Beyond Mere Mortalism

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I readily admit, my upbringing was pretty much like everyone else; at least in the sense that I was taught Mortalism, which is “the belief that human beings are not naturally immortal…” Therefore, any suggestion that Immortality is a possibility is often dismissed by the population at large; yet, stories of Immortals abound. Is it just a hope of living forever that drives these stories, or could there possibly be some, even a little, truth to Immortality.

My research has found a clear and distinct link between moral behavior and the achievement of Immortality. To start, let’s take a look at the words of Eliphas Levi:

“When the masters in alchemy say that little time and money are needed to accomplish the works of science, above all when they affirm that one vessel is alone needed, when they speak of the great and unique Athanor which all can use, which is ready to each man’s hand, which all possess without knowing it, they allude to philosophical and moral alchemy” (Eliphas Levi, The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic, 1854, p. 59). 

Of course, an Athanor is a unique oven; it even goes by the names, Philosophical furnace, Furnace of Arcana, or the Tower furnace. This is a reference to the Philosophers Stone and the Great Arcana, which is the quest for Immortality. The metaphor of cooking or heating something has several uses; but for the sake of this conversation, let’s just discuss the cooking or making of a moral man. Morality can best be defined as:

a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with “goodness” or “rightness”… Immorality is the active opposition to morality (i.e. opposition to that which is good or right), while amorality is variously defined as an unawareness of, indifference toward, or disbelief in any set of moral standards or principles.

The first and perhaps biggest lesson to learn, if one wants to attain an Immortal state, is that He must be a Man with a high moral character. Let us again take a closer look at Levi’s quote from above, but before you reread it again, please take a closer look from this perspective, and ask yourself these questions, what is meant by “little time and money” is needed, or perhaps, what is the “one vessel,” or again, what is within reach of each “man’s hand,” and what does “each person possess,” and of course, the indirect reference to the Philosophers Stone and the Great Arcana, which is a reference to Immortality. Here it is again:

“When the masters in alchemy say that little time and money are needed to accomplish the works of science, above all when they affirm that one vessel is alone needed, when they speak of the great and unique Athanor which all can use, which is ready to each man’s hand, which all possess without knowing it, they allude to philosophical and moral alchemy” (Eliphas Levi, The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic, 1854, p. 59).

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In other words, you too possess the gift of Immortality. Therefore, the study and mastery of moral behavior is essential to the attainment of Immortality, which brings us to the study of Albert Pike and his book Morals and Dogma (1872). So many people, even Freemasons, don’t truly understand his book or the principle reason for his writing of it; they simply dismiss it as either too difficult to read, or utter nonsense. Nevertheless, if one really takes the time to understand his writings, and not just dismiss it based on other peoples limited knowledge of it, they too would find countless wonders.

I have heard and read this saying, time and time again, “A god in the making,” or variants thereof. In short, that means once you have attained your Immortal status, you have become a god. No, this is not blasphemy. In all actuality, we were made in God’s image; and since God is Immortal, we can become an Immortal as well. Nevertheless, in order to gain that stature, one must also attain traits like God; this is where the moral lessons come in. Albert Pike was clear when he wrote about our current moral state:

Remember that every moral characteristic of man finds its prototype among creatures of lower intelligence that the cruel foulness of the hyena, the savage rapacity of the wolf, the merciless rage of the tiger, the crafty treachery of the panther, are found among mankind, and ought to excite no other emotion, when found in the man, than when found in the beast. Why should the true man be angry with the geese that hiss, the peacocks that strut, the asses that bray, and the apes that imitate and chatter, although they wear the human form (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1872, p. 76)?

Simply stated, we humans no longer seek godlike stature, which coincides with the current disbelief in Immortality. Nevertheless, Eliphas Levi, Pike’s principle teacher and the man that most influenced his writings, wrote that through the use of temperance, which can be defined as, “moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control,” we may in fact gain Immortality:

Temperance, tranquillity of soul, simplicity of character, calmness and rationality of will, these things not only make us happy but strong and well. By growth in reason and goodness man becomes immortal. We are the authors of our own destiny, and God does not save us apart from our own concurrence. There is no death for the sage; death is a phantom, made horrible by the weakness and ignorance of the vulgar(Eliphas Levi, Doctrine of Transcendental Magic, 1854, p. 96).

Did you get that? Through goodness, temperance and reason, man can gain Immortality. Death is, in fact, a phantom, which is only made possible by one’s ignorance and weakness. To go a little deeper, Levi also stated that the majority of our physical ills are due to our mortal sins. This leads to physical death:

“THE MAJORITY of our physical complaints come from our moral diseases, according to the one and universal dogma, and by reason of the law of analogies. A great passion to which we abandon ourselves corresponds always to a great malady in store. Mortal sins are so named because they cause death physically and positively(Eliphas Levi, Doctrine of Transcendental Magic, 1854, p. 96).

Sadly, we live in a world of illusions, or as Levi firmly stated, “How pitiable are men in their ignorance, but how they would despise themselves if only they came to know!” Came to know what? Simply stated, the truth that we do in fact have options, if we only sought them.

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

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Ancient Sumerian Writings Reveal Eight Immortal Kings Ruled for 241,200 Years

mmmWhile researching the topic of human Immortals, I discovered the Eight Immortal Kings of Sumeria, who lived a total of 241, 200 years; yes, you read that correctly. To put this into better perspective, that is an average of 30,150 years per King. Here is the original breakdown from the stone inscription:

1-39After the kingship descended from heaven, the kingship was in Eridug. In Eridug, Alulim became king; he ruled for 28800 years. Alaljar ruled for 36000 years. 2 kings; they ruled for 64800 years. Then Eridug fell and the kingship was taken to Bad-tibira. In Bad-tibira, En-men-lu-ana ruled for 43200 years. En-men-gal-ana ruled for 28800 years. Dumuzid, the shepherd, ruled for 36000 years. 3 kings; they ruled for 108000 years. Then Bad-tibira fell (?) and the kingship was taken to Larag. In Larag, En-sipad-zid-ana ruled for 28800 years. 1 king; he ruled for 28800 years. Then Larag fell (?) and the kingship was taken to Zimbir. In Zimbir, En-men-dur-ana became king; he ruled for 21000 years. 1 king; he ruled for 21000 years. Then Zimbir fell (?) and the kingship was taken to Curuppag. In Curuppag, Ubara-Tutu became king; he ruled for 18600 years. 1 king; he ruled for 18600 years. In 5 cities 8 kings; they ruled for 241200 years. Then the flood swept over.

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After reading the document, I noticed that human longevity gradually became shorter & shorter; especially after the story of the great flood. In fact, these Eight Kings closely coincide with the biblical accounts from Adam to Noah, although shorter in years; less two Kings compared to the ten biblical patriarchs. Compare the two following pictorial graphs:

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Despite the differences, the most important point within the two above illustrations are the years that each of the eight Kings lived and their biblical counterparts. Here is a clearer breakdown of the Eight Immortal Kings of Sumeria, followed by a detailed graph:

  • After the kingship descended from heaven, the kingship was in Eridug.
  • 1) In Eridug, Alulim became king; he ruled for 28800 years.
  • 2) Alaljar ruled for 36000 years. 2 kings; they ruled for 64800 years.
  • Then Eridug fell and the kingship was taken to Bad-tibira.
  • 3) In Bad-tibira, En-men-lu-ana ruled for 43200 years.
  • 4-5) En-men-gal-ana ruled for 28800 years. Dumuzid, the shepherd, ruled for 36000 years. 3 kings; they ruled for 108000 years.
  • Then Bad-tibira fell (?) and the kingship was taken to Larag.
  • 6) In Larag, En-sipad-zid-ana ruled for 28800 years.
  • 1 king; he ruled for 28800 years.
  • Then Larag fell (?) and the kingship was taken to Zimbir.
  • 7) In Zimbir, En-men-dur-ana became king; he ruled for 21000 years.
  • 1 king; he ruled for 21000 years.
  • Then Zimbir fell (?) and the kingship was taken to Curuppag.
  • 8) In Curuppag, Ubara-Tutu became king; he ruled for 18600 years.
  • 1 king; he ruled for 18600 years.
  • In 5 cities 8 kings; they ruled for 241200 years.
  • Then the flood swept over.
In Eridug Alulim   28,800 years                 *
                  * Alaljar   36,000 years Eridug fell
Badtibira Enmenluana   43,200 years                 *
                  * Enmengalana   28,800 years                 *
                  * Dumuzid   36,000 years Badtibira fell
Larag Ensipadzidana   28,800 years Larag fell
Zimbir Enmendurana   21,000 years Zimbir fell
Curuppag UbaraTutu   18,600 years                   *
5-Cities 8-KIngs 241,200 years                   *
                  *                  * Followed by the Great Flood!                   *

Contemporary thinking dismisses such stories as mythological. Nevertheless, I have discovered through the Craft that these types of stories have an element of truth to them; we call this allegory. Finding the allegorical truth within such a story is up to each person, or interpreter.

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Long before researching this particular story, I have had several Masonic Immortal Brothers tell me that they intend live 30,000 and 40,000 years. At first, I was taken back by such a statement; not anymore. As I stated in my previous blog post, Does Immortality Really Exist?,  “The way I have come to understand one’s longevity is that of choice. If a person can live to 100, why does he or she have to die at all. In other words, one can live as long as he or she wants to, or believes is possible. It is a state of mind as well as body.

There is, of course, many Immortal lessons one must understand and apply to gain such a gift; some of which I will discuss on this blog and in my Facebook page. Yet,  keep in mind, even though I understand many of these lessons, I cannot share everything with the readers. Simply stated, it is a universal law that such knowledge must be earned, not given. I have been told that I can give teasers of encouragement, which I have done; but if I give too much, such knowledge will be taken from me. I know this is a fine line, but a line I intend to follow.

I have also been told that there is a hope that this generation will now accept the concept of Immortality. Our historical past is riddled with stories of Immortal humans who were forced into hiding because of bias and misunderstandings; some from church teachings, while others from their ignorance, or jealousies of the populace. Yet, we have evolved to such a point that many Immortals are slowly coming out with their lessons for humanity. Most people still don’t accept such a belief, but at least they’re now allowing such knowledge to be shared for those who seek such things – without fear of persecution. However, there are still many Immortals who harbor the fears of their past. This is completely understandable. I have heard about and read countless examples of Immortals who have had to fake their deaths in order to continue their existence. This fact is always in the mind of each person who had attained an Immortal life. Nevertheless, it is getting harder and harder to fake a death, with computer technology, etc. It can still be done, but it now forces the Immortal to leave his or her native country and language; and purge all personal history. The world is getting smaller and smaller each day; that is why there is such a huge hope that humanity is now ready for Immortals to come out of hiding.

In conclusion, the tale of the Eight Immortal Kings of Sumeria, who lived a total of 241, 200 years, or an average of 30,150 years, is a clear example of our human potential; that is, if one believes in such a potential!!!

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

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Does Immortality Really Exist?

apollo_greek_god_art_02Since my last blog posting, I have received several private questions about Immortality; the biggest question of all was, “does Immortality really exist?” Most of my responses were simply, “Yes, of course.” But now I will take the time to write at length on this topic.

When I first discovered that Albert Pike and Elphas Levi were discussing the topic of Immortality, I was of course baffled with this same question, so I did some lengthy research. My first effort led me to the Holy Bible, which is full of Immortal stories, like those of Elijah, Enoch and Moses:

The Bible says that “Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11), “Enoch was translated that he should not see death” (Hebrews 11:5), and “God took him” (Genesis 5:24), and Moses appeared in the transfiguration with Jesus (Matthew 17:3).

As my researched continued, I discovered other biblical figures, which led me to even bigger questions, like, how long did they live before they died? Here is an interesting list of biblical Immortals and their ages:

1 Adam 930 Genesis 5:4
2 Seth 912 Genesis 5:8
3 Enosh 905 Genesis 5:11
4 Cainan 910 Genesis 5:14
5 Mahalalel 895 Genesis 5:17
6 Jared 962 Genesis 5:20
7 Enoch 365 (translated) Genesis 5:23
8 Methuselah 969 Genesis 5:27
9 Lamech 777 Genesis 5:31
10 Noah 950 Genesis 9:29

Moreover, Abraham lived 175 years, “And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years” (Genesis 25:7); and in the Mormon faith, it is believed that John the Baptist, Peter, James and Moroni are still alive,In the current dispensation, resurrected beings, including John the Baptist, Peter, James, and Moroni.” And Adam and Eve were originally Immortals, “Christian theology holds that Adam and Eve lost physical immortality for themselves and all their descendants in the Fall of Man…”

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You see, throughout history, mankind has maintained legendary stories of Immortals, like the Sumerian king Ziusudra who earned Immortality after the great flood; similar to the story of Noah, who also lived 950 years – see above biblical list. As well, Markandeya was an ancient sage and a celebrated devotee of both Shiva and Vishnu, who became an immortal at the age of sixteen. Or how about the Greek legend Tithonus, or Aurora, who was granted eternal life, but not eternal youth. Any discussion of Immortality would not be complete without a discussion of the Wandering Jew, who taunted Jesus on the way to the Crucifixion and was then cursed to walk the earth until the Second Coming. Then there is the story of the  Three Nephites who were given power over death in order to fulfill their desires to minister among men until the return of Jesus. And of course, the Arthurian Knight Sir Galahad, whose quest for the Holy Grail led to his Immortality; which can be aligned with Merlin the Magician, also an Immortal, who coexisted about the same time period. And least not is the story of St. Germain, an Immortal Freemason who has appeared and disappeared for the last three hundred years. In fact, I personally know a Masonic Brother who met with him on several occasions.

Now keep in mind, in my mind and in the minds of many other people, an Immortal is anyone who lived more than 100 years. Although, others have differing opinions on the topic. In fact, today we often use the terms Centenarians (over 100) or Super-Centenarians (over 110). The way I have come to understand one’s longevity is that of choice. If a person can live to 100, why does he or she have t0 die at all. In other words, one can live as long as he or she wants to, or believes is possible. It is a state of mind as well as body. Case in point, here is the story of Mbah Gotho, a 145 year old man, who is now prepared to die:

An Indonesian man who has emerged from obscurity to claim he is the world’s oldest at an incredible 145 years has revealed he is ready to die now. According to documentation recognised by Indonesian officials, Mbah Gotho is 145 and was born on 31st December 1870. He has not surprisingly outlived all 10 of his siblings as well as his four wives, the last of whom died in 1988. All of his children have also died, and now he is survived by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. If correct, that makes him significantly older than the verified oldest person in the world ever, a title that belongs to French woman Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122. The super senior citizen from Sragen, Central Java, was interviewed by Liputan 6 television news. He said he has been through it all and would not mind passing on. ‘What I want is to die. My grandchildren are all independent,’ he told Liputan 6 on Tuesday. Suryanto, Mbah Gotho’s grandson, said his grandfather has been preparing for his death ever since he was 122, but it never seemed to come.

Mbah Gotho clearly illustrates my point that only now, at the age of 145, is he ready to die, which will more than likely end in his death. However, prior to this point, he must have wanted to live, even past what he originally thought at age 122. I have also read of several accounts of people who have gained an Immortal status, but could not die; like the Greek legend  Chiron, the founder of the Medical Arts, “One day when Hercules, one of his pupils, was visiting Chiron, they were examining one of his arrows. One of them fell on Chiron’s thigh, inflicting an agonizing wound. The wound was so painful that Chiron wanted to die, but, being immortal, he couldn’t.” I know, I know, some might say that this story is based on Greek Mythology, i.e. a myth. Really, the one thing I have learned from my studies of Albert Pike and Elphas Levi is to listen to these allegorical stories, like the bible itself, which are nothing but mythological accounts, and within these stories are lessons for everyone to learn from; like that of Immortality.  Mbah Gotho may in fact have gained an Immortal status by accident, and only because of his remote location in Indonesia is he free to live an unobstructed life that led him to an Immortal status; and now only after the world found out about his Immortality does he want to die. This again is a lesson of Immortality, which is maintaining a concealed or incognito state; that is why Immortals so often fake their death.

I know most people have been conditioned to think that if they live to 70, 75 or even 80 years old that they have been lucky; not really. In fact, the human body is programmed to continually rejuvenate and heal itself. Case in point, when a healthy man or woman cut themselves, their bodies will normally heal the wound within a week or two. When someone breaks a bone, again the body heals itself. However, humanity has been conditioned to believe that they can only live a certain amount of years; again, this is nothing but conditioning, or Pavlovian or respondent conditioning.

Along this line of thinking, most people think living to a hundred years old or even a hundred and ten years old is unthinkable. Honestly though, it is more common than most people think. One hundred year old men and women are becoming common place today; and, like I mentioned earlier, if one can live to a hundred, why not two hundred years old, or 500 hundred years old! Take a look at this list of over 200 Living Centenarians:

The following is a list of living centenarians (living people who have attained the age of at least 100 years) known for reasons other than their longevity. For more lists of centenarians, see lists of centenarians. For living people known for their longevity and not necessarily for other reasons, see List of oldest living people.

Name Born Age Notability
Leoncio Afonso September 12, 1916 100 years, 135 days Spanish geographer[182]
Edward Allcard October 31, 1914 102 years, 86 days British naval architect, marine surveyor, yachtsman and author[91]
Lukas Ammann September 29, 1912 104 years, 118 days Swiss actor[28]
Svend Asmussen February 28, 1916 100 years, 332 days Danish jazz violinist[155]
Ronald Atkins June 13, 1916 100 years, 226 days British politician[164]
Duffy Ayers September 19, 1915 101 years, 128 days English portrait painter[131]
Yuan Baohua January 13, 1916 101 years, 12 days Chinese educator and academic[145]
Joseph Barnes November 14, 1914 102 years, 72 days Irish physician and co-founder of ICROSS[93]
René Bauler (de) September 17, 1914 102 years, 130 days Luxembourg footballer[81]
Eric Bentley September 14, 1916 100 years, 133 days British-born American critic, playwright, singer, editor and translator[184]
Gretel Bergmann April 12, 1914 102 years, 288 days German high jumper[63]
Victor Garaygordóbil Berrizbeitia October 17, 1915 101 years, 100 days Spanish Roman Catholic bishop[136]
Bob Berry June 11, 1916 100 years, 228 days New Zealand dendrologist[163]
Pappukutty Bhagavathar March 29, 1913 103 years, 302 days Indian singer and actor[37]
S. Prestley Blake November 26, 1914 102 years, 60 days American businessman, co-founder of the Friendly Ice Cream Corporation[94]
Harry Blamires November 6, 1916 100 years, 80 days English Anglican theologian, literary critic, and novelist[189]
Cecilia Caballero Blanco September 30, 1913 103 years, 117 days Widow of President of Colombia, Alfonso López Michelsen; First Lady of Colombia [51]
Damián Iguacén Borau February 12, 1916 100 years, 348 days Spanish Roman Catholic bishop[151]
Salvador Borrego April 24, 1915 101 years, 276 days Mexican journalist, historical revisionist and writer[110]
José Bragato October 12, 1915 101 years, 105 days Italian-born Argentine cellist, composer, conductor, arranger and musical archivist[135]
Eric Bransby October 25, 1916 100 years, 92 days American artist and muralist[188]
George Braziller February 12, 1916 100 years, 348 days American book publisher[152]
Edgar Britt October 30, 1913 103 years, 87 days Australian jockey[54]
Mortimer Caplin July 11, 1916 100 years, 198 days American lawyer, educator, and founding member of Caplin & Drysdale[172]
Matilde Capuis January 1, 1913 104 years, 24 days Italian composer[33]
Mary Carlisle February 3, 1914 102 years, 357 days American actress and singer[58]
Gisèle Casadesus June 14, 1914 102 years, 225 days French actress[69]
Neus Català October 6, 1915 101 years, 111 days Spanish political activist[134]
Guy Charmot (fr) October 9, 1914 102 years, 108 days French resistance fighter[88]
Saul Cherniack January 10, 1917 100 years, 15 days Canadian lawyer and politician[199]
Gabriel Chiramel December 11, 1914 102 years, 45 days Indian educator, scholar, author and social reformer[96]
Saloua Raouda Choucair June 24, 1916 100 years, 215 days Lebanese painter and sculptor[167]
Georges-Emmanuel Clancier May 3, 1914 102 years, 267 days French poet[66]
Beverly Cleary April 12, 1916 100 years, 288 days American writer[158]
Ruth Johnson Colvin December 16, 1916 100 years, 40 days American reading skill advocate, founder of ProLiteracy[196]
Mac Conner November 12, 1913 103 years, 74 days American commercial illustrator[55]
William Coors August 11, 1916 100 years, 167 days American brewer[175]
Irwin Corey July 29, 1914 102 years, 180 days American comic and actor[75]
Marvin Creamer January 24, 1916 101 years, 1 day American sailor[147]
Louis Crump May 21, 1916 100 years, 249 days American politician[160]
Neagu Djuvara August 31, 1916 100 years, 147 days Romanian historian, essayist, journalist, novelist and diplomat[179]
Dobri Dobrev July 20, 1914 102 years, 189 days Bulgarian ascetic and philanthropist[74]
Fred J. Doocy May 5, 1913 103 years, 265 days American politician[41]
Gillo Dorfles April 12, 1910 106 years, 288 days Italian art critic, painter and philosopher[4]
Kirk Douglas December 9, 1916 100 years, 47 days American actor, producer, director, and author[195]
David Douglas Duncan January 23, 1916 101 years, 2 days American photojournalist[146]
William J. Ely December 29, 1911 105 years, 27 days American lieutenant general[16]
Jean Erdman February 20, 1916 100 years, 340 days American dancer and choreographer[154]
Eduard von Falz-Fein September 14, 1912 104 years, 133 days Russian-born art patron[27]
Magda Fedor January 14, 1914 103 years, 11 days Hungarian sports shooter[57]
Marko Feingold May 28, 1913 103 years, 242 days Austrian president of the Jewish community in Salzburg[43]
Ken Feltscheer June 9, 1915 101 years, 230 days Australian rules footballer[116]
D. J. Finney January 3, 1917 100 years, 22 days British statistician[198]
James C. Floyd October 20, 1914 102 years, 97 days Canadian aerospace engineer[90]
Fred Fox July 14, 1914 102 years, 195 days American French horn player and brass instrument teacher[73]
Vincent Foy August 14, 1915 101 years, 164 days Canadian Roman Catholic cleric and theologian[128]
William Frankland March 19, 1912 104 years, 312 days British immunologist[21]
Frankie Muse Freeman November 24, 1916 100 years, 62 days American civil rights attorney[191]
Jacque Fresco March 13, 1916 100 years, 318 days American futurist[156]
Jean Fritz November 16, 1915 101 years, 70 days American children’s writer[139]
Katherine Fryer August 26, 1910 106 years, 152 days British artist[6]
Marian Fuks September 28, 1914 102 years, 119 days Polish historian[84]
Hal Geer September 13, 1916 100 years, 134 days American producer and filmmaker[183]
Julie Gibson September 6, 1913 103 years, 141 days American actress and singer[49]
Harry E. Goldsworthy April 3, 1914 102 years, 297 days American Air Force lieutenant general[61]
David W. Goodall April 4, 1914 102 years, 296 days Australian botanist and ecologist [62]
Maxine Grimm May 18, 1914 102 years, 252 days American philanthropist[67]
Daphne Lorraine Gum January 24, 1916 101 years, 1 day Australian educator[148]
Richard K. Guy September 30, 1916 100 years, 117 days British mathematician[187]
Karl Otto Götz February 22, 1914 102 years, 338 days German artist[59]
George Haigh June 26, 1915 101 years, 213 days English professional footballer[121]
Frank Handlen September 26, 1916 100 years, 121 days American painter[185]
Reinhard Hardegen March 18, 1913 103 years, 313 days German U-boat commander[35]
John C. Harkness November 30, 1916 100 years, 56 days American architect[193]
Cosmo Haskard November 25, 1916 100 years, 61 days British colonial administrator[192]
Olivia de Havilland July 1, 1916 100 years, 208 days British-American actress[168]
Åke Hellman July 19, 1915 101 years, 190 days Finnish painter[123]
Fritz Hellwig August 3, 1912 104 years, 175 days German politician and European Commissioner[23]
Carmen Herrera May 31, 1915 101 years, 239 days Cuban-American painter[115]
Frances Hesselbein November 1, 1915 101 years, 85 days American President and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute[137]
Felicity Hill December 12, 1915 101 years, 44 days British Royal Air Force officer[143]
Randolph Hokanson June 22, 1915 101 years, 217 days American pianist[120]
Olivia Hooker February 12, 1915 101 years, 348 days American civil rights figure[101]
Johan van Hulst January 28, 1911 105 years, 363 days Dutch politician[10]
Jeremy Hutchinson March 28, 1915 101 years, 303 days British lawyer and peer (Baron Hutchinson of Lullington)[107]
Muazzez İlmiye Çığ June 20, 1914 102 years, 219 days Turkish archaeologist[71]
Lennart Israelsson (sv) February 6, 1916 100 years, 354 days Swedish investor, phliantropist and former train dispatcher[150]
Florence S. Jacobsen April 7, 1913 103 years, 293 days American activist; President of the Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association[38]
Gertrude Jeannette November 28, 1914 102 years, 58 days American actress[95]
Charles Wycliffe Joiner February 14, 1916 100 years, 346 days American federal judge[153]
Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo August 12, 1915 101 years, 166 days Pakistani teacher, writer, scholar, and Sindhi nationalist[126]
Aarne Kainlauri May 25, 1915 101 years, 245 days Finnish athlete[113]
Ata Kandó September 17, 1913 103 years, 130 days Hungarian-born Dutch photographer[50]
Ed Keats January 30, 1915 101 years, 361 days American rear admiral[99]
Ida Keeling May 15, 1915 101 years, 255 days American track and field athlete[112]
Hans-Alwin Ketels (de) October 19, 1913 103 years, 98 days German politician[52]
Barys Kit April 6, 1910 106 years, 294 days Belarusian scientist[3]
Ferdinand Knobloch August 15, 1916 100 years, 163 days Czech psychiatrist and professor[177]
Franciszek Kornicki December 18, 1916 100 years, 38 days Polish fighter pilot[197]
Fred Kummerow October 4, 1914 102 years, 113 days American physiologist[87]
John Kundla July 3, 1916 100 years, 206 days American basketball coach[169]
Margaret Morgan Lawrence August 10, 1914 102 years, 168 days American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst[76]
Everett Lee August 31, 1916 100 years, 147 days American conductor and violinist[180]
George N. Leighton October 22, 1912 104 years, 95 days American judge[29]
Bernard Lewis May 31, 1916 100 years, 239 days British-American historian[162]
Jessie Lichauco January 10, 1912 105 years, 15 days Cuban-born Filipino-American philanthropist[18]
Leonard Litwin October 16, 1914 102 years, 101 days American real estate developer[89]
Norman Lloyd November 8, 1914 102 years, 78 days American actor[92]
Trento Longaretti September 27, 1916 100 years, 120 days Italian painter[186]
Megan Lowe November 17, 1915 101 years, 69 days English cricketer[140]
Bill Lucas January 16, 1917 100 years, 9 days British long-distance runner[201]
Alice Ludes December 20, 1912 104 years, 36 days American singer[32]
Don Lusk October 28, 1913 103 years, 89 days American animator[53]
John Lysak August 16, 1914 102 years, 162 days American canoeist[77]
Hans Maier July 11, 1916 100 years, 198 days Dutch Olympic water polo player[173]
Albert Malbois November 17, 1915 101 years, 69 days French Roman Catholic bishop[141]
Leonard Manasseh May 21, 1916 100 years, 249 days British architect[161]
John Manners September 25, 1914 102 years, 122 days British cricketer and naval officer[83]
Clara Marangoni November 13, 1915 101 years, 73 days Italian gymnast[138]
Robert Marchand November 26, 1911 105 years, 60 days French cyclist[15]
Lambert Mascarenhas September 17, 1914 102 years, 130 days Indian journalist, freedom activist and writer[82]
Kenneth Mayhew January 18, 1917 100 years, 7 days British Army veteran, knight of the Military William Order[202]
Roberta McCain February 7, 1912 104 years, 353 days American, mother of John McCain[19]
Dave McCoy August 24, 1915 101 years, 154 days American founder of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area[129]
Thelma McKenzie April 6, 1915 101 years, 294 days Australian cricketer[108]
Milton Thiago de Mello February 5, 1916 100 years, 355 days Brazilian primatologist[149]
Draja Mickaharic April 10, 1912 104 years, 290 days Bosnian-born American author and occultist[22]
Richard Millard October 2, 1914 102 years, 115 days American suffragan bishop[85]
Moi-Yo Miller April 24, 1914 102 years, 276 days Australian assistant to magician Dante[65]
Henry Morgenthau III January 11, 1917 100 years, 14 days American author and television producer[200]
Patricia Morison March 19, 1915 101 years, 312 days American actress and mezzo-soprano singer[105]
John G. Morris December 7, 1916 100 years, 49 days American picture editor and photojournalist[194]
Sterling Newberry August 10, 1915 101 years, 168 days American inventor and microscopist[125]
Eric P. Newman May 25, 1911 105 years, 245 days American numismatist[12]
Zoe Dell Nutter June 14, 1915 101 years, 225 days American dancer, model, promoter, pilot and philanthropist[118]
Teodor Oizerman May 14, 1914 102 years, 256 days Soviet and Russian philosopher, RAS academician.
Giuseppe Ottaviani May 20, 1916 100 years, 250 days Italian masters athlete[159]
Lucy Ozarin August 18, 1914 102 years, 160 days American military physician and psychiatrist[78]
William Pachner April 17, 1915 101 years, 283 days Czech painter[109]
Boris Pahor August 26, 1913 103 years, 152 days Slovene writer[48]
Nicanor Parra September 5, 1914 102 years, 142 days Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist[80]
Donald Pellmann August 12, 1915 101 years, 166 days American masters athlete[127]
Edward Pinkowski August 12, 1916 100 years, 166 days American writer, journalist, and Polonia historian[176]
Bernardino Piñera September 22, 1915 101 years, 125 days Chilean Roman Catholic bishop[133]
Gertrude Poe September 21, 1915 101 years, 126 days American journalist, lawyer, real estate agent, insurance agent, and radio broadcaster[132]
Brunhilde Pomsel January 11, 1911 106 years, 14 days German personal secretary to Joseph Goebbels[9]
Jack Pope April 18, 1913 103 years, 282 days American jurist; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas[39]
Yitzhak Pundak June 13, 1913 103 years, 226 days Israeli general, diplomat and politician[44]
Milton Quon August 22, 1913 103 years, 156 days American animator, artist and actor[46]
Ingeborg Rapoport September 2, 1912 104 years, 145 days German neonatologist[25]
Karl Rawer April 19, 1913 103 years, 281 days German physicist[40]
Fazlollah Reza January 1, 1915 102 years, 24 days Iranian university professor and electrical engineer[98]
David Rockefeller June 12, 1915 101 years, 227 days American banker[117]
Manuel Rodriguez Sr. January 1, 1912 105 years, 24 days Filipino printmaker[17]
George Rosenkranz August 20, 1916 100 years, 158 days Hungarian-born Mexican biochemist[178]
Dovey Johnson Roundtree April 17, 1914 102 years, 283 days American civil rights activist, ordained minister, and attorney[64]
Jean Rouverol July 8, 1916 100 years, 201 days American author, actress and screenwriter[171]
Geoffrey Alexander Rowley-Conwy March 8, 1912 104 years, 323 days British peer (9th Baron Langford)[20]
Dorothy Rungeling May 12, 1911 105 years, 258 days Canadian aviator[11]
Marie M. Runyon March 20, 1915 101 years, 311 days American politician and activist[106]
Lívia Rév July 5, 1916 100 years, 204 days Hungarian classical pianist[170]
Zoltan Sarosy August 23, 1906 110 years, 155 days Hungarian-Canadian chess master[1]
Tsuneko Sasamoto September 1, 1914 102 years, 146 days Japanese photographer[79]
Connie Sawyer November 27, 1912 104 years, 59 days American actress[30]
Alan Sayers December 6, 1915 101 years, 50 days New Zealand journalist, photographer and athlete[142]
Marian Cannon Schlesinger September 13, 1912 104 years, 134 days American artist and author[26]
Ramananda Sengupta May 9, 1915 101 years, 261 days Indian cinematographer[111]
Robert H. Shaffer September 13, 1915 101 years, 134 days American academic[130]
Carl J. Shapiro February 15, 1913 103 years, 345 days American philanthropist and entrepreneur[34]
Toko Shinoda March 28, 1913 103 years, 303 days Japanese painter[36]
Neil D. Van Sickle July 8, 1915 101 years, 201 days American Air Force major general[122]
Renée Simonot September 10, 1911 105 years, 137 days French actress[13]
Viola Smith November 29, 1912 104 years, 57 days American drummer[31]
Lyle Smith March 17, 1916 100 years, 314 days American football and basketball player, coach, and college athletics administrator[157]
Eleanor Sokoloff June 16, 1914 102 years, 223 days American pianist[70]
Shivakumara Swami April 1, 1907 109 years, 299 days Indian religious leader and philanthropist[2]
Danuta Szaflarska February 6, 1915 101 years, 354 days Polish actress[100]
Ali Tanrıyar March 15, 1914 102 years, 316 days Turkish politician, former interior minister of Turkey[60]
Harold Temperley March 4, 1915 101 years, 327 days British mathematician[103]
Katsumi Tezuka August 31, 1912 104 years, 147 days Japanese actor[24]
Nini Theilade June 15, 1915 101 years, 224 days Danish ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher[119]
Arthur L. Thurlow May 5, 1913 103 years, 265 days Canadian politician and judge[42]
Georg von Tiesenhausen May 18, 1914 102 years, 252 days German-American rocket scientist[68]
Roman Toi June 18, 1916 100 years, 221 days Estonian composer, choir conductor, and organist[165]
Ruthie Tompson July 22, 1910 106 years, 187 days American animator and artist[5]
Ignacio Trelles July 31, 1916 100 years, 178 days Mexican football player and coach[174]
Vance Trimble July 6, 1913 103 years, 203 days American journalist[45]
Jacqueline Vaudecrane November 22, 1913 103 years, 64 days French figure skater[56]
G. Venkatasubbaiah August 23, 1913 103 years, 155 days Indian Kannada language lexicographer[47]
Anton Vratuša February 21, 1915 101 years, 339 days Slovenian politician, former Prime Minister of Slovenia.[102]
Mary Ward March 6, 1915 101 years, 325 days Australian actress[104]
Ellsworth Wareham October 3, 1914 102 years, 114 days American cardiothoracic surgeon[86]
Eileen Whelan October 30, 1911 105 years, 87 days British cricketer[14]
Neville Wigram, 2nd Baron Wigram August 2, 1915 101 years, 176 days British Army officer and peer (Baron Wigram of Clewer, Berkshire)[124]
D. B. H. Wildish December 24, 1914 102 years, 32 days British vice admiral[97]
Elder Roma Wilson December 22, 1910 106 years, 34 days American gospel harmonicist[8]
Mac Wilson July 9, 1914 102 years, 200 days Australian rules footballer[72]
Mary Wilson January 12, 1916 101 years, 13 days English poet and the widow of British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.[144]
John S. Wold August 31, 1916 100 years, 147 days American business leader and politician[181]
Herman Wouk May 27, 1915 101 years, 243 days American novelist[114]
Al G. Wright June 23, 1916 100 years, 216 days American bandleader and conductor[166]
Izabella Zielińska December 10, 1910 106 years, 46 days Polish pianist[7]
Mihai Șora November 7, 1916 100 years, 79 days Romanian philosopher and essayist[190]

Now that we know 100 year old men and women are more common than commonly believed, why then is it such a stretch to think Immortality is a possibility. Why is it that most people won’t even consider the possibility? In short, we have been conditioned to think otherwise. By reading Albert Pike and Elphas Levi, I have come to understand that Immortality is not only a possibility, but a reality; a topic I will be discussing in upcoming blog postings. I have learned that Immortals live among us, but they hid their identity and even fake their deaths for fear of persecution. Nevertheless, we are evolving as a culture to a point in time, when they will no longer have to fear for their safety. When everyone realizes the truth of Immortal existence, and when everyone realizes it is a choice, these Immortals will come out of their hiding and reveal their secrets to mankind.

Immortality is not just a lost art; in fact, there are men and women among us now that continue to instruct mankind. Yet, they are constantly mocked by the unbelievers, those who believe in mortality, which ends in death. One such man was Ben Abba (probably a pseudonym), who appeared a few years back to tell his story about meeting a 2,800 year old man, but who has since disappeared from the Internet. He did a series of Internet radio shows, whereby he told a compelling story about a man who met Jesus, was a Knights Templar and escaped to Scotland before the purge; and most of all, he gave lessons in attaining an Immortal state.

Or how about Robert Coon, who wrote several compelling books about attaining Immortality; the most compelling of all was his book, the Path of the Phoenix (2009). I read several of his books while I was reading Pike and Levi, which helped me interpret these readings. In fact, I remember commenting to an Immortal Masonic brother who has been aiding my studies that Coon had become a code to the cipher. For those individuals who desire to fully understand the lessons of Pike and Levi, I highly recommend Robert Coon’s books. Here is an excerpt from his blog:

1. Why seek Physical Immortality?

The short answer is that Physical Immortality is about total liberty. To have Total Liberty means that you have overcome all limitations, including death. Esoterically, it’s the freedom to “come and go as the wind.” In mundane terms, you’ll help contribute to the death of the funeral industry.

2. What do you mean by “Physical Immortality”?

Physical Immortality means having a physically immortal body.

My latest discovery is Annalee Skarin, an excommunicated Mormon who wrote the book Ye Are Gods (1952). Some people believe she had attained an Immortal state, while others have made the claim that her grave site proves she is not an Immortal. The problem with this theory is that most prominent Immortal teachers must fake their deaths in order to remain safe. Regardless, the one thing we do know is her grave site claimed she lived to 99 years old; really, how obvious could she had been. By leaving a headstone of her birth date and death date that claimed she was only one year less of the 100 year goal of Immortalism. She taught us a lesson, even while faking her death. Well done.

With all this material laid out in front of you, now let us reexamine the question, does Immortality really exist. I have come to the conclusion that Immortality does in fact exist, but it is not an easy thing to attain. In order to attain an Immortal state, one must become a serious student of this wonderful mystery. Yes, God left mankind this incredible gift, but he only left it for the worthy, a topic I will be writing about in future blog postings. In advance of these writings, feel free to follow me on Facebook or Twitter, where I give daily lessons on attaining an Immortal state.

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

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Albert Pike’s Immortal Lessons

ddddAfter reading Albert Pike’s book, Morals and Dogma (1871), twice, followed by Elphas Levi’s book, History of Magic (1860), I made a most interesting discovery; but more on that a little later. You see, this significant discovery was not fully understood until after reading Levi’s book. As most students of Pike already understand, he was heavily influenced by Levi’s writings.

The saddest part of this whole adventure was when I heard the nonsense that Pike simply plagiarized Levi’s earlier work – as though this was a bad thing – let me explain. Firstly, one must understand the historical development of copying another persons written work. In the past, such behavior was a sign of respect; but over time, especially in the West, it has become a despised activity. Actually, in academia, it is now considered a high crime. Nevertheless, even though it is considered a terrible deed today, it wasn’t always so; in truth, “Plagiarism is a very ancient art.” That is why, I believe, Pike simply used Levi’s earlier works in his book Morals and Dogma – which was to send a clear Masonic message to his brethren; that is if they were/are wise enough to pick up on this important point. The unfortunate part of this whole historical point is pundits of Pike today love to use the plagiarism argument as a reason to dismiss his important historical book.

Yet, I now believe that Pike used the verbatim text for a specific reason. In short, he left a trail a mile long and a mile wide for anyone interested in learning the truth about Immortality. There is little doubt that Pike’s book, Morals and Dogma, is one of the most difficult to understand Masonic publications available today; so much so, I have read it at length, from cover to cover, twice, and have opened it for proportional study no less that a thousand times, in order to fully understand its hidden secrets. Nevertheless, it was because of Pike’s direct plagiarized sections from Levi’s book, History of Magic, that helped me better understand what Pike was trying to convey. Specifically, Levi held the key to fully understanding Pike; and only by studying Levi will one fully understand what Pike was trying to convey. But, I would have never understood this distinction without the Masonic pundits of Pike trying to discredit him for his use of Levi’s work. You see, even the fool has his purpose (Smile*)!

There have been countless Masonic historians and authors who have tried to understand what Pike was trying to convey; and just as many casual readers, if not more, who dismissed his writings due of a lack of understanding. One can’t fully understand Pike from a contemporary perspective. In fact, I am often asked why I disfavor contemporary Masonic publications in favor of older ones. The simple answer is almost every contemporary Masonic historian and author is not willing to look at Pike’s writings – as the ancients looked upon the mysteries – which is allegorically. Sadly, most, if not all, contemporary Masonic authors don’t even understand, or are willing to learn, Masonic allegory. In short, my discovery was made only through the use of allegorical interpretation; as Pike clearly explained:

These metaphysical ideas, with difficulty comprehended by the mass of the Initiates, were represented by figures, by symbols, and by allegorical analogies; no idea being so abstract that men do not seek to give it expression by, and translate it into, sensible images. The attraction of Secrecy was enhanced by the difficulty of obtaining admission. Obstacles and suspense redoubled curiosity (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 673).

Pike now discusses why the mysteries are hidden allegorically:

A Spirit,’ he said, ‘that loves wisdom and contemplates the Truth close at hand, is forced to disguise it, to induce the multitudes to accept it…. Fictions are necessary to the people, and the Truth becomes deadly to those who are not strong enough to contemplate it in all its brilliance. If the sacerdotal laws allowed the reservation of judgments and the allegory of words, I would accept the proposed dignity on condition that I might be a philosopher at home, and abroad a narrator of apologues and parables….. In fact, what can there be in common between the vile multitude and sublime wisdom? The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason‘ (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 108).

Did you catch that last sentence?… “The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason.” What secret was Pike writing about? Do we honestly think Masonic secrets revolve around just Masonic behavior? Sadly, I once believed that was all there was to Masonic secrecy; but no longer. There is a far more important secret hidden within Morals and Dogma; and it is the secret of Immortality of the flesh. Yes, the Philosophers Stone, the Elixir of Life, etc.

xssrNow that we know there is a hidden secret within the mysteries of the Craft, let’s take a closer look at Levi and what he had to say on the matter:

This light is the quintessence of Paracelsus and is either latent or active in all created substances. Such quintessence is the true elixir of life, and it is extracted from earth by cultivation; from metals by incorporation, rectification, exaltation and synthesis; from plants by distillation and coction; from animals by absorption; from men by generation; from the air by respiration. In this sense we are told by Aristeus that air must be derived from air; by Khunrath that living mercury must be obtained from the perfect man formed by the androgyne; by practically all the sages, that the medicine of metals must be derived from metals and that this medicine—though fundamentally one in all kingdoms—is graduated and specified according to forms and species. Its use is threefold—by sympathy, repulsion or equilibrium. The graduated quintessence was only the auxiliary of forces; the medicine of each kingdom must be derived from the kingdom itself, with the addition of basic mercuryterrestrial or mineral—and of synthetic living mercury, or human magnetism. Such is the rapid and summary sketch of this science, which is vast and profound as the Kabalah, mysterious as Magic, real as the exact sciences, but too long and too often discredited by the frustrated greed of false adepts and by the obscurities with which true sages have surrounded their theories and their processes (Eliphas Levi, History of Magic, 1860, p. 263).

And Levi continued again (I love this one):

Ambrosia answered: ‘To respond adequately to a love which you term supernatural would require an immortal existence. If this love be sacrified heroically to our respective duties during the lives of those who are dear to each of us, it will, beyond all doubt, create for itself an eternity at that moment when conscience and the world will permit us to love one another. It is said that there is an elixir of life; seek to discover it, and when you are certain that you have succeeded, come and see me. Till then, live for your wife and your children, as I also will live for the husband whom I love; and if you meet me in the street make no sign of recognition…‘ At the accents of that voice, the alchemist startled violently; he recognised her whom he had thought fondly to find unchanged. Casting himself on his knees at her feet, he offered her the phial, saying: ‘Take it, drink it, it is life. Thirty years of my own existence are comprised in it; but I have tried it, and I know that it is the elixir of immortality‘ (Eliphas Levi, History of Magic, 1860, p. 321).

So now you have it; Levi discusses the ‘elixir of immortality.’ However, what about Pike, what does he have to say on the subject?:

The Dimensions of the Lodge, our Brethren of the York Rite say, ‘are unlimited, and its covering no less than the canopy of Heaven.’ ‘To this object,’ they say, ‘the mason’s mind is continually directed, and thither he hopes at last to arrive by the aid of the theological ladder which Jacob in his vision saw ascending from earth to Heaven; the three principal rounds of which are denominated Faith, Hope, and Charity; and which admonish us to have Faith in God, Hope in Immortality, and Charity to all mankind‘ (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 14).

And again:

Knowledge is the most genuine and real of human treasures; for it is Light, as Ignorance is Darkness. It is the development of the human soul, and its acquisition the growth of the soul, which at the birth of man knows nothing, and therefore, in one sense, may be said to be nothing. It is the seed, which has in it the power to grow, to acquire, and by acquiring to be developed, as the seed is developed into the shoot, the plant, the tree. “We need not pause at the common argument that by learning man excelleth man, in that wherein man excelleth beasts; that by learning man ascendeth to the heavens and their motions, where in body he cannot come, and the like. Let us rather regard the dignity and excellency of knowledge and learning in that where unto man’s nature doth most aspire, which is immortality or continuance (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 111).

Here we see Pike discussing the real human treasure is not an afterlife; instead, we read that knowledge and learning is man’s nature, or put another way, the continuance of the human body through Immortality.

I do think a short explanation into the word usage of Immortality is in line at this point; especially after Pike’s use if the word soul. Clearly, most people are taught that Immortality means the Immortal soul in an afterlife status; not true I am afraid. In short, when the word Immortality is used by itself, it refers to an eternal life in your current state. However, if additional words are used with Immortality, like Immortality of the soul, it maybe referring to an afterlife; although, not always. One can still have an Immortal soul and an Immortal body; more on that in another future posting. As such, when reading Pike and Levi, one must consider the context in which the word Immortality is being used to fully understand what they are trying to defend, instruct or comment on.

In conclusion, after studying both of these men over the past several years, it has become apparent that they believed in Immortality of the flesh (and soul) and taught this topic allegorically; otherwise, it would have been discovered much much sooner. I will, of course, be discussing this topic further in next months Gnosismasonry posting. Until then, feel free to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for even more Immortal lessons.

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

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Our First Metamodern President – Donald Trump.

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As I mentioned in my October 1, 2016 post, Post-Postmodernism or Metamodernism and Freemasonry, our culture was changing from a Postmodern to a Metamodern culture. I would like to say that I predicted the outcome of this year’s election, but that would not be the truth. The only thing I did was report on this significant cultural change. I have received so many private comments about my writings this past year on the topic of Postmodernism and its devastating effect on the Craft; many of which were supportive, but, sadly, almost just as many were negative. The really sad part of this adventure, this past year, was so many Masons were in denial, and perhaps still are. That somehow, our new President would be the end of the world, or how could this have happened. The reality of this election was easily predictable, if only my brethren would have studied the transition from a Modern, to a Postmodern, and now in a Metamodern society. A topic I have written about extensively this past year for the benefit of the broader Craft.

Here is a quick outline of Modernism, Postmodernism and Metamodernism:

Modern ideas:

Postmodern ideas:

Metamodern ideas:

In short, Hillary Clinton was the Postmodern candidate, while Donald Trump was the Metamodern candidate; and with Trumps electoral college win, we now have confirmation of this transformation from a Postmodern culture to a Metamodern culture has started on a national scale.

xssrIndeed, most Americans were, and still are, in shock. Political pundits could not see the forest through the trees, because their Postmodern bias held them back from seeing the truth. In fact, media bias was, and still is, blatantly Postmodern, and this helped the general unforgotten populace, who had become disconnected from total Postmodern programing, propel Metamodern thinking into the limelight. Sociologist have been discussing this trend for well over a decade now, so it was no surprise to me; nevertheless, the uninformed population unconsciously reacted as predicted. Yes, my friends, there is a national consciousness; it is a living, breathing and reactive entity that lifts its head up once and a while. And when it does, significant social changes occur quickly and decisively.

So many of these so called political pundits, who have only been trained to think as a Postmodernist, still haven’t come to grips with this new political realignment. They continue to attack those things they don’t understand, nor perhaps ever will. Like almost every cultural realignment in our history, the political class has always been late to see new social changes. We can, of course, expect to see a continuation of the statue quo of the political class, who have everything to lose, or so they think. That is until they come to realize that this course of history was inevitable; as was previously predicted. The political class need only change the color of their suits to again become beneficiaries of this new cultural change. We have seen this also happen throughout history, just like when the Soviet Union fell, the old Russian leadership simply took off their military uniforms and put on new suits. The outward appearances almost always changes, but so many times, the people behind the scene simply adapt and reemerge. I think we can expect to see this occur as well.

So, to the big question, “How does this cultural change affect Freemasonry?” Well, simply put, I think we can see a reemergence of Masonic membership and a more favorable public acceptance in the ways of Freemasonry. No, it won’t be like the glory days under Modernism, but it will be significantly better than under the destructiveness of Postmodernism.

In conclusion, my work on the topic of Modernism, Postmodernism and MetaModernism is now complete. I have spent the last year trying my best to educate the Craft about this significant social change that was about to occur and did; but no more, at least for now. I will now change directions into other Masonic topics. Thanks for reading!

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

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Postmodern vs. Masonic Ethics – If It’s Not Illegal, Unethical or Immoral Just Do It!

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I remember hearing fellow employees say, “Well, I am not going to do it; it’s not part of my job description.” As though everything we do in a job is part of a job description. In fact, for nearly twenty years, if my immediate boss wanted me to get him a cup of coffee, I did it. Upon reflection, when he wanted me to pick him up at the airport, I did it. When he wanted me to pick up his Gin, I did it. I could go on and on. The point of this month’s short article is the guiding Masonic principles of ethical behavior, like “Honor and Duty are the pole-stars of a Mason” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 96), which often stands in stark contrast to Postmodern ethical thinking.

Yet, it was not until I became a Freemason did I truly understand the words of my father, “If It’s Not Illegal, Unethical or Immoral just do it!” In other words, if a person, a company or even the Government is paying you a salary, which is nothing but buying your time, simply do your job without complaint. Pike confirmed such thinking when he wrote:

Duty is the moral magnetism which controls and guides the true Mason’s course over the tumultuous seas of life. Whether the stars of honour, reputation, and reward do or do not shine, in the light of day or in the darkness of the night of trouble and adversity, in calm or storm, that unerring magnet still shows him the true course to steer, and indicates with certainty where-away lies the port which not to reach involves shipwreck and dishonour. He follows its silent bidding, as the mariner, when land is for many days not in sight, and the ocean without path or landmark spreads out all around him, follows the bidding of the needle, never doubting that it points truly to the north. To perform that duty, whether the performance be rewarded or unrewarded, is his sole care. And it doth not matter, though of this performance there may be no witnesses, and though what he does will be forever unknown to all mankind (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 123.).

Indeed, there may be times when remaining silent is not an option; the most obvious being something maybe illegal. In the case of an illegality, the Mason is of course not required to do the task requested of him. Nevertheless, the legality of certain behaviors is constantly changing, especially in our society today. That is why it is important to stay on top of law and rule changes that apply to one’s life. I am reminded that my mother was first married when she was 14 years old – and yes it was legal in those days. Moreover, when I was young, the age of consent was 16 years of age; but today, the age of consent is 18. You see, laws are constantly changing.

Yet, even after reviewing the legality of an action or behavior, one still must address the ethics involved in such a behavior. Now, in the Postmodern world, the word ethics has a different meaning than in the Masonic world. I remember a discussion I had with a very intelligent individual. I told her that our ethical behavior was based on western religious values. This lady, who was proud of her intellect, immediately countered with the Postmodern diatribe that one can be a good and ethical person without religious values – that religion was in no way associated with ethical behavior. In short, she drank the cool-aid she had been fed by her Postmodern college education. I simply asked her if she ever looked up the root meaning of ethics; she of course said no. We immediately went to a computer and discovered the following:

The Encyclopaedia Britannica explains that every society has an origin story with an accompanying code of ethics. One well-known example is that of Moses being presented with the Ten Commandments. For many in Western culture, these commandments have shaped their government and system of law. What separates the civilized from the uncivilized in history is system and code to live by. Few would consider cavemen lifestyle as an outline for how to construct a system of government, but looking to Plato’s Republic, written in 380 B.C., is reasonable.

The modern world has a much more complicated look at ethics than older societies. This complexity can be understood by our expanded understanding of the natural world. Pëtr Kroptkin, a Russian philosopher, tried to look at and assess human behavior apart from ethics. If humans were to act without concern for ethics, we would act solely to serve ourselves. With ethics, modern society can operate in cooperative manner, allowing those with more resources to assist those without. While the origin of ethics remains unclear, it is well agree that without it, humanity would work in a vastly different manner.

You see, whether an individual is religious or not, many of our social and ethical norms are governed by and are based on our western religious values, “The word ‘ethics’ is ‘commonly used interchangeably with ‘morality,’ and sometimes it is used more narrowly to mean the moral principles of a particular tradition, group, or individual.'” Yes, much of it is Christian, but let me educate the reader about something not seldom mentioned – Christianity grew out of Judaism; as well, it quickly adapted to social changes that took place after the death of Christ. And Christ himself simply taught ideas that originated from Egypt and the east, under other religious systems. Interestingly, most of the ancient world, which is the foundation of our ethical behavior today, was itself based on some type of religious belief. Therefore, the foundation of our ethical behavior today has its origins based on religious values and behavior. So much for the Postmodern notion that ethical behavior has nothing to do with our religious past.

And lastly, the issue of immoral behavior. This too is closely aligned with ethics; although, it is more closely aligned with religion. In truth, our moral behavior is synonymous with our religious past and is a guiding us, even today:

Morality (from the Latin moralitas “manner, character, proper behavior”) is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with “goodness” or “rightness.”…  An example of normative ethical philosophy is the Golden Rule, which states that: “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.”

I know it sounds petty, and for some people getting a cup of coffee for a boss is considered demeaning. I will attempt to stay away of the gender angle; especially since most of Freemasonry is male in this country. My boss was a male and I was a male, and I did not find it demeaning in the least. I looked upon it based on what my father told me when I was young, “If it’s not Illegal, Unethical or Immoral just do it.” In fact, it is not uncommon for myself or one of my fellow Brothers to volunteer to serve either coffee, orange juice, or even wine when we refill our cup. In fact, the Grand Commander of Knights Templar in the state of California can be seen in our kitchen either making food or serving his food in our dinning room. You see, humility of a Masonic virtue.

Here is a short quote, which clearly defines the simple act of getting a boss a cup of coffee is not an illegal act:

After working for a few weeks, her (male) bosses asked her to get their coffee for them. She declined, and her manager e-mailed her, saying: “This is not open for debate. Please don’t make an easy task a big deal.” Klopfenstein felt that getting coffee “reinforced outdated gender stereotypes,” so the next day, when she was asked to get coffee again, she sent an e-mail that read: “I don’t expect to serve and wait on you by making and serving you coffee every day.” Nine minutes later, she was fired. Klopfenstein promptly sued the company for sexual discrimination and sexual harassment. The judge ruled: “The act of getting coffee is not, by itself, a gender-specific act,” and dismissed the case. But Klopfenstein’s attorneys argue that “Some tasks are inherently more offensive to women.”

Therefore, get over your Postmodern thinking and start acting like a Freemason; it is always better to give (serve) than receive (be served)!

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

Post-Postmodernism or Metamodernism and Freemasonry

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As many of the followers of my blog have read over the past ten months, I have been delving into Postmodernism and its effect on the Craft. I know, especially in the beginning, many people commented that this subject had nothing to do with Freemasonry’s decline; comments I have dismissed. I dismissed them because these individuals have not studied this topic and have only lived a Postmodern life. Therefore, those who have predominately lived a Postmodern life would be more apt to accept such a life as reality. However, because I have studied the written works of both Albert Pike and Eliphias Levi, I know that there is an alternative reality; if one only looks hard enough, it can be seen. That is why I am now going to discuss the terms Post-Postmodernism or Metamodernism, which are vertically the same topic.

Post-Postmodernism can be defined as, “a wide-ranging set of developments in critical theory, philosophy, architecture, art, literature, and culture which are emerging from and reacting to postmodernism. Another similar recent term is metamodernism.” And Metamodernism, “is a set of developments in philosophy, aesthetics, and culture which are emerging from and reacting to postmodernism. One definition characterizes metamodernism as mediations between aspects of both modernism and postmodernism. Metamodernism is similar to post-postmodernism.”

You see, there is a merging of both Modernism and Postmodernism taking place. As I stated in an earlier blog posting on this topic, we will never actually be able to go back to Modernism, nor should we. In fact, we, as a culture, will blend our past, incorporating the good and leaving the bad elements behind.

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There are, of course, differing scholastic opinions on this topic as well; nevertheless, there appears to be a broad consensus developing:

Consensus on what makes up an era can hardly be achieved while that era is still in its early stages. However, a common positive theme of current attempts to define post-postmodernism is that faith, trust, dialogue, performance and sincerity can work to transcend postmodern irony.

There is no doubt in my mind that Postmodernism has had a negative effect of the Craft; however, Post-Postmodernism or Metamodernism might be a turning point for Freemasonry? Only time will tell for sure. While reading the above quote, the words “faith, trust, dialogue, performance and sincerity” became a glaring contrast to the Postmodern society of no faith, mistrust, no dialogue, a lack of performance and a lack of sincerity.

What does a Post-Postmodern (Metamodern) society look like and why should we be hopeful in this transformation? Here is one optimistic view I thought you might find enjoyable:

We metamodernists stay true to the postmodern skepticism and ironic distancing from all attempts to tell “the one story” about in which direction society should be developed. But we also add a crucial ingredient that was present during modernity: hope and faith in progress. We believe that society truly has evolved and that positive developments are possible. Progress is real. Life invites us to greater possibilities. Possibilities, potentials, are always dangerous, but always real – and necessary. That is why metamodernism is based upon an invitation to a critical, self-reflexive dialogue about the future of society.

We have our own ideas about the future and we hold them without apology. We present them and break them against those of others. We distance ourselves from the excessive irony prevailing today; an irony we feel has an undercurrent of philosophical and political cowardice. We believe that metamodern society is born through risk taking, vulnerability and hope. Metamodern society is created through the political and cultural adventure, an adventure that requires passionate participation. To be a political metamodernist means to never settle for ironic distancing, to not be satisfied with “asking new questions”. Metamodernists also have an entrepreneurial or artistic side – we seek answers, or at least solutions. We recognize that these answers to the riddles of life and the problems of society cannot be final, but we always attempt to find the best possible answers and visions. We are prepared to put our “good names” at stake and to admit when we’ve been mistaken. We believe that is the right path ahead.

Political metamodernism can be described as “pragmatic idealism” or “informed naivety”.

I, of course, find this view right in line with Masonic instruction. Especially with regard to attempting to find the “riddles of life.” Think about it, is this not what Freemasonry is all about – YES, YES it is! Furthermore, here is a comparative list to help better define the topics of Modernism, Postmodernism and Metamodernism (Post-Postmodernism):

Modern ideas:

Postmodern ideas:

Metamodern ideas:

In conclusion, based on the goals of Metamodernism, I personally believe we have the making of a glorious return of Masonic teachings and instruction in the near future. Let us continue to work towards such an end and then we can look upon the past 40 to 50 years as a necessary purge; similar to the Anti-Masonic movement that started in 1824, which also lasted some 40 to 50 years!

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

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Postmodern Millennials And Their Effect On The Craft

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A dirty little outcome of Postmodernism has been its effect on the generation known as the Millennials.  This experiment in social reconstruction has had a devastating effect on this group of young adults; and by extension, the Craft itself. This short essay will attempt to give further insight into the topic of Postmodernism, an issue I have been writing about since January of this year; feel free to look at my blog for further writings.

Let me first define the term Millennials:

Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y, abbreviated to Gen Y) are the demographic cohort between Generation X and Generation Z. There are no precise dates for when the generation starts and ends. Demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and use the mid-1990s to the early 2000s as final birth years for the Millennial Generation.

Interestingly, the Millennials are by far the most studied generation in American history; in fact, the United States Census Bureau claimed there are over 80 million of them. In terms of their strengths, they are by far the most savvy technological generation to date; however, as good as this might first sound, look closer. This generation that grew up with computers, cell phones, television and the Internet, also lacks certain social skills. In fact, they have also become known as the loner generation. Sadly, I have even witnessed this crisis first hand. I have gone to many social events where this generation would rather look into their cell phone than talk to their peers, let alone older adults. In a word, they have become “detached” from reality.

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Moreover, Millennials are less caring, concerned little with community affairs and are less politically active than past generations, as Jean Twenge claimed, “today’s youth are more interested in extrinsic life goals and less concerned for others and civic engagement. They are described as overly self-confident and self-absorbed.This social media generation is more likely to be active on social networking sites, posting videos of themselves online and taunting their tattoos, and body piercing, to public display. The concepts of self-branding and self-promotions are an almost constant concern as well.

Recently, Gallop released a study, where it “found Millennials to be disengaged, aloof and completely incapable of prioritizing their own workload all while requiring constant pats on the back from management.”

Here are some generalities of a Millennial:

  • Less likely to own a car before a phone.
  • More likely to live at home after graduating from High School and College.
  • Less likely to work a full-time job. Although, this may not be their fault due to economic conditions; however, lack of employment opportunities has certainly contributed to their selfish condition by becoming more reliant on family and the state.
  • Dating and marrying much later in life. This also may be due to economic conditions?
  • Have less interpersonal skills, which may lead to problems with relationships and employers, etc.
  • High self-esteem and high-expectations, but lack a work ethic; this is a byproduct of the “everyone gets a trophy” attitude that pervaded the era of their youth.
  • More likely to get sexual satisfaction from the Internet than seeking a relationship.
  • More likely to be overweight and docile.
  • More likely to sleep with their cell phones next to them.
  • More likely to be educated beyond High School; but have less interest in local, national or international affairs.
  • And perhaps one of the most interesting topic to us in Freemasonry, Millennials demonstrate little to no interest in faith related activities.

You see, it is this group of 80 million Americans that will eventually control this country’s future. Not only this nation, but also the Craft itself. Again, Postmodernism teaches relativism – that there are no absolute truths, 74% of those surveyed believed, “Whatever is right for your life or works best for you is the only truth you can know.” Honestly, they really believe that. This too is a byproduct of not reading history, especially the history of religion; or in our case, the mysteries of ancient beliefs. In short, the majority of Millennials believes there is NO MORAL TRUE!

Simply stated, I am certainly glad to read that most creditable academics are now coming out against this destructive experiment of social control, i.e. Postmodernism. No, we will never fully go back to Modernism, nor should we. There were some good things that came out of Postmodernism as well, some of which we should certainly keep.

But, what next? What will the next generation give our civilization? Only time will tell! In the meantime, the Craft should hold fast to its values and traditions. We need to stop lowering the bar for entry into the Craft. And if this means closing some Lodges, so be it. Albert Pike was quite clear when he wrote about the great Masonic purge in 1826,

WE often profit more by our enemies than by our friends. “We support ourselves only on that which resists,” and owe our success to opposition. The best friends of Masonry in America were the Anti-Masons of 1826, and at the same time they were its worst enemies. Men are but the automata of Providence, and it uses the demagogue, the fanatic, and the knave, a common trinity in Republics, as its tools and instruments to effect that of which they do not dream, and which they imagine themselves commissioned to prevent.

The Anti-Masons, traitors and perjurors some, and some mere political knaves, purified Masonry by persecution, and so proved to be its benefactors; for that which is persecuted, grows. To them its present popularity is due, the cheapening of its Degrees, the invasion of its Lodges, that are no longer Sanctuaries, by the multitude; its pomp and pageantry and overdone display.

Yes, sadly, we may in fact have to wait for the next generation to solve are declining numbers; but, as mentioned above, this is not the first time this has happened in Masonic history, nor perhaps will it be the last.

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

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Rejection of Political Postmodernism

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As many followers of my blog have witnessed, since January, I have been covering the topic of Postmodernism as it relates to Freemasonry. Here is a list of the topics I have written about: Postmodernism’s Ruination of Immortal Pursuits; Updated For The Postmodern Thinker: Online Etiquette For Masons; With Supporting Quotes From Albert Pike; Why Are We Encouraged To Explore Divinity Within Freemasonry If The Craft Is Not A Religion? Why Does Freemasonry Conceal Its Secrets From Even Its Own Members? Spiritual Anarchy and Freemasonry; Characteristics of a Postmodern Freemason; and Postmodernism And Its Devastating Effect On Freemasonry.

Now I am going to delve into a touchy subject: yes, politics. Normally, Freemasons are taught to shy away from discussing political issues. And there is a good reason for doing so. You see, in order to achieve the precepts of “Brotherly Love,” it is always better not to discuss such things for fear that it might alienate a Brother and his views. Therefore, I will take care not to offend anyone; but rather, I will discuss this current political movement in an objective manner.

Let me first state that I do not have a horse in the race this political season. You see, I teach history and the social sciences at a college; as such, I feel very comfortable researching and discussing our current political environment objectively, which a pure sociologist and historian is taught to do.

I do this exercise to help the brethren understand what is happening right now in our culture. In short, for the past 50 years or so, Postmodern thinking has influenced the American people, as well as other peoples in the Western world. However, things are certainly changing, and it is this change that has so many people worried.

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Let us first explore the vote by Britain to leave the European Union (EU); most commonly referred to as Brexit. So what was this vote all about. There are, of course, countless claims and counter claims about the reasons for Britain’s decision to leave the EU. I take no position on the move itself. I do however find this movement within the realm of rejecting Postmodern thinking. Iskander Rehman perhaps said it best:

It is perhaps inevitable that such divisions should materialize within a union of 28 nations animated by disparate historical experiences, equipped with unequal levels of military resources, and confronted with different geostrategic predicaments. The turmoil engulfing the Old World’s periphery has peeled away at Europe’s residual postmodern illusions, exposing raw divisions and divergent hierarchies of interests.”

In short, Rehman said the decision to leave the EU was the final move in wiping out “residual postmodern illusions.” You see, as I have stated in my earlier commentaries on the topic of Postmodernism, such thinking is itself based on nothing other than the destruction of the old in the hope that something new would be better. Forget history, forget everything we have ever learned about out past; in essence, throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Now let us explore the rejection of Postmodernism closer to home. I have been watching this year’s political movements play themselves out. Just like our last election cycle, where we witnessed Ron Paul come ever so close to winning the Republican nomination, now we witnessed Bernie Sanders come so ever close as well. Both men, however, fell short because the political elites within the respective parties decided to make the decision for the American electorate. In short, the Democratic party actually worked against the interest of the American people in favor the status quo of Postmodernism. But what did Paul and Sanders represent? They represented change, or a rejection of Postmodernism within the political system. Some might even say a return to Modernism, at least to some degree; especially when it came to job creation. Although, to be intellectually honest, we could never truly return to Modernism, only because a portion of Postmodernism will always remain with the American people.

Or how about Donald Trump (Republican) vs. Hillary Clinton (Democrat), what do these candidates represent? Simply stated, Trump represents change, or a rejection of Postmodernism, and Clinton represents maintaining the status quo, or adherence to Postmodernism.

I find it most interesting that every time Trump puts his foot in his mouth or someone attacks his credibility, he surges another 2% in the polls. One has to ask, why is this happening? It’s simple, the American people, like so many people around the globe, don’t trust slick talking politicians who say one thing, yet do the opposite.

Just a short history lesson, the debate between Kennedy and Nixon during the 1960 presidential race illustrates the rise of Postmodernism (Kennedy) and the decline of Modernism (Nixon):

In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon squared off in the first televised presidential debates in American history. The Kennedy-Nixon debates not only had a major impact on the election’s outcome, but ushered in a new era in which crafting a public image and taking advantage of media exposure became essential ingredients of a successful political campaign. They also heralded the central role television has continued to play in the democratic process.”

It took taken some fifty years for the people of the world to understand that Postmodern hopism is an illusion; it solved nothing. It was an experiment in social control, and the 1960 debate between Kennedy and Nixon clearly illustrates this change in attitudes, as clearly as the Trump vs. Clinton candidacies do.

How will this end? Only time will tell. The bigger issue, however, is not the election itself; no, the biggest issue is the movement of rejecting Postmodernism and the destruction of such thinking. And this can be seen by Bernie Sander’s supporters who are rejecting any and all calls for party solidarity, despite Sander’s calls for it. In fact, he can’t even stop was has already started, “Sanders was at a loss. Here he was telling his most loyal supporters what needed to happen next in order to unify the party and beat Donald Trump. And they weren’t listening. They wanted revolution. Now, not later.”

I hope this brief essay has helped the reader better understand what is happening in our culture and not just within the Craft itself. Moreover, it is obvious that the people of the world have begun to understand that Postmodernism has been an obstacle to truly understanding Godly endeavors. Only time will tell if this change will have a lasting effect.

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

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Postmodernism’s Ruination of Immortal Pursuits

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Like so many things yet to be discovered within the ancient mysteries, Immortality holds so much potential for the worthy recipient. Have you ever wondered why Freemasonry has such an affinity for the ancient mysteries. This was no accident. Have you ever wondered why the Craft asks us to study the ancient gods and the lessons from the ancient secret societies? This again was no accident. There are in fact countless lessons for the serious student to ponder, reflect and perhaps some day even understand. Immortality is one such lesson; if not the greatest knowledge ever discovered.

Furthermore, as my research of Albert Pike and Eliphas Levi’s writings continue, I found that Postmodernism has worked its way into the Craft, and as a result, our pursuit for Immortality has diminished. But before I delve into specifics, let me first define Immortality, which means, “the ability to live forever or eternal life.” Did you notice how the word is used to define two separate ideas and yet is still defined singularly; the first being physical Immortality or Immortality of the flesh, and the second being an eternal life, i.e. an after life or life after death. Upon my first and second reading of Pike’s book Morals and Dogma (1871), I did not make a distinction between the two. In fact, like most people, I was trained to think they were both one in the same. Here is yet another explanation:

Immortality is the indefinite continuation of a person’s existence, even after death. In common parlance, immortality is virtually indistinguishable from afterlife, but philosophically speaking, they are not identical. Afterlife is the continuation of existence after death, regardless of whether or not that continuation is indefinite. Immortality implies a never-ending existence, regardless of whether or not the body dies.”

Think about it for a moment, most people think Immortality means exclusively life after death, or Immortality of the soul; but more on that a little later. First, let us explore the possibility that man was meant to live an Immortal life if it was earned, and we have countless examples of Immortals to prove it. Here is a short list of several supporting ideas of Immorality, followed by prominent Immortal figures history has recorded:

  1. Christian theology holds that Adam and Eve lost physical immortality for themselves and all their descendants in the Fall of Man – this what what most people believe.
  2. In the New Testament, the Greek word traditionally translated “soul” (ψυχή) has substantially the same meaning as the Hebrew, without reference to an immortal soul. ‘Soul’ may refer to the whole person, the self: ‘three thousand souls’ were converted in Acts 2:41 (see Acts 3:23).
  3. The Persian word for “immortal” is associated with the month “Amurdad”, meaning “deathless” in Persian, in the Iranian calendar (near the end of July). The month of Amurdad or Ameretat is celebrated in Persian culture as ancient Persians believed the “Angel of Immortality” won over the “Angel of Death” in this month.
  4. According to one Tibetan Buddhist teaching, Dzogchen, individuals can transform the physical body into an immortal body of light called the rainbow body.
  5. Immortality in ancient Greek religion originally always included an eternal union of body and soul as can be seen in Homer, Hesiod, and various other ancient texts.
  6. As late as 1952, the editorial staff of the Syntopicon found in their compilation of the Great Books of the Western World, that “The philosophical issue concerning immortality cannot be separated from issues concerning the existence and nature of man’s soul.”
  7. Biologically immortal species:
    1. Bacteria – Bacteria reproduce through binary fission. A parent bacterium splits itself into two identical daughter cells which eventually then split themselves in half. This process repeats, thus making the bacterium essentially immortal. A 2005 PLoS Biology paper suggests that after each division the daughter cells can be identified as the older and the younger, and the older is slightly smaller, weaker, and more likely to die than the younger.
    2. Turritopsis dohrnii, a jellyfish (phylum Cnidaria, class Hydrozoa, order Anthoathecata), after becoming a sexually mature adult, can transform itself back into a polyp using the cell conversion process of transdifferentiation. Turritopsis nutricula repeats this cycle, meaning that it may have an indefinite lifespan. Its immortal adaptation has allowed it to spread from its original habitat in the Caribbean to “all over the world”.
    3. Hydra is a genus belonging to the phylum Cnidaria, the class Hydrozoa and the order Anthomedusae. They are simple fresh-water predatory animals possessing radial symmetry.
    4. Bristlecone pines are speculated to be potentially immortal; the oldest known living specimen is over 5,000 years old.
  8. Physical trauma would remain as a threat to perpetual physical life, as an otherwise immortal person would still be subject to unforeseen accidents or catastrophes.
  9. The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the first literary works, is primarily a quest of a hero seeking to become immortal.
  10. There are numerous symbols representing immortality.
    1. The ankh is an Egyptian symbol of life that holds connotations of immortality when depicted in the hands of the gods and pharaohs, who were seen as having control over the journey of life.
    2. The Möbius strip in the shape of a trefoil knot is another symbol of immortality. Most symbolic representations of infinity or the life cycle are often used to represent immortality depending on the context they are placed in.
    3. Other examples include the Ouroboros, the Chinese fungus of longevity, the ten kanji, the phoenix, the peacock in Christianity, and the colors amaranth (in Western culture) and peach (in Chinese culture).
  11. A list of known Immortals:
    1. Ziusudra
    2. Markandeya
    3. Nicolas Flamel (Husband)
    4. Perenelle Flamel (Wife)
    5. Count of St. Germain (a member of several secret societies, i.e Masons)
    6. Parashurama
    7. John the Apostle, John the Evangelist, John of Patmos, John the Elder (the same man)
    8. The Three Nephites
    9. Tithonus
    10. The Wandering Jew
    11. King Arthur and the Grail Knights, Sir Galahad and Sir Perceval are considered immortals
    12. Merlin
    13. The crew of the Flying Dutchman
    14. Morgan le Fay
    15. Abaris the Hyperborean
    16. Joseph of Arimathea
    17. Mary (mother of Jesus)
    18. Roger Bacon (a Franciscan monk, a scientist, and an alchemist)
    19. Enoch
    20. Elijah
    21. Melchizedek
    22. Charles Fillmore
    23. Fulcanelli
    24. Apollonius of Tyana
    25. The Secret Chiefs of the A.·.A.·.
    26. Annalee Skarin
    27. Xi Wang Mu
    28. Shou Xin
    29. Ge Xuan
    30. Nirartha and Betari
    31. Zhong Li-Quan
    32. Lu Dong-Bin
    33. Zhang Guo-Lao
    34. Cao Guo-Jiu
    35. Han Xian-Zi
    36. Li Tie Kuai
    37. He Xian Gu
    38. Lan Cai He

The above names are just a short list that I compiled for the benefit of the readers of this article; it is, however, not inclusive of all known Immortals, nor does it include the thousands upon thousands of Immortals who live among us today, but who have chosen not to reveal themselves. For you see, an aspect of Immortal behavior is modesty; as well, revealing one’s Immortality may in fact put that person in jeopardy, which history has proven time and time again to be a concern for any person seeking Immortality. Furthermore, like within our own Masonic teachings, we are taught never to reveal our secrets to the profane; no accident there I believe, but just another valuable lesson to consider.

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Now that the ideals of Immortality have been established, let us turn our attention to several written lessons from Albert Pike’s book, Morals and Dogma (1871) and Eliphas Levi’s book, The History of Magic (1850), both of whom taught a path to Immortality. Again, this was something I did not consider until after reading several of Levi’s books and compared them to Pike’s writings. My hope is, once the significance of Freemasonry is understood, my brothers will turn from their worldly teachings (Postmodernism) and became strident students of the Craft, which has countless hidden secrets to unveil to every worthy student of the ancient mysteries. Let us first start with Levi:

Levi wrote about the allegorical story of Orpheus:

“It matters little to us otherwise whether one of the Argonauts was called Orpheus or not, for the poetic creator has done more than live; he lives in immortality for ever. The Orphic fable is a complete dogma, a revelation of priestly destinies, a new ideal form of the worship of beauty. The regeneration and redemption of love are indicated already therein (Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, 1850, p, 137).

I underlined several key points to consider in the above quote. In short, Orpheus is a fable (story) about man’s potential to live forever – “he lives in immortality for ever.” This belief “is a complete dogma” (belief) or “a revelation of priestly destinies (potential);” and better yet, “a new ideal form of worship (sacred).” You see, as will become evident in time, in order to attain an Immortal state of existence, one must completely live and practice the principles of love – “The regeneration of redemption of love.” It should also be stressed that “Orpheus was a founder and prophet of the so-called ‘Orphic’ mysteries,” which held that the human soul was divine and immortal, and through initiation rites man could commune as a god with God.

Levi wrote about attaining equilibrium, a necessary law within the mysteries:

“Being is substance and life; life manifests by movement; movement is perpetuated by equilibrium; equilibrium is therefore the law of immortality. Conscience is the awareness of equilibrium, which is equity and justice. All excess, when it is not mortal, is corrected by an opposite excess; it is the eternal law of reaction; but if excess subverts all equilibrium it is lost in the outer darkness and becomes eternal death” (Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, 1850, p, 348).

Here we see that equilibrium is a necessary “law of immortality.” That all excess must be corrected, “All excess, when it is not mortal, is corrected by an opposite excess;” for “excess subverts all equilibrium… and becomes eternal death.”

Levi discusses Raymund Lully; why?

He betook himself to prayer, and devoted his existence to good works; God granted him all graces save that of death, but of what profit are the others in the absence of that which should complete and crown them all? One day the Tree of Knowledge was shewn to him, laden with its luminous fruits; he understood being and its harmonies; he divined the Kabalah; he established the foundations and sketched the plan of an universal science, from which time he was saluted as the illuminated doctor. So did he obtain glory, that fatal recompense of toil which God, in His mercy, seldom confers upon great men till after their death, because it intoxicates and poisons the living. But Raymund Lully, who could not by death give place to the glory after, might have occasion to fear that it would perish before himself, and meanwhile it could seem to him only a derision of his immortal misfortune. He knew how to make gold, so that he might purchase the world and all its kingdoms, yet he could not assure to himself the humblest tomb. He was the pauper of immortality. Everywhere he went begging for death, and no one was able to give it him” (Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, 1850, p, 389-390).

Here we read about the Immortal existence of Raymund Lully, a Franciscan alchemist. Levi told us, partially, how Lully was able to attain Immortality, which was through prayer and good works, “God granted him all graces save that of death.” He was able to attain something most people do not attain until after death – God “seldom confers upon great men till after their death.” But to him, he did not realize what he had asked for. You see, Lully eventually realized he wanted to die, but could not, “Everywhere he went begging for death, and no one was able to give it him.” In short, Lully considered such a blessing a misfortune. The lesson being, be careful what you ask for.

Levi discusses fatality, which means, “an occurrence of death by accident, in war, or from disease” or “helplessness in the face of fate.”

So long as man is subject to the dictates of fatality, he is profane—that is to say, a man who must be excluded from the sanctuary of knowledge, because in his hands knowledge would become a terrible instrument of destruction. On the contrary, the man who is free, who governs by understanding the blind instincts of life, is essentially a preserver and repairer, for Nature is the domain of his power and the temple of his immortality. When the uninitiated seeks to do good the result is evil. On the other hand, the true initiate can never will to do evil; if he strikes it is to chastise and to cure. The breath of the uninitiated is deadly, that of the initiate is life-giving. He who is profane suffers that others may suffer also, but the initiate endures in order that others may be spared. He who is profane steeps his arrows in his own blood and poisons them; he who is initiated cures the most cruel wounds by a single drop of his blood” (Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, 1850, p, 588-589).

In order to attain an Immortal state of physical existence, one must not allow himself to become a man of fate, which means, a helpless victim to death and the deeds associated with such thinking. In fact, Levi went so far as to say that a man who thinks that he will eventually die, is profane and not worthy enough to gain this initiated knowledge; I know, a powerful statement. Needless to say, this exercise could go on and on; I will, however, now switch to Pike, who was a student of Levi, to complete this important exercise.

Pike wrote that the acacia at the head of the grave is a sign of Immortality:

“The bush of acacia placed at the head of the grave of Khir-Om is an emblem of resurrection and immortality” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 471).

The pyramid is also a sign of Immortality:

“In the Quaternary we find the first solid figure, the universal symbol of immortality, the pyramid” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 464).

Dionusos was the healer, author of life and Immortality:

“It was said that Dionusos or Poseidon had preceded Apollo in the Oracular office; and Dionusos continued to be esteemed in Greek Theology as Healer and Saviour, Author of Life and Immortality” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 430).

The mysteries teach Immorality:

The Mysteries were practised as a means of perfecting the soul, of making it to know its own dignity, of reminding it of its noble origin and immortality, and consequently of its relations with the Universe and the Deity” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 307).

Please remember not to read this quote from the singular perspective that Immortality simply means life after death; no, Immortality also means the continuation of your existence or current life.

Our ceremonies are intended to purify us into an Immortal state of existence:

“Human ceremonies are indeed but imperfect symbols; and the alternate baptisms in fire and water intended to purify us into immortality, are ever in this world interrupted at the moment of their anticipated completion” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 290).

Immortality must be earned:

“If we but eat and drink and sleep, and let everything go on around us as it pleases; or if we live but to amass wealth or gain office or wear titles, we might as well not have lived at all; nor have we any right to expect immortality” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 122-23).

Again, this exercise could go on and on. I will not reveal anything further on the topic of Immortality, for the fear that such knowledge may find its way into the hands of the profane. My intent is clear however, I only want to demonstrate again the worth and value of Freemasonry and its endless knowledge to the worthy student. I hope you found this knowledge helpful, and will seek further light within the mysteries and not our contemporary Postmodern world of delusions. You see, the simple act of Postmodern thinking is hindering anyone who desires an Immortal life, both physically (flesh) and spiritual (soul).

And on a personal level, I think the term Immortality was designed the way it is because most people will never earn a state of physical Immortality, but may gain a state for an Immortal soul; thereby fulfilling its dual mandate.

If you want to know more about Postmodernism’s devastating effect on the Craft, please consider reading these related articles that I have written in this past year:

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

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