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The Beginning of Masonry

The Beginning of Masonry


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The Beginning of Masonry by Frank C. Higgins: "If the ultimate and all-sustaining secret of Freemasonry may be openly expressed in a few words, it will be these: The entire course of nature is manifested in cycles." This is a free ebook in pdf format.
The Beginning of Masonry by Frank C. Higgins: "If the ultimate and all-sustaining secret of Freemasonry may be openly expressed in a few words, it will be these: The entire course of nature is manifested in cycles." This is a free ebook in pdf format.

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One of the finest examples of the application of the ancient

number Philosophy, is to be found in the very first verse of the

first chapter of Genesis, which reads as follows:

"In the begin-

ning God created the heavens and the earth," etc.

The Holy Bible, aside from the beautiful quality of the Eliza-

bethan or rather Jacobean English of its translators, which

rings so sweetly to the Anglo-Saxon ear, is not an English docu-


It is the best rendition that the best men of several

periods have been able to give us, according to their best con-

temporary lights, of a Hebrew "Old Testament" and a Greek

"New Testament."

As original documents, in their respective original tongues,

there is no secret among scholars that the first reflects a great

volume of Chaldean mysticism and that the second bears the

impress of the schools of Alexandria. The Old Testament is the

Holy Book of the Hebrews, and their scholarship has been con-.

cerned with it for some thousands of years, bearing fruit in that

colossal commentary called theTalmudand the deeply mystical

Kabbalah,not to speak of the profound and almost inspired

writings of Philo Juda;us.

The philosophical system known as that of the "Chaldean

Numbers" is sufficiently in evidence in the works quoted to dis-

prove any suspicion that they are an invention for the purpose

of proving something connected with modern Masonry.

They are the basis of the so-called Pythagorean system,

which sought to erect a complete theory of cosmogony on a math-

ematical basis, and we are now justified in believing that Pytha-

goras did no more than pass into Greece that which he learned

from the hierophants of Chaldea and Central India.

Many Hebrews and Greeks employ the letters of their re-

spective alphabets as numbers, to this very day.

Almost all the ancient names of Deity, when their letters

are resolved into numbers, are found to consist of whatare

sometimes called "cosmic" numbers, in that they set forth some

great and majestic planetary or terrestrial cycle which attests




the stupendous scope of divine power and wisdom. The "In-

effable" Name is the most remarkable of these cabalistic words,

because it can be shown in various ways to be the pivotal formula

upon which turned the seven primitive sciences of the Chaldeans


In the original texts there are over a dozen different names of

Deity, which are uniformly translated "God," even though indi-

vidually they possess shades of meaning conveying notions of

special divine attributes.

The two accounts of Creation embodied in the book of Gene-

sis are called the "Elohistic" and "Jehovistic," respectively,

because of the employment of the distinct titles "ALHUN{" and


The former, the letters of which are valued as 1-30-5-10-40,

are quoted by Mme. Blavatsky as giving thePiproportion when

written in a circle. Arranged as an acrostic, however, in the 25

squares of Pythagoras' "square on the hypothenuse," and em-

ploying only the digits in the final expression (see illustration),

the result is much better.

"Bezaleel, the builder of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness,"

says the Talmud, "knew the transposition of letters by which

God created the World."

ALHIM, reversed into "MIHLA," is a Hebrew word ex-

pressing "circumcision." The addition of the digits of 3.1415

is 14, which was the value of the diameter of a circle in a wide

range of oriental philosophies, because 3 1-7 times 14 is 44, or

11 x 11, the perimeter of which closely corresponds with that of

a circle, 14 of the.same parts in diameter. This problem is one of

the most noted Egyptian hieroglyphs, and is profusely sculp-

tured on the facade of the great Temple of Hathor at Denderah.`

The 3.1415 formula of the Pi proportion is popularly attrib-

uted to the noted Greek mathematician and engineer Archime-

des of Syracuse.

It is not final, however, and the greatest and most painstak-

ing of German mathematicians have continued theArchimedean

Elohim (Aihlm) the "Pt" Proportion.


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process until they have run the figure into several score of deci-

mal places without attaining finality. This is precisely what the

ancient mind probably meant to express, with exquisite rever-

ence-a creative factor inseparable from all orderly arrange-

ment of matter, which could not be proved finite.

The verse that embodies "ALHIM" is-

In the beginning God (Elohim) created the Heaven and

Earth, and the Earth was without form and void, etc.

It is completely in accord with the ancient philosophy, which,

in apostrophizing the Deity as the "Pi proportion," meant what

later, in Isaiah, is called "The living Elohim, "-ThePipropor-

tion, endowed with omnipotent self-exertion in the ordering of

inchoate matter; in other words, a LOGOS active in Cosmos.

ThePiproportion is something that is never absent, in one form

or other, from every one of the world's primitive religions, and

certainly enters deeply and radically into the philosophies that

have given rise to what we in these days call "Masonry."


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