Jean-Baptiste Willermoz was born on July 10, in Lyon. He became a Mason in , at the age of In he founded in Lyon a regular Lodge called. Jean-Baptiste Willermoz. The Elected officials Coëns. Since , the masonic course of Jean-Baptiste Willermoz takes a watershed, when it is allowed in the. Jean-Baptiste Willermoz became a freemason in , when he was 20 in a lodge which operated under the auspices of the Strict Observance. In he.
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O you who have just been initiated into the bosom of Wisdom! Child of Virtue and of Peace! Give our words a listening ear, and let your soul open to the lessons of Truth! We will teach you the path to a happy life; we will teach you the ecstasy your Source!
Willermoz, Jean-Baptiste ()
We will teach you to cultivate, with vitality and success, all the capacities that providence have entrusted to you, and so make yourself an aid of Mankind and a partaker of the mysteries and blessings of the Divine. Your first homage belongs to the Divine. Adore the majestic Being that created the universe by an act of his will, who incessantly works within All, He that fills your heart, but whom your narrow mind can neither conceive nor define.
Pity the miserable delusion of him who close his eyes to the Light and walk in the valley of shadows, and let your heart open to the Eternal. Baptizte with contempt that vain sophistry, which degrades the human Spirit when it strays wollermoz its source. Always elevate your willermoz above the material things that surround you, and direct your desire to the abodes of heaven, for they are your heritage and your true homeland.
Dedicate to God your Will and your Desire: Your ecstasy is in God, in the jewn of being reunited with Him forever. This is the summit of all your ambition, and the compass of your actions. But how shall you remain standing in the eyes of the Eternal, you of such a willsrmoz constitution?
How, I ask, when in every moment you can stray from the path of the Eternal, and defile your own sanctity, even though at all times Infinity is offered unto you? Surrendered to the vagaries of reasons limited faculties, can you see any consolation in your future? Compared to the image of the Eternal, how do you fare?
Give thanks, and never forget the infinite possibilities of Rebirth and Regeneration. Humble yourself in the living Logos, the Word in Extension, and bless Providence that you were born in a time and a place where the path of illumination should lie open for you. Profess everywhere the Divine Religion: And bend neither your back nor your knee in shame for belonging in its eternal ranks.
The Gospel of our obligations is Truth, and if you are not Truthful, you cease to be an Initiate. Announce through all your actions an enlightened and vigorous devotion.
Announce batpiste hypocrisy, without fanaticism, that the Path does not merely speculate truths: Thus Truth will teach you, guide you and your fellow Men, and grant you joy and happiness. Thus you will never tremble; neither before the eyes of men, nor before the throne of Dillermoz. Truth is the foundation of all, and the Knights of Truth fight only for Love and Charity. The sanctity of this religion can only be defiled by hate.
Therefore, we do not persecute, but leave all behind us: All will stand to the measure and judgment of the Eternal; we seek only contentment through toleration. Children of one God, united by a common belief in one Truth! The Bond that unites us is but Love, and this intimate chain of All, unites us as it dispels all hate and any prejudice against Mankind. King of the world! Masterpiece of creation, who the Eternal animated by his breath! Meditate on your sublime election.
Your secret Centre is One, All, and emanating from the bosom of the Divine, and it shall survive all material things and never die. That is the true patent of your nobility, the living seal of your happiness. This you have forgotten. And through the pride of your mind, plunged yourself into the abyss of oblivion.
By your own Will, you have degraded yourself! Despite your original and present grandeur, what are you now, compared to the Eternal? Adore the Infinite while in the willedmoz of the finite world. Carefully separate your heavenly indestructible principle, from the foreign alloys you are now composed of. Cultivates your immortal Spirit baptistee perfect your Soul, so that this holy unction will be a temple of Pure Light, when from your being you release the vapors of baptuste matter.
Thus you will be freed from the chains of slavery, attain happiness in this bosom of misfortune, unwavering in the tempests of life; and you shall die without fear. If you ever doubt the immortal nature willermlz your Spirit and the Nobility of your heritage, Jewn would be fruitless for you.
You would cease to be the adopted child of Wisdom and you would be lost in the crowd of material beings and profane, groping for Light in the abyss of darkness. The Eternal deigned Man to be a Sovereign upon earth, and wllermoz have thus elected Sovereigns from their own ranks, to build a State for men to dwell in. When the State of Men is thus erected in the name of truth, you shall cherish its legitimate authority on the corner of the earth that you live.
Your honor shall therefor first be measured by your reflection of the Divine, and secondly in the eyes of your fellow men. Man, wandering in the forest, uncultivated and secluded from his fellows, is not suited to partake in the community of the Divine, nor partake in the wealth of joy that is reserved for him. His Being grows among his fellows, his Mind is strengthened by the clash of opinions, but once hean member of society, he is inclined to constant strife, born from self-interest and disordered passions, and his innocence soon succumbs either to force or to deception.
He therefore saw it necessary to create worldly laws to guide him, and leaders to keep them. Sensible Man, Pray for you parents; pray for those whom govern your state, and ask jeah their conservation, for even they should be representatives of divinity on earth.
If they err, they will be measured in the Image of the Judge of Kings. So shall also your Heart be your King, and its laws your Law.
Thus beware, for in the end, you can only betray yourself. Self-Rule is your sacred duty, Self-Rule in the kingdom of Men. And if your heart does not quiver in delight when hearing the sweet secret of its hidden name, and its hidden King, our Order would expel you from her womb; and deem you unworthy to stand in our ranks.
For if you fail in this eillermoz task of your own government, you baptiset its very purpose; to be the trusted and esteemed abode of your own elevation.
Be therefore a patriot in your inner kingdom, the truest spouse to your marriage with Heaven. Raise the children of your soul to understand its own laws, and the duties thereof. Be the most courageous warrior, the most upright judge, the wisest Master, the most faithful servant, the most tender parent, the most steady spouse, so that your child will be raised to be sanctified and strengthened as a free Man, voluntarily partaking in the building of the Temple of Truth, and never join the ranks of the weak; in the kingdom of hypocrisy and perjury.
Then, if the borders of your kingdom should open, and should your heart choose to cross these borders of your empire, and should your heart be set ablaze and partake with the hearts of other Men, then you will see that all nations stem back to one common source. You will not fail to recognize that Mankind is but one family; and you will cherish all men, for we all have the same organs, the same need to love, the same desire to be useful, and we all have an immortal Spirit like yours.
If this should come to pass, then do not hesitate: Come into our Temple and offer your homage to the sacred Humanity, for the universe is the home of the Initiate, and anything that has the appearance of Man is never foreign to him.
Come and partake in this majestic building, designed and erected to the restoration of Man; cherish the assembly of virtuous souls, engaged in its exaltation, widespread in all countries, where reason and enlightenment has made its entry, meet under The holy banner of Humanity, ruled by simple and uniform laws.
Finally, feel the sublime goal of our Holy Order; devote your whole life and activity to charity; ennoble, purify and strengthen this resolution by tirelessly working on your own perfection, bringing you closer to the Divine. Created in the image of God who has deigned to communicate himself to mankind and spread happiness through them; approach this example of the Infinite with a firm Will to unceasingly further it, and let the elated bliss pour unto others to the utmost of your power: Behold the impotence of childhood; it demands your support.
Consider the disastrous inexperience of youth; it solicits your council. Use your joy to preserve them from error and the deceptions that threaten them, Excites in them the sparks of the Sacred Fire of their Genius, help them to develop it for the joy of the world. Any Being that suffers or laments has rights sacred rights towards you; take care not to ignore them! Do not wait until the cries of misery starts to bore you before soliciting them; Intervene and reassures those who are unfortunate, and especially those who suffer in silence.
Do not poison, by the ostentation of your gifts, the spring where the unhappy go to be refreshed; do not seek the reward of your benevolence in the vain applause of the multitude; for the Initiate seeks his only reward it in the stillness of his conscience and in the strengthening recognition of the Divine, under the eyes of which he always stand erect.
If Providence should grant you any surplus, takes care not to squander it frivolously or carelessly; for Wisdom would rather that your Heart became indifferent to your possessions, and freely and spontaneously give equal distribution of your goods. This is the only way to enjoy what privileges you might have been given. Beware of avarice, most sordid of passions, so that it does not degrade your character, and that your heart should harden with the cold and arid calculations that it brings.
If ever you should suddenly shrivel with its sad breath self-absorption, flee our Temple, for it would have become a foreign abode for you, and we would not recognize in you the original image of the Divine any longer.
As your charity is lit by religion, your prudence should be lit by Wisdom. As your heart would embrace all of humanity, so must your Spirit choose most wisely where to apply itself. Cultivate it therefore; whether by instruction, advice, protection or reliefs. But never believe that you have done enough, and let yourself lean back to enjoy the fruits of your labors.
Always return to your work, for only thus will your energy be replenished! Thus you will be flooded by continual bursts of sublime passion, an inexhaustible source of pleasures will be prepares for you: When at last you have exceeded yourself even to the very limits of your finite nature, and exhaust yourself so that you should believe that you cannot endure for your Work, never let your soul be distraught!
Then, come to our Temple. Come, and see the brilliance of the Sacred Chain that unites us, and it shall invigorate all your faculties, for our campaign against misery of jjean world, such as the Initiates have undertaken it, will bring forth the a new world; ripe with the sweet fruits of our combined forceswhen they are set on the same goal.
Then your wealth will multiply, for you will help make a thousand men happy instead of one, and all your desires will be crowned. Love thy neighbor as thyself, and never do unto him what you do not want to be done to you. Serve yourself baptisye the sublime force of Silence, and serve mankind by the Sublime gift of the Word. Be gracious but informal; erect yourself to be a divine example. Share the happiness of others, be not jealous of it.
Do not allow the urge of jealousy to rise, even for a moment in your chest, for in wiloermoz root, and by its force, it disturbs the tranquility of your happiness, and your soul will be subject to the tempest of the most miserable furies. Forgive your enemy; for you cannot revenge what he has done to himself. For by this princely sacrifice, is to be found the sublime secret of religion: Recognizing your fellow man as yourself, you return him to the image of the Eternal.
This is the abptiste purpose of forgiveness of sins, and aillermoz most heavenly act of outward man.