From the Wise Master (April 2018)

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:41 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

 I want to recommend a book by Ill Brother Manly P. Hall for your consideration; “The Lost Keys of Freemasonry”. I consider this one of the best books written about Masonry.  In Chapter VI, Brother Hall sets forth the attributes of a “true” Mason. I believe one can substitute Master for true and not change the essence of Brother Hall’s thoughts.  Here are just a few of his ideas on the qualifications of a Master Mason.

The true disciple of ancient Masonry has given up the worship of personalities. With his greater insight he realizes that all forms and their place in material affairs are of no importance to him when compared to the life which is evolving within him. Hall states that those who might allow appearances or worldly expressions to deter them from their spiritual tasks are failures in Masonry for Masonry is an abstract science of spiritual development.  The true Mason realizes that there is one thing connected to life, the spark of God in all living things.

The true mason is not creed- bound. He knows that within the divine light of his Lodge that as a Mason his religion must be universal; Christ, Buddha or Mohammed makes no difference. The true mason recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He knows the truer understanding of the “oneness” of all spiritual truth.

The true Mason has the power of observation. He is a student of human nature and sees in those around him the unfolding and varied expressions of the connected spiritual Intelligence. He has sworn that in his everyday life he will use the life message he hears and build it as Temple to his God. He is a living instrument or tool in the expert hands of the Master Workman.

There are some six or seven more attributes identified by Brother Hall which I will address in another article. I think it is both important and interesting to point out that Brother Hall was 19 when he started writing this book. He was only 21 when it was published, and he was not yet a Freemason. It was from his study of comparative religion that he became aware of the secret philosophical schools and societies of the ancient worlds. This knowledge and the many books on Freemasonry that were readily available in the library led him to write “The Lost Keys of Freemasonry”. 

I hope you had the opportunity to join us for the Maundy Thursday celebration of Remembrance and Renewal.  In my talk, I presented some thoughts on harmony with oneself, with others and nature. I intend to present elements of this talk in future Wise Master articles. See you in the Temple and I look forward to breaking bread with you.

Fraternally,  Chuck Cowden, Wise Master