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Montana Freemason                                           May 2014                                           Volume 90   Number 2

          up the flimsy claim that Freemasonry is founded  relation between the words meaning to be born, and
          upon the Egyptian mysteries. The facts are, there  to cut? Will any one claim that they are synonymous?
          never was an Egypto-Coptic language. The Coptic  Unfortunately for this fancy of "Repressed Desire,"
          language was spoken by the people of the Nile,  the lexicographers and etymologists are all on the
          until the Saracen conquest; it lives to-day only in  other side of the question.
          Biblical literature, enriched with Greek and Hebrew
          words and embellished with a Greek culture of the       If "The spiritual and philosophical teachings of
          Alexandrian School. The Egyptian language for the  the Craft and the oriental origin and great antiquity
          last twelve hundred years has been Arabic, and if  of our beloved Order" depend on such flimsy and
          there is or ever was a language known as Egypto-     untenable arguments or hypotheses, then the Craft
          Coptic, it is a mongrel and not recognized by the  is in danger, both as to its teachings and its origin.
          best authorities.                                    If any Mason wishes to draw geometrical figures
                                                               and lines, and evolve from them that life continues
             The English language is made up of words derived  beyond the grave, and to demonstrate the relation
          from the divisions and subdivisions of the great  between the planets and the inhabitants thereof, no
          Aryan Race whose root language is the Sanskrit.  one will deprive him of the pleasure; but the Book
          Upon this derivation, the etymology of the English  on our Altar declared many Centuries ago that: "The
          language is based. The word "Free" can be traced  Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament
          back through the six or seven different languages to  showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth
          the Sanskrit root word, "Priya," the original meaning  speech and night unto night showeth knowledge."   If
          being beloved or dear. Through the different  any Mason wishes to amuse himself with the sacred
          languages in which it can be traced it has its present  triangles of Pythagoras, to demonstrate the unity of
          meaning, "Free."                                     the world and the existence of Deity, well and good;
                                                                but Freemasonry postulates the existence of God.
             The word, "Light," comes from the Sanskrit word,  If any Mason enjoys himself by delving into the
          "Ruch," meaning brightness. The root of this word  mysteries of Egypt and the Kabalah, no one will
          is found in the language of all Nations, and means  gainsay his zeal in his efforts to prove immortal life,
          brightness or to shine. In the derivation of these two  the evidence of the spiritual world and the perfection
          words can any one discover any relation whatever  of the Divine nature. It is well; but, Freemasonry
          between the root "Priya" and the word "Ruch?" The  accepts all this as axiomatic and concerning which
          wildest stretch of the imagination can not make  there can be no denial.
          them synonymous.
                                                                  Freemasonry is not a science of mental gyrations
             The claim that "Messem" is the plural of "Mes"  and abstractions, but it is the science of utilitarian
          will not bear investigation because in the Coptic  thinking; it is not a philosophy of speculation, but it
          Language the plural of a word ending in a consonant  is the philosophy of doing; it is not a symbolism of
          was formed by adding the letter "I," hence if the  Occult Sciences, but it is the mystery of the unfolding
          derivation were true it should be "Mesi," not  of a larger life; it is not so much as to origin, as it is
          "Messem." Judging from the spelling of the word  to destiny; it is not so much as to the certainty of the
          Mason in the several centuries, the Egypto-Coptic  past, as it is to the certainty and permanency in the
          word "Mes" had a difficult course to travel to find  future.
          its imaginary plural. In the 16th Century the word
          was spelled "Maisson," "Masones" and "Maison." In       The liberal arts and sciences are worthy of every
          1611 we find the expression "Frie men of Maissones;"  Mason's time and zeal, but these do not constitute
          in 1634 it appears as "Frie Masones;" in 1636 it was  Freemasonry. The ancestry of Freemasonry
          written "Frie Mason." But not until 1725 was the  through the operative Craft is noble, the teachings
          Fraternity known as a "Society of Freemasons." If  of Freemasonry are sublime. Strained symbolism,
          the word Mason and the word Children, were ever  abstract philosophy and etymological hypotheses
          synonymous we ought to be able to trace the root  add nothing to its luster, but rather dim its radiance
          of these words. The word Child comes from the  in the broad field of practical morality. Sentiment
          Sanskrit word Ga or Gan meaning "to beget." From  is the greatest thing in the world. Freemasonry is
          this root word up through all the languages the word  sentiment in action.
          means child.
                                                                And then there is the rest of the story two issues
             The word Mason can be traced back through all  later...
          the prominent languages to the Sanscrit root, "Mit,"
          which means to cut. Can any one find even a possible
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