Mistrust due to a Lack of Understanding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

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The Immortal Cabal: Manly P. Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

Man’s Triumph Over Death: Part IV

2There is little doubt that in this new age of technology, with its quickening effect on our culture and its people, we have transformed our foundation and basis for existence. Immediate information is available to everyone, and this has affected our quality of life and our modern consciousness. We are no longer a simple people seeking godliness; no, our culture now believes that technology will be our savior.  Such is the intellectual saturation of our modern consciousness; but the question remains, how does such thinking align with ancient mystical thinking; and is such thinking comparable and does it still actually work?

Honestly, only time will tell for sure. Nevertheless, I do contend that if we do not keep our sights on the ancient mysteries, Immortality is not attainable. We cannot gain Immortality through the scholarship of technology alone; there is certainly a spiritual component that cannot be ignored. I do not trust that Immortality can be gained through science unaccompanied. I do, however, believe that, like the Alchemists of our past, Immortality can be gained through intellectual and spiritual knowledge combined.

There is an outward and inward world for humanity; with each man being the link in this chain. Man continues to battle countless would be scientific theories and esoteric doctrines in an effort to find the philosophers stones or elixir of life. As hard as it was in the past, such knowledge becomes even more muddled by contemporary modernity. The truth, to a greater or lesser degree, has become unrecognizable; whereby value in knowledge is deluded because of massive and yet misguided knowledge. Determining the authenticity, worth and importance of knowledge is certainly no easy task.  Our world has become outdated through countless norms and standards that continue to compulsively misguide us humans. We think and act far differently than our ancient ancestors, which steers our inner power to more and more external endeavors. It is this cognitive type of thinking that has led us further and further from the fundamental secrets of creation.  New contemporary knowledge has always and constantly hindered and disconnected our connection to the Creator and his creation.

It is ironic that classical views stand in stark contrast to fashionable views, with more and more reliance on technology, science and medicine to cure the human body. I so often hear it stated, if science cannot prolong life then dreams of immortality must be a fabrication. But our ancient ancestors did not hold such luxuries, yet still attained an Immortal state of existence. There is a universal organization to an eternal life; these laws of nature have never changed, only man’s evolutionary outlook continues to battle these ancient mysteries. Therefore, we, the students of the mysteries, endeavor to seek these ancient mysteries with a fervent zeal; and we acknowledge these differences with a mindful passion for Immortality of the flesh.

We understand that the physical body of a human being and the material world are formed by consciousness and energy; that the very nature of each human is displayed outwardly in physical form, but also generates a spiritual component.  The reality of such a belief though is the fact that detection is often unmeasurable; at least through contemporary scientific methods. Which has led to much speculation and even dismissal. Pundits are quick to us terms like paranormal activity, mythology and even folklore. All the same, without empirical measurable documentation, most people will simply turn from seeking Immortality. This is an ailment of contemporary conditioning.

Nevertheless, we stand firm in our belief in Immortality. As hard as science has tried to prove or disprove the spiritual realm, it has found only confusion. How does one prove faith? It cannot be proven. Simply stated, one must have faith in Immortality before it can be gained; to think otherwise, one will only find death. More to follow next month.

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

 

Man’s Triumph Over Death: Part III

2It is true that in traveling the great narrow way of personal and inner accomplishments, one is not only required to follow angelic law, but also be committed to the elimination of all transgressions and mistakes. This change is an essential part of the progression toward Immortalism.   This inner way is a pathway toward purity and enlightenment; not just intellectual enlightenment, but also a pureness of life itself. As mentioned before, the wages of sin is death.  There is a way to eternal, unlimited and everlasting regeneration. This is the way in which one departs from his mortal infant status; of which, he must surpass the youthful teachings of nursery rhymes and fairy tales, and the immature games of make-believe. We have been taught that up is down and down is up, that mortal-ism is life and Immortalism is not possible. Yet, this type of thinking is wrong, but present in the minds of most people. The fact is, purity of thought and actions are health-producing agents.

As each man lives the inner laws of goodness and virtue, his own consciousness within himself will come into full contact with God, who will guide him in his direction. In time, this calming inner voice becomes a loving helper, which will disclose the truth about his own Immortal potential. Yes, there is a Divine Kingdom waiting each willing seeker of Immortal light. It is an inner song of praise, love and gratitude that releases one’s own vibrating glorious power and radiant splendor.

These laws of perfection are the forgotten ancient laws of our past. Humanity continues to progress, which has led to a further divide from our glorious past. New is not always better, as the saying goes. Technology, with all its conveniences and luxury has made man complacent. So much so that most of humanity does not even believe in its own potential anymore; rather, man now believes that life will only get better through the use of more and more modernity. Forget God’s laws of love, devotion, self-sacrifice, and the willingness to become a steward of one’s own body. Modern science will aid the unrighteous man; or so he thinks. Pills, shots and surgery may prolong the unworthy man of modernity, but it does not grant Immortality. Is there another path; perhaps an Alchemical one? Yes, indeed there is; but such knowledge is never given. No, such familiarity is only received through relentless research and from the guidance of prayer to the Great Architect, who will only disclose such awareness to the well-intentioned pupil of the ancient mysteries.

God’s laws are pure, perfect and yet sublime; a road less traveled. His laws require adoration and worship, for without them, Immortality is but a fairy tale. Live God’s laws and the truth will be revealed to you. Divine vibrations will release the Light of knowledge upon your consciousness. His laws are honest and pure; His eternal decrees will never fail the honest seeker of truth.  They are irrevocable!!!

From the least to the greatest, all are invited to take part in this wondrous journey.  There is a spiritual banquet awaiting the truthful and honest student who is pure of heart. God has and will continue to grant incredible gifts upon man; however, these gifts will never be granted to the unworthy. The unworthy must seek solitude in the modern sciences, because only the worthy will be granted everlasting Immortality.

The true student of the mysteries must always be a perfectionist, that is, he will always demand more of himself, not of others. In his best efforts, he will find satisfaction. He will always find a method of progress, contentment and fulfillment. As one applies these forgotten lessons into his mortal life, which currently consists of negligence, thoughtlessness, carelessness, recklessness and harmful actions to others and himself, his transformation will be seen in his own flesh. He will stop the evolution of death, he will reverse the ongoing decay of ageing and death.

And finally and more specifically, one’s true Godly love is as vital to Immortality as any of the Elixirs also heralded over the past centuries; but more on that a little later.

So Mote It Be!!!

Hank Kraychir

Man’s Triumph Over Death: Part II

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All that the father of creation has is yours for the asking, even the power of creation. Yet, these higher laws of creation can only be used by those individuals who have evolved from the kingdom of man into the kingdom of the creator. And it all starts with the desire, like in the beginning, “Let there be LIGHT.” It is from these living rays of LIGHT that everything has been created or formed.

The fullness of the creation is faith, which is our own thoughts and desires; cast away your doubting and the unbelief in yourself, and you can live as long as you so desire. But it is more than positive thoughts that make such things a reality. Remember the lesson, faith without works? You must work at Immortality, and it all starts with your thoughts. Nevertheless, it does not end there, you must also alter your life to make way for a new way of thinking, acting and living. Throw out the old you and recreate a new you based on ancient doctrines of Immortality.

Look at no one person for help, for you hold the truth within you. No person, no religion, nor any government can help you; only God himself. Only through the Great Creator can Immortality be attained. God himself will become your teacher, if you ask and become a loyal and strident student. It is through his spirit that the lessons of eternalism are taught. You must become an exalted and glorified receptor to make life more abundant. And only when such lofty goals are sought and eventually met, will you be lifted beyond mere mortalism; yes, you must evolve from the man kingdom into the God Kingdom.

Make praise and thanks continual; never doubt this reality. Ask, seek and constantly knock until the Great Architect accepts you into his chosen hands. Nothing is impossible unto the worthy. This was promised to you ages ago; it is irrevocable. It has always been with you, but could not be seen until your eyes were opened; i.e. the Light.

As one learns to feel these Immortal truths, he will begin to grasp or to know the real truth; not mortal truths, but rather, Immortal ones.  And with this new knowledge, and the application thereof, he will become free. These inner laws contain the knowledge of what each man held in the beginning when he was one with our creator. There is an all-inclusive unfolding for each individual, an eternal revelation of the great truth, from a contact that is contained in the revelation of each man’s destiny. This is the same destiny that each man was commissioned to fulfill before he was born.

There is the revelation of one’s past, especially as one opens his mind to recall his own glory. As a child of the light, reflecting his mortal life, unlike mediocre people who vainly glorify themselves, one’s divine essence becomes clearer and purer. Right now, right where you stand, can you imagine the possibility of eternal greatness? If not, stop yourself from reading any further. However, if you can imagine, then become a diligent student of eternal life, i.e. Immortality. It is true, you hold the truth deep within you. You are the mechanism for an Immortal life. There are countless books and vain efforts to which to guide your quest; but, it is you, working through God, which holds the key. The key is inside you, the lock just needs to be turned.

Nevertheless, it is because of gross blindness, which covers the earth, that this veil of ignorance even exists at all. This life, right now, is appointed for each man to discover his greatness. Contact with God will fulfill this opportunity. Greatness is held within each man, but it must first be unleashed by the light. All love and all power is possible for him to glorify through divine contact. When man and God are combined a holy at-one-moment exists. Such loving power is beheld by those who are worthy. Part III to follow next month!

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

Man’s Triumph Over Death: Part I

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There is a divine essence and substance that leads to an Immortal state of existence; this, I believe, cannot be denied, but if it is denied by anyone, the result is that he will never attain the dream of Immortalism.  Therefore, the ideal of attaining Immortality aligns itself well with positive thinking and a positive lifestyle.  This, of course, brings us to the study of Albert Pike’s book Morals and Dogma (1872). After reading his book twice, I felt very comfortable with his work, and even felt that I understood his book better than most Pike scholars; however, I was wrong. You see, it was not until I read Elphas Levi’s various writings, did I truly understand what Pike was ultimately writing about. In short, only after reading Levi did I understand that both men were writing about attaining an Immortal state of existence. Let me explain some of the requirements for Immortalism.

Since the beginning of recorded history, man has dreamt of Immortality. Whatever man can think, or has thought of, has already been inscribed by our creator in heaven; there is nothing new, and we were made in God’s image. Therefore, everything that comes from us was created by God; including our thoughts, goals, feelings, images, visions and aspirations.

The basis of all true and everlasting creation is love; just like God, we are all creators of our own reality. Those who use the tools of love to create will never become self-righteous, bigoted or fanatical; such things are tools of the ignorant, and the unenlightened – i.e. Mortals. Much of this creation is done in silence, with no fanfare or adoration. Like all true secrets, they must be attained silently alone. There is never any boasting; for such behavior will result in the discontinuance of Immortal blessings. Yes, the secret of Immortality comes to only a few. It is an individual path, often done alone and guided only by God.

One travels this secret path with the creator in isolation; it is an inner road of blessings and goodness, and is well out of the reach of most aspirants. The key that opens this gate, which leads to the narrow path, can only be granted by God, and is awarded slowly and in time. Little by little the aspirant receives his lessons and messages through his self-continualness, persistent study and incessant probing.

These powerful blessings are constant, but silent. One must give in order to receive. The wages of sin is death, and the wages of love is life.  Humbled humility leads to abundance, while self-satisfaction results in scarcity. Higher spiritual and physical attainment is the aim of the Immortal aspirant, and is rarely realized, and even less so, sustained. The aspirant lives as long as he does not fail to adhere to the designer’s beliefs and principles. Individual pride and pretentious behavior are replaced by His corresponding compassion and sympathy for his creations. In short, the absence of love is hate, which leads to death.

Each Immortal aspirant has the right to the LIGHT from within his inner BEING. It matters little if misfortune or sorrow has sought to submerge the aspirants goal; what matters is the response of the aspirant. If he responds with LOVE to any resultant harm, his course will still and forever remain the same. However, if hate is his response, the results of such behavior will be unmeasurably bleak. You see, as one lovingly issues his command for LIGHT, like, “Let there be Light” within me, he will able to step aside and witness all trepidation, discordance, error and wickedness will disappear from his eternal life. It is this ability to command the LIGHT in all experiences and circumstances that sets the aspirant apart from the multitude of non-believers – i.e. Mortals. Learning to walk fully clothed in the LIGHT is what frees the body and spirit from grief, disease, discomfort and even death.

Up until now, very few people have been able to lift their eyes upon the horizon to behold this ineffable POWER.  Faith itself is born and fulfilled out of the unviable; only the impossible gives meaning to faith. One of the best gifts that man can receive is the spiritual POWER of discernment, which is gifted by God. Such gifts are available to every man; therefore, it is man’s refusal to accept this gift that separates him from Immortality, not God’s refusal to give it. More information to follow next month!

So Mote It Be!

Hank Kraychir

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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