MASONIC INITIATION
W.L. Wilmshurst



"TO ALL BUILDERS IN THE SPIRIT"

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
Masonry and Religion


CHAPTER I

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT
Initiation, Real and Ceremonial
The Purpose of the Mysteries
The Ideal Lodge



CHAPTER II

LIGHT ON THE WAY
"The Knowledge of Yourself"
The "G"
The Ladder
The Superstructure
The Cable-Tow
The Apron
The Wind
Seeking a Master
Wages
The Law of the Mount
"From Labour to Refreshment"
The Grand Lodge Above



CHAPTER III

FULLNESS OF LIGHT
Observations and Examples

Apocalypsis



CHAPTER IV

PAST AND FUTURE OF THE MASONIC ORDER
The Past

The Future


POSTSCRIPT



WISDOM alone is the right coin with which
to deal, and with it everything of real worth
is bought and sold. And for it, Temperance and
Justice, Fortitude and Prudence, are a kind of
preliminary purification.
And those who instituted the Mysteries for us appear
to have been by no means contemptible persons, and
to have intimated in a veiled manner that whoever
descends into Hades uninitiated, and without being
a partaker in the Mysteries, shall lie in the mire ;
but that whoever arrived there purified and initiated,
shall dwell with the Gods. Yet, as said those who
preside over the Mysteries :
'Many are the candidates seeking Initiation,
But few are the perfected Initiates.'
But these few are, in my judgment, true wisdom-lovers;

and that I may be of their number I shall
leave nothing unattempted, but shall exert myself.
in all possible ways."

SOCRATES in PLATO'S Phcedo.

 

 

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