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Title: The Beauty/Scottish Rite

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© 2013 public collection : “LOVE” by (m.:b.:) Dan Izvernariu

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The true Mason is a practical Philosopher, who, under religious

emblems, in all ages adopted by wisdom, builds upon plans traced

by nature and reason the moral edifice of knowledge. He ought

to find, in the symmetrical relation of all the parts of this rational

edifice, the principle and rule of all his duties, the source of all

his pleasures. He improves his moral nature, becomes a better man,

and finds in the reunion of virtuous men, assembled with pure

views, the means of multiplying his acts of beneficence. Masonry

and Philosophy, without being one and the same thing, have the

same object, and propose to themselves the same end, the worship

of the Grand Architect of the Universe, acquaintance and familiar-

ity with the wonders of nature, and the happiness of humanity

attained by the constant practice of all the virtues.

As Grand Master of all Symbolic Lodges, it is your especial duty

to aid in restoring Masonry to its primitive purity. You have be-

come an instructor. Masonry long wandered in error. Instead

of improving, it degenerated from its primitive simplicity, and re-

trograded toward a system, distorted by stupidity and ignorance,

which, unable to construct a beautiful machine, made a compli-

cated one. Less than two hundred years ago, its organization was

simple, and altogether moral, its emblems, allegories, and ceremo-

nies easy to be understood, and their purpose and object readily to

be seen. It was then confined to a very small number of Degrees.

Its constitutions were like those of a Society of Essenes, written

in the first century of our era. There could be seen the primitive

Christianity, organized into Masonry, the school of Pythagoras

without incongruities or absurdities; a Masonry simple and signifi-

cant, in which it was not necessary to torture the mind to discover

reasonable interpretations; a Masonry at once religious and philo-

sophical, worthy of a good citizen and an enlightened philanthro-


Innovators and inventors overturned that primitive simplicity.

Ignorance engaged in the work of making Degrees, and trifles and

gewgaws and pretended mysteries, absurd or hideous, usurped the

place of Masonic Truth. The picture of a horrid vengeance, the

poniard and the bloody head, appeared in the peaceful Temple of

Masonry, without sufficient explanation of their symbolic meaning.

Oaths out of all proportion with their object, shocked the candi-

date, and then became ridiculous, and were wholly disregarded.

Acolytes were exposed to tests, and compelled to perform acts,

which, if real, would have been abominable; but being mere chi-

meras, were preposterous, and excited contempt and laughter only.

Eight hundred Degrees of one kind and another were invented:

Infidelity and even Jesuitry were taught under the mask of

Masonry. The rituals even of the respectable Degrees, copied and

mutilated by ignorant men, became nonsensical and trivial; and

the words so corrupted that it has hitherto been found impossible

to recover many of them at all. Candidates were made to degrade

themselves, and to submit to insults not tolerable to a man of

spirit and honor.

Hence it was that, practically, the largest portion of the Degrees

claimed by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, and before

it by the Rite of Perfection, fell into disuse, were merely com-

municated, and their rituals became jejune and insignificant.

These Rites resembled those old palaces and baronial castles, the

different parts of which, built at different periods remote from

one another, upon plans and according to tastes that greatly

varied, formed a discordant and incongruous whole. Judaism and

chivalry, superstition and philosophy, philanthropy and insane

hatred and longing for vengeance, a pure morality and unjust and

illegal revenge, were found strangely mated and standing hand in

hand within the Temples of Peace and Concord; and the whole

system was one grotesque commingling of incongruous things, of

contrasts and contradictions, of shocking and fantastic extrava-

gances, of parts repugnant to good taste, and fine conceptions

overlaid and disfigured by absurdities engendered by ignorance,

fanaticism, and a senseless mysticism.

An empty and sterile pomp, impossible indeed to be carried out,

and to which no meaning whatever was attached, with far-fetched

explanations that were either so many stupid platitudes or them-

selves needed an interpreter; lofty titles, arbitrarily assumed, and

to which the inventors had not condescended to attach any expla-

nation that should acquit them of the folly of assuming temporal

rank, power, and titles of nobility, made the world laugh, and the

Initiate feel ashamed.

Some of these titles we retain;but they have with us meanings

entirely consistent with that Spirit of Equality which is the foun-

dation and peremptory law of its being of all Masonry. The

Knight, with us, is he who devotes his hand, his heart, his brain,

to the Science of Masonry, and professes himself the Sworn

Soldier of Truth: the Prince is he who aims to be Chief [Prin-

ceps], first, leader, among his equals, in virtue and good deeds:

the Sovereign is he who, one of an order whose members are all

Sovereigns, is Supreme only because the law and constitutions are

so, which he administers, and by which he, like every other

brother, is governed. The titles, Puissant, Potent, Wise, and Ven-

erable, indicate that power of Virtue, Intelligence, and Wisdom,

which those ought to strive to attain who are placed in high office

by the suffrages of their brethren: and all our other titles and

designations have an esoteric meaning, consistent with modesty

and equality, and which those who receive them should fully un-

derstand. As Master of a Lodge it is your duty to instruct your

Brethren that they are all so many constant lessons, teaching the

lofty qualifications which are required of those who claim them,

and not merely idle gewgaws worn in ridiculous imitation of the

times when the Nobles and Priests were masters and the people

slaves: and that, in all true Masonry, the Knight, the Pontiff, the

Prince, and the Sovereign are but the first among their equals: and

the cordon, the clothing, and the jewel but symbols and emblems

of the virtues required of all good Masons.

The Mason kneels, no longer to present his petition for ad-

mittance or to receive the answer, no longer to a man as his su-

perior, who is but his brother, but to his God;to whom he appeals

for the rectitude of his intentions, and whose aid he asks to enable

him to keep his vows. No one is degraded by bending his knee to

God at the altar, or to receive the honor of Knighthood as Bayard

and Du Guesclin knelt. To kneel for other purposes, Masonry

does not require. God gave to man a head to be borne erect, a port

upright and majestic. We assemble in our Temples to cherish and

inculcate sentiments that conform to that loftiness of bearing

which the just and upright man is entitled to maintain, and we do

not require those who desire to be admitted among us, ignomini-

ously to bow the head. We respect man, because we respect our-

selves that he may conceive a lofty idea of his dignity as a human

being free and independent. If modesty is a virtue, humility and

obsequiousness to man are base: for there is a noble pride which

is the most real and solid basis of virtue. Man should humble him-

self before the Infinite God; but not before his erring and imper-

fect brother.

As Master of a Lodge, you will therefore be exceedingly careful

that no Candidate, in any Degree, be required to submit to any

degradation whatever; as has been too much the custom in some

of the Degrees:and take it as a certain and inflexible rule, to

which there is no exception, that real Masonry requires of no man

anything to which a Knight and Gentleman cannot honorably, and

without feeling outraged or humiliated submit.

The Supreme Council for the Southern Jurisdiction of the

United States at length undertook the indispensable and long-de-

layed task of revising and reforming the work and rituals of the

Thirty Degrees under its jurisdiction. Retaining the essentials of

the Degrees and all the means by which the members recognize one

another, it has sought out and developed the leading idea of each

Degree, rejected the puerilities and absurdities with which many

of them were disfigured, and made of them a connected system of

moral, religious, and philosophical instruction. Sectarian of no

creed, it has yet thought it not improper to use the old allegories,

based on occurrences detailed in the Hebrew and Christian books,

and drawn from the Ancient Mysteries of Egypt, Persia, Greece,

India, the Druids and the Essenes, as vehicles to communicate the

Great Masonic Truths; as it has used the legends of the Crusades,

and the ceremonies of the orders of Knighthood.

It no longer inculcates a criminal and wicked vengeance. It

has not allowed Masonry to play the assassin: to avenge the death

either of Hiram, of Charles the 1st, or of Jaques De Molay and

the Templars. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Ma-

sonry has now become, what Masonry at first was meant to be, a

Teacher of Great Truths, inspired by an upright and enlightened

reason, a firm and constant wisdom, and an affectionate and lib-

eral philanthropy.

It is no longer a system, over the composition and arrangement

of the different parts of which, want of reflection, chance, igno-

rance, and perhaps motives still more ignoble presided; a system

unsuited to our habits, our manners, our ideas, or the world-wide

philanthropy and universal toleration of Masonry; or to bodies

small in number, whose revenues should be devoted to the relief

of the unfortunate, and not to empty show; no longer a hetero-

geneous aggregate of Degrees, shocking by its anachronisms and

contradictions, powerless to disseminate light, information, and

moral and philosophical ideas.

As Master, you will teach those who are under you, and to whom

you will owe your office, that the decorations of many of the De-

grees are to be dispensed with, whenever the expense would inter-

fere with the duties of charity, relief, and benevolence; and to be

indulged in only by wealthy bodies that will thereby do no wrong

to those entitled to their assistance. The essentials of all the De-

grees may be procured at slight expense; and it is at the option

of every Brother to procure or not to procure, as he pleases, the

dress, decorations, and jewels of any Degree other than the 14th,

18th, 30th, and 32d.

We teach the truth of none of the legends we recite. They are

to us but parables and allegories, involving and enveloping

Masonic instruction; and vehicles of useful and interesting in-

formation. They represent the different phases of the human

mind, its efforts and struggles to comprehend nature, God, the

government of the Universe, the permitted existence of sorrow

and evil. To teach us wisdom, and the folly of endeavoring to ex-

plain to ourselves that which we are not capable of understanding,

we reproduce the speculations of the Philosophers, the Kabalists,

the Mystagogues and the Gnostics. Every one being at liberty to

apply our symbols and emblems as he thinks most consistent with

truth and reason and with his own faith, we give them such an in-

terpretation only as may be accepted by all. Our Degrees may be

conferred in France or Turkey, at Pekin, Ispahan, Rome, or Ge-

neva, in the city of Penn or in Catholic Louisiana, upon the subject

of an absolute government or the citizen of a Free State, upon Sec-

tarian or Theist. To honor the Deity, to regard all men as our

Brethren, as children, equally dear to Him, of the Supreme Creator

of the Universe, and to make himself useful to society and himself

by his labor, are its teachings to its Initiates in all the Degrees.

Preacher of Liberty, Fraternity, and Equality, it desires them to

be attained by making men fit to receive them, and by the moral

power of an intelligent and enlightened People. It lays no plots

and conspiracies. It hatches no premature revolutions; it encour-

ages no people to revolt against the constituted authorities; but

recognizing the great truth that freedom follows fitness for free-

dom as the corollary follows the axiom, it strives to prepare men

to govern themselves.

Where domestic slavery exists, it teaches the master humanity

and the alleviation of the condition of his slave, and moderate cor-

rection and gentle discipline; as it teaches them to the master of

the apprentice: and as it teaches to the employers of other men,

in mines, manufactories, and workshops, consideration and hu-

manity for those who depend upon their labor for their bread, and

to whom want of employment is starvation, and overwork is fever,

consumption, and death.

As Master of a Lodge, you are to inculcate these duties on your

brethren. Teach the employed to be honest, punctual, and faithful

as well as respectful and obedient to all proper orders: but also

teach the employer that every man or woman who desires to work,

has a right to have work to do; and that they, and those who from

sickness or feebleness, loss of limb or of bodily vigor, old age or

infancy, are not able to work, have a right to be fed, clothed, and

sheltered from the inclement elements: that he commits an awful

sin against Masonry and in the sight of God, if he closes his work-

shops or factories, or ceases to work his mines, when they do not

yield him what he regards as sufficient profit, and so dismisses his

workmen and workwomen to starve; or when he reduces the wages

of man or woman to so low a standard that they and their families

cannot be clothed and fed and comfortably housed; or by overwork

must give him their blood and life in exchange for the pittance

of their wages: and that his duty as a Mason and Brother per-

emptorily requires him to continue to employ those who else will

be pinched with hunger and cold, or resort to theft and vice: and

to pay them fair wages, though it may reduce or annul his profits

or even eat into his capital; for God hath but loaned him his

wealth, and made him His almoner and agent to invest it.

Except as mere symbols of the moral virtues and intellectual

qualities, the tools and implements of Masonry belong exclusively

to the first three Degrees. They also, however, serve to remind

the Mason who has advanced further, that his new rank is based

upon the humble labors of the symbolic Degrees, as they are im-

properly termed, inasmuch as all the Degrees are symbolic.

Thus the Initiates are inspired with a just idea of Masonry, to-

wit, that it is essentially WORK; both teaching and practising

LABOR; and that it is altogether emblematic. Three kinds of work

are necessary to the preservation and protection of man and soci-

ety: manual labor, specially belonging to the three blue Degrees;

labor in arms, symbolized by the Knightly or chivalric Degrees;

and intellectual labor, belonging particularly to the Philosophical


We have preserved and multiplied such emblems as have a true

and profound meaning. We reject many of the old and senseless

explanations. We have not reduced Masonry to a cold metaphy-

sics that exiles everything belonging to the domain of the imagina-

tion. The ignorant, and those half-wise in reality, but over-wise

in their own conceit, may assail our symbols with sarcasms; but

they are nevertheless ingenious veils that cover the Truth, respect-

ed by all who know the means by which the heart of man is reach-

ed and his feelings enlisted. The Great Moralists often had re-

course to allegories, in order to instruct men without repelling

them. But we have been careful not to allow our emblems to be

too obscure, so as to require far-fetched and forced interpreta-

tions. In our days, and in the enlightened land in which we live,

we do not need to wrap ourselves in veils so strange and impene-

trable, as to prevent or hinder instruction instead of furthering it;

or to induce the suspicion that we have concealed meanings which

we communicate only to the most reliable adepts, because they are

contrary to good order or the well-being of society.

The Duties of the Class of Instructors, that is, the Masons of

the Degrees from the 4th to the 8th, inclusive, are, particularly, to

perfect the younger Masons in the words, signs and tokens and

other work of the Degrees they have received; to explain to them

the meaning of the different emblems, and to expound the moral

instruction which they convey. And upon their report of pro-

ficiency alone can their pupils be allowed to advance and receive

an increase of wages.

The Directors of the Work, or those of the 9th, l0th, and 11th

Degrees are to report to the Chapters upon the regularity, activity

and proper direction of the work of bodies in the lower Degrees,

and what is needed to be enacted for their prosperity and useful-

ness. In the Symbolic Lodges, they are particularly charged to

stimulate the zeal of the workmen, to induce them to engage in

new labors and enterprises for the good of Masonry, their country

and mankind, and to give them fraternal advice when they fall

short of their duty; or, in cases that require it, to invoke against

them the rigor of Masonic law.

The Architects, or those of the 12th, 13th, and 14th, should be

selected from none but Brothers well instructed in the preceding

Degrees; zealous, and capable of discoursing upon that Masonry;

illustrating it, and discussing the simple questions of moral phil-

osophy. And one of them, at every communication, should be pre-

pared with a lecture, communicating useful knowledge or giving

good advice to the Brethren.

The Knights, of the 15th and 16th Degrees, wear the sword.

They are bound to prevent and repair, as far as may be in their

power, all injustice, both in the world and in Masonry; to protect

the weak and to bring oppressors to justice. Their works and lec-

tures must be in this spirit. They should inquire whether Masonry

fulfills, as far as it ought and can, its principal purpose, which is

to succor the unfortunate. That it may do so, they should pre-

pare propositions to be offered in the Blue Lodges calculated to

attain that end, to put an end to abuses, and to prevent or correct

negligence. Those in the Lodges who have attained the rank of

Knights, are most fit to be appointed Almoners, and charged to

ascertain and make known who need and are entitled to the charity

of the Order.

In the higher Degrees those only should be received who have

sufficient reading and information to discuss the great questions

of philosophy. From them the Orators of the Lodges should be

selected, as well as those of the Councils and Chapters. They are

charged to suggest such measures as are necessary to make Ma-

sonry entirely faithful to the spirit of its institution, both as to its

charitable purposes, and the diffusion of light and knowledge;

such as are needed to correct abuses that have crept in, and of-

fences against the rules and general spirit of the Order; and such

as will tend to make it, as it was meant to be, the great Teacher of


As Master of a Lodge, Council, or Chapter, it will be your duty

to impress upon the minds of your Brethren these views of the

general plan and separate parts of the Ancient and Accepted Scot-

tish Rite; of its spirit and design; its harmony and regularity; of

the duties of the officers and members;and of the particular les-

sons intended to be taught by each Degree.

Especially you are not to allow any assembly of the body over

which you may preside, to close, without recalling to the minds of

the Brethren the Masonic virtues and duties which are represented

upon the Tracing Board of this Degree. That is an imperative

duty. Forget not that, more than three thousand years ago, ZORO-

ASTER said:”Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love

your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done

you wrong.” Nor that more than two thousand three hundred

years ago CONFUCIUS repeated, also quoting the language of those

who had lived before himself: „Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do

not to others what thou wouldst not wish should be done to thy-

self: Forgive injuries. Forgive your enemy, be reconciled to him,

give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf!”

Let not the morality of your Lodge be inferior to that of the

Persian or the Chinese Philosopher.

Urge upon your Brethren the teaching and the unostentatious

practice of the morality of the Lodge, without regard to times,

places, religions, or peoples.

Urge them to love one another, to be devoted to one another, to

be faithful to the country, the government, and the laws: for to

serve the country is to pay a dear and sacred debt:

To respect all forms of worship, to tolerate all political and

religious opinions; not to blame, and still less to condemn the

religion of others: not to seek to make converts; but to be content

if they have the religion of Socrates; a veneration for the Creator,

the religion of good works, and grateful acknowledgment of God’s


To fraternize with all men; to assist all who are unfortunate;

and to cheerfully postpone their own interests to that of the Order:

To make it the constant rule of their lives, to think well, to

speak well, and to act well:

To place the sage above the soldier, the noble, or the prince:

and take the wise and good as their models:

To see that their professions and practice, their teachings and

conduct, do always agree:

To make this also their motto: Do that which thou oughtest

to do; let the result be what it will.

Such, my Brother, are some of the duties of that office which

you have sought to be qualified to exercise. May you perform

them well; and in so doing gain honor for yourself, and advance

the great cause of Masonry, Humanity, and Progress.

From „Morals and dogma”

By Albert Pike