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The Meaning of Masonry by W. L. Wilmshurst [1922]

The Meaning of Masonry by W. L. Wilmshurst [1922]

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 THE MEANING OF MASONRY W.L. WILMSHURST P.M. 275; PAST PROVINCIAL GRAND REGISTRAR  (WEST YORKS.) P. Lund, Humphries & Co.; W. Rider & Son: London [1922]Scanned, proofed and formatted at sacred-texts.com, December 2006, by John Bruno Hare. This text isin the public domain in the US because it was published prior to 1923. The Meaning of Masonry, by W.L. Wilmshurst, [1922], at sacred-texts.com CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 
 
 The Position and Possibilities of the Masonic Order <page 5> CHAPTER I The Deeper Symbolism of Masonry<page 19> CHAPTER II Masonry as a Philosophy<page 54> CHAPTER III Further Notes on Craft Symbolism<page 87> CHAPTER IV The Holy Royal Arch<page 138>
 
 CHAPTER V The Relation of Masonry to the Ancient Mysteries<page 170> The Meaning of Masonry, by W.L. Wilmshurst, [1922], at sacred-texts.com[p. 5] Introduction THE POSITION AND POSSIBILITIES OF THE MASONIC ORDER THE papers here collected are written solely for members of the Masonic Order, constituted under theUnited Grand Lodge of England. To all such they are offered in the best spirit of fraternity andgoodwill and with the wish to render to the Order some small return for the profit the author hasreceived from his association with it extending over thirty-two years. They have been written with aview to promoting the deeper understanding of the meaning of Masonry; to providing the explanationof it that one constantly hears called for and that becomes all the more necessary in view of theunprecedented increase of interest in, and membership of, the Order at the present day.The meaning of Masonry, however, is a subject usually left entirely unexpounded and that accordinglyremains largely unrealized by its members save such few as make it their private study; the authoritiesof what in all other respects is an elaborately organized and admirably controlled community havehitherto made no provision for explaining and teaching the "noble science" which Masonry proclaimsitself to be and was certainly designed to impart. It seems taken for granted that reception into theOrder will automatically be accompanied by an ability to appreciate forthwith and at its full value allthat one there finds. The contrary is the case, for Masonry is a veiled and[p. 6]cryptic expression of the difficult science of spiritual life, and the understanding of it calls for specialand informed guidance on the one hand, and on the other a genuine and earnest desire for knowledgeand no small capacity for spiritual perception on the part of those seeking to be instructed; and notinfrequently one finds Brethren discontinuing their interest or their membership because they find thatMasonry means nothing to them and that no explanation or guidance is vouchsafed them. Were such

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