Although the author of this blog is a Freemason, this is not just a Masonic blog. Although this blog may have Masonic undertones, the opinions and commentaries about Freemasonry belong solely to the author and are not necessarily that of the fraternity that he proudly belongs.
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The Mandala of Freemasonry #1
A Few Wise Words by Brother W.L. Wilmshurst
It is absurd to think that a vast organization like Masonry was ordained merely to teach to grown-up men of the world the symbolical meaning of a few simple builders' tools, or to impress upon us such elementary virtues as temperance and justice:—the children in every village school are taught such things; or to enforce such simple principles of morals as brotherly love, which every church and every religion teaches; or as relief, which is practiced quite as much by non-Masons as by us; or of truth, which every infant learns upon its mother's knee. There is surely, too, no need for us to join a secret society to be taught that the volume of the Sacred Law is a fountain of truth and instruction; or to go through the great and elaborate ceremony of the third degree merely to learn that we have each to die. The Craft whose work we are taught to honor with the name of a "science," a "royal art," has surely some larger end in view than merely inculcating the practice of social virtues common to all the world and by no means the monopoly of Freemasons. Surely, then, it behooves us to acquaint ourselves with what that larger end consists, to enquire why the fulfillment of that purpose is worthy to be called a science, and to ascertain what are those "mysteries" to which our doctrine promises we may ultimately attain if we apply ourselves assiduously enough to understanding what Masonry is capable of teaching us. The Meaning of Masonry, by W.L. Wilmshurst, 
"Now imagine me standing in lodge with my head bowed in prayer between Brother Mohammed Bokhary and Brother Arjun Melwani. To neither of them is the Great Architect of the Universe perceived as the Holy Trinity. To Brother Bokhary He has been revealed as Allah; to Brother Melwani He is probably perceived as Vishnu. Since I believe that there is only one God, I am confronted with three possibilities: They are praying to the devil whilst I am praying to God; They are praying to nothing, as their gods do not exist; They are praying to the same God as I, yet their understanding of His nature is partly incomplete (as indeed is mine--1 Cor 13:12) It is without hesitation that I accept the third possibility."
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In The Works
Just when you think you have it all figured out, you find yourself heading in a different direction.
It is well known that the Freemasons of the present day not only claim, through their accredited Lecturers, Dr. Oliver and others, that Freemasonry has come down from the Essenes, but they assert that the Essenes were in possession of what they call the Temple Secrets in the days of Solomon. Thus they were alike the forerunners of the Jewish Kabbalists and of the Christian Gnostics, but what is more surprising than all is, that out of Essenism has sprung Islam, and in this last development of its tenets and practices are still preserved many of its principal Rites and ceremonies. We read in the Anacalypsis concerning them as follows: "The Essenes were a fraternity of Hermetists. The Cabala based on the Laws of Manu solves the Esoterism of every religion. The doctrines of Zoroaster, Pythagoras, Plato, are all contained in the Jewish Cabala. Alone among all the Books of the Bible Genesis belongs to an immense antiquity We know that the Essenes existed in Syria as well as in Egypt, and the same system probably prevailed in both. The Essenes in each case were the professors of the highest order of the Cabala, the perfecti." The Mystery of the Ages Contained in the Secret Doctrine of All Religions By Marie Sinclair Caithness, countess of Marie Caithness Published by C.L.H. Wallace, 1887
Give A Couple of These Titles a Look - You May Find Some Light
Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net, which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it, stretches out indefinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel at the net’s every node, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars of the first magnitude, a remarkable sight. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but also each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that the process of reflection is infinite.
The Lost Word
Among the ancient Middle Eastern cults the power of the Word (or Name) was considered the most important part of magic. Isis obtained her magical power after getting the sun god Ra to divulge his secret name to her. The actual pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton, the four-lettered name of God in Hebrew, is considered to be so powerful that the world itself could become undone by its utterance. In the Gospel of John, we are told that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”Later Jesus is identified as being The Word, and among Coptic and other Christian magicians the utterance of his name is said to give power over the visible and invisible worlds.This notion of magical phrases, charms, incantations, and a name or word above all other utterances that would give supreme authority has always been the quest for magicians and mystics alike. Yet this quest must not be thought of as purely one of and for power (although that is a side effect of it) but rather as the search for the deepest secrets within creations – and therefore within one’s very being. To know the Word is to know God, and to know God is to know the beginning and end –-the Alpha and Omega –-of all things, including and above all one’s very essence.