truth wrought out through ages of experience,he thought was far off, hidden in “the pathos of distance,” is tested by time, and found to be valid for the conduct of life.nearer than the breath he breathes, even in his own heart. By such teaching, if they have the heart to heed it, men become wise, learning how to be both brave and gentle,Here lies the great secret of Masonry--that it makes a man faithful and free; how to renounce superstition and yet Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 3
  • 33. Continued from page 32retain faith; how to keep a fine poise of reason between the of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yetfalsehood of extremes; how to accept the joys of life with have faith, hope, and courage--which is the root of everyglee, and endure its ills with patient valor; how to look upon virtue. When he knows that down in his heart every manthe folly of man and not forget his nobility--in short, how is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonelyto live cleanly, kindly, calmly, open-eyed and unafraid in as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive, and to love hisa sane world, sweet of heart and full of hope. Whoso lays fellow man. When he knows how to sympathize with menthis lucid and profound wisdom to heart, and lives by it, will in their sorrows, yea, even in their sins - knowing that eachhave little to regret, and nothing to fear, when the evening man fights a hard fight against many odds. When he hasshadows fall. Happy the young man who in the morning of learned how to make friends and to keep them, and abovehis years makes it his guide, philosopher, and friend. all how to keep friends with himself. When he loves flowers, can hunt the birds without a gun, and feels the thrill of anSuch is the ideal of Masonry, and fidelity to all that is holy old forgotten joy when he hears the laugh of a little child.demands that we give ourselves to it, trusting the power of When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meanertruth, the reality of love, and the sovereign worth of character. drudgeries of life. When star-crowned trees, and the glint ofFor only as we incarnate that ideal in actual life and activity sunlight on flowing waters, subdue him like the thought ofdoes it become real, tangible, and effective. God works for one much loved and long dead. When no voice of distressman through man and seldom, if at all, in any other way. He reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid withoutasks for our voices to speak His truth, for our hands to do response. When he finds good in every faith that helps anyHis work here below--sweet voices and clean hands to make man to lay hold of divine things and sees majestic meaningsliberty and love prevail over injustice and hate. Not all of us in life, whatever the name of that faith may be. When he cancan be learned or famous, but each of us can be loyal and look into a wayside puddle and see something beyond mud,true of heart, undefiled by evil, undaunted by error, faithful and into the face of the most forlorn fellow mortal and seeand helpful to our fellow souls. Life is a capacity for the something beyond sin. When he knows how to pray, how tohighest things. Let us make it a pursuit of the highest--an love, how to hope. When he has kept faith with himself, witheager, incessant quest of truth; a noble utility, a lofty honour, his fellow man, with his God; in his hand a sword for evil,a wise freedom, a genuine service - that through us the Spirit in his heart a bit of a song - glad to live, but not afraid to die!of Masonry may grow and be glorified. Such a man has found the only real secret of Masonry, andWhen is a man a Mason? When he can look out over the the one which it is trying to give to all the world.rivers, the hills, and the far horizon with a profound sense Rising point fall 2011 - www.bonisteelml.org 33
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