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"The Inside of the Cup: Exploring the Underworld Within Ourselves", March 30, 1980

Just as Manly Hall was able to speak eloquently and at length about ancient esoteric wisdom traditions, he clearly understood the difficulties of mankind and effortlessly described -- in plain terms -- what it is that each of us, as individuals, can do in our own Inner Life to improve our condition in the world and in ourselves.

Soul growth and the maturity of the human being were among the major themes of Mr. Hall's career. His stated mission, in part, was to gather the wisdom of the ages, and re-present it a way that a general audience of today could not only grasp, but directly apply toward their own lives.

The mysteries of John the Baptist his legacy in gnosticism, paganism, and freemasonry - by Tobias Churton

The search for the real historical person known as John the Baptist and the traditions that began with him

• Explores why John the Baptist is so crucially important to the Freemasons, who were originally known as “St. John’s Men”

• Reveals how John and Jesus were equal partners and shared a common spiritual vision to rebuild Israel and overcome corruption in the Temple of Jerusalem

• Explains the connections between John as lord of the summer solstice, his mysterious severed head, fertility rites, and ancient Jewish harvest festivals

Few Freemasons today understand why the most significant date in the Masonic calendar is June 24th--the Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist and the traditional date for appointing Grand Masters. Nor do many of them know that Masons used to be known as “St. John’s Men” or that John the Baptist was fundamental to the original Masonic philosophy of personal transformation.

Starting with the mystery of John in Freemasonry, Tobias Churton searches out the historical Baptist through the gospels and ancient histories, unearthing the real story behind the figure lauded by Jesus’s words “no greater man was ever born of woman.” He investigates John’s links with the Essenes and the Gnostics, links that flourish to this day. Exposing how the apostle Paul challenged John’s following, twisting his message and creating the image of John as “merely” a herald of Jesus, the author shows how Paul may have been behind the executions of both John and Jesus and reveals a precise date for the crucifixion and the astonishing meaning of the phrase “the third day.” He examines the significance of John’s severed head to holy knights, such as the Knights Templar, and of Leonardo’s famous painting of John. Churton also explains connections between John, the summer solstice, fertility rites, and ancient Jewish harvest festivals.

Revealing John as a courageous, revolutionary figure as vital to the origins of Christianity as his cousin Jesus himself, Churton shows how John and Jesus, as equal partners, launched a covert spiritual operation to overcome corruption in the Temple of Jerusalem, re-initiate Israel, and resurrect Creation.

The mysteries of John the Baptist his legacy in gnosticism, paganism, and freemasonry.pdf

The Secret History of Freemasonry: Its Origins and Connection to the Knights Templar - by Paul Naudon

Explores the hidden history of Freemasonry from ancient Rome, through the Middle Ages, to the present

• Shows the close connection between medieval masons and the Knights Templar

• Illustrates the sacred nature of Roman and medieval trade associations

• Reveals the missing link that connects the lodges of modern Freemasonry to the medieval brotherhoods of builders

Historians often make a sharp distinction between the operative Masonry of the Middle Ages and the speculative Masonry of modern times, emphasizing that there is no direct bridge connecting the two. Modern historians also have scoffed at Masonic claims concerning the close relationship between the Lodge and the Temple. Using medieval archives housed throughout Europe, historian Paul Naudon reveals that there was in fact a very intimate connection between the Masons and the Knights Templar. Church records of medieval Paris show that most, if not all, the Masons of that time were residents of the Templar censive, which allowed them to enjoy great exemptions and liberties from both church and state as a result of the protection afforded them by this powerful order.

Naudon shows that the origins of Freemasonry can be traced back to the collegia of ancient Rome. He traces the evolution of organizations such as the Comacine Masters, the Arab turuqs, and the brotherhoods of builders created under the aegis of the Benedictines and the Knights Templar, all of which provide the vehicle for the transmission of a sacred tradition from pre-Christian times to the modern era. This tradition is the source of Masonic ritual and symbolism, and it provides the missing link in the transformation of the operative Masonry of the medieval cathedral builders to the spiritual principles of modern speculative Masonry.

Paul Naudon The Secret History of Freemasonry.pdf

Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry - by Albert Pike

Albert Pikes' world famous volume of 'lectures' on the esoteric roots of Freemasonry, specifically the 32-degree Scottish Rite. Until 1964, this book was given to every Mason completing the 14th degree in the Southern jurisdiction of the US Scottish Rite Freemasons.

Albert Pike Morals and Dogma.pdf

Freemasons for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp

Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally best-selling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. Find out what goes on in a Masonic meeting. You'll understand the true purposes of Masonic "secrecy" and philosophy, meet famous Masons throughout history, and discover related organizations like the Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Shriners. Explore the controversies and conspiracy theories that swirl around this organization at the center of Dan Brown's novel The Lost Symbol, and discover the changes coming to the Craft.

Christopher Hodapp - Freemasons for Dummies.pdf

The Wisdom of the Knowing Ones: Gnosticism, the Key to Esoteric Christianity - by Manly Palmer Hall

Until comparatively recently few people were familiar with the word, “Gnostic”; a rather larger number was acquainted with its antonym, “agnostic”. Both are derived from the Greek “Gnosis”, usually translated as “knowledge”. An agnostic is thus a non-knower, i.e. one who denies all knowledge of ultimate realities, while a Gnostic is one who professes knowledge of such things. One needs to keep in mind, however, that Gnosis is not primarily rational knowledge; it has little to do with philosophical reasoning and even less is it associated with such matters as our contemporary, computer-related obsession with access to data. Elaine Pagels, author of the splendid work, The Gnostic Gospels, translates the term Gnosis, as used by the Gnostics, as “insight”, a term denoting both psychological and metaphysical cognition arrived at intuitively.

Manly P. Hall's Wisdom of the Knowing Ones examines the relationship of Gnostic mysticism to the inner teaching of Plato, Valentinus, Basildon, and its spiritual flowering in ancient Alexandria.

If any group which shared in the Christian mystery possessed the esoteric secrets of early Church, it was the Gnostics, preserving to the end the highest ethical and rational standards. The early Church attacked by Gnosticism vigorously and relentlessly, recognizing these mystical philosophers as being the most formidable adversaries to the temporal power of Christian theology.

Manly Palmer Hall The Wisdom of the Knowing Ones.pdf

Symbols of Freemasonry by Daniel Beresniak and Laziz Hamani

Richly illustrated, Symbols of Freemasonry provides a synthesis of one of mankind's oldest existing secular brotherhoods. It is designed both for the initiated and for newcomers interested in gaining a better understanding of this fascinating but often misrepresented society.

Daniel Beresniak Symbols of Freemasonry.pdf

Ten Basic Rules for Better Living (1953) by Manly P. Hall
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Ten Basic Rules for Better Living -- Manly P_ Hall -- July 1996 -- Philosophical Research Society.pdf
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Ten Basic Rules for Better Living (1953) by Manly P. Hall

This book outlines ten fundamental principles, including self-discipline, kindness, and humility, to guide individuals towards a harmonious, balanced, and fulfilling life.

A concise guide for spiritual living in the modern world, this book of practical philosophy was written in an accessible and direct style for clear application to daily life. This book will guide you through most of life’s quandaries by drawing upon ancient wisdom and applying it to the unique challenges of contemporary life.

You can also find the book als PDF in our Masonic Library:

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