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Turning The Hiram Key

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By Chilli
I became interested in religious studies, or rather, the actual meaning behind the religious stories few years ago while living with a scholar of Indian veda's (am Indian). I found and read as many books I could on cosmic consiousness which, I believe is the essense of all religions i.e. the fundamental ''truth'' that is presented by various learned men/women. I believed all religious figures, from Moses to Jesus to Mohamad to Khrishna, in their own ways told of the same ''truth''. I was interested to find how politics over the century has used these ideas to control masses. Further, I wanted to learn and understand the ''truth'' from a scienctific angel and believe that Quantum Physics has shown that what the Yogi's have said to be true. Everything is made of the same thing. Finally, it boils to ''Tat Tvam Asi'' or ''Thou Art That'' and it is facinating to see how the various paths taken by various religions and now science comes to this ''You are That''....That is this case being God.

Therefore, based on this thought process of mine my views are as follows:

1. My cousin is a Freemason in India.
2. Why the secrecy in todays world, when the internet can open your thoughts to all kinds of knowledge.
3. Freemasonary is for the good of man (woman) and the knowledge should be shared.
4. Freemasonary to me before reading the Hiram Keys always meant a Christian society. But I like the idea of a society of men who are working towards a common good of society regardless of their religious beliefs.
5. I am following my quest to find the ''truth'' as described by the Vedas.

Thanks again for Robert Lomas's research.
 
By mark
I have read two of your works, the hiram and the hiram key, both are very interesting, I wish i had the ability to see with my own eyes the things that you have seen.
I am not sure where i stand on Freemasonry,as i have always been a non believer in religions, but I love the histroy behind the bible.
I was wondering if you might have come accross any information on Mary's emaculent conception, I have often wondered what events took place as to the actual birth of jesus.
Is it possible that Mary was an unwed and may have had "SINS OF THE FLESH" then had to devise a story to explain her sudden condition? or is there anything else that it could have been?
This is my peice of the puzzle not yet explained, any information or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
P.S. looking forward to your new book Turning the hiram key.
 
By Llew
the idea of masonry has appealed to me from a young age, and although still young at nearly 17, i one day hope to become a freemason, and immerse myself in its fascinating history
 
By MIKE L.
Dear Dr. Lomas,
I only recently became a Master Mason(just 3 weeks ago)and although I am obviously new to the Fraternity, I feel this puts me in a unique situation. I did my own research into our Brotherhood prior to submitting my petition for membership and I'm sure many out there can attest to the myriad opinions and positions that I encountered. All of these widely varied and sometimes downright frightening stories and theories had me wondering what I was considering. With these experiences fresh in my mind, I would love to present my feelings on the questions you are asking.
1. Should Freemasonry be secret? That's easy! The secret's out!! I knew exactly what my initiation would be like weeks earlier. The internet is overflowing with information regarding our three degrees. Anyone who wants to know the truth about them has only to do a little surfing.
The obligations to which I swore require me to adhere to no more stringent rules than I would follow with my closest friends. I think that's a nice way of explaining the whole affair. I now feel I've expanded my circle of close friends on whom I can depend?
Removing the mask from Masonry would not only calm the conspiracy theorists, but it would also send a message to so many people who would be outstanding Masons if this whole secrecy story went away. I know many men who, if shown exactly what we represent and teach, would be jumping with joy to become part of such an honorable group.
My own father, (rest his soul), hated Masons because of the stories he had heard and also told. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Masonry teaches the very lessons he instilled in me! If only I could have opened his eyes, he would have been an outstanding part of our Brotherhood.
I'm not foolish enough to believe that there haven't been mistakes made by some of our Brothers in the past, but show me one group that hasn't experienced this. From sports teams to labor unions to entire governments and even religions there have always been those who bring darkness and shame to those with whom they affiliate. If we truly believe in the things we do and the teachings to which we adhere, we should put ourselves under the microscope of our critics and offer them the chance to dissect Freemasonry completely. But the only caveat would be that they open up their own closet to the same scrutiny! "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"!!
2. What does Masonic ritual mean to me? Rituals can be a powerful way to teach someone. They can also become so complicated that the entire message gets lost in the context. Had I not done so much research, my own journey through the Three Degrees would have been overwhelming. The amount of memorization that the participants had accomplished was staggering. I was very impressed. But on the other hand, I think I and my fellow initiates would have been more deeply moved if we had been given a little more history and background beforehand. I was much more in touch with the whole ceremony than my co-initiates.
3.How I felt when I became a Mason? As I just said, I had the advantage of having done alot of prior studying beforehand. I recognized the connection I had just made. It was a very moving experience. Trying to explain to someone what it's like is like telling them how you felt when you saw your children being born. It's too difficult to put into context.
4.What role has Masonic ritual played? Although I am new to the "Craft", ( a word that I think only adds to our problems) I already find myself leading a more honorable lifestyle. I have rediscovered Christ, (something that I'm sure will surprise many of our religious affiliated critics), I treat people with a more sincere caring and understanding, and I often find myself truly concerned with the welfare of those around me. Just as I was placed into someone else's shoes during part of my Masonic rituals, I now find myself seeing the world through the eyes of others. It's been a very enlightening journey so far.
5.Should these things be put into words? Once again, absloutely!! If words can express the effect that these lessons have had on people's lives, then we owe it to the people around us.

 
By James
I am in the process of becoming a Mason (a much longer process that i had originally thought!) as my grandfather and great grandfather have been before me.

I have always had an intrest in Freemasonry and the books I have read have done nothing but raise my interest in the society. Why should freemasonry be more open? I'm sure that those interested will try to learn more and in doing so may be interested in applying for themselves. Those that simply want to denounce it as a modern day evil will lack any credible evidence and their arguments fall short every time.

I personally believe freemasonry has survived for so long BECAUSE of the secrecy element. While hiding little, the human mind see's the brotherhood as a shadowy faction that little is known about, and as humans we seek to discover what we do not know. In ceremonies (that i do not know any details of) which give teachings differently to standard lectures, and are inclusive of its members, freemasonry seems to give members a view of life that can inspire in so many different ways.

A secret will only remain so for as long as a person wishes it to.
 
By EugeneHS
Me,being a first time reader,i was completely seduced by the idea that,for my first time in my life,i've met a really free thinking and liberal organization.I am 73 yrs old,recently retired,and only now,i did have the time to start to educate my self,in this matteria.I've just completed reading the <the Hiram Key>.I know for suremthat my father was a FREEMASON,in Austria,but unfortunately,for me,He was exterminated in the Holocaust.when i was too young to be initiated.I am jewish,quite old,but still very curious and eager to know more about Francmasonery.
And a remark for the authors:your style is captivating,and easy to follow;i would like to have your input on the f9ollowing:on page No.255(the pocket book edition)you mention <hasidim>in 187 to 152BC;The jewish <HASIDIC>mouvement was founded in Eastern Europe in the 19th century;in page 272 you mention that <Mizpah>is an other spelling of <Mi8shpat>;that is not correct;Mizpah is a <WATCH> TOWER OR JUST A HIGH POINT.
i WILL BE MORE THAN GRATEFULL FOR YOUR INPUT.mANY TAHANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU PUT ON PAPER,YOURS, EUGENEHS
 
By MM
Cristina Gavrus,

women can most certainly join the masons, a couple of sites to point you in the right direction.

http://www.grandlodge.org.uk/

http://www.hfaf.org/

good luck!
 
By jigar
you are happy only if you think you are.
 
By Jack
My father was a Mason. He was Master of his Texas lodge in 1946, after having been raised many years previously, in 1928. I was six years old, the year he was a Worshipful Master. I was most curious about where he went and what he did and resentful that he was not home with me.

As the years passed, I learned practically nothing of significance about this part of his life. However, I did ask and at one point in time, he told me that if I was ever interested in becoming a Mason, he would pay for my initiation fees. I was by that time a young man, recently married and busy with making my way.

I moved on with my life, and too soon, he passed. His passing left me with many questions. Not only about that part of his life, but about the kind of man he was. He was a gentle soul, charitable, supportive of others. I knew little of his emotional side, except that he had a great capacity for love, and gentleness. I loved him, and love him still, not only that he was my father, but for the kind of man he was.

I later learned from others of his strength of character, his personal vision of charity and tolerance; a rare thing in West Texas at that time. I learned of the respect and high regard others, especially his peers, held for him. He attended our church somewhat regulary, but it did not seem to be the greatest influence on him. He gave and acted charitably toward the church, but I knew something more was there that had influenced him. Slowly I began to realize that Freemasonry had played an even larger part in the development of his character. At five foot two, he was and is the biggest man I have ever known.

As my family grew, left home and time availed itself, I too became a Mason with the assistance of a good friend. Now I too know what he found. I admire him even more to this day and know that he sits beside me in lodge, influences my thoughts and decisions, and guides me as I perform the duties of Worshipful Master of my lodge.

The effect that this philosophy has had, through the teaching of Masonry and through his actions have made me a better person, father, friend and Brother. I have enjoyed more oppotunities in Masonry than he. He never moved beyond the Blue Lodge. I have had the opportunity to become a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason KCCH. I want him to be as proud of me as I am of him.

I recently had the opportunity to visit his lodge for the first time as a Mason. He was Master exactly 60 years ago. There were Brothers there who remembered him, knew of his character and actions and in the manner of Masons, welcomed me home.

Masonry is all we in the present, and those of the past purport it to be. A fraternity of men, acting charitably, with brotherly love, sincere respect and tolerance for others. Freemasonry provides connections in the past, present and future with something that is more than the sum of its parts. Freemasonry is living history, living in the present and working / living for the future to be, and hopefully to help others, be better men.
 
By Pipsqueak06
The turning point in my Masonic career came when I set myself the task, whilst as a Stewerd of my Lodge, of learning the "Charge to the Initiate". Initially as a test to prove to myself that I wasn't wasting my time in taking the steps of becoming Master but, as it turned out, it proved to be the one thing that changed my attitude. not only towards masonary but life in general.

Interestingly a friend has been reseaching the ritual used in his lodge in preparation for their 175th aniversary celebrations and has noted that out of all the changes to the ritual that have taken place during all those years not once has any change been made to that "advice" given a newly made Mason.

Perhaps if the rest of the world were charged to adopt the creed contained within those few minutes of prose the World would be a better place.
 
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