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CONTENTS Page Introduction
The Fire Upon the Altar Chapter
The Sacred City
of the Alchemist
of the Covenant
ILLUSTRATIONS Page 14
The Cube Altar The Everburning Lamp The Masonic
The Grave Digger's Spade The Candle
The Rod That Budded
The Philosopher's Stone
The Five Pointed Star
Pillars of the Temple.....
The Masonic Apron
The Sacred Scarab
Priest before the
of the Covenant
The Rod that Budded, the Pot of Manna, and the Tablets of the
The Stone and the Sword
The Rosicrucian Rose
The Sacred Spear
Cross Section of the Great Pyramid of Gizah
The Key and the Cross
The White Grail
The Black Grail
of the Flame
even at the present stage of
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.
that burn upon the
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 think
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
But everywhere, even
and join that great
of peoples that are dead. in the rise
see through the haze of materiality, justice; every-
where we see reward, not of man but of the invincible One, the sternal Flame.
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
that burns on the sacred altar of
we turn again
to the races
the spirit of God.
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 When the flame within the body is withdrawn, the body is dead.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.
and passion, hates and
into the souls of Greece
and Rome, and Black Magic
overshadowed Egypt; the
weaker and weaker.
of the Flame.
and as the
upon the altar grew
priests lost the
the Flame flickered
beneath the dead ashes of
a mighty nation its
But the Flame did not the essence,
cannot cease to be. it
Like spirit of which
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.
goes on to other lands and other worlds.
Those who worship heathens.
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, which is
his divine birthright.
of self-sacrifice and service this fire,
have awakened and tended
and who through ages of study have learned
of the Flame.
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
used as fairy stories
children, but the time will yet
know the work they
our present civilization
raised upon the shoulders of
the mighty demigods of the past. stood, with
come when the
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
They have shown gateway of the
in their robes of glory passed be-
Their lives were the key to their wisdom,
They have gone, but
they stand, milestones on the road of
Let us watch these mighty ones as they pass silently by.
lyre of his
Orpheus, playing upon the seven stringed
being, the music of the spheres.
Hermes, the thrice greatest, with his emerald tablet of
Through the shades
of the past
dimly see Krishna, the illuminated, who on the battlefield
of life taught
the mysteries of his
see the sublime Buddha, his yellow robe not
half so glorious as the heart
dear Master, the
Jesus, his head surrounded with
a halo of Golden Flame, and his
calm of mastery. cius, Odin,
covered, and our
brow serene with the
Then Mohammed, Zoroaster, Confu-
and Moses, and others no
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
us join them, and in our robes of self -earned glory to serve 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.
hand they labor for
Each loves the other, for the power that has made them masters has shown them the Brotherhumanity.
In the pages that follow
thread, the spiritual thread, the thread of living
that winds in and out through
them together with a mutual
and mutual needs.
In the story of the Grail and the Legends of
find that thread
the King and the Temple of
wound around the Table of Mount Salvart. This same
that passes through the roses of the
the pedals of the Lotus, and
the temple pillars of Luxor.
H ONE RELIGION IN ALL THE WORLD,
the worship of God, the spiritual Flame of the universe.
Under many names He Iswari or
of the universe,
in all lands, but as
the same, the Creator
His universal symbol.
are the Flame-Born Sons of God, thrown out as
sparks from the wheels of the
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
Its altar the
bow, a faithful servant of the Higher.
he serves the Flame he grows, and the light
he takes his place with the true Initiates of
the universe, those in the
Let us find this Flame and also serve it is
to the Infinite,
in all created things, that all are
are part of that eternal Flame, the
of spirit, the life
and power of the universe.
altar of this Flame, to the true creator of
this book, the writer offers
and dedicate^it to the one
Fire which blazes forth from God, and is
within each living thing.
GREATEST OF MYSTERY SCHOOLS
The World school does not
schoolroom of God.
learn, but within that school is the It
classes, its sciences
birthright of man.
Its graduates are its teachers, its pupils
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.
rules are God's laws.
The hours may seem
and the teachers
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.