April 11, 2011
Epsilon Chai Iota Tau – An expose’ on the symbolism of Freemasonry
By Gene Goldman with Robert E. Winterton
This paper will reveal one of the most tightly kept secrets taught in Masonry. This is a lesson that is so secret, and so fundamental to our nature, that it is not even spoken of in our ritual. However, it is taught just the same.
It is the secret of the Epsilon Chai Iota Tau. Four Greek letters, with so much significance an entire book could be written, and not even begin to explain the mystery contained within them. Sherlock Holmes would be hard pressed to find all their meanings. Philosophers could spend lifetimes delving into the depths of their significance, and still not scratch the surface. Their many lessons are never taught, but everyone knows them.
The story of “The Purloined Letter” teaches us that the best way to hide something is to place it in plain sight. It is interesting to note that this symbol, these four Greek letters appear in every commercial and government building in this country, and most people never take conscious notice of them. School children see them every day and never ask what they mean. Workers in businesses, customers in stores, patrons in movies, ball games and amusement parks see these letters, and read their hidden message every day and never realize it. After this, you will never again be without conscious knowledge of them, and their importance to you, in your life.
Epsilon Chai Iota Tau. The most simple, and yet most complicated, translation to these four simple letters is “When finished, come this way”. Each of us places our own meanings, assigns our own importance and develops our own picture of what this means.
“When finished, come this way”. For the businessman, when the deal is completed, fulfilment begins.
“When finished, come this way”. For the student, when the studies are finished, it will be time to apply what has been learned in order to make a positive contribution to the world.
“When finished, come this way”. For the employee, when the workday is done, it is time to go home, and be with family, rest and refresh himself, rejuvenate and enjoy the fruits of his labors.
“When finished, come this way”. For the theologin, when this life draws to a close, real glory awaits us in a brighter and better world.
“When finished, come this way”. For the Master Mason, when the Degrees are finished, it is time to take the lessons he has learned and start applying them in his life.
“When finished, come this way”. For you, reading this, when you are finished, it will be time to embark on a new topic or activity.
“When finished, come this way”.
Epsilon Chai Iota Tau
Symbolic interpretations of a commonplace image – to teach, influence, enlighten and inspire.