H.P. Blavatsky (parenthesis notes not hers) wrote:
"No wonder that the Northern seer, Swedenborg, advises people to search for the (Secret Mantra) LOST WORD (of Masonry) among the hierophants of Tartary, China, and Thibet."
Hi Will, related to what you said about ordinary British Freemasonry:
Isabel Cooper-Oakley quoted C.W. King who wrote:
"A Master Mason of the very highest degree lately informed me that he had detected the signs now in use engraved amongst the sculptures in the Cave-Temples of Elephanta;
Manly P. Hall 33º wrote:
"On the mandalas of the Tibetans, heaven is laid out in the form of a cross, with a demon king at each of the four gates. A remarkable cross of great antiquity was discovered in the island caves of Elephanta in the harbor of Bombay. Crosses of various kinds were favorite motifs in the art of Chaldea, Phœnicia, Egypt, and Assyria. The initiates of the Eleusinian Mysteries of Greece were given a cross which they suspended about their necks on a chain, or cord, at the time of initiation. To the Rosicrucians, Alchemists, and Illuminati, the cross was the symbol of light..."and, what is still more important that although Brahmins are Masons, yet if a European makes the sign to them, they immediately put their hands before their eyes, as if to shut out the sight of the profanation of things holy. But the curious fact can be explained with the utmost certainty."
Have you ever read any of the writings of Godfrey Higgins (not to be confused with Frank C. Higgins) ? His works were referred to often by Theosophists such as Manly P. Hall and H.P. Blavatsky.