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The Fire Upon the AltarChapter
The Sacred CityChapter Three
The MysteryChapter Four
of the Alchemist
The EgyptianChapter Five
The ArkChapter Six
of the Covenant
The KnightsChapter Seven
The Cube Altar The Everburning Lamp The MasonicCensor.....
The Grave Digger's Spade The Candle. .
The LotusThe Rod That Budded..
The Philosopher's Stone The Five Pointed StarThe Marriageof the
Pillars of the Temple.....
The Serpent The Masonic Apron
The Sacred Scarab
Priest before the
of the Covenant
The Rod that Budded, the Pot of Manna, and theTablets of the
The Stone and the SwordThe Rosicrucian Rose The Sacred SpearCross Section of the Great Pyramid of Gizah
The Pyramid The Sphinx The Key and the CrossThe White GrailThe Black Grail
The InitiatesFewrealize that
of the Flamecivil-
INTRODUCTIONeven at the present stage of
ization in this world, there are souls who, like the
priests of the ancient temples,
walk the earth andthat burn upon the
watch and guard the sacredaltar of humanity.
Purified ones they are,
of this sphere in order to guard and
protect the Flame, that spiritual principle in man,
hidden beneath the ruins of his fallen temple.
As we thinkas
of the nations that are past, of Greece
and Rome and the grandeur that was Egypt's, we sigh
recall the story of their fall;
and we watch the
nations of today, not knowing which will be the next to
and join that great
of peoples that are dead.in the rise
But everywhere, even
see through the haze of materiality, justice; every-
where we see reward, not of man but of the invincibleOne, the sternal Flame.
great hand reaches out from the unseen and regu-
lates the affairs of
man. It reaches out from that great Flame which nourishes all created things, thefire
that burns on the sacred altar offire
the spirit of God.
we turn again
to the races
The light had gone out. When the flame within the body is withdrawn, the body is dead. When the light was taken from the altar, the temple was no longer the dwellinglook, find the cause of their destruction.
place of a living God.
and passion, hates andlight
into the souls of Greece
and Rome, and Black Magic
overshadowed Egypt; the
upon the altar grew
weaker and weaker.
priests lost the
of the Flame.last
the Flame flickered
and as the
a mighty nationits
beneath the dead ashes of
But the Flame did notthe essence,it
Like spirit of whichit islife,
cannot cease to be.it
of land or sea
rested once again, and there rose a mighty nation
around that flame.ages.
So history goes on through the
As long as a people are true to the Flame, it remains, but when they cease to nourish it with theirlives, it
goes on to other lands and other worlds.this
Those who worshipheathens.Little do
Flame are now
are baptised of the Holy Spirit,
which is Fire, for fire is Light, and the children of the Flame are the Sons of Light, even as God is Light.There are those who have for ages labored with man to help him to kindle within himself this spark, whichis
his divine birthright.
of self-sacrifice and servicethis fire,
have awakened and tended
and who through ages of study have learnedit,,
of the Flame.
For ages they have labored with mankind to help him to uncover the light within himself, and on the pagesof history they have left their seal, the seal of Fire.
Unhonored and unsung they have labored withhumanity, and now theirtolives are
used as fairy stories
children, but the time will yet
come when therealize that
know the work theyis
our present civilization
raised upon the shoulders of
the mighty demigods of the past.stood, withall
stand as Faust
a fool no wiser than before,
because we refuse to take the truths they gave us andthe evidence of their experiences.
Let us honor these
Sons of the Flame, not by words, but by so living thattheir sacrifice shall not/BeGn vain.
us the way, they have led
They have shown gateway of the
unknown, and therehind the Veil.asit
in their robes of glory passed be-
Their lives were the key to their wisdom,be.
They have gone, but
they stand, milestones on the road of
Let us watch these mighty ones as they pass silentlyby.First,
Orpheus, playing upon the seven stringed
lyre of his
being, the music of the spheres.
i@i=Hermes, the thrice greatest, with his emerald tablet of
Through the shades
of the past
dimly see Krishna, the illuminated, who on the battleof life taught
the mysteries of his
see the sublime Buddha, his yellow robe notit
half so glorious as the heart
covered, and our
dear Master, the
Jesus, his head surrounded with
a halo of Golden Flame, and his
brow serene with theless
calm of mastery.cius, Odin,
Then Mohammed, Zoroaster, Confuworthy pass
and Moses, and others no
by before the eyes of the student.of Flame.
They were the Sons
From the Flame they came, and to the Flame they have returned. To us they beckon, and bidus join them, and in our robes of self -earned glory toserve the
They were without creed or clan they served but the From the same place they all came, ideal. and to the same place they have returned. There was
no superiority there.humanity.
hand they labor for
Each loves the other, for the power that has made them masters has shown them the Brotherhood ofall life.
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