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by Ram Dass
First published 1971

The spirit that creates poetry moves within those who show weighty matters represented in pictures, for what is a picture but a silent poem?
-- The Rosicrucian Emblems of Daniel Cramer: The True Society of Jesus and the Rosy Cross, by Daniel Cramer

Symbols of divine truths were not invented for the amusement of the ignorant; they are the alpha and omega of philosophic thought.
-- The Beacon Light of Truth, by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky


Some uses of myths and symbols are employed to condition people as you train animals, as you train a dog.
--  William Yandell Elliot Archives, Hoover Institution, Box 1

“Dots, Lines, Triangles, Cubes, Circles” and finally “Spheres” — why or how? Because, says the Commentary, such is the first law of Nature, and because Nature geometrizes universally in all her manifestations: “The Mother is the fiery Fish of Life. She scatters her spawn and the Breath heats and quickens it. The grains are soon attracted to each other and form the curds in the Ocean. The larger lumps coalesce and receive new spawn, in fiery dots, triangles and cubes which ripen, and at the appointed time some of the lumps detach themselves and assume spheroidal form. Motion becomes the whirlwind and sets them into rotation."
-- The Secret Doctrine -- The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy, by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky [1] [2]


There is great insistence on geometry, and it is spiritualised for Knights of the Temple after the following manner: (1) There is another geometry besides that which relates to lines and angles. (2) It sees God behind the circle and triangle. (3) Those who can penetrate its intellectual mysteries will understand the geometrical point as representing a given disposition in the state of inaction. (4) A symbolic right line is duty persisted in, uninterrupted pleasure, happiness and so forth. (5) As regards a symbolic right angle, the perfect sincerity of one right line to another is as the line of that angle, the line of duty being radius. (6) An acute angle is imperfect sincerity. (7) An obtuse angle is injustice. (8) A perfect junction between sincerity and duty forms justice, and is equal to an angle of ninety degrees. (9) A symbolical perpendicular signifies fortitude, prudence, temperance; while (10) a symbolic solid "is the whole system of Divine Laws as existing in practice." A Ritual of this kind is unworthy to wrap the worst commercial fats which are used as substitutes for butter, but it belongs to the Senate, and its "moral geometry" is supposed to purify the Temple of the body. Hence, presumably, its initiates are Knights of the Temple: in any case no other warrant transpires for the name of the Grade and the dignity conferred therein.
-- A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry, by Arthur Edward Waite


The following particulars are drawn from a Directory of Lodges and Chapters under the Obedience of Annie Besant. (1) HUMAN DUTY, No. 6, London. (2) H. P. B. Lodge, No. 14, Bradford. (3) CHRISTIAN ROSENKREUZ, No. 18, Edinburgh. (4) HERMES, No. 20, London. (5) GOLDEN RULE, No. 21, London. (6) MANCHESTER Lodge, No. 22, Manchester. (7) EMULATION Lodge, No. 24, London. (8) HARMONY Lodge, No. 25, Southampton. (9) PLATO Lodge, No. 31, Leeds. (10) UNITY Lodge, No. 35, Bournemouth. (11) VERITY Lodge, No. 38, Brighton. (12) FIDELITY Lodge, No. 49, Bath. (13) ARBOR VITAE Lodge, No. 50, Letchworth. (14) DHARMA Lodge, No. 101, Benares. (15) SANGHA Lodge, No. 102, Bombay. (16) SHANTI Lodge, No. 105, Bombay. (17) RISING SUN OF INDIA, No. 107, Adyar. (18) BODHI Lodge, No. 108, East Rangoon. (19) SAN FRANCISCO Lodge, No. 358, California. (2) HELIOS Lodge, No. 360, Los Angeles. (21) UNITY Lodge, No. 359, Oakland, Cal. (22) MELBOURNE Lodge, No. 401, Melbourne. (23) VICTORIAN Lodge, No. 403, Melbourne. (24) SYDNEY Lodge, No. 404, Sydney, N.S.W. (25) BRISBANE Lodge, No. 405, Brisbane. (26) ADELAIDE Lodge, No. 406, Adelaide. I presume that the Lodge numbers are those of the Original Roll belonging to the French Obedience and the enormous gaps between represent in this case the issue of intervening charters which are not under Theosophical influence. It will be seen that LA MACONNERIE MIXTE, its derivations and developments are a power to be reckoned with and that the conventional titular description of "Clandestine Masonry" would be imbecile in reference thereto, or indeed to "Ancient" Masonry. I have seen also reports of an AMITY Lodge, No. 220, Durban, South Africa, of a STAR IN THE EAST Chapter of the ROYAL ARCH, without number of location, of a ROSECROIX Chapter, Tolerance, No. 2, London, and another at Edinburgh, being ST. ANN, NO. 3. Whether the other Lodges enumerated about are confined to Craft workings I do not know.
-- Universal Co-Freemasonry, by Arthur Edward Waite

The Master is the overseer who sets the craft to work and gives them proper instruction. 
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, by Albert Pike


The artisan gives the craft his love; and to him the craft responds by making him one with his work.  But the craftsman gives the craft his passionate research into the laws of Nature which govern it; and the craft teaches him Wisdom. -- "Be Here Now," by Ram Dass


Magic is that which it is; it is by itself, like the mathematics; for it is the exact and absolute science of Nature and its laws.
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, by Albert Pike

This is the immutable law of Nature, the Eternal Will of the JUSTICE which is GOD.
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, by Albert Pike

It is for the Adepts to understand the meaning of the Symbols. [3] [4]
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, by Albert Pike


1. The Empty or vacant Chair ceremony dates back to 1875, a decade after the close of the American Civil War when it was used in Masonic lodges to pay tribute to those who did not return from the war.  Since then it has been used by many lodges at Remembrance Day to pay homage to those Brother Masons who fell during WWI, WWII, and other wars; or it may be adapted to remember Past Masters, or Members.

2. The growing volkisch movement began an active battle against the Jews, the defilers of their blood, reinforced by a pseudo-scholarly writer [Arthur de Gobineau] who satisfied their desire for academic respectability. Rightist Pan-German groups also bolstered their ideology by citing the dubious philosophical, historical, and scientific analyses laid out by Houston Stewart Chamberlain, an Englishman in love with German culture. He told a mass society, at the mercy of the impersonal forces which were crushing it, that the Teutons were indomitable master builders, that in mysticism was freedom, that "every Mystic is, whether he will or not, a born Anti-Semite," and that Darwin's theory of natural selection justifies the stricture against mingling of the races. Even before Chamberlain, volkisch thinkers had tried to weave together lessons from history proving the heroism of the ancient Germanic past. Many of them were admirers of the Theosophical Society, which combined for the first time certain elements into a cohesive system considered by some people to be the beginning of modern occultism. The Theosophical Society was organized in New York City in 1875 by Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, a Russian expatriate countess known to her disciples as H. P. B. At age forty she decided to come to New York to investigate spiritualism, which had become an American craze. She delivered up an unlikely package of Hinduism, Gnosticism, and pseudoscience which had a tremendous impact on the intelligentsia of the West. She even converted the Indians themselves to the "ancient wisdom" in modern dress. Her ideas, about ancient lost races with secret knowledge of the ultimate nature of reality, the immortal soul perfecting itself through endless rebirths, and mastery of superhuman powers which could unlock the secrets of the universe, if they had been presented by traditional organized religions, would not have been credited. But people were perfectly willing to suspend disbelief of a huge Russian countess with magnetic eyes who smoked cigars and used bawdy language.
-- Gods & Beasts -- The Nazis & the Occult, by Dusty Sklar

3. The animals regarded as sacred in the Bible are not few: the goat for one, the Azaz-el, or God of Victory. As Aben Ezra says: “If thou art capable of comprehending the mystery of Azazel, thou wilt learn the mystery of His (God’s) name, for it has similar associates in Scriptures. I will tell thee by allusion one portion of the mystery; when thou shalt have thirty three years of age thou wilt comprehend me.”
-- The Secret Doctrine -- The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy, by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

4. The "Brownie," as the cyclopeaedia informs us, springs from an old Scotch tradition.
-- The Origin of the "Brownies," by Palmer Cox

The Incredible Vacuum and Death That is the Rot at the Core of "Be Here Now," by Ram Dass
The Party of Nothingness in "Be Here Now," by Ram Dass
A Subtle Black Mass in "Be Here Now," by Ram Dass
Is Hitler a Rosicrucian? -- The Rosicrucian Forum 1939, by Rosicrucian Editors
King Kill 33, by James Shelby Downard & Michael A. Hoffman II
Acid Dreams, The Complete Social History of LSD:  The CIA, The Sixties, And Beyond, by Martin A. Lee & Bruce S-hlain
Swaha, by Bhagavan Das & Amazing Grace
New Land -- Exodus from Lhasa, by Red Temple Spirits
I'm the Only One That Can Show The Real Corinthian!, by Tara Carreon
Fierce Grace -- Illustrated Screenplay & Screencap Gallery
Fierce Grace -- Screenplay
Fierce Grace -- Little Movies 
Rude Awakening -- A Reflection on Ram Dass' Video Testament, "Fierce Grace," by Charles Carreon
The Ram Dass Brain Hemorrhage Incident -- An Opportunity to Explore Fundamental Questions of Spiritual Life, by Charles Carreon
The Materialist Manifesto, by Charles Carreon

The Egyptian Book of the Dead, translated by E.A. Wallis Budge and Allen and Faulkner
Freemasonry: Midwife to an Occult Empire, by Terry Melanson
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, by Albert Pike
The Secret Doctrine -- The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy, by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Isis Unveiled, by Helena P. Blavatsky
Marquis de Sade: His Life and Work (1899), by Dr. Iwan Bloch, translated by James Bruce
America's Secret Establishment -- An Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones, by Antony C. Sutton
Dark Night of the Soul, by St. John of the Cross
The Astral Light, by Henry T. Edge
Conservatism, by Wikipedia

The Fallacy of Collectivism, by Ludwig von Mises
The Origin of the "Brownies," by Palmer Cox
Hitler's Family: In the Shadow of the Dictator, directed by Oliver Halmburger, Thomas Staehler
Gods & Beasts -- The Nazis & the Occult, by Dusty Sklar
The Mind and God of Adolf Hitler, by Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D.
Nietzsche and Madame Blavatsky: Their Doctrines Stated and Compared, by Theosophical Quarterly Magazine 1909-1912
History of the Lama Foundation:  A Dramatic Reading, by Steve Fox
Lama Alive -- Lama Foundation:  The Little Village That Could, by Lama Foundation
Reconciliation, Orientation and Unity, by Jack Courtis, Kabala Series, Rosicrucian Archive
The Rose Window, by J. T. Thorpe
Journal Review of Religions, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
33rd Degree (1802) of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, Called Sovereign Grand Inspector General, or Supreme Council of the 33rd, by Anonymous
Wisdom's Maw: The Acid Novel, by Todd Brendan Fahey
New Platonism and Alchemy, by Alexander Wilder
The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, by Max Heindel
The Rosicrucian Emblems of Daniel Cramer
The Ibis, by Ovid, translated by A. S. Kline
Meister Eckhart, by Wikipedia
Theologia Germanica, by Anonymous (Meister Eckhart)
The Sources of Madame Blavatsky's Writings, by William Emmette Coleman
Teutonic Knights, by Wikipedia
Theozoology, or the Science of the Sodomite Apelings and the Divine Electron, by Dr. Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels
Thrice Greatest Hermes, by Frater F.
The Divine Pymander: The Hermetica of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, translation by John Everard
Emerald Tablet, by Wikipedia
The Hermetic and Rosicrucian Mystery, by Arthur Edward Waite
The Pictorial Language of Hieronymus Bosch, by Clement A. Wertheim Aymes
Nationalism, by Rabindranath Tagore
Meister Eckhart, by Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Song Celestial: Bhagavad Gita, by Edwin Arnold
Kautilya's Arthashastra, by R. Shamasastry
The Rig Veda, translated by Ralph T. H. Griffith
The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, by Johann Valentin Andreae 
The Life of Paracelsus, by Franz Hartmann

The Life of Philippus Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim Known by the Name of Paracelsus and the Substance of his Teachings, by Franz Hartmann, M.D.
The Myth of the 20th Century, by Alfred Rosenberg
The Beacon Light of Truth, by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Kabbalah and Gnosticism, by G.W.F. Hegel
The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library, Translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie

The Religion of the Aryo-Germanic Folk: Esoteric and Exoteric, by Guido von List
Mesmerism: The Discovery of Animal Magnetism, by Franz Anton Mesmer, translated by Joseph Bouleur
Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Fama Fraternitatis, by Wikipedia
The Rosicrucians: Their Rites and Mysteries, by Hargrave Jennings
The Real History of the Rosicrucians, by Arthur Edward Waite
A Sephardic Woman's Point of View:  The Grandees, by Paula O. de Benardete
The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century, by Houston Stewart Chamberlain
Vishvakarman, by Wikipedia
Summa Contra Gentiles, by Saint Thomas Aquinas
The Confessions of St. Augustine, by St. Augustine of Hippo, translated and edited by Albert C. Outler, Ph.D., D.D.
St. Augustin's City of God, edited by Philip Schaff, D.D., LL.D
The Practice of the Ancient Turkish Freemasons: The Key to the Understanding of Alchemy, by Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorf
The Original Mysticism in American-Rosicrucian Masonic Spirituality & Metaphysics: The Secret Lodge of New Orleans, by Magus Incognito
Heaven and its Wonders and Hell -- From Things Heard and Seen, by Emanuel Swedenborg, translated by John Ager
The Tree of Life and The Hebrew Alphabet, by Dirk Gillabel
Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult, by Peter Levenda
Aham Brahmasmi, by Jayaram V
The Convivio, by Dante Alighieri
Gertrude Stein, by Wikipedia
The CCF and the God of Thunder Cult, by Stanley Ezrol & Jeffrey Steinberg
The Fire Regained, by Sidney M. Hirsch
Esotericism in Germany and Austria, by Wikipedia
Ars Vivendi (Art of Living), by Arthur Lovell
Mind and Medicine, by H.E. Shenpen Dawa Rinpoche
Chimed Tsog Thig: The Abbreviated Practice of the Immortal Life Essence, by Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche
Kuthumi, by Wikipedia

"Be Here Now" Companion Book:  "Toward the One," by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

Table of Contents:

Opening Pages

  1. Journey (The Transformation:  Dr. Richard Alpert, Ph.D. Into Baba Ram Dass)
  2. From Bindu to Ojas (The Core Book)
  3. Cookbook for a Sacred Life (A Manual for Conscious Being)
  4. Painted Cakes


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