Martinism, in short, is an initiatic lineage of primitive, esoteric christianity and spiritual chivalry. It is a connecton to the Passed Masters (not the same as the Masonic "Past Masters").
Louis-Claude de Saint Martin was an active member of the Elu Cohen. He started to teach and initiate in what he called "the way of the heart" which is a mystic (inner) path compared to the theurgic operations of the Elu Cohen.
There are some misconceptions about Martinism, the Elu Cohen, and the Rectified Scottish Rite (which was developed from the Strict Observance and Elu Cohen). Each lineage is not the same as the other two. Martinism and the Rectified Scottish Rite do have a historic root in the teachings of Elu Cohen but they distinctly different from each other and the Elu Cohen.
It is a rich tradition that cannot be done via the post. It is a lineage that is handed down from initiator to the initiated in an unbroken chain.
Brandt Self-proclaimed haberdasher and conservator of the dark mysteries.
This is taken from the Home page of The HOM Web Site, although I may agree with the position I appreciate some Martinists wont!
Martinism is a form of an initiatic esoteric or mystical Christianity that regards Jesus Christ as The Repairer and aims for the reintegration of man to attain an idealised state. Such a state aimed for is that in the Garden of Eden before the Fall of Man as described in the Holy Bible (Genesis 3, 1 – 6).
Martinism reflects the philosophy and esoteric Christian mysticism of the French philosopher Louis Claude de Saint-Martin (1743 – 1803), who was a disciple of the 18th century Freemason and theurgist, Martinez de Pasqually (1727 – 1774). Saint-Martin’s spiritual writings were published under his pseudonym of "Le Philosophe Inconnu", or the "Unknown Philosopher".
The Hermetic Order of Martinists (HOM) is a Martinist Order that is only open to Master Masons of a Lodge under the authority of the United Grand Lodge of England, or of a Grand Lodge recognised by them, who are members of at least the First Grade (Zelator) of the Societas Rosicruciana In Anglia (SRIA). Thus, by definition, aspirants must be followers of the Trinitarian Christian Faith.
By a process of initiation, meditation, study, esoteric discussion and contemplation, members of the Order aim to discover and understand the presence of Jesus Christ within.
There is nothing more easy than to come to the gate of truth; there is nothing more difficult than to enter it. This applies to most of the wise of this world.
The interesting thing for me is that it can mean so much to many different people. The fact that the journey within Martinism is a personal one for each individual is enlightening to say the least.
On a personal note I find that the system, (if one can call it that), helps me understand my previous masonic initiations much better and can on occasions allow them to be seen from a different perspective.
"Such a state aimed for is that in the Garden of Eden before the Fall of Man as described in the Holy Bible"
I would be very interested in hearing various Martinists ideas about the esoteric meanings of such a state, and the implications, if such a state were realized, for the individual initiate and for humanity as a whole.
Freeman of the City of Prince George, British Columbia 4th Degree Order of Skinner & Probyn's 18th Degree A&H Art. Company of Mass, USA Orator of the Planispheres &c &c &c GM, Order of Acrimonious Virgin
omni: In my Lodge the Secretary is a hugh bully along with control issues. if anyone even asks a question he files masonic charges against them. He controls members mostly because they are afraid of him.
Apr 16, 2018 1:07:49 GMT
foriamhim: To omni: Grow some balls, that lodge is yours as well as every member in that lodge. If you are right, its not your problem. Nobody likes the ugliness of masonic charges. Light will always illuminate darkness, don't be afraid, be a better man.
May 27, 2018 15:37:09 GMT
foriamhim: Oh, I am a new member and just wanted to say hi...
May 27, 2018 15:39:10 GMT