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Sri Brahadeeswara Lodge Masonic Lecture 2014
Ancient Teachings Absorbed by Freemasonry.
delivered by R.W.Bro.Dr.John Reginald P.Dy.G.M
Brahadeeswara Lodge Lecture Series at Yelagiri Retreat)
I am thankful for the signal honour of being invited to deliver the Second
Lecture in Sri Brahadeeswara Lodge Lecture Series and that too in the
distinguished presence of our M.W.Grand Master and numerous senior brethren. It
was with some trepidation that I accepted the request to deliver the second
Lecture, as I have known the high standard of the papers presented in the
Masonic Seminars and Retreats arranged by Sri Brahadeeswara Lodge and that I
have to spend quite some time for producing a well researched paper.
Considerable encouragement and guidance were extended to me by the senior
brethren and I thank them.
2. We were all congratulated at our Initiation, “ on being admitted a member
of our ANCIENT and Honourable institution”. It was further stated that it was
Ancient,. “as having subsisted from time immemorial..” Despite a large body of
research papers written by eminent Antiquarians, who are keen students of the
origin and history of the Craft, many serious minded enquirers frankly admit
that a perusal of the available literature on the subject has left them confused
and unconvinced. It will be beyond the scope of this lecture to ascertain,
whether the history of Freemasonry propounded in the Old constitutions and
papers is correct. It is an undeniable fact that the doctrines of the Ancient
wisdom are faithfully preserved in our Masonic system and that was the reason,
of it being characterized as Ancient.
3. Few brethren consider Freemasonry as a social institution, with a structured
organizational hierarchy and rules, regulations, etc. Most others consider
it as a body of moral values, a code of conduct with ideas and aspirations,
which its members and votaries try, practice and adhere. The latter view appears
to be more apt, because we have been taught that ours is “ a peculiar system of
morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols”. Further, the Ancient
Wisdom absorbed by Freemasonry makes its adherents and the institution
4. Any student of comparative religion will notice the remarkable presence of
common factors, common beliefs, doctrines, practices and symbols, in the
religions of all races alike, throughout the world. Races, separated from others
by time or distance, or location, are found to have employed and are still
employing certain ideas, symbols, doctrines and practices in common with
others. A close examination of Masonic literature confirms that, many ancient
and universal ideas, symbols and practices have been embodied in our system of
Freemasonry, which points out to the antiquity and universality of the science.
Let us now analyze some of the important ancient wisdom absorbed by Freemasonry.
5. All knowledge is said to have originated in the East, for the East, in every
sense, geographically, astronomically, and spiritually, has ever been the source
of light as declared in "Ex Oriente Lux" (Out of the East Light).Our ritual
teaches that the glorious luminary of nature regularly rises in the East and
diffuses light and luster to all within its circle. It were only three wise men
from the East guided by the Stars who paid the first homage to the son of God.
Learning was first established in the East and as humanity itself became
diffused and distributed over the globe, learning had gradually spread towards
the West. The record of this truth is asserted in our Instruction Lectures in
the phrase, "Learning originated in the East and thence spread its benign
influence towards the West" (Masonic Lectures Fourth Section, First Lecture).
Symbolically therefore the W.M is placed in the East to open the Lodge and
employ and instruct the brethren in Freemasonry and at his Installation he is
exhorted to consider that glorious luminary of nature, which rising in the East,
regularly diffuses light and luster to all within its circle and in like manner
it is his peculiar province to impart light and instruction to the brethren of
the lodge. All the Ancient cultures worshipped Sun, even though Egyptians called
it Amon Ra, Greeks as Helios, Romans by the Latin word Sol, Persians as Mithras,
Incans as Inti, Aztecs as Huitzilopochtli and Hinduism called it as Surya.
Masonry has absorbed the ancient importance given to Sun and made it as one of
the Lesser Lights and our Principal Officers were assigned duties as per the
phases of the Sun. W.M , as the rising Sun to open the Lodge and instruct the
brethren. The S.W, as the setting Sun to close the Lodge and the J.W to mark the
Sun at its meridian, to call the brethren from Labour to Refreshment. Most of
the religions prescribe prayers at or before sunrise, similarly at noon and at
dusk. Our Lodges are situated due East and West following the specification laid
by ancient wisdom that all places of Divine worship should be so situated.
6. All of us have stood outside the door of the Lodge as poor candidates in a
state of darkness humbly soliciting to be admitted to the secrets and mysteries
of Freemasonry. Darkness has been symbolic of poverty, ignorance and misery. We
sought light of enlightenment. Mackey describes this position of the candidate
as "There he stands outside our portals, on the threshold of his new masonic
life, in darkness, helplessness and ignorance. Having been wandering amid the
errors and covered with the pollutions of the outer and profane world, he comes
inquiringly to our door, seeking the new birth, and asking a withdrawal of the
veil which conceals divine truth from his uninitiated state."
Let us now consider some ancient texts on Darkness and Light.
Brhadaranyaka Upanishad (I.iii.28)
contains the ancient prayer which is as follows.
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya”
prayer means ,
Lead me from
of Transitory Existence to the Reality of
the Eternal Self,
Lead me from darkness
(of Ignorance) to the Light (of
Lead me from death to immortality.
meaning of the prayer is beseeching the G.A.O.T.U. to show us the reality and to
dispel our ignorance and to grant us enlightenment.
7. At the
door of the Lodge, the outer guard gives the appropriate knock, which reminds of
the Scriptural portion of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7-7 a to c and 8))
and announces that a poor candidate in a state of darkness has come of his own
freewill and accord, humbly soliciting to be admitted to the mysteries and
privileges of Freemasonry. That reminds us of the
“Ask and it will be given to you,” indicating that prayerful beseeching is
for it is only by Prayer we communicate our needs and desires to God, who
being omniscient, knows what we need whether we ask or not, but prayer is the
means by which God is appraised of our needs in a personal prayer showing our
dependence on HIM for needs that can be met no other way.
Scripture says, “Seek, and you will find” (Matthew
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (Psalm
Seeking or soliciting is earnestly praying for guidance, instruction and
protection. Scripture then says, “Knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew
If a person needs something from someone behind a door, the most natural thing
to do is knock and keep knocking until the door is opened and the desire is
granted. In the same way, a candidate has to knock for admission into light.
Masonry requires the candidate to voluntarily
and of his own freewill and accord, seek light and knock at the door for
admission and then his request will be granted as described in the Scriptures.
8. After the candidate was duly admitted , he takes the obligation and then,
he expresses the predominant wish of his heart as light. On the granting of
that wish, the candidate sees light and his look falls on the Volumes of Sacred
Law, the great Light in Freemasonry.
The Hebrew cosmogonist commences his description of the creation by the
declaration that "God said, Let there be light, and there was light"--a phrase
which, in the more emphatic form that it has received in the original language
of "Be light, and light was". "The singularly emphatic summons," says a profound
modern writer, "by which light is called into existence, is probably owing to
the preeminent utility and glory of that element, together with its mysterious
nature, which made it seem as'The God of this world,' and won for it the
earliest adoration of mankind."( Robert William Mackay, Progress of the
Intellect, vol. i. p. 93.) God has been depicted as the supreme light and HIS
effulgence has been incorporated in Gayatri and other mantras. Saint Ramalinga
Adigalar has used the expression Arul Perum Jyothi.
Walt Whitman described cosmic consciousness as "ineffable light, light rare,
untellable, light beyond all signs, descriptions and languages."
Light was, in accordance with this old religious sentiment, the great object of
attainment in all the ancient religious Mysteries. It is symbolically referred
to in Masonry, as knowledge and enlightenment. This was always its ancient
symbolism, and we must never lose sight of this emblematic meaning, when we are
considering the nature and signification of masonic light. The Volume of Sacred
Law is our great Light. We value and respect all Scriptures. The
Scriptures were produced with the Divine revelation for the guidance of the
mankind and to show them the path of God realization. They provide the
guidelines for all kinds of people of the world, which, if followed, leads them
towards God realization. Our Scriptures teach us how to become a good person,
to love God and not to be attached to worldly pleasures and to love God
selflessly and they reveal the secret of the spiritual practices that only
through prayers with devotion and total surrender to His will, one can realize
God. When the candidate makes a demand for light, it
is not merely for that material light which is to remove the physical darkness,
which is only the outward form, which conceals the inward symbolism. He craves
for an intellectual illumination which will dispel the darkness of mental and
moral ignorance and bring to his view, , the sublime truths of religion,
philosophy, and science, which Freemasonry values.
It is that great masonic light, which has to be the rule and guide of our
faith and make us to become a better man and a better freemason.
The Principal Masonic Tenets of
Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth have also been absorbed from Ancient teaching.
We are proudly proclaiming that ours is the fraternity based on the principle of
Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of men. We are all the creatures of the
Divine Creator. We are all
brothers, sisters and children of the same Father, The Supreme Lord.
are without superiors and without inferiors. They
mutually brothers. They march onwards for prosperity. The eternally
the soul protecting, grief alleviating God
is their father. The
Mother-Earth produces happy days to these mortals
Atharva Veda 12.1.12 proclaims that Mother Earth is our common Mother
and we all are sons and daughters of this Mother and therefore, there is
oneness among all the innumerable souls inhabiting the different physical
The prayer in Rig Veda 8.98.11 stresses the Divine Parenthood of mankind as
Lord! Thou art our Father and Mother, Thou art the only refuge of all, as
Thou art the bestower of everything for our survival. We bow our heads
to seek Thy blessings.”
Blessed are the eyes that cast the affectionate glances at others. The
Vedas teach us that all are our friends, none is our enemy. Love begets
and hatred breeds poison and contempt.
teaches us ,
But to all who did receive him, who
believed in his name, he gave the right
to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the
will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12–13)
32:6, emphasizes that, " Is not HE your Father who has brought you? HE has made
you and established you.”
stresses that “ O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand.”
Holy Bible has taught us
“…be ye all of one mind, having
compassion one of another, being lovers of the brotherhood, merciful, modest,
humble” as in Peter 3:8 and that, The brotherhood should be “ brotherhood of
Love.” as in 1 Thessalonians 4:9
Holy Quran in
Al Quran 4:2O, admonishes
mankind! be mindful of your duty to your Lord, Who created you from
single soul and created there from its mate, and from them twain
spread many men and women; and fear Allah, in Whose name you
appeal to one another, and fear Him particularly respecting ties of
relationship. Indeed, Allah watches over you”
This verse, has defined the unity of mankind and has stressed, that the whole
of humanity has its origin from one source and as such are related to each
other, and that they should fear God with regard to their responsibilities to
Besides, emphasizing the
Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man,
Surah Hujurat, (Chapter No. 49, Verse No. 13), the Islamic concept of Universal
Brotherhood has been propounded as follows.
mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female
made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other
that you may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you
the sight of God is (he who is) the most Righteous of you. And God
full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).
Buddha always emphasized self denial and brotherly relations among people.
Buddhism is based on the foundation of universal brotherhood.
Granth Sahib declares the whole humanity as one brotherhood and God is the only
Father for us all. (Page 611 Guru Granth Sahib)
The greatness of true brotherly love, meriting God’s blessings has been
Psalm 133, as
“ Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell
together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down
upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the
skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the
mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing,
even life for evermore.”
Such a state can be reached only if as laid down in
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another
“ Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not
arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not
irritable or resentful”
The highly evolved sages, who lived more than 3000 years ago had laid down for
our Guidance the postulate of all beings on the earth constituting one family
under the concept of VASUDEIVA KUDUMBAKAM . Vasudha in Sanskrit means earth or
the entire creation or the Cosmos. Eva means truly or verily.
KUDUMBAKAM means a little family.
I feel that this is the proper time for all the brethren of this great Grand
Lodge to unite under the guidance and leadership of our M.W. Grand Master, whose
very name itself is symbolic of the concept of Vasudeva KUDUMBAKAM, to usher
this concept in this great country of ours.
10. All those ancient teachings have been absorbed by Freemasonry
and brotherly love has been prescribed as a Masonic Tenet. Freemasonry enjoins
that our hand should be extended to a brother as a sure pledge of brotherhood
and that our feet shall travel through dangers and difficulties to unite with
his in forming a column of mutual defence and support and that the posture of
our daily supplications shall remind of his wants and that his secrets
entrusted to us shall be kept safe and secure and that we should not injure him
ourselves or permit it to be done by others and that we should protect his
honour in his presence as well as his absence. Let us ever remember that the
hand over back is not to backbite him or to stab him behind his back, but to
protect him in his absence as well as his presence. It is apposite to quote the
Holy Quran on this aspect.
It is not permissible for a Muslim to spread rumors, gossip, or engage in
backbiting one another. The direction in
Quran 49:11-12 is as follows.
“ Oh you who believe! Avoid
suspicion as much (as possible), for suspicion
in some cases is a sin.
And spy not on each other behind their backs.
Would any of you like to
eat the flesh of his dead brother? No, you would
abhor it...But fear Allah.
For Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful"
This literal definition of the word “backbiting” is something that we don’t
often think about. The condemnation we give to the act of cannibalism is the
same horror that we should feel when engaging in, or even speaking about,
backbiting. Let us
not take vengeance or bear a grudge against a brother and as instructed in
1 Peter 2:1-25, let us put away all malice and all
deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander and as required in
Let brotherly love continue”, for
ever in our great Fraternity and let us
not sully that great virtue.
11. The next tenet of
Relief is allied with Charity. Gita in Chapter 17 Verse 20 mentions that
Charity, which is given without consideration of anything in return to a
deserving person is regarded as an act of goodness. Verse 21 declares that
charity, which is given with expectation of some return or desiring some result
or with reluctance is of the nature of passion. Charity has been extolled in
(IV. 235) as follows.
he who respectfully bestows a charity, and he who respectfully accepts
shall go to a seat of bliss; but, if they act otherwise, to a region of horror.”
Our Ritual teaches that like its sister Mercy, Charity blesses him who gives as
well as him who receives.
Jainism in Kundakunda, Pancastikaya 137, teaches us,
“Charity is to be moved at the sight of the thirsty, the
hungry and the
miserable and to offer relief to them out of pity. It is the
spring of virtue.”
Buddhism in Itivuttaka 65
classifies men in three categories.
A person who gives nothing to all is like a drought.
A person who gives to some, is like a local rain fall.
A person, who gives to all, is a person who rains down
The distinguishing characteristics of a Freemasons Heart is Charity. All the
Scriptures enjoin its constant practice. We also perform several Charity
projects. Bible in
Matthew 6:1-4 enjoins as to how
charity should be practiced.
“Beware of practicing your
righteousness before other people in order to
be seen by them, for then
you will have no reward from your Father
in heaven. “Thus, when you
give to the needy, sound no trumpet
you, as the hypocrites do
in the synagogues and in the streets, that they
may be praised by others.
Truly, I say to you, they have received
reward. But when you give
to the needy, do not let your left hand know
what your right hand is
doing, so that your giving may be in secret.
your Father who sees in
secret will reward you”.
Unfortunately, we seem to be contravening this Scriptural advice, sometimes
spending more money on the shows connected with the Charity Project, than the
amount spent on charity itself. Bible has declared in
2 Corinthians 9:7
“ Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly
under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
instructs that, “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any
of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall
not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall
open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.
Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The
seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your
poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and
you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be
grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you
in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be
poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to
your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
The Charge at N.E enjoins that should we at any future time meet a brother in
distressed circumstances, who might solicit our assistance, we should happily
embrace that opportunity to practice the virtue of charity. Rituals teaches us
that we should seek solace of our own distress by extending relief and
consolation to our fellow creatures in the hour of their affliction and pour the
healing balm of consolation into the bosom of the afflicted.
Truth is a divine attribute and the foundation of every virtue. To be good and
true is the first lesson we are taught in Masonry. Truth means something more
than besides the search for truths in the intellectual sense. In any universal
brotherhood, members must be truthful in character and habits, dependable, men
of honor, on whom we can rely to be faithful fellows and loyal friends. Truth is
a vital requirement if a brotherhood is to endure and hence, we accept it as
13. While explaining the Working tool, Level, we have been taught
that it symbolizes equality, which is a great virtue described in all the
Rig Veda 5-60-5, stresses equality as
“ The men
are without superiors and without inferiors. They are mutually
They march onwards for prosperity. The eternally youthful,
soul protecting, grief alleviating
God is their
father. The richly
Mother-Earth produces happy days to these mortals.”
Rig Veda 10-191-4, is as follows.
Let our hearts be
In equality and unity.
Bible teaches us that,
All people are the same because God created everyone and everyone is made in the
image of God so this means that inside everyone there is part of God which
should be respected. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God
he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
God does not differentiate, but treats all his creatures alike. He has declared
in Bhagavad Gita (9.29)that, “I look upon all creatures equally; none are less
dear to me and none more dear”
Bible, proclaims in Romans 2.9-11, that “God shows no partiality.”
Midrash, Seder Eliyyahu Rabbah 10 declares, “whether Jew or Gentile, whether man
or woman, whether servant or freeman, they are all equal in this: that the Holy
Spirit rests upon them in accordance with their deeds”
Adi Granth in
Asa, M.1, p. 349 teaches that
all human beings are repositories
of Divine Light and in Sri-ki-Var Mahalla, M.1, p. 83 that , “ Anyone
arrogating superiority to himself shall be disillusioned” and Nanak had
declared, that “ Superiority shall be determined by God, crediting such a
one with honor.”
in Holy Qur'an 3.195, that Allah has declared that “,
"I waste not the labor of any that labors among you, be you male or female--the
one of you is as the other."
All the Scriptures have emphasized
equality of mankind and that tenet has been absorbed in Freemasonry. Let us all
therefore ever remember that we have to meet on the level and as indicated in
Rig Veda “ There is none high or low amongst you. You are all brethren and
therefore, strive all together to attain prosperity.”
14. Brethren, you will recollect that during the Installation Ceremony, we
were taught that as some must of necessity rule and teach, others must of course
learn, obey and submit and that Humility in each is an essential qualification.
And hence we learn to be meek, humble and resigned.
This virtue of Humility has been extolled in Scriptures.
4:6 teaches us that God gives us more grace and that “God opposes
favor to the humble.”
Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar declares that No jewels are more befitting a man than
humility and pleasing speech – (Kural 95)
He has also said the same about humility:
Self control places a man among gods; want of it
will plunge him into utter darkness – (Kural 121)
Good name is gained by modesty in manners – (Kural 960)
It is well for everyone to be meek, but for those who have wealth, meekness is
an added merit – (Kural 125)
Bhagavad Gita (12:13-14 )stresses that
He who hates no single being, is friendly and compassionate, free from
self-regard and vanity, the same in good and evil, patient; Contented, ever
devout, subdued in soul, firm in purpose, fixed on Me in heart and mind, and who
worships Me, is dear to Me.
Bhagavad Gita (12:15-19), extols Meekness as follows.
He whom the world troubles not, and who troubles not the world, who is free from
the emotions of joy, wrath, and fear, is dear to Me. The man who is guileless,
pure, upright, unconcerned, free from distress of mind, who renounces every
enterprise and worships Me, is dear to Me. He who has neither delight nor
aversion, who neither mourns nor desires, who renounces good and evil fortune,
and worships Me, is dear to Me. He who is the same to friend and foe, and also
in honour and dishonour, who is the same in cold and heat, pleasure and pain,
who is wholly free from attachment; To whom praise and blame are equal, who is
silent, content with every fortune, home-renouncing, steadfast in mind, and
worships Me, that man is dear to Me.
15. Holy Bible emphasizes that Humility is the first virtue inasmuch as it
removes the obstacles to faith . It removes
pride and makes a man subject to and a
fit recipient of grace. St. James has taught that,
"God resisteth the proud, and giveth his grace to the humble" (James
“Humble yourselves before the
Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)
The following are also relevant
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider
others, better than yourselves.
Matthew has stressed that Humility is a virtue which is necessary for salvation, "Learn of me, because I am meek,
and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls" (Matthew
He has also taught that, "Blessed are ye when they shall revile you,
and persecute you and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake:
Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven" (Matthew
nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others
better than yourselves.”
“ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt
you in due time” (1
16. Humility as an Islamic concept was best defined by Ibn Al-Qayyim:
“There are two realities which we must fully grasp in order to be characterized
with the noblest characteristic of humility. First and foremost is to come to
truly know Allah’s perfection, His abundant favors upon us and how we are fully
dependent upon Him. Secondly, we have to come to know ourselves, where we come
from and our numerous weaknesses and shortcomings.”
Some people think that humility is a weak characteristic, but the Prophet has
said, “God only increases a person in status if he forgives, and whoever
humbles himself, God will raise him in status.”
All the above teachings have been absorbed by Freemasonry, which declares that
Humility in each is an essential qualification.
Arrogance, on the other hand, is the opposite of being a servant to the
Merciful. People are stuck in themselves and get stuck in the “I” rather than
the “HE,” not realizing that “I” is nothing without HIM, the Exalted. They get
stuck in the “I” rather than the “we,” meaning no matter what they have done,
someone else will do it better. God says in the Qur’an,
“…Indeed, He does not like the arrogant.” (16:23)
Rituals teaches us, that we are always to recommend to equals, courtesy and
affability and to superiors kindness and condescension. Those teachings instead
of instilling the virtue of humility, as
taught in the Bible, sometimes build pride and unfortunately encourage an
attitude of arrogance, and superiority forgetting that, Scripture says: “God
opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. "
17. At this stage, it is apposite to notice, that we have been taught that,
“ monarchs themselves have been promoters of the art and have not thought it
derogatory of their dignity to exchange the scepter for the trowel..“ No further
description or the symbolism of trowel has been incorporated in our rituals. The
rituals in United States of America however explain the symbolism of that most
important Working Tool, from which we can infer as to why the trowel was
preferred to the scepter. That explanation runs as follows:
“The Trowel is an instrument made use of by
operative Masons to spread
the cement which unites a building in one common mass; but
we, as Free
and Accepted Masons, are taught to make use of it for the
more noble and
glorious purpose of spreading the cement of brotherly love
that cement which unites us into one sacred band, or
society of friends
and brothers, among whom no contention should ever exist,
noble contention, or rather emulation, of who can best
work and best
We have retained the cementing aspect in our rituals, while invoking the grace
of the G.A.O.T.U. to preserve our Order by cementing and adorning it with every
moral and social virtue. This prayer is reiterated by the W.M by observing, “may
every moral and social virtue cement and unite us”. Brotherly Love and
Affection, with every Moral and Social virtue is the cement that should unite us
as a strong, harmonious fraternity, which has the Grand Design of being happy
and communicating Happiness. That principle is reflected in the short poem
(Author not known)
The time to be happy is now,
And the place to be happy is here,
And the way to be happy is to make
And we'll have a little Heaven right
Such a heaven can be achieved only with a Common Endeavour, Peace, Love and
Unity. It will be more relevant to quote here the last verse of Rig Veda
(10.191), the translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith( in Hymns of Rig Veda) is as
“ Assemble, speak together: let your minds be all of one accord…
The place is common, common the assembly, common the mind,
So be their thought united …
One and the same be your resolve and be your minds of one
United be the thoughts of all, that all may happily agree.”
It is not possible in one paper to enumerate and dilate all the Ancient
Teachings, absorbed by Freemasonry. The most important teachings have been
placed for your contemplation. There are several unmasonic practices, we have to
shed as dead branches are removed and thereby ensuring
the clear stream of brotherly love not being lost into the dreary desert sand
of dead habits. Let me conclude with the meaningful and enlightening Poem on
Brotherhood by Edwin Markham.
The crest and crowning of all good,
Life’s final star, is brotherhood;
For it will bring again to Earth
Her long-lost Poesy and Mirth;
Will send new light on every face,
A kingly power upon the race.
And till it come, we men are slaves,
And travel downward to the dust of graves.
Come, clear the way, then, clear the way;
Blind creeds and kings have had their day;
Break the dead branches from the path;
Our Hope is in the aftermath-
Our hope is in heroic men
Star-led to build the world again.
Make way for brotherhood- make way for Man!
you for your patient hearing.