Issued by Order
Grand Secretary General
O. T. O.
PEACE, TOLERANCE, TRUTH
SALUTATATION ON ALL
POINTS OF THE TRIANGLE
RESPECT TO THE ORDER
To All whom it may
GREETING AND HEALTH
MANIFESTO OF THE
M∴ M∴ M∴
1. The M∴ M∴ M∴ (Mysteria Mystica Maxima) is the name of the British section of the O.T.O. This includes all countries where English is generally spoken.
2. The O.T.O. is a body of initiates in whose hands are concentrated the wisdom and the knowledge of the following bodies:
many other orders of equal merit, if of less fame.
3. The dispersion of the original secret wisdom having led to confusion, it was determined by the Chiefs of all these Orders to recombine and centralize their activities, even as white light, divided in a prism, may be recomposed.
It embodies the whole of the secret knowledge of all Oriental Orders; and its chiefs are initiates of the highest rank, and recognized as such by all capable of such recognition in every country in the world.
In more remote times, the constituent originating assemblies of the O.T.O. included such men as:
Fohi Hippolytus Laotze Merlin Siddartha Arthur Krishna Titurel Tahuti Amfortas Ankh-f-n-khonsu Percivale Herakles Wan Orpheus Mosheh Odysseus Dionysus Vergilius Mahmud Catullus Hermes Martialis Pan Apollonius Tyanaeus Dante Simon Magus Carolus Magnus Manes William of Schyren Basilides Frederick of Hohenstaufen Valentinus Roger Bacon Bardesanes Jacobus Burgundus Molensis Christian Rosenkreutz Osiris Ulrich von Hutten Melchizedek Paracelsus Khem Michael Maier Menthu Jakob Boehme Johannes Dee Francis Bacon (Lord Verul- Sir Edward Kelly lam) Thos. Vaughan Andréa Elias Ashmole Robertus de Fluctibus Comte de Chazal Chau Sigismund Bacstrom Saturnus MolinosAnd more recently:
Goethe Ludwig von Fischer Sir Richard Payne Knight Friedrich von Nietzsche Sir Richard Francis Burton Hargrave Jennings Forlong Dux Karl Kellner Ludovicus Rex Bavariae Eliphas Levi Richard Wagner Franz HartmannThe names of women members are never divulged.
It is not lawful here to disclose the name of any living chief.
It was Karl Kellner who revived the exoteric organization of the O.T.O. and initiated the plan now happily complete of bringing all occult bodies again under one governance.
The letters O.T.O. represent the words Ordo Templi Orientis (Order of the Temple of the Orient, or Oriental Templars), but they have also a secret meaning for initiates.
4. The Order is international, and has existing branches in every civilized country of the world.
5. The aims of the O.T.O. can only be understood fully by its highest initiates; but it may be said openly that it teaches Hermetic Science or Occult Knowledge, the Pure and Holy Magick of Light, the Secrets of Mystic attainment, Yoga of all forms, Gnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakta Yoga and Hatha Yoga, and all other branches of the secret Wisdom of the Ancients.
In its bosom repose the Great Mysteries; its brain has resolved all the problems of philosophy and of life.
It possesses the secret of the Stone of the Wise, of the Elixir of Immortality, and of the Universal Medicine.
Moreover, it possesses a Secret capable of realizing the world-old dream of the Brotherhood of Man.
It also possesses in every important centre of population a hidden Retreat (Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum) where members may conceal themselves in order to pursue the Great Work without hindrance.
These houses are secret fortresses of Truth, Light, Power and Love, and their position is only disclosed under an oath of secrecy to those entitled to make use of them.
They are also temples of true worship, specially consecrated by Nature to bring out of a man all that is best in him.
6. The authority of the O.T.O. is concentrated in the O.H.O. (Outer Head of the Order), or Frater Superior. The name of the person occupying this office is never disclosed except to his immediate representatives.
7. The Authority of the O.H.O. in all English-speaking countries is delegated by charter to the Most Holy, Most Illustrious, Most Illuminated, and Most Puissant Baphomet Xº Rex Summus Sanctissimus 33º, 90º, 96º, Past Grand Master of the United States of America, Grand Master of Ireland, Iona, and All the Britains (Free and Independent Great Britain and Ireland), Sovereign Grand Commander of the Order of the Temple, Most Wise Sovereign of the Order of the Rosy Cross, Grand Zerubbabel of the Order of the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch, etc. etc. etc., National Grand Master General ad vitam of the M.'.M.'.M.'., whose headquarters are at 33 Avenue Studios (76 Fulham Road), Kensington, London, S.W., England.
8. The National Grand Master General ad vitam is assisted by two principal officers, the Grand Treasurer General, the V∴ Ill∴ Bro∴ George M. Cowie, VIIº, 33º, 90º, 95º, of 14 Glenisla Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Grand Secretary General, V∴H∴I∴ and Ill∴ Bro∴ L. Bathurst, IXº, 33º, 90º, 95º of 33 Avenue Studio 9 (76 Fulham Road), London, S.W.
There are many other officers, but they do not concern those to whom the present manifesto is addressed.
9. The whole of the Knowledge dispersed among the bodies mentioned in paragraph 2 has been sifted and concentrated in the following degrees:
IVº Companion of the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch.
Prince of Jerusalem.
Knight of the East and of the West.
Vº Sovereign Prince of Rose Croix. (Knight of the Pelican and Eagle.)
Member of the Senate of Knight Hermetic Philosophers Knights of the Red Eagle.
VIº Illustrious Knight (Templar) of the Order of Kadosch, and Companion of the Holy Graal.
Grand Inquisitor Commander, Member of the Grand Tribunal.
Prince of the Royal Secret.
VIIº Very Illustrious Sovereign Grand Inspector General.
Member of the Supreme Grand Council.
VIIIº Perfect Pontiff of the Illuminati.
IXº Initiate of the Sanctuary of the Gnosis.
Xº Rex Summus Sanctissimus (Supreme and Most Holy King).10. Every man and woman that is of full age, free, and of good report, has an indefeasible right to the IIIº.
Beyond this, admission is only granted by invitation from the governing body concerned.
The O.T.O., although an Academia Masonica, is not a Masonic Body so far as the craft degrees are concerned in the sense in which that expression is usually understood in England, and therefore in no way conflicts with, or infringes the just privileges of, the United Grand Lodge of England.
11. This is the Table of Fees connected with the M∴M∴M∴ as at present in force in this country.
O. T. O.
M∴ M∴ M∴
12. This is the Table of Fees payable on affiliation by Freemasons belonging to any generally recognised body:
13. Application for admission to the Order may be made personally at headquarters, 33 Avenue Studios, 76 Fulham Road, Kensington, London, S.W., between the hours of Ten A.M. and Twelve Noon on week-days, or by letter to the Grand Secretary General. In the former case, applicants should be provided with the Fur Guineas entitling them to the Third Degree; in the latter, it should be enclosed with the application.
The First Annual Subscription is payable on taking the Third Degree; if this is taken after June 30 in any year, only half the amount is due.
Subscriptions of old members are due on January 1, but the Brother is considered in good standing, and he does not lose his rights, if it is paid by March 1. Should he fail to discharge his obligation by this date, he ceases ipso facto to be a member of the Order, but may be reinstated on paying arrears and one guinea extra. If his lapse extend to the next year following, he can only be reinstated under special conditions, and by the express consent in writing of the National Grand Master General ad vitam.
14. The Constitution, Trust Deeds, Charters, Warrants and all other documents, are exhibited to candidates on their exaltation to the IVº, should they desire it.
15. Diplomas are granted to all members at a uniform price of Two Guineas. Special diplomas of the IXº, Five Guineas.
16. The privileges of members of the O.T.O. are very numerous. These are the principal:
In the lower grades the final secrets are hinted and conveyed in symbol, beneath veil, and through sacrament.
In this way the intelligence of the initiate is
called into play, so that he who well uses the
knowledge of the lower grades may be selected for
invitation to the higher, where all things are
* The rule of secrecy has been abrogated in this particular instance by the National Grand Master General ad vitam, as owing to the fact of its being a country residence in a secluded district, and situated in its own very extensive grounds, it is not so important to conceal it from the profane.
18. In selecting members for advancement, attention is paid to their devotion to the Order, to their intelligence in apprehending the nature of its teaching, to their zeal in spreading the principles of the Order so far as they themselves understand them, though always with the discretion inseparable from the due guarding of the secrets, and to all those qualities of courage, honour, and virtue without which man is not worthy of that name.
19. The O.H.O. is only known to members of the VIIIº and IXº.
The National Grand Master General ad vitam is not approachable as such by any person who has not reached the VIº.
All communications should be addressed to the Grand Secretary General, and all cheques drawn in favour of the Grand Treasurer General.
IXº Grand Secretary General
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