Indeed, The Universal Order of the Righteous Builders of Melchizedek is composed of high degrees from various rites, orients, and different countries. We wanted to create an order based on the true tradition of the builders of the original founders of Freemasonry.
The O∴U ∴ J∴ B ∴ M is born out of a project of several brothers throughout the world who carry various affiliations of Masonic, Initiatic, Hermetic, and Esoteric backgrounds.
“Melchizedek actually means “hail to” or “honor to” or “power to Sedek.” Therefore the name can be freely translated as the Authority of Sedek, or Sedek is king. Melchizedek, Prince of Salem, really means then, Sedek is king of Salem. The word Sedek is Egyptian. Sedek was the father of the Artificer gods of Egypt. The seven gods, called the Cabiri, are the children of Sedek. Melchizedek therefore is the father of the planets, or, astronomically, the Sun. Like Moses, the red haired man whose name is also a Cabalistic title of the Sun, Melchizedek is the great orb of heaven, therefore his own father and mother, and the founder of the eternal priesthood. Later, Christi is called “the Light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Christ is therefore a type of the spiritual sun, the light-bearer, the light-bringer, called by St. Paul a priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek. In other words, a priest of the Sun, or of the Solar Mystery, or of the Eternal Light.
So Melchizedek is father Sedek, the father of the planets and the Cabirian artificers. Thus Sedek is the Sun. We have the same Symbolism as with Moses, the letters of whose name, if rearranged, form the name of the Sun, Samach. Moses, the red-haired man and Melchizedek the king, the first priest, are both Sun-men.”
“The highest of all occult orders which exists only in the inner world may be called the “Order of Melchizedek,” although among certain nations it has other names. This Order is composed entirely of the graduates of the other Mystery Schools who have actually reached the point where they can give birth to their present selves out of their own natures, like the mysterious phoenix bird which, breaking open at death, permits a new bird to fly forth.
The secret Order of Melchizedek can never appear in the physical world while humanity is constituted according to its present plan. It is the supreme Mystery School, and a few have reached the point where they have blended their divine and human natures so perfectly that they are symbolically two-headed. The heart and mind must be brought into perfect equilibrium before true thinking or true spirituality can be attained. The highest function of the mind is reason; the highest function of the heart is intuition, a sensing process not necessitating the normal working of the mind.”
-Manly P. Hall, Melchizedek and the Mystery of Fire