Re: The Fundamental Principle of the Circle
Interestingly, the circle comes up in both the Jewish Kabbalah and in Masonic Ritual. Its my view that I can see some parallels to Aikido philosophy here but will leave that to others to decide for themselves!
(WM - Worshipful Master)
(JW - Junior Warden)
(SW - Senior Warden)
WM – Bro. JW, whence come you?
JW – The East.
WM – Bro. SW, whither directing your course?
SW – The West.
WM to JW – What inducement have you to leave the East and go to the West?
JW – To seek for that which was lost, which, by our own industry, we hope to find.
WM – What is that which was lost?
SW – The genuine secrets of a Master Mason.
WM to JW – How came they lost?
JW – By the untimely death of our Master Hiram Abif.
WM to SW – Where do you hope to find them?
SW – With the centre.
WM – What is a Centre ?
JW – A point within a circle from which part of the circumference is equidistant.
WM to SW – Why with the Centre ?
SW – That being a point from which a Master Mason cannot err.
WM – We will assist you to repair that loss and may Heaven aid our united