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In placing this volume, which is the revised edition of the book first
issued under the title, Ancient Mystic Oriental Masonry, I do so without the
thought of an apology, owing to the fact that the first edition was received
by the earnest students of Masonry and the Occult not because it was an
expose, but because it was an interpretation of Masonic symbolism as handed
down to us through the ages from the Mysteries of the Ancients.
As a Masonic work, the book must stand unchallenged for the reason that the
basis of its symbolism is from the highest and universally accepted Masonic
writers. The interpretation is also Masonic, with an additional Mystic
interpretation appearing within brackets. For this I am personally
responsible, though these explanations are based on and entirely harmonious
with the inculcations of the Ancient Mysteries as received by myself through
my various journeys in the realm of the mystic. It is therefore entirely
lawful for me to offer them to the aspiring neophyte.
There are indeed many reasons why the present volume should be generously
circulated among all classes of students of the Occult and Mystic, especially
the members of the Masonic bodies.
Entirely too little is known to the vast majority of these brethren of the
modern organizations known as Masonic. They have been given the letter, which,
though beautiful in itself, does not contain the life, and because of this
lack, they cannot successfully defend the expression frequently heard, that
Masonry is a religion.
Initiation is not what it is generally supposed to be. All Masons are
familiar with the ceremonial form of Initiation but in reality this is no more
than an outward symbolization of an inner, an esoteric work, which should take
place within each man seeking the Mysteries. A man may have received the
degrees of the Blue Lodge and may be an honor to that lodge and yet be wholly
unfamiliar with the method of procedure which would bring into manifestation
the results of the personification of the life as symbolized in these three
degrees. It is this outcome of which, not only Masons but the entire human
race are now so very much in need.
Thousands of good men and true accept the letter of Masonry for the spirit
or as including the spirit. Here is where begins the first great error.
Nothing new can come to Masonry but there is a world of truth in Masonic
symbolism of which the vast majority of the membership of the honored body has
not even heard, to say nothing of having a comprehension of the saving truth
therein contained. It is for the purpose of helping these and pointing them
the way, that the present work in its new form of interpretation is presented
to them, as well as to the public, it being the author's contention that this
plan cannot possibly harm Masonry but, contrariwise, will help to glorify the
institution by showing that it is kept alive and moving forward by a spirit
which makes for the welfare not alone of the members of the association, but
of mankind generally and universally.
Masons who know and Initiates of the true Occult Brotherhoods who have had
life and strength enspirited within by the knowledge of basic truths
harmonious with universal (God's) irrevocable Law, uncontradictably maintain
"The ritual of Freemasonry [Masonic symbolization] is based on this natural
law, and the ceremony of initiation illustrates, at every step, this
principle, and if the result attained is a possession [of words and symbols]
rather than a regeneration [of the candidate], in the great majority of cases,
the principle remains none the less true. The mere inculcation of moral
principles, or lessons in ethic, and their symbolic illustration and dramatic
representation, are by no means in vain. These appeal to the conscience and
moral sense in every man and no man has ever been made worse by the lessons of
the lodge. By these rites and benefits, the Freemason is, above all men, in
our so- called modern civilization, the nearest to the Ancient Wisdom. He has
possession of the territory in which lie concealed the Crown Jewels of Wisdom.
He may dig deeper and find not only the Keystone of the Arch, the Ark of the
Covenant, the Scroll of the Law but, using the spirit concealed in the wings
of the Cherubim, he may rise untrammeled by the rubbish of the temple and,
meeting Elohim [Jehovah Adonai - the Father of Light], learn also to say "I am
that I am!" Does this read like a rhapsody, and are the landmarks, traditions
and glyphs of Freemasonry, nothing more?
"The Universal Science and the Sublime Philosophy, once taught in the
Greater Mysteries of Egypt, Chaldea, Persia and India [ and now in the
Priesthood of \u00c6Eth] and among the many other nations of antiquity, is a dead
letter in modern Freemasonry. The intelligent Mason, however, should be the
last person in the world to deny that such a Wisdom once existed, for the
simple reason that the whole superstructure of Masonry is built upon the
traditions of its existence, and its ritual serves as its living monument.
Proficiency in the preceding degree is everywhere made a reason for
advancement in Masonry. This proficiency is made to consist in the ability of
the candidate to repeat word for word, certain rituals and obligations already
passed, the meaning and explanations of which constitute the lectures in the
various degrees. The usage at this point, in the United States at least,
serves to secure the rights and benefits of the Lodge [the lodge is symbolic
of the heavens as well as the universe] to those entitled to them, and to
withhold them from others, rather than to advance the candidate in real
knowledge [i.e., the bringing into existence, manifestation and
personification the potencies and forces innate within this universe which
heaven]. -Dr. Buck, Mystic Masonry.
(*) All the Degrees of Ancient Mystic Masonry are in possession of the
Fraternity, Sons of Osiris.
Second, due to the fact that with the death of the Widow's Son, the
Master's Word and the secret manner of using it had been lost. Therefore,
Solomon in his extremity called a Secret Council at low-twelve in the secret
crypt under the Sanctum Sanctorum. This Secret Council consisted of Solomon,
King of Israel; Hiram, King of Tyre; Zadok, the High Priest and Benaiah,
Captain of the Guards.
After Solomon had deplored the loss of Hiram Abiff and, with him, the
Master's Word and the secret manner of using it, Hiram, King of Tyre, arose
and reminded King Solomon that Nathan, the Prophet, was still alive and might
be able to render some assistance in the present calamity. Solomon, therefore,
ordered Benaiah, Captain of the Guards, to search out and bring before him
Nathan, the Prophet.
Benaiah, having ascertained that Nathan the Prophet was at the house of
Abiathar, a former High Priest under King David, repaired to the palace only
to find that Nathan had died of old age but a very short time previous to his
arrival. He therefore set about to return and discovering a stranger wandering
near the Secret Crypt, he thereupon took him into his custody and brought him
before the Secret Council. The stranger proved to be Abdemon, a very wise man
and a subject of Hiram, King of Tyre. Upon examination it was found that he
had been initiated as an Entered Apprentice, passed to the Degree of Fellow
Craft, raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason by Seisan, a Scribe, who
had journeyed into the country of the Tyrians, so that the secrets of Masonry
preceded Hiram, King of Tyre, into his own dominions.
Abdemon, being a Master Mason, and recognized by King Hiram as a very
learned and crafty man, was at length admitted to the Secret Council after
giving into the hands of King Solomon a manuscript that had been given to him
in a wonderful and mysterious manner by an Egyptian during the time he was
held in confinement by the Secret Council. Solomon was so pleased with the
manuscript that he then and there admitted Abdemon as a member of the Secret
Council which was then sitting. Abdemon, in his turn, felt himself so highly
honored that he begged leave and received permission to journey into the land
of Egypt that he might be initiated into the secrets of the Initiates of the
Great Pyramid and, in turn, promised to journey back into the land of the
Israelites and disclose to the Secret Council what he had learned. Abdemon was
successful in his efforts and the following degrees were instituted to
preserve the knowledge he had gained in the land of Egypt and his journey and
initiation in the Great Stone Pyramid: The King's Pioneer; Degree of Master of
the Secret Cavern.
After resting for three days at the well of Beersheba, Ameni, the Singer, the Horoscopus and Abdemon, under the escort of the King's Pioneer, journeyed by easy stages to Mount Serbal, where the parties took refuge in a natural cave and there Abdemon received his final instructions before his initiation into the Degrees of the Pyramid.
During the course of the journey, Ameni disclosed to Abdemon many hidden
mysteries concerning initiation and why it was impossible to make these
disclosures to the multitude in general. Among the things which Ameni
communicated to Abdemon on their journey, the following is but a part:
"Before appearing on earth, man [the Soul which takes up its abode in the body we call man] lived in a spiritual world, similar to the one in which he lives on leaving the earth. Each awaits his turn in this sphere to appear on earth, an appearance necessary, a life of trials none can escape.
"The life anterior, which we have all passed through, was, so to speak, a
life of nothingness, of childbirth, of happiness like that which we enjoy on
our exit from the earth; but this happiness cannot be comprehended, because it
is not accompanied with sensations to prove its reality, therefore God deemed
it fit that we should pass through these successive lives, the first, on the
globes of which I speak to you - a life unknown of beatitude, devoid of
sensation - the second, the one you now enjoy, a life of action, sensation - a
painful life placed between the two, to demonstrate through its contrast the
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