The Lord’s Prayer-Hidden Esoteric Truths?

The Lord’s Prayer, which is familiar to all Christians and people of various faiths and traditions may hold deeper wisdom than most would recognize. The version that most of us know is as follows:

Our Father

Who art in Heaven

Hallowed be Thy Name

Thy Kingdom come

Thy will be done

On Earth as it is in Heaven

Give us this day our Daily Bread

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, forever

Amen

This appears to be a shortened and watered down interpretation of the original. Below is the Aramaic translation (link to the article is below the blog entry), which is much more detailed and seems to be perfectly aligned with the Ancient Mysteries and Hermetic philosophy.

(Abwûn)
Oh Thou, from whom the breath of life comes,
(d’bwaschmâja)
who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.
(Nethkâdasch schmach)
May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest.
(Têtê malkuthach.)
Your Heavenly Domain approaches.
(Nehwê tzevjânach aikâna d’bwaschmâja af b’arha.)
Let Your will come true – in the universe (all that vibrates)
just as on earth (that is material and dense).
(Hawvlân lachma d’sûnkanân jaomâna.)
Give us wisdom (understanding, assistance) for our daily need,
(Waschboklân chaubên wachtahên aikâna
daf chnân schwoken l’chaijabên.)
detach the fetters of faults that bind us, (karma)
like we let go the guilt of others.
(Wela tachlân l’nesjuna)
Let us not be lost in superficial things (materialism, common temptations),
(ela patzân min bischa.)
but let us be freed from that what keeps us off from our true purpose.
(Metol dilachie malkutha wahaila wateschbuchta l’ahlâm almîn.)
From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act,
the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.
(Amên.)
Sealed in trust, faith and truth

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As you can see, with this translation, there are many concepts that will be recognizable to students of The Mysteries. Here is some further analysis on the prayer:
-Oh Thou, from whom the breath of life comes,

  • The Breath of Life or Spirit- this idea of breathing life into creation, or filling the material with the Spirit, is present in Eastern religion in the form or Prana and as exercised through the ritual breathing exercises  of Pranayama Yoga. In Western tradition, you can find it in Gnosticism as personified by the Pneumatics (Spirit). The Pneunmatics are the highest form of human, having elevated above the material aspect of being.

who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.

  • The Principle of Vibration in Hermetic Philosophy states that everything we experience, whether it be matter, or spirit is made up of varying levels of vibration. Sound and Light are also comprised of levels of vibration. Modern science knows this to be true of our material world, but has not yet completely embraced the idea that it makes up the entirety of the non-physical world as well.

May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest.

  • This idea of the Divine Light within all of us is relevant to all Western Mystery traditions. We know that we are composed of the same base substance (atoms) as everything else in the Universe, but the profane and uninitiated have never been taught to understand, or connect with that aspect of the Creator within each and everyone of us. The Creator has endowed each of us with this divinity, but it is up to the individual to bring forth the divine from within. This is what the Mystery Schools and Esoteric traditions are trying to convey through the betterment of self and the overcoming of our animal-nature.

Your Heavenly Domain approaches.

  • One of the most predominant themes in all religious, and esoteric teachings is that of elevating our Spirit so that it overcomes the shackles of the material realm. Finding and activating the Divine Light within helps the soul to do just this and climb Jacob’s Ladder to the Heavens.

Let Your will come true – in the universe (all that vibrates)
just as on earth (that is material and dense).

  • “As Above, So Below.” The Hermetic Principle of Correspondence reminds us that what we have within us is a microcosm of the Universe. Our body is a universe within itself and is connected to the Universal Whole. We are made up of the same substance/vibrations that make up the whole of the material and spiritual universe and that which is above in the Heavens is in essence, the same as what we have on Earth. God’s will is within the universe and the earth and is within everyone of us.

Give us wisdom (understanding, assistance) for our daily need,

  • In Freemasonry, Wisdom is one of the Three Pillars (Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty). These are said to be the attributes of the Great Creator and in His Omnipotent Wisdom, all things were created. In connecting with Divine Wisdom, we can bring forth the creative force within ourselves and bring it into manifestation to the betterment of the world.

detach the fetters of faults that bind us, (karma)
like we let go the guilt of others.

  • In finding true Spiritual Light, we must learn to forgive ourselves and others and find love for our fellow creatures. In forgiving those that have erred against us, we bring ourselves closer to spirit in that we have loosened the shackles of our lower, base-emotions.

Let us not be lost in superficial things (materialism, common temptations),

  • We are taught in Freemasonry to “Subdue our Passions” (common temptations) and are Divested of all Metals (materialism). These concept has been carried on through the Mystery Schools for millennia. Overcoming our attachment to the material and superficial, and learning to control our base-emotions are two of the most important concepts to finding Spiritual Consciousness.

but let us be freed from that what keeps us off from our true purpose.

  • Our true purpose is to bring forth the Divine Nature from within us that the Creator has invested us with. Our attachment to the material and emotional is what will keep us from bringing this forth.

From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act,
the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.

  • Here again, we find Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty. The Wisdom to bring forth the divine within ourselves, the Strength to act upon this divine will, and the Beauty that which with we will adorn the temple of our world with by living by the tenets of the Ancient Mystery schools and esoteric traditions.

Sealed in trust, faith and truth

  • The closing of the prayer, like all good religious ceremonies and rituals, indicates that we must live with trust in our Creator, faith in the love of our Creator, and in doing so, we will discover the Divine Truth that our Creator has bestowed within each and every one of us.

 

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The Emerald Tablet-What is it?

The legend surrounding the Emerald Tablet is that it is a tablet that was made/created by Hermes thousands and thousands of years ago and were said to be made of a crystalline substance that was indestructible . It is said to have existed before the great deluge and is also said to have contained the keys to the great Alchemical tradition. It was kept protected in the Pillars of Hermes or some say the Pillars of Enoch which also contained sacred items and manuscripts. These ancient teachings were stored in these pillars to protect them against disaster and were said to survive the great flood because of this. These same pillars can be found throughout the ages in various traditions. The pillars of Freemasonry (the pillars on Solomon’s Temple), the pillars on the High Priestess tarot card, and the pillars on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, to name a few. The contents of the tablet and other sacred manuscripts made their way into various esoteric and mystical writings throughout the ages and have been kept alive by various mystery traditions to this very day.  In the linked article, the author delves into the contents and history of the Emerald Tablet. Hope you enjoy!

The Emerald Tablet

 

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Anti-Masonry. Where did it come from?

Secret societies have a way of falling under public scrutiny. Why would the activities of a society be secret from the public unless it was doing something sinister, right? This way of thinking is usually the general consensus. People tend to feel that when something is kept from public knowledge that there must be something dark and possibly even evil going on. While that might be the case for some groups (C.I.A., I’m looking in your direction…), it isn’t the case for all groups.

What people fail to understand about the secrecy within secret societies is that it serves a deeper purpose. Freemasonry, among other secret societies is the care-taker of the Ancient Mysteries. These mysteries have been passed on through various traditions since very ancient times, and have always been passed on from lip to ear. They have always included taking obligations, or oaths of secrecy.

This is due to various reasons. In more ancient times, it was done because the Church ruled with an iron fist and anything done outside of the orthodox method was considered blasphemous and punishable by torture, if not even death. Secrecy was also used to protect trade secrets.Since Freemasonry evolved from the original stonemason guilds, trade secrets were kept so that stonemasons could teach other apprentices their craft without divulging their secret methods of stone cutting and construction. Many trade secrets are still used within various labor unions to the present day. Secrecy was also used as a method of testing the initiates will power and trustworthiness. In order for someone to be trustworthy of receiving the Ancient Mysteries, they had to prove to be trustworthy with powerful knowledge.

Despite the countless sources of good information on Freemasonry, it is still considered by many to be deeply rooted in the evils of society. Anti-Masonry sprung up early and often and still exists to the present day. With the advent of the internet, the conspiracies have grown ten-fold. In the following article, the veil is lifted on these anti-masonic conspiracies and the truth can be laid to rest once and for all. Read this with an open mind and know that Freemasonry has had it’s name dragged through the mud for millennia. Know that knowledge is Light, which is what Freemasonry is providing through it’s teachings. It is a tool for good, not for evil.

 

An Inquiry into the Accusations of Luciferianism which present day, Continually Affront the Fraternity of Freemasons

 

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More News on Anti-Masonry 

Anti-Masonry loses long time supporter

It appears that a long-time anti-masonry supporter has passed away. Jack Chick was an evangelical Christian from California who wrote multiple mini anti-masonic comic books among other blatantly misguided pamphlets. He was responsible for perpetuating the whole Baphomet/Satan/Freemasonry connection that haunts the Craft to this day. It’s sad to know that any religious person could put so much effort into spreading hatred and misinformation to the masses.

Jack Chick passes away

 

Baphomet-the greatly misunderstood

The Templars were accused of heresy for various spurious reasons, including the supposed worship of the being, Baphomet. This baseless accusation is still being against Freemasons to this very day.  Derived from the Greek words for baptism and wisdom, Baphomet is a symbol that can only really be understood by delving deeply into the Mystery traditions and Gnosticism. The fact that Satanism adopted the Baphomet image has caused further confusion and damage to the Brotherhood. This short, but sweet video helps provide some clarification on the issue.

 

The Holy Saints John-Who and What were they?

The Holy Saints John is a phrase that will be very familiar to any Freemason. They are explained in Freemasonry as St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, which should be familiar to Christians and students of religion as well as John the Baptist and John the Evangelist.  Do they have a deeper esoteric meaning as well? I believe that they do. In this fantastic blog post , the author delves into the fascinating symbolism of the Saints John.  Hope you enjoy! Check out all of the other fantastic articles that this blog has to offer as well. A wealth of information!

 

Taught By Degrees Only

 

 

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Is Freemasonry Irrelevant?

An interesting article that I found on Freemasonry and it’s shortcomings. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the article, but find a lot of it to be relevant and in line with my feelings on the matter.

 

What I’ve learned as a Freemason and why I left the order

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Spiral Symbolism in Freemasonry-The Shape of Genesis

Of all geometric shapes, the spiral is one of the most intriguing and symbolic. It is often used to portray a gateway or portal, or a symbol of cycles. The spiral is a line that starts at a point and curves inward in a circular motion. The line never touches itself as it goes inward or outward depending on how you look at it. It represents an inward journey and the uncertainty of what is ahead. The spiral in motion is at the core of the cosmos and the formation of the world as we know it. It is the essence of life and the generative principle. Freemasonry is the perpetuation of the Mystery Schools that taught the secrets of the universe. Many of those same keys are contained within the rich symbolic content of the Craft, and the spiral is no exception.

Operative Masons in antiquity incorporated sacred geometry into their designs. This type of geometry was believed to imbue the edifice with power and connect it with the Divine. These sacred geometric shapes and patterns are not only appealing to the eye, but have a psychological effect on those who view them. The shapes used in Sacred Geometry are the shapes of nature and are contained within all genetic codes. The spiral pattern was present, not only in the decoration of many historic edifices, but was present in their construction as well. Many great cathedrals housed spiral staircases going up to the dome or upper levels of the structure. This staircase was representative of life’s journey and was meant to represent Jacob’s ladder extending from earth to the Heavens. When someone ascends this spiral stair the view of what lies ahead is obscured and the outcome is unknown. Just like the journey of life and the awakening of the soul.

The most obvious representation of the spiral in nature is found in what is know as the Fibonacci Sequence. The sequence was discovered by and named after Leonardo of Pisa, who was know as Fibonacci. The concept was first published in the book Liber Abaci in 1202. However, this concept may have been understood even earlier, as it has been found in early eastern texts and Indian mathematics. The sequence is a mathematical depiction of genetic reproduction in nature. This spiral pattern that the Fibonacci sequence forms is most obvious on the shell of a snail or a nautilus, but is also prominent in the growth patterns of the pineapple and pine cone. In fact, this spiral is everywhere in nature.

We learn from new advances in vortex mathematics that the spiral is possibly the creation force of the universe itself. The Toroid, is a spiraling vortex that has no begging or end. It is shaped like a donut and has a hole in the center, or a point of singularity. This vortex is the shape that makes up black holes, and supernovas, and may be the shape of our universe. It is like the womb of our great astral mother who birthed the universe. This toroid shape is thought to be the shape of the vibrations put off by the human body as well. It too is present everywhere in nature and the cosmos. As a black hole may be the passage to another universe, we can see that this spiraling motion may be the key understanding the fingerprint of the Creator. It may also be a clue to the portals between dimensions.

Light and sound waves travel in spiral patterns from their source to their destination. As quantum physics has described, all matter is not solid, but it made up of vibrating particles. At the essence of matter itself is the spiral. The genesis of our cells form in a spiral pattern as each cell is attached to the one in front of it. The Seed of Life, is the sacred geometric representation of this genetic code. It is formed by concentric circles that move outward in a spiraling motion. These interlocking circles form several other important sacred geometric shapes as the Seed of Life takes shape. The cells in the body work in a similar manner when reproducing. Circular, bubble shaped particles reproduce each other in a spiraling motion as the grow to form the matter they are producing. This production is on the micro level, but is mirrored in the macro level as well. As we look deep into space at constellations of stars, we see these same spiraling shapes formed by the galaxies and their contents. The spiral truly is the shape of all matter. It is the shape of our DNA. Our genetic identification code. As above, So Below indeed!

So, you may be asking yourself at this point, “what does any of this have to do with Freemasonry?” Aside from the designs of the Operative Masons, no examples have been given. We will now examine Masonic symbolism to see if we can find any spirals. First off, we can start with the most obvious Masonic symbol of all. The Square and Compasses and the letter G in the center. The letter G itself is a spiral shape. It is the seventh letter of the alphabet, which holds a mystical significance in numerology. The letter G is the first letter of God, Geometry, and Genesis. The beginning of it all. This spiraling shape immediately draws the eye into the center of the Square and Compasses to the heart of Masonry. Geometry and the Grand Architect of the Universe. This is the heart of Freemasonry. The G is at the center of it all, and it is itself a doorway. A doorway to path to enlightenment. The letter G was added to the Square and Compasses symbol after the Craft had already been flourishing for a long time, but was one of the only major additions or changes that has been made to it since. The significance of the letter G is gone into in great detail in Paul Foster Case’s groundbreaking work The Masonic Letter G. This work is highly recommended if you would like to learn more.

There is yet another spiral relation with the Square and Compasses that is not so obvious, but even more deeply symbolic and mind-boggling. Vortex mathematics is a relatively new type of mathematics and is still in it’s relative infancy. However, this form of mathematics may be the future of modern science. This mathematical formula describes a vortex that is known as a Torus. This donut shaped vortex is thought to be the shape of energy itself and may explain the true shape of the universe. In the Youtube video Randy Powell: Intro to Vortex Math. Randy discusses the concept of Vortex Math and shows in a 2 dimensional demonstration the way that this simple, yet perplexing system works. It uses a a small group of basic numbers (1 through 9) to show the relationships of the numbers and the way that they all effect one another. These multiples create doubling and a spiraling vortex that is the shape of energy itself. This concept was originally used in electronic coils to pass energy, but it has only recently been perfected numerically. These new coils could revolutionize all technology. The 2 dimensional version of the diagram shows lines connecting the numbers to one another. It doesn’t take long to realize what the shape is that is created by these lines. They form the exact shape of the two interlocking shapes that form the Square and Compasses. This shape, formed by two interlocking triangles symbolizes the convergence of heaven and earth which is the basic concept conveyed by all Western Esoteric systems. The Square and Compasses form a 2 dimensional representation of Genesis itself!

Another important spiral symbol used in Masonry is the flight of winding stairs that are referred to during the Fellowcraft degree. These stairs are used to teach lessons about critical thinking, the liberal arts and sciences, orders of architecture and the 5 senses. This staircase is also representative of the journey of life and of learning. Each turn of the winding staircase reveals a view that was obscured before. What’s ahead is clearly a mystery and must be approached with discernment. This ascent up the stairs is also representative of the advancement of Masonic knowledge that the candidate gains on their journey to light.

Spiral patterns are present in Masonic floor work as well. As the officers move about the lodge and traverse the room, the patterns they make are often in right-angled spirals. As the initiate is taken around the room during a degree, he makes circumambulations around the altar before he finally ends up in the center of the room at the altar. The pattern is representative of the Earth’s rotation around the sun and the process of passing time. It is also representative of a journey inward; a journey into ourselves.

Cultures and civilizations the world over have depicted various spiral patterns in their art works and decor. They understood this esoteric concept of the universe being ruled by certain geometric patterns and shapes. Freemasonry is a perpetuation of these great secrets. Secrets that teach us the meaning of life and show us the patterns that tie everything together. The mysteries of Masonry are passed along to us now in their (mostly) unaltered form. They have been passed down since time immemorial to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. We must take the journey inward, like that of the spiral and discover our destiny. On our journey to Masonic light, we must look at all of the details, or we may miss the bigger picture altogether.

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