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Originally posted by Researcher
There is the fact that Manly P. Hall, Albert Pike, C.W. Leadbeater and Foster Bailey, all 33d degree Freemasons, all said that Freemasonry is run by the Illuminati in their various dismal depressing books.
Originally posted by Researcher
J.D. Buck; The Genius of Freemasonry; Page 36:
If the sincere and thoughtful Mason would "take notice" of the symbolism and the use made
everywhere in the Lodge of the word "Light", and remember that the real Initiates are called also "the Illuminati", (Sons of Light),those who are illumined, and who in turn illuminate, he might gather clues of, not only the whole symbolism of Masonry, but also of the real Lost Word".
Manly P. Hall; Lectures On Ancient Philosophy; Page 409:
The foregoing may seem to be a useless recital of inanities, but its purpose is to impress upon the reader's mind the philosophical and political situation in Europe at the time of the inception of the Masonic order. A philosophic clan, as it were, which had moved across the face of Europe under such names as the "Illuminati" and the "Rosicrucians," had undermined in a subtle manner the entire structure of regal and sacerdotal supremacy.
Foster Bailey; The Spirit of Masonry; Pages 20-21:
Little as it may be realised by the unthinking Mason who is interested only in the outer aspects of the Craft work, the whole fabric of Masonry may be regarded as an externalisation of that inner spiritual group whose members, down the ages, have been the Custodians of the Plan, and as Those to Whom has been committed the working out of the will of God for the race of men.
These Master Masons, to whom T.G.A.O.T.U. has given the design and Who are familiar with the tracing board of the G.M. on high, are called by many names and are known at different times by various appellations. They can be referred to as Christ and His Church-that band of disciples who follow in the footsteps and work under the inspiration of the great Carpenter of Nazareth.
They can be known by others as the Masters of the Wisdom for They are skilled in the divine ways and have mastered the arts and sciences which Their fellowmen have yet to master. They are the Dispensers of Light and to Them has been given, by virtue of Their achievement, the privilege and the authority to pronounce the great Masonic formula: 'Let there be light' and to evoke the response: 'And there was LIGHT'.
They are therefore sometimes known as the Illuminati and can direct the searchlight of truth wherever its beams are needed to guide the pilgrim on his way.
J.D. Buck; Symbolism of Freemasonry; INTRODUCTION xxviii:
In brief, then, the real secrets of Freemasonrv lie in its Symbols, and the meaning of the symbols reveals a profound philosophy; and a universal science, that have never been transcended by man.
The author of this book is not presumptive enough to claim that he has exhausted, or altogether apprehended, in its entirety, this old philosophy. He has, however, found such interest in itsstudy, and it has opened to him such a mine of wealth, with such treasures revealed at every step, that he desires to share these precious jewels with his fellow craftsmen, that they may also go further, and from the secret vaults bring forth for inspection other and greater discoveries. These jewels have not been concealed by accident, but by design, in order that they might, in some future age, be restored. Even the stone that was rejected, and became lost in the rubbish, not only bears an emblem, and contains a mark, but is itself, from first to last, with its surroundings, method of restoration, and final use, a symbol. It is the center of a five-pointed star, which is the kabalistic sign of man. In one direction, it symbolizes the five senses, lost in the rubbish of passion and selfish gratification. When this rejected or lost stone is recovered, and sent to the King of the temple (man's Higher-Self), and is recognized and restored, the arch is complete, and the gate-way of the senses gives entrance to the "Palace of the King." The result is light or illumination. Such are the Illuminati.
Originally posted by slugfast
if Illuminati means "illuminated one" isn't that a direct reference to who we are talking about?
Isn't this kind of like the "Imminent threat" vs "immediate threat" argument? are there any differences b/t Imminent and Immediate?
are there differences in the illuminati words?
If we are talking about a secret society that is Illuminated with knowledge, isn't this the same Illuminati we are speaking of?