Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: First Three Degrees
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Hence the possibility of such tyrannies as those of which it has been said, that Rome smells worse under Vitellius than under Sulla. El autor analiza las distintas tradiciones referentes a la Deidad y a la Creación del Mundo y del Hombre, y contempla la necesidad de distinguir la interpretación exotérica de las Escrituras de la comprensión esotérica, única que revela su verdadero contenido. Safe to say, if you want to read this book, this is one of the best editions to get in print, as it will last long and be a good addition to a personal library.
First published from 1872 to 1969, "Morals and Dogma" is one of the most insightful works ever prepared for Freemasonry. These chapters generally consist of comparative religion, philosophy, comparative etymologies, symbolism, and numerology. Man is not to be comprehended as a starting-point, or progress as a goal, without those two great forces, Faith and Love. The Dimensions of the Lodge, our Brethren of the York Rite say, are unlimited, and its covering no less than the canopy of Heaven.
In his book Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (1855), Lévi claimed that Freemasonry had its roots in ancient pagan rituals, and Pike accepted many of these claims. Know ye not, says the Apostle Paul, that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? In the works published for the use of the Craft we are told that the three great tenets of a Mason’s profession, are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Produced by FORCE, acting by RULE; hammered in accordance with lines measured by the Gauge, out of the rough Ashlar, it is an appropriate symbol of the Force of the people, expressed as the constitution and law of the State; and of the State itself the three visible faces represent the three departments,—the Executive, which executes the laws; the Legislative, which makes the laws; the Judiciary, which interprets the laws, applies and enforces them, between man and man, between the State and the citizens. The JUSTICE and MERCY of God are in equilibrium, and the result is HARMONY, because a Single and Perfect Wisdom presides over both.
there is no information relating to the individual degrees - just repetitive gibberish and sublime/supreme this and that. You will hear shortly of the Rough ASHLAR and the Perfect ASHLAR, as part of the jewels of the Lodge. While reading the texts you feel the importance and knowledge of the text move you and enlighten you. The pavement, alternately black and white, symbolizes, whether so intended or not, the Good and Evil Principles of the Egyptian and Persian creed. The blind Force of the people is a Force that must be economized, and also managed, as the blind Force of steam, lifting the ponderous iron arms and turning the large wheels, is made to bore and rifle the cannon and to weave the most delicate lace.
If the parallel lines ever belonged to the ancient symbol, they had some more recondite and more fruitful meaning. It stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of symbolism and ritual within the Scottish Rite and continues to be a source of inspiration and contemplation for those seeking to unravel the mysteries of Masonic teachings. There are immense Forces in the great caverns of evil beneath society; in the hideous degradation, squalor, wretchedness and destitution, vices and crimes that reek and simmer in the darkness in that populace below the people, of great cities. The text of Pike’s Morals and Dogma is arranged in thirty-two chapters of markedly unequal length, each of which is named for a stage of training in Scottish Rite Freemasonry, termed a degree.
The lowly sand we trample upon, cast into the furnace, melted, purified by fire, may become resplendent crystal. To relieve the distressed is peculiarly the duty of Masons—a sacred duty, not to be omitted, neglected, or coldly or inefficiently complied with.Modern Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox Christians alike produced original teachings on law and politics, constructing them on distinct theological foundations, particularly their theology of human nature.