posted on Jun, 11 2004 @ 11:37 AM
As a Martinist Initiator, a Master Cohen, as well as a former Senior Warden of a regular lodge...I must say that it matters little whether or not
Saint-Martin was or wasn't a Mason (regular or what is now deemed otherwise).
The point is that he disliked cermonialism for its own sake. The reason for him joining these mystical esoteric orders was to learn. When the
techniques they employed brought about no effects i.e he gained no understanding of the himself or his Mind, Nature, or the Universe and its Laws,
then he felt they were a waste of his time. This also happened in the Japan with Tendai and Zen Buddhism. People wished to look within, to understand
their condition...not just memorize their lines really well for a ceremony.
As for Saint-Martin being a member of the Elu Cohen, there is no doubt. I refer you to the plethora of personal letters from Saint-Martin to a number
of folks within this order including his brother Reaux-Croix, Jean Baptiste Willermoz. You can find these easily online. Eventually Willermoz found
folly in the Elu Cohen cosmology and methods hence the birth of the C.B.C.S. For more information on Elu Cohen, there is a new and excellent
translation of Martinez de Pasqually's "The Reintegration of Beings" available from a private translator. You can find him through Martinist yahoo
The Order of Knight Masons, Elect Priests of the Universe was just another of the many Masonic groups extant during this period and shortly hereafter.
Some complained that there had been too many Rites and so people wanted to solidify what was was recognized and what wasn't. Most of them wanted to
illiminate the competition. People are lazy and because this is so, the easier the Rite was in one attaining their degrees, plus add a little bit of
politics, the more successful it was. Just sit back and watch the show folks! Now your a 32nd! Donate a large some..a 33rd and a Templar.
In the mid 1800's the Masonic Order threw the proverbial esoteric baby out with the bathwater. After that it was a mere shell of an esoteric system
of instruction. What we have left are ceremonies with language so old as to boggel the modern ear, grumpy old men who dream of glory days, and a
leadership bent on destroying this venerable Order because they have the power to do so. Don't believe me? Pennsylvania following Ohio's first
steps, will be selling the Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite, and Shrine degrees during a one day fling. During this Masonic romp, the blue lodge degrees will
be exemplified. Interesting if you ask me since this breaks some Landmarks and some oaths I have heard somewhere.
Well, like I say to others who are not involved in Masonry, unless you have gone thorugh some degrees, sat in a lodge and studied its rituals you
should reserve comment. I would dare say the same as it goes with any other closed door esoteric orders. There maybe things you are not privy to.
Thanks for reading this post.