Esoteric scholar Manly P. Hall gives a brief biography of the life of the fabled Greek philosopher, Pythagoras, as well as accounts of how he was murdered. He gives a fantastic overview of the teachings of that man. Hall covers his theories of transmigration, symmetrical solids, aphorisms, astronomy, and many other things, as well as what he expected of his students and accounts of his school and initiations.
"Well written. Well narrated."
Esoteric scholar Manly P. Hall discusses the life of Christ, early Christianity, related symbology and the ancient mysteries in general, as well as the Christian Apocrypha, the Holy Grail, the Arthurian legend and other related topics.
"Nothing new about Jesus"
Written as an overview of Rosicrucian history, esoteric author Manly P. Hall explores different theories as to the beginnings and motives behind the fabled secret society, the Rosicrucians. He discusses the life and death of Christian Rosenkreuz, the famas, as well as scholarly interpretations of the Society and their possible motives.
The landmarks of Freemasonry have existed from time immemorial; however, Albert Mackey was the first Mason to collect them all together and explicitly define them for the greater benefit of the fraternity. Here he outlines what the 25 landmarks are, which bind together all Masonic lodges across the globe. These aren't opinions but instead they are the intellectual and philosophical foundations of our organization and something that every Mason should be familiar with and ready to defend.
Masonic Brother Rudyard Kipling sets this fictional Masonic tale during World War I. A wealthy shop-keeper is running a Masonic lodge for traveling brothers from around the globe, most of whom are in and out of London, due to the war. Many can't be authenticated as Masons, but are permitted to sit in lodge, based on partial examinations and an overall gut feeling. The topic of what Grand Lodge would think about this comes up as an eventual conversation.
Thought Relics, first published in 1921, is a collection of untitled verses that bridge the gap between meditations and prose. Originally written in English by Tagore, these poetic aphorisms are a dreamy blend of mysticism, philosophy, introspection, and spiritual discovery.
Critias is one of Plato's late dialogues and contains the story of the mighty island kingdom Atlantis and its attempt to conquer Athens, which failed due to the ordered society of the Athenians. Critias is the second of a projected trilogy of dialogues, preceded by Timaeus and followed by Hermocrates. The latter was possibly never written, and Critias was left incomplete. This edition was translated by Benjamin Jowett in 1871.
Brother Mackey examines the importance of having a temple within the realm of Freemasonry, with specific attention being paid to the symbolism of King Solomon's temple and the working tools a mason uses when building. He also covers the symbolism behind those tools. He compares the physical temple with the spiritual temple of man, which every mason is attempting to erect. He discusses the trestle-board as well as the rough and perfect ashlars and the ancient mysteries.
"Not worth listening"
Brother Stewart sets out to prove that ancient civilization has an important role to play in the overall mythology and history of Freemasonry. While other writers on this topic have focused on religious and initiatory similarities, Stewart turns his attention to archeological marvels in order to prove that there must have been an accompanying philosophical and intellectual aspect to these great civilizations. As such, he also touches on Pythagoras and discusses the Neoplatonists at length.
Alexander Wilder was a theosophist, journalist, and prolific writer in his day; being heavily recognized as one of the leading Platonists in America at the time. This piece was originally published in 1897 and offers a brief overview of some of the concepts explored by Plato, with some focus on religion, goodness, evil, and truth.
The author of the classic best seller shows how an exciting, new understanding of the nature of the universe has far-reaching implications for how we can better live our everyday lives, improve our communities, and meet the enormous challenges of our time.
Darrow was a professor at Harvard, a prominent theosophist, and the author of numerous works on philosophy. In this piece he examines primarily the Republic, from a theosophical standpoint, in an attempt to show that many scholars have misinterpreted Plato's relationship with the arts. Darrow states that Plato's belief was that the only true art is a life well lived, with the ultimate aim being to create a heaven on Earth.
In this short piece, theosophical writer Remsen Whitehouse sets out to disprove a common argument against Buddhism during his day: that all Buddhists are atheistic. He examines the difference between divine intelligence and a God as well as pantheism and the concept of an immortal soul.
Thomas Taylor was the first to translate the complete works of Plato into English and as such, a prominent Neoplatonist of his day. He wrote prolifically and his huge body of work has been influential on generations of writers and thinkers that followed him. Here he presents us with a concise summary of Platonic philosophy in the form of a creed. It is not intended to be heard as dogma, so much as it is a guide for students and thinkers alike.