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This document is currently being converted. Please check back in a few minutes. READ PAPER. GET pdf. ×Close. Log In. Log In with Facebook Log In with. Pike is best known for his major work, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and the Sohar and Siphra de Zeniutha, and other kabalistic books, and ponder. Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma 3 I. APPRENTICE 8 THE TWELVE-INCH RULE the pages of the Sohar and Siphra de Zeniutha, and other kabalistic books.
Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls? Doubt it not! For the Initiates, this is not a Person, but a Force, created for good, but which may serve for evil. It is the instrument of Liberty or Free Will. They represent this Force, which presides over the physical generation, under the mythological and horned form of the God Pan; thence came the he-goat of the Sabbat, brother of the Ancient Serpent, and the Light-bearer or Phosphor, of which the poets have made the false Lucifer of the legend.
To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees—The Masonic Religion should be, by all of us initates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian Doctrine. In some countries, this kind of pagan worship continues to this day. For example, according to eye-witness accounts, children in India are still being drowned in the Ganges River as sacrifices to pagan gods.
In this century, Amy Carmichael and her coworkers rescued children from temple prostitution in India. They also have little or no knowledge of the atrocities that men have committed in pagan worship. They take the oath a few words at a time, repeating the words as the Worshipful Master says them. Before they start saying the oath, they are assured that nothing they are going to say will in any way conflict with their religion.
At the time that he is led in the oath, the candidate is disoriented, blindfolded, half naked, confused, afraid, and humiliated. He has been stripped of all his clothes and his wedding ring, and has put on something similar to pajamas, with one leg rolled up and the shirt half off his torso. He has been blindfolded with a hood, and had a rope put around his neck. He has been led around during the initiation ritual like a blind dog on a leash.
He has no idea who is watching him or how many men there are. He has been told that he is in darkness and must depend on Masonry to give him light. After having been pressured into taking an oath that he never expected to take — and which he only partly understood because he was disoriented and only heard a few words at a time — the initiate is given a written copy of the oath.
He is required to memorize it word for word. This is similar to being pressured into signing a blank check, and later finding out what it is going to cost you. All of this is a powerful means of subjugation and mind control. It can bind men to the Lodge and its authority both mentally and spiritually.
So help me God and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same. A Christian Mason makes these vows with his hand on the Bible, asking God to keep him steadfast in performing it. Scottish Rite Masonry has twenty-nine more degrees and York Rite has ten more degrees.
Each of these degrees includes initiation, with a blood oath. Initiation into the Shriners includes a taking blood oath and swearing allegiance to Allah. Allah is not another name for the God of the Bible. It is the name of another god, a pagan god.
Initiation includes drinking wine out of a human skull and taking a solemn oath that their primary allegiance is to the Thirty-Third Degree Masons. However, most of these secrets have been matters of public record for over a century. He and his publisher were kidnapped by Masons.
Captain Morgan was murdered, but his publisher escaped and told people about the murder. Some of them testified in court, thus revealing more masonic secrets.
These written court records have been available to the public since In this book which was published years ago , Rev. Finney discusses eight books which had already been published by former Masons.
One of them was a comprehensive book written by a committee of sixteen former Masons, which gives the signs, tokens, grips, sacred words, passwords, oaths, and hieroglyphics of forty-eight degrees of Freemasonry. It also has diagrams of lodges and drawings representing signs and ceremonies.
Another book covers sixty-two degrees of Freemasonry. In addition to the Blue Lodge degrees which go through Master Mason and the Scottish Rite and York Rite degrees, a number of European degrees are also described in these books.
Charles G. This autobiography shows the human, experiential side of Freemasonry through the Thirty-Third Degree, in addition to giving secrets, oaths, and rituals. It shows love for the men, while exposing the system. They promise not to commit adultery with the wife of a Master Mason or seduce his sister, daughter, or other female relative.
These promises only apply to fellow Master Masons. Masons are required to tell lies and even perjure themselves to protect other Masons. The one unpardonable crime in a Mason is contumacy [insubordination] or disobedience. Finney pages xxi through xxxviii. If his bank explodes, he is found to have taken care of himself in time. Society worships its paper-and-credit kings, as the old Hindus and Egyptians worshipped their worthless idols, and often the most obsequiously when in actual solid wealth they are the veriest paupers.
No wonder men think there ought to be another world, in which the injustices of this may be atoned for, when they see the friends of ruined families begging the wealthy sharpers to give alms to prevent the orphaned victims from starving, until they may find ways of supporting themselves.
He went into Judea, where he procured himself to be circumcised, that he might be admitted to the secrets of the Kabalah, which the prophets Ezekiel and Daniel, not without some reservations, communicated to him.
Then, not without some difficulty, he succeeded in being admitted to the Egyptian initiation, upon the recommendation of King Amasis. The power of his genius supplied the deficiencies of the imperfect communications of the Hierophants, and he himself became a Master and a Revealer.
Pythagoras defined God: The Word of God, which creates the Light, seems to be uttered by every Intelligence that can take cognizance of Forms and will look. The Devil is the personification of Atheism or Idolatry. For the Initiates, this is not a Person, but a Force, created for good, but which may serve for evil. It is the instrument of Liberty or Free Will. They represent this Force, which presides over the physical generation, under the mythologic and horned form of the GOD PAN; thence came the he-goat of the Sabbat, brother of the Ancient Serpent, and the Light-bearer or Phosphor, of which the poets have made the false Lucifer of the legend.
Fictions are necessary to the people, and the Truth becomes deadly to those who are not strong enough to contemplate it in all its brilliance…The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason.
The first Druids were the true children of the Magi, and their initiation came from Egypt and Chaldaea, that is to say, from the pure sources of the primitive Kabalah.
Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanation and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Let whoso is content with these, seek to climb no higher.
It is the first and almost the only lesson taught to the Entered Apprentice. Frequenting the same temples, kneeling at the same altars, they should feel that respect and that kindness for each other, which their common relation and common approach to one God should inspire.
You have vowed t make them the rule, the law, and the guide of your life and conduct. If you do so, you will be entitled, because fitted, to advance in Masonry.
If you do not, you have already gone too far. He may repent: There is his perpetual, his inevitable punishment, which no repentance can alleviate, and no mercy can remit. You still advance toward the Light, toward that star, blazing in the distance, which is an emblem of the Divine Truth, given by God to the first men, and preserved amid all the vicissitudes of ages in the traditions and teachings of Masonry.
To appreciate His infinite greatness and goodness, to rely implicitly upon His Providence, to revere and venerate Him as the Supreme Architect, Creator, and Legislator of the universe, is the first of Masonic duties.
Masonry is not made for cold souls and narrow minds, that do not comprehend its lofty mission and sublime apostolate. The symbols and ceremonies of Masonry have more than one meaning.
They rather conceal than disclose the Truth. They hint it only, at least; and their varied meanings are only to be discovered by reflection and study. How barren a tree he is, who lives, and spreads, and cumbers the ground, yet leaves not one seed, not one good work to generate another after him! All cannot leave alike; yet all may leave something, answering their proportions and their kinds. Those are dead and withered grains of corn, out of which there will not one ear spring. He will hardly find the way to Heaven, who desires to go thither alone.
Be ever vigilant and watchful of the interests and honor of your country! And may the Grand Architect of the Universe give you that strength and wisdom which shall enable you well and faithfully to perform these high duties! Not one man in ten thousand knows anything about the proofs of his faith. No man, it holds, has any right in any way to interfere with the religious belief of another. For whose thousand blessings poured upon us, let us feel the sincerest gratitude, now, henceforth, and forever!
The eternity in front of it is as infinite as the one behind. And Masonry cannot cease to labor in the cause of social progress, without ceasing to be true to itself, without ceasing to be Masonry. To waken that slumbering consciousness into life, and so to lead the soul up to the Light, is one office of every great ministration to human nature, whether its vehicle be the pen, the pencil, or the tongue.
We are made for this faith; and there must be something, somewhere, for us to believe in. We cannot grow healthfully, nor live happily, without it.
It is therefore true. They are worth a care which nothing else is worth; and to the single, solitary individual, they out to possess an interest which nothing else possesses Men do not feel the worth of their own souls. They are proud of their mental powers; but the intrinsic, inner, infinite worth of their own minds they do not perceive.
They are the columns Jachin and Boaz, that stand at the entrance to the Masonic Temple. I am understanding: I am power: For the present, my Brother, let this suffice. We welcome you among us, to this peaceful retreat of virtue, to a participation in our privileges, to a share in our joys and our sorrows. In stark contrast, old Catholicism viewed the government as a wicked force.
If so, the common notions in regard to the Word grew up in the minds of the people, like other errors and fables among all the ancient nations, out of original truths and symbols and allegories misunderstood. So it has always been that allegories, intended as vehicles of truth, to be understood by the sages, have become or bred errors, by being literally accepted.
To this rule the Hebrews were no exception. The Deity of the early Hebrews talked to Adam and Eve in the garden of delight, as he walked in it in the cool of the day; he conversed with Kayin; he sat and ate with Abraham in his tent; that patriarch required a visible token, before he would believe in his positive promise; he permitted Abraham to expostulate with him, and to induce him to change his first determination in regard to Sodom; he wrestled with Jacob; he showed Moses his person, though not his face; he dictated the minutest police regulations and the dimensions of the tabernacle and its furniture, to the Israelites; he insisted on and delighted in sacrifices and burnt-offerings; he was angry, jealous, and revengeful, as well as wavering and irresolute; he allowed Moses to reason him out of his fixed resolution utterly to destroy his people; he commanded the performance of the most shocking and hideous acts of cruelty and barbarity.
He hardened the heart of Pharaoh; he repented of the evil that he had said he would do unto the people of Nineveh; and he did it not, to the disgust and anger of Jonah.
Such were the popular notions of the Deity; and either the priests had none better, or took little trouble to correct these notions; or the popular intellect was not enough enlarged to enable them to entertain any higher conceptions of the Almighty. But such were not the ideas of the intellectual and enlightened few among the Hebrews.
It is certain that they possessed a knowledge of the true nature and attributes of God; as the same class of men did among the other nations—Zoroaster, Menu, Confucius, Socrates, and Plato.
But their doctrines on this subject were esoteric; they did not communicate them to the people at large, but only to a favored few; and as they were communicated in Egypt and India, in Persia and Phoenicia, in Greece and Samothrace in the greater mysteries, to the Initiates.
The communication of this knowledge and other secrets, some of which are perhaps lost, constituted, under other names, what we now call Masonry, or Free or Frank-Masonry. To communicate true and correct ideas in respect of the Deity was one chief object of the mysteries. In them, Khurum the King, and Khurum the Master, obtained their knowledge of him and his attributes; and in them that knowledge was taught to Moses an Pythagoras.
By the subterranean vaults you may understand the places of initiation, which in the ancient ceremonies were generally under ground. The Temple of Solomon presented a symbolic image of the Universe; and resembled, in its arrangements and furniture all the temples of the ancient nations that practiced the mysteries.
They are unfolded in the higher Degrees. The lion [which also means the altar] still holds in his mouth the key of the enigma of the sphinx. That Rite raises a corner of the veil, even in the Degree of Apprentice; for it there declares that Masonry is a worship.
This much lies open to the most ignorant and busy, as fully as to those who have most leisure and are most learned. Based upon historical truth and authentic tradition, it is still an allegory. Then we shall see, what now we can only believe. The cloud will be lifted up, the gate of mystery be passed, and the full light shine forever; the light of which that of the Lodge is a symbol. Then that which caused us trial shall yield us triumph; and that which made our heart ache shall fill us with gladness; and we shall then feel that there, as here, the only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve; which could not happen unless we had commenced with error, ignorance, and imperfection.
We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light. To us it has become but a symbol. To establish all over the world the New Law and Reign of Love, Peace, Charity, and Toleration, is to build that Temple, most acceptable to God, in erecting which Masonry is now engaged.
No longer needing to repair to Jerusalem to worship, nor to offer up sacrifices and shed blood in propitiate the Deity, man may make the woods and mountains his Churches and Temples, and worship God with a devout gratitude, and with works of charity and beneficence to his fellow-men. We transmit the divine mysteries to those who have received the sacred initiation, to those who practise true piety, and who are not enslaved by the empty trappings of words or the preconceived opinions of the pagans.
That is plain: They must, therefore, have been Essenes. It is plain, too, that Christ applied for baptism as a sacred rite, well known and long practiced.
It was becoming to him, he said, to fulfill all righteousness. In the 18th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles we read thus: This man was instructed in the way of the Lord, and, being fervent in spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John; and he began to speak boldly in the synagogue; whom, when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
Translating this from the symbolic and figurative language into the true ordinary sense of the Greek text, it reads thus: He had learned in the mysteries the true doctrine in regard to God; and, being a zealous enthusiast, he spoke and taught diligently the truths in regard to the Deity, having received no other baptism than that of John. The place where he preached, his macerations and frugal diet, the doctrines he taught, all prove it conclusively.
There was no other sect to which he could have belonged; certainly none so numerous as his, except the Essenes. He was to put an end to all other Principles and Powers, and finally to Death, and then be Himself once more merged in God; who should then be all in all. Notice how this statement also separates Jesus Christ and God which is in a nutshell, is the gates of hell. They believed in the esoteric and exoteric meanings of the Scriptures; and, as we have already said, they had a warrant for that in the Scriptures themselves.
They found it in the Old Testament, as the Gnostics found it in the New. The Christian writers, and even Christ himself, recognized it as a truth, that all Scripture had an inner and an outer meaning.
Thus we find it said as follows, in one of the Gospels: In their most characteristic elements, they go back to the time of the exile. Intelligence, source of the oil of anointing, responds to the Holy Ghost of the Christian Faith. To others they were, as were the multitude of Subordinate Intelligences, real and distinct beings. Knowing the slow processes by which the Deity brings about great results, he does not expect to reap as well as sow, in a single lifetime.
There are Seven Seals to be opened, that its to say, Seven mysteries to know, and Seven difficulties to overcome, Seven trumpets to sound, and Seven cups to empty. The Apocalypse is, to those who receive the nineteenth Degree, the Apotheosis of that Sublime Faith which aspires to God alone, and despises all the pomps and works of Lucifer. It is written hieroglyphically with numbers and images; and the Apostle often appeals to the intelligence of the Initiated. Saint John, the favorite Apostle, and the Depositary of all the Secrets of the Saviour, therefore did not write to be understood by the multitude.
They contain more meanings than words; their expressions are figurative as poetry and exact as numbers. The Apocalypse sums up, completes, and surpasses all the Science of Abraham and of Solomon. The visions of Ezekiel, by the river Chebar, and of the new Symbolic Temple, are equally mysterious expressions, veiled by figures of the enigmatic dogmas of the Kabalah, and their symbols are as little understood by the Commentators, as those of Free Masonry. Masonry long wandered in error.
Instead of improving, it degenerated from its primitive simplicity, and retrograded toward a system, distorted by stupidity and ignorance, which, unable to construct a beautiful machine, made a complicated one. And upon their report of proficiency alone can their pupils be allowed to advance and receive an increase of wages. Be not wiser in your own opinion than the Deity, nor find fault with His works, nor endeavor to improve upon what He has done. No man, no woman, no household, is sacred or safe from this new Inquisition.
Signs and tokens were invented by which the Children of Light could with facility make themselves known to each other. Different Degrees were invented, as the number of Initiates enlarged, in order that there might be in the inner apartment of the Temple a favored few, to whom alone the more valuable secrets were entrusted, and who could wield effectually the influence and power of the Order. All persons were initiated into the lesser Mysteries; but few attained the greater, in which the true spirit of them, and most of their secret doctrines were hidden.
The veil of secrecy was impenetrable, sealed by oaths and penalties the most tremendous and appalling. Innumerable ceremonies, wild and romantic, dreadful and appalling, had by degrees been added to the few expressive symbols of primitive observances, under which there were instances in which the terrified aspirant actually expired with fear.
The pyramids were probably used for the purposes of initiation, as were caverns, pagodas, and labyrinths; for the ceremonies required many apartments and cells, long passages and wells. The candidate, long wandering in darkness, truly wanted Light, and the worship taught him was the worship of God, the Source of Light.
Then he was sprinkled with water whence our baptism ; certain words, now unknown, were whispered in his ear; and he was divested of his shoes, and made to go three times around the cavern. Hence our three circuits; hence we were neither barefoot nor shot: The Kings even prohibited the revelation of them on pain of death.
This secret was styled the Sacerdotal Art, and included alchemy, astrology, magism [magic], the science of spirites, etc. He gave them the key to the Hieroglyphics of all these secret sciences, which were regarded as sacred, and kept concealed in the most secret places of the Temple.
The great secrecy observed by the initiated Priests, for many years, and the lofty sciences which they professed, caused them to be honored and respected throughout all Egypt, which was regarded by other nations as the college, the sanctuary, of the sciences and arts. The mystery which surrounded them strongly excited curiosity. The Initiates in a particular science, having been instructed by fables, enigmas, allegories, and hieroglyphics, wrote mysteriously whenever in their works they touched the subject of the Mysteries, and continued to conceal science under a veil of fictions.
The pyramids, too, were built precisely by the four cardinal points.
And our expression, that our Lodges extend upward to the Heavens, comes from the Persian and Druidic custom of having to their Temples no roofs but the sky. Plato developed and spiritualized the philosophy of Pythagoras. Even Eusebius the Christian admits, that he reached to the vestibule of Truth, and stood upon its threshold.
The Druidical ceremonies undoubtedly came from India; and the Druids were originally Buddhists.
The word Druidh, like the word Magi, signifies wise or learned men; and they were at once philosophers, magistrates, and divines. There was a surprising uniformity in the Temples, Priests, doctrines, and worship of the Persian Magi and British Druids. The Gods of Britain were the same as the Cabiri of Samothrace.
In the remote times when they originated, these were the times corresponding with the 13th of February, 1st of May, 19th of August, and 1st of November. The time of annual celebration was May-Eve, and the ceremonial preparations commenced at midnight, on the 29th of April. When the initiations were over, on May-Eve, fires were kindled on all the cairns and cromlechs in the island, which burned all night to introduce the sports of May-day.
The festival was in honor of the Sun. The initiations were performed at midnight; and there were three Degrees. That being the longest night in the year, and the one after which the Sun comes Northward, it was commemorative of the Creation; and they termed it mother-night, as the one in which the creation of the world and light from the primitive darkness took place.
This was the Yule, Juul, or Yeol feast, which afterward became Christmas. At this feast the initiations were celebrated. The initiations were had in huge intricate caverns, terminating, as all the Mithriac caverns did, in a spacious vault, where the candidate was brought to light. Joseph was undoubtedly initiated.
And set him over the land of Egypt. So also must Moses have been initiated: You have here received only hints of the true objects and purposes of the Mysteries. Hereafter, if you are permitted to advance, you will arrive at a more complete understanding of them and of the sublime doctrines which they teach. Be content, therefore, with that which you have seen and heard, and await patiently the advent of the greater light. And at a latter day, as we know, Nero, after committing a horrible crime, did not dare, even in Greece, to aid in the celebration of the Mysteries; nor at a still later day was Constantine, the Christian Emperor, allowed to do so, after his murder of his relatives.
By its form the serpent symbolizes life, which circulates through all nature. Curiosity was excited by secrecy, by the difficulty experienced in obtaining admission, and by the tests to be undergone.
The night was almost always the time fixed for their celebration; and they were ordinarily termed nocturnal ceremonies. Initiations into the Mysteries of Samothrace took place at nightly as did those of Isis, of which Apuleius speaks.
Euripedes makes Bacchus say, that his Mysteries were celebrated at night, because there is in night something august and imposing. They admitted that they concealed the highest truths under the veil of allegory, the more to excite the curiosity of men, and to urge them to investigation. The secrecy in which they buried their Mysteries, had that end. Those to whom they were confided, bound themselves, by the most fearful oats, never to reveal them.
They were not allowed even to speak of these important secrets with any others than the initiated; and the penalty of death was pronounced against any one indiscreet enough to reveal them, or found in the Temple without being an Initiate; and any one who had betrayed those secrets, was avoided by all, as excommunicated.
Obstacles and suspense redoubled curiosity. Those who aspired to the initiation of the Sun and in the Mysteries of Mithras in Persia, underwent many trials. They commenced by easy tests and arrived by degrees at those that were most cruel, in which the life of the candidate was often endangered.
Gregory Nazianzen terms them tortures and mystic punishments. No one can be initiated, says Suidas, until after he has proven, by the most terrible trials, that he possesses a virtuous soul, exempt from the sway of every passion, and as it were impassible.
There were twelve principal tests; and some make the number larger. Eleusis closed her gates against Nero; and the Pagan Priests told Constantine that among all their modes of expiation there was none so potent as could wash from his soul the dark spots left by the murder of his wife, and his multiplied perjuries and assassinations. Then he himself put on the costume of the Sun-God, or the Visible Source f Etherial Light, in whose Mysteries he was initiated; and passed from the empire of darkness to that of light.
After having set his feet on the threshold of the palace of Pluto, he ascended to the Empyrean, to the bosom of the Eternal Principle of Light of the Universe, from which all souls and intelligences emanate.