Ten Symbolic Aphorisms of Pythagoras

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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In Search of the Baptist

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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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Man’s Prison Cell

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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

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  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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