The Lineal Key of the Great School of Masters
by John E. Richardson
Volume 5 of the Harmonic Series
Introduction to The Great Message
In this volume the author describes two basic world forces, and provides a “key” with which a student of history can analyze each and every religious or philosophical movement and determine to which of these two world forces it belongs. These two can be described as “parent schools” which have had many offspring throughout the ages. They are absolutely irreconcilable in their basic character. Their differences can be briefly summarized by describing the motives that lay behind their actions. The first has been inspired to action by the most unselfish service to humanity. The second has been moved by the spirit of human greed, desire for self-aggrandizement and power to control the lives of others, thereby enriching themselves at the expense of their fellow human beings.
This volume is a history in which is first described how the parent organizations were formed initially, and then how various movements were formed thereafter. The offspring are described in detail, with this fundamental theme in the background to give the reader greater understanding, not only of past events but also of forces that are very active at the present time, as history is being written.
Some of the movements discussed include: The Mysteries, and ancient teachers such as Zoroaster, Christna, Buddha, Confucius, Pythagoras, Melchizedek, and more modern movements such as Christianity and the Freemasons. It is stated that the great teachers of the past were all teaching the same basic message, but adapted to the time and place of their culture and environment, and reflecting the individualities of each teacher.
Of great interest is the allegation that every constructive world movement that was sponsored by the beneficial world force has failed for one reason or the other. Of greater interest is the account of how the beneficial movement started by Jesus of Nazareth was infiltrated and taken over from the inside after efforts to attack it from the outside failed. If this seems to be unbelievable to some readers, they can use the “key’ given by the author to evaluate the organization that continued past the third century, using its actions and non-actions to do the evaluation. “By their fruits you shall know them.”
The detailed description of the Freemasons in this volume can serve as a kind of rebuttal to the wild accusations leveled at them these days by some who claim to be exposing conspiracies, but who seem instead to be part of some other kind of conspiracy. In any event, they seem to be totally unaware that Freemasonry is essentially a moral philosophy, and they may even be unaware that there is such a thing as morality. These critics rail against so-called secret societies, not realizing that secrecy is needed in a constructive movement to avoid being crushed by a more powerful destructive force.
Several chapters discuss the difficulties faced in trying to present a beneficial philosophy to mankind. Examples are “The Symbolist”, “The Plagiarist”, and “The Misinterpreter”. Reading these helps the reader understand why the efforts to present a beneficial philosophy to mankind have largely failed.
A chapter called “Age-old Queries” is the counterpart of what we often see on websites these days, especially those that are selling products. The modern version is “FAQ” or “frequently asked questions.” A number of these questions are posed and answered in this chapter.
The chapter “Age-old Philosophy” discusses the differences between the ways that the same philosophy had to be presented in the past and how it must be presented in today’s world of scientific awareness. Times have changed, and the methods of the past would probably fall on deaf ears in the present. To quote: “A rational and scientific intelligence must be met with rational and scientific explanations of the phenomena of life.” While in one sense the same philosophy is being presented, there is one important change being introduced now. To quote: “The fundamental doctrine of the Master Buddha was the sacredness of life, while that of the Master Jesus was the universal brotherhood of man.
The philosophy of Natural Science recognizes and includes those fundamental truths as taught by all the great Masters of the past. It declares further that there is one other fundamental principle and one relationship which have never yet been properly nor publicly explained by theology, science, philosophy or law.
Natural Science today is prepared to state, explain and demonstrate this other fundamental principle—the Universal Principle of Polarity. Philosophy based on that science is today prepared to teach the value of individual life and the importance of the relation of man and woman.”
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