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Seasons of the Mind


Here’s a quote that struck me, and perhaps you, if you too are battling with with the balance of work and life. Already a Quarter turn of the year and the ‘Great work’ (or even the lesser work) seems for me just a pinprick of light across the gulf of Space . But please bear what S.G. Vasudev has to say in mind the next time you feel Matter over Mind.

Time, as it is measured in the flow of ideas, in the tides of the imagination, or in the seasons of the mind seems to be free from tyranny. At a cursory glance so little seems to have changed; yet much has. There has been the slow, undulating motion of Artistic growth.

Ambassadors of Light « Zen Masonry


Ambassadors of Light

Once during medieval times, a division of soldiers was engaged in a mock battle and some of the officers found it necessary to make their headquarters in a masons’ lodge.

The Master of the lodge told his stewards: “Feed them, but only the same simple fare that we eat.”

Because they were accustomed to special treatment, this made the officers angry. One said to the stewards: “Who do you think we are? We are the king’s soldiers, willing to sacrifice our lives for our country. Why don’t you treat us accordingly?”

The Master answered sternly: “Who do you think we are? We are ambassadors of light, working to raise temples to the glory of God.”

Squared Ashlars, Hewn Timbers – Zen Masonry


A craftsman asked Grand Master Hiram Abif, “Would a Master Mason ever leave the Craft?”

Hiram replied, “Squared ashlars never go back to the quarry, and hewn timbers never return to the forest.”

via S « Zen Masonry.