Man’s Prison Cell

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

The late Harry Houdini was an expert at picking locks and freeing himself from behind prison bars. He said that his most difficult experience was an attempt to escape from a cell, the door of which he thought was locked. He tried for hours to pick the combination, and then by accident he leaned against the door. To his surprise it opened by this simple pressure. The prison cell in which man has locked himself by the limitations which he has imposed upon his own consciousness is very like the one which caused Houdini so many trying hours. We are held to our mortal state by our own fixed belief that there is no escape. Having accepted life as a prison we either batter ourselves to death against its bars or settle down to the scientific process of trying to pick the lock. There is but one way out of our mortal prison and that is through the growth of our inner consciousness. We become free as we become wise. There can be no real wisdom apart from the mystical experience. By development of our own spiritual content we outgrow our physical limitations and pass from a mortal condition to an immortal state of being. It is this door upward and inward that has never been locked. The only reason we cannot use this door is that we have denied its existence, and have refused to accept the challenge of self-improvement as the way to freedom. Manly Palmer Hall (submitted by Bro. John Logan Parsons, III) John the Baptist had a flourishing sect- more properly an international organization- that was already well established by the time Jesus began his mission: indeed, it seems that the new messiah began his spiritual life as one of John’s disciples. What happened to John’s religion – or his “Way” as it was known – is a matter of academic conjecture: most scholars think it simply fizzled out, or was absorbed into the new Christian sect. Either way, it is not of much interest to the world of academe – but perhaps it should be, for in the real history of john’s cult lie some of the darkest secrets of Christianity, even perhaps of Christ himself. The apparent disappearance of John’s sect may simply be a footnote in religious history as far as most academics are concerned, but of course we know that certain cabals within the Templars – and others – preserved the Baptists cult. Yet even the very idea that John had a cult will be surprising to most Christians, to whom he is merely a necessary adjunct to the story of Jesus. Lynn Picknett (submitted by John Logan Parsons...

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We Are Two Brothers

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Give me your hand: You are rich; I am poor: Your wealth is your power, and by it you tread A wide open path: where for me is a door That is locked: and before it are worry and dread. We are sundered, are we, As two men can be But we are two brothers in Freemasonry So give me your hand. Give me your hand: You are great: I’m unknown: You travel abroad with a permanent fame; I go on a way unlauded, alone, With hardly a man to hear of my name: We are sundered, are we, As two men can be, But we are two brothers in Freemasonry So give me your hand. Give me your hand: You are old; I am young; The years in your heart their wisdom have sown; But knowledge speaks not by my faltering tongue, And small is the wisdom I claim as my own: We are sundered, are we, As two men can be, But we are two brothers in Freemasonry So give me your hand. H. L....

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Warmth and Welcome

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

  Across the crowd-thronged city ways When night hangs black and friendless there, A tide of strangers ebbs and plays Along each cheerless thoroughfare, And never a face lights up to see One’s self to pass, and none to care How lone and weary one may be. ‘Tis then unto one’s Lodge one turns For there he finds within the door The fire of hearty welcome burns: If one’s not known its flames the more Send forth a warmth his breast to fill Until he finds his joy returns Within that haven of good will. The Mason’s secret lies in this,— “A stranger here, ye took me in”; Its Royal Art would stray amiss Amid the world’s harsh hue and din If warmth and welcome were to die; Its greatest strength in these consists; Of these is made its Mystic Tie. H. L....

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An Ancient Masonic Song

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

‘Tis Masonry unites mankind, To gen’rous actions, form the Soul; In friendly Converse all conjoined, One Spirit animates the whole. Where’er aspiring Domes arise, Wherever sacred Altars stand; These Altars blaze into the skies, The Domes proclaim the Mason’s Hand. As passions rough the Soul disguise, Till Science cultivates the Mind; So the rude Stone unshapen lies, Till by the Mason’s art refin’d. Tho’ still our chief Concern and Care Be to deserve the Brother’s Name; Yet ever mindful of the Fair, Their kindest Influence we claim. Let wretches at our Manhood rail; But they who once our Order prove, Will own that we who build so well, With equal energy can love....

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The Dionysiac Architects

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 2 comments

The most celebrated of the ancient fraternities was the Dionysiac Architects. This organization was composed exclusively of initiates of the Bacchus-dionysos cult. They made their appearance no later than 1000 B.C. Acclaimed as being the custodians of a secret knowledge of architectonics. They were regarded as master craftsmen of the earth. So carefully did the dionysiac architects safeguard the secrets of their craft that only fragmentary records exist of their esoteric teachings. They also possessed secret means of recognition, and were bound together by specialties only known to themselves. The richest of this fraternity were bound to provide for the poorer brethren. They were divided into communities, governed by a Master and Wardens. It is claimed that Solomon, at the instance of Hiram, king of Tyre, employed them at his temple and palaces. They had means of intercommunication all over the then known world. And from them, doubtless, sprang the guilds of the traveling masons known in the middle ages. One of the most illustrious of their members was Vitruvius, the great architect and some think maybe even Saint Paul might have been an initiate. The Dionysiac rites were founded upon the science of astronomy. Great buildings erected by these initiated craftsmen were based upon geometrical patterns derived from the constellations. Both the symbols and terminology of their guild derived from the elements of architecture. The checkerboard floor upon which the modern freemasonic lodge stands is the old tracing board of the Dionysiac architects. At one time the Dionysian’s referred to themselves as the sons of Solomon, and the most important of their symbols was the seal of Solomon- two interlaced triangles. The knights templar are believed to have contacted these Dionysian’s and to have introduced many of their symbols and doctrines into mediaeval Europe. The Dionysian’s venerated the deity under the guise of a great architect and master craftsman. Who was ever gouging rough ashlars from the fields of space and truing them into universes. They affirmed constructiveness to be the supreme expression of the soul and believed immortality could be achieved by thus becoming a part of the creative agencies of nature. For more information on this please refer to the following book The secret teachings of all by Ages by Manly P hall Submitted by Brother John L. Parsons,...

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Masonic Thoughts

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

That Masons are builders can be seen by the name …By teaching men the doctrines of temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice, together with the many lessons drawn from, and daily application to the activities of life, deep foundations are laid upon which loftiest character must stand. When brotherly love, relief and truth really enter into the fibre of a man’s being, there is little room for the selfish and the debased. His instincts and his aspirations are toward the uplift that comes from a joyful service to mankind. That I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER is demonstrated in every avenue of life whether I am ready to concede it or not … Service and sacrifice are the crucible in which the base metals of greed, avarice, and selfishness are left as the dross of life. If thy brother would have thee go with him one mile, that is thy duty. When to this is added gladly, a second mile, that is a blessed privilege. Masonry puts into a man’s breast THE SWEET SERVICE OF THE SECOND MILE. Masonry’s mission, therefore, to the individual is to uplift his character and establish a nobler manhood. Owen...

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I Sat In Lodge With You

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

There is a saying filled with cheer, Which calls a man to fellowship, It means as much for him to hear As lie within the brother-grip, Nay, more! It opens wide the way To friendliness sincere and true; There are no strangers when you say To me: “I sat in lodge with you.” When that is said, then I am known; There is no questioning nor doubt; I need not walk my path alone Nor from my fellows be shut out, Those words hold all of brotherhood And help me face the world anew— There’s something deep and rich and good In this: “I sat in lodge with you.” Though in far lands one needs must roam, By sea and shore and hill and plain, Those words bring him a touch of home And lighten tasks that seem in vain, Men’s faces are no loner strange But seem as those he always knew When some one bring the joyous change With his: “I sat in lodge with you.” So you, my brother, now and then Have often put me in your debt By showing forth to other men That you your friends do not forget, When all the world seems grey and cold And I am weary, worn and blue, Then come this golden thought I hold— You said: “I sat in lodge with you.” When to the last great Lodge you fare My prayer is that I may be One of your friends who wait you there, Intent your smiling face to see, We, with the warder at the gate, Will have a pleasant task to do; We’ll all, thought you come soon or late; “Come in! We sat in lodge with you!” Wilbur D....

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The Silent Summons

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

A member of a certain Lodge, who previously attended meetings regularly, stopped going. After a few months, the Worshipful Master decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening, and the Worshipful Master found his brother at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for the Worshipful Master’s visit, the brother welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The Worshipful Master made himself comfortable, but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After several minutes, the Worshipful Master took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth, all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. His host watched all of this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow, and its fire was no more. Soon, it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The Worshipful Maser glanced at his watch and chose this time to leave. He slowly stood up, pickup up the cold, dead ember, and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately, it began to glow once more, with all the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the Worshipful Master reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your fiery summons, my brother. I’ll be back in our Lodge next meeting.” —Author...

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King Soloman’s Temple

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

A member of a certain Lodge, who previously attended meetings regularly, stopped going. After a few months, the Worshipful Master decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening, and the Worshipful Master found his brother at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for the Worshipful Master’s visit, the brother welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The Worshipful Master made himself comfortable, but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After several minutes, the Worshipful Master took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth, all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. His host watched all of this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow, and its fire was no more. Soon, it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The Worshipful Maser glanced at his watch and chose this time to leave. He slowly stood up, pickup up the cold, dead ember, and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately, it began to glow once more, with all the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the Worshipful Master reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your fiery summons, my brother. I’ll be back in our Lodge next meeting.” —Author UnknownThere’s a Temple of God in tales of the past, I see through the mists of historical years. And my heart through the veil of its mysteries vast Is filled with the vision of numberless spheres. Revealing my failure to build temples to last Through the age after age that before me appears. With the stars of my God ever shining above, And the tools of my calling at hand, I will build me a temple of glorious love, With the arch of my Masonry spanned. And the Spirit of God coming down from above Will comfort my soul with His wand. There’s a Mountain of God in each of our hearts For that temple’s enduring base. And the work we may do by a Mason’s arts Will this solid foundation embrace. And within it’s a spirit that never departs Nor will ever the temple disgrace. Through the beautiful aisles of the glorious past Will its wonderful harmonies swell, When the dead shall arise at Gabriel’s blast From the grave’s most darkening cell, Then the lot of the true will no longer be cast With the...

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Thoughts of a Mason’s Wife

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

How many wives of Masons have ever given much thought, To the wonderful biblical lessons that Masonry has taught. Have you asked yourself this question, when you sit alone at night? While hubby is away at lodge: is my reasoning straight and right? I know the nights are lonely and long, but this question has come to me, “If my husband weren’t a Mason, what kind of man would he be?” I know nothing of their secret work, but this much I understand, That the lessons taught in Masonry have made a better man. “If my husband weren’t A Mason, what kind of man would he be?” They call us Masonic widows, I’ve been one for many a year, I’ve spoken my piece on lonely nights, and berated my hubby dear. But, then again, I regret my words, and with wisdom try to see, “If my husband weren’t a Mason, what kind of man would he be?” So I try to be a patient wife, as alone I meditate, And see his point, as he leaves for lodge, with these words, “I won’t be late”. Some say that men make Masonry, and this I understand, But, deep in my heart I still Maintain, “That Masonry makes the man.” And as we journey the highway together, to the inner things of life, May their teachings go on forever. Sincerely, A Masons Wife. (Author...

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