I'd like to add this too:
"The efforts made to discover the origin of the Hiramic legend show that, while the legend in its present form is comparatively modern, its
underlying principles run back to remotest antiquity. It is generally admitted by modern Masonic scholars that the story of the martyred Hiram is
based upon the Egyptian rites of Osiris, whose death and resurrection figuratively portrayed the spiritual death of man and his regeneration through
initiation into the Mysteries.
Hiram is also identified with Hermes through the inscription on the Emerald Tablet."
- Manly P. Hall, Masonic, Hermetic, Quabbalistic & Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy
"In the ritual of exaltation, the name of the great Architect of the Universe is revealed as JAH-BUL-ON....Each syllable of the 'ineffable name'
represents one personality of this Trinity:
JAH = Jahweh, the God of the Hebrews
BUL = Ba'al, the ancient Canaanite fertility god associated with 'licentious rites of imitative magic'
ON = Osiris, the Ancient Egyptian god of the underworld
"...During the years between 1723 and 1813 the invocation of the name of Christ in the endings of prayers gradually died out. In masonic
quotations of scripture the name of Christ came very pointedly to be deleted from the text."
"It is perhaps because the Freemasonic God
, as revealed to Royal Arch Masons, is so far from being 'that Religion to which all men agree'
that it was determined that Holy Royal Arch workings should not be conducted in Lodges but separately in 'Chapters' under the control of a Grand
Chapter and not of Grand Lodge."
- Stephen Knight, The Brotherhood
taken from here:
Masonic Rituals advocating Revenge and Murder? Sure looks like it!
Excerpts from the Ritual for the Degree of the Elect of Nine
(9th degree of Freemasonry) from Stephen Knight's
book, The Brotherhood
can be read here:
one of the main problems freemasonry has (taken from the link above)
"2. According to Knight Freemasonry's god figure is Jah-Bul-On, a composite of three gods, Yahweh, Baal and Osiris, at least one of which was
known to demand child sacrifice, another who was vengeful, angry and demanded the murder of innocent people.
(Of course Yahweh also poses a
problem for Jews and Christians.) Freemasonry chooses not to openly address this violent, bloodthirsty historical theme. But even at a metaphorical
level the murder theme is very much alive in its' rituals and oaths."
more on Jahbulon:
mason's definition on the Great Architect of the Universe
"While Plato made no attempt to name God, he did create a foundation of speculation regarding the nature of God; that is, God as the great
geometrician. Like the Vedic and Hebraic sages before him, Plato knew there was but one God. And he was convinced that the harmonious superstructure
of creation put forth by the Universal Spirit, while unknowable, was perfect, and was definitely based in geometry.
This should be of interests
to Masons and scholars of Medieval thinking in the West, for it was in countless monasteries that the first depiction of the Deity were penned by
anonymous monks who imagined God - and drew God - as a literal architect, standing amid the heavens and the earth wielding a magnificent compass above
the darkness upon the face of the deep. And to this day, we are all drawn to that ineffable mystery suggested by that darkness before the light."
Well, since masons believe/pray/worship whatever in this Great Architect of the Universe, here's someone that says that Sacred Geometry IS the Great
Architect of the Universe.
I suggest you watch the video presentation. Why? Hint: Flower of Life
Again, I go back to:
which says regarding Flower of Life:
"The oldest example can still be seen at the Temple of Osiris
at Abydos (one of many geometric arrangements of circles found there), it can
also be seen in early Phoenecian,Assyrian, Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and later medieval art. The example at the Osireion, with its multiplivcity
of vesica pisces shapes, may represent the 'eyes' of Osiris- a symbol of the omniscience of the god."
The All-Seeing Eye
more interesting info on Eye Symbology:
Don't you see a connection?
[edit on 9-8-2005 by eudaimonia]