Thursday, May 11, 2006

The three Great Lights and the three Lesser Lights of Freemasonry

I found these poignant and meaningful paragraphs written by C. C. Zain on the Free-Mason-Alert blog, and wanted to share them here with you.

"The three Great Lights of Masonry, are the Bible, or Oral Law, contains in its symbolism the knowledge gained by investigating nature's laws in the remote past. The Compass and Square, or Written Law, represent the actual forces of nature. The square relates to the physical world, to the realm of effects, and the compass relates to the inner planes, the realm of causes. Together they embrace all natural law, and exemplify the Hermetic Axiom: 'As it is above, so it is below.'

"The three Lesser Lights of Masonry, are three burning tapers placed on candlesticks, standing in a triangular group. They typify man's reason, his physical senses, and his psychic senses. Man perceives with his phsical senses the physical universe. With his psychic senses he perceives the inner worlds. With his reason he gathers together the seperate strands of experience, outer and inner, and thus gains knowledge of both exoteric and esoteric law. He can both read the records left in books by men, and read the records left in the astral world, as well as make independent investigation.

"In the universal temple the three greater lights are the Sun, Moon and Venus; and the three lesser lights are the corresponding qualities of Life, Light, and Love, that give purpose to existence, serve as a beacons to light the pilgrim on his way, and beckon him encouragingly to struggle upward."

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5 comments:

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  2. hey lance,

    this is in the "universal lodge", not your anglo earthly lodge..

    "In the universal temple the three greater lights are the Sun, Moon and Venus; and the three lesser lights are the corresponding qualities of Life, Light, and Love, that give purpose to existence, serve as a beacons to light the pilgrim on his way, and beckon him encouragingly to struggle upward."

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  3. "2 BOWL CAIN said...
    hey lance,

    this is in the "universal lodge", not your anglo earthly lodge.."


    This suggests the "universal lodge" isn't big enough for your strawman of Lance's 'anglo earthly lodge'. Sounds like the "universal lodge" is too small. I'd suggest it's to big for words or books or quotes.

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  4. "In the universal temple the three greater lights are the Sun, Moon and Venus; and the three lesser lights are the corresponding qualities of Life, Light, and Love, that give purpose to existence, serve as a beacons to light the pilgrim on his way, and beckon him encouragingly to struggle upward."

    those are labels put to universal concepts so man can attempt to comprehend what it might take to purify himself and be a better person to the universal whole.

    or, contemplate only the earthly material concepts and stay grounded and dense.

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  5. "or, contemplate only the earthly material concepts and stay grounded and dense."

    As opposed to ungrounded in truth and light and etherial as opposed to real and substantial? Okay. I prefer to think there is value in finding all of creation.

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