"THE papers here collected are written solely for members of the Masonic Order, constituted under the United Grand Lodge of England. (...) They have been written with a view to promoting the deeper understanding of the meaning of Masonry"
This is a set of essays which discuss the esoteric side of Masonry. The author attempts to demonstrate that Masonry has a deeper meaning, specifically the striving for human perfection, and that the teachings of the Freemasons are firmly in the mainstream of traditional mystery teachings. Chapters include; The Position And Possibilities Of The Masonic Order; The Deeper Symbolism Of Freemasonry; Masonry As A Philosophy; Further Notes On Craft Symbolism; The Holy Royal Arch Of Jerusalem; and Freemasonry In Relation To The Ancient Mysteries.
This most interesting and illuminative work is worthy a place on every Mason's bookshelf. '' It seems taken for granted," says the author, "that reception into the Order will automatically be accompanied by an ability to appreciate forthwith and at its full value all that one there finds. The contrary is the case, for Masonry is a veiled and cryptic expression of the difficult science of spiritual life, and the understanding of it calls for special and informed guidance on the one hand, and on the other a genuine and earnest desire for knowledge and no small capacity for spiritual perception on the part of those seeking to be instructed." In Freemasonry, as in all phases of life, many are called but few are chosen. Masonry is not a mere formalism but a life to be lived. If you do not live the life you cannot know the doctrine. Masonry is an effort to perpetuate the essential doctrines of the Ancient Mysteries, but, alas, it does so in a very perfunctory manner. So veiled are its allegories and symbols that it is almost impossible to penetrate into the Holy of Holies.
W.L. Wilmshurst's powerful vision of the rites and rituals of Freemasonry as a spiritual philosophy begins with this book. Here, Masonry is presented as "a sacramental system," represented not only by the ceremonies as experienced in theinitiations, but also by an internal and mystical side, hidden behind the visible symbolism, "available only to the Mason who has learned to use his spiritual imagination and who can appreciate the reality that lies behind the veil." This new, revised edition features a more readable modern typeface, and is enriched with extensive notes to make many of its points more accessible for both British and American students of Freemasonry. Prominent Masonic author Robert G. Davis calls this book "An easy-to-read and gratifying work which affirms Wilmshurst's interpretation: that the progressive lessons ofCraft Masonry are nothing less than the spiritual journey ofthe psyche toward full realization."
What is the point of Freemasonry? Why do we have degrees and what is this "path" Masons are supposed to be on? W.L. Wilmshurst gives us a clear understanding of these and other aspects of the Masonic spiritual path of initiation. This classic work has been recommended for new and experienced Masons since its 1922 original publication. Retypeset 2013 Cornerstone edition.
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What is the point of Freemasonry? Why do we have degrees and what is this "path" Masons are supposed to be on? W.L. Wilmshurst gives us a clear understanding of these and other aspects of the Masonic spiritual path of initiation. This classic work has been recommended for new and experienced Masons since its 1922 original publication. Retypeset 2020 Cornerstone edition with a contemporary foreword by Michael R. Poll.
Masonry is much more than a social organisation of fraternal benefit to its members. It is a spiritual quest and a way of life and its destiny is to bring spiritual benefits to all men, Masons and non-Masons alike. The right function of modern Masonry is to be the builder of each man’s unseen temple of life.