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tool of iron having been allowed in the building of the Temple) ; the cube instantly divided into 12 parts, the ad of which bore the same relation to the ist that the 3d did to the 2d, and the 4th to the 3d ; this being the arithmetical progression of 1, 2, 3, 4. The parts were
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of the cube divided into 2 hexahedrons, and 2 triangles equal to one hexahedron ; and of the cube divided into 4 pentahedrons. Upon the 4 pieces they discovered a number of hieroglyphics, which, to those Masons who could read them, proved that these characters were in the hand-writing of the G. M. himself, coupled with an inscription to the following effect :
The Great Problem—Required, to construct the Temple, Roof, Pinnacles, Porch, Step, and Door, from of a cube: to consist of 12 parts, each part to bear a proportional relation to the cube, the Temple, and to each other.
Required, from of a cube, and is of a cube, to construct the Porch of Pillars, the Lintel, and posterior Pillars of the Temple.
Required from of the cube into construct the rests for the Wall, the Pillars, the Bases, and the Steps.
Required, from of a cube in to construct the foundation of the Temple, the entire fabric to contain 36 parts or the square of the hexahedron.
Required, to construct, from 2 cubes of the same dimensions, the outer and inner Court, and the Porch of Judgment ; the inner Court to be double the area of the foundation, and to consist of an octagon formed into a square, containing 12 parts ; the outer Court to be double the area of the inner Court, and to consist of 12 parts, each a square; and the Porch of Judgment to be equal to 1 of the outer Court, and to consist of 4 parts, each a triangle, the whole comprising 64 parts, or the square of the cube.
These pieces to be constructed separately in the quarries, and to be packed in 3 cubes of equal dimensions, the first containing 36 pieces, the second 8 pieces, and the third 20 pieces ; that is, a square, a cube, and of a square.
The Throne is a separate piece, to be taken from the interior of the Temple cube, and to consist of of of a cube, making in all 65 pieces, which number in the Hebrew means the Great Secret.
The F. Cs. carried the broken cube to H. K. of I., who in conjunction with H. K. of T., directed that they should be placed along with the jewels of the craft, on a cubic stone, encrusted with gold, in the center of a deep cavern, within the foundations of the Temple, and further ordered, that the door of this Mysterious Court should be built up with large stones, in order that no one in future should be able to gain admission into this mysterious apartment. At the re
building of the Temple, however, three F. Cs., lately returned from Babylon, in the course of their labors inadvertently stumbled upon this mysterious recess. They discovered the fractured cube, and carried the pieces to Z., J., and H., who recognized in the 4 pieces the ****, and accordingly advanced the F. Cs. to a new degree in Masonry, for having accomplished this discovery. But the problem they were able to solve, or to re-construct the broken cube ; and, in consequence, they declared that a profound mystery involved the whole transaction, which would doubtless some day be revealed to the world. Since that time, the cube had remained fractured, and had continued in that state until the month of October, 1835, when it was re-constructed, and the Temple re-built by Robert Tytler, M. D., Surgeon of 34th Regiment R. I, at Midnapoor, Bengal. The problem is from an atten tive investigation of the properties of the Magnetic Angle dividing a cube of the Universe. His work, when completed, corresponded precisely with the construction of that edifice as described in the book I Kings vi and vii.
The center of the power is the cosine of 30°.
The force is the chord of 600 3. The angle is 45°. 4. The field of operation is from 45° to 90°.
5. The apex of the beam above the angle of the roof is the completion of the angle, or Magnetic Point.
Jehovah in Hebrew is Ž 10, H 5, V6, H 5= 26. This is the magnetic measurement, and corresponds to a hair's breadth with the Biblical measure ; and 2X2X2=8, is the cube, and p!umb-line.
The Israelitish measurement was therefore a cube, and divided into 8 cubes, and the length of each divided into 40 cubits, or the four letters of the Name, X 10 (the first letter).
J 10, E 8, S 200, O 70, U 400, S 200 888. The number of the Name of Jesous (the Name in Greek) is therefore 888, or 8, 8, 8, three cubes.
Mr. Tytler has further ascertained that this is the anatomy of the brain. When the brain is spread out it is the Temple. When the Temple is wrapped within the sphere, or formed into a globe, it is the brain, or Universe.
For further speculations upon this subject and its analogical bearings, we refer the reader to the works of Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie, whose pseudonym was “Cryptonymus," now deceased.
OPERA OF ERMINIE.” (Vol. V. p. 284.) This opera is founded upon Daumier's “L'Auberge des Adrets," known to the English stage as “ Tobert Macaire."
Geomantic Figure on Lord Beaconsfield,
Edwards Pierrepont, in an article in the North American Review for · December, 1888, on “Lord Beaconsfield and the Irish Question," takes the following geomantic figure and "judgment "from the biography of Bulwer-Lytton, by his son Lord Lytton—the present ambassador to France.
“Throughout the greater part of Disraeli's early career, his true character was very imperfectly perceived, and the real solidity of his intellect greatly underrated. My father's early recognition of his rare gifts was never for a moment obscured by the ridicule with which mediocre men, for many years, were accustomed to speak of the political pretensions of the future Premier, as if he were merely a spouting charlatan. But neither did his opinion of the quality and order of his friend's genius equal the public estimation of them at the close of that unique career which my father did not live to see.
What he did not see, however, he foresaw. His well-known interest in studies of an occult and mystical description, which will fill a chapter in the story of his later life, led him for many years to find amusement in the process of divination called 'geomancy. And at Wildbad, in 1860, he cast and interpreted the subjoined Geomantic Figure of the character and career of Benjamin Disraeli :
Fudex. A singularly fortunate figure. A strongly marked influence toward the acquisition of coveted objects.
He would gain largely by marriage in the pecuniary sense, which makes a crisis in his life. He would have a peaceful hearth, to his own taste, leaving him free for ambitious objects.
In honors, he has not only luck, but a felicity far beyond the most favorable prospects that could be reasonably anticipated from his past career, his present position, or his personal endowments.
He will leave a higher name than I should say his intellect quite warrants, or than would now be conjectured. He will certainly have very high honors. Whether official or in rank, high as compared with his birth or actual achievements.
He has a temperament that finds pleasure in what belongs to social life. He has not the reserve common to literary men.
He has considerable veneration, and will keep well with Church and State. Not merely from policy, but from sentiment and instinct.
His illnesses will be few and quick. But his last illness may be lingering. He is likely to live to old age—the close of his career much honored.
He will be, to the last, largely before the public. Much feared by his opponents, but greatly beloved, not only by those immediately about him, but by large numbers of persons to whom he is personally unknown. He will die, whether in or out of office, in an exceptionally high position, greatly lamented, and surrounded to the end by all the magnificent planetary influences of a propitious Jupiter.
No figure I have drawn more surprises me than this. It is so com. pletely opposed to what I myself should have argued, not only fro the rest of his career, but from my knowledge of the man.
He will bequeath a repute out of all proportion to the opinion now entertained of his intellect, even by those who think most highly of it
Greater honors far than he has yet acquired are in store for him His enemies, though active, are not persevering. His official friends though not ardent, will yet minister to his success. E. L. B.
Though specious in theory, nothing can be falser in fact than the common saying that all the world is wiser than any man in it, if by this it be meant that the voice of the multitude is nearer the truth than the judgment of the sage. The popular estimate of eminent men is, in the majority of cases, the extravagant offspring of hearsay, which gathers force by repetition. When once the cry is taken up, the cuckoo-note, as it passes from mouth to mouth, assumes a sort of collective magnitude. Exaggeration is its necessary ailment. In the hasty correction of an erroneous belief, one extreme is succeeded by another, and perhaps we may rightly ascribe to this cause the fact
that my father's opinion was a mean between the earliest and latest popular estimate of his friend's character; so that he, who asserted the genius of Disraeli when it was depreciated, was surprised at the glories revealed by this Geomantic Figure.
But whatever may be the truth in this particular, the singularity is the same—that the geomantic conclusions were not suggested by my father's views, but in glaring opposition to them.
The event, which verified his divination, contradicted his judgment."
DEFINITIONS OF GOD. The following sublime definitions of God are found in the Hindû Vedas :
“ He who surpasses speech, and through the power of whom speech is expressed, know, O thou! that He is BRAHMA, and not these perishable things that man adores.”
“ He who cannot be comprehended by intelligence, and he alone, say the sages, through the power of whom the nature of intelligence can be understood, know, O thou ! that He is BRAHMA, and not these perishable things that man adores."
“ He who cannot be seen by the organs of vision, and through the power of whom the organ of seeing sees, know, O thou ! that He is BRAHMA, and not these perishable things that man adores."
“ He who cannot be heard by the organ of audition, and through the power of whom the organs hearing hears, know, O thou ! that Ne is BRAHMA, and not these perishable things that man adores.”
“ He who cannot be perceived by the organ of scent, and through the power of whom the organ of smelling smells, know, O thou ! that He is BRAHMA, and not these perishable things that man adores."
JEWISH TITLES. (Vol. VI. p. 284.) John Kitto says (Cyclopædia Vol. II, p. 596) that there is no exact equivalent in the English language answering to the word Rabbi ; but in purport and usage it is near to doctor or master : or combining both these signification, would fairly represent it. The actual signification of Rab in Hebrew is " a great one,” that is a chief, or master, and would as a title, be probably represented by " Excellenza ” of southern Europe, which is as common as Rab bi among the Jews. This title was employed in the Jewish schools in a three-fold form, indicating as many degreest but in a stricter sense than the academical degrees of Bachelor Master, and Doctor. The lowest of these degrees of honor was Rab Master ; Rabbi, Mo Master ; Rabban, Great Master and with thd ffix Rabbɔni, My Great Master" John xx, 16.)