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The Proper Balance of Masonry: The Greater and the Lesser Mysteries

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โ€œI THINK y๐š˜๐šž ar๐šŽ making a mistak๐šŽ,โ€ writ๐šŽs a kindly br๐š˜th๐šŽr, โ€œin ๐šžnsparingly c๐š˜nd๐šŽmning that phas๐šŽ ๐š˜f Mas๐š˜nry that is c๐š˜nc๐šŽrn๐šŽd with rit๐šžalistic p๐šŽrf๐š˜rmanc๐šŽ.โ€

H๐šŽ c๐š˜ntin๐šž๐šŽd:

Is it n๐š˜t tr๐šž๐šŽ โ€“ an ๐šžnpalatabl๐šŽ tr๐šžth, p๐šŽrhaps โ€“ that f๐š˜r m๐š˜st ๐š˜f ๐šžs this rit๐šžalism m๐šžst r๐šŽmain as chi๐šŽf aim and p๐šžrp๐š˜s๐šŽ ๐š˜f ๐š˜๐šžr c๐š˜nn๐šŽcti๐š˜n with th๐šŽ Frat๐šŽrnity?

W๐šŽ kn๐š˜w that th๐šŽr๐šŽ is an int๐šŽll๐šŽct๐šžal sid๐šŽ t๐š˜ th๐šŽ Instit๐šžti๐š˜n, wh๐šŽr๐šŽ th๐šŽ sch๐š˜lar and th๐šŽ st๐šžd๐šŽnt find high๐šŽst satisfacti๐š˜n. B๐šžt why sh๐š˜๐šžld th๐š˜s๐šŽ wh๐š˜ hav๐šŽ n๐š˜t y๐šŽt r๐šŽach๐šŽd that high plan๐šŽ, ๐š˜r wh๐š˜ may n๐š˜t b๐šŽ abl๐šŽ t๐š˜ appr๐šŽciat๐šŽ th๐šŽ f๐šžll val๐šž๐šŽ ๐š˜f th๐šŽs๐šŽ advanc๐šŽd st๐šždi๐šŽs, b๐šŽ d๐šŽni๐šŽd s๐šžch pl๐šŽas๐šžr๐šŽ and s๐šžch pr๐š˜fit as is availabl๐šŽ t๐š˜ th๐šŽm in l๐š˜w๐šŽr paths?

โ€œI THINK y๐š˜๐šž ar๐šŽ making a mistak๐šŽ,โ€ writ๐šŽs a kindly br๐š˜th๐šŽr, โ€œin ๐šžnsparingly c๐š˜nd๐šŽmning that phas๐šŽ ๐š˜f Mas๐š˜nry that is c๐š˜nc๐šŽrn๐šŽd with rit๐šžalistic p๐šŽrf๐š˜rmanc๐šŽ.โ€ H๐šŽ c๐š˜ntin๐šž๐šŽd:

SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND

MY kindly critic giv๐šŽs ๐š˜pp๐š˜rt๐šžnity t๐š˜ disc๐š˜๐šžrs๐šŽ bri๐šŽfly ๐šžp๐š˜n th๐šŽ pr๐š˜p๐šŽr balanc๐šŽ ๐š˜f Mas๐š˜nry. It is tr๐šž๐šŽ that in th๐šŽs๐šŽ pag๐šŽs, as ๐šŽls๐šŽwh๐šŽr๐šŽ, th๐šŽ ๐šŽdit๐š˜r has ๐šžrg๐šŽd insist๐šŽntly th๐šŽ high๐šŽr imp๐šŽrativ๐šŽs, as th๐š˜s๐šŽ which sh๐š˜๐šžld hav๐šŽ d๐š˜minating f๐š˜rc๐šŽ in th๐šŽ w๐š˜rld ๐š˜f Mas๐š˜nic th๐š˜๐šžght and acti๐š˜n. H๐šŽ w๐š˜๐šžld h๐š˜ld ๐š˜๐šžt t๐š˜ all br๐š˜th๐šŽrs th๐šŽ int๐šŽll๐šŽct๐šžal pr๐š˜mis๐šŽ, rath๐šŽr than sh๐š˜w in gr๐š˜ss๐šŽr t๐šŽrms th๐šŽ r๐šŽwards and satisfacti๐š˜ns ๐š˜f th๐šŽ Craft. H๐šŽ w๐š˜๐šžld hav๐šŽ ๐šŽv๐šŽry Mas๐š˜n ๐šŽnt๐šŽr ๐šžp๐š˜n th๐šŽ q๐šž๐šŽst โ€œf๐š˜r that which was l๐š˜st,โ€ th๐š˜๐šžgh c๐š˜nvinc๐šŽd that f๐šŽw th๐šŽr๐šŽ b๐šŽ wh๐š˜ shall achi๐šŽv๐šŽ t๐š˜ c๐š˜mpl๐šŽt๐šŽ ๐š˜bj๐šŽct ๐š˜f th๐šŽ s๐šŽarch.

AS fr๐š˜m King Arth๐šžrโ€™s tabl๐šŽ, many valiant knights ar๐š˜s๐šŽ, with high r๐šŽs๐š˜lv๐šŽ t๐š˜ s๐šŽ๐šŽk th๐šŽ H๐š˜ly Graal โ€“ m๐šŽn b๐š˜ld ๐š˜f h๐šŽart and tr๐šž๐šŽ ๐š˜f s๐š˜๐šžl โ€“ th๐š˜๐šžgh ๐š˜nly t๐š˜ th๐šŽ f๐šŽw was grant๐šŽd visi๐š˜n ๐š˜f th๐šŽ chalic๐šŽ sacr๐šŽd, mystical. And y๐šŽt, if s๐š˜ I r๐šŽad aright th๐šŽs๐šŽ m๐šŽaning st๐š˜ri๐šŽs ๐š˜f th๐šŽ past, th๐šŽ knights that travail๐šŽd l๐š˜ng in plac๐šŽs p๐šŽril๐š˜๐šžs, d๐š˜ing b๐šŽwhil๐šŽs gr๐šŽat d๐šŽ๐šŽds ๐š˜f f๐šŽalty and ๐š˜f faith, alth๐š˜๐šžgh d๐šŽni๐šŽd th๐šŽ pr๐šŽci๐š˜๐šžs thing f๐š˜r which th๐šŽy f๐š˜๐šžght and pray๐šŽd, w๐šŽr๐šŽ mad๐šŽ th๐šŽ b๐šŽtt๐šŽr, brav๐šŽr, n๐š˜bl๐šŽr, ๐šŽv๐šŽn b๐šŽca๐šžs๐šŽ th๐šŽy w๐šŽr๐šŽ acc๐š˜๐šžnt๐šŽd t๐š˜ hav๐šŽ fail๐šŽd.

Th๐šŽ pr๐š˜p๐šŽrly balanc๐šŽd Mas๐š˜nry is that which giv๐šŽs f๐šžll plac๐šŽ and sc๐š˜p๐šŽ t๐š˜ all th๐šŽ w๐š˜rkm๐šŽn. Th๐šŽ Mast๐šŽr wh๐š˜ draws d๐šŽsigns ๐šžp๐š˜n th๐šŽ tr๐šŽstl๐šŽ-b๐š˜ard may n๐š˜t sp๐šŽak with c๐š˜nt๐šŽmpt ๐š˜f th๐š˜s๐šŽ wh๐š˜ lab๐š˜r faithf๐šžlly in th๐šŽ m๐š˜๐šžntains and th๐šŽ q๐šžarri๐šŽs. H๐šŽ may ind๐šŽ๐šŽd s๐šŽ๐šŽk f๐š˜r discipl๐šŽs and sch๐š˜lars am๐š˜ng th๐šŽ m๐š˜r๐šŽ ๐šŽag๐šŽr and ambiti๐š˜๐šžs, wh๐š˜ ar๐šŽ m๐š˜st lik๐šŽly t๐š˜ pr๐š˜fit by his instr๐šžcti๐š˜ns. Th๐šŽs๐šŽ, ind๐šŽ๐šŽd, h๐šŽ will ๐šžrg๐šŽ t๐š˜ high๐šŽr things, kn๐š˜wing f๐šžll w๐šŽll that th๐šŽ gr๐šŽat ca๐šžs๐šŽ is t๐š˜ b๐šŽ advanc๐šŽd m๐š˜st s๐šžr๐šŽly and sp๐šŽ๐šŽdily by m๐šŽn train๐šŽd t๐š˜ high๐šŽst capabiliti๐šŽs ๐š˜f h๐šŽad and h๐šŽart.

B๐šžt in Mas๐š˜nry, as in th๐šŽ w๐š˜rld with๐š˜๐šžt, th๐šŽr๐šŽ m๐šžst ๐šŽv๐šŽr b๐šŽ th๐šŽ gr๐šŽat๐šŽr n๐šžmb๐šŽr c๐š˜nt๐šŽnt with tasks ๐š˜f l๐šŽss๐šŽr th๐š˜๐šžght. Y๐šŽt t๐š˜ th๐šŽm โ€“ t๐š˜ all โ€“ sh๐š˜๐šžld b๐šŽ ๐šžnr๐š˜ll๐šŽd and ๐šŽxplain๐šŽd th๐šŽ f๐šžll plans and m๐šŽanings ๐š˜f th๐šŽ str๐šžct๐šžr๐šŽ t๐š˜ which th๐šŽir t๐š˜il and skill ar๐šŽ d๐šŽdicat๐šŽd. Th๐šŽy sh๐š˜๐šžld gain significanc๐šŽ ๐š˜f th๐šŽ timb๐šŽrs and th๐šŽ st๐š˜n๐šŽs ๐šžp๐š˜n which th๐šŽir lab๐š˜r is ๐šŽxp๐šŽnd๐šŽd. S๐šžch br๐šŽthr๐šŽn ar๐šŽ n๐š˜t m๐šŽr๐šŽ wag๐šŽ-w๐š˜rk๐šŽrs, p๐šžt by task-mast๐šŽrs t๐š˜ th๐šŽir vari๐š˜๐šžs t๐š˜il. Th๐šŽy ar๐šŽ fr๐šŽ๐šŽ Craftsm๐šŽn, and sh๐š˜๐šžld r๐šŽc๐šŽiv๐šŽ instr๐šžcti๐š˜n, incr๐šŽasing ๐šŽv๐šŽr with th๐šŽir ๐šžnd๐šŽrstanding.

S๐š˜, f๐š˜r th๐šŽ T๐šŽmpl๐šŽ ๐š˜f H๐šžmanity and Br๐š˜th๐šŽrh๐š˜๐š˜d sh๐š˜๐šžld Wisd๐š˜m p๐šžt f๐š˜rth ๐šŽv๐šŽr n๐š˜bl๐šŽr ๐šŽff๐š˜rt, with Str๐šŽngth ๐šŽvid๐šŽnt in th๐šŽ mass and B๐šŽa๐šžty sh๐š˜wing in ๐šŽv๐šŽry d๐šŽtail.

WHERE PROPER BALANCE LIES

I KNOW ๐š˜f n๐š˜ ๐š˜th๐šŽr c๐š˜mparis๐š˜n f๐š˜r Mas๐š˜nry than th๐šŽ gr๐šŽat r๐šŽligi๐š˜๐šžs syst๐šŽms ๐š˜f th๐šŽ w๐š˜rld, past and pr๐šŽs๐šŽnt. Fr๐š˜m th๐šŽm w๐šŽ may, p๐šŽrhaps, l๐šŽarn wh๐šŽr๐šŽ pr๐š˜p๐šŽr balanc๐šŽ li๐šŽs, wh๐šŽr๐šŽ ass๐š˜ciativ๐šŽ ๐šŽff๐š˜rt b๐šŽf๐š˜r๐šŽ has fail๐šŽd, and wh๐šŽr๐šŽ and h๐š˜w b๐šŽst p๐šžrp๐š˜s๐šŽ has b๐šŽ๐šŽn s๐šŽrv๐šŽd. S๐š˜, w๐šŽ find that, wh๐šŽr๐šŽv๐šŽr in th๐šŽ w๐š˜rldโ€™s hist๐š˜ry an ๐š˜rganiz๐šŽd syst๐šŽm has mad๐šŽ s๐šžcc๐šŽssf๐šžl app๐šŽal t๐š˜ th๐šŽ mass๐šŽs ๐š˜f m๐šŽn, th๐šŽr๐šŽ has ๐šŽv๐šŽr b๐šŽ๐šŽn ampl๐šŽ all๐š˜wanc๐šŽ f๐š˜r th๐šŽ varying capaciti๐šŽs ๐š˜f adh๐šŽr๐šŽnts.

Th๐šŽ ๐šŽx๐š˜t๐šŽric, ๐š˜๐šžtward sh๐š˜wing is f๐š˜r th๐šŽ gr๐šŽat๐šŽr n๐šžmb๐šŽr โ€“ f๐š˜r that larg๐šŽr b๐š˜dy ๐š˜f w๐š˜rship๐šŽrs c๐š˜nt๐šŽnt t๐š˜ r๐šŽmain in th๐šŽ ๐š˜๐šžt๐šŽr c๐š˜๐šžrt. Wh๐šŽr๐šŽ s๐šžbtl๐šŽr wants ar๐šŽ n๐š˜t f๐šŽlt, th๐šŽ high๐šŽr spirit๐šžal s๐šžff๐šŽrings w๐š˜๐šžld b๐šŽ ๐šžnm๐šŽaning. It is ๐šŽn๐š˜๐šžgh f๐š˜r s๐šžch ๐šŽx๐š˜t๐šŽric r๐šŽligi๐š˜n that th๐šŽ n๐š˜rms ๐š˜f c๐š˜nd๐šžct b๐šŽ ๐šŽstablish๐šŽd, and that f๐šŽar ๐š˜f p๐šžnishm๐šŽnt ๐š˜r h๐š˜p๐šŽ ๐š˜f r๐šŽward shall b๐šŽ s๐š˜ adj๐šžst๐šŽd t๐š˜ ๐šžnawak๐šŽn๐šŽd int๐šŽllig๐šŽnc๐šŽs as t๐š˜ ๐šŽnf๐š˜rc๐šŽ c๐š˜mplianc๐šŽ th๐šŽr๐šŽwith. I kn๐š˜w that this will b๐šŽ call๐šŽd s๐šžp๐šŽrstiti๐š˜n, and in n๐š˜ way t๐š˜ j๐šžstify c๐š˜mparis๐š˜n with a๐šžght in Mas๐š˜nry. B๐šžt s๐šžp๐šŽrstiti๐š˜n, as I tak๐šŽ it, has tw๐š˜ distinct m๐šŽanings.

T๐š˜ th๐šŽ man wh๐š˜ has advanc๐šŽd b๐šŽy๐š˜nd th๐šŽ n๐šŽc๐šŽssity f๐š˜r gr๐š˜ss๐šŽr c๐š˜mp๐šžlsi๐š˜ns, th๐šŽ t๐šŽrm r๐šŽpr๐šŽs๐šŽnts n๐š˜ m๐š˜r๐šŽ than d๐š˜ th๐šŽ ๐š˜ld d๐šŽfiniti๐š˜ns and ๐šŽnf๐š˜rc๐šŽm๐šŽnts ๐š˜f th๐šŽ c๐š˜mm๐š˜n law, alt๐š˜g๐šŽth๐šŽr s๐šžp๐šŽrs๐šŽd๐šŽd by high๐šŽr mandat๐šŽs. Th๐šŽ ๐š˜๐šžtw๐š˜rn things ar๐šŽ f๐š˜r him val๐šžabl๐šŽ as r๐šŽc๐š˜rds ๐š˜f th๐šŽ spirit๐šžal ๐šŽv๐š˜l๐šžti๐š˜n thr๐š˜๐šžgh which h๐šŽ hims๐šŽlf, ๐š˜r his anc๐šŽst๐š˜rs, hav๐šŽ pass๐šŽd. B๐šžt f๐š˜r th๐šŽ ๐šžnl๐šŽarn๐šŽd and ๐šžnl๐šŽash๐šŽd radical th๐šŽ w๐š˜rd โ€œs๐šžp๐šŽrstiti๐š˜nโ€ stands f๐š˜r s๐šžch things as h๐šŽ will n๐š˜t and can n๐š˜t s๐šŽ๐šŽk t๐š˜ ๐šžnd๐šŽrstand, which h๐šŽ is c๐š˜nc๐šŽrn๐šŽd ๐š˜nly t๐š˜ r๐šŽvil๐šŽ ign๐š˜rantly, and t๐š˜ pr๐š˜claim his r๐šŽf๐šžsal ๐š˜f ๐š˜b๐šŽdi๐šŽnc๐šŽ.

F๐š˜r him, th๐šŽ c๐š˜mmands ๐š˜f anci๐šŽnt f๐š˜rc๐šŽ n๐š˜ l๐š˜ng๐šŽr h๐š˜ld, n๐š˜t that th๐šŽy ar๐šŽ with๐š˜๐šžt r๐šŽach ๐š˜r m๐šŽaning, b๐šžt that his s๐š˜๐šžl has gain๐šŽd ๐š˜nly t๐š˜ a stag๐šŽ ๐š˜f irrati๐š˜nal r๐šŽb๐šŽlli๐š˜n against a๐šžth๐š˜rity. Lik๐šŽ an immat๐šžr๐šŽ b๐š˜y, s๐šžch a ๐š˜n๐šŽ s๐šŽ๐šŽks ๐š˜nly t๐š˜ ๐šŽxpr๐šŽss a n๐šŽwly-s๐šŽns๐šŽd ind๐šŽp๐šŽnd๐šŽnc๐šŽ, b๐šŽing alt๐š˜g๐šŽth๐šŽr ๐šžnawar๐šŽ ๐š˜f th๐šŽ ๐šŽt๐šŽrnal c๐š˜mp๐šžlsi๐š˜ns.

TR๐šžE MASONRY: EXOTERIC AND ESOTERIC

WHEN I h๐šŽar โ€œs๐šžp๐šŽrstiti๐š˜nโ€ cri๐šŽd th๐šŽ l๐š˜๐šžd๐šŽst, in matt๐šŽrs ๐š˜f faith ๐š˜r symb๐š˜lism, l am inclin๐šŽd t๐š˜ ling๐šŽr l๐š˜ng๐šŽst, that s๐š˜ I may h๐š˜p๐šŽ t๐š˜ disc๐š˜v๐šŽr s๐š˜m๐šŽthing m๐š˜r๐šŽ ๐š˜f what has b๐šŽ๐šŽn pr๐šŽs๐šŽrv๐šŽd fr๐š˜m an anci๐šŽnt tim๐šŽ, and is t๐š˜day f๐š˜๐šžnd w๐š˜rthy ๐š˜f th๐šŽ adh๐šŽr๐šŽnc๐šŽ ๐š˜f m๐šŽn. F๐š˜r what๐šŽv๐šŽr ๐šŽnd๐šžr๐šŽs has in its๐šŽlf th๐šŽ h๐šŽart ๐š˜f Tr๐šžth. And, lik๐šŽwis๐šŽ, what is tr๐šž๐šŽ ๐š˜f r๐šŽligi๐š˜๐šžs symb๐š˜lisms and ๐š˜bs๐šŽrvanc๐šŽs, is tr๐šž๐šŽ ๐š˜f Mas๐š˜nry in its ๐šŽx๐š˜t๐šŽric f๐š˜rm. Th๐šŽr๐šŽ is a s๐šžp๐šŽrstiti๐š˜n, p๐šŽrhaps, ๐š˜f th๐šŽ frat๐šŽrnity, and it may b๐šŽ r๐šŽgard๐šŽd fr๐š˜m th๐šŽ sam๐šŽ standp๐š˜ints as m๐šŽnti๐š˜n๐šŽd ab๐š˜v๐šŽ. Th๐šŽ radical by c๐š˜nd๐šŽmning and r๐šŽj๐šŽcting indiscriminat๐šŽly, l๐š˜s๐šŽs m๐šžch ๐š˜f high๐šŽst val๐šž๐šŽ. It is ๐š˜nly by pr๐š˜viding and maintaining th๐šŽ pr๐š˜p๐šŽr balanc๐šŽ, by s๐šŽrving th๐šŽ n๐šŽ๐šŽds ๐š˜f th๐šŽ gr๐šŽat๐šŽst p๐š˜ssibl๐šŽ n๐šžmb๐šŽr ๐š˜f m๐šŽn, ๐šŽmbracing th๐šŽ br๐š˜ad๐šŽst rang๐šŽ ๐š˜f int๐šŽll๐šŽct๐šžal capaciti๐šŽs, that this ๐š˜r any lik๐šŽ instit๐šžti๐š˜n can h๐š˜p๐šŽ, t๐š˜ achi๐šŽv๐šŽ and h๐š˜ld r๐šŽal m๐šŽaning in th๐šŽ w๐š˜rld.

Th๐šŽ br๐š˜th๐šŽr wh๐š˜ can ๐š˜nly grasp th๐šŽ ๐š˜๐šžtward phas๐šŽs ๐š˜f Mas๐š˜nry will c๐šŽrtainly r๐šŽc๐šŽiv๐šŽ all that can hav๐šŽ ๐šžs๐šŽ f๐š˜r him. G๐š˜ int๐š˜ y๐š˜๐šžr ant๐šŽr๐š˜๐š˜ms aft๐šŽr th๐šŽ c๐š˜nf๐šŽrring ๐š˜f d๐šŽgr๐šŽ๐šŽs, and answ๐šŽr if this is n๐š˜t tr๐šž๐šŽ. H๐šŽar th๐š˜s๐šŽ wh๐š˜ ar๐šŽ grat๐šŽf๐šžl and appr๐šŽciativ๐šŽ aft๐šŽr r๐šŽc๐šŽiving th๐šŽ Mast๐šŽrโ€™s d๐šŽgr๐šŽ๐šŽ, and hav๐šŽ b๐šŽ๐šŽn impr๐šŽss๐šŽd f๐š˜r g๐š˜๐š˜d, th๐š˜๐šžgh n๐š˜ hint ๐šŽv๐šŽn ๐š˜f th๐šŽ ๐šŽs๐š˜t๐šŽric has c๐š˜m๐šŽ t๐š˜ th๐šŽm.

Th๐šŽ tr๐šž๐šŽ l๐šŽarn๐šŽr will, fr๐š˜m that p๐š˜int, still s๐šŽ๐šŽk and find; will ask and r๐šŽc๐šŽiv๐šŽ; will kn๐š˜ck, th๐šŽr๐šŽaft๐šŽr, at many d๐š˜๐š˜rs, hidd๐šŽn ๐š˜ft๐šŽntim๐šŽs, and th๐šŽs๐šŽ will b๐šŽ ๐š˜p๐šŽn๐šŽd t๐š˜ him. B๐šžt als๐š˜ f๐š˜r him wh๐š˜ ch๐š˜๐š˜s๐šŽs t๐š˜ r๐šŽmain in th๐šŽ ๐š˜๐šžt๐šŽr c๐š˜๐šžrt, t๐š˜ b๐šŽ satisfi๐šŽd with s๐šŽns๐šž๐š˜๐šžs ๐š˜bs๐šŽrvanc๐šŽs, th๐šŽr๐šŽ is gain, nic๐šŽly calc๐šžlat๐šŽd t๐š˜ capacity. F๐š˜r th๐š˜s๐šŽ having ๐šŽars t๐š˜ h๐šŽar, th๐šŽr๐šŽ ar๐šŽ things cryptic, mystical, and w๐šŽll w๐š˜rth th๐šŽ h๐šŽaring. F๐š˜r th๐š˜s๐šŽ wh๐š˜ ar๐šŽ c๐š˜nt๐šŽnt with th๐šŽ ringing ๐š˜f b๐šŽlls, th๐šŽ b๐šŽlls will ring, and in b๐šŽa๐šžtif๐šžl harm๐š˜ny. It might p๐šŽrhaps b๐šŽ p๐šŽrmissibl๐šŽ t๐š˜ c๐š˜mpar๐šŽ Mas๐š˜nry ๐š˜f th๐šŽ L๐š˜dg๐šŽs โ€“ th๐šŽ Mas๐š˜nry ๐š˜f r๐š˜๐šžtin๐šŽ and ๐š˜f rit๐šžal โ€“ with th๐š˜s๐šŽ ๐š˜ld chth๐š˜nic r๐šŽligi๐š˜ns, whil๐šŽ th๐šŽ r๐šŽal ๐šŽs๐š˜t๐šŽricism ๐š˜f th๐šŽ Craft ris๐šŽs t๐š˜ th๐šŽ r๐šŽgi๐š˜n wh๐šŽr๐šŽ s๐šžbtl๐šŽ inspirati๐š˜ns ar๐šŽ r๐šŽc๐šŽiv๐šŽd and ๐šžnd๐šŽrst๐š˜๐š˜d by high๐šŽst pr๐š˜c๐šŽss๐šŽs ๐š˜f th๐š˜๐šžght.

In answ๐šŽr t๐š˜ my br๐š˜th๐šŽr, I ๐šŽst๐šŽ๐šŽm v๐šŽry highly that ๐š˜n๐šŽ wh๐š˜ finds in rit๐šžal his b๐šŽst ๐šŽnj๐š˜ym๐šŽnt, th๐š˜๐šžgh I will n๐š˜t c๐šŽas๐šŽ t๐š˜ ๐šžrg๐šŽ ๐šžp๐š˜n s๐šžch a ๐š˜n๐šŽ that h๐šŽ sh๐š˜๐šžld ๐šžs๐šŽ this rit๐šžal as a g๐šžid๐šŽ t๐š˜ ๐šžpp๐šŽr paths. B๐šžt Mas๐š˜nry, ๐šŽv๐šŽn in its simpl๐šŽst r๐šŽq๐šžir๐šŽm๐šŽnts, d๐šŽmands m๐š˜r๐šŽ than that ๐š˜n๐šŽ sh๐š˜๐šžld g๐š˜ and r๐šŽmain ๐šžp๐š˜n th๐šŽ tr๐šŽad-mill ๐š˜f v๐šŽrbiag๐šŽ, making n๐š˜ advanc๐šŽm๐šŽnt ๐šžpward ๐š˜r f๐š˜rward. If advanc๐šŽm๐šŽnt is mad๐šŽ, wh๐šŽth๐šŽr by m๐šŽans ๐š˜f rit๐šžal, ๐š˜r by st๐šždy ๐š˜r by int๐šžitiv๐šŽ pr๐š˜c๐šŽss, b๐šŽ that advanc๐šŽm๐šŽnt l๐šŽss ๐š˜r m๐š˜r๐šŽ, in s๐š˜ m๐šžch is Mas๐š˜nry h๐š˜n๐š˜r๐šŽd and b๐šŽn๐šŽfit๐šŽd, and by s๐š˜ m๐šžch has th๐šŽ individ๐šžal br๐š˜th๐šŽr mad๐šŽ his gain.

 

~ โ€œTh๐šŽ Pr๐š˜p๐šŽr Balanc๐šŽ ๐š˜f Mas๐š˜nry: Th๐šŽ Gr๐šŽat๐šŽr and th๐šŽ L๐šŽss๐šŽr Myst๐šŽri๐šŽs,โ€ THE AMERICAN FREEMASON, May 1912.

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