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.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Is the Boundless Infinite Circle God?
Is the boundless infinite circle God?
Science tells us that the universe is expanding, a fact that has been verified; one could say the architect is at still at work, growing.
In the esoteric world the void, the nothingness can be seen as potential, or my favorite the womb. The boundless circle is the womb in which the Monad exists, the point within the circle. If your one of those that find sexuality important to defining God as a him or her then you have to solve the chicken and egg conundrum, if the Monad arrives on the scene from the womb, or void, and the Monad is phallus, the one, who is really first? This may seem a foolish question but the esoterist would seek the answer, especially the inquiring Freemason that wears the symbol of the circle so proudly and prominently upon there being.
Without getting to deep in western esoteric thought the “circle” is symbolic of Spirit, a noun that may actually be a verb. In Freemasonry the name Pythagoras is alluded to for a fairly obvious reason, its his esoteric numerical system we use to explain how the Spirit arrives on the scene, Spirits evolution into Matter, and Matter returning to Spirit. One could easily call Pythagoras the map maker of Freemasonry, without a minimum amount of insight into Pythagorean numerical philosophy much of the depths of Freemasonry can not be understood.
Here's something Pythagoras did not discuss, the zero. He started his number system with the One, the Monad. According to Pythagoras the “One” is the natural generator of all other Number, regarded by the Pythagoreans as the origin from where the “geometry of the universe emerges”. As the number of reason and essence, the Monad was the perfect circle of general harmony, encompassing all greater development in the unit-dining sense. A question inquiring Freemasons should ask does the “G” symbolize God or geometry, or both.
Let’s take a look at the Pythagorean Monad symbolized as the “point within the circle”:
Look familiar? It should, the more one looks closely at the simple “point within the circle” the more one sees a symbol so simply illustrated yet so deep in meaning, a symbol used by many traditions.
The circle with out the point, as discussed before, could represent the womb, the garden, Add the point we now have the seed within, the point, potential. If we modernize the symbol in the world of psychology we could see the point as the conscious mind, the tip of the iceberg, and the circle as the unconscious, the expanding depths, including the collective unconsciousness.
In the world of quantum physics the point becomes the particle, the collapsed wave, the circle the non-local reality, something the Buddha realized twenty five hundred years ago.