The Meaning of Masonry [NOOK Book]

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The Meaning of Masonry

This is a set of essays which discuss the esoteric side of Masonry. The author, Walter Leslie Wilmshurst, (b. 1867, d. 1939) attempts to demonstrate that Masonry has a deeper meaning, specifically the striving for human perfection, and is firmly in the mainstream of traditional mystery teachings.

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Overview

About the Book
The Meaning of Masonry

This is a set of essays which discuss the esoteric side of Masonry. The author, Walter Leslie Wilmshurst, (b. 1867, d. 1939) attempts to demonstrate that Masonry has a deeper meaning, specifically the striving for human perfection, and is firmly in the mainstream of traditional mystery teachings.

The meaning of Masonry, however, is a subject usually left entirely unexpounded and that accordingly remains largely unrealized by its members save such few as make it their private study; the authorities of what in all other respects is an elaborately organized and admirably controlled community have hitherto made no provision for explaining and teaching the "noble science" which Masonry proclaims itself to be and was certainly designed to impart. It seems taken for granted that reception into the Order will automatically be accompanied by an ability to appreciate forthwith and at its full value all that one there finds. The contrary is the case, for Masonry is a veiled and cryptic expression of the difficult science of spiritual life, and the understanding of it calls for special and informed guidance on the one hand, and on the other a genuine and earnest desire for knowledge and no small capacity for spiritual perception on the part of those seeking to be instructed; and not infrequently one finds Brethren discontinuing their interest or their membership because they find that Masonry means nothing to them and that no explanation or guidance is vouchsafed them. Were such instruction provided, assimilated and responded to, the life of the Order would be enormously quickened and deepened and its efficiency as a means of Initiation intensified, whilst incidentally the fact would prove an added safeguard against the admission into the Order of unsuitable members—by which is meant not merely persons who fail to satisfy conventional qualifications, but also those who, whilst fitted in these respects, are as yet either so intellectually or spiritually unprogressed as to be incapable of benefiting from Initiation in its true sense although passing formally through Initiation rites. Spiritual quality rather than numbers, ability to understand the Masonic system and reduce its implications into personal experience rather than the perfunctory conferment of its rites, are the desiderata of the Craft to day.
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  • BN ID: 2940013969209
  • Publisher: Publish This, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/23/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 621,259
  • File size: 272 KB

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Walter Leslie Wilmshurst

Walter Leslie Wilmshurst (22 June 1867 - 10 July 1939) was an English author and Freemason. He published four books on English Freemasonry and submitted articles to The Occult Review magazine.

Born in Chichester, Wilmshurst was initiated as a Mason in the Huddersfield lodge in 1889, having moved to the town to become a solicitor, for a time becoming president of the Huddersfield Law Society. He died in Huddersfield.
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  • Posted January 27, 2009

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    Complete, but difficult read.

    This book is great for anyone looking to know more about Freemasonry and it's beginnings. However, as this book is quite old the writing is very tough to read unless you have a stellar vocabulary and a good understanding of 19th century English. I would recommend this book to any Freemason or one who just wishes to research but I would also advise one to look into one of several similar books that are more modern and much easier to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Highly recommended for the new Master mason seeking further light

    Highly recommended for the new master mason seeking further light in masonry. This book is written in an easy to read style by a very very competent brother of the craft. A great starter book for he basic outlines of craft symbolism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2007

    opening the dusty door of masonary

    a nice, succinct read on the workings of masonary. some snipits of history, but mostly ritual based descrpitions. a good, general read that has a warm feel. it's not too long either

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    Great for the Non-Masons too

    although this book was written for the Masonic members, its great for the non-masons too. it concentrates into the philosophical side of the Free-Mason. if you want to know the history of free-masons, this book isn't for you. but if you want to know the inner-meaning, spirituality of the masonic society...its a great book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2001

    The Understanding of Masonry

    W.L.Wilmshurst has researched Masonry the way it should be.Anyone who wants to read a book that helps explain Masonry the way it should READ this.To any of the Brothers who want to learn more about our Craft this is a good book to start with.There is not long drawn out explaining done here. It's all put to where it can be easily understood.I found this book very good reading to help on the path of Light. Saints John Lodge#507 Meridian MS

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