Manly Halls "Lost Keys of Freemasonry" is a significant bit of explanatory lore regarding the path of the Freemasons and the various symbols and spiritual purposes of the masonic system. The basic concept of the legend of Hiram Abiff and its symbolic meaning (the three ruffians killing the same figure being human vices, in essence) is explained, along with an interpretation of the Emerald Tablet, among other fixtures.The concept of Masonry as a path separate from organized religion per se is explored here in some depth.
Manly Palmer Hall was a Canadian author and mystic of outstanding wisdom. At the age of just 25 he published his magnum opus 'The Secret Teachings of All Ages', whose breadth of knowledge brought him instant recognition as a leading scholar in the fields of religion, mysticism, and the occult. 'The Lost Keys of Freemasonry' once again displays Hall's insight and erudition. Taking as his subject the Legend of Hiram Abiff, the author reveals the higher and hidden aspects of Freemasonry in beautiful and poetic prose that is accessible to Mason and non-Mason alike. A book that can be revisited again and again for its deep layers of wisdom.
Freemasonry, though not a religion, is essentially religious. Most of its legends and allegories are of a sacred nature; much of it is woven into the structure of Christianity. We have learned to consider our own religion as the only inspired one, and this probably accounts for much of the misunderstanding in the world today concerning the place occupied by Freemasonry in the spiritual ethics of our race. A religion is a divinely inspired code of morals. A religious person is one inspired to nobler living by this code. He is identified by the code which is his source of illumination. Thus we may say that a Christian is one who receives his spiritual ideals of right and wrong from the message of the Christ, while a Buddhist is one who molds his life into the archetype of morality given by the great Gautama, or one of the other Buddhas. All doctrines which seek to unfold and preserve that invisible spark in man named Spirit, are said to be spiritual. Those which ignore this invisible element and concentrate entirely upon the visible are said to be material. There is in religion a wonderful point of balance, where the materialist and spiritist meet on the plane of logic and reason. CONTENTS: Foreword Introduction Prologue - In The Fields Of Chaos Temple Builders Chapter I - The Eternal Quest Thoughtlessness Chapter II - The Candidate Chapter III - The Entered Apprentice Chapter IV - The Fellow Craft Chapter V - The Master Mason Transmutation The Presence Of The Master Chapter VI - The Qualifications Of A True Mason Masons, Awake! Epilogue - The Priest Of Ra Addenda - The Robe Of Blue And Gold Friendship The Emerald Tablet Of Hermes (Tabula Smaragdina) Finish Of The Tabula Smaragdina Motive
This double volume contains the first two books written by Manly P. Hall, the lecturer, astrologer and mystic best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Over his 70 year career, he gave thousands of lectures, including two at Carnegie Hall, and published over 150 volumes. In 1934, he founded The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, which he dedicated to the "Truth Seekers of All Time", with a research library, lecture hall and publishing house. Joseph Benner, famous author of "The Impersonal Life", recommended Hall books in his own works.The books are: The Initiates Of The Flame The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry
Taking as his subject the Legend of Hiram Abiff, renowned occultist Manly P Hall reveals the hidden aspects of Freemasonry in beautiful and poetic prose. The rare "Initiates of the Flame" uses 40 symbolic glyphs to further elucidate the path to The Grail. Accessible to Mason and non-Mason alike, this is a book that repays re-reading.