My Opinions on Freemasonry
The idea that freeMasonry started in the 15th or 17th centuries is an ignorant one. Although it might be said the modern freemasonry as it is presently constituted is a modern invention, much of the symbolism, ritual and tradition come from far older traditions. Many aspects can be traced through medieval orders like the knights templar to Mithraism and back to Persian and Egyptian religious traditions. (I cite some great books at the end of this article for those interested)
Masonry and Freemasonry, like all philosophies and large religions has numerous schisms–so it can be hard to generalize what it exactly is. But at its heart, I believe is a universal system of esoteric unity which underlies the mystic traditions of really most western religions. It’s degrees and veils basically seek to symbolically lead the initiate on the journey of the progression/evolution of human religion, psychology and history. The initiate of most these rites, begins in complete unity with God & Creation and descends through various veils or partitions into the fallen, divided state mankind is currently in. The initiate is then brought back to unity through these veils to a state of oneness through various lessons and keywords which symbolize the steps of progression that humanity must take to metaphorically regain their Edenic estate. Masonic books like “Morals and Dogma” detail the Scottish rite’s masonic interpretation of human development and evolution of the Jewish and Christian religions.
I think as you start to dive into it, it becomes clear that masonry is a broad term to a group of organizations built by some of the early builders of religions and nations (especially studying the Greek and Egyptian rites — many of which were promoted by a theocratic state). Highly intelligent minds who like Confucius, King David, and the Greek, Babylonian and Egyptian thinkers of old, understood which portions of human religion are human constructs and which parts are divine. Intelligent individuals who claimed to have the ability to peek through the veil of human thought into the spiritual realm; and with this ability they were able to create large religious social organizations which aimed primarily to maintain order among the more ignorant masses (see The Kolbrin for some great insight on these ancient esoteric aims).
I believe that for Mormons our masonic roots are a proud heritage and an understanding that the watchers want all to receive. It is a heritage which should strengthen our faith and testimonies in the highest aspects of all religions (and destroy our faith in the idols and lower laws). The symbolism runs deep– the possibility to misunderstand is high– but the wisdom gained by working one’s way through each of the veiled divisions/partitions is divine.
Understanding the Mormon Endowments Masonic Roots
Let me first make it clear that I really like the LDS temple ordinances (with a few small exceptions). I believe they are good rituals whose goal is to help individuals & society be better. Their whole purpose is to use crazy ritual to help us see the craziness of the idolatry which leads mankind. All through history—religion and ritual has been used to subjugate humanity. Men subjugating women, the free subjugating the slave, and priests, kings and their armies subjugating and oppressing mankind. The masonic and LDS temple ritual’s lead you into those systems… in order to lead you back out of them. There is wisdom in passing through sorrow, that we might now to differentiate the good and bad.. the human verses the divine. Like many religious ordinances & ritual I believe they also have the ability to unlock many hidden powers of the human mind, body and soul. For those interested in delving down the rabbit hole of western mysticism… I offer the following links.
-Read the actual freemasonry rituals upon which it is loosely based. DUNCAN’S RITUAL AND MONITOR OF FREEMASONRY. Found at SacredTexts.com This will help you get a feel for which parts are Josephs and which parts are exactly copied from freemasonry.
– Read a great background of freemasonry’s purposes and history from Egypt to Israel. The Hidden Life in Freemasonry by C. W. Leadbeater This should help you see how the freemasonry rituals relate to both ancient Israel and Egypt. It will hopefully also give you some knowledge of religious mysticism which is essential to see through the symbolism.
-Read about the mystic religious rituals and ceremonies from many past cultures and dispensations (both good and evil). Historical Rites and Ceremonies Section of Oahspe. This should make it clear that sacred mystic rituals change with each culture. And that there are many evil organizations who highjack the ceremonies of the good and use them to form organizations whose aim is to murder, steal and attain highly selfish goals. The LDS endowment differs from the ancient Israel one, which differs from the Egyptian one, which differed from the Jaredite (algonquin) and other ancient american cultures. This account also helps to show the relation between heaven and earth and the principle which the gods, angels and men involved are trying to teach.
The Law of One is also helpful. also http://gnosis.org/jskabb3.htm
Outline of Points to Discuss?
-Prophets and global religions are often determined by a process of natural selection. Prophets and dispensational-heads create religions according to what they deem best for teaching the people given their cultural circumstances and biases.
-Short overview of advent of masonry at the same time as the Bavarian “illuminati”, how it ties to mysticism.
-See all the ancient temple rituals in Oahspe and note the similar themes and purposes.
-Perhaps an article could be put together which specifically pulls out the similar LDS & Masonic parts of the ceremony as disclosed in “DUNCAN’S RITUAL AND MONITOR OF FREEMASONRY”.
-As an example: 1)all handshakes are identical. 2) all signs and tokens are identical.
-read about “who is Hiram Abiff?” see http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/dun/dun04.htm Go through the references to Hirum Abiff in Josephus, and tie it to Ecclesiastes and myth of kind david creating masonry.
-might be quite helpful to go through The Hidden Life in Freemasonry by C. W. Leadbeater
-show the somewhat disturbing images of presidents using the signs?