There is an old occult maxim which declares that—" Nothing is concealed from him who knows." No Mason is bound to conceal that which he has never learned in the Lodge. All else he receives as he learns any thing, places his own estimate upon its value, and becomes individually responsible for its use. It must be a matter of conscience, and be weighed in the balance of duty, and every one must abide by the result. If Masonry has lost the Royal Secret, or if it never possessed it, or if it was wrenched away in the very name of Religion little more than a century ago, all the same, it belongs to the Craft as the Heir-apparent of the Old Wisdom. But the time has come when no cable-tow can bind it. It now belongs to Humanity equally with the Mason. To this end has it been preserved throughout the centuries.



Monday, January 17, 2011

Why Would One be Purposely Hoodwinked?

I couldn't resist, this is the first time I have revisited my very first blog entree on "Purposely Hoodwinked", I'm amazed just how small it was. I guess I've become long winded.

“Why would one be purposely hoodwinked?”
It depends on one’s definition of hoodwinked. If you believe in the dictionary variety of hoodwinked, too be blindfolded, there is no need you already are.
For others the term hoodwinked is used as a symbol of the secrecy, silence, and darkness in which the mysteries of a very special art should be preserved from the unhallowed gaze of the profane.
Some would say it has a symbolic reference to the passage in Saint John's Gospel (and I agree) it shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."It also may mean, on a deeper level, that one purposely allows oneself to be blindfolded so one will not be distracted by the illusionary nature of the material world, it stands for that darkness which is due, not to accident, or to tyranny, but to a lack in the soul itself, which the darkened one alone has the means to remove, and once one finds that "light that shineth in darkness" one will comprehend the words of *Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and then we'll need no other light.”

*Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749 - 1832, was a German poet, philospher, mystic, and Freemason. In his dying moments, his last words were, "More Light!"

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