Richard Cassaro writes in "The Triptych Enigma: Freemasonry's Forbidden Ancient 'Universal Religion' Rediscovered," what he believes stems from a simple observation. Cassaro terms tripartite features of European cathedrals and ancient pyramids worldwide : "'Triptych' to describe it, due to its similarity to the Triptychs painted by many Renaissance painters (many of whom, we shall find later, were aware of these Triptychs and their meaning)." The three entrances on ancient pyramids and medieval cathedrals are key observation in using term. The article claims tripartite features represent encoded message and universal spirituality: "The abundant occurrence of the Triptych across the ancient world is not a random coincidence. The Triptych represents more than merely an architectural element; the Triptych is the chief symbol of an advanced Universal Religion that was once shared globally in Antiquity, mainly by the pyramid cultures. The discovery of the Triptych provides, for the first time, conclusive evidence that ancient cultures worldwide shared the same spiritual beliefs. It also indicates that these cultures did not evolve independently, but were probably descended from the same more remote parent source. The Universal Religion symbolized by the Triptych was banned in the West 2,000 years ago by the Catholic Church, but nonetheless it has continued into modern times, surviving in the beliefs of Secret Societies and their art and architecture." The present writer wonders if discovery of a past "Universal Religion" would be used and corrupted to mandate a "One World Religion?"
European cathedrals, were intentionally built, with specific architectural design in mind to represent Joachin and Boaz of Solomon's temple. Joachin and Boaz represent the duality of man. Joachin represents male and Boaz female, sun and moon, light and dark, dry and moist, duality of opposites. Cassaro implies these hieroglyphs in stone, are at least one reason, Rome persecuted the Knights Templar. The Rose directly above larger middle entrance represents our "true self" or soul. The author suggests further, when body and soul are brought into balance, this represents wisdom of the All Seeing Eye. Cassaro equates balance with opening of the "Third Eye" and views Third Eye and All Seeing Eye to represent fundamentally same goal. There seems definitely a case for what Cassaro argues in his article. Good Stuff!