Manicheism is the religion of the followers of Manes,
a slave who was sold to a widow who freed and adopted him, thus making
him the "son of the widow" a name which after him passed to all his followers
and is still used in Masonic Lodges.
Of Manicheism, C.W. Oliver, considered an authority on all masonic
matters, writes: "Manicheism was one of the most important attempts to
found a universal religion and to reconcile the Christian, Buddhist, and
Mazdean with the Greek philosophy. It presented the same synergetic ideas
found later among Moslem Druzes and among Sikhs. It failed in the first
place because Islam presented a much simpler system in the East, and because
in the West Christianity was already developing, in the time of Manes,
a religion which aimed at reconciling the Paganism of Italy and Gaul with
the ethics of Christ, this presenting a simpler and more familiar faith.
But the one achievement of Manes was the creation of the one achievement
of Manes was the creation of the Devil which led to an afterwards unremovable
taint throughout religion. Manes was a notable philosopher and religious
teacher born about the year 216 A.D., and he was crucified and flayed alive
by the Persian Magi under Bahram I in the year 227 A.D. His Persian name
was Shuraik, rendered Cubricus in Lain." (C.W. Oliver, An Analysis of Magic
and Witchcraft, p. 102; Occult Theocracy, pp. 108-109) He was the
slave of the wife of a certain Terebinth who was a disciple of Scythianus
of the race of the Sarrasins.
Oliver tells us further that: "His Acid Archclei became the Manichean
Bible with sundry added epistles. He taught the Mazdean dualism of the
powers of light and darkness, as representing good and evil beings, and
an asceticism which aimed at the control of all passions. Manes repudiated
Judaism, and like the Gnostics, regarded (the Jews) god as an evil god.
The Manicheans were more hated and feared by Catholic Christians than any
other sect. They were sill in existence in spite of constant persecution
as late as our tenth century, and their influence was felt from China to
Spain and Gaul. It sill lingers in Asia, and among the Christians of St.
Thomas' in Madras it survived till the fifteenth century. St. Augustine
had listened for nine years to Manes, but the Roman Empire felt the force
of this system chiefly in 280 A.D.. The Romans knew it themselves in 330
A.D., and Faustus became its missionary among them.
Many clung to Manicheism till 440 A.D., when Leo the Great found
that he must stamp it out of the Roman creed was not to be extinguished.
It was the basis of the Paulican heresy, and of the Albigenses in the South
of France which was only quenched by blood in the thirteenth century.
The doctrine of Manes can be summed up as follows. He believed
in two gods, or, more exactly, principles, the principle of good and that
of evil. Before the creation of the world the people of darkness' revolted
against God, and God, incapable of withstanding the attack, gave to them
a portion of His essence. The people of darkness having within them the
principle of evil by their very nature, and the principle of good which
they had just acquired, were able to constitute the world, where both these
principles are combined, but where the principle of evil predominates as
the natural characteristic of its originators. Man is a mixture of two
natures, the spiritual being the work of God, the body, and especially
sex, the work of the Devil" (C.W. Oliver, An Analysis of Magic and Witchcraft,
p. 106; Occult Theocracy, pp. 109-110)
Yet another authority not to be overlooked, namely Abb�
Baruel, author of "Memoirespour servir � l'histoire du Jacobinisme"
shows the remarkable analogy between the dogmas and rituals of Freemasonry,
Templarism and those of Manicheism. Grades concur in number and signs are
identical. The mourning for Jacques Molay is a ceremony analogous to that
practiced by the Manicheans in remembrance of Manes and known as Bema.
The term MacBenac still used in Masonic lodges was the reminder of the
execution of Manes which all Manichean adepts sought to avenge. The practice
of so called Fraternity or Brotherhood was in Manicheism extended only
to adepts of the sect, just as it is similarly practiced by Freemasons
towards one another only.
The question which naturally comes up to one's mind when one follows
closely the links of the Manichean chain is this: Is no Freemasonry, such
as we see it today, the full development of the idea of Cubricus or Manes
the slave, the apotheosis of Manicheism as achieved by Albert Pike, Sovereign
Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry? (Occult Theocrasy, p. 111)
Definition of an American: "A person who is a
slave to the International Bankers and Zionist elite, but believes he is
free, because they can voice their opinions; as long as the government
agents don't hear it."