Question: It is sometimes said that FreeMasons do not need to make changes to their rituals, but that they need to change their understanding of them. What are your views on this?
It is not really a question of “either, or” but that both points of the question are valid.
It is true that the essential meanings of the rituals already exist within them, for those who can see. But the essential rituals as they currently exist are largely composed in a Jewish rhetoric and illustrated and dramatically enacted through what is sometimes a convoluted and contrived Jewish history which has little meaning or relevance to the modern mind. It is true, that those wise Jewish Seers of old took what they learned from the Egyptian Mysteries and clothed their esoteric learning and understanding in a dramatic enactment and allegorical forms of some of the history of their “new nation,” veiling the esoteric truths within. But, whilst preserving the esoteric facts and detail and structure of the Masonic symbolism intact, the Jewish nomenclature now has to go, not because it is Jewish, but because it is old and reactionary, and, on the one hand, has served its purpose, and on the other, has not followed the evolutionary path of the sun through the zodiacal Ages, nor incorporated the subsequent spiritual revelations given forth to mankind by either the Buddha or the Christ. In this area alone (of wording and nomenclature) the rituals need to be recomposed in a nomenclature and rhetoric that expresses and evokes a more universal understanding and one that is not derived from any particular portion of humanity, for it is now humanity as a whole who are the “chosen.” The universal language of symbolism must remain, however, and is absolutely intrinsic to Masonry as an expression of the Ancient Mysteries. But the nomenclature needs now to be clothed in the universal rhetoric of the Ageless Wisdom.
Also, it might be mentioned, that over the passage of time, various additions and deletions have already been made to the rituals, and during that process very important parts were deleted and other superfluous things were added, perhaps because the minds involved either did not possess the esoteric knowledge to know what they were doing, or introduced their own religious conditionings, or simply did not understand the spiritual or esoteric significance of either what they were deleting or the triviality of what they were adding.
Masonry, like much else in the Piscean Age, became crystallised and the emphasis on the material form obscured the meaning of the form of the symbol and what it was intended to symbolise. The whole edifice demands the attention of those with a newer outlook and a fresh vision to life and livingness, together with a spiritual understanding.
The rituals do need re-arranging and the present forms and formulas need adapting in such a manner that the spiritual possibilities, symbolically indicated, will again emerge with greater clarity and a deepened spiritual potency. That is what we have been attempting to do, attending to, and what we have actually done in AUM over these past 20-plus years.
The Need for a Masonic Unity of Thought
Of course, it goes without saying that Masons also need to “change