Hiram Had To Die


Hiram Had To Die
And So Must You!

by Roger A. Kessinger, 32!
P.O. Box 160, Kila, MT 59920

Hiram had to dieQand so must you.  Why?  Because the fate 
of Hiram Abiff is the story of all mankind and of all Masons.  
The life of Hiram reveals many lessons but his death teaches 
the most significant.  Listen to the story and its message 
for you.

Hiram is an initiate.  This means he was a man, who, of his 
own free will and accord, entered upon a path of study and 
action which taught him how to live a proper life to be 
acceptable to God.  But God is unwilling to accept any man 
until he offers up a sacrifice:  not of blood, not of money, 
but of something far greater in valueQhimself.  Man must 
sacrifice himself if he is to permanently unite with God and 
remain in his kingdom from whence he was banished.  How is 
this accomplished?  Only by death.

The initiate must die to the corruptions of his outer self 
and be reborn to the divinity of his inner self, or soul.  
This means that his whole perception must be radically 
changed to accommodate his new lifeQthe spiritual life.  He 
must realize that physical life is only a temporary 
phenomenon whose sole purpose is to reveal the existence of a 
higher state of beingQspiritual immortality, and that 
although this spiritual existence is promised to everyone, it 
must be EARNED HERE AND NOW.  The initiate accomplishes this 
mission by correcting his thoughts, words, and actions (or 
deeds).  This alone makes him acceptable to God.

Hiram subdued his own passions, by thinking proper 
thoughts, speaking acceptable words, and performing exemplary 
deeds.  Allegorically, this happened when he was struck in 
the chest (the seat of the passions), throat (the place of 
words), and head (the center of thoughts).  The latter 
"killed" him.  The three fellowcrafts were not assassins but 
spiritual principles:  spiritual force, spiritual power, and 
spiritual will.

But what was it that was killed?  It wasn't the man 
himself, it was his outer nature.  It wasn't his physical 
body, it was his physical nature.  Death didn't send him to 
the cold, dark, depths of the grave but raised him to the 
brilliant sunshine of LIGHT & ILLUMINATION.  His "death" gave 
him life.
The acacia tree provides further testimony to help Masons 
understand this seeming paradox.  After the death of the 
outer nature the true nature of the inner man still survives.  
Why?  Because our purpose here on earth is to discover and 
unite with this Godly nature within us.  The bible speaks of 
this when it refers to the marriage of the lamb, bride, or 
groom.

MASONS!  THIS IS THE TRUE PURPOSE OF FREEMASONRY:  TO SQUARE THE 
ROUGH ASHLAR AND THUS ATTAIN SPIRITUAL PERFECTION!  This can only be 
accomplished by the death of our outer, or crude, rough, 
animal natures, which creates a refined spiritual and mental 
existence.

Only by being free from debasing influences will you truly 
be a Freemason:  free from vanity, fear, religious dogma, 
greed, hate, lust, jealousy, and in general, free from all of 
the errors that chain the spiritual existence.  Until you 
accomplish this most difficult task, you will only be a 
Mason, not a Freemason.

So you see, Hiram had to dieQand so must you.  Salve 
fraters.