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Happy Holidays!

It's been a wonderful year for The Universal Freemason Research Society as we have continued our study of Albert Pike's "Morals and Dogma" YOU have been exceptionally supportive in our efforts to revive interest in Pike's words and to bring Masonic philosophy into a prominent and positive light in this modern era as a means to bring hope to and improvement to our societies and cultures in which we live all around the world as we improve ourselves individually. This study has been read world wide as we have published new material almost every week. THANK YOU! Thank you for your time and positive words, we are hopeful The Universal Freemason Research Society has been successful in helping on your journey towards more light! In 2017, we are planning on accomplishing some big goals, starting with a quarterly emagazine currently being drafted for release in late January. We will also complete the Morals and Dogma study next year as we will h…

The Ineptitude of Words

Greetings and welcome back as we continue our study of Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma”.     We are continuing on with chapter 26 where this time Pike is reminding us of the shortcomings of language when it come to explaining what is spiritual, and along with the ineptitude of language is the incapacity of the human psyche to depose the idea of the abstract ideas of what is spiritual without comparisons to what is physical.     We are not really shifting from the study of gnostic ideologies as we studied earlier in this chapter, rather the frailty of language is ofyen discussed in gnostic circles as a means of the demiurge to continue to keep mankind in the darkness of ignorance.   But, on the other side of the coin, we do know that words are powerful, building up and tearning down confidence or starting and stopping human destruction caused by war.    We know as we study mysticism that there are certain powers contained in words, we use magical verbage in ritual, verbage spoken for hundr…

Manichean Gnostic Philosophy

Greetings and welcome back as we proceed with chapter 26 of Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike.      We have been learning and opining about gnostic philosophies for the past few entries as chapter 26 is one of the longer chapters in Morals and Dogma, so I hope I have made this chapter worth “staying tuned” for.    I have found that the more I study gnosticism, the more I understand freemasonry so I can understand why Pike took time to write about and teach the different sects of gnostic thought. I also have found that the more I understand about gnosticism, the more similarities I recognize in more mainstream religions.  I cannot say who derived what from whom or who was inspired more from whom as I have not studied enough of the history of mainstream christianity and gnosticism but it is apparent some items are clearly the same.   We are going to study the gnostic pilosophies of the Manicheans this time, philosophies that seem to prevail throughout most modern gnostic schools.    And now,…

And More Regarding Gnostic Thought

Greetings and welcome back to our study and opinion of Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma”.  For any of you who are new to this blog, thank you for starting to read with me this very important historical work of Albert Pike. This study and opinion was created as a means to help more people to become interested in reading Morals and Dogma after I found out that many masons (uninititiated and initiated) had never read this life changing work.  This is meant to inspire you to read along and form your own opinions and ideas as I share my own opinions and ideas regarding what the text means to me, and I hope you will take some time during the week and ponder what it means to be alive and inquiring the complexities of this text.   This time we will read more of Pike’s findings about the gnostics and gnostic ideologies.     Pike has written several pages in this chapter regarding the different gnosticism, and I will state again that, where Pike has written extensively regarding the history and symb…

More Gnostic Thought and Study

Greetings and welcome back to our study and opinion of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma as we continue on with Chapter 26 where Pike is continuing a discourse on the history of gnostic thought, philosophy, and spiritualism.  On a personal note, my path into freemasonry began with a spiritual path into gnosticism. This was a long journey for me, sampling many different religions along the way, as I either participated in different religions or studied different religions.  This path was arduous, sometimes confusing, but at last I found a freedom inside of gnosyic ideology and within freemasonry in its true form.   I write this to encourage the reader to at least have a good idea regarding gnostic thought as I do believe this helps the individual to more fully understand the symbolism in freemasonry.   As I have been reading and studying and opinionating Pike’s Morals and Dogma these past 2 years, I am convinced that very possibly Pike felt the same way based upon my observations of his writi…

Let's Learn About Gnosticism and the Demiurge

Greetings and welcome back as we continue on with Chapter 26 of Morals and Dogma where we will read about the Gnostic teachings of the Demiurge, or the gnostic imperfect god and compare the Demiurge to the higher god, or perfect god.   As always, we must remember that as Masons we are seekers of more light, and we should aspire to seek that light, as Manly P. Hall wrote in “The Lost Keys of Freemasonry”, “even if it means we enter into the camp of the enemy to find truth…"   On a personal note, I have found my understanding of masonic philosophy much enhanced as I became more familiar with gnostic philosophy. As we read on, we might note that Albert Pike was a great study in gnosticism as well, as the parargraphs we are about to read are very well written and exceptionally informative.   Now, LET’S READ PIKE!  In one respect all the Gnostics agreed: they all held; that there was a world purely emanating out of the vital development of God, a creation evolved directly out of the Divi…

Freemasonry Is Evil

A Picture of Albert Pike

Why All The Secrets and Mystery?

Greetings and welcome back as we continue with chapter 26 of Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma”.       As we continue, we are being reminded of the reasons for what religions call “mysteries” and why some Masonic ritual is kept as “secret”.       See also Albert Mackey’s “The Meaning of Masonry” for more insight into these ideas.       Now, LET’S READ PIKE! Tertullian, who died about A. D. 216, says in his Apology: "None are admitted to the religious Mysteries without an oath of secrecy. We appeal to your Thracian and Eleusinian Mysteries; and we are especially bound to this caution, because if we prove faithless, we should not only provoke Heaven, but draw upon our heads the utmost rigor of human displeasure. And should strangers betray us? They know nothing but by report and hearsay. Far hence, ye Profane! is the prohibition from all holy Mysteries."Clemens, Bishop of Alexandria, born about A. D. 191, says, in his Stromata, that he cannot explain the Mysteries, because he sho…