Message from the Master of Kadosh (April, 2008)

posted May 2, 2015, 4:24 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 2, 2015, 4:24 PM ]
I recently was introduced to the Masonic writings of Brother Manly P. Hall, 33° through his book “The Lost Keys of Freemasonry”.  It has made a big impact on me and has furthered my understanding of the secret of Hiram Abiff.  I want to share some of Brother Hall’s insights on Freemasonry during this Scottish Rite year via this regular message from the Master of Kadosh.  I have chosen to focus on his truly insightful thoughts concerning the qualifications of a true Mason.  I want to start by telling you a bit more about Brother Hall.
Brother Hall wrote the aforementioned book in 1921-23 and it was published in 1923 when he was just 21 years of age and 31 years before he became a Mason.  At that time his only actual contact with Freemasonry was through a few books commonly available to the public.  It was through his study of comparative religion that he became aware of the secret philosophical schools and societies of the ancient world and how Freemasonry was related to the other Mystery Schools in the common goal to regenerate man and reform human society.
In next month’s “Rite Word”, I will begin the discussion of the true qualifications of a Mason as set forth by the then 21 year old non-Mason who was subsequently raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Jewel Lodge No. 374 in San Francisco in 1954.  In 1961 he was invested as a KCCH and then received the 33° in recognition of his contributions to Scottish Rite Freemasonry.

Chuck Cowden, 32°
Master of Kadosh