I Am the Gate - the Emptiness
Love. Your letter.
You write me that without me you cannot pass through the
gate and with me you will not pass through the gate.
Oh! I know that.
But you need not do either.
You need not pass through the gate with me or not with me.
Because, I AM THE GATE.
Bhakti, I am NO-ONE - so how can you be with me or not
And, ONE who is NO-ONE only can be the gate.
The Gate means the emptiness.
Because the Gate is nothing but the space to pass through.
Pass through me - not with me - and know.
I appear to be some-one only from without.
But deeper you penetrate me the less you will find me.
And, in the end: NO-ONE.
(To, Ma Yoga Bhakti, New York, U.S.A.)
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Seventeenth Degree (Knight of the East and West)
"I, __________, do promise and solemnly swear and declare in the awful
presence of the Only ONe Most Holy Puissant Almighty and Most Merciful
Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth ...
that I will never reveal to any person whomsoever below me ...
the secrets of this degree which is now about to be communicated to me,
under the penalty of not only being dishoneored,
but to consider my life as the immediate forfeiture,
and that to be taken from me with all the torture and pains
to be inflicted in manner as I have consented to in the preceeding
[During this ritual the All Puissant teaches, 'The skull is the image
of a brother who is excluded form a Lodge or Council. The cloth
stained with blood, that we should not hesitate to spill ours for
the good of Masonry.']"