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The Lost Keys of Freemasonry [Paperback]

Manly P. Hall
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Sept. 22 2009 Dover Occult
A high-ranking Mason offers a fascinating glimpse into the Western world's most secretive society. Manly P. Hall, a scholar of occult and esoteric ideas, traces the path followed by initiates to the ancient craft. Hall also recounts the ethical training required of a Freemason, and he profiles the character traits a Mason must "build" within himself.
More than a mere social organization a few centuries old, Freemasonry can be regarded as a perpetuation of the philosophical mysteries and initiations of the ancients. This book reveals the unique and distinctive elements that have inspired generations of Masons. Thoughtful members of the craft, as well as outsiders, will appreciate its exploration of Masonic idealism and the eternal quest, from humble candidate to entered apprentice and master Mason.

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The Philosophical Research Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 1934 for the purpose of assisting thoughtful persons to live more graciously and constructively in a confused and troubled world. The Society is entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control. Dedicated to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems, the Society's program stresses the need for the integration of religion, philosophy, and the science of psychology into one system of instruction. The goal of this instruction is to enable the individual to develop a mature philosophy of life, to recognize his proper responsibilities and opportunities, and to understand and appreciate his place in the unfolding universal pattern. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Temple Builder, Craftsmen and Artisans alike, will find much for study and consideration within these pages. Here are keys which, if only read, will leave the reader still in ignorance but, if lived, will change the speculative Masonry of today into the operative Masonry of tomorrow, when each builder, realizing his own place, will see things which he never saw before, not because they were not there, but because he was blind. And there are none so blind as those who will not see.

A book for the Mason and non-Mason. As a contribution to Masonic idealism, revealing the profounder aspects of an ancient Fraternity which has always wrought for the benefit of mankind, the book is one to be read over and over again.

The Egyptian Initiate has been added to this edition and readers will find it intensely interesting and enlightening. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all Master Mason's. Oct. 4 1998
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This book will short cut a life time of learning and add so much to the understanding of the Masonic Order.. And absolute must for all M. M.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Dec 28 2002
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Manly P. Hall was not yet a Mason when he wrote this book, and yet he was able to clearly see the very essence of the Craft, and what it has come to mean in modern times. This is a beautiful essay which has inspired me to go back to my lodge after many years. It is deeply moving for those who have the eyes to see what they are reading, and a must-read for any Freemason.
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Manly P. Hall (33rd degree Mason & founder of The Philosophical Research Society) gives us an illuminating, poetically written treatise on the origins of Ancient Masonry and the underlying, meaning of much Masonic Symbolism and practice. Hall's book is a poetic read, that can be consumed in one sitting, yet will be read and refered to many times again. He details some of the spiritual aspects of the hidden meanings of Masonry and the ancient origins from-which the modern fraternity receives it's wisdom. The Foreward is by Reynold E. Blight, 33rd degree, K.T. & the illustrations are by J. Augustus Knapp, 32nd degree.... Obviously, this man is viewed as a Great, within the ranks of the Fraternity. You will treasure this book and feel uplifted, each time you open the cover and read a random sentence or paragraph. You will learn the true reasons why a man should petition for admission into the Honorable Masonic Lodge....not for personal advancement--but, for advancement of the human race.
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This book is awesome! If you are a mason, or soon to be one, then this is for you. This book covers a lot of ancient things regarding the craft that I have never read anywhere else. If you are interested at all in the history of this great fraternity then this is a must for you're collection. I couldn't put it down! Buy it, you won't regret!
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