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LIBERTY <>  EQUALITY<> RESPECT

> make< a Mason’s heart > as light < as a > feather <

The Masonic Temple is full of symbols and messages that have become increasingly obscure and almost incomprehensible to the vast majority of those who attend rites held in duly furnished rooms and apparently ordinary buildings, that are considered by most just meeting rooms or miniature theatres, where a symbolic play is staged by artists who most of the times play without getting inside their part or even learning it by heart, although they have repeated and listened to it thousand times, as shown in the picture below, featuring Mozart (bottom right) attending a ritual meeting in a Masonic Temple, where none of the "actors" seem to care, since they are all engaged in pleasant conversations.

Generally, the play is staged by the eldest and more experienced members of the Craft. For the vast majority of participants, this is just a boring formality that must  be accomplished in the name of tradition but would rather be skipped. These meetings are considered ordinary get-togethers with friends, that end cheerfully  with a nice dinner and aim to strengthen and cement ties with those who have joined this Institution only for boasted - rather than for genuine - economic and political interests.

Very few people realize that they are entering a powerful and energizing spiritual centre that, once properly consecrated and functioning, turns into a true human cells acceleration centre,

to be accessed only by those who have proved themselves to be physically and spiritually ready to receive its incredibly powerful cosmic energy.

The use of venues with special magnetic fields is typical of a number of esoteric traditions but not of modern Freemasonry, that seems to have forgotten the true aim of “ritual meetings” held in rooms called ”Temples”.  For all intents and purposes, these latter can be considered places of worship like Churches and Mosques, built according Sacred Geometry rule of golden proportion, according to which these venues are turned into sound boxes, where each stone emanates magnetic waves and sounds that can only be heard by those who have deep insight and sensitivity.

The Cathedral of Cologne                                                               Al Aqsa Mosque

The Great Masonic Family has adopted the three tenets of the French and American revolutions,


LIBERTY <>   EQUALITY <>  FRATERNITY

I feel that the time has come to integrate and modify the way

> THREE RULES OF LIFE <


have been synthesized. Initially, I considered replacing “Fraternity “ with “Sisterhood”, given the importance of the relationship with the female world - so different and contradictory in its social and cultural facets because of the negative judgement on women and of their subdued position within family and society.

Now I firmly believe that in this very moment in history and in our globalised world where  ideological and religious barriers are being dismantled one after the other, the three leading Principles that had ruled and governed the life of ancient Egyptians for thousand of years, namely

LIBERTY <>  EQUALITY<> RESPECT

should  remain constant and



< be thrown up in the air like KITES >


http://soscollemaggio.com/index.php/it/ogni-pensiero-e-come-unaquilone.html

I was really impressed when I read the
42 precepts governing life and relationships in Ancient Egypt. They were called precepts and not commandments because they did not imply any punishment during earthly life, but their violation led unavoidably to the exclusion from heaven and to the feeding of the body and soul to Ammit, the monster who devoured the heart of the deceased if he/she failed to pass the terrible trial of  "the Judgement of the Dead",  which occurred when the deceased’s "heart"  placed on one of the scales  was not so “light” as the "feather" on the other.

See chapter on Egyptian esoterism and on this ceremony in the SOS COLLEMAGGIO website


The forty-two precepts of the goddess Maat

Maat was one of the most important deities, the > Emblem of Justice and Truth < .
Her
symbols were “the scale” and above all “the feather” that she wore on her head, as shown in all her portraits.

Maat symbolised the Cosmic Order as opposed to the sterile Chaos, and her priests drew up a number of precepts and rules for the improvement of society.

Later, the Jews adopted many of those rules, which were radicalised by Moses in the Ten Commandments. In Egypt, those rules had no punishing function but were considered guidelines to live well and to respect the others.

The 42 precepts, which were based on the same principles, placed great emphasis on the concept of > Respect < as pointed out in the last two precepts:

41)  Thou shalt respect these Principles
42)  Thou shalt respect the Law as long as it does not clash with these Principles

Meticulous and ongoing compliance with these principles and rules of behaviour was the precondition to pass unharmed the last and most difficult of trial of all, a trial that most people almost invariably failed. It was mandatory to keep not only one’s body, but above all one’s soul intact and pure throughout one’s whole life by following the 42 precepts of the goddess Maat, which were the fundamentals of the Egyptian religion.
They reflected the Universal Order, a public and private law that had to be followed during one’s lifetime, since the judgment of the dead was based on that >  Law < and no one knew in advance when death would knock on the door.


Unlike the Ten Commandments revealed to Moses, those 42 precepts and rules of behaviour were not binding but they had to be abided by, in order to pass the trial of the weighing of the heart in the underworld, where “the heart” of the deceased, placed on the Scales held by Maat, should be as  “light“ as “the feather“ of the Goddess of justice and truth.


Ka <> Ba <> Akh                                                            i 9  Corpi sottili

What exactly happened after death ?

There was the so-called "Judgment of the Dead", with the god Osiris as Judge
Chapter 125 of the "Book of the Dead" explained how judgment was passed: each person’s ka was forced to make a declaration of innocence, to prove that the he/she had committed none of the 42 sins listed in the "Book of the Dead”.

Thoth, the god of wisdom, was in charge of recording the result of the weighing of the heart ceremony: if the heart – as "recorder" of all good or bad deeds accomplished in one’s lifetime – balanced against the feather, the deceased was "justified", declared "righteous" and allowed to enter Aalu, the Reign of the Dead. If it was heavier, it would be fed to Ammit - "the devourer of the dead", a composite monster that sat beneath the scale of justice and embodied the most dangerous animals to ancient Egyptians: a crocodile, a lion and a hippopotamus.


Thus, the god Thoth’s role was not only that of record-keeper and punisher of sins in the underworld. He also had to monitor people’s behaviours during their lifetime.
In ancient Egypt, at the end of each day, everyone – regardless of his/her social status – used to stand in front of Thoth’s symbol to make a thorough analysis of his/her daily behaviour towards himself/herself, the others and nature to get ready, once in the Otherworld, to pass the terrible trail of the weighing of the heart, that might occur unexpectedly any time.


http://soscollemaggio.com/index.php/it/la-perdonanza.html

Celestine V followed those very same principles and rules, when he established the secular- and Masonic-style PERDONANZA (Pardon) CEREMONY.

Maybe this is the
ultimate secret hidden behind "a  ceremony" that is being held every year and has become a tradition rather than a deeply spiritual and purifying occurrence, as was the intent of its illustrious and forgotten creator whose history should be read backwards, like the history of St. Francis, Brother Elias and Frederick II.

> From Brother Elias to Celestine V <



It is no accident that for centuries the true nature of the Saint of Assisi has been kept hidden and
Brother Elias and the true reasons why he and St. Francis set out to the Holy Land to meet the Egyptian Sultan Al Malik have been erased from history.

> The Mistery of the Tomb of  St. Francis <



Also Brother Elias’ efforts to make the Saint’s tomb inaccessible were useless. For six centuries, that tomb had hidden its secret according to a "code" that, in my opinion, rightly deserves to be "named" after his creator.

>
BROTHER ELIAS’ CODE <



The signs left around the Saint’s body, as well as
the drawings scattered all around the floor of the Basilica of Assisi, that erected with the help of the Comacine Masters, were deliberately "encrypted" and based on precise and unmistakable Masonic and Kabbalistic symbols.

Indirect confirmation may be found in the ancient cemetery of the Church, where according to the list drawn up in 1509 by the sexton Fra Galeotto, there are a few graves classified as "burial place of all Lombardian Masters (as the Comacine Masters were also called) of the City of Assisi".

Maestro Giovanni - Maestro Simone’s son - who died on July 7th, is buried here. Two big, eight-pointed stars featuring on their inside two rampant lions with a cross-shaped shield (the lion and the cross would later become the coat of arms of the City of Assisi) stand out of the tombstone, made of the red stone of Assisi.
The grave of
Ciccolo di Becca, deceased in 1330, features a baffling set of symbols: the Rose-Croix next to a square and a punch and again, an eight-pointed star:

the same symbols and colours of the Basilica di Collemaggio, a church that for centuries has been hiding "a Secret".



> The Secret of the TRIPLE EIGHT > 888 <

A secret that leads down an initiatory path, as Eddy Seferian  - a psychic of Armenian descent - explained while he was describing the experience we shared in September 2007.

> Eddy’s initiatory path <

That experience convinced me once and for all that the "Masonic Temple" was "created" by the very same forefathers, for the very same goals.

> Collemaggio: workshop and racetrack for the soul <



These venues are deliberately called
"workshops”,  because it is in there that "engines" (metaphorically speaking) are tuned up and upgraded. Those engines symbolise the "body" of each rite participant, which gets accustomed to withstanding higher and higher speeds through a gradual rise in rpm, to be ready to face the increasingly difficult and complex challenges of the profane world. It is therefore imperative to have a perfectly running ”engine system” and a skilful driver, who is expected to know and comply with those "rules of life" chosen or imposed by social and religious assemblies in a given historical period.
Access to a consecrated venue and attendance at a
religious ceremony provide experiences of various intensity to all those who participate with their bodies and souls. Such experiences have an impact not only on the participant’s soul and spirit, but also on his/her ethics and behaviour, since they lead the believer to get rid of his/her egoic and self-focused mind to acquire a universal mind, which will unavoidably influence also the realm of his/her relationships. To use a Masonic metaphor, you enter the temple "stained" with the vices and sins of the profane world and leave it "cleansed" and more complete, because you have been purified by a more subtle and pure energy.

It is no coincidence that those who wish to enter a Masonic temple are invited to wash themselves, dress up and "leave their metals outside". Unlike what many “masons” believe, metals do not refer to objects made of metal or other materials but to

> "profane thoughts and deeds" <

As was the custom among Ancient Egyptians and Knights Templar when they were about to set off, before attending the sacred ceremony , we must make an in-depth and sincere analysis of the behaviour we have had towards ourselves and the others to realize the harm we have done or the resentment we have nurtured and promise ourselves we would not make the same mistakes and would change our mental and ethical attitude.

It is up to the “sister” or “brother” to decide what is right or wrong, since each one of them has his/her own values and principles, as Celestine V aimed to suggest when he established the Perdonanza ceremony during which  -  as happened with Ancient Egyptians – he invited pilgrims to cleanse themselves, body and soul, before entering the main door of Basilica di Collemaggio. All "masons" should do the same, whenever they enter a "Temple" to attend ritual works.

It is therefore advisable to avoid attending Masonic ritual works with a superficial and egotistic approach. The participant’s atomic system, as well as all the electric circuits - the nervous, blood, respiratory and intestinal systems - must be functioning perfectly. All of them are controlled by a specific organ > brain, heart, liver, stomach, pancreas, intestine, gonads >



that performs a specific task at a given rhythm and vibration. For centuries, Indians have been identifying these organs with Chakras. If perfectly functioning, Chakras can bring human beings to the highest level of vibration.


After a serious self-analysis, if we realize that we are not ready and receptive enough, for the good of everyone we should not attend ritual works or any other sacred ceremony, not to spoil the atmosphere and prevent other attendees from participating with the intensity required  to experience  

a true
"symbolic death"
and "a rebirth "
with  > a heart < as light as that of a newborn, to use the metaphor referred to in psychostasia (the weighing of the heart).



If
made correctly and on an ongoing basis, such self-analysis produces unconscious psychological and practical effects, that unavoidably have an impact on individual and group behaviours and relationships







so that all Hearts beat in unison with the celestial heart.








T
he key task of Masonry should be to help sisters and brothers lighten their  "heart”, to face any kind of experience, either positive or negative, but above all   >  the ultimate and unannounced trial < > light-heartedly <

Should such a behaviour be accepted and adopted in the everyday life of all those who consider themselves < INITIATES >, maybe Masonry with a capital > M < (as we say in Italy), would rediscover its intimate esoteric and initiatory values and resume its true and century-old INITIATORY, ethical and educational ROLE, and < sisters > and < brothers  > would stand out in society not as negative but rather as  > positive examples < as has always been the case, because through their words and deeds they will show the world that they have

a Heartas light as > a Feather

from Heart to Heart

Please note: we think it is fair to mention some of the Principles and Behaviours considered appropriate to be accepted into Masonry and be recognized as a Brother or a Sister.

Masonic Moral Code

1)     Love thy neighbour as thyself. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

2)     Know thyself. Control thyself. Only by doing so, will you no longer do what you desire  but only what is right and fair.

3)     Love the good, succour the weak, fly from the wicked, but hate no one.

4)     Speak seriously with the great, and prudently with thy equals, sincerely with thy friends, pleasantly with the little ones, and tenderly with the poor.

5)    Help your brothers and sisters without expecting anything in return, otherwise  your offering will turn into a trade-off and your gift into usury.

6)     Outside the Lodge, praise Silence; inside the Lodge do not talk about thinks you do not know.

7)     Listen carefully, learn humbly and treasure what you are taught.

8)     Banish criticism from your heart. Judge not harshly, that ye be not judged harshly.

9)     Remember that what mediocre minds hate the most is the superiority of human intellect.

10)    If the Grand Architect hath given thee a son/daughter, be thankful, but tremble at the trust He/she hath confided to thee. Be to that child the image of Divinity. Until he/she is ten years old let him/her fear thee, until he/she is twenty let him/her love thee and until death let him/her respect thee. Until he/she is ten years old, be his/her master, until twenty his/her father/mother and until death his/her friend. Aim to give him/her good principles rather than elegant manners, that he/she may have enlightened rectitude, and not a frivolous elegance. Make of him/her a honest man/woman rather than a man/woman of dress:

11)    Listen always to the voice of conscience.
Judge not lightly the conduct of men.
Blame little and praise still less.

12)    Avoid quarrels and forestall insults; ever keep the right on thy side.

13)     Respect men and women, never abuse therir weaknesses. Die than dishonour them.

14)     If thou blushes at thy condition it is pride. Consider that it is not the position which honours or degrades thee, but the manner in which thou dost fill it.
Be content in all places, at all times, and with all things, rejoice in justice despise iniquity and suffer without murmuring.

MASONIC DODECALOGUE

1) Consider your Lodge as your spiritual dwelling. You have not discovered who you are yet. Find yourself and you will find the truth.

2)  Always attend the Lodge when the Craft works for the Great Construction, because true Wisdom does not mean to learn plenty of things but to discover the only one > Thing < that rules over all things.

3)  When attending ritual works, be aware of the mysterious side of life that lies at the foundation of true art and science. Only by doing so, you will quench your thirst for knowledge.

4)  Help your brothers and sisters without expecting anything in return, otherwise you offering will turn into a trade-off and your gift into usury.

5)  Outside the Lodge, praise Silence and inside the Lodge do not talk about thinks you do not know.

6) Banish criticism from your heart. Remember that if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

7)  Be tolerant. When you are confronted with ideas counter to your own, seek to make use of reason and not of authority, because any victory resulting from  authority is deceptive and unreal. Try never to be sure of anything.

8) If you hold any particular office inside the Lodge, cooperate with all the others. Brotherhood is only possible among good people who want to better themselves and exchange spiritual goods.

9)  Know thyself. Control thyself. Only by doing so, will you no longer do what you desire  but only what you want.

10) Do not neglect your duties or your material obligations to the Lodge. They are not an end but a means to keep all Brethren united and improve their strength in the world.

11) Do not fight against anything unless you have understood  its deeper meaning and transcended it, otherwise you will only blunt your mind and heart and make them superficial and dumb.

12) Fight against tyranny, atheism and any other disruptive force that may be detrimental to mankind.  The world consists of individuals and until each one of them has not solved his/her own problem,


> the problem of the world will remain unresolved <.

Drawn from: http://www.goirsaa.it/ , but revised by me > to include all sisters <

Brother Mason .'. Giovanni Salvati

A man cannot change the world

but he can spread a message

that can change the world

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