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CONTENTS Page Introduction

7

Foreword

13

Chapter One

The Fire Upon the Altar Chapter

15

Two

The Sacred City

of Shamballa....

25

Chapter Three

The Mystery

of the Alchemist

35

Chapter Four

The Egyptian

Initiate..

45

Chapter Five

The Ark

of the Covenant

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Chapter Six

The Knights

of the

Holy Grail

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Pyramids

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Chapter Seven

The Mystery

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ILLUSTRATIONS Page 14

The Cube Altar The Everburning Lamp The Masonic

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Censor....

The Grave Digger's Spade The Candle

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The Lotus

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The Rod That Budded

16

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30

The Philosopher's Stone

34

The Five Pointed Star

38

The Marriage

The

of the

Sun and

Moon.......

Pillars of the Temple.....

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The Serpent

44

The Masonic Apron

46

The Scepters

48

of Egypt...

The Sacred Scarab

The

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Priest before the

Ark

of the Covenant

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The Rod that Budded, the Pot of Manna, and the Tablets of the

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The Holy

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Grail

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The Stone and the Sword

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The Rosicrucian Rose

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The Sacred Spear

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Cross Section of the Great Pyramid of Gizah

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The Pyramid

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The Sphinx

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The Key and the Cross

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The White Grail

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The Black Grail

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The Initiates

of the Flame

INTRODUCTION Few

realize that

even at the present stage of

civil-

ization in this world, there are souls who, like the

walk the earth and

priests of the ancient temples,

watch and guard the sacred altar of humanity.

renounced the

life

fires

that burn upon the

Purified ones they are,

who have

of this sphere in order to guard and

protect the Flame, that spiritual principle in man,

now

hidden beneath the ruins of his fallen temple.

As we think

of the nations that are past, of Greece

and Rome and the grandeur that was Egypt's, we sigh

we

as

recall the story of their fall;

and we watch the

nations of today, not knowing which will be the next to

draw

its

ghostly

shroud around

file

But everywhere, even

we

itself

and join that great

of peoples that are dead. in the rise

and

fall

of nations,

see through the haze of materiality, justice; every-

where we see reward, not of man but of the invincible One, the sternal Flame.

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great hand reaches out from the unseen and regu-

man. It reaches out from that great Flame which nourishes all created things, the

lates the affairs of

spiritual

never dying

Cosmos

that burns on the sacred altar of

—that great

we turn again

If

we

fire

which

fire

is

to the races

the spirit of God.

now

we

dead,

shall, if

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 dwelling look, find the cause of their destruction.

place of a living God.

Degeneracy,

lust,

and passion, hates and

into the souls of Greece

and Rome, and Black Magic

overshadowed Egypt; the

The

weaker and weaker.

name out,

of the Flame.

and as the

Little

light

upon the altar grew

priests lost the

by

little

spark grew

last

Word, the

the Flame flickered

cold,

beneath the dead ashes of

died, buried

fears, crept

a mighty nation its

own

spiritual

fire.

But the Flame did not the essence,

it

cannot In

cannot cease to be. it

die.

die,

Like spirit of which

because

it is

some wilderness

life,

and

it is

life

of land or sea

rested once again, and there rose a mighty nation

So history goes on through the

around that flame.

As long as a people are true to the Flame, it remains, but when they cease to nourish it with their ages.

lives, it

goes on to other lands and other worlds.

Those who worship heathens.

Little do

ourselves until

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this

we

Flame are now

realize that

we

called

are heathen

are baptised of the Holy Spirit,

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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, which is

his divine birthright.

It is

of self-sacrifice and service this fire,

these

who by

their lives

have awakened and tended

and who through ages of study have learned

the mystery

it

of the Flame.

contained, that

we now

call

the "Initiates

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For ages they have labored with mankind to help him to uncover the light within himself, and on the pages of history they have left their seal, the seal of Fire.

Unhonored and unsung they have labored with humanity, and now their to

amuse

world

lives are

used as fairy stories

children, but the time will yet

know the work they

shall

our present civilization

is

all

our

lore,

realize that

raised upon the shoulders of

the mighty demigods of the past. stood, with

come when the

and

did,

We

stand as Faust

a fool no wiser than before,

because we refuse to take the truths they gave us and the evidence of their experiences.

Let us honor these

Sons of the Flame, not by words, but by so living that their sacrifice shall not/BeGn vain.

us the way, they have led

unknown, and there hind the Veil. as

it

man

They have shown gateway of the

to the

in their robes of glory passed be-

Their lives were the key to their wisdom,

must always

be.

They have gone, but

they stand, milestones on the road of

human

in history

progress.

Let us watch these mighty ones as they pass silently by.

First,

lyre of his

Orpheus, playing upon the seven stringed

own

being, the music of the spheres.

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Hermes, the thrice greatest, with his emerald tablet of

Through the shades

divine revelation.

of the past

we

dimly see Krishna, the illuminated, who on the battlefield

of life taught

Then we

man

the mysteries of his

own

soul.

see the sublime Buddha, his yellow robe not

half so glorious as the heart

dear Master, the

man

Jesus, his head surrounded with

a halo of Golden Flame, and his

calm of mastery. cius, Odin,

own

covered, and our

it

brow serene with the

Then Mohammed, Zoroaster, Confu-

and Moses, and others no

less

worthy pass

They were the Sons

by before the eyes of the student.

From the Flame they came, and to the Flame they have returned. To us they beckon, and bid

of Flame.

us join them, and in our robes of self -earned glory to serve the

Flame they

love.

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 ;

one great

no superiority there.

Hand

in

hand they labor for

Each loves the other, for the power that has made them masters has shown them the Brotherhumanity.

hood of

all life.

In the pages that follow

we will

try to

show

this great

thread, the spiritual thread, the thread of living

that winds in and out through

them together with a mutual

all

religions

ideal

and binds

and mutual needs.

In the story of the Grail and the Legends of

Arthur we

find that thread

the King and the Temple of

thread of

life

King

wound around the Table of Mount Salvart. This same

that passes through the roses of the

Rosicrucians, winds

among

fire

among

the pedals of the Lotus, and

the temple pillars of Luxor.

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THERE

IS

BUT

a

H ONE RELIGION IN ALL THE WORLD,

and that

is

the worship of God, the spiritual Flame of the universe.

Under many names He Iswari or

Ammon

of the universe,

We

is

He

or God,

and

fire is

known

in all lands, but as

the same, the Creator

is

His universal symbol.

are the Flame-Born Sons of God, thrown out as

sparks from the wheels of the

Around

infinite.

this

Flame we have built forms which have hidden our light, but as students we are increasing this light by love and service, until it shall again proclaim us Suns of the Eternal.

Within us burns that Flame, and before lower

man must

Its altar the

bow, a faithful servant of the Higher.

When

he serves the Flame he grows, and the light

grows

until

he takes his place with the true Initiates of

the universe, those in the

name

of the

who have

given

all

Flame within.

Let us find this Flame and also serve it is

to the Infinite,

it,

in all created things, that all are

are part of that eternal Flame, the

fire

realizing that

one because

all

of spirit, the life

and power of the universe.

Upon the

altar of this Flame, to the true creator of

this book, the writer offers

it,

and dedicate^it to the one

Fire which blazes forth from God, and is

now hidden

within each living thing.

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GREATEST OF MYSTERY SCHOOLS

The World school does not

opportunity for

is

the

schoolroom of God.

make us

learning.

all

Our

being in

learn, but within that school is the It

has

its

grades and

and admission

its

classes, its sciences

and

birthright of man.

Its graduates are its teachers, its pupils

its arts,

to it is the

Its examples are Nature, and its Those who would go into the greater colleges and universities must first, day by day, and year by year, work through the common school of life, and present to their new teachers the diplomas they have won, upon which is zvritten the name that none may read save those who have received it.

are

all

created things.

rules are God's laws.

The hours may seem

long,

and the teachers

cruel, but

each of us must walk that path, and the only ones ready to go onward are those zvho have passed through the gateway of experience^

GOD'S GREAT SCHOOL FOR MAN.

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