Jesus Influenced Freemasonry or was it the Other Way Around?

Jesus101I am often perplexed by the Masonic cognoscenti (pundit) that claims Christian beliefs do not belong or have anything to do with Freemasonry. Sadly, this belief is often perpetuated in many Masonic Blue Lodges. It is true that no one belief is taught within the Craft; in fact, it is well understood that Masonic lessons and ideas predate most contemporary religions. Nevertheless, even this fact is often lost within the Craft due to the belief in not harming another Brothers feelings; that we need to be more inclusive. In no way am I claiming the Craft is a Christian order; no, my writing will make the point that the ideas that Jesus promoted most certainly influenced the Craft – as have other religious ideas from various religions.

Moreover, it can also be argued that the ideas within Freemasonry more than likely influenced Jesus. This can be clearly seen in the York Rite bodies, which are filled with pre-Christian and post-Christian doctrine. Always remember, the story of Hiram and the Building of King Solomon’s Temple did not originate with Christianity; although, there are similarities, through allegory, to the death of Jesus. No, the story’s premise actually predates the Jesus era. It has been written, the teachings of Christ can actually be traced to the mystery schools and teachings that dominated the Mediterranean area and time period before and after Jesus; like the mystery schools from Greece, Rome and Alexandria, etc.  Therefore, in order to make my point, I will now break down Jesus’s word from his now famous Sermon on the Mount, which may include comments from your author.

Taken and adapted from Matthew Chapters 5-7, New International Version (NIV).

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount:

  • Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down.
  • His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes (Blessings): (These Blessing are used in several Masonic bodies).

  •        He said:
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  • Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
  • Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

You are a Shinning Light:

  • You are the salt of the earth. (Salt is an important component of Alchemy, which is taught within Freemasonry).
  • But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? (Same as previously mentioned).
  • It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. (Same as previously mentioned).
  • You are the light of the world. (Light is taught in every level of Freemasonry).
  • A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. (The truth is often hidden from the uninitiated, but not from the educated and informed Mason). 
  • Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. (an allegory about the uninformed vs. the informed; a lesson within the Craft). 
  • Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. (A light on a lamp is used within several levels of Freemasonry; including Blue Lodge). 
  • In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (The changes a Mason makes in his character, if properly learned and applied, will become visible to the world). 

How to Treat Others (Law and Reward):

  • Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. (A Mason has not come to change Masonic traditions; no, he has come to fulfill his responsibilities by following its laws). 
  • For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (This confirms the previous statement).
  • Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Freemasonry has levels; those who are worthy rise within the ranks and those who do not, remain in lower ranks; much of it based on behavior and commitment to the Craft and its laws and traditions).
  • For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Those men found unworthy will never be allowed to join the Craft). 

Anger and Murder – Punishment (Alternative Path):

  • You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ (The story of Hiram Abiff is an allegorical story about the ills of such behavior). 
  • But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. (Masonry teaches us Brotherly love).
  • Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. (Masonry teaches to have only friendly conversations; and the dangers of talking about such things as politics, religion and sexuality, etc).
  • Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (Masonry instructs men to be perfect, like God; one would be a hypocrite if he went to God and ask for something, if he had not made things right with his brother).
  • Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. (Masonry teaches men to humble themselves, to admit their faults and to become better men; that life is full of lessons, including those of evil). 
  • Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. (Masonry instructs a man that his word is his bond; if your agree to it verbally or agree to something in writing, you are required to do your best to fulfil those obligations). 
  • Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. (Masonry instructs men that their are sanctions for bad behavior; as well as rewards to good behavior).  

Adultery and Lust:

  • You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ (Freemasonry instructs a man to love and be faithful to his wife).
  • But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Freemasonry also instruct a man to have a pure heart).
  • If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. (This lesson is used as a sign in a York Rite Body).
  • It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. (This lesson is used as a sign in a York Rite Body).
  • And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. (This lesson is used as a sign in a York Rite Body).
  • It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. (This lesson is used as a sign in a York Rite Body).

Divorce:

  • It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ (Freemason are taught to follow civil law).
  • But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Freemasonry instruct a man to have a pure heart).

Oaths:

  • Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ (Freemasonry instructs a man to fulfill his obligations).
  • But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. (Freemasons often take oaths, but they are only binding to each other; God is only our witness. Masons are taught not swear an oath to God; such activity is personal).
  • And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. (As mentioned previously).
  • All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (As mentioned previously).

Do Not Resist Evil, But Instead Help Others:

  • You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ (Freemasonry teaches love for all of humanity).
  • But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. (Freemasonry teaches love for all of humanity).
  • If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (York Rite in particular teaches this lesson).
  • And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. (Freemasonry teaches love for all of humanity).
  • If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. (Freemasonry teaches love for all of humanity).
  • Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (A lesson within York Rite).

Love Your Enemy; Be Perfect:

  • You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ (Freemasonry teaches love for all of humanity).
  • But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Freemasonry teaches love for all of humanity).
  • He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Freemasonry instructs men about God’s love and power).
  • If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? (Freemasonry teaches love for all of humanity).
  • Are not even the tax collectors doing that? (Freemasonry teaches love for all of humanity; despite what others do).
  • And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others. (Freemasonry teaches love for all of humanity).
  • Do not even pagans do that? (Freemasonry teaches love for all of humanity; despite what others do).
  • Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Freemasonry is about make men better than their natural state; in God’s image).

Boasting (Secrecy and Reward):

  • Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. (Freemasonry instructs men to be silent; not to boast).
  • If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Freemasonry instructs men that rewards come from God; not other men).
  • So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. (Freemasonry instructs men to be silent; not to boast).
  • Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (Freemasonry teaches that God loves all of his creations).
  • But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. (Freemasonry instructs men to be silent; not to boast).
  • Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Freemasonry instructs men that rewards come from God; not other men).

Prayer and Forgiveness(Secrecy and Reward):

  • And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. (Masonic prayers are most often conducted in secret; hidden from public view).
  • Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (Freemasonry instructs men that rewards come from God; not other men).
  • But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. (Masonic prayers are most often conducted in secret; hidden from public view).
  • Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Knowledgeable Masons know that if righteous behavior is done in secret, God may reward him; that boasting is done in bad taste).
  • And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (Freemasonry instructs its priests and prelates to keep prayers short and on topic).
  • Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Freemasons are taught that God is all Powerful and all knowing; i.e. the Eye of God).
  • This, then, is how you should pray: (The Lords Prayer is specifically conducted in a York Rite Body; but maybe used elsewhere in Freemasonry).
    • Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
    • Give us today our daily bread.
    • And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
    • For yours is the kingdom and power forever.
    • Amen.
  • For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Freemasonry teaches forgiveness).
  • But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Same as listed previously).

Fasting (Secrecy and Reward):

  • When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. (Fasting is a healthy activity conducted by many knowledgeable Masons; but is something done in private).
  • Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (Freemasonry teaches that God loves all of humanity, despite its failures).
  • But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Knowledgeable Masons know that if righteous behavior is done in secret, God may reward him; that boasting is done in bad taste).

Treasures (Do Right):

  • Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (Freemasonry teaches to feed the poor, etc; that their rewards come from God, often rewarded in the future).
  • But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Same as previously mentioned).
  • For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Freemasonry instructs that rewards come from God, often rewarded in the future).

Eye (Outlook):

  • The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. (Freemasonry teaches love).
  • But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. (Freemasonry also instructs its initiates the lessons of failure).
  • If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Freemasonry teaches that each man is given a choice).

Masters:

  • No one can serve two masters. (Blue Lodge Masons are taught that the Master rules his Lodge; just like a Commander rules his Commandery. The lesson of one ruler permeate all Masonic orders).
  • Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. (Same as listed previously).
  • You cannot serve both God and money. (Just like one God is one ruler, Freemasonry instructs such a rule).

Life:

  • Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. (Freemasonry instructs men not to fear life, but to love and enjoy it).
  • Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? (Same as previously mentioned).
  • Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. (Freemasonry teaches that God has a plan).
  • Are you not much more valuable than they? (Based on Biblical and Masonic teaches, all God’s creations are important; however, man, being made in God’s image, is more important than his other creations).
  • Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (It is well understood within the Craft, especially Scottish Rite’s esoteric teachings, that negative behavior shortens ones life span).

Do Not Worry About Materiel Things:

  • And why do you worry about clothes? (Freemasonry instructs its initiates that God is firmly in control of your status in life).
  • See how the flowers of the field grow. (Same as previously mentioned).
  • They do not labor or spin. (Same as previously mentioned).
  • Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. (Freemasonry uses King Solomon as a metaphor for various instructions).
  • If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? (Freemasonry teaches men to have faith in God).
  • So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (Freemasonry teaches men to have faith in God and his plan for each man).
  • For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. (Freemasons are taught that when useful knowledge is given, not all will listen).
  • But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Freemasonry teaches men to have faith in God and his plan for each man).
  • Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Freemasonry teaches men to have faith in God and his plan for each man).

Judging Others:

  • Do not judge, or you too will be judged. (A clearly taught lesson within the Craft).
  • For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (A clearly taught lesson within the Craft).
  • Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (A metaphor for the previous lesson).
  • How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? (A metaphor for the previous lesson).
  • You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (A metaphor for the previous lesson).

Sacred Knowledge:

  • Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Freemasonry instructs its followers not to reveal the mysteries to the profane).

Ask, Seek and Knock:

  • Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Knocking is apart of Masonic tradition when asking for entrance into an activity).
  • For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (A lesson within the Blue Lodge).

How to Treat Others:

  • Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? (A Masonic lesson: seek God’s blessing, not man’s favor).
  • Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? (A Masonic lesson: seek God’s blessing, not man’s favor).
  • If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (A Masonic lesson: seek God’s blessing, not man’s favor).
  • So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (A Masonic lesson: seek God’s blessing, not man’s favor).

The Narrow Path:

  • Enter through the narrow gate. (A Masonic lesson: follow God’s way; not man’s).
  • For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. (A Masonic lesson: follow God’s way; not man’s).
  • But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (A Masonic lesson: follow God’s way; not man’s).

False Prophets (Teachers):

  • Watch out for false prophets. (Masonic lesson: based on the teaching Faith, Hope and Charity; Faith in God, Hope in Immorality and Charity towards all; and the Masonic lesson: eye to see and ears to hear).
  • They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. (Masonic lesson: eye to see and ears to hear).
  • By their fruit you will recognize them. (Masonic lesson: eye to see and ears to hear).
  • Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? (Masonic lesson: eye to see and ears to hear).
  • Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. (Masonic lesson: eye to see and ears to hear).
  • A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. (Masonic lesson: eye to see and ears to hear).
  • Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Masonic lesson: eye to see and ears to hear).
  • Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (Masonic lesson: eye to see and ears to hear).

True and False Followers:

  • Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Masonic lesson: based on the teaching Faith, Hope and Charity; Faith in God, Hope in Immorality and Charity towards all; in particular Faith in God).
  • Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ (A Masonic lesson: Faith in God).
  • Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (A Masonic lesson: Faith in God).

The Rock (Stone):

  • Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (The Masonic lessons based on the Rock or Stone; a rough ashlar turned into a smooth ashlar).
  • The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (The Masonic lessons based on the Rock or Stone; a rough ashlar turned into a smooth ashlar).
  • But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. (The Masonic lessons based on the Rock or Stone; a rough ashlar turned into a smooth ashlar).
  • The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. (The Masonic lessons based on the Rock or Stone; a rough ashlar turned into a smooth ashlar).

Conclusion:

  • When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Therefore, I certainly hope this exercise helped put the issue of Christian influence on the Craft into a better perspective. Thanks for reading!

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

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Rhetorical Debate is Unbecoming of a Freemason

Debate

I am often confronted with the Masonic pundit who enjoys demonstrating his endowed intelligence through the use of Rhetorical Debate. To be honest, I am still puzzled with this contemporary phenomenon. They perhaps learn it through television shows and news broadcasts, which love to use intelligent pundits to throw trash back and forth for the entertainment and enjoyment of its viewers. This may be akin to the Roman gladiators fighting to the death for the joy of the spectators in the Coliseum; sadly, little have we changed as a people. I think in some little way, many people enjoy watching others have their character destroyed; perhaps it makes them feel better about themselves and the lack of standing in society? Who knows for sure?

Yet still, many Freemasons reading this writing may be thinking to themselves that such behavior is OK. Well, I hope to persuade some of them at least that such behavior is unbecoming of a Freemason; and especially the Mason who desires the attainment of Immortality.

So what does Rhetorical mean? Here are but just a few definitions:

Definition of grandiloquence:

Definition of pompous:

Definition of bombastic:

Furthermore, the word debate can be defined as:

As such, we can see that the two words “rhetorical” and “debate,” especially when put together, can have a negative effect, particularly when one refers to spiritual influences.  It has been said that we are the sum total of our experiences, and that they are often demonstrated through our expressions.

Indeed, God has endowed man with the skills to debate issues of importance. However, ask yourself, is such an instance a fight or flight circumstance? You see, we have been built with the abilities to defend ourselves both physically, as well as intellectually. Honestly, if one’s personal safety, either physically and or morally were at stake, I could see a person using his rhetorical skills in defense; but other than such an instance, I sense such an exercise is a futile effort.

Pike confirmed the inflammatory nature of rhetoric, when he wrote:

Speech, also, is grossly abused in Republics; and if the use of speech be glorious, its abuse is the most villainous of vices. Rhetoric, Plato says, is the art of ruling the minds of men. But in democracies it is too common to hide thought in words, to overlay it, to babble nonsense. The gleams and glitter of intellectual soap-and-water bubbles are mistaken for the rainbow-glories of genius. The worthless pyrites is continually mistaken for gold. Even intellect condescends to intellectual jugglery, balancing thoughts as a juggler balances pipes on his chin. In all Congresses we have the inexhaustible flow of babble, and Faction’s clamorous knavery in discussion, until the divine power of speech, that privilege of man and great gift of God, is no better than the screech of parrots or the mimicry of monkeys. The mere talker, however fluent, is barren of deeds in the day of trial (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1872, p. 35).

And with regard to how we should act,

Your debates should be but friendly conversations. You need concord, union, and peace. Why then do you retain among you men who excite rivalries and jealousies; why permit great and violent controversy and ambitious pretensions? How do your own words and acts agree? If your Masonry is a nullity, how can you exercise any influence on others (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1872, p. 137).

Stephen Dafoe wrote,

Every Fellowcraft Mason learns of the importance of the liberal arts and sciences, of which he is instructed they are seven; namely, Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy. Unfortunately few Freemasons today take this instruction with any degree of seriousness and make no further effort to examine the nature of these arts.

Like much of Freemasonry, the liberal arts and sciences come to us from the Medieval period, when they were believed to be the sum total of all knowledge that was worth while to a complete education. They were known as “artes liberales” from the Latin “liber” meaning Free. In this sense they were the subjects available to free men and were a contrast from the “artes illiberales”, which were taught for purely economic reasons that a man may earn a living. These arts were the operative arts of the workmen and were considered less desirable educational pursuits. While we have adopted the seven liberal arts and sciences from the Medieval era, they were known in the Pythagorean and Platonic eras.

The seven liberal arts and sciences were broken into two groups. One concerning language and the other concerning mathematics.

The first was the “Trivium” or road of three paths and included grammar, rhetoric and logic. Grammar is that portion of language that allows us to fine tune our speech like the ashlars and remove all barbarous expressions. Rhetoric is the art, which allows us to persuade and have an effect upon the listener. The last and perhaps most important art of the Trivium is logic, which permits us the gift of reasoning. In a purely Masonic sense it allows us to understand our duties to God and towards each other.

The second was the “Quadrivium” or path of four roads and included arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. Arithmetic is the process by which we are able to calculate all weights and measures, but in a speculative and philosophical sense can be best summed up by the following quotation:

For the Freemason, the application of this science is that he is continually to add to his knowledge, never to subtract anything from the character of his neighbor, to multiply his benevolence to his fellow-creatures, and to divide his means with those in need.” From Mackey’s Masonic Encyclopedia.

Yes my friends, if you are seeking a higher spiritual realm, my recommendation is to run from such activity whenever it presents itself; for “the mere talker, however fluent, is barren of deeds in the day of trial.”

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

 

 

Be Careful What You Ask For!

2I have read it repeatedly, when dealing with spiritual forces, be careful what you ask for. Not only have I seen it, but I have also experienced this incredible phenomena. I know, some pundits will dismiss any idea that spiritual forces, or even God, exist. One only needs to read the Holy Bible to understand that spiritual forces, other than God, do in fact exist. Therefore, this writing is not intended for non-believers.

As a rule, I only ask God and his son Jesus for aid in my prayers. Nevertheless, I also understand that prayer is nothing but Magic; and that there are two forms of Magic, white and black. White being good and Black being evil. God being good and any spirit or god that is not good would be evil. Yet, with that said, it is also understood that other spirits, with powers, do intercede from time to time; and making a distinction between good and evil gets murky sometimes. Even Jesus himself warned us, when he said,

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!.’ Matthew 7:21-28 New International Version (NIV).

The above quote illustrates my point – that even if we think we are doing the work of Jesus, or God, we may in fact not be doing so. It is a well-known fact, within the ancient mysteries, that spirit forces imitate the forces of good in order to deceive mankind. One might actually be bringing into one’s life an evil force and not know it.

Case in point, I now believe that the Catholic Church knew this, and as a result went to great lengths to keep its followers from being lured by these forces of deception. Think about it, why did it maintain rules that forced their followers to go to a priest in order to communicate with God. I am certain that there were several reasons for conducting such a practice; the most important being people being lured by evil spirits.

Yet, notwithstanding these other significant points, the issue of eliciting forces and powers that influence people cannot be dismissed. Nevertheless, the Church did not stop with this practice; no, it went even to the point of inquisitions, which resulted in the burning of those people who were suspected of aligning with forces other than God. The reason for burning being obvious, as fire is the most assured way of purifying a soul of evil demons.

Moreover, there is also the power of suggestion, positive thinking and affirmations. These points can be brought under the umbrella of your own power. It is well understood that your own words and thoughts are powerful creators. Therefore, when you think of something, it affects you and your outlook; and when you say something, it affects your environment, including people, objects and spirits.

I have heard it said, when one says something, it will look for a home, and if it cannot be found, it will return to you. Think about that for just a second, if you said something bad and it could not find a home, that evil will return and affect you. Yet still, if you said something negative, it may also find a home within someone else, thereby aiding that person in feeding their negative lifestyle. And the same can be said of positive thoughts and words.

As such, I am reminded of Jesus when he said, “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also” (Matthew 5:39, New International Version).

There are, of course, differing views on the meaning of this verse; but for me, I relate it to the view of purity of heart and intention. Evil can never defeat goodness, or godliness. In fact, look closely at the words “good” and “god.” The difference between these two words is one “o,” which to me meant nothing or zero. It is no accident that the word good has a similar connotation with god, or God. As such, be good in your intentions, like God; this alone will guide what you ask for and will help keep you faithful, and out of harm’s way.

Yet, what about Immortality?

Again, be careful what you ask for. The process of Immortality is not an easy one; you must be willing to give up or adjust your lifestyle and many of the things you have been accustomed to, including food, spiritual ideas, sleep, relationships and even luxuries.

There are many reasons why the ancients went to great lengths to hide the truth. This knowledge must be earned in order to be appreciated and accepted for it to work. One must be willing to give up certain accepted norms to be granted this incredible gift from God.

I have seen the changes in my body and my spirit force, which I do not want to reveal in length. Let me just say, once one decides to take on this path, it will not be as easy as it first seems. You will have to allow your body and spirit to guide you away from generally accepted practices; and when you ask for a result, do not be surprised when these results appear; literally and or figuratively. Sometimes they come like a roar of thunder and other times like a soft rain. And even on a few occasions, it maybe painful and scary, but more on that in another writing.

My final words again, be careful what you ask for, you just might get it!

So Mote It Be!

 

Does Freemasonry Endorse the Ideals Behind Immortality?

AAAThis topic is often brought up in many of my private conversations. The simple answer is No and YES. On the surface, the simple answer is NO. You see, the ideals that support the teachings of Immortality are clearly not immediately visible. In fact, finding Immortal teachings requires a key. The general teachings or understandings that most people have regarding this topic often misguide even the most diligent researchers. I can comfortably say this, because even my own research was misguided, that was until I understood the key.

You see, I went into studying the ancient mysteries from a pure Christian perspective regarding Immortality; that being, the soul separated from the body upon death led to Immortality of the soul. This singular perspective perverted my research for years. In truth, it was not until my third reading of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma (1872) did I even understand that he was writing about different types of Immortality. Yes, you read that correctly, there is more than one type of Immortality. There is, of course, the commonly taught type of Immortality; that being, upon death the soul separates into an Immortal state. Nevertheless, there is also the idea of an eternal physical state, as well as other varying degrees of Immortality.

The former being that the body can live much longer than originally thought. The human body is designed to regenerate. However, most people are taught the principles of death, which guides their subconscious conditioning; leading to an inevitable early death.

Nevertheless, there is a YES equation to the question as well. Freemasonry does in fact teach many Immortal principles. Case in point: when Pike writes about Immortality of the soul, he may in fact be writing about the division of the soul upon death; however, there is also the ancient belief that the soul is only of effective use while the body is alive. Therefore, there is a dual meaning to the Immortality of the soul. Moreover, when he writes about Immortality as a stand-alone topic, he may be writing about three different meanings; and perhaps even more levels.

The first being what I like to call Life Extension; i.e. Immortality. A little history lesson is in order for this idea to make sense. In our historical past, say the Middle Ages, the average life span was about 30 and 40 years old. Therefore, when one generation witnessed someone much older living multiple generations, they simply referred to him as an Immortal. As such, an Immortal was a person who simply lived two to three times longer than the average person did. As well, we have accounts of others living hundreds and even thousands of years.

The second type of Immortality, as mentioned previously, is the nurturing the soul of a living human. The soul is to be nurtured while the person is alive in order to reach a higher level of enlightenment. The purer the soul, the higher that person reaches in his understanding of, not only God, but also his position in this world. This purity enables him to live a longer and more fulfilled life than say a person who lives a negative life.

Interestingly, my Scottish Rite Valley (Chapter) reads a list of brothers who passed away at the end of each year. While reading, I pay close attention to the ages of these departed brothers. Inevitably, most of the ages range between 90 and 105. I find this this most fascinating. These men simply lived good Masonic lives and as a result lived much longer than the average man does. How is this possible?  Simply stated, one lives longer when he is good, does good deeds and spreads love upon this earth. Yet, if they only studied the mysteries deeper, they may have in fact lived even longer.

Moreover, the third type of Immortality is what I was taught when I was a young man. In essence, the soul is to be purified before death in order to have an afterlife. Otherwise, your soul will not ascend to heaven.

Now, I am not dismissing any of these. The first two are very similar. The idea that one must purify his soul in order to extend his life (Life Extension) aligns well with simply living a good life. As well, I have no problem with the idea that if Life Extension is not attained, the alternative is an everlasting life in Heaven. I really do not think it is an all or nothing equation.

In support of my argument, we will now turn to Manley P. Hall, who probably said it best when he wrote, “But as the way for the redemption of the soul is concealed by the mysteries, so the secrets for the redemption of metals are also concealed, that they may not fall into the hands of the profane and thereby be perverted” (Hall, Manley, P. Secret Teachings of All Ages, 1928, p. 154). In short, the concepts surrounding the soul are not fully understood by most people; that there are most certainly mysteries yet to unfold; and that they are hidden for a reason, which is to keep them from the profane.

It should also be understood, there is the theory that one must also purify his body in order to attain an Immortal state. This is where the principles of Alchemy comes in; but that subject will be discussed at a later time period.

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

The Amazing Human Body

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It can be said that for most of human history, we have remained asleep; at least in the sense we are only recently starting to fully understand Divine Potential. We have become distracted by either the necessities of life, or the over indulgence of wealth, gluttony and sexual desires. This has led to an uneasiness of sorts. Nevertheless, humanity is starting to wake itself up; that being, the human body is perhaps one of the most incredible structures ever created.

It is well understood that our blood is the foundation of the human body; that is that it is continually rebuilding and repairing the body. It is the life force and thought of man’s existence. Some scholars believe the Holy writings of the Bible are symbolic for the building the human body. The word alchemy actually means flesh, as does the word Egypt (anatomy-flesh). Nevertheless, many ancient Alchemist did very little in terms of manipulation of the elements and compounds. They simply searched nature’s processes in order to understand its incredible operations.

The human body is comprised of minerals, molecules and atoms; these are the basic principles that comprise the building of flesh and bone. The mechanism we call the human body is in all actuality a miracle of Divine creation. People endlessly search deep into the earth, the waters of the seas and even the outer limits of space in search of new discoveries, when in fact, we still do not fully understand how the human body is created and operates. We do, however, have suppositions, many of which continue to change and evolve as our knowledge grows. In short, we do however have the elixir of life within the confines of the human body; of which others have laid a pathway for us to follow.

Adult bodies have about 165 bones; many of which cannot be fully imitated by science. Along this line of thinking, there are over 500 muscles, which, when laid out, stretch some 32’ in length. 1/5th of the average human body, or about 30 pounds, is blood. This being pumped by the heart that is about 6” in length and 4” in diameter, which pumps about 4200 times per hour or 36,720 times per year. Each heart beat pump 2.5 ounces of blood, or 8 tons per day; and all of the blood in the body passes through the heart about every three minutes.

The lungs contain about a gallon of air with each inflation of the chest; this accounts for an average of 1200 breaths an hour or 24,000 gallons per day.  The average brain weighs about 3-pounds, 8 ounces; and all the nerves of the body are connected directly to the brain or spinal marrow. Nevertheless, the nerves receive their nourishment from the blood.

Moreover, the average human body consumes about five pounds of food and drink daily, which accounts to over a ton yearly. As for its mechanics, man has tried in vain to duplicate the knee, elbow, fingers and toes; yes in part, but not in whole. Even more amazing, under normal conditions, the body self regulates itself at 98 degrees. In short, the human body is the embodiment of Gods incredible creation.

Finally, modern science has now caught up to the ancient ideas surrounding regeneration of the human body. The latest research has proven that the human heart regenerates about every 20 years; while the human skeleton regenerates every 10 years. Hair regenerates about every 3-6 years. It is generally believed that the brain does not regenerate; however, the latest research has proven that the olfactory bulb that governs smell and the hippocampus, which controls learning, does in fact regenerate. Moreover, your nails are 6 to 10 months old, red blood cells are about 4 months old, lungs are 2 to 3 weeks old, skin 2 to 4 weeks old, taste buds are 10 days old, and the intestinal lining is 2 to 3 days old.

Truly, the human body is an amazing regenerating entity. Once it is understood that the body does in fact regenerate itself and wants to live on, the only thing left to do is to change one’s attitude about the prospect of human longevity; something most people simply dismiss. Very sad. The reality is, the ancient mysteries knew and taught that man could live much longer than thought, if he only desired and studied it.

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

Many Paths, One Goal (The Basics)

2As previously mentioned, there are countless paths to the attainment of Immortality. As this is an individual journey, it is up to each individual to find his own path, which may in fact not work for another person.  That is why we say that Freemasonry is an individual journey. It is, of course, always helpful to have help along the way, a spiritual adviser or mentor if you will. Nevertheless, despite some guidance, no two paths are the same, just as no two bodies are alike.

All the same, though there are many paths to take, there are, in fact, some general guidelines one should consider when undertaking Immortality. Here are but a few:

1) Avoid death: do not talk about it, do not mention it and never attend a funeral – especially yours. This is especially important if one is susceptible to negative spirit forces. In no way do you want to endorse the ideology of death. In fact, do not even joke about it. In no way is it a part of your vernacular, behavior or verbiage. Avoid it at all cost.

2) Love for life: with every part of your being, tell yourself that God’s creation, including you, is fantastic and wonderful. Love for life is an instrumental part of your mental programming. Do not let anyone tell you differently; in fact, immediately tell yourself about God’s love for creation when someone does or says something negative to you. You must counter every negative electrical wave with a positive electrical counter wave.

3) Low calorie diet and moderate exercise: I know it is hard to do, but do your best to lower your calorie intake over time. If you were like me, I loved to gorge my food; something I learned in my youth. Yet, as I look back over the past several years, my intake is now about 1/3 of what it once way. I know I still have a long way to go; but time is my friend now that I think like an Immortal. I am constantly reminding myself to stop eating. I have not broken this habit yet. I do indulge myself from time to time when I feel the need; and when I do over indulge my appetite, I feel guilty because of it. I am desperately doing my best to recondition my mind and body. Although, as my spiritual mentor told me, “it will take time to change your eating habits, but if the desire for Immortality is strong enough, you will adapt; but do not rush it; time is now your best friend.” This simple lesson may be the hardest thing to accomplish for many people. Start now, and over time, work towards eating less and less. In time, your diet will consist of very moderate portions of food; some might even call them snacks, rather than meals. Moreover, moderate exercise is a must. No, you don’t have to push the limits of physical endurance; rather, limited physical activity helps keep the body healthy and youthful, as opposed to a stagnant lifestyle, which only brings on the quickening of death.

4) Become a student of the mysteries and a student of history: in order to attain an Immortal state, each student must become knowledgeable about esoteric teachings. No, you do not have to master every aspect of Alchemy to receive the benefits of Immortality. Yet, it is only through hard work and study will the benefits of the mysteries be earned. With greater understanding, comes acceptance. When one first reads these esoteric tales and lessons, he begins to wonder what they might mean and what the author was really trying to convey. Over time and with a great deal of study and patience, these allegorical lessons slowly begin to make sense and take shape; and then and only then will you begin to implement the hidden lessons into your quest. One of the biggest fears of a true Immortal is ignorance, not only his own, but also the ignorance of others, who will do everything in their power to destroy what they do not, or could even, understand. Our history is replete with examples of Immortals who either disappeared, or faked their death, in order to escape the actions of evil people. Yet, I have been told that this is the time for Immortal teachings to return; our civilization has reached a point in time of acceptance. We are now accepting of people with different views, religions and even sexuality. It is now time for the acceptance of Immortal training, which will lead to more and more Immortals revealing themselves. Yes my friends, Immortals do exist, but they will not reveal themselves publicly until they know it is safe. Only through the study of the mysteries and history will a true Immortal know how to attain and maintain his existence.

5) Have a relationship with God. It must always be remembered, Immortality cannot be attained separate from God. God (Nature) is the force, or energy, which aligns and allows all the elements to work toward the goal of life extension (Immortality). The ancient philosophers and alchemists knew that Immortality could not be attained without God’s help and guidance. I say guidance because it is He who guides each individual journey. It is His Will that allows all the knowledge to culminate within each person; and just as quickly as it is given, it can be stricken.

6) Pray: daily, and even hourly, prayer should be a part of your Immortal formula. Give constant thanks to God for your life, and for the love for his creation. It is through appreciation that one gains the needed connection to His creation. Immortality cannot be gained without God’s love for you and you for Him and His creation.

7) Discernment: I am constantly asking for the power of Divine discernment. You see, there is a difference between manly and Divine discernment. We, as worldly humans have been trained to think a specific way, which hinders our judgments. It is these worldly judgments that disconnect us from God. Case in point, I am often asked questions from a contemporary Christian view, which forces me to remind the student not to look upon the ancient mysteries from our current perspective. In fact, many of the lessons that came from the ancient mysteries predate Christianity, as well as many other religions today. Therefore, it may in fact be your current worldly judgments that are holding you back from seeing the prospect of Immortality. It is only through Divine insights, and a retooling of one’s mind, that Immortal lesson’s can be discerned.

There are perhaps many more lessons to ponder; but for now, if you can follow these seven basic Immortal lessons, you too will begin to find your way; with more guidelines to follow. I do not want to overwhelm anyone just yet.

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

Energy is Forever

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Energy cannot be destroyed; it can, however, be transformed or transmuted, thereby multiplying its frequency and sustainability. Everything in existence is information, like the ideals and teachings of death. This type of informational existence dominates one’s internal energy, which is damaging the prospect of longevity. It has been said that collective intelligence is itself an energy force; this structure also guides mortal thinking. Yet, this energy can also be redirected into an Immortal consciousness? Think about the possibilities.

In order to restructure ones potential for Immortality, it is necessary to live a happy, honest and creative life. We are simply a computer that has been programmed by the mind. The human body will do exactly what the conscious mind instructs. Therefore, optimism will enhance the prospect of Immortality, while pessimism will end in death. In short, if one believes in death, it is a guarantee that you will certainly die. If that is the case, why cannot it also be true, that being, if one believes in everlasting life, i.e. Immortality, one can live forever. It is, in fact, a reprogramming of one’s mind and body. Yet, with that said, if there is any doubt in one’s Immortality, it cannot be attained.

An Immortal state is not as simple as just believing it; no, one must also live a quality life and follow countless rules of governance. With this understanding, we know that many people have tried and failed, and continue to achieve this goal. This was an objective of the ancient and alchemical sages.

Nothing has changed, in fact, the basis for contemporary medicine (chemistry) can be found in ancient beliefs and alchemical literature of old. Immortality has been the collective dream since the beginning of time; and medical advancements and new technologies continue to strive toward that aim. The biggest difference though is the fact that modern medicine has separated itself from the spiritual side of the equation. Please remember, water is just water until it is preyed upon. Therefore, the power of prayer, spiritualism, is a necessary component of Immortality.

There is nothing wrong with using modern medicine; it is similar to the goal of the ancient alchemist. Nevertheless, the everlasting energy of spiritualism is a key component of attaining Immortality. Yet, for the most part, one does not have to use modern medicine if he had achieved and implemented the use of the Golden Elixir; sometimes called the philosophical stone.  There are, in fact, several alchemical formulas available even today. These formulas can be found in both the Holy Bible and Albert Pike’s book Morals and Dogma, 1871; as well as other Masonic writings.

You see, the basis of Freemasonry is Immortality. Think about it for a few minutes before immediately dismissing such thinking. Why be a good man? Why be a good citizen? Why be a good husband and father? Why believe in God? etc., etc., etc. What is the aim of all the foundational rules we have sworn to follow as a Mason? Many will say, “To attain Immortality of the soul, or an afterlife.” There is no doubt if you desire such a thing you will attain it. However, just as equally, if you desire Immortality of the flesh, you will also attain that goal. We are what we think; you are what you desire and beieve.

Just ask yourself this question, “How are you directing your spiritual energy; and to what aim? If you are directing your spiritual energy toward death, you will certainly attain it. If you are directing your spiritual energy toward Immortality (life), you will also attain it. Just do not have any negative thoughts on the topic; and you will discover the rules for Immortality, especially when asked for from God.

Next month, I will discuss many of the rules for attaining Immortality. There are, in fact, countless in number, and not exact in specificity. In short, there are many paths towards Immortality.

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

The Secret

There is nothing secret about the Philosopher’s Stone being a secret; nevertheless, there is good reason for this secrecy, but more on that a little later. It has been said that knowledge of such a Stone would inevitably collapse our current system. This of course is a debatable issue; nonetheless, let it be told here and now that such knowledge will never be granted or understood by the profane. You see, knowledge of the Stone has always been right in front of humankind; it has not wavered in the least. No, it is man who has wavered by way of his continued stubbornness toward godly behaviors.

A Golden Age has always been possible, but because of mankind’s corrupt state of existence, such dreams remain a fallacy to the masses. Most sages who possessed the secrets of Immortality held them close; never revealing them. As gatekeepers of such knowledge, they did not want this knowledge falling into the hands of the unworthy. The secret pact is still alive and well today. Simply, remember this, water is just water until one prays upon it. Which means, it is God himself who bestows such knowledge upon the worthy. And just as quickly, when a sage is granted Immortality, it can easily be taken from him as well. There is a sacred pack between God and man; and to break this pack, would mean the end of his existence. Just as quickly as it is granted, it can be stricken.

Some have referred to this as elite thinking, but I say nonsense. Only a student of world thinking would think such a thing. Today’s culture has promoted the idea that everyone is special and everyone deserves a trophy. Well, that is not how Immortality works. In short, it is earned through diligent study, loyalty to the mysteries and from the grace of God. Virtually every Immortal understands that they were chosen by God, not the other way around. They must have proven their worthiness, otherwise, Immortality would never have been granted.

It has been said that many Immortals are obsessive with life. On this point, I must agree; but for good reason. As I have stated before, it has been long understood that Immortals love life and must, at some point, fake their death. Dangers are always lurking. History is replete with examples of Immortals disappearing and reappearing in different locations and at different time periods. Whenever an Immortal feels threatened, either by people, or events, like a war or plague, he knows from experience that he must exit quickly and quietly. An Immortal is a survivor first and foremost. He evades death by way of his powers of discernment. These godly judgements or knowledge come from years, even hundreds and thousands of years, of study. The immortal loves to learn; in fact, his life depends on it. By understanding the history and the cycles that surround repeating events over and over again, he sees patterns of prosperity and decline. Knowing how to survive rises and falls becomes a part of his economic, spiritual and physical safety.

An Immortal has a natural fear of ignorance; because it is ignorant people who seek to destroy his longevity. Evil people often go to great lengths to attain the secrets of Immortality; but honestly, even when it is given under duress, the receivers of this knowledge often do not believe it will work, and therefore, it did not work and will never work. You see, the formula for Immortality is not a singular substance; no, it also encompasses the spiritual component. This point alone, makes attaining Immortality an impossible task for an evil person. There is no way an evil man, with evil intentions can attain Immortality. It does not work that way. That is why I wrote, water is just water until one prays upon it. In short, without the power of God (Nature), Immortality is unattainable.

Indeed, there are countless elixirs available to each and every person desiring Immortality. I personally know of several; but other than cleansing one’s internal body, they have no prolonging effect. The difference is the relationship you have with God, who will guide your study and transition into Immortality.

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

Mistrust due to a Lack of Understanding

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It has been said that Alchemy is as old as history itself; and is, in fact, the basis of contemporary medicine; despite this fact, most people still don’t believe in it. Much of the confusion stems from the fact that many alchemical writings were purposely written allegorically and obscurely; which was done purposely to hide the truth from the profane. Just like Masonic literature, especially the writings of Albert Pike, one must be a student of the craft in order to get the full benefits within.

The word mistrust can be defined as a lack of confidence; which may be a result of not understanding something, or just simple ignorance. Most people don’t believe things they have no understanding of; if there is no basis of understanding, the human mind simply ignores or denies the evidence. In short, in their minds, if something is not understood it does not exist. These things, like nature, become lies to the masses.

Therefore, Alchemy simply imitates and quickens nature. Thus, the definition is a self-supporting one, as it only claims what is already true. Yes, it is hidden, but it is natural. All truths must be in agreement with nature, plausible, rational, and most of all, they must make sense by way of Godly discernment. If not, one’s belief is simply black ignorance; rather than white truth.

Yet, even today, many students of the craft still object to the idea that nature (alchemy) is capable of producing a substance powerful enough to prolong life, i.e. Immortality. This is so because such an idea is too difficult to explain. How can anyone believe it without seeing it? Like Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub 4-minute mile. Until he accomplished it, everyone thought such a feat was impossible; but now running such times are common among hi-level athletes. You see, history is full of examples of Immortals who had to fake their deaths in order to continue to live. Immortals are afraid, and for good reason. These reasons are less important today. I believe the world will openly embrace them in the coming years. Many of the superstitions and religious biases of the past have fallen way to a more understanding world. This I believe has slowly transpired throughout our history, which has led us to this point in time.

As such, nature is a force that operates within this universe. We are, in fact, a part of this creation. How can we accept the fact that nature creates life, but does not have the ability to prolong it? If nature creates life, and we are a part of nature, then we should be able to create, and even prolong, life as well.

Consequently, any argument against Alchemy itself is simple ignorance; it matters little what one believes, such thinking does not change the truth; and the truth is, Immortality is attainable through Alchemy. To better clarify my point, here are a few Alchemical quotes to ponder and reflect upon; they all have to do with the attainment of the Immortality of the flesh:

“This Matter lies before the eyes of all; everybody sees it, touches it, loves it, but knows it not. It is glorious and vile, precious and of small account, and is found everywhere” (The Golden Tract Concerning the Stone of the Philosophers, Anonymous German Philosopher, 16th century).

“Human beings receive this Golden Elixir from Heaven. It is perfectly good with nothing bad in it, it is innate knowledge (liangzhi) and innate capacity (liangneng). It is the Numinous Root, entirely achieved and with nothing lacking. It is the Breath of precelestial Perfect Yang” (Liu Yiming’s, Awakening to Reality, Poem 3, 1734-1821).

“Know that our Mercury is before the eyes of all men, though it is known to few. When it is prepared, its splendour is most admirable; but the sight is vouchsafed to none, save the sons of knowledge. Do not despise it, therefore, when you see it in sordid guise; for if you do, you will never accomplish our Magistery—and if you can change its countenance, the transformation will be glorious. For our water is a most pure virgin, and is loved of many, but meets all her wooers in foul garments, in order that she may be able to distinguish the worthy from the unworthy” (The Fount of Chemical Truth, by Eirenaeus Philalethes, 1694 AD).

“Golden Elixir is another name for one’s inchoate fundamental nature (xing). There is no other Golden Elixir outside one’s fundamental nature. Every human being has this Golden Elixir complete in oneself: it is entirely achieved in everyone. It is neither more in a sage, nor less in an ordinary person. It is the seed of the Immortals and the Buddhas, the root of the worthies and the sages” (Liu Yiming’s, Awakening to Reality, Poem 3, 1734-1821).

“By the ignorant and the beginner it is thought to be the vilest and meanest of things. It is sought by many Sages, and found by few… Men have it before their eyes, handle it with their hands, yet know it not, though they constantly tread it under their feet… very common, and may be everywhere obtained in abundance” (The Sophic Hydrolith, Or, Water Stone of the Wise, Anonymous, 17th Century).

There is something which everyone recognizes, and whoever does not recognize it will rarely, perhaps never find it. The wise man will keep it and the fool will throw it away, and the reduction comes easily to the man who knows it” (A Magnificent and Select Tract on Philosophical Water, by Anonymous, 13th Century).

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

The Immortal Cabal: Manly P. Hall

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While reading Manly P. Halls book, The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928), I came across the following quote from the preface:

For once, a book which really lives up to its title. Hall self-published this massive tome in 1928, consisting of about 200 legal-sized pages in 8 point type; it is literally his magnum opus. Each of the nearly 50 chapters is so dense with information that it is the equivalent of an entire short book. If you read this book in its entirety you will be in a good position to dive into subjects such as the Qabbala, Alchemy, Tarot, Ceremonial Magic, Neo-Platonic Philosophy, Mystery Religions, and the theory of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. Although there are some questionable and controversial parts of the book, such as the outdated material on Islam, the portion on the Bacon-Shakespeare hypothesis, and Hall’s conspiracy theory of history as driven by an elite cabal of roving immortals, they are far out-weighed by the comprehensive information here on other subjects.

Of particular interest is the following sub-quote, “Hall’s conspiracy theory of history as driven by an elite cabal of roving immortals.” At first I was taken back; did I just read what I think I read? After several days of reflecting on the topic, I decided to investigate this claim further.

The truth is, I personally believe there are Immortals roaming this earth; but the question remains, is there a central authority of Immortals, or are they simply a group of Immortals working independent of each other.

The term Cabal can be defined as, “engaged in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together.” There are also several more sinister definitions, like, “a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act,” and “a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue.” Nevertheless, I do not believe there is an Immortal Cabal that is intended to do anything harmful to the mortal population; let me explain further.

According to Robert Coon, Immortals work independent of each other. Each immortal has found an independent path to helping humanity and this planet. One cannot gain an Immortal state of existence except by goodness. Therefore, any idea that there is a group of Immortals, a Cabal if you will, coordinating to control anything is simply unbelievable.

You see, Immortality is only granted to the individual who has demonstrated spiritual and physical purity; or as I like to say, goodness.

As Robert Coon mentioned in his book, The Path of the Phoenix (2009), “Immortals are your brothers and sisters. They have no interest in either being persecuted or idolized! The promise is always: we shall recognize the Immortals when we are as they – equals in our Passions for, and Masteries of, the Divine” (p. 183)!

You see, Immortals are nonconformist, they cannot even agree on one single formula for Immortality; so how could anyone even think they could agree on ruling this planet. In fact, the concept of controlling another person or a people is contrary to the laws of Immortality. Coon continued,

It is wrong to attempt to impose a universal condition on everyone that limits possibilities. There are an infinite number of valid pathways – all of which lead to the same place. Immortals enjoy life immensely. For some, that enjoyment may involve listening to heavy metal music, or drinking a beer. Individually, we each have to make decisions about which experiences enhance the quality of our lives. There is no doubt whatsoever, that for some of us watching T.V., drinking single malt whiskies, or listening to loud, energetic music does create life and happiness… Immortals are anarchists, in the most pure and friendly sense of that word… We profane another person’s purpose in life when we attempt to impose our own prejudices, fears, and weaknesses upon them. We do not have a legal right to tell another person what their purpose is (p. 193-194).

As such, there is no Immortal Cabal, despite the fact some people believe it and even write about it. Nevertheless, the most fascinating part of the above quote, “Hall’s conspiracy theory of history as driven by an elite cabal of roving immortals” is the fact that we now have independent confirmation that Manly, P. Hall was a devotee and teacher of Immortalism,

The Light and the fire which rise are the divine man, ascending in the path of the Word, and that which fails to ascend is the mortal man, which may not partake of immortality. Learn deeply of the Mind and its mystery, for therein lies the secret of immortality (Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of the Ages, 1928, p. 39).

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir