Seattle, WA

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Travelers Corner | 0 comments

Doing the packing for one of my trips, I wasn’t sure if I should take my apron or no. It found a small place in my suitcase and on my way, I arrived in Seattle. On the first night, my business dinner was re-scheduled to the next day for lunch. This gave me a precious free evening. At that point, having not contacted the GL of CA for official presentation, I just searched the web to find lodges around the Seattle area. One that got my attention was Eureka #20, for it was a sciences lodge. Their website presented some recent events where the lodge sponsored a Science Fair (Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) and Seattle Public Schools Middle School Science Fair), in Seattle which for me was a big deal. http://www.eurekamasons.org/ After reaching out to the Secretary, I presented myself at the Green Lake Masonic Temple. There, after pushing the door, I moved upstairs where all the Brethren were having dinner. After a brief chat, the WM verified my credentials and invited me for dinner. Little to say, this is quite an interesting lodge. Brethren from all nationalities are there, Korea, Turkey, Germany, etc…and also it is a family affair, with the current WM having his brother, father and nephew being members of the lodge. And in a funny twist, their Inspector (aka District Deputy Grand Master) was also there as well as the Grand Tiler. After chatting with the Inspector (VW Bro Richie), we discovered we had a lot of common contacts around Europe. This was quite fun. They also assisted at the visit of MW Ken Nagel few years back. Another thing that also got my attention was beautiful paintings which were made by a local brother. The representations of the 3 degrees symbols, especially the 3rd one were mesmerizing. I was received and introduced with a battery of 3 and presented the lapel pin of GL and coin from Peninsula 168 to the WM and the VW District GM. In return, they presented me their own tokens of appreciation. Trying to find a taxi for my return to the hotel, a brother offered me to give me a ride. Half way to the hotel, I told him I hoped he was not going out of his way. He laughed and said he lived actually the opposite direction but I would not have found a cab that night and the walk was long. That’s what Masons do. Going out of their way and brushing the effort required with a joke. Good laugh to end a nice evening. I am sure glad I took my apron that morning. On another note, Eureka #20 also has...

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The Mystery Schools

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Three steps (degrees) lead up to the temple door, and all who wish to enter, whatever their race or their religion, must climb them. There is no other legitimate way of gaining wisdom. Those who seek to enter the temple of the Mysteries by any way other than the gate appointed by the Masters, the same are thieves and robbers. Man is willing to spend from ten to fifteen years on his material education in order that he may surpass his fellow man in some pursuit. Should he, then, expect to attain his spiritual wisdom in any shorter time? The position a person occupies in the Mystery Schools is not the result of choice, ballot or election; it is his life and the way that he lives it that is the determining factor in all his spiritual studies. He is automatically placed upon the path of wisdom according to his vices and virtues. The rapidity of his advancement depends wholly upon his own merits- the sincerity, integrity, and devotion which marks his daily life. He may remain many years in one grade or pass like a comet through many grades in a few years. This depends entirely on how sincerely and honestly he has labored and how completely he has mastered the temperaments and failings which hold him back. Here are a series of suggestive rules for those who desire to become true students of wisdom. Learn to cast away from thee all vile affections and in constancy of mind let all thy dealings be free from deceit and hypocrisy. Keep thine own and thy neighbor’s secrets; court not the favors of the rich; despise not the poor, for he who does will be poorer than the poorest. Give to the needy and unfortunate what little thou canst spare; for he that has but little, whatever he spares to the miserable, god shall amply reward him. Be merciful to those who offend thee or who have injured thee; for what shall man’s heart be who would take heavy vengeance on slight offense? Be not hasty to condemn the actions of others, lest thou shouldst, the next hour, fall into the very same error; despise scandal and tattling; and let thy words be few. Study day and night and supplicate thy creator that he would be pleased to grant thee knowledge and understanding. Covet not much gold, but learn to be satisfied with enough; for to desire more than enough is to offend the Deity. Manly Palmer Hall Submitted by: Brother John Logan Parsons...

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The Theory of Education

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Blind condemnation is as superstitious as blind acceptance. We would humbly remind the scientist that astrology, for example, has not been scientifically disproved. We can find no record of any scientific body examining and analyzing the premises of the starry science. On the other hand, we have plentiful evidence of so-called learned men who, scarcely knowing one astronomical symbol from another, are so ‘’unscientific’’ as to base their judgment not upon examination and observation but upon the bigotry of their colleagues. Incidentally, there is no man alive actually qualified to disprove the existence of God, and yet the more materialistic in the realms of science depart so far from the trestle board of their craft that they begrudge Deity the meager benefit of the doubt! The presence of supreme intelligence directing creation may not be demonstrable to the physical sense perceptions or to a mind firmly grounded in mechanistic theory. Yet it is not a scientific ‘’fact’’ that God does not exist, nor is it a scientific ‘’fact’’ that cabalism is a superstition, nor is it a scientific ‘’fact’’ that alchemists were mad, nor is it a scientific ‘’fact’’ that the ancients suffered from a common benightedness, nor is it a scientific ‘’fact’’ that miracles are frauds. These are opinions held by certain groups, but while opinions may be very intriguing to those who chance to hold them, they demonstrate nothing; they neither prove nor disprove anything, and for the most part clutter up the field of learning. Opinion is the antipode of wisdom, and the fewer the opinions the greater the likelihood of intelligence. Mysticism is not a vagary to amuse superannuated midwives. It is a distinct department of learning which, if given proper consideration and opportunity, could make a definite contribution to world normalcy and well-being. Manly Palmer Hall Submitted by: Brother John Logan Parsons...

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Purification of the Mind

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

No one can speak ill of another without making the illness his own, because the one speaking ill of others is ill himself. Thus the purification of the mind, from a moral point of view, should be learned in one’s everyday life by trying to consider things sympathetically, favorably, by looking at others as one looks at oneself, by putting oneself in their position instead of accusing others on seeing their infirmities. Souls on earth are born imperfect and show imperfection, and from this they develop naturally, coming to perfection. If all were perfect, there would have been no purpose in their creation. And manifestation has taken place so that every being here may rise from imperfection towards perfection. That is the object and joy of life, and for that this world was created. And if we expected every person to be perfect and conditions to be perfect, then there would be no joy in living and no purpose in coming here. Purification of the mind therefore means to rid it of all undesirable impressions; not only of the shortcomings of others, but one must arrive at the stage where one forgets one’s own shortcomings. I have seen righteous people who have accused themselves of their errors until they became errors themselves. Concentrating all the time on error means engraving the error upon the mind. The best principle is to forget others and forget ourselves, and to set our minds upon accumulating all that is good and beautiful. When in this world of imperfection we seek for all that is good and beautiful, there are many chances of disappointment. But at the same time if we keep on looking for it- not looking at the dust but looking for the gold- we shall find it. And once we begin to find it we shall find more and more. There comes a time in the life of a man when he can see some good in the worst man in the world. And when he has reached that point, though the good were covered with a thousand covers, he would put his hand on what is good, because he looks for good and attracts what is good. Hazrat Inayat Khan ( Spiritual Dimensions of...

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Ten Symbolic Aphorisms of Pythagoras

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

I. Declining from the public ways, walk in unfrequented paths. By this it is to be understood that those who desire wisdom must seek it in solitude. II. Govern your tongue before all other things, following the gods. This aphorism warns man that his words, instead of representing him, misrepresent him, and that when in doubt as to what he should say, he should always be silent. III. The wind blowing, adore the sound. Pythagoras here reminds his disciples that the fiat of God is heard in the voice of the elements, and that all things in Nature manifest through harmony, rhythm, IV. Assist a man in raising a burden; but do not assist him in laying it down. The student is instructed to aid the diligent but never to assist those who seek to evade their responsibilities, for it is a great sin to encourage indolence. V. Speak not about Pythagoric concerns without light. The world is herein warned that it should not attempt to interpret the mysteries of God and the secrets of the sciences without spiritual and intellectual illumination. VI. Having departed from your house, turn not back, for the furies will be your attendants. Pythagoras here warns his followers that any who begin the search for truth and, after having learned part of the mystery, become discouraged and attempt to return again to their former ways of vice and ignorance, will suffer exceedingly; for it is better to know nothing about Divinity than to learn a little and then stop without learning all. VII. Nourish a cock, but sacrifice it not; for it is sacred to the sun and moon. Two great lessons are concealed in this aphorism. The first is a warning against the sacrifice of living things to the gods, because life is sacred and man should not destroy it even as an offering to the Deity. The second warns man that the human body here referred to as a cock is sacred to the sun (God) and the moon (Nature), and should be guarded and preserved as man’s most precious medium of expression. Pythagoras also warned his disciples against suicide. VIII. Receive not a swallow into your house. This warns the seeker after truth not to allow drifting thoughts to come into his mind nor shiftless persons to enter into his life. He must ever surround himself with rationally inspired thinkers and with conscientious workers. IX. Offer not your right hand easily to anyone. This warns the disciple to keep his own counsel and not offer wisdom and knowledge (his right hand) to such as are incapable of appreciating them. The hand here represents Truth, which raises those who have fallen because...

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When a Man is a Mason

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

When is a man a Mason? When he can look out over the rivers, the hill, and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own littleness in he vast scheme of things, and het yet have faith, hope and courage. When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive and to love his fellow man. When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrow, yea, even in their sins—knowing that each man fights a hard fight against many odds. When he has learned how to make friend and to keep them, and above all how to keep friends with himself. When he loves flowers, can hunt the birds without a gun and feels the thrill of an old forgotten joy when he hears the laugh of a little child. When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meaner drudgeries of life. When star-crowned trees and the glint of sunlight on flowing waters subdue him like the thought of one much loved and long dead. When no voice of distress reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response. When he finds good in every faith that helps any man to lay hold of higher things, and to see majestic meanings in life, whatever the name of that faith may be. When he can look into a wayside puddle and see something besides mud, and into the face of the most forlorn mortal and see something beyond sin. When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope. When he has kept faith with himself, with his fellow man, with his God; in his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of a song—glad to live, but not afraid to die! In such a man, whether he be rich or poor, scholarly or unlearned, famous or obscure, Masonry has wrought her sweet ministry! Such a man has found the only real secret of Masonry, and the one which it is trying to give to all the world. Joseph Fort...

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Masonic Reveries

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

As we observe the officers, how well they fill their stations; We should remember, but for Masonry we would have no nation. From a blue Lodge in Virginia, where Washington was brought to light;Seven revolutionary Generals, Bravely went forth to fight. It was from there that John Paul Jones, in the very same manner, Received his Masonic degrees, then raised the Colonial banner. He took his little fighting ship only a small windjammer; He bearded the lion in his den, caused the lords to stew and stammer. He raked their ships with shot and shell, in a very hostile manner, As the sun was setting in the west, the British dipped their banner. The night before a battle, Washington’s soldiers hungry, barefoot, cold; The camp was full of traitors, offering British gold. In such a desperate situation, Washington had never been before; But he remembered the words of the Master, in Fredericksburg lodge Number 4. He put on his hat and top coat and went out beneath a tree; He prayed to the Grand Architect of Heaven, for further light in Masonry. Then slowly walked back to the camp, tomorrow would be the fight; He issued his famous order, Only Masons on guard tonight. History records it differently, it says only Americans on guard tonight; But Washington knew all Americans had not been brought to light. He scouted his camp for soldiers, who had worn the apron white, Who had stood in the Northeast corner, and at Masonry’s altar had received the light. When the guard was finally mounted, Washington knew one thing at least, His camp was securely guarded, and he could rest in peace. By John T. Jordan Submitted by Bro. John Logan Parsons,...

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Fellowcraft’s Song

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

His laws inspire our being – Our light is from His sun; Beneath the Eye All-seeing, Our Mason’s work is done; His Plumbline in uprightness Our faithful guide shall be; And n the Source of Brightness Our Willing eyes shall see. Thou, Father, art the Giver To every earnest prayer! Oh, be the Guide forever To this, our Brother dear! By token, word and sign, Exhalt him, now so lowly Upon this Grand Design. Within thy Chamber name him A Workman, wise and true! While loving Crafts shall claim him In bonds of friendship due; Thus shall the walls extol Thee, And future ages prove What Masons ever call Thee, The God of Truth and Love! Rob...

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Friend and Brother

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

I can give this title because you are searching for the truth in the sincerity of your heart, ready to make the necessary sacrifices in order to find it. Truth, being the essence of all that is, is not difficult to find: it is within us and we are within it. It is like light and the blind do not see it. Being is. This is incontestable and absolute. The exact idea of being is truth; its knowledge is science; its ideal expression is reason; its activity is creation and justice. You wish to believe, you say. For this, it is enough to know and to love truth. For the true faith is the unshakeable adhesion of the mind to the necessary deductions of science in conjectural infinity. Only occult sciences give certitude, for they have their bases in realities and not in dreams. In every religious symbol, they bring out the true and the false. What is true is the same everywhere, but falsehoods spring up according to places, times and people. These sciences are three: the Qabalah, Magic and Hermeticism. The Qabalah, or traditional science of the Hebrews, might be called the mathematics of human thought. It is the algebra of faith. It solves all problems of the soul as equations, by isolating the unknowns. It gives to ideas the clarity and rigorous exactitude of numbers; its results, for the mind, are infallibility (always relative, however, to the sphere of human knowledge) and for the heart, profound peace. Magic, or the science of the magi, has its ancient representatives in the disciples, and perhaps the teachers, of Zoroaster. It is the knowledge of secret and particular laws of nature which produce hidden forces, magnets and loadstones which may exist even outside the realm of metal. In a word, and to use a modern expression, it is the science of universal magnetism. Hermeticism is the science of nature hidden in the hieroglyphics and symbols of the ancient world. It is the search for the principle of life, along with the dream (for those who have not achieved it) of accomplishing the great work, that is the reproduction by man of the divine, natural fire which creates and recreates beings. Here my friend, are the things you desire to study. The circle they enclose is immense, but the principles are so simple that they are represented and contained in the signs of numbers and in the letters of the alphabet. ‘It is a labor of Hercules that is also a child’s game,’ say the masters of holy science. Characteristics necessary to success in this study are a great rectitude of judgment and a great independence of mind. One must...

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Of Truth

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

I can give this title because you are searching for the truth in the sincerity of your heart, ready to make the necessary sacrifices in order to find it. Truth, being the essence of all that is, is not difficult to find: it is within us and we are within it. It is like light and the blind do not see it. Being is. This is incontestable and absolute. The exact idea of being is truth; its knowledge is science; its ideal expression is reason; its activity is creation and justice. You wish to believe, you say. For this, it is enough to know and to love truth. For the true faith is the unshakeable adhesion of the mind to the necessary deductions of science in conjectural infinity. Only occult sciences give certitude, for they have their bases in realities and not in dreams. In every religious symbol, they bring out the true and the false. What is true is the same everywhere, but falsehoods spring up according to places, times and people. These sciences are three: the Qabalah, Magic and Hermeticism. The Qabalah, or traditional science of the Hebrews, might be called the mathematics of human thought. It is the algebra of faith. It solves all problems of the soul as equations, by isolating the unknowns. It gives to ideas the clarity and rigorous exactitude of numbers; its results, for the mind, are infallibility (always relative, however, to the sphere of human knowledge) and for the heart, profound peace. Magic, or the science of the magi, has its ancient representatives in the disciples, and perhaps the teachers, of Zoroaster. It is the knowledge of secret and particular laws of nature which produce hidden forces, magnets and loadstones which may exist even outside the realm of metal. In a word, and to use a modern expression, it is the science of universal magnetism. Hermeticism is the science of nature hidden in the hieroglyphics and symbols of the ancient world. It is the search for the principle of life, along with the dream (for those who have not achieved it) of accomplishing the great work, that is the reproduction by man of the divine, natural fire which creates and recreates beings. Here my friend, are the things you desire to study. The circle they enclose is immense, but the principles are so simple that they are represented and contained in the signs of numbers and in the letters of the alphabet. ‘It is a labor of Hercules that is also a child’s game,’ say the masters of holy science. Characteristics necessary to success in this study are a great rectitude of judgment and a great independence of mind. One must...

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