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Ancient Mysteries and Modern Masonry - Charles Hall

Ancient Mysteries and Modern Masonry - Charles Hall

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The purpose of these lectures is to consider the origin and nature of the Ancient Mysteries and Modern Masonry and to show the relation which they bear one to the other. Freemasonry deals largely with the morals and symbols of the Mysteries of Antiquity, and originally was one of the channels of Ancient Wisdom.

There were a few among the founders of Modern Masonry who possessed the Royal Secret, or, at least, had a knowledge of its existence, and, if the key has been lost, the Mason, as Heir-apparent of the Old Wisdom, should be foremost in the search for its recovery.
The purpose of these lectures is to consider the origin and nature of the Ancient Mysteries and Modern Masonry and to show the relation which they bear one to the other. Freemasonry deals largely with the morals and symbols of the Mysteries of Antiquity, and originally was one of the channels of Ancient Wisdom.

There were a few among the founders of Modern Masonry who possessed the Royal Secret, or, at least, had a knowledge of its existence, and, if the key has been lost, the Mason, as Heir-apparent of the Old Wisdom, should be foremost in the search for its recovery.

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ANCIENT MYSTERIES AND MODERN MASONRY.Charles H. VailINTRODUCTION.The purpose of these lectures is to consider the originand nature of the Ancient Mysteries and Modern Masonryand to show the relation which they bear one to theother. Freemasonry deals largely with the morals andsymbols of the Mysteries of Antiquity, and originally was one of the channels of Ancient Wisdom.There were a few among the founders of Modern Masonry who possessed the Royal Secret, or, at least, had aknowledge of its existence, and, if the key has beenlost, the Mason, as Heir-apparent of the Old Wisdom,should be foremost in the search for its recovery.All agree that the Masonic symbols and traditions areof the greatest antiquity, and can be traced to the farEast--to the earliest civilization, from which time andplace they have spoken in nature's language to allpeoples of the earth. We are more and more convincedthat this picture language of our ritual contains a most complete philosophy--a knowledge embracing theeternal verities of the universe, and that thesesymbols were designed by the Initiates of old topreserve and convey that Ancient Wisdom to the presentand future generations. Though empires and dynasticcontinents have appeared and passed away, these ancientsymbols, hewn in rock-cut temples and monuments, haveserved to convey the Great Secret from ages past and will continue its record as long as this part of theuniverse remains.Modern, Masonry, has become in a special sense, thecustodian of these ancient symbols; and should not becontent with its possession only, nor with merelyimitating its various predecessors; but should enterboldly into the inheritance of its birthright and seekthe Ancient Wisdom of its illustrious prototypes. Toconfine the interpretation of its symbols and legendsto lessons in morality and fraternity, such as arefound in all exoteric religions, is not to grasp thedeeper meaning that the glyphs and parables were meantto convey. Many to-day realize this fact and they areseeking still "More Light"--without, as well as withinthe tiled doors of our Lodges.In setting forth the results of modern researchconcerning the symbols and legends of antiquity andtheir meaning in Modern Masonry, I shall not lift theveil from the secrets of the Order, but will endeavourto lead the initiate to the clearer light that he maynot only see for himself the connection, linking thepast with the present; but will begin to know, through
 
the development of his higher Masonic manhood, the mighty truth of which these symbols speak. In thisendeavour I shall only refer to those things in Masonrythat are exoteric and contained in our bestpublications. I do not claim the knowledge that wouldenable me to completely unfold the mystery andphilosophy embodied in the glyphs of ancient times, butthat they do embody an occult science no thinking manof to-day has any doubt, and if I am able to throw evena little light on the great subject of ancient symbolic mysteries I shall feel amply repaid for my efforts.I am sure the lectures will prove interesting andinstructive to both members and non-members of theOrder, and while some few things mentioned will bebetter understood by Master Masons, my meaning will beclear to all: and that they may lead to a betterunderstanding of the Ancient Mysteries and ModernMasonry, I bespeak for the subject matter your carefulinvestigation.LECTURE I.THE ORIGIN AND OBJECT OF THEANCIENT MYSTERIES.Along with the popular traditions and public cults ofancient times, there existed an inner organization ofreligion--the Mystery Institution--which was thechannel of secret traditions. While our knowledge of the Mysteries is not soextensive as we could desire, owing to the fact thatthey were anciently guarded with the greatest care --the slightest violation of the oath of secrecy beingpunishable by death--we know that the mystery-side ofreligion, a knowledge of its highest cult anddoctrines, was only attained through initiation. Everygreat Teacher of antiquity passed through theseportals. This one fact in itself makes the study of theMysteries of the utmost importance to Masons.The Institution of the Mysteries was to be found in allparts of the world. There were the Mysteries of Isisand Osiris in Egypt, the Mithraic Mysteries of thePersians, the Orphic and Bacchic and the laterEleusinian semi-Mysteries of Greece, the Mysteries ofSamothrace and Chaldea, the Mysteries of India, theDruidical Mysteries, the Gothic Mysteries, and manyothers.Thus it follows that the key to antiquity is aknowledge of its Mysteries. The late Gen. Albert Pike,formerly Sovereign Grand Commander of the SupremeCouncil, Southern Jurisdiction, A.A.S.R. illustratesthis by saying: "Through the veil of all the hieratic
 
and mystic allegories of the ancient dogmas, under theseal of all the sacred writings, in the ruins ofNineveh or Thebes, on the worn stones of the ancienttemples, and on the blackened face of the sphinx ofAssyria or Egypt, in the monstrous or marvellouspictures which the sacred pages of the Vedas translatefor the believers of India, in the strange emblems ofour old books of Alchemy, in the ceremonies ofreception practiced by all the mysterious Societies, wefind traces of a doctrine everywhere the same, andeverywhere carefully concealed. The occult philosophyseems to have been the nurse or godmother of allreligions, the secret lever of all the intellectualforces, the key of all divine obscurities, and theAbsolute Queen of Society, in the ages when it wasexclusively reserved for the education of the Priestsand Kings." (Morals and Dogma, p. 729.)THE ORIGIN OF THE MYSTERIES.The Mysteries had their origin in the first greatTeachers and Guides of humanity. These are called the"Sons of Venus," they formed the! "Nursery of Adepts"--the nucleus of the first Great White Lodge. The Chiefof these is known by many mystic names in the old writings--the "Root Base of the Occult Hierarchy," the"Kumara," etc. Surrounding the Chief there was a smallband of Beings who came to earth to labour for theevolution of young humanity. Another class of Beings who aided in this work was called Agnishvattas. Many ofthese, we are told in the "Stanzas of Dzyan," becameArhats. Thus was established upon earth, according totradition, the first Great Occult Hierarchy.In the early ages occult knowledge was taught openly,as the sciences are taught in our colleges to-day. Butin the course of time many allowed their selfishness torule and so abused their power that it became necessaryto withhold such knowledge from the unworthy. This wasthe condition of religious affairs when the Mysteries were necessarily established by the King-Priests of theDivine Dynasties, in the days of Atlantis.There were many already in possession of occultknowledge who were so engrossed in selfishness thatthey could not be brought into the divine path; andtheir abuse of this power over the forces of nature made them giants of evil. They rebelled against the White Emperor, and became Black Magicians, this causeda long and fierce struggle. At last the cup of evil wasfull; the forces of nature were turned against theland, until the great continent, together with allfollowers of their own selfish practice, sank beneaththe waters of the ocean. Before the storm broke,however, the men of the "Good Law" heeding the summonsto escape, migrated to a place of safety.

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