Bacon -Masonry

1954

printed

in

Berkeley, California

(with 18 illustrations)

This book is dedicated to the advancement of learning, and to those who have a desire for knowledge, and a sincere wish to be of service to their fellow creatures.

 

Table of Contents

 

In Freemasonry, each Mason has a desire for knowledge and his greatest desire is for light as Bacon reveals that the name of the Lost Word is light. When Masons are taught to circumscribe their desires, they are actually being taught, in the language of Bacon, to compass their desires, to train their minds to compass all of that which is concealed in universal nature, as well as that which is concealed in the Holy Scriptures. Many times Bacon's works show that he used the word compass as a symbol, to measure the progress or extent of one's knowledge or wisdom. He also had a very high regard for the compass as used in navigation :

"But as the navigation was imperfect before the use of the compass, so will many secrets of nature and art remain undiscovered, without a more perfect knowledge of the understanding, its uses, and ways of working."-Advancement of Learning

This might be a clever way of telling Freemasons that when they discover the true meaning of their great symbol, the compass, they should search more diligently for the secrets concealed in art and nature. Bacon used the word "compass" in its symbolic meaning, but he used it for other purposes, too.However, when he referred to the mechanical instrument, he spelled it compasses. -FROM THE CHAPTER ON SYMBOLS OF FREEMASONRY p.44

 

1. Introduction

1

2. The Lost Word

5

3. Hiram Abif

13

4. The Name of the Word

17

5. Bacon's Fraternities in Learning

21

A. The Knights of the Helmet

22

B. The Fra Rosi Crosse Society

22

6.The Original Meeting Place of Freemasons

32

7. The Acception Masons

40

8. Symbols of Freemasonry

43

A. The Compass

43

B. The Square

45

C. The Symbol G and Geometry

51

D. The All-Seeing Eye

58

E. Free as a Symbol

61

F. The Twenty- four Inch Gauge

63

G. The Five Human Senses and the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences

65

9. Emblems Regarding Bacon's Life

71

A. His Birth

71

B. His Youth and Education

76

C. His Maturity

94

10. Anderson's Constitution of the Accepted Freemason's

108

11. Bacon, Boyle, and Desaguliers

113

12. Bibliography

122

Index

127

Preface

 

 

Seeking and seeking from day to day to find a bit of that which is lost is a game mankind has been playing since its inception. This search is part of the Divine Plan, for in the beginning the Sublime Master concealed all things in universal nature so that His children might have the glory and pleasure of seeking them out.

For many, many years children have iniated the Divine Plan in their simple game of hide and seek. Men, too, have imitated the Divine Plan by concealing things in such a manner that others would be stimulated to search diligently for that which they concealed.

In Aesop's Fable, for example, Aesop told his sons, before his death, that he had left them a great mass of gold buried under the ground in his vineyard. Gold they found none; but because they stirred and dug up the mold around the roots of their vines, they had a great vintage the following year.

This fable is parallel to Solomon's 25th Proverb in the Holy Bible, in which a Word is obscurely concealed in order to stimulate man to seek more diligently for God's Word, His Divine Plan.

Freemasonry is also parallel to both of the foregoing concepts. It was designed to imitate the Divine Plan, for in Freemasonry, a Word is cunningly lost or hidden, along with much other matter, to cause its members to seek for that which is lost. It has achieved just that, for one need only look at the mass of golden books decorating the shelves of Masonic libraries throughout the world to realize that each book is there because of the author's search for that which is lost. These authors did not find the Word, but each of them added to the common stock of knowledge. Had it not been for the concealment of the Lost Word in Freemasonry, much knowledge in all branches of learning would never have been uncovered.

In the many thousands of books written and the many more thousands of orations and lectures given regarding Freemasonry and the Lost Word has not yet been found.

The prime purpose of this book is to reveal the name and meaning of that Word. The reader will discover that finding the name of the Word does not indicate that the word itself has been found.

I have gathered much fruit from the orchards of others and humbly wish to express my thanks for that which I have used. I also wish to join other authors who have searched for that fruit in passing on the information for the common stock of knowledge and for posterity.


Chapter 1. INTRODUCTION

 

 

A Mystic Word, now known in Freemasonry as the Lost Word, has existed since time immemorial. But the name and meaning of that Word have been known to very few. Today that name and meaning seem completely lost. It is, therefore, of utmost interest that it be rediscovered and revealed for the benefit of all fellow creatures.

Much cumulative evidence discloses that Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, as the original designer of Freemasonry and that he discovered the meaning of that Mystic Word and introduced it into the Order of Freemasonry . Freemasons have been searching since the formation of the first Grand Lodge in 1717 for that Lost Word without any indication that its true name, meaning and purpose have been found.

My objective is to reveal the name and meaning of the Mystic Word in Freemasonry and to throw new light on Francis Bacon and the part he played in Freemasonry, using evidence gathered during many years of research.

The name of Francis Bacon stands among the greatest in history. Born in London, January 22, 1561, it is recorded that he died on Easter Sunday, 1626. Some evidence, however, shows that his death was feigned and that actually he escaped from England to the continent, where he lived for several years under an assumed name.

Much mystery is connected with the life of Bacon-- more, possibly, than with the life of any other historical character. His writings under the general heading of "Great Instauration"(a restoration after decay, lapse or dilapidation), particularly the Advancement of Learning are sufficiently great to place him among the top literary and philosophical giants of all time. Indeed, in the vast collection of his works, many items of which are pure teaching, I believe he has done more for the advancement of learning than any man since his time.

One of the most obscure mysteries cloaking the life of Bacon is his connection with Freemasonry. Much evidence has been presented by many distinguished writers to prove this connection. That which I present here is evidence found primarily in his own works --that is, books, published under his own name.

The Order of Freemasonry truly parallels the life and writings of Bacon in that it is filled to saturation with mysteries and hidden significances. His was not only a life of mystery but also one of potent significance. Freemasonry--Bacon's legacy to his living fellow men and to unborn future generations-- has immeasurably furthered and enriched the advancement of learning throughout the world wherever the desire to know has led men to search. Now, after more than three hundred and fifty years, Bacon's part in this great human service is being brought slowly to light.

When I speak of Freemasonry I shall include Speculative Masonry, Free and Accepted Masonry, Ancient Free and Accepted Masonry-- all similiar terms. Since Geometry Masonry and Operative Masonry will be considered separately, they are not included within the term Freemasonry. The reader should understand that what is presented here is not Freemasonry as it stands today. Few Masons know the true meaning of the Divine Plan, the true name of their Lost Word or the actual creator of Freemasonry. Even the actual period of its inception remains an enigma for most Masons.

In considering Freemasonry, let us compare it with a secret allegorical poem, conceived and written to imitate the Divine Plan , in which the poet concealed not only his own identity but also the name and meaning of a mystic Lost Word.

This poem was so secret that it could be taught only from mouth to ear. Through the ages, millions of men memorized and worshipped this sublime secret without recognizing God's Plan, which the poem imitates, or the name and meaning of the Lost Word, or the identity of the poet.

Yet it must be granted that the poet could not have written the poem imitation of God's Plan unless he had, indeed, envisioned that Plan. Nor could he conceal the name and meaning of the Lost Word unless he knew that Word himself. Here again this hypothetical poem is significant parallel to the Great Order of Freemasonry. One must, therefore, agree that the designer of Freemasonry, even as he began his great undertaking, knew both the meaning of God's plan and the meaning of the Lost Word.

In referring to the Masonic Monitors-- the official printed instructions for Master Masonry--the designer of Speculative Masonry, under the heading "Geometry" states :

A survey of nature, and the observation of her beautiful Proportions, first determined man to imitate the Divine Plan, and study symmetry and order. This gave rise to societies, and birth to every useful act. (John Parson Missouri Masonic Monitor 1899)

To date, no clear statement has been found by any Mason or writer, except Francis Bacon, as to the true meaning of the Divine Plan, or of the Lost Word hidden within the sublime imitation of that Plan, Freemasonry. But a careful study of the above quotation should convince the thoughtful searcher that : (a) Its author could be none other than the creator of Freemasonry; (b) Freemasonry was intended to imitate the Divine Plan; (c) The author of Freemasonry determined to conceal his identity within it, even as the Creator of all had "lost" Himself in His Divine Plan. Had this not been so, this quotation would probably have read "..... first determined me to imitate the Divine Plan."

The quotation ends with the revaling statement "This gave rise to societies, and birth to every useful art." Here one need not ask what societies, for this is a statement which will leave no thoughtful Mason bewildered. This quotation offers a most direct clue to the origin of Freemasonry, and points to one who has clearly explained the meaning of the Divine Plan and who has shown a sincere determination to imitate that Divine Plan in his creation of societies.

That person, as I will show, was none other than Francis Bacon. The span of Francis Bacon's known life fell between the years 1561 and 1626. This is of itself significant since this period integrates perfectly with the fact the first non-operative lodge of Masons was meeting in London in 1620. There is, however, evidence and good reason to believe that this non-operative lodge existed as early as1590 , when Bacon's work was becoming established.

The genius of Bacon, known to his confreres as "the jewelled brain" was known and recognized among the illuminati as early as 1580. His dedication to writing and perfecting the "Great Instauration" and his preparation for bringing forth his universal plan for the advancement of learning engrossed his lifetime. Thus one finds in him a man only worthy and well qualified to be the Father of the Masonic Fraternity, but also possessing the abililty to have created it. Certainly a careful study of life reveals that no man ever showed a greater desire to advance the principles upon which Freemasonry stands, than Francis Bacon.

When a person truly understands Freemasonry, he can be sure that it was created primarily to help bring the world "from darkness into light." He can be equally sure that this can be done only by the advancement of learning. When, too, he compares Bacon's language, his expression of thought, the distinct mode of phrasing which pervades his writings, with that which distinguishes Freemasonry, he will be astounded at the likenes of the two.

Regardless of the many controversial theories regarding the life and writings of Bacon, I accept him as one who accomplished tremendous good, not only for the Brotherhood of Freemasons but for all seekers after truth and knowledge. Many have recognized his genius; many others, realizing the great outpouring of his vision and wisdom, have paid him the highest honors. Dr. W. Rawley, chaplain to Bacon and his secretary and confidant for many years, had this to say after his passing:

"I have been induced to think that if there were a Beam of Knowledge derived from God upon any Man in these Modern Times, it was upon him."

I intend to view this man of inspiration and mystery through his mind only and shall proceed as briefly as possible.

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