Mexican—American War[ edit ] When the Mexican—American War started, Pike joined the Regiment of Arkansas Mounted Volunteers a cavalry regiment and was commissioned as a troop commander with the rank of captain in June With his regiment, he fought in the Battle of Buena Vista. Pike was discharged in June He and his commander, Colonel John Selden Roane , had several differences of opinion. This situation led finally to an "inconclusive" duel between Pike and Roane on July 29, , near Fort Smith, Arkansas. He returned to Arkansas in , gaining some amount of prominence in the legal field.
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Gould and George W. Written in , there were only two manuscript copies in existence: one in the archives of the House of the Temple, the other was sent by Pike to London. From its description I knew I had to read it. Reynold J. Matthews had agreed to let me read the manuscript—provided I do so sitting in a chair next to him in his office. As I read the text I concluded that Esoterika was the most cogent and intelligent exposition of Blue Lodge symbolism I had encountered.
But the book was destined for an even larger readership. In the past couple of years Bro. These have now become realities.
Jovanovic translated the work into Serbian, while the Spanish edition was translated by Bro. The editions are near perfect copies of the original in looks and layout. The Serbian edition includes an additional biographical section on Pike, written by Robert Freke Gould, while the Spanish version even includes translated chapter title pages which emulate those of the original artwork! For information on purchasing the Spanish edition write to glp granlogiadepanama.
I have occasionally wondered how Pike would fit into Masonry today, and if his genius still would be recognized. But of course, he does continue to fit in and be appreciated, perhaps even more than in his own time.
His works continue to inspire, and they are more widely available now—and in more languages.
Esoterika - The Symbolism Of The Blue Degrees Of Freemasonry
Kajilrajas No trivia or quizzes yet. John rated it really liked it Sep 27, Stingeymail rated it really liked it Nov 25, A great exploration into the cornerstone of Freemasonry. There are even some blogs dedicated solely for this book but just try to go there and see what happens. Seale, 33, Sovereign Grand Commander.